The Zoe XL2 is one of the best umbrella strollers on the market. It’s loaded with all the right features mom and dad are looking for in a stroller that’s lightweight, easy to use, and reasonably priced.
Our Verdict: The XL2 has a one hundred pounds max weight limit, a variety of storage options including an under the seat bin that has a ten-pound weight limit, and some deep canvas pockets located on the back of each of the seats. It also has cup holders for the kids and parents, which is a nice touch. In terms of maneuverability, this stroller can struggle in crowded places and when it comes to getting through doorways. Overall, it’s a great buy if you’re looking for a model that’s easy to fold, store, and haul.
Keep on reading to find out why this stroller received a high rating from moms and dads, what other features it has to offer, and why you’ll come to rely on it for all your outings.
Overview and Features
This stroller is packed with some great features including cup holders, under the seat storage, a parent cup holder, and bumper bars. This is an easy to handle stroller that’s equipped with all the right features.
Folding and Set Up
This model features a one and two-handed easy fold mechanism complete with self-stand and auto-lock. The self-stand feature can be tricky to use if the wheels are not positioned correctly, however, all you have to do is pull the straps under the seat in order to fold it down quickly. To unfold the stroller, just release the latch and open the stroller until it clicks into place.
The single-action brakes located on a long bar across the back of the stroller work to make releasing and setting the brake fast and easy. The brake’s response is very smooth on both sides, so it’s easy to engage, regardless of the type of shoes you’re wearing.
The under the seat storage bin can hold up to ten pounds, giving you more than enough room and a decent weight limit to carry around all the gear you need to, including an extra-large diaper bag.
The bumper bar can be replaced with a middle snack tray and a couple of cup holders. This is a feature you won’t commonly find on an umbrella stroller.
Parent Cup Holder
The side parent cup holder is not well placed and is somewhat shallow, which increases the chances of spilling your drink. However, it’s still a nice extra.
There are two canopies on the XL2, both of which are extra-large and provide more than enough protection from the sun.
This is a great feature and one that will allow you to peer in on your passengers without lowering the canopies. The window is mesh and is equipped with magnetic closures that work to keep the flaps in place.
The five-point harness has straps that are highly adjustable, push button buckles, and shoulder pads. The buckles themselves work well and are easy to depress.
This is a side-by-side model, meaning the seats are placed next to each other, so there will be no fights in regards to who gets the best seat. While the included leg rests are not adjustable, the seats can recline far back enough for a nap on the go. To recline a seat you’ll need to use a push button toggle, which works well and allows you to place the seats in a variety of positions. The tops of the seatback can be opened up for improved ventilation. However, when you do this, you’ll be unable to use the canopy pockets located on the backs of the seats.
Most umbrella strollers tend to struggle when it comes to maneuvering in crowded places and this model is no different. However, I’d say its performance is about average. The dual wheel design is what seems to hinder the ability to maneuver the most. This stroller would have been better off with a single wheel design instead.
The stroller has a total of four wheels on the front with two wheels on each of the legs. This design results in poor maneuverability and makes it difficult to turn the stroller. On sidewalks and pavement, the stroller handles well, but it cannot take on any type of challenging terrain without struggling.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Lightweight design
- Parent and child cup holders
- Large storage bin
- Easy to fold design
- Folds down into a compact package
- Reasonable price
- Cannot handle uncultivated terrain
- Struggles going through doorways
While you can’t take this stroller off-roading, it can easily handle cultivated terrain, although you may struggle when it comes to maneuvering a crowded sidewalk or when going through doorways. If you normally struggle with learning how to fold a stroller, then you’ll be overjoyed with this model’s easy to use folding mechanism, which allows you to collapse the stroller in a matter of seconds. Overall, this is a well-built stroller that comes with plenty of storage options and extra features that both the kids and mom and dad will love.
How it Stands Up to the Competition
Delta Children City Street LX Side by Side Stroller is a great option for smaller children, but it doesn’t offer the higher max weight limit that the Zoe stroller does, which is one hundred pounds. The Delta can accommodate up to seventy pounds total, or thirty-five pounds per seat, which means your children will quickly outgrow this stroller. If you’re looking for a stroller you can use for more than just a few months, stick with this model by Zoe.
Conclusion and Rating
The Zoe XL2 is perfect for shorter trips, or as a way to get your children from one place to the next. In terms of maneuverability, this model did struggle somewhat. However, this is par for the course when it comes to umbrella strollers. It’s built tough, comes with an easy to use folding mechanism, and it’s available at a reasonable price. I gave this model a rating of five out of five stars.