The highly rated Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand-On Tandem Stroller is a great choice when you have a baby and a toddler/preschooler who resist staying in the stroller. Infants can ride in their car seats (which attach to the front seat with included adaptor) or babies from 3 months and up in the front seat. The older child can sit or stand in the back. It's one of the lightest doubles on the market and is easy to fold and maneuver.
Secure features. The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand-On Tandem Stroller has five-point harnesses in the front seat, three-point harnesses on the back bench and five-point harnesses on the optional Joovy Caboose Too Rear seat (*Est. $70). All provide good security, and the buckles are hard for children to unclasp.
The rear brakes are individually engaged, but the front swivel wheels can be locked for greater stability. The huge canopy covers both kids and can be pulled completely over the car seat to fully protect babies.
A breeze to handle. At just 21 pounds, the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand-On Tandem Stroller is easy to push and steer and fits through tight spaces with ease. As children grow bigger, it can be harder getting up hills, but that's to be expected with a double.
Most users find it easy to fold with two hands (though it doesn't self-lock or stand); but a few have trouble undoing the clasps.
Overall, users find the removable fabric easy to clean.
Lots to love, but skimpy on storage. The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand-On Tandem Stroller is a versatile choice for children of different ages. It's designed so baby can ride in front, with the older child in the back. Each seat holds up to 45 pounds. But only the front seat reclines, so unless you purchase the optional Joovy Caboose Too Rear seat (*Est. $70), older kids won't be able to nap in the back.
The handle is not adjustable but is high enough for tall parents. However, some shorter parents (5 feet 2 inches and under) feel the handle is too high.
This stroller comes packed with handy accessories that are usually sold separately on other doubles, such as a parent organizer with a zippered pocket and two cup holders and a removable child snack tray. The universal car seat adaptor is included, allowing you to attach any brand car seat in the front, though back riders will be a little squished when the car seat is in use.
Reviewers do not like the storage basket; though fairly roomy, it is very hard to access when kids are in the stroller.
Durability seems good. One reviewer says the stroller is still in excellent condition after more than four years of occasional use.
Rave reviews: The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand-On Tandem Stroller comes with a one-year warranty and has a "satisfaction guaranteed policy" for the first 30 days after purchase; consumers who are not satisfied for any reason may return new and unused items in the original box with all accessories for an exchange or refund, excluding shipping. Reviewers say customer service is some of the best they've ever experienced, with replacement parts sent promptly.
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Review Credibility: Excellent In its annual double stroller review, Babble.com selects the Joovy Caboose Ultralight as an affordable tandem, especially for older children who are transitioning out of the stroller. Its smart sit and stand design allows a toddler to stand or sit on the back bench while babies ride up front, and the optional full-size reclining Joovy Caboose Too Rear seat can be attached to the back seat, providing additional comfort. With many included features -- like a universal car seat adaptor, child tray and parent organizer -- it is a fantastic value, Babble.com editors say.
Review: Babble Blogger Favorites: Top Double Strollers of 2012, Michelle Horton, Dec. 3, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent BabyCenter.com editors test and evaluate strollers, factoring in feedback from their bloggers and from parent reviews across the web. In their recent list of the top five best strollers, the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand-on Tandem Stroller is the only double to make the cut. Editors like that it's multi-purpose, saying it's best for two-kid families with a baby and toddler or toddler and preschooler. They give a shout-out to the enormous canopy too.
Review: The Best Strollers for Infants, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
3. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including car seat and travel system strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing, and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. They discuss the Joovy brand in general and the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand-On Tandem Stroller specifically.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other to Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz road-tests the Joovy Caboose with many different-sized kids, and she says it's a great option when you have a baby and older child, around 2-and-a-half and up. She calls it a "stroller-and-a-half:" not quite as small as a single, but way more compact and lightweight than typical doubles. She cautions that the older child can't sit when the front seat is completely reclined (in those cases they stand on the platform), and backseat riders can easily jump off or kick your shins. But overall, she says this is a good alternative to heavier doubles.
Review: Joovy Caboose Ultralight 2010 Stroller, Hollie Schultz, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Amazon.com users with children of different ages generally love this sit and stand tandem stroller, giving it an overall score of 4.4 stars in about 260 reviews. They praise its light weight, easy handling and appeal to older children, who love to stand on the back or sit on the rear-facing bench. There are a few quibbles, however. The storage basket is hard to reach. Parents also note that backseat riders are squished when an infant seat is in front, and that they must stand when the front seat is fully reclined, but this is resolved with the optional Joovy Caboose Too Rear seat, which faces forward and reclines.
Review: Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stand On Tandem Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
6. Travels With Baby
Review Credibility: Good This parent blogger reviews strollers with an eye on conveniences that make trips easier. She calls the Joovy Ultralight Caboose one of the best double strollers for travel, especially when you have a toddler or preschooler who resists the stroller. When tired of walking, older kids can plop on the rear-facing bench or stand facing forward, while babies can recline in the front seat. She says its lightweight compact design makes it easy to push and carry.
Review: Best Double/Twin Strollers for Travel, Shelly Rivoli, Not dated