Overall, experts and owners are very pleased with the Joovy Caboose. They say this stroller offers a unique solution to parents of two kids: The younger child sits in the seat, while the toddler (at least 2 1/2 years old and no more than 44 inches tall) stands on a platform in back. (There is also a padded rear-facing seat if the toddler tires.) The Joovy Caboose has a fully reclining seat and will accommodate an infant carrier, but some parents complain about its 26-pound weight -- and that's without two kids piled on. The Joovy Caboose Ultralight (*Est. $230) weighs 5 pounds less, and many parents say it's well worth the extra money. Because these stand-on tandem strollers are the width of a single stroller, they are easier to maneuver than most double strollers. If you have two children who both want to sit most of the time, the Graco Quattro Tour Duo (*Est. $250) is a top-rated tandem stroller that offers full recline and infant car seat compatibility.
We found the most thorough review of the Joovy Caboose at EliteCarSeats.com, which provides an in-depth editorial review along with comments from parents. The Joovy Caboose Stand-On Tandem stroller is also mentioned in the popular book "Baby Bargains" and at BabyGizmo.com, and it receives a large number of reviews from parents posting to Amazon.com and Epinions.com.
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In this retail site's in-depth editorial review, the editors praise the "thought and consideration" that went into the standing platform of the Joovy, and they note that Joovy has designed a strap to prevent the standing toddler from jumping off mid-ride. Parents posting follow-up comments mostly like this stroller, but one complains about a too-small seat.
Review: Joovy Caboose Stroller, Editors of and contributors to EliteCarSeats.com
2. Baby Bargains
The Joovy Caboose is included in the popular book "Baby Bargains." This comprehensive baby-gear book offers reviews of strollers that are based on parent interviews, hands-on tests and manufacturer reputation. The authors compare strollers with others with similar features and prices.
Review: Strollers for Two, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition, 2009
More than 200 parents posting give the Joovy Caboose a 4-star composite rating (out of 5). We read a few complaints about its bulk, and one parent says that with the front seat in full recline to accommodate an infant car seat, it is difficult for a toddler to use the rear seat.
Review: Joovy Caboose Stand-On Tandem Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
BabyGizmo.com also has a written editorial review of the Joovy Caboose, but the video review is especially useful for demonstrating the seating configuration of this unusual double stroller. Hollie Schultz is upbeat and positive about all the strollers she reviews, but she also doesn't shy from pointing out their shortcomings.
Review: Joovy Caboose Video Review, Hollie Schultz
Epinions.com has accumulated about 20 user reviews of the Joovy Caboose, and the overall review quality here is much higher than average. Most parents posting here say the Joovy works well for them: It's maneuverable, lightweight and comfortable for both passengers. Some are disappointed with the lack of features, but others appreciate the fact that it's simple and compact.
Review: Joovy Caboose -- Orange Standard Stroller, Contributors to Epinions.com