The Joovy Caboose VaryLight is a perfect stroller for a growing family. The main selling feature on the Joovy tandem stroller is how it expands and contracts, the stroller starts at 43.5 inches and easily expands out to 49.75 inches. My toddler loves the various riding configurations, he can sit or stand depending on his mood, it’s like having several strollers in one!
Here is a little background on how I use a stroller day-to-day: I am a city dweller who does not own a car, I walk a lot, I go up and down curbs often, I use the subway and taxis. With all those facts in mind here is my stroller checklist for all strollers I review.
Tandem Stroller Checklist: Joovy Caboose VaryLight
- Is the price point under $500? Yes, the Joovy Caboose VaryLight is priced at $499.99 so right on the nose.
- Can it be folded with the seats attached? Yes, Having one piece makes the lift a bit heavy but the Caboose VaryLight is just that very light! Plus it is much easier if I am traveling by myself with the two kids to not have to deal with multiple pieces.
- Does it have a cup holder? The swing away tray (can be attached to the front or back) has two cup holders perfect for the kids to use. But not easy enough for the pusher (unless it is in the back), so you can purchase the parent organizer and cup holders for $49.99 providing 4 additional cup holders and 2 additional storage pockets (a must).
- Are the tires solid or need air? The wheels on the Caboose VaryLight are solid polyurethane with sealed bearings, this Joovy stroller has smooth handling and superior maneuverability. Plus I have been using this stroller through a NYC winter and the wheels push easy enough through huge plows of dirty icy snow.
- Can it accommodate two seated riders? Yes, this stroller prides itself on having 13 different configurations. Straight out of the box you can have one child in the front seat (that fully reclines) and one older child seated on the back bench seat. With additional attachments, you can add up to two infant car seat adapters for $49.99 each. Plus the older child also has the option of standing on the built-in platform (no addition cost for the stroller board).
- Is the seat forward and rear facing? Well, sorta. The fully reclining seat is only forward facing, and the back bench seat is only rear facing. So the only adjusting on this stroller is the distance between seats not the direction of seats.
- Is the storage space large enough to hold a bag of groceries? Yes, the undercarriage on the Joovy Caboose VaryLight is roomy it can hold up to one or more bags of groceries. Plus the storage compartment is expandable to hold even more!
- Can I fold it with one hand? Yes, the stroller folds with a flip and push, squeeze of a leaver on the handlebar. It can be done with one hand but the flip, push, squeeze combination can be a bit tricky at times, but once you get the pieces in the right places it is a very easy fold, and it collapses in both the single or extended positions.
- Can I push it with one hand? Yes, it is an easy one handed push stroller and has superior maneuverability in the single position. When in the extended position it is an easy one handed push going straight but on turns and through snow heaps I needed to use both hands for better control.
- Can it be used from birth with additional attachments? This Joovy can be used from birth when using a car seat adapter $49.99, you can mount select infant car seats in the front, rear or both sides of the Caboose VaryLight. Just snap and go.
Bonus Question: Is it easy enough for my tall husband to push? Yes!
Room for improvement: The five point harness straps on the front seat are a bit tricky to put on my squirmy baby, and the handle bar folding latch takes some finesse.
Overall the Joovy Caboose VaryLight is a great stroller for everyday use especially with a growing family, and a family who has an older child who does not need a “stroller” anymore but does get tired after long days out and about.
I was provided with a Joovy Caboose VaryLight stroller for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.