Great stroller for 2!
, January 31, 2013
I recently ordered and received this stroller form Amazon.
I didn't test it in the real world with 2 kids yet, but I wanted to share my first impression about this stroller. I will update this review based on the "field" use soon.
Little background: I like Graco products overall. I've been using Metrolite Graco stroller for over 3 years now and still happy with it. No problem what so ever! I never own another double stroller - only tested few in the store or chat with some friends who have other brand double strollers, and hated all available sit and stand models... all looked huge!
It took me 15 minutes to put this stroller together out of the box. The hardest part was to insert pins in the wheels. Other than that all directions were clear and easy to follow.
First impression - it's HUGE!!! [Remember I mentioned I never had double stroller before?]
The underneath basket looks large enough for diaper back. It's possible to access it from the side, but I don't think it will be easy to fully use it from the side only - just to get something from the bag or drop something in the basket.
It feels very nice to push it. Very smooth stroller (at home and at the paved sidewalk outside). It has very nice and deep 2 cup holders and another place to store keys or cell phone at parent's tray. Child's tray is nice too. It's a little higher compare to Metrolite stroller level wise, so I think it might be uncomfortable to use for the younger children.
What I absolutely love about this stroller is the way it folds! It's truly a one hand fold (keep in mind it lays flat on the ground after you fold it). It doesn't stand by itself, but I don't really care about it. It's heavier compare to Metrolite (of course and there is nothing wrong with this), but when it's folded, it takes nearly the same space as Metrolite! Amazing! I have never though double stroller could be folded to THAT size!
I took a picture comparing this stroller with Metrolite, so I am adding them to Amazon.
What I don't like about this stroller so far is the front seat. I think it's more for toddlers than for infants. It doesn't look comfortable for some reason and as I already mentioned before, the tray is at a relatively high lever. After reading other reviews I was worried about flat position of the front seat - I was under impression it will not be flat enough for a baby to sleep comfortably there when reclined. I was wrong. Even though it's not completely flat, it's very similar to the seat Metrolite has. When it's fully reclined, older child will not be able to seat on back seat.
As for the seat for the older child - it has little padding and the belt. There is a nice size step for the child. I love to be able to walk without hitting this step!
Overall I am very impressed with the initial quality and the stroller itself for the money I spend. I will update my review after a real "test drive" aka Disney trip with 2 kids :)
UPDATE: After using this stroller for one of our Disney trips I have something else to add to my review...
First, let me tell you I had two 3 year olds with me and they were happy to have a stroller!
It was a little hard to push the stroller with two little ones (30 lbs each). Also, I had a feeling the stroller always tried to roll to the right, so I kind of had to push it towards left side.
The bascket underneath is great - very roomy and easy to access from a side. The only problem is that it cannot hold anything more or less heavy. We had 4 bottles of water (0.5L) and the bascket was pretty much to the ground. I also had to watch nothing will fell out from the side.
I love that parents tray as well as child's tray both have deep cup holders.
Even though I have nothing to compare this stroller to I still happy with my purchase. Renting double stroller at the Disney for 3 days cost the same as to buy this one from Amazon!