April 10, 2009 03:30 PM

Graco Quattro Tour Deluxe in Portica

The Quattro Tour Stroller ($150-190) is Graco’s top-selling full-featured stroller and we figured it was about time we formally reviewed it!

Assembly and Fold
I was able to assemble the Quattro Tour stroller in about 10 minutes, though it did require me to get pliers out to put the axle pins in. It folds easily with one hand and latches closed and stands when folded (a feature I really like). Just twist the handlebar while pushing a button with your thumb and let gravity do the rest. It’s a very simple fold that can be done with a baby in your arms.

Seat
The seat reclines fully and allows toddlers to sit upright. A basic, adjustable 5-point harness system opens with the press of a button. A unique, flip-up bassinet feature is perfect for newborns and doesn’t require any extra accessories. The bottom of the seat pad folds up and Velcros in place behind the toddler tray to make a cozy little nest. A padded infant head support is included.

The foot rest is part of the frame and does not move or adjust but it didn’t bother 3.5-year-old Finn in its set position. A removable toddler tray has two compartments for snacks or toys and one for a cup or bottle.

Storage
The Quattro Tour stroller has lots of storage, including a cavernous basket that lowers so you can reach in when the seat is reclined without waking the baby. Two other compartments on the handle are ideal for a parent’s sunglasses or phone. It has two cup holders for the adults and one for the passenger. I use them all the time and have always found cup holders essential on a full-featured stroller.

Sun Shade
The sun shade on the Quattro Tour is not the biggest we’ve ever seen, but it detaches at the top and pivots all the way down in front of the baby, which is great for minimizing distractions when napping. A large plastic viewing window is covered by a fabric flap with two zippers. The zippers aren’t the best mechanism for this (I prefer magnets or Velcro) but they work fine. The sides have two mesh panels so the breeze can pass through, but they’re not covered. The option to have those open or closed would be a nice addition.

When you’re using the Graco SnugRide car seat on the stroller, the two sun shades meet to cover the baby completely.

Ride
The ride is the one place where, in general, you get what you pay for. A Rolls Royce ride usually comes with a Rolls Royce price tag. In this case, there is no suspension and no air-filled tires, in fact, they’re made from hard plastic with very little traction. It’s fine for the mall but won’t be ideal if you walk on uneven sidewalks or a muddy path to the playground.

A simple brake stops both rear wheels and pivots like a seesaw. Both the “unlock” and the “lock” are done by pushing down with your foot, which means you don’t have to scuff the tops of your suede loafers when you unlock it. The grippy, rubber handlebar does not adjust for taller or petite parents but its position was comfortable for me at 5’6″.

Bells and Whistles
At this price point we don’t expect many extras, but the Quattro Tour includes a “Comfort Tracker” thermometer and clock on the parent tray. Necessary? No. We can tell when it’s hot outside. But the clock is kind of nice to have!

Pros: Full recline. Gigantic basket. Easy car seat compatibility. Simple, one-hand fold.

Cons: Hard plastic tires with little traction. Not particularly fashion forward in its design.

Final Verdict: The Quattro Tour is an affordable stroller that can be used for newborns (with or without the car seat) all the way up to toddlerhood. It’s not for off-roading but is extremely functional and easy to use.

Kristen

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