Reviewers say the Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing & Seat is a solid choice for parents who want a portable swing that won't hog valuable real estate. It also offers a nice bonus: The swing becomes a vibrating seat with the flick of a lock. However, it has limited music and one awkwardly placed hanging toy, and some owners say the speeds seem the same.
Smaller babies may slump. The Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing & Seat has a five-point harness, a feature parents appreciate. However, there isn't any special head support for smaller babies, and some parents say their newborns seem to slump. The bucket seat is deep enough to keep babies secure, and the swing is easy to assemble, reviewers say. Fisher-Price recommends the swing for use from birth until babies can sit up unassisted, but the maximum weight capacity is 25 pounds.
Offers vibrations, but few other extras. Parents say the Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing & Seat is good for the basics, but it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles. They like the swing's ability to either swing or vibrate, but some reviewers say they find little differentiation in the six speeds. Quite a few say the hanging plastic toy is boring and too high for most babies to really enjoy. There are six songs and two volume levels. Because the swing is so low to the ground, some owners complain it's hard to get a baby in and out of the seat. Nearly all praise the swing's small footprint and easy portability. Many wish the seat offered extra padding, saying they can feel the frame through the seat.
Solid battery life. The seat pad on the Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing & Seat is removable and machine washable. The swing converts to a vibrating seat when owners use a lock at the bottom of the frame, but some reviewers say it can be difficult to engage and disengage the lock. Though the swing only takes batteries, parents say they last for a decent amount of time under normal usage. The seat height is not adjustable. The swing comes with a one-year limited warranty, and Fisher-Price generally receives good marks for customer service.
Review Credibility: Very Good The Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing & Seat earns an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars in more than 100 reviews on Amazon.com. Owners love the swing's portability, small footprint, vibration, deep seat and five-point harness. They also say it is easy to put together, and most reviewers say it doesn't eat batteries. However, many reviewers say the swing speeds aren't very different, and others say the padding is too thin. Some report that the hanging toy is too high and boring, and that the lock that converts the swing to a stationary seat is difficult to latch and unlatch.
Review: Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing and Seat, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good In nearly 90 reviews, the Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing & Seat earns an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewers praise the swing's ease of assembly and portability, and like the versatility of being able to use it as a vibrating seat. Some say the motor quit after minimal use, and many report that both the swing and vibration can be too loud. Others say there isn't enough padding, especially for newborns who need head support.
Review: Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing & Seat, Contributors to ToysRUs.com, As of March 2013