Recommended Age: 18 months +
Retail Price: $99.99
On the Web: www.joovy.com
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The Joovy Tricycoo is a tricycle for children as young as 18 months. The Tricycoo is a great way to introduce your child to balance and coordination, one step at a time. Your child will love the adventure of piloting their very first vehicle and you’ll love that you are in control while your child masters each stage of learning!
The concept of the Tricycoo is simple – your child does not need to steer, pedal or balance on their own. They simply enjoy the fun and independence of their first tricycle while you guide them with the parent push handle (removable). When engaged, the parent push handle overrides the steering on the Tricycoo. It has 4-positions and is adjustable from 32.5 to 38 inches high.
While your child is getting used to the idea of balancing and holding on to the handlebars, the front wheel pedals can be unlocked; this allows the pedals to spin freely without force and “go” without the need to pedal.
The removable ‘baby surround arms’ safely enclose your child on the seat and the fold down footrest gives more stability to the child when riding. This gives them confidence and support while they perfect their balancing.
The Joovy Tricycoo features injection-molded wheels with urethane treads that roll quietly on most floors.
For additional fun, the Tricycoo is equipped with a bell on the handlebar and a large rear basket for take- along play. The Tricycoo frame is constructed of steel and it supports a child up to 44 pounds.
Assembly is required.
We decided to look at Ease of Use on the Joovy Tricycoo from two different angles. First from the parent, then from the child.
First off, Mom (Dad, Grandpa, family-friend) should know that the Tricycoo is not assembled out of the box. You’ll have to put in a bit of work, but by the time your child is big enough to get on the Tricycoo, you should have had enough experience putting toys and equipment together that this should take you no time at all! In reality, we are talking maybe 20 minutes or so for set-up out of the box and into riding mode. Not too bad.
The next Ease of Use area for parents has to do with the simple operation of the Tricycoo, and to be quite honest, we don’t think Joovy could have found any way to make this any easier! The telescoping handle in back controls steering and is adjustable to a variety of different heights. That means Dad, Mom, siblings and friends will all be able to steer the Tricycoo easily. The Baby Surround Arms are a fantastic feature that easily comes down to hold baby in place, or can be removed when your toddler is big enough to balance on his or her own. There are pedals on the front tire that can turn with the wheel or spin independently giving your child the sense of pedaling while learning. And there are footrests that can collapse and store for when your child is big enough to pedal. And best of all – all features operate smoothly and easily. Impressive.
Now, from a child’s perspective the Tricycoo is amazing. For the children on the younger end, place them in, lower the Baby Surround Arms, position their feet on the on the footrests and go! For children that are a little older and starting to get the hang of things, place their feet on the pedals and let them spin independently until their heart is content. Next, lock in the pedals, and now let your little one control the pace by actually pedaling the Tricycoo. And lastly, remove the steering handle and let them loose. All through the steps your child will grow and learn, and it is an easy transition for each stage.
Even with all of the working, moving parts we found no durability issues when we tested the Tricycoo. In fact, with their special injection-molded wheels with urethane treads, we found that the Tricycoo is going to definitely out last its less-expensive, all “plasticy” competitors!
Similar to Durability, we think Tricycoo blows away the competition when it comes to Visual Appeal. Available in 4 classic Joovy Colors – Greenie, Orangie, Pink and Black – there is certainly a Tricycoo that appeals to your child (and your) style. And while this isn’t your classic-red tricycle, we’re happy to say it isn’t meant to be. The Tricycoo has a modern look and amazing functionality (more next) and it all comes back to a top notch design. From a visual perspective we couldn’t be more impressed!
Allright, if you thought we were impressed when it came to Visual Appeal – you may want to sit down when it comes to Functionality! This one little tricycle has an amazing amount of features and function packed in. We already described some above in Ease of Use so if we sound repetitive you’ll have to forgive us…but the Tricycoo is loaded with function!
First, the steering handle is adjustable for different size pushers – Moms, Dads, brothers, sisters – they should all be able to push and steer comfortably, and is totally removable when it is no longer needed. Next, the Baby Surround Arms comfortably hold your little one in place when they need it, and remove easily when they have grown. The footrests are well placed for little feet and when your kids are ready to start pedaling, they can be folded in and up out of the way. The pedals themselves have amazing features – with a lock control that allows them to rotate freely when kids are just starting to understand pedaling and lock into place when kids are ready to power the movement themselves. Add in the included basket for collecting and bell for laughing (and getting under Mom and Dads skin!) and you are looking at one tricycle that has it all.
Well…as prices tend to fall with Joovy items, the Tricycoo is on the high end of the tricycle price range. With a suggested retail price of $99.99, the Tricycoo is considerably higher than the competition. However, and this is a big however, not one other tricycle on the market stacks up even close to the features, functionality and durability of the Tricycoo. Not one! So – if you are looking for a tricycle that can grow with your toddler, has all of the features you can possibly need and is going to last, paying a few extra dollars for the Tricycoo suddenly seems a lot more worth it.
How can a tricycle be original you ask? Simple! Pack in features beyond all other tricycles, shore up any durability issues and make it look cool and fun! That’s what Joovy did – and that’s why we think that even though tricycles have been around for decades, this one has all that you can ask for and more. Now that’s original!
Could you tell? We absolutely, positively love Joovy’s Tricycoo. And for those of you that have been reading our reviews for quite some time now, you know we don’t treat an expensive product easily. Yes, the Tricycoo costs just under $100, but you are not going to find a better tricycle on the market – anywhere! A quick assembly is required, but after that the Tricycoo is super easy to use. It has all of the features and functionality you could ask for. And most importantly, it is going to last and your child is going to love it! In the world of toddler and child tricycles, it just doesn’t get any better than the Joovy Tricycoo!