User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Handlebar height, smooth ride, interchangeability with Graco carriers.
Cons:Size and weight, even when folded.
The Bottom Line: Can't beat it! Very high recommendations.
The Graco Quattro Tour Duo Standard Stroller is wonderful! I have been using it 7 months, since my son was born, and I also have a 2 1/2 year old daughter. I loved that I was able to use my existing Graco SnugRide carrier for my son, and just click it into the front of the stroller. The thing I like best about this stroller is the handlebars. They point up, which is good because I'm 5'10" tall and other strollers hurt my back when I had to lean over and push them. It also gives me a place to hang my purse which makes it easily accessible while shopping (as opposed to putting my purse in the storage area underneath the seats with the diaper bag). The ride is very smooth, as well.
Recommend this product?
Another thing I like about this stroller is one handed opening and closing from a folded position. The mechanism to close it is located in the handlebar and requires you to hold a locking switch to the side, then twist that section forward and the stroller collapses. I like the locking switch because it means my daughter can't collapse the stroller when she's helping me push it. The storage area underneath is large, though it doesn't extend under the front seat of the stroller. The back of this storage area folds down for easier access and is necessary for me to fit my diaper bag into it. It took me a while to get the hang of the mechanism to lower the bar to do this, and it still gives me some trouble sometimes, but I still like that feature compared to other strollers and the ability to put things in the storage basket. The lowering function comes in handy when my daughter is sleeping in the rear seat and I need to get something out of the basket.
The seats recline (the rear seat more so than the front), lending to easier nap times if we're out in the afternoon. I also like the harness-style seat belts for both the front and back seats. While my daughter doesn't need the shoulder part of the seat belts as much, it's nice to know that my son will still be secure (he's getting too big for the carrier, but he's not yet an independent sitter). Another nice feature of the seats is the removable padding that can be machine washed. The padding is held on with strategically placed Velcro, so it's easy to remove and put back. I would have liked the padding to be a bit thicker, though.
Some of the cons to this stroller are obvious--it's heavy and a bit unwieldy. I have a Honda Civic, so not much trunk space. After about 2 months, I figured out how to fit the stroller in my trunk but I can't really go shopping if the stroller's with me because nothing else will fit in the trunk. It also becomes problematic when I have to maneuver it around a crowded retail store. I am always getting stuck in between rows of clothes or needing to back out of a place because of the stroller's size. One of the things I've noticed is that the cup holders (there are 6, total, and only four when you use the stroller with a carrier) for the adult (located at the handlebars) twist and fall out if you bump them. This has happened almost every time I loaded the stroller in my trunk or the back of my husband's SUV. Since we're still using a carrier, I can't speak to the front seat cup holders, but the rear seat cup holders are also unusable when the carrier is in. This is due to the weight of the carrier pushing back on the front seat--it hangs over the rear cup holders a bit, so I can't fit a sippy cup in them. They're perfect for holding small snacks, though because the opening is still large enough for my daughter to get her hand in.
Features that I love:
The upward pointing handlebars for taller people
Ease of transition from folded to open and folded again
Storage basket underneath folds down to put things in and get things out easier
All the cup holders
Reclining seats (both front and back) for naps
How easily it worked with my previous Graco carrier
Removable and machine-washable seat padding
Features that I could do without:
Weight, especially with two children, a carrier, and a diaper bag
Removable nature of handlebar cup holders (they fall out too easily)
Overall, the benefits outweigh the minor inconveniences that I've noticed and I would probably get it again, even if everything about it was horrible...just for the handlebars. Don't underestimate the back pain you will get with regular strollers if you are taller than 5'8".
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Amount Paid (US$): 150.00
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months