The Joovy Zoom is a stroller that gets great reviews from owners and experts alike for its superior performance as a jogging stroller, its huge canopy and its many convenience features. Owners describe it as "safe and secure" and say it's comfortable for their children. Also, as of 2012, the Zoom is car seat compatible with an optional adapter (*Est. $39) that fits several car seat brands. It has an unusually short seat back, so taller children should try it out first.
The Joovy Zoom is available in two models; the swivel-wheel 360 with a locking option, and the fixed-wheel Joovy Zoom ATS. They are almost identical in construction, but the ATS fixed-wheel stroller is better for serious or long-distance runners, say experts.
Great safety features. The Joovy Zoom has all the features safety conscious joggers want, including a five-point harness that's difficult for a child to undo but easy for a parent, reflective accents and stitching, and a wrist strap for extra safety. There is a running hand brake to slow the stroller on hills. The parking brake is a one-touch, linked rear system.
Easy fold and recline. Experts and owners alike say the one-handed fold on the Joovy Zoom is quick and easy to do. It has an automatic lock and carry strap. Weighing 26.8 pounds, the stroller isn't compact when folded, but the wheels pop off easily to make a smaller package. A number of reviewers say it's very easy to assemble. The car seat adapter (*Est. $39) is easy to use, and the stroller folds with the adapter attached.
The Joovy Zoom 360 gets unqualified praise for its ease of pushing and superior maneuverability, but the Joovy Zoom ATS has garnered a few complaints about the front wheel tracking not staying true when running, needing too-frequent adjustments. Others say it works just fine.
Joovy's always making improvements. The Joovy Zoom, always a popular stroller, is now car seat adaptable, which extends its useful life by about six months. With the car seat, the Zoom can be used from birth. Without the car seat, it's suitable for ages 6 months to 75 pounds -- one of the higher upper weight ratings for a jogging stroller.
Two caveats regarding those weight ratings:
1. Even with a car seat, jogging with a child under 6 months is not recommended. The child should be able to sit unassisted, so that may be older than 6 months for your child.
2. The Joovy Zoom has a shorter than normal seat back -- 18 inches with a 22 inch canopy clearance -- so taller children or average-size children at the upper range of the weight rating may not fit. Trying it before buying or taking a measuring tape to your child, would probably be a good idea.
The Zoom ATS, with its 16 inch fixed wheel, gets great reviews for its ability to handle tough terrain. One expert reviewer says it's one of the few strollers that pushes well, even across a sandy beach. The Zoom 360, on the other hand, with its 16 inch rear wheels and 12-inch swivel/locking front wheel, gets kudos for its versatility and maneuverability.
One of the most praised features of the Zoom is its huge canopy -- a Joovy tradition -- with a peek-a-boo window. It has mesh pockets on the inside of the seat for kids to put snacks or toys, a medium-size basket, a parent organizer and a small, zippered compartment on the handle. It includes a rain cover and tire pump.
Great reviews for customer service. The Joovy Zoom comes with a standard, one-year warranty. There are a number of comments on consumer review sites praising Joovy's excellent and responsive customer service.
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Review credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including jogging strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and also interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby gear book available, with plenty of current info and lots of attitude, including sections aimed at steering consumers away from unnecessary features. Although the authors focus mainly on reviewing stroller brands, they do single out a few jogging strollers as the top in their class.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other to Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2012
Review credibility: Very Good The founder and owner of BabyGizmo.com, Hollie Schultz, gives the Joovy Zoom 360 a thorough, well-balanced review. She warns potential buyers that the stroller has a short seat, so it would not be good choice for taller children. It is wide, though, so heavier children would be fine. She gives it high marks for ease of use and for the huge sun canopy. She notes that it's heavy at 27 pounds. In a follow-up review, Schultz demonstrates the new for 2012 car seat adapter. The Joovy Zoom 360 is also on the BabyGizmo.com Top 5 jogging stroller list.
Review: Baby Gizmo Joovy Zoom 360 Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, Feb. 17, 2011
Review credibility: Very Good The Joovy Zoom 360 is the reader's choice in jogging strollers, and editors note that it was a close runner up to the stroller chosen as the best jogger. They praise its versatility, huge canopy and ease of use. They also say it performs well on the road and feels safe and secure.
Review: Babble Best 2011 Strollers, Editors of Babble.com
Review credibility: Very Good Stroller Queen Janet McLaughlin offers a review of both the Joovy Zoom 360 and its sister model -- the Joovy Zoom ATS with a fixed front wheel. McLaughlin praises both strollers for their stellar features and ability to function on even the toughest terrain -- sand. However, most of the review focuses on the differences between the two models. McLaughlin suggests that parents who are looking for a true jogger opt for the ATS, while families who need more flexibility look to the 360.
Review: Joovy Zoom ATS and 360 Review, Janet McLaughlin, May 20, 2009
Review credibility: Very Good The Joovy Zoom 360 earns an overall 4.4 stars out of 5 in more than 150 reviews. Owners say it's easy to use, from assembly to push and fold. They also like the convenience features, like the large canopy and under seat basket. A few complain that their baby does not sit fully upright. Joovy gets a number of positive comments for responsive customer service.
Review: Joovy Zoom 360 Swivel Wheel Jogging Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2012
Review credibility: Fair The Joovy Zoom 360 is included in this roundup of seven jogging strollers that were tested for safety, performance, maneuverability and ease of use. It is only one of two that are not discontinued, making this report seem dated.
Review: All-terrain Stroller Ratings, Editors of Consumer Reports, Not dated