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The Graco Quattro Tour travel system is one of the most popular styles,
thanks to the big basket, one-hand fold and nice parent tray. There are
some downsides to this travel system, though. Most notably, the Quattro
Tour stroller is big, whether folded or unfolded, and it's heavy to
boot. Whether you choose the regular version or the Graco Quattro Tour
Deluxe travel system, the included infant car seat will be a winner.
Paying extra for the Deluxe buys you a higher weight range on the car
seat, which means a longer useful time, but again, adds weight to the
Graco Quattro Tour Travel System FeaturesThe
foundation of the Graco Quattro Tour travel system is the Quattro Tour
stroller, a full-size model with an aluminum frame. It also has one-hand
folding, a multi-position reclining seat (including fully reclined for
infants), a drop-down basket that can be accessed even while the seat is
reclined, and a sunshade that rotates to cover nearly any angle you
need. The parent tray has two cupholders. The front tray also has a
cupholder for baby, and it swings open for easier access with bigger
toddlers. The regular version of the Graco Quattro Tour travel system
comes with a Graco SnugRide infant car seat, which holds babies up to
22 lbs. and less than 29 inches. The Quattro Tour Deluxe travel system
comes with a SnugRide 32, which holds babies up to 32 lbs. and 32
inches. The difference in car seats is the only real difference between
the regular and deluxe versions of this travel system.
What I Like About the Graco Quattro Tour Travel SystemOf
the infant car seats that come with travel systems today, both the
Graco SnugRide and the SnugRide 32 are good choices. These car seats are
fairly easy to use, and they install pretty easily in most vehicles.
Some of Graco's less expensive travel systems include a SnugRide with a
back-adjust harness, but the car seats included with the Quattro Tour
travel systems are a front-adjust version, which is much easier to use
properly. You can use both SnugRide seats without their bases, as well,
which is a plus. The Quattro Tour stroller feels sturdy out of the
box and has a respectable 50 lb. weight limit. The steering is OK for a
stroller of its size and price - better than average for full-size
travel system strollers.
The one-hand fold on the Quattro Tour
stroller works well. You just have to twist the middle of the handle and
let gravity help the stroller fold itself. Since you have to
deliberately twist the handle, though, there's not much chance of the
stroller collapsing accidentally as there would be if you just needed to
push a button or lever.
The basket on the Quattro Tour stroller is big enough to fit a
large purse or diaper bag. It also has a nifty drop-down feature so you
can get into the basket even if the stroller seat is fully reclined (a
common problem on full-size strollers).
The canopy is good-sized
and rotates around to cover almost any position needed. It's easy to put
the seat into the fully upright position, and I like that it reclines
all the way, in case you don't want to use the infant car seat in the
stroller all the time.
What I Don't Like About The Graco Quattro Tour Travel SystemThe
Quattro Tour stroller is heavy. At more than 26 lbs., you may get
pretty tired, literally, of lifting this stroller in and out of your
trunk after a few weeks. It's not small in terms of dimensions, either.
When the stroller is open, it's just over 24 inches wide, which doesn't
leave a lot of clearance for narrower doorways. Some parents complain
that the wheels, which stick out a bit from the frame, are easily caught
on things in stores or in other tight spaces. When the Quattro Tour
stroller is folded, it's smaller, but not by a lot. It measures nearly a
foot and a half thick and about two feet by three feet, which means it
will pretty well fill the trunk of the smallest cars. Though the
steering is better than most full-size, lower-priced travel system
strollers, it's still not great. Once you've added a heavy toddler (or a
bigger infant plus the infant car seat and a diaper bag), the steering
can be a bit balky.
While the folding mechanism is sleek,
unfolding the stroller is awkward. Similarly, while the seat is easy to
move up, it's harder to recline.
The biggest problem with the
Graco Quattro Tour stroller is durability. While this model seems to
have a better track record than many of Graco's travel system strollers,
there are still plenty of parents who complain that their Quattro Tour
stroller is creaking and wobbly after a year or so of constant use. This
is probably not a stroller that will last through multiple children,
and you likely will not recoup much money by reselling it later on.
Should You Buy A Graco Quattro Tour Travel System?The
Graco Quattro Tour travel system is not a bad choice if you're set on a
travel system already. Many of its downsides won't be answered by
choosing another brand or even another of Graco's travel systems. If you
have realistic expectations about a travel system in general, you may
be very happy with the Graco Quattro Tour.
The infant car seat is the most important part of the travel system,
and you can't go wrong with the front-adjust SnugRide or the SnugRide
32. You should try out the car seat in your vehicle before you buy the
travel system, if at all possible, just to be sure it's a good fit. If
the car seat doesn't fit your vehicle, that would be one reason to
choose a different travel system.
In the whole of the stroller world, the Quattro Tour stroller
wouldn't be one of my first choices since it's heavy, bulky whether
folded or unfolded, and doesn't have a great track record for
durability. However, as far as travel system strollers go, those things
are to be expected. The Quattro Tour stroller is above average on a few
convenience features, though, so combined with the decent car seat, it's
among the better ready-made travel systems available.
Jul 26, 2012 |
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