Your baby’s due date is around the corner and you are in the market for the best Carseat stroller combo. But it is so hard to make a choice when you have many products thrown at your face.
Well, this guide will help you make a decision so that you can get back to preparing for the arrival of your little one.
Before we dive into the reviews, here is a short summary.
|Car Seat Name||Stroller Weight||Editors Rating||Price|
|Britax 2016 B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System||18 pounds||Check Price|
|Graco Fastaction Fold Click Connect Travel System||22 pounds||Check Price|
|Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System||22 pounds||Check Price|
3 of the Best Carseat Stroller Combo Reviews for 2017
Table of Contents
- 0.1 3 of the Best Carseat Stroller Combo Reviews for 2017
- 0.2 Britax 2016 B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System
- 0.3 Graco Fastaction Fold Click Connect Travel System
- 0.4 Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
- 1 Things to look for in a Carseat Stroller combo.
Britax 2016 B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System
Britax have been making car seats for over 40 years and their new Britax 2016 B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System carseat and stroller combo doesn’t disappoint.
The car seat features a steel frame and a compression base to protect your baby in case of a collision.
Any users found that the car seat is lightweight and easy to carry around. This is useful as your baby gains weight in those early days. It is also really easy to clip the car seat into its car seat base.
We found that the stroller is sturdy and it features the quick one hand fold system helping you to fold the stroller while keeping your other hand free to hold your child.
Being a three wheel stroller, it is easy to maneuver round bends and especially if you live in an area that has some rough terrain. Weighing in at only 18 pounds, the Britax stroller is also the lightest in our review.
A few users claim that the chest strap buckle is weak and breaks after a few months. This car seat stroller combo also lacks cup holders that you will have to buy as extra accessories such as the Britax stroller organizer.
The maximum weight recommendation for this stroller is 55 pounds. This is one less purchase you will need to think about, as your child grows older.
The stroller has ample space in its carrier compartment a diaper bag and other baby gear.
You can consider buying an extra car seat base if you have more than one car for ease of car seat use.
What we liked
- This carseat and stroller combo is lightweight maneuverable and easy to fold.
- Easy to run errands as the seat clips well into standard shopping carts.
- The stroller as a maximum weight recommendation of 55 pounds.
What we didn’t like
- The chest strap buckle seems weak and can break after a few months of use.
- The stroller doesn’t have cup holders and you need to purchase an extra accessory.
Graco Fastaction Fold Click Connect Travel System
We simply love the one second, one hand fold system that Graco have in the Fastaction Fold Click Connect Travel System. It makes it so easy to pack everything up as we are on the go!
Car seat installation can be a very tricky affair. Getting a car seat that has easy to follow instructions for installing the seat is very important. The Graco fast action car seat comes with clear and easy to follow instructions that make installation a breeze!
The stroller features Graco’s multi position recline so that you can find the angle that suits you and your child the best.
This carseat and stroller combo is also well priced and seems to be a better buy if you are in a pinch.
Some people found that the buckles are a little stiff and need a lot of energy to come undone. This can be really frustrating when you are trying to get to your baby in a rush.
What we liked
- The stroller has a cup holder for drinks or a sippie cup.
- The car seat is so simple to install, the instructions are super easy to follow
What we didn’t like
- The buckle may be hard to get undone.
- Small storage space in the undercarriage
Chicco have been in the car seat business for a while and they are a name that can be trusted. In fact their Keyfit 30 infant car seat is the best rated in its class. we took time to review the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System.
We found that the base that comes with the keyfit is very simple to fit. It will be out of box and into your car in 5 minutes or less!
The Chicco car seat buckle mechanism is intuitive and easy to use. Your baby will be in and out of the seat quickly and easily.
Chicco have taken a lot of time to design a stroller that is light and easy to fold. The only issue we had was that the stroller doesn’t have a latch when folded so it rolls apart easily. It can also be used as a car seat caddy as the fabric parts are easy to remove.
The handle height has three adjustment levels and we found that it’s comfortable at any height. If different people will use this stroller to take the baby out, this is a feature that will sell well for this combo. Located on the handle is a tray that you can use for your accessories and iPhone.
The under carriage basket is well designed and can be accessed from the front and the back but can have a few issues with the cover as it is held back by the metal frame.
What we liked
- Features a tray for parental accessories such as a water bottle and your phone.
- Adjustable handle height
- The stroller can be used as a carseat caddy as the fabric parts are easy to remove
What we didn’t like
- A little difficult to get the car seat out of the stroller
- The basket doesn’t cover easily.
Things to look for in a Carseat Stroller combo.
Choosing the right care seat and stroller combo can be difficult. We have listed down some things that you can look our for as you make your decision.
Your baby will be spending a lot of time in the carseat or in the stroller and it is important that their safety is taken into account.
All car seats that are sold in the United States today have to go through strict standards. You can find those standards listed here. Basically, no car seat and stroller combo comes to the market without meeting these standards.
What will put a car seat over the top, is the extra features. As a bonus, the Juvenile Products Manufactures Association (JPMA) does extra testing for joints that can pinch your child, buckles, brakes and other joints. Check if the carseat that you are going to buy has the JPMA sticker.
The NHTSA also puts out recall notices for car seats. Make sure you register your seat once you buy it just in case the product you have bought is recalls.
Depending on your lifestyle, you will need to find a carseat stroller combo that will keep your baby comfortable. Are you looking to take her out on a jog? How is the terrain around your home?
Let me explain
Some strollers come with air-filled tires while others come with some form of suspension. If you will be jogging, getting a three-wheeled carseat stroller combo is essential. You will also need to confirm that the front wheel can be latched (for when you are out jogging) or unlatched for ordinary use.
Take some time and look at the reviews section of the travel system that you have chosen. Look out for issues that other people have had with the fabric, buckle system or the durability of the harnesses and tires.
Ease of Use
Different carseats and stroller manufactures have different buckle mechanisms. Some of them are pretty easy to use while some will leave pulling you hair when you are trying to get your baby out of the seat during a meltdown.
You would also like to buy a combo whose stroller folds up easily. Graco and Britax offer strollers that you can fold really quick using one hand. This is important as it keeps one hand free to hold on to your baby rather than fight with a stroller.
You will need to get a stroller that can adjust to your height. If different people will be taking the baby out for a stroll then you need to make sure that the handle bar can be adjusted easily.
Ensure that the seat you intend to buy is easy to use. You can do this by looking at the reviews of the carseat stroller combo you would like to buy. You can also take a look at NHTSA’s ease of use guide.
There are two things to consider here.
- The weight of the carseat stroller? How heavy will the car seat be with a baby in it?
- What weight can the stroller safely carry?
When buying a carseat stroller combo, it is important to get a lightweight stroller. This is important if you will be carrying it up a flight of stairs to your apartment or lifting it into your trunk.
Carseat and stroller combos are especially designed for newborns and the strollers can safely carry up to 30 pounds. The Graco FastAction Fold Travel System (reviewed below) can take up to 50 pounds. That means that you can use this stroller for some few years to come.
In this review, we picked the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System. We liked that its handle is adjustable and that their car seat is the top rated in the infant car seat class.
Chicco also took care to include an accessories panel for parent and baby gear.