Joie are sure of their mission to provide quality baby items that won't break the bank. High five to that we say! So we took a look at their lightweight stroller the Nitro LX to see what it can offer.
A stroller is designed to give parents a lighter and more flexible mode of transport for their little one. Joie are really earning themselves a well deserved name for quality products without the high price tag and offer a range of products from car seats, pushchairs to high chairs.
What's in the box:
Stroller and wheels
• Open Size (cm): L85cm x W48.8cm x H108.5cm
• Folded Size: Chassis (cm): L41 x W31 x H107.5
• Product Weight: 7.7kg
Birth to 22.5kg
Caribbean and Mulberry
There are so many reasons why you may want to opt for an umbrella stroller rather than a full sized pushchair. The Nitro LX is a strong and capable stroller that is quick and nimble but without the rickety feel of a budget lightweight stroller.
When you first grab the Nitro LX out of the box, you will need to assemble it by popping the wheels on and the hood on. This took about 5 minutes and is easily achieved with the clear instructions.
The chassis looks smart with its satin black appearance and didn't scratch as easily as you might think. When you stand behind the 108.5cm handlebars, the Nitro LX feels strong whilst still being skinny and nimble. Although the handlebars are not height adjustable, they are nicely padded and sit comfortably in the hand. They suited the average height 5'6 tester perfectly and importantly didn't feel too low, so won't be uncomfortable on your back whilst out on shopping trips.
The weight of the Nitro LX is perfect for parents wanting to sling their stroller in the car or on public transport. At 7.7kg it is light enough to fold and carry in a jiffy and the integrated carry handle allows this to be done with ease.
The light suspension and lockable swivel wheels can handle cobbles and finer gravel, but as with any stroller, it does finder the rougher terrain a challenge.
The brakes on the Nitro LX are ‘shoe saver' brakes to save your shiny new autumn boots from looking scuffed and weathered. Although not the biggest brake pedal in the world, they are easy enough to locate and flick on and off easily and smoothly.
Even small strollers need to have storage and the basket on the Nitro LX is plenty big enough to hold a few small bags of shopping or a changing bag. When the seat is sat up and your toddler is at play, it's easy to get to the basket from the back of the stroller, but it is difficult to reach into the basket when the seat is reclined.
The seat on the Nitro LX can be used from birth thanks to its lay flat seat. The recline system is operated by an easy grip lever and is smooth so not to wake a sleeping baby! It gives plenty of positions to make sure your little one can be comfortable at sleep, rest or play in the nicely padded seat.
The seat is nice and high with a back height of 48.5cm, which will easily accommodate your average sized 3 to 4 year old. The seat has the great addition of an adjustable calf support which is great for supporting baby's legs when they are having a snooze. The calf support is operated by pressing the round buttons in on either side and moving up and down to two different positions.
We liked the padded adjustable harness, although the buckle could take a few seconds to secure at times when rushing.
If you have a little one that likes something to hold on to when you are out strolling, the Nitro LX has a fab bumper bar. The bar can easily be removed if needed and again is padded so that baby can't take any chunks out of it whilst testing their new teeth! We loved how the bumper bar was flexible and did not need to be removed to fold the pushchair, we are all for a fuss free life!
The hood is removable and can be adjusted up and down the frame of the stroller to suit the height of you little one. The hood doesn't give the biggest coverage we have seen in a stroller but there is a small peekaboo window in the hood which is great to check baby without disturbing them.
The Nitro LX is a classic umbrella folding stroller. The simple to operate fold can be done in just a few seconds when you have got the knack. Standing at the back of the stroller, pop on the brake to make everything easier. Using your foot, push the central frame lever up and then push down on the side lever and fold the pushchair forwards. All of the fold levers are colour coded in light grey to avoid confusion and make the process quick and simple.The overall package is long and thin and the auto-lock and carry handle makes it easy to transport from place to place.
The Nitro LX is light and sturdy and offers everything you might need for your travels or quick urban trips out. With a variety of seating positions it can be used from birth all the way up until your little one only needs to hitch the occasional ride.
The basket is a great size providing you don't need to get any big bags or coats out of it whilst baby is asleep and the seat is nicely padded to make sure your little one can rest and play in comfort. With only two colour options, it might not be at the top of the list for parents and childminders wanting a unisex stroller to use with girls and boys but the simple, quality design of this classic umbrella fold means it is definitely reliable and easy to use.
For the low price, you can forgive it for missing out on the large hood and adjustable handlebars.
We give the Joie Nitro LX Stroller 4 out of 5 stars