When Zoe’s Twin stroller first came out there was so much buzz about it they couldn’t seem to keep it in stock! We wanted to know if it was really all that, so we picked one up and gave it a whirl.
After putting this stroller to the test, I’m happy to report that it’s great for convenience, travel (it’s super light and Disney-approved — yay!) and versatility (it can grow to a triple or quad with an expandable tandem add-on seat); however there are some caveats [keep reading…]. While it’s not as sturdy as its heavier, pricier counterparts, I’d still opt for this stroller in my trunk most days of the week.
The Twin V2 Stroller Review: Size & Weight
Stroller companies know parents crave a lightweight double stroller. At 23 lbs, this stroller is one of the lightest general purpose side-by-side on the market (note: the previous model was just 19 lbs and thus easy to gate check — even on American Airlines. If you’re hoping to gate check the V2, check with your airline ahead of your trip).
For comparison sake, most double strollers are in the 25-35 lb range; a similar stroller, the Joovy Scooter X2 (32 lbs) is about double the weight.
At only 29 inches wide, it fits through most standard ADA doorways (though the parent cup holder may pose an obstacle).
Note that this stroller is Disney-size approved. Woohoo!
Folding & Carrying
When folded, the stroller is extremely compact. Some of you will likely relate to my limited trunk space, so you’ll be happy to know that it can squeeze into the trunk of my Mazda 5… even with the third row seats up!
The quick fold is modeled after Baby Jogger; simply pull up the straps on each seat et voila!! The ease and compactness of fold makes the Zoe Twin V2 a solid choice for travel (airplane, bus, road trips, etc.). Once folded, the stroller locks itself.
It’s also relatively easy to schlep up stairs, making it an ideal pick for urbanites whose comings and goings require a stair climb.
For a lightweight stroller, the storage basket is surprisingly large. You can throw your coat, diaper bag, blanket and other smaller belongings down there with no problem.
With a recessed rear axle and an adjustable handlebar (also an upgrade on the V2!), tall parents with a long stride won’t be kicking the back of the stroller, like we do on most. Similarly, if you are petite (under 5’4″), simply adjust the handlebar to your comfort level and you’ll be good to go.
It comes with a detachable double belly bar, two kid cup holders, a parent cup holder and one kid snack holder. We tried out both, my fave are the cup holders and snack cup. These are perfect for when we are out; the twins each have their own sippy and I can pour some snacks in the middle for them to munch on! Note that they do fall off when folded if you aren’t careful putting the stroller in the trunk.
Seats & Canopies
The canopy has a hidden zipper which holds an additional panel that covers all the way down to the belly bar. No other side-by-side offers four-panel coverage — and we parents love coverage, oh yes we do!
Each canopy offers UPF50+ protection, is independent and has a peek-a-boo window with magnetic closures and a handy dandy pocket for quick access (phone, keys, sunglasses, bottles…).
You can tell the canopies and seats are constructed of high(er) quality fabric, giving you a taste of luxe while remaining on a budget. You can also select from a variety of colors to customize your kiddo’s ride.
Each seat has a maximum weight limit of 45 lbs, which is super generous for a travel stroller (can we imagine for a moment pushing around 90 lbs of kids and all the additional baggage? Me thinks not). The high weight limit makes it great for traveling with older kids on a late night flight, for example.
The seats recline 165 degrees (180 being flat), so still not fully flat; thus, it’s not appropriate for the newborn crowd. Babies will need solid head and neck control to use this stroller.
Also very cool about this stroller — and something we love for parents of multiples (or multiple kiddos) — is the ability to easily transform it into a triple or quad stroller using the Trio V2 seat attachment or the Tribe V2 seat attachment.
What this stroller is not:
Let me be very clear: even with the upgraded tires, this stroller is not made for all-terrain use. It’s really at its best when pushed along flat surfaces, like the floor at the mall or airport. Though the newest version, The Twin V2, has larger and more durable wheels than the previous model which will make steering and going over big bumps on the sidewalk a little easier. Be advised of this, especially if you’ve been spoiled by using an all-terrain stroller in the past. The front wheels have suspension and the option to lock or swivel depending on what surface you’re strollin’ on.
Bottom Line: We now understand what all the buzz is about! They clearly nailed some big requirements with this stroller: lightweight and small footprint, generous canopies, good storage, a chic design and great accessories. Though it gained a little weight (4 lbs) and a more expensive price tag with the V2 upgrade, we still think the Zoe Twin is an awesome choice for your everyday and/or travel double stroller option.
It has many of the luxuries of a higher-priced stroller. It’s not going to feel as sturdy or ride as well as a heavier duty stroller, but this is the trade-off you make for the lightweight. Thus, I wouldn’t use it for regular treks across grass or other places with rough terrain, but it’s great for keeping in the car for errands and a top pick for airline travel. Perfect also for parents of twins (6+ months).