The safety features are solid. The Zooper Twist is described by users as sturdy and stable and not at all tippy -- even when bags are slung on the handles. The Twist's safety features include a padded, adjustable five-point safety harness as well as support pillows for infants. There is also an infant enclosure that fully boxes in an infant bassinet-style. For older children, there is a padded armrest with a passive crotch restraint. The Zooper's rear brakes lock simultaneously with a foot-operated push lever.
The Zooper Twist, along with several other Zooper strollers produced between February 2009 and June 2010, was recalled due to a strangulation hazard caused by the placement of the grab bar on the stroller. There were no injuries reported. Zooper responded to the recall by providing owners of the affected strollers with a repair kit. All models produced since the recall follow U.S. ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) safety standards, which include providing enough space between the stroller seat and grab bar for a baby's head to get through if he is not restrained in the harness. All babies should be fully secured with the provided harnesses when in a stroller.
Easy, compact umbrella fold. Parents report that the Zooper Twist folds down in a snap, locks securely when folded and has a well-placed carry handle for toting. Despite its higher weight, parents describe the Twist as lightweight, and they say that in general it handles very well and can even be pushed with one hand. It has a one-handed recline, and the levers lock easily for both the brakes and the wheels.
Almost a full-featured stroller. Even parents who are critical of the Zooper Twist are crazy for the canopy, which is nothing short of amazing, with a full coverage option that extends with a zipper to completely cover your child. If the child is older, all anyone will see is the legs below the knee. Babies young enough for the full recline will be completely covered. It is vented in the back for warmer days and has a large viewing window that does not close with Velcro, one of many parents' pet peeves due to the noise it makes. The canopy is made from UV-protecting materials.
The Zooper Twist reclines fully to accommodate newborns. The recline feature has four positions from upright to prone, and the stroller also has an adjustable footrest for comfortable napping. Its extras for infants are praised by owners -- not only the infant safety enclosure but also the included insulated foot muff/baby bunting that shields the baby from wind and weather. A rain cover is also included. For parents who use their cars a lot, the Zooper Twist is compatible with a variety of car seats, and the car seat straps and instructions are included. One caveat: The Zooper Twist's instructions say not to use any infant car seats with the Twist. However, according to a Zooper rep, those are older instructions and the Twist is car seat compatible.
The features don't stop -- while the Twist's under-seat storage basket is described as small, it also has an all-purpose pocket and a parent cup holder. The Twist comes with a storage bag that holds the extra canopy covers and foot muff in case you're worried about where to put them. Finally, the Twist is one of the only umbrella-style strollers that is car seat compatible. All Twist models produced since 2011 come standard with an infant car seat fastening belt and can be used with any car seat with a 12-inch base or smaller.
The front swivel wheels can be locked in the forward-facing position for easier pushing on long walks or rougher terrain. Parents also comment that the Zooper Twist is a good fit for tall pushers thanks to its 41-inch handles. One owner says the stroller started to fall apart after about 18 months, but that seems to be an isolated incident.
Warranty is better than most. Zooper offers better than average warranty coverage with a three-year warranty for the chassis of models produced since 2011, six-month warranty for fabric and a four-month warranty for the wheels.
The 2011 Zooper Twist is a newer model and does not have as many consumer reviews as other strollers. However, most of the reviews are highly positive about the Twist's durability and ease of use. This stroller is a good option for consumers who want one full-service stroller. The biggest drawback of the Zooper Twist may be that it's just not available in many brick and mortar stores and the brand is not as well-known as comparable strollers. It's a leap of faith to spend a couple hundred dollars on a stroller you've never seen or heard of.
Review Credibility: Good The Zooper Twist 2011 gets just a handful of reviews on Amazon.com with an average rating of 3.7 stars out of 5. Fans of the stroller comment on its large canopy, flat recline and low weight. Another reviewer says the stroller did not hold up -- with snaps ripping from seams, twisty buckles and difficult-to-open fold mechanism.
Review: Zooper 2011 Twist Lightweight Umbrella Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012
Review Credibility: Good The online version of Parents magazine compiles lists of strollers under various titles. The Zooper Twist is chosen as an "ultimate" stroller because of its easy fold and four-position recline. The review is very brief, non-comparative and there is no mention of testing.
Review: Our Ultimate Stroller Guide: Zooper Twist, Erin Smith from American Baby, Not dated
3. Real Mom Reviews
Review Credibility: Good This photo-illustrated blog says that the Zooper is a good lightweight stroller that functions like an umbrella stroller but doesn't feel like one. She notes that it has a car seat adapter, is suitable for newborns and will support up to 55 pounds. The only negative of the review is the small under-seat storage. The large canopy is highly praised as is the small fold down. The reviewer did receive a complimentary stroller for the review.
Review: Zooper Twist, "Skye", July 19, 2012
Review Credibility: Fair The Zooper Twist Umbrella Stroller receives an average score of 88 out of 100 at Viewpoints.com in just a few reviews. Despite one mom's report of shoddy construction, another contributor says the stroller still looks new after three years and two kids. Contributors love the full recline, and the extra features included with this stroller (large canopy, cup holder, foot muff and sun cover) and describe the Zooper as high quality. There are no substantive negative comments, but the downside is that the newest review is from 2011.
Review: Zooper Twist Umbrella Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, Not Dated
5. Momma on a Mission
Review Credibility: Fair The Momma on a Mission blogger offers an in depth, photo-illustrated description of her new Zooper Twist stroller. She says she did extensive research before purchasing it, and decided the Zooper Twist was the best choice for a long-term use stroller. She loves the large canopy and the many storage options but, on the negative side, says her 3-year-old slouches a bit in the seat and the wheels don't handle well when the stroller is used in reverse.
Review: Zooper Twist Review, Momma on a Mission, April 4, 2011