Ok. I'm not even going to be around the bush: Graco sucks. Plain and simple. It's such a shame that such a mass marketed company produces products of inferior quality and makes them readily available to the masses. That leaves millions of parents thinking there are no other options, and any others are just too expensive. I could keep on ranting, because I am upset at their customer service right now. I bought a plug in swing 3 months ago for $130 and it's already dead! Thankfully, I have friends whose babies are swing haters and I now have a Fisher Price one on loan. And guess what? I found out that swings can have more than one speed!!! Amazing huh? But I digress....
The Snugrider is really not that bad. If only Graco would price their products what they are worth. This is $70 at BRU brand new.
1. Very convenient: It is compatible with all Graco car seats. The car seat snaps in like it does in the base that is installed in your car. Very secure. It is also very light. Great for all those newborn visits to the pediatrician.
2. Very large basket: It is huge. It holds the most of any stroller I have owned.
1. Price. This thing is almost $70 brand new at BRU. No seat, crappy wheels no suspension... It's only half a stroller!!. Wait another week or two to get paid, and you can get a nice Chicco Liteway for $139 that is newborn suitable and muuuccchhh better quality with tons of more features. Or find one used on CL or get someone to buy you one for your baby shower.
2. The wheels. The Snugrider comes with the tiniest plastic double wheels that Graco offers. These wheels often get stuck when turning, making me have to go over and give them a kick to get it going straight again. Not to mention after 4 months of light use, the squeal in the wheels does not let me sneak up on anybody!! You can hear me coming!!
These same wheels are on the Mosaic, which in my honest opinion is also a giant piece of overpriced crap. A $100 stroller that should actually be more like under $50. (Get over it Mosaic fanatics! This is my review!!)
3. The fold. You would figure that half a stroller would fold up in half the space, right? Nope. This bad boy has a book fold. Even though it is light, it still takes up a lot of room. An umbrella fold or a double hinge fold would be nice.
4. Limited life. If you can find a deal on any snap n go type system , it would be to your advantage, Once the baby outgrows the infant seat, the stroller frame has outlived it's usefulness. A stroller frame is a great option for quick trips only for your younger babies. Just make sure you have an extra actual stroller option for longer trips with your baby.
5. It only takes graco carseats.
Suggestions and my $.02:
1. If you really want a stroller frame, buy one used or better yet invest in a stroller that has a stroller frame only option such as an Uppababy Vista ($$$) or a Kolcraft Contours ($). These strollers (and there are tons of others!) also come with toddler seats and/or bassinets, giving you your stroller frame for quick trips and your toddler seat/bassinet for longer trips.
2. If I were to get a stroller frame only, I would get the Maclaren Easy Traveller. It's only $90 and it has an umbrella fold, making it much slimmer. Not to mention that Mac vs. Graco is no competition in terms of quality.I hope I covered all the bases. I am sorry if offended any Graco owners, Mosaic lovers, or budget travel system owners/advocates. I am a working mother on a budget as well, and I have found that there are budget options out there of better quality and options that are able to be resold. It is a total waste of money to spend $230 on a system only to chuck the stroller because it is falling apart. The same thing with this stroller frame. Why spend $70 to only be able to have such a limited usage time? I have also found that through some patience, persistance and a goal in mind, anyone can snag a killer deal on a great stroller through Ebay, Craigslist or Stroller Swap.
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