A stylish and compact urban stroller that can double as a high chair on the go.
When I was stroller shopping, I did not come across the Stokke Scoot. But I wish I had. Why? I think it strikes a good balance on a lot of the features that ended up being important to me, including durability, maneuverability, and versatility.
Stokke is a Norwegian-based company that focuses on creating products that serve your baby’s best interests. For example, the company notes that their strollers are designed with high seats and parent-facing options in order to promote parent-child interactions.
According to Stokke, the Scoot was designed to be an urban stroller. This means it was created to be lightweight and take up relatively little space, which is ideal when you’re navigating public transit or crowded sidewalks.
But, if you’re living in the countryside, however, this may not be the stroller for you.
- Small footprint (takes up little space)
- Folds easily, with seat attached
- Relatively lightweight
- Many adjustable features
- Plenty of cargo space
- Not ideal for more rugged terrain
- Does not have a tray or bumper bar
The Scoot retails for about $599.99, which includes the stroller itself as well as some extras like a rain cover and mosquito net. Other add-ons, like a car seat adapter and a cocoon-like insert for newborns, are available at additional cost.
The Scoot also comes with a 3-year extended warranty intended to cover any manufacturing defects.
Features and Benefits of the Scoot
The stroller weighs about 27 pounds, and the seat is approved to hold children up to 45 pounds.
The Scoot is designed to be lightweight, compact, and maneuverable, but it takes a closer look at this stroller’s features to understand whether it might work for you.
Here are a few of the features that make this stroller unique, and some resources to help you see what this stroller looks like in action:
Let’s start with the part of your stroller that would likely matter most to your baby: the seat.
The Scoot features an adjustable seat that can be forward-facing or rear-facing. There are also two inclines for the Scoot: active and rest. You can combine each of these features for a total of four different seating positions. This means you can keep an eye on your sleeping infant, or your curious toddler can check out your surroundings.
I’m a big fan of the easy conversion between different seating positions: to switch between rest and active, all you need to do is buckle (or unbuckle) two clips on the rear of the stroller. I also appreciate that this stroller has a seat lock safety indicator when you switch between front- and rear-facing. This is a pretty standard feature for strollers these days, but it’s nice to have an easy visual that lets you know the seat is correctly locked into place.
Here you can see one of Stokke’s designers demonstrate the various seat positions. Incidentally, this video was made by Stokke, and it provides a useful overview of many of the stroller’s features:
Video by Stokke
Other Adjustable Features
I like that the Scoot’s versatility isn’t just limited to its seat. In fact, several aspects of this stroller can be adjusted to suit you and your baby:
Handles — The Scoot’s handles can be adjusted to any of three different heights, meaning you can ensure that the height and grip are comfortable for you. The handle can also be folded down to make the stroller easier to store. The adjustment is done by pressing a button on the handle, which makes it easy for you to switch between positions as the need arises.
Footrest — The Scoot comes equipped with a footrest that can easily be stored on the back of the stroller when not in use. As your child gets older, the footrest can also be a helpful stepping stool to get up into the stroller’s seat.
Harness — An adjustable harness isn’t exactly unique to the Scoot, but I like that this stroller comes equipped with a 5-point harness to help keep your child securely fastened.
We’ve already established one potential benefit of the Scoot’s height: it makes it that much easier for you to supervise and bond with your little one when the seat is rear-facing.
When the seat is forward-facing, it gives him or her a great vantage point to explore the world.
That being said, here’s another surprising benefit: the Scoot could be a great substitute for a high chair in a pinch.
You might use this feature when you’re stopping at a restaurant for lunch, or maybe it just means you have one less thing to throw in the car when you’re visiting family.
Easy to Fold
The unique folding mechanism might be my favorite feature that the Scoot has to offer.
The two-step folding process for this stroller can be done with one hand, which is crucial when you also need to be holding your child. You fold the Scoot by lifting the seat up, then pressing a button concealed beneath, which then collapses the rest of the stroller.
The seat can be facing either direction when you fold the stroller, which makes the process extra easy.
To open the Scoot back up, you just lift the handlebar and wait for the stroller to click back into place.
Check out this video at about 30 seconds in to see what the folding process looks like. I particularly like that this clip gives you a good idea of what you can realistically expect from this stroller when you are also holding your little one:
Video by EcoBabyz
Canopy and Ventilation
The Scoot’s canopy is another strong contender for my favorite feature. The full coverage helps to make sure your baby is protected from the sun, and the canopy is also rated as UPF 50+.
Also, there is a zipper on the canopy. When unzipped, this opens a vent. There are also smaller vents to the rear of the stroller.
You may find yourself grateful to have these features on a hot day or on a stuffy subway.
Alternatives to the Scoot
Maybe the Scoot isn’t for you, but there’s a lot that you like about it – and that’s okay! If that’s the case, you shouldn’t leave empty-handed.
Try researching some of these alternatives to see if they might be a good fit for your needs.
Let’s start with the Stokke Trailz:
At first glance, it may seem counterintuitive to recommend a product by the same company.
However, if you like everything about the Scoot but need more of an all terrain vehicle, this could be a worthwhile contender.
I particularly like the waterproof storage compartment and the durable air-filled tires on this model.
On the downside, this stroller is pricier than the Scoot: it’s listed at $1,299 on the Stokke website.
That brings me to another alternative, the Chicco Urban Stroller:
This could be a great fit if you’re a Scoot-lover on a tighter budget: this stroller is listed at $399.99.
Reviewers love this stroller because it’s easy to fold and customizable with lots of different colors, just like the Scoot.
Also, it boasts a range of convertible seating positions, has a bumper bar and works with Chicco car seats.
One noteworthy con, though: some users report that this stroller can be difficult to maneuver.
On the other hand, the Scoot’s seat sits higher and the canopy has an increased coverage and sun protection
Another stroller to check out is the Bugaboo Bee. If you think the Scoot is adorable, you’ve got to see this cutie!
It is comparable in price and function to the Scoot and offers many of the same features.
However, some people say that the Bee is a little easier to maneuver, although it is also a more difficult to set up and break down than the Scoot.
This stroller could be a good fit for you if you’re looking for a lightweight urban stroller, but aren’t sure the Scoot is the right fit.
On the other hand, the Scoot has a cozier seat, more storage and more durable feel overall.
Shopping for the perfect stroller is never easy, but reflecting on your long-term preferences will help you find the best fit for you and your baby.
The Stokke Scoot strikes an ideal balance between maneuverability and durability.
It is also equipped with several unique features that aim to fit your child’s needs in a practical and versatile way, making the Scoot a solid contender as you continue your search.
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