The Graco MetroLite Travel System teams the popular Graco SnugRide infant car seat with the highly rated MetroLite stroller. Besides performing well in safety tests, this travel system offers a height-adjustable handle, a multi-position recline, and a convertible three- or five-point harness. However, the Chicco KeyFit infant car seat now beats the Graco SnugRide in tests for safety and ease of use, and reviews say the stroller that comes with the Chicco Cortina Travel System (*Est. $300) travel system is just as full-featured and easy to use as the MetroLite stroller -- making the Cortina the new favorite travel system in reviews. You could also skip the travel system and opt for a lightweight stroller frame instead, and then purchase a stroller later on when your child outgrows the car seat. The top-rated Baby Trend Snap-N-Go stroller frame (*Est. $80) is compatible with most infant car seat brands (including the Chicco KeyFit), and the Graco SnugRider (*Est. $70) is designed for Graco infant car seats.
The book "Baby Bargains" and ConsumerReports.org both review the Graco MetroLite stroller and the SnugRide car seat. We also found reviews of the Graco MetroLite Travel System or stroller at Baby-Gaga.com, Amazon.com, ConsumerGuide.com and LilaGuide.com.
ConsumerReports.org tests the Graco MetroLite alongside dozens of other strollers, rating its safety, ease of use and maneuverability. ConsumerReports.org also separately tests infant car seats, including the Graco SnugRide that comes with the MetroLite travel system.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Baby Bargains
This book covers Graco strollers and travel systems in general, and the MetroLite stroller and travel system in particular. Authors Denise and Alan Fields rate strollers based on parent feedback and some hands-on testing.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition
This review examines the Graco MetroLite stroller alone, not the travel system. Reviewers praise the stroller's harness system and its light weight, but express some reservations about the durability of this stroller.
Review: Graco MetroLite, Editors of Baby-Gaga.com, Jan. 18, 2006
With about two dozen owners posting here, the Graco MetroLite stroller earns a 4.5-star average rating (out of 5). All but one of the reviews gives the stroller 4 or 5 stars, and that one review gives it 3 stars.
Review: Graco MetroLite Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Graco MetroLite is one of a few travel systems described and rated by ConsumerGuide.com, and it earns a Best Buy rating, but editors don't disclose how (or even if) these strollers were tested.
Review: Expert Review: Graco MetroLite LE Travel System 7408MRT, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, Oct. 17, 2008
About 60 short owner-written reviews of the Graco MetroLite stroller and travel system are found here. Most parents give it very positive reviews, and the MetroLite's overall average rating is 4.5 stars (out of 5).
Review: MetroLite Stroller, Contributors to LilaGuide.com