In theory, great idea. In reality, bad execution.
December 9, 2017
My husband and I looked tirelessly at double strollers to carry my very average sized 3 year old and newborn and we were very excited when we came across this Graco Modes Duo Stroller. From afar, the design looks sleek and modern. The fact that you can rearrange the seats in whichever way you please is an awesome feature. The ability to transform into a sit n stand is great. The amount of cup holders and the decent sized basket are a plus as well. This stroller concept is fantastic, but there are obvious design flaws that need to be addressed, worked out and redesigned.
First and foremost, this thing is HUGEand HEAVY! It takes up the majority of trunk space in my CRV, especially when carrying both toddler seats. You also need adequate muscle power to lift this thing into your car.
It is NOISY! The squeaking of the wheels at first drove me nuts, but at this point I am oblivious to it. Maybe some WD40 on the wheels would work out this kink, but I haven't tried that yet.
The wheels have HORRIBLE TRACTION. Does not maneuver well at all on grass, bumpy sidewalks, asphalt... don't even dare try pushing this thing on sand.
I find myself constantly having to manually lift the stroller over "obstacles". When making turns the back wheels literally slide across the floor. At least you can pull some sick donuts with it.
Now, the hugest disappointment of all is the Toddler seats. Without a doubt, I would overlook the other flaws if you at least executed the toddler seats properly. They are just a horrible design overall. The seat is far too small. My very average sized 3 year old sons head reaches the top and actually pokes out of the fabric. When sitting up or laying flat he needs to crook his neck to the side to fit. The inward facing cup holder? Extremely awkward. Even with my now 7 month old daughter sitting in the seat, the inward facing cup holder is totally in her way. The foot rest should be adjustable for length as well.
Overall I have a love hate relationship with this stroller.
Seriously, if you just extended out the snack bar an inch or two, made the cupholder face outward, extended up the overall back height a good 5 inches, and added all terrain back wheels, this seat and stroller would be an A++.
Even if you created optional accessories consumers can purchase, you could salvage this stroller and design. Make an optional toddler seat better suited for actual toddlers, design a detachable snack bar with an outward facing cup holder, and create all terrain back wheels that can replace the original ones.
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.