ZOE XL1 Stroller Review
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I recently got introduced to ZOE strollers during this New Year and really liked the features of their strollers! So being a “Mommy Stroller,” I had to test out one of the ZOE strollers myself! What I tested was the ZOE XL1 Sport stroller – an uber lightweight stroller – weighing just 9 lbs! Aside from its weight, I felt that ZOE strollers provide a premium product feel. I absolutely believe that this ZOE stroller is a premium lightweight stroller and I certainly see myself travelling around the world with this stroller. As always, I’ll be going over the features and pros, the cons, as well as other tips I found from other parents. Let’s dive in!
Note: The newer, similar model is called the ZOE XL1 Deluxe. Both the XL1 Sport/BEST and the XL1 DELUXE have very similar features. The XL1 Deluxe has a 10 lb weight, additional seat padding, an extra panel of canopy coverage and a magnetic peekaboo window.
Updated December 15th 2016: The features below have been updated to match the specifications for the ZOE XL1 DELUXE stroller.
Features and Pros
Ultralight Weight. This ZOE stroller weighs only 10 pounds, which is AMAZING! The frame of this stroller is made from aluminum which is not only lightweight, but also durable for everyday use. When I’m shopping for a lightweight stroller, every pound counts! Who doesn’t like to travel light?
Sizeable Sunshade Canopy.The sunshade canopy on this ZOE stroller is really good. The updated 4 panel canopy in the XL1 DELUXE model offers about 25% more canopy coverage when compared to the 3 panel canopy offered in the XL1 Sport/BEST models. While I’ve seen canopies which are larger on single strollers, most of them are not as lightweight as this one. For a lightweight stroller like the XL1 DELUXE, the canopy coverage is extremely good.
Adjustable Seat. The seat for this stroller is adjustable and tilts up to 135 degrees, a fairly comfortable tilt for laying down and taking a snooze.
5 Point Harness. This stroller comes with a padded 5 point harness system to keep your child secure.
Quick One-Hand Fold. The folding mechanism of this ZOE stroller only requires one hand, making it a quick and easy to fold. All you have to do is pull up on the strap in the middle of the seat and the ZOE stroller folds up instantly, auto-locks and is self-standing! As I’ve mentioned before, one hand folds are nice to have as you can use only one hand to fold the stroller, and the other to hold your child’s hand!
Folds Compactly. Another thing that’s nice about this stroller is that it folds very compactly! I have not tried this out personally, but ZOE claims that this stroller fits in airplane overhead compartments. Once folded, the stroller only measures 26.5” x 15.5” x 7”. Once folded, this stroller is self-standing!
50 Pound Capacity. Having a high weight capacity for a stroller is beneficial as it can mean that the stroller can be used for wider ranges of ages. For a 10 pound stroller, having a 50 pound weight capacity is pretty amazing to me! This weight capacity of 50 pounds is usually seen in full-featured umbrella strollers.
Lifetime Warranty on the Wheels. When I was looking at the features of ZOE strollers, one of the features that interested me was that all ZOE strollers come with a lifetime warranty on wheels. This is pretty awesome considering that stroller wheels are usually the first component of a stroller that gets worn the quickest.
A Variety of Accessories. While most premium quality strollers have different accessories, they usually come as an add-on; something which you’ll have to pay for. The nice thing about this ZOE stroller is some “add-ons” such as the child cup holder, snack cup and parent cup holder are all included when you purchase the stroller.
Travel Bag Available. One of the reasons why I highly regarded the Mountain Buggy Nano stroller is because of its design. Similarly, this ZOE stroller has a travel bag available to easily transport this lightweight stroller.
Front Swivel and Lockable Wheels. Like most strollers out there today, the ZOE XL1 stroller has front swivel wheels for easy maneuverability and lockable back wheels.
Accessible Storage Basket. The stroller comes with an easy to access storage basket that should be able to keep all your essential items. As this is a lightweight stroller, do note that the size of the storage basket will not be as large as a full-featured single stroller, but is sufficient for most outings.
The ZOE XL1 stroller is one of the hottest lightweight strollers in the market right now. There is however one feature which I would have liked to see in this stroller.
No Peekaboo Window. This is not really a con, but rather a personal preference. I’d like to have canopies which have a peekaboo window so that I am able to easily check in with my child in the stroller.
Updated: The ZOE XL1 DELUXE has a magnetic peekaboo window, which is a great addition to the older ZOE XL1 stroller models.
Other Noteworthy Points
The ZOE XL1 stroller now also has a “DELUXE” model, a few of which are shown below. I haven’t had to chance to test out these deluxe models, but will do so soon! These Deluxe models are one pound heavier and weigh 10 pounds.
Note that this review has been updated to present the features of this newer “DELUXE” model. For differences between the ZOE XL1 Sport/BEST stroller and the ZOE XL1 DELUXE stroller, check out my update at the top of this post.
The video below also compares both models:
I love traveling and sometimes, traveling with a child and a stroller can be troublesome. As I’ve stated before, for lightweight strollers, every pound counts! You don’t want to carry a heavy stroller everywhere you go during your travels. The ZOE XL1 stroller provides an extremely interesting solution this problem. It weighs in at only 10 pounds, which is super light! This, coupled with some great features you typically only see in fully featured strollers make this stroller a great choice for parents who are looking for a lightweight stroller for traveling or even everyday use. The first thing I really like about this stroller is undoubtedly going to be its super lightweight. Secondly, I love that ZOE included some accessories/add-ons that you generally have to pay for in other high-end strollers. Overall, the ZOE XL1 stroller is a truly revolutionary lightweight stroller that is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a lightweight stroller.CLICK HERE to check out the ZOE XL1