Joie Versatrax
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Joie Versatrax

The versatile, affordable, lie-flat reversible-seater
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The Joie Versatrax is a new 2019 stroller, awarded the Reddot' Best of the Best' award the same year. This predominantly urban, full-featured stroller is also available as a modular stroller system suitable from birth until the child weighs 22 kg.

You can place your newborn not only into the reversible, padded, fully reclinable seat unit but also in the optional Ramble / Ramble XL carrycot. Alternatively, using corresponding adapters included with the Versatrax included, the i-Gemm / i-Snug / i-Level car seat (or other brands with Maxi-Cosi types of attachments) can be used.

Thanks to the robust feel of the chassis, the soft materials used, and the water repellent fabrics with UV factor and ventilation parts in the hood, your newborn will be snug and safe in the Versatrax. Another advantage is the shock-absorbing suspension of the chassis combined with the wheels with foam-filled tires - no worries about a puncture. When shopping, you'll appreciate the extra spacious shopping basket with a side pocket for small items but also the quick, one-handed fold - even with the seat unit clicked on in any direction. The Versatrax comes with a rain cover, and a cup holder included - other accessories are available to purchase separately.

Joie Versatrax Features & Specifications

The Basics

Pushchair (seat and chassis only), 2in1 stroller system, 3in1 stroller system
Stroller weight
11.7 kg
Unfolded dimensions (h×w×l)
112 cm x 65.5 cm x 92.4 cm
Folded dimensions (h×w×l)
86 cm x 65.5 cm x 36 cm frame only
Chassis material
Country of origin

The Seat unit

Maximum weight capacity - seat load
22 kg
Recommended age range (best to use with a child of)
0-36 months
Reversible seat unit
Easy-release memory button(s) on the seat or the carrycot
L-shaped, bucket-type seat unit
Reclining backrest
Yes, 4 positions
Full-recline backrest (a bigger-than-a-150-degree-angle to a lie-flat)
Backrest recline type
Rear-located recline mechanism (e.g., lever-operated)
One-hand backrest recline system
Extendable backrest
Legrest positioning
Yes, 2 positions
Extendable leg rest
Wipe-clean layer on the leg rest
Backrest height
50 cm
Width and depth of the sitting surface
30 x 23 cm
Total length of the seat unit
90 cm
A higher seat unit's position on the chassis
Height-adjustable seat
Seat unit's proper attachment indicator
2in1 convertible carrycot/seat unit (pramette travel system)
Fabrics removable for cleaning
Seat fabrics cleaning
Wipe-clean only
Safety harness type
Harness padding
Height-adjustable harness belts
Ventilation integrated into the seat
Second seat can be attached (single-to-double convertibility)

The Canopy (Hood)

Seat unit equipped with a canopy/hood
Extendable canopy/hood
The canopy/hood features a sun visor
Floating, follow-the-sun canopy
Height-adjustable canopy
Removable canopy
Waterproof canopy
UV protection in the (canopy) fabrics
Ventilation integrated into the canopy
A pocket integrated into the canopy
Peek-a-boo viewing window present on the canopy
Peek-a-boo window can be closed/covered
Quiet (magnetic/no velcro) peek-a-boo window
Reinforcing side clasps present on the canopy

The Bumper bar

Bumper bar
Bumper bar type (style)
Removable bumper bar
Gate-opening (swing-away) bumper bar
Height-adjustable bumper bar
Bumper bar features a fabric (non-wipe-clean) cover
Bumper bar features an extra crotch strap

The Wheels

Number of wheels
Front wheel(s) type
Foam-filled tires (puncture-free)
Rear wheels type
Foam-filled tires (puncture-free)
Front wheels diameter
18 cm
Rear wheels diameter
24.5 cm
Swivel wheels
Lockable wheels
Removable wheels
All wheels are double wheels
Wheels equipped with mudguards
Two-wheel mode

The Suspension

Wheels with suspension
Suspension type
Mechanical (internal spring-loaded mechanism)
Adjustable suspension softness
Rocking chassis

The Brake

Central brake system/type
Push down-lift up pedal brake
Deceleration handbrake

The Fold

Folding system
Flat (compact) fold
One-hand fold
Plane-travel-friendly stroller with an ultra-compact fold (suitable as carry-on luggage)
Folds with the (forward-facing) seat attached
Folds with the rearward-facing seat attached
Self-standing fold
Auto-lock feature of the folded chassis
Folded stroller can be pulled behind like luggage
Stroller folds and/or unfolds by itself
Equipped with a carry strap/carry handle
Outward fold (the seat fabrics are on the outside after folding)

The Handlebar

Handle height adjustment
Handlebar material
Leatherette (PU/eco-leather)
Handlebar height
100-109 cm
Reversible handlebar (handle can be flipped to the other side)
Safety wrist strap

The Basket

Shopping basket
Large shopping basket
Basket's weight capacity
4.5 kg
Closable basket
An extra basket can be attached to the frame
A pocket integrated into the seat/elsewhere on the stroller frame

The Carrycot

Carrycot compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Carry handle on the carrycot
Inclining carrycot mattress
Foldable carrycot
Rocking-base carrycot
Ventilatilated carrycot base (bottom ventilation system)
Carrycot installable in the car instead of a group 0+ car seat (Auto carrycot)
Carrycot positioned high on the frame

The Car seat

Car seat compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Car seat sold separately
Maxi-Cosi/Cybex car seat attachment-type adapters available
Britax Römer car seat attachment-type adapters available

The Accessories & Extra features

Parent tray/organizer on the handlebar (included)
Cup holder can be attached
Reflective elements
No pushchair mode/seat-unit configuration available
Rain cover included
Mosquito net included
Leg cover (apron) included with the seat unit
Seat liner/insert included
Changing bag included
Carry bag/transport cover for the folded stroller included
LED light(s)
Built-in audio speakers
A storage/bag can be attached instead of a seat

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  • Pram fabric, leather trimmings, and the overall physical outlook looks aesthetic and premium, despite its affordability
  • XXL basket
  • Peekaboo window
  • UPF50+ Waterproof canopy
  • Accessibility to the basket from front and back of pram even when the seat is reclined all the way down
  • Long zipped pocket and a space for parent’s waterbottle/thermal flask in the basket (so that it doesn’t roll around)
  • Child sits higher than other prams I’ve used (Bugaboo)
  • All-wheel suspension
  • Gate-swing bumper
  • Back rest is short (my 2 year old’s head almost touches the canopy)
  • Leg rest portion is also short (we are Asians and yet)
  • Raincover trimming is white, instead of black(to aesthetically fit the rest of the pram)
  • It would be awesome to have a zip window that will allow parents to unload their child from the pram without removing the entire raincover, especially if it is wet
  • Cup holder is shallow so my son’s sippy cup fell out of it when we were going up a curb. Therefore, I know now I can never place my cup of iced latte there

Mother of 4 and I have used various brands and types of prams before. I am a Bugaboo fan and I had actually sold off my Bugaboo Bee 5 to graduate my son to Versatrax because I do a lot of walking and needs a pram that provides me the stability and a big basket which enables me to do my grocery straight from fetching him from the daycare (lots of things to carry and I do not like hanging bags on the handle bar). I wanted the same stability and smoothness as Bugaboo offered but none of their baskets were as huge as Versatrax’s.

Versatrax is an affordable range yet it packs in qualities which I find in my previous Bugaboo. I am an aesthetic person and visually, Versatrax commands attention. I got the colour ‘Laurel’ and have received many compliments. I live in the tropics where it rains a lot. So far, the brakes and the wheels have not given me anything to be concerned about over but I wish Joie can work on their rain covers. Read my cons.

OK for the price

  • Price-performance ratio
  • Parent AND world-facing seat
  • Shopping basket
  • Canopy could be longer

Absolutely OK for the price. Recommended.

We love the basket 😍

  • value for money
  • seat padding
  • BASKET 😍😍
  • wheel suspension
  • leg rest
  • canopy

We love the basket 😍 And the weight & size are very nice for a reversible pushchair. I did expect a but smoother ride on terrain - the suspension is minimal. The leg rest - and the canopy - could be longer. For the price, a nice value overall.

The quality disappointed me

  • Design
  • Storage space
  • Frame squeaks after a few months
  • Hood is short & awful
  • I don't like the folding - you have to "shake" strongly to do it

Not happy about the Versatrax. The quality disappointed me - the frame squeaks, and the hood is simply awful. Just try to reline your napping child - it will get the face full of sunshine. And not in a good way.

  • Reversible seat
  • Huge storae space
  • Price
  • Hard to lift up a curb
  • Canopy is not sturdy nor long enough

Overall performance would be very good, actually, just it is difficult for me to lift it up a curb. I must praise the large basket very highly - one of the best points of the pram, and also, the reversible seat was a must for us (my little one is only four months old), so plus points for that.

  • reversing seat
  • wheels
  • basket
  • difficult lifting it up a kerb
  • hood length and sturdiness
  • suspension

I like it overall, the larger wheels, extra large basket, and reversing seat are great, and it pushes well on smooth pavements. But it is hard for me to get up a kerb. As a budget option for mums needing a reversing pushchair, it's good enough.

We got it for the reversibility - I really wanted my daughter to see me, she's still very young. The lying position, even if not 180 degrees, is good enough. The high weight capacity is also nice.

However... We travel a lot with it - and the pram doesn't hold closed, which annoys me a lot. Also, the folding could be smoother than just pure jerking it close. It wasnt't too expensive, but it's not worth the money for us - we needed something more suitable for being folded and unfolded (plus loaded and unloaded).

Really good value

  • prce/value
  • reversible seat
  • basket 👍
  • suspension/terrain

A really good value. Only on harsher terrain you need to slow down - you will feel it a lot.

My husband summed it up after the first walk as 'the best pushchair we had' (it's a fifth one we had with our three kids 🙂).

I am 163cm tall, and the handle fits me alright, and even my taller husband can adjust it so that it fits him. When we were assembling it, I "fought" with the harness and the folding - just to read the manual and realize I do it the other way around.

Everything is smooth and easy with this pushchair. The basket is huuuge, and I love the small secret zip-close pocket in it. I really use it for all of our shopping, and I cannot imagine not having it now. I also like that there was a drink holder included. One wheel was a little noisier at first, but I didn't even notice it - my hubby told me that.

I can rate it 8.5/10 after two months of use. It can go through almost any terrain (with those real bad condition I recommend locking the wheels), BUT I wouldn't take it to a real, hardcore forest or large stones :-) I use our old classic four-wheeler for that, not being afraid how it will look after such a ride 🙂 Compared to that, this one's push is a bit stiffer, but it's a smaller, more compact pushchair so I truly can't blame it for that.

My DC loves to nap in the (spacious) seat - he's still facing me, and it's acceptably covered in this position even against wind or sun. We, however, have had another, larger one made at the tailors. We were out even when it was raining, and I can, therefore, say that the rain cover is fitting well, and it works just fine. The fabrics are high-quality - and the chassis is as well.. I am using it with a Lodger Bunker footmuff. My little one likes to put his feet on the bumper bar.

It's beautiful, reversible, spacious for the child and with an adjustable handlebar - I am happy with this purchase 👍😃

  • Price
  • Basket
  • Spacious, reversible seat
  • Fully upright sitting position
  • Perfect folding
  • Everything is simple and functional
  • No-maintenance, quiet wheels
  • Full recline is not 180 degrees but it's deep enough
  • The seat unit is quite open
  • Canopy is on the sorter side when fully reclined (you can have a new one made to solve this as we did, even with the cost of that it's still a super affordable pushchair)

The Versatrax is a very affordable pushchair good for us "normal humans". For a pleasant price, it offers A LOT. I don't get people who rate it bad - I think only those with extremely high expectations will be unhappy about how it works. It's not a 'Mercedes' kind of pushchair, but the price-performance ratio is unbeatable. For normal walks and normal mums and children, it's just great. I don't understand why there is not a Versatrax on every corner because most mummies I talk with are searching exactly for something like this.

It's, however, not a budget no-brand pushchair, and you can see it. An advantage is also the option of creating a travel system - and the Joie car seats are also very good, with nice test results. The Versatrax is also spacious while featuring a reversible seat, and it even has a huge shopping basket with good accessibility. The fold is perfect - easy peasy and doable even with one hand only. The belly bar can be gate-open, so your child can go in and out by itself - and it's not in the way when you are manipulating with the harness buckle, or when you're putting in a seat liner or a footmuff. An older child also has enough space to put its feet in, no hanging loose just so. The sitting position is quite upright, not angles as the Britax pushchairs have...

The suspension is present, but don't expect any rocking. The wheels need no maintenance, and their performance is very good. No bar in between the rear ones, so you don't kick anything even if you're walking fast or if you are tall. No rattling, and it's also not one of those super low-positioned pushchairs that look like doll prams. The handle is a bit on the loose side, but it's completely doable (but I understand not everybody likes that).

The biggest and probably the only downside is the overall openness of the seat unit - you will need some kind of universally fitting leg cover and/or sunshade. Even if I take that into account, I don't know any other pushchair that would be better - because it's that kind that looks and works like some normal mum not needing a super expensive model or some kind of fashion situation designed it - she just made a simple, straightforward, practical reversible-seat pushchair. Everyday use in the city, suburbs, the countryside is just a breeze. It's not a true terrain model, but it's also not that kind that you only can take in the shopping centers. And that basket and fold... 💕 Everything is easy, functional; nothing pisses you off when using it. I have no problem folding it, carrying it up the stairs, pushing t it one-handedly (if you have an older child or you need to carry a scooter in the other hand)... And you can fit SO MUCH in the basket, a whole lot of shopping plus playground essentials - and you have access to it even when your baby is napping! I mind nothing really on this pushchair, and this never happened to me (and we had multiple pushchairs already). We have one more (a jogger) at the moment, which is for real terrain in the nearby mountains, but if I didn't need that, this would be the only one I would keep until we don't need a pushchair anymore - I am not even thinking of getting some kind of buggy anymore. I am not sorry for this choice at all, and I warmly recommend it.

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