I have been using this stroller for about a year. I purchased it at Walmart at approximately $165, which was a hefty sum for a stroller alone, but it was money well spent.
Recommend this product?
I bought this stroller because my older Graco, which matched my carseat and was part of a travel system, developed an obnoxious squeaking sound that no amount of WD-40 could permanently banish. (It was inherited, so I have no idea how old it was).
My old carseat fit in this MetroLite stroller just fine, resting securely on the snack tray. I pushed the carseat forward, sideways and backwards (without my son in it of course) and there was no way that thing was coming out.
When my son outgrew the carseat, he loved the roominess of this stroller. It reclines by pulling up on a bar on the back of the seat, which is pretty easy to get to and only slightly hard to pull up on. He can lay far back enough to easily change a diaper or sleep.
The Raving -
The best features of this stroller in my mind are the maneuverability and the huge storage basket. This stroller "corners like it's on rails" to loosely quote a famous movie. Really, I feel like a show-off sometimes slickly turning this stroller through a doorway. Backwards, sideways, pivoting in a circle, this thing can move. If you've ever gotten stuck in a doorway trying to hold the door open and move your stroller in what seems like a logical way and getting nowhere.. this stroller will fill you with peace. I haven't seen another stroller move so easily in any direction.
The storage basket is, as I said, huge. It fits all my families' light jackets, my humongous purse, water bottle, my kids' various string-along toys and animals, and shopping bags. My diaper bag hangs from the handle bar and gives me easy access, although it does block access to the basket when I do that. With no diaper bag, the basket is very easy to access, especially when the seat is inclined. I have seen, and pitied, other strollers' baskets. This thing is roomy. Access while the seat is reclined is somewhat easier than other strollers I've seen because the back of the basket drops away, although the mechanism for closing the basket sometimes has to be fidgeted with. It hasn't been a hassle, and in no way detracts from my satisfaction.
Other quick highlights:
- Two drink holders. Nice. Not huge.
- The handlebar folds down, which is more convenient than I thought it would be for fitting into some spaces (like restaurants).
- Snack tray for kids is convenient, and swings away and down. Although you have to watch it when you're folding the stroller so you don't break it off. Just close it before folding the stroller.
- Easily closes, although saying it's one-handed is probably a little phoney. My husband can do it one-handed.
- Easily pops up from the folded position. Much better than my previous Graco.
- Attractive, and washes clean easily.
- My son loves riding in this thing.
- Make sure you have room in your trunk. I drive a Kia Spectra, which I think has a pretty roomy trunk for a smaller car, but it takes up most of the space. I can still fit my groceries in there with the stroller, but not lots more.
- I wish the sunshade came a little further down. My son tends to sit more upgright now that he's older and he gets some sun. When he sits back or reclines, the shade is fine.
All in all: Spend the extra money and get the maneuverability of a smaller stroller with the storage space of a big one.
Amount Paid (US$): 165
Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months