According to reviews, the Graco MetroLite has everything most parents want in a stroller. It's 5 inches slimmer and almost 9 pounds lighter than the Graco Quattro Tour Deluxe (Discontinued), but the MetroLite doesn't skimp on features. Both strollers advertise a one-handed fold, accommodates Graco infant car seats, have 50-pound weight limits, harnesses that can be used as three- or five-point, padded seats with multi-position recline, drop-down bottom baskets (for easy access when reclined), peek-a-boo canopies, pivoting child trays with cupholders, parent trays with two cupholders, lockable swivel wheels with suspension -- and the MetroLite has an adjustable handle that the Quattro Tour doesn't. The Quattro Tour does add one-touch brakes, a removable infant head support and a rotating canopy, but reviews say the MetroLite's slimmer, lighter design makes it far easier to handle.
Although we found some durability complaints for past MetroLite models, other users say their MetroLite strollers have been going strong for years -- and we found no complaints yet for the latest MetroLite, which has been on the market for a year. Reviews don't point the MetroLite out as a particularly stylish stroller like the pricey UppaBaby Vista (*Est. $680), but users aren't complaining -- they like its comfort and value. Note that older MetroLite strollers sold prior to Dec. 2007 were recalled in Oct. 2010, but this newer version of the MetroLite is not affected.
ConsumerReports.org conducts the most useful comparison test of the Graco MetroLite, comparing it directly against 21 other single traditional strollers based on safety and performance. The MetroLite is also covered in "Baby Bargains," a book that gives respected expert buying advice on baby products. We found helpful owner feedback at Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com, and ConsumerSearch automotive editor Alex Nunez writes about his own personal experience with the Graco MetroLite.
The Graco MetroLite is one of 22 single traditional strollers tested here. Editors rate each stroller on its maneuverability, ease of use and safety and rank the models from best to worst.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" makes stroller recommendations based on testing and parent feedback. This book includes full coverage of the Graco brand, including the MetroLite.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition
The latest incarnation of the Graco MetroLite gets an average 4.5-star rating (out of 5) with more than 20 reviews posted here. All but one owner gives the MetroLite 4 or 5 stars, and that owner gives it 3 stars for not being as compact or lightweight as the reviewer hoped.
Review: Graco MetroLite Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
After seven years and three kids, ConsumerSearch automotive editor Alex Nunez's Graco MetroLite would still be going strong -- except he backed over it with his SUV and broke it. Nunez has high praise for the MetroLite and notes only a couple of limited drawbacks based on his years of experience.
Review: Ode to a Former Best Reviewed Stroller, Alex Nunez, Sept. 19, 2010
The current Graco MetroLite has amassed only a few owner reviews here, but you'll find hundreds of reviews for the former version. We found some durability complaints for the old MetroLite, but not for the new MetroLite -- and in any case, the MetroLite rates well enough to be a Buzzillions.com Reviewers' Choice Finalist for 2010.
Review: Graco MetroLite, Contributors to Buzzillions.com