While I’m writing this review, Liam and Santiago are 25 months old, and up to now the Joolz Geo Pram has been the only pram we have used and we love it!
We did not receive it as a gift or product to test, after much research we made our decision and purchased it ourselves.
I made a lot of online research and together with Mark visited many shops and Shows to see and compare all the other Brands we considered at that time.
We were following some good advice which was to research and test as many prams as possible, and to not base the choice on price alone; many people end up buying 2 or even 3 prams because they are not completely satisfied with their first choice which is frustrating and expensive. Your pram will be one of the more expensive initial purchases, and the temptation to save money will be strong, but don’t forget that you will use it for years!
Joolz Geo2 Studio Tandem Stroller in Gris
The Joolz Geo has been our Family’s constant companion for more than 2 years now, and here are my 7 reasons why the Joolz Geo is the best double pushchair.
- It is narrow: only 60cm. We live in London which is a really crowded city, but with the Joolz Geo I can still move around without getting stuck every few metres. Many shops have entrances or internal aisles just as wide as the Joolz Geo, anything bigger, like the side by side prams we tested, wouldn’t fit.
We do not have Family nearby to support us, or a live in Nanny to help when we want to go out with the boys, and as we both work fulltime one of us is usually alone with the Twins, therefore easy accessibility is very important to us.
On the market there are a few side by side prams that are quite narrow, but sometimes it is really about cm. It is important to consider that the side by side prams are usually as wide at the bottom as at the top, this is in contrast to the Joolz Geo which is also narrow at the top which gives more flexibility when you get into tight or narrow situations to wriggle your way through.
- It fits easily onto Buses and into Black Cabs: London has an amazing transport system and if you live in a central area you can do without a car and rely on public transport, and this is where the Joolz Geo stands out.
Not all tube stations have a lift or escalator, our nearest station has an escalator from Ticket Hall to platform, but only stairs from Street to Ticket Hall, so for me it was not an option to take the Tube (or I would have to ask for help every time)
HOT TIP – Mumderground is a great app to see if the station you need to use will be accessible for you and your pram.
This has never been problem however because I have great connection with Buses and the Overground. London Buses have space for 2 single prams or a wheel chair and 1 single pram, but as the Joolz Geo is smaller than some single prams, I have never had problem to get on a bus. With a side by side pram you will be able to get on the Bus only if the space is completely free, and don’t forget that Wheelchair users have priority.
On the famous double decker Buses I find it easy to enter from the front door to pay and then navigate to the middle where the pram space is. On the single deck Buses the front seats are closer together so it is easier to enter through the middle door directly.
The other great advantage of being such a slim double pram is being able to get into a Black Cab easily. The pram, with Liam and Santiago on-board, Mark, and I plus 2 hand luggage fit into a black cab without adjusting the pram or having to remove the boys.
The fact that the pram fits into Black Cabs easily is really important for me as when taking a cab alone it is really difficult to hold two babies or even worse try to keep two toddlers under control.
For Liam and Santiago it is always fun when the pram goes into a cab and I feel much safer than holding them.
HOT TIP – GETT is a great app where you can even pre book your black cab in case you are not close to a busy road.
- The Joolz Geo collapses down without the need to remove anything, and the seats do not need adaptors. If you are travelling a lot or use a car more often you will understand the importance of this aspect. Again, (maybe I am a bit repetitive here) when you don’t have anyone helping you, it helps for things to be as easy to do as possible.
Many Twin pram solutions require additional seat adaptors which can lead to tricky procedures to collapse them down, but we knew we wanted a quick and easy collapsing method. I had already in my mind a picture of how many times we would have to rebuy seat adaptors after leaving them on top of a car or in an airport around the world. We have seen other great in-line prams but the seat adaptors put me off, no way! You do need two hands to close down the Joolz Geo, but it is super easy and quick, with no need to remove any parts. We still use it to arrive up to the plane door when we fly and then leave it for the Ground Crew to put in the hold.
Our Joolz Geo has been on 39 flights and is still almost perfect!
N.B. For the first 5-6 months when you use it with the carrycot (also without adaptors) you will need to take out the carrycot to close the chassis, but this stage is really short compared to how long you will use the pram.
- It counts as 1 piece of luggage because it folds down in one piece. This is another important thing to not underestimate. When you take a flight you are usually (always check your airlines) allowed 2 pieces of travel equipment for each baby as extra luggage such as car seats, pram, or travel cots. As the Joolz Geo folds down with the seat attached, it counts as 1 piece so you can still bring with you 2 car seats and 1 travel cot at no extra cost. This has been really useful such as when we were flying from Luton Airport and Easyjet had only automatic check in kiosks available. Our checked in luggage was a couple of kg overweight and of course the kiosk was not giving us the option to skip the problem (even if I tried to speak gently to him). Then I had the idea to take out from the luggage one of the travel cots, because we had only 1 pram and 2 car seats as additional travel equipment, and so we sent the Travel Cot as the fourth piece, and that saved us £30!
HOT TIP- When you can, try to find a regular check in desk with a person behind…people are usually more understanding than machines…and they usually get so curious about the twins that they are more forgiving. Also do bring your own car seats if you can as they are usually super expensive to hire!
- The wheels are really easy to take off. It maybe seem a small feature, but we have found it really useful especially when we rent a car while abroad. To save money I usually book the smallest car, which means we sometimes have to be really creative about how we pack the car, and taking off the wheels really helped many times
- Really easy to manoeuvre. The first time you push one of your friend’s light single prams you will understand what I mean, the Joolz Geo can be pushed with one finger it is incredibly easy. The Joolz Geo is also relatively short and narrow even compared to some single prams, which makes navigating crowds and narrow paths a breeze. The front wheels can also be locked straight in case you are on a very rough surface where they can get caught continuously in different directions.
- Layflat carrycots. Not all in-line double prams have the option to have both babies in a layflat carrycot, be sure to check before buying. We found them really practical and also used them as overnight cots while travelling in the first 6 months.
I think at this point you can feel I am genuinely a big fan of the Joolz Geo, however if I really need to find some room for improvement I would highlight four things and you can decide if they are more important for you than the good ones…they weren’t for me.
The lower carrycot should have a little bit more space from the top one. When our boys were around 5 months with winter coats on, the baby at the bottom seemed to fill all space available (they were in the 95th percentile though)
The Joolz Geo in a twins set up doesn’t have space for a basket, there are other accessories you can buy to have some storage but I don’t have it, so not able to review them. The Joolz Geo in a single setup however, can have big basket on the bottom.
It is as heavy as most other double prams, 14.3kg with the 2 seats on, but it is suitable for kids up to 17kg (so the structure need to be strong enough to hold the weight). My reflection is with the 2 boys on-board (25 months & 15kg+ each) wouldn’t make much difference 44kg or 40kg as I still couldn’t lift it without help (I believe the lightest double pram on the market at the moment is around 10kg).
The hood should go down lower like with other brands, so when the child needs to sleep they are less disturbed from what is going on around them (Joolz Geo 2 seems to have improved this aspect).
We feel very fortunate to have found the right pram for us at the first attempt, but we did put some thoughts and reflections together in advance to help us to know what we needed. As you can see below these were very simple but really helped to clarify in the end what our Family habits and living situation required.
Our Analysis was
• We live in London, a busy and crowded City, with many old Shops and Buildings with narrow passages and doorways
• We travel a lot by Air, but also Bus and Train.
• We do not have a car therefore rely on Public Transport
• The first 6 months I was on maternity leave and while Mark was working I was always alone with L&S and I needed to be able to go around by myself without help
• Our families are not living in this Country and so cannot support daily or weekly
• We do not have a live in nanny or au-pair and therefore must be self-sufficient as much as possible
I hope I have given you all of the elements to take your decision whether to buy the Joolz Geo or not. After two years and 39 flights, with many more still to come, for us it is the best pushchair at home and even to travel
Let me know what is your favourite double pram!