Graco Symbio review
This super-stylish, super-versatile buggy arrived on the market back in 2010 and has been a firm favourite for mums ever since. Designed to “remove the worry, [so you can] enjoy the wonder of parenthood”, the Symbio was one of the first buggies to offer a reversible handle so you can convert it from switch your baby from parent-facing to forward-facing with minimal fuss.
Our Symbio review explains all the buggy’s different elements, such as adding a carrycot to make the buggy newborn-friendly. The Symbio is also compatible with the Graco Logic S HP car seat – you can read about this set-up in our Symbio travel system review. See, we told you this buggy was versatile!
The Symbio is also a popular choice among MFM mums, making the top 10 favourite buggies in 2011. It’s also featured in our 2011 guide to 10 of the best forward and rear facing buggies.
Graco’s celebrity admirers
Enchanted actress Amy Adams loves her Graco Symbio buggy and ultimate celeb power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were spotted using the Graco Junior Mini car seat when daughters Shiloh and Zahara were babies. Well, if it’s good enough for Brangelina…
Graco buggy and travel system reviews
Of course the Symbio isn’t the only travel system compatible buggy in the Graco range. The brand’s newest addition, the Fusio, was designed with the aim of allowing your little one to connect with you, and with the world, when you’re out and about. Read our review of the Fusio to see how the buggy is able to switch between forward facing and parent facing by a simple click of a button, and our Fusio travel system review to see how it scores with a car seat.
Our Vivo travel system reviewer explains why she loves this system’s sturdiness and size, despite not being ideal for those who rely on public transport. On the other hand, our Mirage+ travel system review describes this alternative as light and easy to manoeuvre. The Mirage+ made MFM’s 2011 guides to 10 of the best travel systems for less than £400 and 10 of the best budget baby buys.
Our look at the 10 of the best travel systems for less than £400 in 2011 also features the Graco Quattro Tour Deluxe, which scored an outstanding 4.5 stars (out of 5 stars) in our review. This high score is down to its smooth folding system, well-padded car seat and soft-sided carrycot. If you’re a keen shopper, the Quattro Tour Sport’s large foldable under-seat basket gets the thumbs up in our review.
Graco lightweight buggy reviews
Travel systems and fully-fledged pushchairs aren’t Graco’s only buggy offerings – a handful of lightweight options also star in the range.
“Lightweight, compact and easy to use, the Graco U’go offers all you’d expect from an umbrella-fold buggy,” says our reviewer.
Another Graco umbrella-fold buggy, the Mojo, featured in our 10 of the best budget baby buys in 2011. Whereas the Cleo stroller needs a newborn insert to be suitable from birth, the Mojo has a multi-positional backrest for you to choose the angle best for your baby. Our Mojo review highlights this stroller’s simplicity.
The Nimbly is another option in this lightweight category.
Graco car seat reviews
Graco has an extensive range of car seats, which is not surprising when you look at its range of travel system compatible buggies. Split into three different age ranges, we’ve put them all to the test…
Starting with the car seats suitable from birth, check out the Junior baby review and the Logico S HP review. Both are safe for children up to 13kg, roughly 15 months. If you’re looking for a longer-lasting car seat, the Junior Mini is suitable up to 18kg, or around the age of 4.
The Logico M review goes through all this Group 1 car seat’s top features, from the extensive side protection and 5-point harness, as well as some of the car seat’s low points. Another option is Graco’s first ever multi-group car seat, the Nautilus, which is suitable from roughly 9 months to 12 years and boasts reinforced side impact protection.
Graco double buggy reviews
You’ll no longer think double is trouble when you discover Graco’s three fabulous double buggies: the Stadium Duo, the Duo Sport and the Quattro Tour Duo.
We’re so impressed with the Graco Stadium Duo tandem buggy that it’s featured in three of our 10 of the best round ups in 2011 – our 10 of the best double buggies for a toddler and a baby, 10 of the best double buggies for less than £250 and 10 of the best travel system compatible double buggies.
For another affordable tandem option read our review of the Graco Quattro Tour Duo.
If a side-by-side buggy is more your thing, read our Duo Sport review. Described as “a modest little number, simple to fold, light in weight and easy on the pocket”, the Duo Sport features in our 2011 guides to 10 of the best lightweight double buggies and 10 of the best double buggies for less than £250. For great value buggies, it seems Graco has it covered.
Graco swing, highchair, travel cot and monitor reviews
Graco has been making baby products for over 60 years, introducing its first ever baby swing back in 1955. While its products have evolved greatly since then, the current baby swing, Sweetpeace, was recently described as a “fantastic and easy product to use” by our reviewer. So it’s no wonder the product was awarded an outstanding 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Graco Contempo highchair, released in 2011, also scored an impressive 4.5 out of 5 in our review. Priding itself on its one-handed fold function, the Contempo is practical and easy-to-store, just like its peer, the Graco Tea Time highchair.
Graco’s third highchair is a two-in-one product boasting a large removable tray, innovative straps and handy wheels. Read more about these pros, and some cons, in our Duo Diner Highchair and Booster review.
Another nifty offering from Graco is its high-resolution digitial baby monitor. “Fantastically simple to use once set up and provides a reassuringly clear picture of your baby even in pitch dark,” our reviewer says of the Graco i-monitor video vibe.
Graco is also known for its travel cots. Read our review of the Graco Contour Electra, which made our 10 of the best travel cots for 2011, and our Compact travel cot review to see why this travel cot gained full marks.