Monday, April 30, 2012

OTL: Graco RoomFor2 Stand & Ride Stroller


My three year old, Elizabeth, is a walker. We rented a stroller when we went to Disney World last fall thinking that she might need to take a break from walking because it is such a large place but we barely used it. Now that Victoria is here though and she rides in the stroller, Elizabeth is wanting to ride in the stroller again too. So I was completely thrilled to receive a Graco RoomFor2 Stand and Ride Stroller, Metropolis from the Amazon Vine program for the purpose of providing an honest review.

I really wanted to love this stroller and was a little disappointed withe the number of little things that I don't like about it. None of them are major but when added all together I can see how much better the stroller could have been.

Pros:
  • This easily holds both my daughters. My three year old loves that she can sit or stand and thinks getting to ride in the stroller with her little sister is a lot of fun.
  • The stroller collapses easily and is just as small as our single travel stroller when collapsed.
  • The stroller is light enough to move easily when collapsed.
  • The stroller steers easily even with both kids in there.
  • There are lots of cup holders and places for snacks.
  • The basket underneath is a good size.
Cons:
  • My husband said the instructions for putting the stroller together were not great and when he pushed down (as instructed) to attach the foot rest one of the clips to hold it on broke easily.
  • The stroller fully collapses to the ground which means you have to pick it up to move it which is not easy when holding on to the younger child. (My other stroller collapses to a standing position and can then be moved on the rear wheels.)
  • When the front seat is in the reclined position, my three year old really needs to stand to have enough room. If she wants to sit, she ends up leaning forward because the other seat is in her back.
  • The five-point harness for the front seat is not easy to use - pieces are all separate and must be fitted and held together while trying to buckle the child in.
  • The sun/rain cover for the front seat is stiff and not easy to adjust.
  • The way the seats are positioned makes it difficult to get anything large into the bottom basket even though the basket is large enough to hold it. I'm not sure I could fit our diaper bag in there.
  • The rear wheels have separate brakes so you have to push on each of them.
  • The child in back can also easily reach the brakes with their feet and push on the while you are moving. (I have no idea how this one could be avoided though!)
Right now this stroller doesn't work for us because the infant car seat we have is a different brand and does not attach to this stroller. I think we will definitely be using this stroller when we go places outdoors that require a lot of walking when Victoria can sit up in the front seat on her own. The Graco RoomFor2 Stand and Ride Stroller, Metropolis is a good stroller that could have been made even better with a few small adjustments.

Do you have a double stroller for your kids? What do you like and dislike about it?

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