The Graco Stylus travel system includes a full-featured stroller, Graco SnugRide 30 infant car seat and a seat base that stays in the car. It can accommodate infants even without the car seat due to a full recline feature, infant enclosure and infant support insert. It's heavy and takes up a lot of room in the trunk, but if you have the strength and the space, this may be the only stroller you'll ever need.
Safe for babies to toddlers. Graco products are known for going above and beyond on safety features, and the Stylus travel system is no exception. Paired with the popular Graco SnugRide 30 infant car seat, the stroller includes a padded, adjustable five-point harness that converts to a three-point harness for older children. The brakes are linked and engage with a tap of the toe, and the front swivel wheels lock for greater stability. A body support is included for infants. The included car seat base has a level indicator to help with proper installation, and parents are reassured by an audible click that tells them the car seat is latched securely on the stroller.
Rave reviews for easy-to-use features. Experts and owners say the Graco Stylus is very easy to fold and unfold, pushes like a dream and maneuvers well. It locks automatically when folded, but doesn't stand. It's a heavy 26.1 pounds, but most parents say it's manageable. The car seat is 7 pounds, making it fairly lightweight and easy to carry.
Owners report that the stroller is easy to clean, requiring just a quick wipedown, and the fabric holds up well to multiple cleanings. The harness on both the stroller and car seat are front-adjustable, no rethread. The Graco SnugRide 30 infant car seat moves easily between the in-car base and the stroller, which is also compatible with other Graco infant car seats. The price will vary depending on the car seat.
Accommodates infants even without car seat. Parents rave about the comfort features of the Graco Stylus travel system for their babies: good padding, head and body support, and good suspension for a comfortable ride. In particular, those with preemies call it a snug, comfortable fit. The car seat holds infants to 30 pounds and includes an infant enclosure. With its full recline, the Stylus is a good choice for longer outings, allowing baby to stretch out in the seat. Still, some parents grumble about the three-position recline, wishing there were more partially upright options for their toddlers. The stroller accommodates children to 50 pounds.
The Stylus has a good-sized canopy, and with the car seat attached the two canopies provide full coverage. The underseat basket is large, but owners say it's hard to access with the seat reclined. There are also a few complaints of the basket material fraying and drooping. The stroller's handlebars are adjustable, something couples of different heights appreciate. There's a parent tray with two cup holders, and a baby tray with cup holder.
When folded, the Graco Stylus is bulky and takes up most of the room in the trunk, users say. It's a good idea to measure your trunk before buying this model.
One-year limited warranty. Graco is renowned for its responsive customer service. A few owners who had various issues with the Graco Stylus say the manufacturer replaced the product immediately.
Review Credibility: Very Good The Graco Stylus is one of the top choices in this roundup of budget travel systems. Cheapism.com editors focus on price, narrowing down features in various strollers and recommending those they say are the best value. Conover says the Stylus is chosen for its "sturdy reliability and comfort."
Review: Graco Stylus LX Travel System Review, Raechel Conover, Sept. 20, 2012
2. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Very Good In more than two dozen reviews, the Graco Stylus travel system earns an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Most owners really like it, saying it's very comfortable for their children and pushes well. However, even its fans say it's heavy and bulky when folded. A few complain that the basket tears and frays easily.
Review: Graco Stylus LX Travel System Stroller, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good There are only about a dozen reviews at Amazon.com for the Graco Stylus LX, but it earns an impressive 4.8 stars out of 5. A couple of owners suggest it doesn't work well for bigger babies.
Review: Graco Stylus LX Travel System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good The Graco Stylus is included in this roundup of three travel system strollers. Each is evaluated for safety, performance, maneuverability and ease of use, but there's no mention of how they're tested and little detail about each product.
Review: Single Car Seat Carrier Strollers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated