Graco Mojo pushchair
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The Graco Mojo is an impressive – and relatively lightweight – package for such a modest price, but the overall quality does reflect this in some places.
The Graco Mojo features extra padding, a one-handed umbrella fold, carry handle and is lightweight. It also features a rather appealing price tag: at £89.99, the Mojo offers decent value. It even received a Practical Parenting‘s Value Buy in November 2008. Its multi-position back rest can be recline to a position that will keep your snoozy baby happy, and the raincover and apron are inclusions that aren’t just there to make the price tag look even better – they really work.
What we love
Assembling the Graco Mojo was simplicity itself: with a firm flick and my foot on the back the chassis was up. The wheels clicked on with a reassuring clunk and it was fairly obvious how to attach the hood.
There’s an adjustable calf support – very useful for my tall girl – and a viewing window on the canopy. The apron is a fabulous feature – no need to invest in a cosytoes that doesn’t fit – and clipping it onto the chassis with poppers was straightforward.
Pushing it was effortless on the path. The handlebars are a good shape and length for both my 6ft 5in husband and myself and the spongy grips are very comfortable.
The Graco Mojo reclines simply. You just push down on a toggle at the back of the seat and it goes down smoothly – Elsie was asleep within minutes. Being suitable for a newborn, it goes reasonably flat and there are several reclining positions. Pulling it back into the upright position required no more than a tug of the strap. Easy.
Folding the Mojo one-handed with a bored toddler in the other arm is easy (but read the instruction first!). As is picking it up with the handy carry handle and putting it in the boot of our Ford Fusion, despite filling the length of it.
I also love the sleek design, funky duo colour scheme and price. The removable padding means that swashed banana doesn’t have to be a permanent feature. The raincover fits well, too.
What to watch out for
The Graco Mojo has a 5-point harness, which was fiddly at first. You have to attach two bits together on either side before inserting into the buckle. Still, releasing it is simple.
The Mojo didn’t fare so well after some mild off-roading. I fixed the front wheels and all was going well over the solid mud path, but when I flicked the wheels back into swivel mode it started veering to the right. Despite adjusting the wheels several times it has stayed that way ever since, which is pretty annoying.
The basket is awkward to get to as the back of the hood obscures it, and it’s small – two pints of milk and a loaf of bread pretty much filled it.
While the seat can recline quite flat, it’s fairly exposed to the elements as there’s nothing to keep the back of the hood in place.
When it came to folding, I wished I’d scrutinised the instructions instead of skim reading. I found the grey lever on the back and worked out that you had to twist and pull – but it didn’t budge. The light bulb moment came 20 minutes later when I realised you had to hook your finger underneath a leaver as well as pull the other part up. After that, it was simple!
With the straps and buckle, the overall quality let it down. There’s no padding around the straps and the buckle doesn’t feel very secure. Also, weighing 8kgs, it not the lightest lightweight around.
Who is the Graco Mojo best for?
New parents after a sturdy lightweight with extras included.
The Graco Mojo is a good-looking, affordable stroller with little touches that make a big difference. The apron takes away the need for a cosytoes and the raincover is a perfect fit. If you can live with the small basket and flimsy straps, it’s a very good buy.