The Sit 'n' Stroll 5 in 1 Combination Car Seat/Stroller (*Est. $250) is a good idea that, reviewers say, doesn't quite work well as either a stroller or a car seat. The basic seat is a car seat that can be used either rear- or forward-facing on a plane or in a car. It can also be used as a dining-table booster seat. Users appreciate the unique versatility offered by the product. Some say it converts easily from a car seat to a stroller and back without even taking the child out, although others say it's hard to make the conversion and that it takes two hands.
Many owners also note quality issues -- the handle is flimsy and the wheels can break. Additionally, the small rear storage compartment isn't big enough for most families, meaning that parents will need to carry additional necessities. The Sit 'n' Stroll is easy to lift into a vehicle, but doesn't fit some airplane seats and, as a stroller, is too wide for some airplane aisles. Some reviewers point out that the LATCH system is so difficult to use that they just use the seat belt system with the five-point harness, making the seat less safe.
The only professional review we found of the Sit 'n' Stroll 5 in 1 Combination Car Seat/Stroller was at About.com. User reviews from sites such as Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com provide excellent feedback on real-world, long-term use. Both sites feature very lengthy reviews and give a balanced representation of the pros and cons of this model.
Heather Corley, About.com's baby products guide, provides a good overview of the Sit 'n' Stroll 5 in 1 Car Seat and Stroller combination, but the review is not comparative and there is no mention of testing methods. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Sit-N-Stroll Car Seat and Stroller, Heather Corley
Amazon.com features more than 50 reviews of the Sit 'n' Stroll 5-in-1 Combination Car Seat/Stroller. The model receives a decent average of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviews are detailed and provide good, balanced feedback about this model. Reviewers are very pleased with the versatility of the product, calling it an overall great buy. However, some do note quality issues (flimsy handle, broken wheels) and say that the company's response time was slow.
Review: Lilly Gold Sit 'n' Stroll 5 in 1 Car Seat and Stroller Combination, Contributors to Amazon.com
Buzzillions.com aggregates user reviews from other top retail sites such as BabiesRUs.com and REI.com. The site features more than 100 user-generated reviews of the Sit 'n' Stroll 5 in 1 Combination Car Seat/Stroller, with an average rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. Reviews are mixed at best. Parents appreciate the stroller's ability to go to a car seat and back with ease. However, several note that the frame is too wide for plane aisles and that the wheels break easily.
Review: Lilly Gold by Triple Play Sit 'n Stroll Car Seat Stroller with Sunshade, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
4. Apartment Therapy.com
This design-centered parenting blog selects the Sit 'n' Stroll 5 in 1 as one of their favorite travel finds. Unfortunately, this review is nearly four years old. Still, the reviewer provides ample feedback on the positive aspects of this stroller, saying that it is "one of the best purchases [they've] made."
Review: Best Product: Sit 'n' Stroll 5-in-1 Car Seat Stroller, Alejandra Valera, Aug. 9, 2007