Spotlight Review: Joovy Groove Ultralight (+GIVEAWAY)



*Giveaway Closed!

Congrats to our giveaway winner –

Entry #772 – Julie L.

Joovy is one of those companies that really listens to their customers. They completely revamped their Groove stroller in 2011 knowing that there is always room for improvement.

While parents still rave about the Groove, there are some who still want something lighter. While lightweight, 17 lbs was more than they wanted to schlep around. Joovy listened to that feedback and recently debuted the Groove’s lil’ sis – the Groove Ultralight! Think of it as a big brother and little sis!

This is the stroller for those parents looking for all the great Groove features but in an even lighter-weight package. They shaved off 5 lbs (yep FIVE lbs!) to get the Groove Ultralight to weigh in just over 12 lbs, making this one of the lightest (yet packed with features!) umbrella strollers on the market.

At first glance, there are only a few things that are different between the Groove and the Groove Ultralight – the wheels and the fabric. But if you get down and dirty with the stroller, there are a few more to mention.


The seat size is the same. It is 14” wide with 19” seatback, 9” seat bottom (where your kid’s butt goes) and a tall measurement of 26” from back of the seat to the canopy. It sports an unpadded, 5-point, adjustable harness and a weight capacity of 55 lbs.

One of the main differences with this Ultralight version is the fabric. The Groove is decked out in 600D fabric (heavy, durable – man fabric if you will!) while the Ultralight features a high-quality, lighter nylon.

Joovy Groove Ultralight

The seat has a deep recline but Joovy redesigned the strap recline for the Ultralight removing the large plastic piece behind the seat with the one-push button. The Ultralight has your typical strap recline now but still reclines back to 149 degrees.

The Groove Ultralight doesn’t have a baby bumper bar or tray, but there are two mesh pockets on the inside of the seat for baby’s sippy, snack or small toys. There is a large zipper pocket with one bottle pocket (the original Groove has TWO – big brothers drink more!) on the back of the canopy for drinks (bottles!) and space for their small personal items.


For other essentials there is a large (for an umbrella stroller!) basket underneath but just like almost all umbrella strollers it may be tricky to access large items with the seat fully reclined. An adjustable (2 position) leg rest and reflective fabric throughout the stroller are other notable features.


The handlebar is not adjustable but is tall at 41″ from ground to handle. We found this to be a comfortable height for both taller and shorter parents.


You know Baby Gizmo is all about big canopies and that’s one reason we love the Groove. That’s why we are loving that Joovy kept the huge canopy (with peek-a-boo window!) on the Groove Ultralight.

Groove Ultralight


Now, Joovy had to remove the weight somewhere on the Ultralight so they took it from the wheels. The Ultralight wheels are completely different and are only 4 1/2″ vs the 6 1/2″ wheels of the Groove. It still maneuvers well and you’ll even be able to navigate this bad boy with one hand IF you have a small baby aboard. BUT if a toddler or child closer to the weight limit is riding, you are using two hands.

Groove Ultralight


Taking direction from its big brother, the Groove, the Ultralight folds easily into a compact umbrella fold complete with an automatic lock and a shoulder strap. Yep, the Ultralight had to be a bit different so instead of the carry handle that the Groove has, the Ultralight is so lightweight that it has a shoulder strap.

Joovy Groove

The only thing that the Groove Ultralight still doesn’t do is car seats. Nope, just like the Groove,  it’s not a travel system. Let’s be honest though, you probably already have a big beast of a stroller that works as a travel system and you are looking at the Groove as your lightweight, on-the-go alternative. You wouldn’t really want a 30 lbs package (car seat + baby) on top of a lightweight, 12 lbs stroller anyway.

Overall, we are still impressed by the Groove and now it’s lightweight sister, the Groove Ultralight. The Groove Ultralight  retails for $189 (10 bucks cheaper than the Groove) and we are sure it would be a welcome addition to anyone’s family looking to add a great SUPER lightweight, compact stroller packed with features.

Baby Gizmo Giveaway

We are so excited about the new Joovy Groove Ultralight stroller that we are giving one away! Woot! Woot!


  • Joovy Groove Ultralight (or original Groove!) – Winner gets to choose!


HOW TO ENTER: Rafflecopter is back for this one but Facebook has changed the game! Now, we can use Facebook “likes” as an entry method. So, you know what?!? It is going to be MANDATORY to “like” the giveaway post on Facebook to enter.

Yep, our giveaway = our rules! (The Facebook giveaway post you need to “LIKE” will be pinned to the top of our wall! Make sure you do this because we check. If you are chosen the winner and you didn’t “like” it on Facebook – you are not the winner.)

Here’s the thing: A Facebook “like” AND a blog comment are the only mandatory entries! Once you do those two entry methods, it will open up all the other “optional” entry methods. Baby Gizmo friends don’t just stick with “mandatory” though, right? We are overachievers! So, there are additional (optional) entries you can get.  But let us warn you – make sure you actually do the entries! If you click on “leave a blog comment” on the Rafflecopter widget – make sure you actually leave a blog comment. We check! If you don’t do the actual entry – it doesn’t count! You won’t win. We’ll both be sad.

* Giveaway STARTS now and ends at 11:59pm EST Friday, August 30, 2013. (US residents only on this one, folks!) YEP, ONLY A TWO-DAY GIVEAWAY!!

Entry form should be below.  If it doesn’t load right away – just wait longer. *In my best Jim Carrey voice from Pet Detective.* ;)
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*Disclosure: Joovy sent a Groove Ultralight for our review. As always, all our opinions, statements and thoughts are our own. It takes much more than a stroller to get us to just say nice things. :)