ZOE Strollers: XLC BEST v2, XL1 BEST v2, XLT DELUXE – Review & Comparison

If you’re looking for a compact, light and portable stroller for your toddler, you have probably come across ZOE lightweight strollers at some point. There are three single models that have been very popular for the last couple of years: ZOE XL1 BEST v2, ZOE XLC BEST v2 and ZOE XLT DELUXE.

ZOE Strollers Comparison

Parents often wonder what are the differences between these single ZOE strollers as they look very similar. In fact, they differ in many ways.

Are you curious which stroller is better? Read my full review and comparison of ZOE XLC BEST v2, ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and ZOE XLT DELUXE and find out which one will be the best for you and your baby.

NameImageTypeWeightBest application
ZOE XLC BEST v2ZOE XLC BEST v2Umbrella stroller11 lbsCompact fold makes this stroller ideal for traveling by plane, train or car. Great as a second stroller for toddler
ZOE XL1 BEST v2ZOE XL1 BEST v2Umbrella stroller11 lbsDesigned for travel, quick trips to the city and shopping mall, great for short strolls on flat surfaces. Suitable for big kids too
ZOE XLT DELUXEZOE XLT DELUXELightweight stroller16 lbsIt’s so well equipped it can serve as an everyday stroller, great for running errands, as well as for longer walks to the park

All these single strollers by ZOE are very light and easy to carry and don’t take up much space at home, which is a big plus. ZOE XLT DELUXE weighs 16 lbs so it is a lightweight stroller that you can easily lift to the car trunk or carry down the stairs. ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and ZOE XLC BEST v2 weigh even less – only 11 lbs and they are examples of an umbrella stroller.

Although these models are so light, they have many awesome features that full-sized strollers usually have. Thanks to these functions ZOE strollers are very convenient for both parents and kids.

LATEST INFO: ZOE XLT DELUXE has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

ZOE XLC BEST v2, ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and ZOE XLT DELUXE Review – Functions

Here I will show you the main features that you can find on these 3 strollers: the newest version of ZOE XLC BEST (v2), ZOE XL1 BEST (v2) and ZOE XLT DELUXE. I will also point out the similarities and differences between these models.

Seat

Both strollers have a bit different seats. The seat on ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is 12.5’’ wide, 9.25″ deep and 18″ long. From the bottom of the seat to the canopy there are about 26″. This seat is suitable from 3 months up to 50 lbs.

ZOE XLT DELUXE has bigger seat: 15.25″ wide, 10″ deep and 18.25″ long (with 27″ from the bottom of the seat to the canopy). However, this seat is suitable from 6 months. The weight capacity is the same – 50 lbs.

ZOE XLT DELUXE - Lightweight stroller with big canopy and near-flat recline
ZOE XLT DELUXE features near-flat recline (up to 175 degrees)

ZOE XLC BEST (v2) is the smallest and most compact single ZOE stroller (at least when I’m writing it) and it has the smallest seat among these three ZOE strollers. It is 11.75″ wide, 9.5″ deep and the backrest is only 16.5″ tall (but there are about 10 more inches of the head room).

It’s suitable from 3 months and it can hold a passenger up to 50 pounds, which is impressive for such a tiny and lightweight stroller.

Keep in mind that none of single ZOE strollers is usable from birth and none of them is compatible with infant car seats!

Another difference between those two seats is the recline angle. The backrest of XL1 BEST v2 stroller reclines to 165 degrees, while the backrest of XLT stroller reclines even further – up to 175 degrees. It’s not fully flat position therefore it’s not newborn-ready, but it’s still very deep and comfy for naps.

ZOE XLC BEST (v2) offers smaller recline – up to 150 degrees. I think it’s still pretty good, and more generous than on many other lightweight strollers.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 - Recline
ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has a bit smaller recline (up to 165 degrees)

To recline the seat (on both strollers) you need to use a strap with a buckle. In my opinion raising and lowering is doable with one hand, but more easy and convenient to do with two hands.

There is also a vented top on each stroller – which you can use when the backrest is reclined. On hot days you can roll up the rear shade, that covers the top of the seat, and use the hook and loop to keep the shade rolled up.  You can see how it works in the video below.

Moreover, ZOE XLT DELUXE seat has a full leg rest and footrest. The leg rest is adjustable – you can lift it all the way up so it could serve as an extension of the seat which is very useful as it provides bigger and comfy space for toddlers who like to nap on the go. You can also use the near-flat recline and flat leg rest for changing a diaper. It’s really a rare thing among strollers that weigh 16 lbs and cost less than $200!

ZOE XLT DELUXE - Legrest and footrest
ZOE XLT DELUXE – Leg rest and footrest

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has only a short calf rest (it supports the back of the knees) and separate footrest – both are non-adjustable.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 - Calf rest and footrest
ZOE XL1 BEST v2 – Calf rest and footrest

What’s really interesting, despite being the smallest strollers here,  ZOE XLC BEST v2 has adjustable calf rest. So you can lift it up to provide more space and comfort your napping infant or toddler.

The calf rest is separated from the footrest, just like on ZOE XL1 BEST v2, but on XLC stroller the calf rest is longer. Footrest stays non-adjustable.

What I really like about ZOE XLT DELUXE seat (apart from the deep recline) is the additional, removable padding, that provides better comfort and support for baby’s back and head.

Neither ZOE XL1 BEST v2, nor ZOE XLC BEST v2 has this additional pillow (it should be available for separate purchase but I couldn’t find in on ZOE website so it may be sold out right now or something). On a positive note, both these strollers have rich and deep padding on the seat anyway, and even without an additional insert your child will feel comfy sitting in it.

ZOE XLT DELUXE - Additional seat padding
ZOE XLT DELUXE has additional seat padding (removable)

Canopy

All three single ZOE strollers have large extendable sunshades. There are 3 panels (one opens with a zipper) and a flip-out sun visor. Honestly, these are probably the best canopies that you can find on lightweight strollers!

ZOE XLT DELUXE - Big canopy and near-flat recline
ZOE XLT DELUXE has huge canopy that fully covers the baby

ZOE XLT DELUXE has more roomy canopy, however the canopy on ZOE XL1 BEST v2 goes down a bit further. Nevertheless, both hoods are really awesome and provide excellent shade from the sun. They keep the sun rays out of baby’s eyes and cover the passenger’s torso.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 - Canopy
ZOE XL1 BEST v2 – Canopy

ZOE XLC BEST v2 has the smallest canopy among these three lightweight ZOE strollers, but it’s still very impressive and provides good amount of shade. When the backrest is in most upright position, the canopy covers baby’s torso. When the seat is reclined, the amount of shade is smaller, but the sun visor still keeps the sun rays out of baby’s eyes.

Each canopy is equipped with mesh peek-a-boo window that gives extra air-flow. The window closes with silent magnets which is of course awesome, because you can check on your baby at any time without disturbing their nap time.

ZOE XLT DELUXE - Mesh pee-a-boo window
ZOE XLT DELUXE – Mesh pee-a-boo window

No matter which stroller you choose I’m sure you’ll be really satisfied with the canopy and able to enjoy summer strolls without worrying about the sunburns.

In my opinion, the canopy on ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is the best one (and this is probably my favorite single ZOE stroller).

Handlebar

The handlebars look the same on these three strollers, however they have different heights. ZOE XL1 and ZOE XLC BEST v2 have handlebars set at 40.25″ from the ground, while ZOE XLT DELUXE handlebar is 39″ from the ground. Additionally, each stroller has recessed rear axle to provide more space behind the stroller for tall parents. Thanks to this feature people who are over 6ft tall don’t kick the rear axle or wheels while walking.

ZOE XLT DELUXE vs ZOE XL1 BEST v2 - Handlebar
Comparison of handlebars: on the left you can see ZOE XL1 BEST v2 handlebar (40.25” from the ground), on the right there is ZOE XLT DELUXE handlebar (39” from the ground)

Keep in mind that these handlebars are non-adjustable therefore if you’re very short or very tall you may experience wrist fatigue after long-distance strolls.

I’ve read in some customer reviews that these strollers are easy to steer with one hand thanks to single handlebar, instead of two short handles.

Wheels

All three ZOE strollers have small, single, polymer wheels recommended mainly for flat terrain. ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has 6.25″ rear wheels and 5.38″ front wheels. The same wheels we can find on ZOE XLC BEST v2. ZOE XLT DELUXE has a bit bigger wheels: 7.75″ in the back and 6.5″ in front.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 vs ZOE XLT DELUXE - Wheels comparison
ZOE XL1 BEST v2 vs ZOE XLT DELUXE – Wheels comparison

Front wheels are pivoting which makes the stroller easier to steer and turn, but you can also lock them to increase stroller sturdiness (for example when you go over slightly harsh terrain).

According to other parents who have been using these strollers, they work best on pavement and smooth surfaces, but also can handle average cracked sidewalk. However the short wheelbase and small wheels are not great for cobblestone, dirt unpaved roads or rocky terrain. ZOE XLT DELUXE has bigger wheels which can also handle short even grass.

Each stroller has front wheel suspension which absorbs shocks a little bit. The ride is not cushioned as in joggers, but still it’s quite smooth. If you hit bigger bump the child will probably feel it and the stroller might wiggle on very uneven terrain (similar to other lightweight strollers).

ZOE XLT DELUXE has built-in front wheel suspension
ZOE XLT DELUXE has built-in front wheel suspension just like ZOE XL1 BEST v2. However it has bigger wheels therefore it handles more types of terrain

The best application of ZOE lightweight strollers is: strolling on pavements, asphalt, sidewalks and indoor use (at the mall or airport).

Brake

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has dual action brakes so you have to press or lift two pedals to engage or disengage the brake. I’ve noticed that some parents complain about this type of brake as it’s less convenience and user-friendly. Moreover the pedals are difficult to release if you’re wearing open toe shoes.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 - Storage basket and brakes
ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has two separate brake pedals – you need to press both of them to lock the rear wheels. It’s less convenient and difficult to do in flip flops

I definitely prefer the brake on ZOE XLT DELUXE – there is a single one-touch bar. It is very easy to set and release and it’s even flip flop friendly.

ZOE XLT DELUXE - One-touch brake
ZOE XLT DELUXE has one-touch brake that is easy to use even in sandals

Among these three ZOE stroller I think XLC model has the best parking brake. There is a one-touch pedal in the middle of rear axle. It’s easy to reach and works very smoothly when you press it and lift it (both doable while wearing sandals).

Storage Basket

Both ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and ZOE XLC BEST v2 have mesh basket. The storage space is not huge, but it’s decent – you can fit there baby’s backpack or a small diaper bag and a blanket.

However even the bottom of the basket is made of mesh which is not very stiff. I wouldn’t put there anything heavy.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 - Storage basket
ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has smaller storage basket. The whole bin is made of mesh so it’s not very strong

ZOE XL1 allow you to access the basket only from the back – there is an elastic mesh. ZOE XLC offers you access from the back and from the front, if you lift up the calf rest.

ZOE XLT DELUXE has upgraded basket with more solid bottom made of the same fabric as the rest of the stroller. It’s also more durable and stiff. The back and sides of the storage basket are made of mesh and they are elastic so you could have easy access to your necessities, even when the seat is fully reclined. You can take your stuff in and out from the back and both sides.

And this basket is really BIG – it’s not often found on such a lightweight strollers. You will be able to fit there you normal-sized diaper bag and few other essentials.

ZOE XLT DELUXE - Capacious storage basket
ZOE XLT DELUXE has more capacious storage bin with more durable bottom

Size & Weight

This is the most noticeable difference between ZOE XL1 BEST v2, ZOE XLC BEST v2, and ZOE XLT DELUXE. XL1 and XLC model are not only smaller but also lighter than XLT stroller.

ZOE XL1 Best v2 vs ZOE XLT DELUXE
ZOE XL1 Best v2 is smaller and lighter than ZOE XLT DELUXE

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 is 40.25″ high, 20.5″ wide and 31″ long, while ZOE XLT DELUXE is 42.5″ high, 24.5″ wide and 36.5″ long. ZOE XLC BEST v2 is even smaller! It’s 40.25 high, 17″ wide and 28.5″ long.  You can see that XLC model is really, really compact.

Moreover, ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and ZOE XLC BEST v2 weigh only 11 lbs each, which is 5 lbs less than ZOE XLT DELUXE weighs!

All three ZOE strollers are lightweight and you can easily lift them to the trunk or carry up and down the stairs without too much effort.

You can buy additional Travel Backpack & Storage Bag for easier transportation and storage. It’s a very useful accessory especially for parents who travel with older kid who can walk, but sometimes likes to ride in a stroller, especially on longer distances. When the stroller is not in use you can carry it as a backpack without any problems!

ZOE XLT DELUXE - Backpack travel bag
You can easily carry ZOE XLT DELUXE in Backpack Travel Bag

Differences in size and weighs cause the difference in other features. Thanks to bigger, stronger and more robust frame and different center of gravity ZOE XLT DELUXE has for example deeper, near-flat recline.

Fold

To fold XL1 and XLT strollers you just need to pull the strap located in the middle of the seat and they collapse immediately. I only wish these strollers folded inwards – here the fabrics are more prone to get dirty or damage.

Below you can see how to fold ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and how small it is when closed!

What’s noteworthy, ZOE XLC BEST v2 has a different folding mechanism – called double trigger fold. You need to pull two triggers located on both sides of the handlebar and press the stroller down. It closes into a small package, similar for example to BABYZEN YOYO+ or Baby Jogger City Tour 2.

See how it works in the video below.

Both models are space-savers – perfect choice for parents who live in a small apartment and/or drive a small car. They take up little space after folding and fit probably in every type of the car trunk.

These single ZOE strollers have different fold size –  ZOE XLC BEST v2 is of course the smallest one. Its dimensions are: 22″ x 17.5″ x 6″. According to the brand’s official website, it fits in overhead bins on airplanes. I recommend you to check it with the airline you are flying with anyway.

ZOE XLT DELUXE - Compact fold
Both strollers feature compact fold, but ZOE XLT DELUXE is a bit bigger

XL1 BEST v2 is slightly bigger, but still very compact. Its dimensions are: 26” x 20.25″ x 6.5″. ZOE XLT DELUXE has the biggest fold: 28.5″ x 24.5″ x 9.5″, but it’s still definitely more compact than many other everyday strollers have.

Which stroller is better: ZOE XL1 BEST v2 or ZOE XLT DELUXE?

All these single lightweight strollers are awesome and perfect space-savers. But there are some differences – some features make ZOE XL1 BEST v2 better, some functions may encourage you to buy ZOE XLC BEST v2, while other features can make you prefer ZOE XLT DELUXE.

Here is my quick comparison of three ZOE strollers – I hope it will help you to decide which model is better for you and your baby.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 or ZOE XLT DELUXE

FeatureZOE XL1 BEST v2ZOE XLT DELUXE
Weight11 lbs16 lbs
SizeUmbrella stroller; dimensions: 40.25″ x 20.5″ x 31″Full-sized stroller; dimensions: 42.5″ x 24.5″ x 36.5″
Fold size26″ x 20.25″ x 6.5″28.5″ x 24.5″ x 9.5″
SeatSmaller seat with recline up to 165 degrees, and short non-adjustable calf restMore roomy seat, with deeper recline (up to 175 degrees) and adjustable leg rest
CanopyLess roomy canopy, but it goes even further down (passes the child tray)Roomy and long canopy that goes up to the child tray
Wheels6.25″ rear wheels and 5.37″ front wheels7.75″ rear wheels and 6.5″ front wheels
BrakeDouble-action brake that requires engaging two pedalsThere is easy to use single-action brake
Storage basketSmaller basket with mesh bottomIt has bigger storage basket with more stiff bottom
Accessories includedChild Snack Cup and Child Cup Holder, Parent Cup Holder, Belly Bar, Harness Pad/CoversChild Snack Cup and Child Cup Holder, Parent Cup Holder, Belly Bar with Integrated Child Cup Holder, Additional Seat Pad/Pillow, Harness Pad/Covers

As you can see these 3 strollers have some advantages and disadvantages and for one parent ZOE XL1 BEST v2 would work perfectly, while for other parents ZOE XLC BEST v2 may be a better choice.

Please note that ZOE XLT DELUXE has been discontinued and it’s no longer available on the market. It was a really good full-sized stroller with a weight of a lightweight stroller.

Should you choose ZOE XL1 BEST v2 or ZOE XLC BEST v2? – My advice

Both these strollers are perfect option if you want to have an ultra-light and compact stroller that you could carry effortlessly.

The basic question is:

What are the most important features for you: larger canopy, deeper recline and accessories included (cup holders and snack cup) or adjustable footrest, one-touch brake and more compact fold that fits in overhead bins on some airplanes?

If you live in hot climate and/or love summer strolls then I recommend you ZOE XL1 BEST (v2) because it has more generous canopy that protects baby from sunburns better.

If you are looking for really small stroller that offers very compact fold, and/or if you travel a lot by car/train/place then ZOE XLC BEST (v2) would be more convenient for you.

I think that ZOE XL1 BEST v2 works better as everyday stroller, while ZOE XLC BEST v2 is more suitable as travel stroller.

What other parents think about ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and ZOE XLT DELUXE?

All lightweight strollers by ZOE have a lot of positive customer reviews on Amazon. You can check the current number of reviews and overall rating on your own, but keep in mind it refers to few different ZOE strollers: ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and v1, ZOE XLT DELUXE and ZOE XL2 BEST v2 and v1.

I looked through the reviews of ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and ZOE XLT DELUXE and here are the advantages and disadvantages that customers mention most often.

ZOE XLT DELUXE
ZOE XLT DELUXE – Fully equipped lightweight stroller

Parent love the near-flat recline, adjustable leg rest and oversized canopy on ZOE XLT DELUXE. Another assets are: smooth, one-hand steering and easy fold. Moreover this stroller is lightweight and comes with few accessories – for example cup holders. Another advantage is the additional seat pad/liner which is very cushy and supportive. Basket underneath the seat can hold tons of stuff. According to many customers this stroller is extremely high quality for such a low price.

There are also few drawbacks: the back of ZOE XLT DELUXE is a bit wide so this stroller may be harder to navigate through shopping aisles, tight corners or between tables in restaurant.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2
ZOE XL1 BEST v2 – Umbrella stroller for traveling parents

When it comes to ZOE XL1 BEST v2 customers love how incredibly lightweight it is and how easily it folds up and opens. It’s perfect choice for parents who often travel. Moreover the recline is sufficient for comfortable nap on the go. The canopy is another asset as it fully covers the baby and allows for undisturbed nap.

However this model has few disadvantages: the wheels are very small and the stroller is not very easy to maneuver.

Specification

ZOE XL1 BEST v2

ZOE XLT DELUXE

Stroller TypeUmbrellaLightweight
Stroller Weight11 lbs16 lbs
Weight Capacity50 lbs50 lbs
Stroller Dimensions40.25″ x 20.5″ x 31″ (HxWxD)42.5″ x 24.5″ x 36.5″ (HxWxD)
Folded Dimensions26’’ x 20.25’’ x 6.5’’28.5″ x 24.5″ x 9.5″
Handlebar Height40.25″39″
Wheel Size6.25″ rear wheels and 5.37″ front wheels7.75″ rear wheels and 6.5″ front wheels

Colors

ZOE XLT DELUXE comes in 9 colors: Black, Eloise Plum, London Navy, Red, Yellow, Lime Green, Aqua, Noah Grey and Orange. Keep in mind that some color version may not always be available for purchase and the price may vary for different colors.

ZOE XLT DELUXE - All color versions
All color versions for ZOE XLT DELUXE

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 comes in the same colors, but there is one more version – Indiana Camo (it’s the last one in the picture below).

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 - Color versions
ZOE XL1 BEST v2 – All available colors

Before you decide to buy one of ZOE strollers, make sure to check which color versions are currently available and compare their prices.

Accessories

ZOE XLT DELUXE comes with a lot of accessories which is really awesome, especially considering how cheap this stroller is! It comes with Child Cup Holder and Snack Cup, Parent Cup Holder, Belly Bar with Integrated Cup Holder, Seat Pad/Pillow and Harness Pad/Covers. You can also purchase the Seat Pad, Harness Pad and DELUXE Canopy in different color if you’d like.

ZOE XLT DELUXE - Bumper bar
ZOE XLT DELUXE comes with bumper bar (and few other accessories)

Another accessories that are sold separately for ZOE XLT DELUXE are: Travel Backpack & Storage Bag, which simplifies transportation and storing the stroller and Ventilated Rain & Snow Weather Cover that keeps the baby always dry and cozy despite the weather conditions.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 comes with less accessories. It includes the Child Cup Holder and Snack Cup, Parent Cup Holder, Belly Bar and Harness Pad/Covers. You can also buy these pads in different colors separately, as well as the Seat Pad/Pillow and DELUXE Canopy.

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 - Accessories included
ZOE XL1 BEST v2 has few accessories included as well. It comes with child cup holder and snack cup, parent cup holder and few more items for your convenience

Another optional accessories are: Tandem Seat (that allows to turn this stroller into a double), Parent Console, Travel Backpack & Storage Bag, Carry Straps, Ventilated Rain & Snow Weather Cover and Belly Bar Cover.

ZOE XLC BEST v2 comes only with Harness Pad/Covers. Other accessories like Parent Console, Child Console, Travel Backpack, Carry Straps  Comfort Pillow are sold separately.

Keep in mind

ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and ZOE XLC BEST v2 are small and ultra-light umbrella strollers, not suitable for uneven terrain.

If you’re choosing between those two strollers you have to decide what’s more important for you: smaller size and fold or larger canopy and deeper recline.

Also, keep in mind that none of these two strollers can be used from birth as the recline is not fully flat and they are not compatible with infant car seats.

ZOE XLT DELUXE has been discontinued!

3 Reasons Why You Will Love ZOE XL1 BEST v2 and ZOE XLC BEST v2

1. Both strollers have very compact fold which is easy to store even in a small apartment and transport in a small car.

2. Although these strollers weigh so little, they offer nice deep recline which provides comfy and cozy place for naps.

3. These stroller are really well-equipped, yet they are inexpensive.

Are you considering buying one of ZOE strollers? Don’t forget to check parents reviews and available discounts.

If these strollers are not good enough for you, check my full ranking of the best lightweight strollers this year.


All pictures belong to ZOE Strollers. Source: https://www.zoestrollers.com


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