The Cocoon (*Est. $500) is a single, enclosed stroller with an unusual design that converts to a jogging stroller or bike trailer. Each converter kit costs an additional $70, but reviewers say that these kits make the stroller one of the best models on the market for active families. At 33 pounds, the Cocoon is certainly not a lightweight stroller and the frame is nearly 27 inches wide -- which makes getting through doorways a squeeze. Reviewers note that this is a true outdoor-only model, but the stroller maneuvers easily thanks to the extra-large bicycle-style back wheels. Some reviews do say that a rear hand brake would be a welcome addition, particularly as a safety element when using the stroller as a jogger.
Reviewers also note that the high 41-inch-tall handle makes the stroller ideal for taller parents. The Cocoon does not feature a cupholder (though it can be purchased separately), but the back zippered cargo compartment is big enough to stash necessary items. The stroller also features a mesh back pocket for smaller items. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the Cocoon is the seat: Reviewers say that the all-encompassing shield protects riders against the elements. Mesh panels help keep the cab well ventilated and comfortable, and there is plenty of leg room and growing space. Plus, at 60 pounds, the weight maximum is relatively high. The greatest reward of the Cocoon, say reviewers, is that children actually want to ride in it.
The Joovy Cocoon was introduced in late 2010, so there are not as many user-generated reviews as for established strollers. However, due to an extensive blogger outreach program by Joovy, several blogs provide detailed reviews of the single Cocoon. More attention has been garnered by the double version of this stroller, the Cocoon 2X. These reviews tend to be overly positive and don't take durability -- a valuable insight usually garnered from user reviews -- into account. Still, they are good sources of information. BabyGizmo.com, one of the top sites for detailed, balanced gear reviews, provides a substantial review of the Joovy Cocoon, as do Babble.com, Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine and the blogs Trekaroo.com and OneLittleMister.com.
Hollie Schultz is the founder of both RatedByMom.com and BabyGizmo.com. These two websites are known for their detailed, well-tested stroller reviews and videos. The Joovy Cocoon receives high marks from Schultz, although it's important to note that, because she is testing a prototype, changes may be made. She notes that the height of the stroller makes it ideal for tall parents or dads. The seat is roomy and airy, and backseat storage is large enough for all kid essentials. Schultz also appreciates the versatility of this stroller. Her one caveat is that the harness may be too easy for a child to undo.
Review: Joovy Cocoon Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, May 6, 2010
2. Pregnancy & Newborn
Pregnancy & Newborn magazine offers a detailed review of the Joovy Cocoon, courtesy of parent tester "Evangeline." The tester gives the Cocoon high praise for its three-in-one conversion -- from stroller to jogger to trailer -- and its smooth ride and maneuverability in any mode. She also likes the encompassing shield. She does note that the stroller is wide and, at 33 pounds, heavy, but she does find that it fits through most ordinary doors and features a relatively tight collapse.
Review: Maternity & Baby Reviews: Joovy Cocoon, "Evangeline", Feb. 28, 2011
OneLittleMister.com features reviews and giveaways of popular parenting gear. Here, the Joovy Cocoon is reviewed and offered as a giveaway prize. While the review is detailed, it does not list any true drawbacks to the stroller. The blog's author praises the stroller for its unique three-in-one design. The smooth ride, element-blocking canopy and large back cargo area are also highlights. The writer also notes that, despite the large, comfortable seat, the Caboose collapses into a tight, easily transportable fold.
Review: Joovy Cocoon Stroller, "Nicole", Dec. 21, 2010
The reviewer at this runner's site says that the Joovy Cocoon is the perfect stroller for the active family, thanks to its ability to convert from a single stroller to a jogger or bike trailer. She is particularly taken with the roomy, supportive seating area. Most joggers feature a sling-style seat, which some children find uncomfortable. The reviewer also appreciates the roomy storage compartment, inexpensive accessories and the high quality of the Cocoon. The one desire left unfulfilled, she says, is a hand brake, which the review says would aid when the stroller is used as a jogger.
Review: Review of the Joovy Cocoon, Contributors to Trekaroo.com, Feb. 9, 2011
Popular parenting site Babble.com annually ranks the top strollers on the market. Nine strollers are selected by the site's editors as top picks for each stroller category -- lightweight or jogger, for example. An additional 24 strollers are selected by readers and receive a Readers' Choice recognition. The Joovy Cocoon is a Readers' Choice selection. Editors say that the stroller is the perfect pick for active families. The stroller handles most terrains with ease. Children will be particularly pleased with their enclosed area.
Review: Babble Best 2011: Strollers, Editors of Babble.com