Gracto Quattro Tour Duo Bombay: A Double Stroller Dream Come True!
Aug 25, 2009
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Sturdy, maneuverability, can use with two carseats, undercarriage storage, and more!
Cons:Heavy and bulky
The Bottom Line: I am very satisfied with this double stroller.
When I found out that I was pregnant with my second child, I knew that a double stroller was likely in my future since my older child would only be a little more than two years old when the baby was due.
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When that "baby" turned out to be twins, I spent some time exploring the possibility of a triple stroller. But they all looked big and bulky- and they were expensive!
On one of our many trips to Babies R Us, I happened to notice the Graco Quattro Tour Duo stroller in the Bombay pattern. We pushed it around the store. We folded it up to see how easy it would store in a trunk. We didn't buy it that day, but when I found a 20% off a stroller coupon, we decided that a better deal could not be had, and so we bought it.
As the mother of twins, the biggest feature that appealed to me was that the Quattro Tour accommodates two Graco Safe Seat, Snugride or Snugride 32 carseats. This eliminated the need for us to buy a lightweight double frame. There is nothing wrong with frame strollers- we had one with my older daughter- but if one stroller can do the job of two, why buy two?
Using the Quattro Duo with the Snugride carseats is easy. During installation, we replaced the snack cup bar in the front stroller seat with a solid bar (included with the stroller). This is necessary in order to use the carseats with the stroller because it allows the carseat to safely snap onto the stroller. When I arrive at a destination, I simply recline the two stroller seats and then the carseats snap into place quite easily. Finally, for extra safety, the carseat in the front stroller seat must be secured with the stroller straps. The straps fit perfectly on the grooves of the Snugride (the ones that accommodate a seatbelt if you are using the carseat without the base).
During the week, I am on my own with three children. If we need to go to the market, the Quattro Tour Duo comes in handy. I place my toddler and one baby into the stroller
I place the other infant in a Baby Bjorn. This is the only way we can go to places like Target and the supermarket when it is just the girls and me.
Speaking of that, this stroller makes those shopping trips a breeze. I can't buy a cartful of goods, but I can get what I need; I just put the items in the large storage compartment under the stroller. It is very spacious. When I used the single Quattro stroller, I found it very difficult to access the under compartment when using the stroller when the rear seat was fully reclined. This problem has been fixed; the undercarriage storage basket can now drop down, making for easier access.
At the grocery store, they have the scan-as-you-go option, so I can hang bags from the sturdy handlebars and put what I need directly into the bags after scanning them. I love the design of the handlebars- instead of sticking out, they point straight up, making it easy to hang things from them. When we go to the mall,
Everyone makes comments about the Quattro Tour Duo and how sturdy it looks and how I must have my hands. Well, that last comment is more about my large family and not about the stroller, but everyone seems to think that I'm piloting an aircraft carrier.
They are a little off the mark. Sure, the Quattro Tour Duo is big and heavy but it is surprisingly easy to maneuver. It doesn't feel like I'm pushing all that weight when we're at the grocery store or the mall.
But oh, this stroller is heavy! It is much heavier than the single stroller. I have difficulty lifting it in and out of the trunk. We ended up configuring the van so that part of the third row is folded down. This allows me to just lift and slide the stroller in and out of the van instead of having to lift it.
Also, this stroller does fold up nicely. It only takes one hand- I just twist the handle, and the seat folds down. It also sets up nicely- I just release the latch, and pull the stroller into its locked position. Despite this ease in opening and closing the stroller, it is still pretty bulky. There is no way it would have fit into my old car- a Mazda Protege, but it fits nicely in the storage space of our Honda Odyssey (before we reconfigured the van).
I love that the Quattro Tour Duo has dual canopies and separate footrest bars on each seat. Also, the rear seat is slightly higher than the front seat; the tiered seating is great.
While this review can apply to any of the Quattro Tour Duo strollers, I am especially fond of the Bombay pattern. I love the red/brown color scheme and I do get a lot of comments about how handsome the stroller is. The Bombay pattern can be purchased exclusively at Babies R Us. There are other Graco items in the collection. We have the matching carseats, but they also offer a highchair, Pack N Play, and even a single Quattro Tour stroller. I like things that match, so I think this is great.
I highly recommend the Graco Quattro Tour Duo double stroller. It is great to use when you have an infant and a toddler- or two infants! The bulk and weight of the stroller are significant, but I don't think you could have a sturdy product without the bulk. This stroller is easy to push, and it takes corners beautifully. I can weave through the aisles at Target effortlessly with the kids. If you are in the market for a double stroller, you should consider the Graco Quattro Tour.
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