Good basic safety features. The Jet comes with a five-point safety harness, but some parents say the buckle is too easy for toddlers to open. The Jet has rear brakes that lock independently. The stroller has a manual lock to keep it from opening when folded.
Simple assembly. Owners describe the First Years Jet as easy to assemble out of the box, easy to fold and unfold and small enough to keep in the back of a car for anytime use. It's described as easy to push on smooth surfaces.
Well featured for the price. For an umbrella stroller in its price range, the First Years Jet is equipped with a surprising number of features, and multiple owners report that they have found a great value in this stroller. The Jet has a parent console that holds drinks, keys, and other small items as well as a small, under-seat storage basket that most parents like, but that some say is difficult to access when the seat is reclined. The Jet draws particular praise for its higher handle height that makes pushing more comfortable for taller parents. However, some users complain about kicking the back of the stroller. It's super light at just 11.5 pounds, and folds up small enough to fit in most car trunks.
The seat on the Jet has a partial recline and is recommended for babies from 6 months and up. It has a 50-pound weight rating, though some parents complain that the backrest is not tall enough for taller kids. In fact, many parents say it does not fit bigger children well, but others say they don't think their child will be riding in a stroller when he or she weighs 50 pounds, so they don't take that into consideration. Parents describe the Jet's seat as comfortable for their children with fabric that feels good and is nicely padded. The adjustable, removable canopy is small, but parents say they don't expect much coverage in an inexpensive umbrella stroller. One highly recommended use of the First Years Jet by both owners and experts is as a travel stroller, particularly for airline travel. It's very lightweight at just 11.5 pounds and folds small for easy transport. It can be gate-checked easily. At its price point, experts say parents shouldn't worry too much about it being beat up in the sometimes rough and tumble world of baggage handling.
Some parents and one expert reviewer note that the Jet's front swivel wheels do not lock in the forward position, which can affect maneuverability in certain situations, but it seems to do fine on smooth surfaces.
The First Years brand strollers all carry an industry standard one-year warranty. There are dozens of owner comments about First Years' prompt, polite customer service.
Parents describe the First Years Jet as practical, light and easy to use. It's versatile and great for travel or trips around town and is comfortable for both parents and children. It's not unusual to see comments from parents who own more than one Jet. It's not a heavy-duty stroller, and the canopy is almost useless, so if that's important to you, this isn't your stroller. But if you want a durable, inexpensive stroller for travel or everyday use, the First Years Jet may be a great choice.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent The 2011 edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields, covers a variety of stroller manufacturers. The authors provide overall ratings for brands and for individual models. Their reviews take into account parent feedback and personal research and experiences. In the latest edition, they discuss The First Years in detail and the Jet specifically.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The First Years Jet earns an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars in more than 500 reviews. Contributors agree that the Jet is affordable without being or looking cheap; they say it is comfortable and maneuverable. Another plus noted is the stroller's height, which makes it comfortable for taller adults to push. Cons include non-breathable fabric, a limited recline option and a small under-seat storage basket.
Review: The First Years Jet Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The First Years Jet earns an average score of 89 out of 100 based on a handful of reviews. Contributors find the Jet sturdy and maneuverable with many extras they wouldn't expect for the price like the under-seat storage and cup holders. Contributors also like the Jet's size and higher 50-pound weight rating that provide the stroller with a longer usable life span.
Review: The First Years Jet Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of August 2012
Review Credibility: Good The First Years Jet is among the 32 umbrella-style strollers rated and tested by the editors of ConsumerReports.org for ease of use, maneuverability and safety (durability is no longer rated). While the testing is commendable, editors offer only a very brief editorial take on the strollers and offer few details. Many of the strollers are discontinued, making this report seem very dated.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of August 2012