Review: Graco’s Signature Series 3-in-1 Modular Stroller

09/02/2011 at 02:00 PM ET
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What parent doesn’t want a stroller that can do it all?

After all, bells and whistles can really make your ride that much sweeter.

But most parents can’t stomach the sticker shock that often comes along with a luxe set of wheels.

Well, leave it up to Graco to find the perfect balance between your wish-list and your budget with their new Signature Series 3-in-1 Modular Stroller ($300).

Want to learn more? Check out our review below!

Things We Like:

Let’s face it: Many of us love the look of modern-day strollers and this new design doesn’t disappoint. From the sleek seat to the appealing and easy-to-clean fabric, Graco has really set this system apart from the rest.

While the stroller still features their classic plastic wheels, the ride is pretty smooth for both mom and baby with little to no bounce for those afternoon strolls to the park. Plus, keeping all your mommy must-haves close by is super easy with the roomy (and expandable!) basket and two cupholders.

Best of all? This stroller really grows with your baby and is easily adaptable to fit your needs. To use it with a newborn carrier, simply remove the chair and use the insert sling with the metal frame. This allows parents to keep their little ones close as the car seat carrier is slightly elevated — bringing baby 7 inches closer.

Once your baby outgrows the infant car seat, switch it out for the reclining cushy chair, which can be positioned either facing you or — for those curious cuties — facing outward to check out their surroundings. It can also be adjusted as a three or five point harness to keep your little one secure.

Things We Didn’t Like:

Putting the stroller together is simple, but once you’re up and running, figuring out how to switch between the car seat sling and chair may take some time.

And while the stroller frame folds almost completely flat (great for storage!) and is easy to carry, the seat must be taken out first.

Finally, although the stroller is made for a child up to 50 pounds, it could be a tight fit once your child is in the toddler stage. There is plenty of leg room when the chair is facing outward, but, for taller children, their head may hit the sunshade when they’re sitting back in the seat.

Moms & Babies Rating:

If you’re on the hunt for a sleek- and chic-looking stroller that won’t break the bank, this ride should definitely be at the top of your list!

— Anya Leon

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lisa on

Really? $300? For a stroller that will last,maybe,3 yrs if you’re lucky. No thanks. I’ll dish out another $100-150 & get a BOB. That stroller will last 5 or 6 yrs if not more. Actually get your moneys worth.

cn tower on

I’m with you, Lisa and I think you are being generous about it lasting 3 years. Plastic wheels? No thanks. Spend a bit more on a quality stroller – BOB, Valco. etc.

Annie on

that is the ugliest handle/steering bar I’ve ever seen on a stroller, aside from the Orbit. Spend a couple $100 more and get the new UppaBaby Cruz.

meghan on

yeah, i’ll skip the junco and stick with my valco.

heather on

We have this stroller and love it! I would never drop $600+ on a stroller. That’s just totally insane to me.

Heather on

While I see the value in a solid stroller, I can’t see myself ever spending upwards of a 1000 dollars on one. We have a Graco Quattro travel system and it’s lasted WELL over three years and two kids with NO complaints. It’s solid and easy to use. I’d buy another one in a heartbeat.

We cheaped out on a double stroller when our second baby arrived and I wish we hadn’t. I also had a Peg Perego Duette and it was the most cumbersome thing I’ve ever seen. And it was 700 bucks. I got rid of it after only a few uses.

The one place I wouldn’t skimp on is on a good umbrella stroller. A 200 dollar Maxicosi one with a basket, solid construction AND a cupholder was well worth it. If you only have one baby I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this graco stroller or any of their other travel systems.

Margaux on

I just bought this stroller and it’s great! I get lots of compliments on it, too, without paying beaucoup bucks. Valco, Bob’s, Orbit…been there, done that, already.

leslie on

How is the stroller Graco 3 in 1 signature?

Rachel on

I don’t car much for the look of this design… and it does look like the hood would hit an older toddler’s head. We have the Graco Quattro Tour as well, our model is from 2005 and it is still going strong after 6 years of tons of use! And not just mall use either, we used it 99% for daily walks to the park and through the neighborhood. I actually recently replaced the fabric with a new set so that it could be used all over again when my mom babysits my cousin’s baby. The plastic wheels have done just fine for us and one of the things we like best about it is the seat height and sunshade… it is great for older toddlers.

We also have the Quattro Duo and while that thing is a beast size wise, it has been going strong for 4 years with no sign of the plastic wheels deteriorating at all. I know tons of people who have Graco strollers that have lasted a long time. It all depends on how you treat them.

Nancy on

For those that have the Graco Signature Series stroller, is it a pain to remove the seat and store it in the trunk, and then re install it? Thanks!

Kim T. on

-Nancy : It’s not hard to remove and install the seat back and fourth, but it’s annoying. My son is 3 months and I sometimes have to wake him up and put him in the carseat. His carseat doesn’t fit b/c it’s way too wide. But overall it’s not too bad. After you get used to it.

heather on

Nancy: It’s not the most convienient, but it’s not hard and really doesn’t take long. My baby really doesn’t like to use her car seat, so we’ve mainly used the other seat which lays back horizontal. I can change her diapers in there too which is nice instead of a nasty changing table in a public bathroom that probably never gets cleaned.

Robyn on

I have just recently purchased this stroller. Yes, the sticker price was a bit high but I found it reasonable for any others that I looked at where the seat could switch to be inward facing, or outward facing. I do agree that when putting it away, taking the seat it self out each time is a pain, I can get used to it.

My son loves it, and it’s such a smooth ride and he actually looks comfortable in it. I’m ver pleased with this purchase~~ High reccomend this~~

Andrea on

hey ladies, im about to be a first time mom and have a quick question about this stroller and strollers in general…this may be a dumb question but not having any experience w/ strollers/car seats im going to ask anyway…you say it is kind of annoying to take the car seat in and out and click it into the stoller, but if you didnt do that and had a “regular” stoller, wouldnt you have to take your child completley out of the car seat to place them in the stoller? i would think that would be more annoying…please let me know your thoughts on this stoller vs “regular” stollers.
Thanks 🙂

Patricia on

I’ve been looking at reviews on this stroller since before my son was born. i just went the next cheapest one ( The First Years Indigo ) and i’ve been having extreme problems with this 3-in-1. The problems this one has would make you guys appreciate this one. + i paid 200 for squeaking, self-locking wheels, a wobbly seat, a smaller canopy, no head support, a wobbly carseat base, and easily scratched, rusting material. My son is 2 months. Did any of you experience this many problems with the graco 3-in-1?