Experts and owners say the Graco Vie4 (*Est. $115) is a sturdy, comfortable, easy-to-use stroller that is versatile enough for children from infants to toddlers. A scaled-down version of the Graco Quattro (*Est. $130), the Graco Vie4 weighs approximately 23 pounds and boasts similar features to the well-reviewed Graco MetroLite (Discontinued). Experts praise the Graco Vie4 for its ease of use, maneuverability, safety and ability to accommodate infants and toddlers. Shortcomings include its weight and large size when folded, making it difficult to fit into the trunks of smaller cars and to lift in and out of trunks. Owners reflect the same positives and negatives that experts cite, saying they love the Graco Vie4's sturdy construction, versatility and wide range of features, but note that it is heavy and bulky when folded. Some expert reviews say Graco, in general, is not known for either style or durability, but these concerns are not reflected in owner reviews. For those who need to frequently transport their stroller, a better choice may be the Graco MetroLite (*Est. 150), which weighs only 17 pounds.
ConsumerReports.org conducts the most useful comparison test of the Graco Vie4, comparing it directly against 21 other single traditional strollers based on safety and performance. The Graco brand, including the Vie4, 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
The Graco Vie4 is one of 22 single traditional strollers tested in this report. 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, As of Dec. 2010
2. Baby Bargains
This book includes buyer's guides and ratings on a variety of baby gear. The authors don't specifically rate the Graco Vie4; they merely note that it's a scaled-down version of the Quattro. They praise the storage systems, but say Graco strollers are too heavy in general and wear out too quickly. The latter is not reflected in user opinions.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition
The Graco Vie4 earns 4.3 out of 5 stars in about 40 customer reviews, with owners praising its storage capability, sturdy construction, versatile seating and maneuverability. There are also quite a few positive comments on its stylish design, contrary to most professional reviews that pan Graco brand strollers for a lack of style. Some complaints include difficulty in folding the stroller with one hand, being very bulky even when folded and taking up a lot of room in the car trunk.
Review: Graco Vie4 Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
In more than 50 reviews at this consumer feedback site, the Graco Vie4 gets 4.4 stars out of a possible 5. Owners like its stylish design, ease of assembly, comfort and maneuverability. Other owners complain that it's heavy and impossible to collapse with one hand.
Review: Graco Vie4 Stroller -- Betsey, Contributors to Buzzillions.com