Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Joie Juva Travel System

I've said it before and I'm sure I will say it again 'I am a pramaholic' so I like to keep my eyes peeled for good deals. Argos is one of my favourite places to find special offers and they have lots of travel systems and pushchairs available .

The Joie Juva retails at £99.99  and is advertised a full travel system suitable from birth

Pushchair features:
  • Weight 5.35kg.
  • Suitable from birth to 4 years.
  • Suitable for children up to 15kg.
  • Multi recline positions.
  • Forward seat.
  • 5 point harness.
  • Lockable front swivel wheels.
  • Handle height 99cm.
  • Dual wheel suspension.
  • Linked brakes.
  • Adjustable leg rest.
Pushchair folding specifications:
  • 1 hand flat fold.
  • Freestanding when folded.
  • Folded size L97, W46, D28cm.
Pushchair accessories included:
  • Raincover.
  • Shopping basket.
  • Bumper bar.
  • Detachable hood.
Infant carrier features:
  • Group 0 plus.
  • Suitable for birth to 13kg.
  • Rear facing.
  • For use with 3 point seat belts.
  • Side impact protection.
  • 3 point harness.
  • Harness sleeves, quick release buckle 
  • Hood
  • Weight 2.13kg.

So what are you getting for your money 

  • Pushchair
  • Car seat
  • Rain cover
  • Instruction books

The car seat is a stage 0 suitable from birth to 13kgs it fits into cars using the car seat belt or with a base which is sold separately. It comes in black and has a hood and 3 point harness, it also attaches to the pushchair making it easy not to disturb a sleeping baby whilst transferring them from car to pushchair. 



The pushchair is again black and has four  wheels, the front wheels swivel, a foot operated brake. It has a single handle a retractable hood and a fully reclining seat with 5 point harness.




I'm not normally a fan of this style of pushchair, I'm always concerned that a lightweight pushchair won't be sturdy enough for us, but I have to say it offers great value for money, and comes with a host of great features.

The pushchair  was easy to assemble, all that needed doing was to click the wheels on, then attach the hood and the belly bar. 

The recline is easy to use there's a toggle at the back to slide down adjusting the seat back to the desired angle and you simply pull apart the strings and the toggle slides back up returning the seat to its upright position.




Attaching the car seat is a little more complex, first you click the car seat into place on the bumper bar with baby facing parent, you then un-hook the pushchair straps and  slide part of  the pushchair strap through the belt loops of the car seat. I found this quite fiddly and it didn't fit with the ease of use that the rest of the pushchair boasts.



The pushchair folds really easily with the squeeze of a button on the handle and, brilliantly, the folded pushchair is reasonably small and stands independently. It's so easy you can fold with one hand and the whole thing is very light meaning its easy to carry making this a great public transport pushchair.


The rain cover fastens around the handles and above the wheels to ensure a secure fit and provides lots of space although it doesn't cover all the back panel so my concern would be if the seat were fully reclined then then heavy rain could wet through the back panel.


There is  a reasonably sized basket under the seat and the break is easy to operate and passes my 'flip flop' test!



What we love 

The price is great
The fold is easy and neat
Its lightweight
The recline means baby can sleep comfortably
The brake is good and is easy to operate
The push is smooth 


Areas for improvement

In our opinion both the car seat and pushchair could do with more padding, we've added a really thick footmuff to offer more comfort as there isn't much cushioning. This is the one thing I think could offer a touch of luxury to a great budget pram. 

The car seat has only a 3 point harness and I prefer 5point.

The hood on the car seat is not very structured and is either on or off with no degrees of recline.

I like an adjustable pushchair handle but I'm really grasping at straws here the pushchair may not be dripping with modern design and on trend style, but it looks good, does what it's built for and is a brilliant budget buy. 

Overall I would give this pushchair 7/10.




This is a collaborative post in association with Argos

6 comments:

  1. I'm really not a fan of car seats on top of pushchairs like that - it always looks so bulky.

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  2. Looks like the basket is huge.

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  4. My concern is about the small wheels. Is it possible to ride on the rough surfaces?

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  5. amazing stroller, this is actually good stroller, thanks for publishing such wonderful stroller picture.

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  6. We agree that it needs more padding. It's nice and light but overall it does feel slightly cheap.

    Another design weakness is that with the pushchair seat reclined flat it's impossible to access items in the shopping basket. That's also a problem if you attach the car-seat to the pushchair, as to do so you must first recline the pushchair seat to flat.

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