Great stroller, but could be improved.
March 19, 2019
I received this product for free as a part of the weeSpring parent panel. My review of the product is not influenced by this fact.
We have the tried and true original graco stroller, the kind that comes with the infant car seat. That thing had seen a lot of miles and truthfully it was worn down and while it still had a lot of life in it, there were some features I didn't like about it. Primarily it was big, bulky, heavy, and it didn't steer well. Getting this stroller was a breath of fresh air, truthfully.
The stroller is like, almost weightless. It's super lightweight which makes it easy to get it in and out of my SUV. I take the stroller with me almost everywhere because my daughter, like any two year old, is boiling over with energy. It makes it difficult to do simple things like visit the vet or the post office or get a hair cut without having some way to contain and entertain her for just a hot minute. It folds up nicely and the included storage bag is a nice touch, it's an easy way to tuck it away and not have it roll away or stolen by mischievous toddlers!
This stroller steers beautifully! It was easy to control, even with one hand. It listens and cooperates, which I was worried about because that was a big problem I had with my other graco click stroller. It doesn't click, clack, whirr or thud like my other stroller did, and even when jogging or walking briskly, you're not going to have any trouble with it.
My husband is 6'3" and found this stroller comfortable to use, just as I did at 5'3" which is a huge bonus!
This stroller comes together in literally minutes. It's so easy to put together that my two year old did it for me once I showed her where to put the wheels. It took me longer to unbox it than it did to put it together. It does have a very chemical smell right out of the box but that dissipates very quickly and I think it's from the dye used on the fabric, so it's pretty harmless factory smells, haha.
It seems to be comfortable, my daughter is pretty picky about strollers and has sometimes complained about our other stroller, but she doesn't make a peep in this one. She loves the little kick-out foot rest that lets her lie with her feet out.
She likes it so much that she even put her pillow in it and lies in it to watch videos with her favorite blanket.
On to the things that I didn't like or I was rather indifferent on:
The handle is rather uncomfortable, I liked the rubberized grip but it was just something about the angle of the handle itself that made it uncomfortable. The flat spot in the middle is claimed by the lever mechanism that allows you to fold up the stroller, so you either have to deal with uncomfortable grips or comfortable grip with an additional lever.
There's nowhere to put anything. You have the small bin at the bottom under the seat, which is great, but you have nowhere for a bottle of water or powerade while you're out running. There's even a cheeky little message on the back of the canopy to not dangle or hang anything on the stroller! This is because they offer to sell you the drink holder as an attachment, which I feel is very money grabbing. I like the idea of being able to customize a stroller to the things I need or want, but at the very least, give me somewhere or something to put my keys in while I am out jogging, and I need a place for a water bottle! I could put both in the bin at the bottom, but that requires me to stop to fetch my drink and if I'm in the groove, that's a bit silly.
The harness is a bit flimsey and the shoulder straps are a bit hard to connect with the waist straps. It kind of feels like Graco was trying to reinvent the wheel here, as they have this channel you're supposed to slide the clips into one another to make a whole piece and then click it into the button mechanism. I preferred the type that slide into one another, where a tab goes through an open box sort of clip.
While on the topic of the harness, the button mechanism to undo the harness, well, my kid figured that out in 0.002 seconds. I can't tell you how many times I had to stop to buckle her back in. It's a giant round button that releases the harness with minimal amounts of pressure, the only way it could have been worse was if it was painted red with "Press Me!" on it. Sometimes the mechanism feels like it jams and you've got to fight it to get one of the two clips out of it. It's finnicky and I think it could have been designed a lot better. I do like how it matches the overall aesthetic, and is pretty slick and sleek looking.
Overall, I think it's a great stroller with room for improvement, but a lot of my issues were personal preferences if anything else.
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.