As most of you know, we moved to New York City about a month and a half ago. We naively showed up in the heart of the city with our side by side double stroller ready to stroll. Upon our first stroll we realized we were some of the only people (in our neighborhood, at least) with a side by side double strollers. And I am sure you can imagine why… the spaces are tight. Luckily, our sweet friends at Joovy had sent us the Too Qool for review and it was in a box waiting for us at our apartment. After a quick assembly, we have been the Too Qool to some serious testing and I am thrilled to share my thoughts with you today.
The Too Qool is a tandem double stroller so it is no wider than its single counterpart, the Qool. This is particularly awesome for strolling crowded streets, grocery stores and really anywhere. The Too Qool easily converts from a double stroller to a single stroller by simply removing the back seat.
A quick note about how we use this stroller… in many other reviews and photos you’ll see online people have the older child sitting in the rear and the younger up front. 90% of the time we do the opposite. The back seat is a tad smaller than the front so the front seat fits Eloise better as well as provides her more legroom and allows me nearly full use of the ample basket. Not to mention, she is much more into “watching people” as she says than sweet littler Margaux. This configuration works really well for us with a 2 year old and 8 month old.
Here’s what we’ve been loving:
– The Too Qool is super maneuverable. Even though it carries two children it strolls like a single stroller. Sometimes tandem double strollers can get quite long making them tough to get in/out of door ways or pop up curbs – not the Too Qool.
– You’ll find luxe seat covers (that come standard with the stroller) that are made of soft, breathable fabrics. They can easily be removed and thrown in the washer. A godsend for messy sunscreen applications, sandy feet and bottoms and snack time gone awry in the stroller! We’ve been using this stroller in the heat of summer and it keeps the girls super cool.
– Overall the ride of the Too Qool is smooth and it handles the crazy urban jungle of NYC very well. We haven’t met terrain we couldn’t cross and we’ve met cobblestone roads, crazy potholes, bumpy sidewalks, mulch, grass – you name it. The Too Qool has handled everything.
– The very ample canopy on front seat is incredible. It has a pop out sun visor and zip out extension offering fantastic protection from the elements. It has has a peek-a-boo window which is a great little feature. The back seat has a decent sized canopy but is blocked from the sun and elements by the front seat so a large canopy isn’t really necessary.
– The Too Qool is a luxury stroller and it’s features reflect that. I love the leatherette handlebar (which is also adjustable), the leatherette bumper bar, the 12 inch back tires and 9″ front tires and superior suspension.
– The front seat has a very nice three position recline however, if you have someone in the back you probably won’t want to recline all the way. However, if you are using this as single with the front seat facing forward or backward you’ll do nothing but love the recline options. The back seat does have a slight recline but isn’t the best for napping (which is sometimes, good!). Both seats have adjustable five point harnesses and adjustable foot rests.
– One of my favorite features about this stroller is how well it functions as both a single AND a double. Often times, Eloise wants to walk which I usually oblige because she has fun and it helps wear the wild woman out. I’ll move Margaux “up front” and I am basically strolling around a single stroller. Eloise will often climb in back if/when she gets tired so it is a win win. In the very rare instance I am only with one child, I just take the back seat off and leave it at home.
– The Too Qool comes in so many awesome color combinations. You can choose from 10 fabric colors and 2 frame finishes so the stroller can truly be customized to fit your taste. We went with the sleek graphite frame and Purpleness and I love it.
– Each seat can accommodate a 55 pound child! While both of my girls are still pretty far from reaching that maximum I appreciate the amount of growth I have in this stroller. The weight capacity here is higher than many other doubles on the market.
A few things I have noticed in all our testing and use:
– The overall smaller second seat makes it challenging to put a toddler in the back. Eloise doesn’t necessarily like climbing back there all the time and it is hard to force her to do it. It is much easier (for me anyway) to fold the front seat over and put Margaux in the back. However, if you have a newborn or smaller baby i.e., one that can’t ride in the back this could be a problematic situation as the recommended age for the back seat is 6+ months. Again, this is not really an issue for us but something worth mentioning.
– While the seat weight limit is excellent the size of the seats, particularly the backs of the seat to canopy measurement are a little tight. If you have a tall child they could possibly outgrow the seat height wise before they do weight wise.
– I have folded the Too Qool several times for the purpose of testing but never once for real life reasons. We don’t have a car and have never used this in taxi. But if you plan lots of in and out, note that the fold is easy but bulky. You must remove the second seat (which is true of many other tandem doubles that are considered luxury strollers – the City Select, Vista, etc.). The good news is the second seat folds in half, very compactly for easy storage. The most compact fold is achieved by removing both seats. This is not a huge issue for us obviously because we rarely fold the Too Qool.
– The price. The Too Qool retails for around $750 which can be quite a considerable sum. This is not to say it is not worth it by any means but we realize that the cost may put this out of contention for some.
Bottom line, the Too Qool is a fabulous stroller. It is of excellent quality and can withstand lots of urban jungle abuse. The smooth ride and luxe fashions are great but the maneuverability of it for transporting two kids is what is really amazing. Lastly, the ability to use the Too Qool has an awesome single stroller once an older child outgrows their stroller days ensures it is a piece of gear that will grow with your family.
Joovy is a brand we’ve reviewed several times before – the Boob bottle and the HiLo high chair. You can always keep up with Joovy via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google + and my favorite, Instagram)
Note, the Too Qool is different than it’s single counterpart the Qool. You cannot buy a second seat for the Qool so if you are wanting a stroller you have the option of adding a second seat too down the road you want to purchase the Too Qool out of the gate and wait to install the second, rear seat.
We would never accept money for a product review but were sent a Too Qool for testing as part of this review. However, all opinions expressed herein are 100% that of The Wise Baby.