The Joovy Kooper Stroller ($199) is a lighter weight stroller that gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It’s a real looker, with sleek aluminum tubing, and sturdy high luster denier fabric. It comes in red, black or lemontree (shown above). Features include a true one-handed push, generous seat width and depth, reflective accents on the exterior and shoulder straps, plus a full sun canopy.
Putting it Together
Attach the front and back wheels by clicking each one in, then connect the sun canopy.
The Kooper has a smooth ride and a true one-handed easy push. The stroller has plastic wheels (usually not a plus in my book), but when I pushed the Kooper, it was so smooth that I couldn’t tell. The grippy ergonomic handles were really comfortable and came up to my midsection of my 5’4″ frame and are not adjustable. It’s 17.9 lbs, which is not exactly lightweight, but it’s lighter than my everyday stroller (and has the similar features).
I tested the stroller with my super tall, skinny 29 lb 3.5 year old and my 18 lb fourteen month old — who were able to sit in the seat comfortably.
To change the height of the shoulder straps, twist the buckle on the end of each strap and push it out of the seat. Place the buckle through another height in the seat and push it into the slot in the seat. For children over 14 months, I recommend the highest shoulder strap position.
There are multiple recline positions, adjustable with one hand. The recline is deep, but not flat. There is no extendable leg rest, but the seat is deep enough to compensate.
The storage basket is a generous size. There is also a zippered pocket under the two cup holders on the back of the canopy. The cup holders fit water bottles and sippy cups nicely, but I was a little nervous to try to hold my coffee in them. An attachable cup holder or a parent console may be a better option for hot drinks. I loved the two mesh pockets on each side of the inside of the stroller, perfect for storing cups and snacks for your little rider. I didn’t find the Kooper tippy at all, even with ten pounds of cans in a shopping bag on the handles.
The sunshade is a decent size and kept the sun at bay.
The Kooper has a typical umbrella fold. Just pull up the lock in the rear center of the stroller, push down forcefully on the secondary lock on the right side of the stroller and push forward using the handlebars. To lock, attach the folding soft plastic locking strap on the left side of the stroller over the protruding rivet.
A rain cover and a travel bag are optional accessories.
Pros: This stroller is full featured, and folds up very compactly. I also liked the sleek look and easy maneuverability. I loved the fact that it wasn’t tippy.
Cons: I would have liked an automatic lock after it folds — though the manual lock worked fine, it was just an extra step that I didn’t want to take. No height adjustable handles.
Final Verdict: It’s an attractive, smooth ride, and at $199, is reasonable for all the features you get.
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