Recommended by independent product testers. The Graco Ipo comes with a seal of approval from independent product testers who evaluate strollers for safety. Safety features include an adjustable, five-point safety harness that can be converted into a three-point harness and rear brakes that lock independently.
Maneuvers well. Multiple users state that they can push the Ipo with one hand over almost any terrain. Owners also report that it has a true, one-handed fold and appreciate the included carry handle.
A few users note that the Ipo's assembly instructions are not very clear. This seems to particularly affect the canopy -- one parent reported that the first time she assembled the stroller she didn't put the sun canopy on correctly, which caused it to fall off. Multiple parents said that the sun canopy tends to fall off. Also, some parents say that the seat recline feature doesn't work well with heavier children and will recline on its own accord.
Works for babies and older toddlers. According to Graco, the seat of the Ipo has a full recline and is suitable for newborns. Parents say that the seat reclines quite flat and is well-padded. The Graco Ipo also has an adjustable leg rest for napping. A number of parents say the seat does not sit fully upright, and a few say it bothers their children while others say it does not.
Thanks to all-wheel suspension and its sturdy build, parents and expert reviewers say that the Graco Ipo travels better over bumpy terrain than most umbrella-style strollers -- even close to its top weight. Parents say the Ipo's tall handle is comfortable for a range of heights. It gets great reviews for its compact fold, with parents saying it fits in even the smallest trunks.
The Ipo is weight rated up to 50 pounds, and parents say the spacious seat keeps bigger kids comfortable. Owners also say that the Ipo is built well enough to last through more than one child, making the cost of ownership of this stroller incredibly low.
Some parents complain that the Ipo does not come with a cup holder and that it lacks any form of parent console. A few say the Ipo's under-seat basket is small, but others say it's larger than most umbrella stroller baskets. The main complaints about the Ipo may be issues of durability. Several parents say the seat reclines spontaneously when their child leans back. One owner had to bolster the seat with a bungee cord to keep it up. Other parents say the canopy is too small and falls off with barely a touch. There are several complaints about the front wheels not touching the ground, making it difficult to steer.
Graco offers an industry standard one-year limited warranty for its strollers. Certain wearable parts of the stroller may be replaced if they wear out after the warranty expires, including wheel assemblies and fabric seat assembly with seat belt.
The Graco Ipo is a better-than-average umbrella stroller at its price point with a great age range, from newborn to 50 pounds. It may have some flaws: the seat recline issue, wheels that don't provide traction and an unstable canopy point to quality and durability issues. But more parents love it than not, with several calling it an "almost-perfect" stroller. Based upon feedback, chances are if you get an Ipo, you'll be happy with it for years.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent The 2011 edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields, covers a variety of stroller manufacturers. The authors provide overall ratings for brands and for individual models. Their reviews take into account parent feedback and personal research and experiences. In the latest edition, they discuss Graco in detail and the Ipo specifically.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The Graco Ipo receives an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Many people who post on Amazon.com have found the Ipo after they searched for a stroller that can fit multiple requirements -- lightweight but still maneuverable and with storage space that also fits in the trunk of a car. Most contributors find that the Ipo fits this bill. They agree that while it is not the lightest umbrella stroller, it offers the necessary features for heavy-duty, frequent use.
Review: Graco Ipo Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012
Review Credibility: Good The Graco Ipo is among the 32 umbrella-style strollers rated and tested by the editors of ConsumerReports.org for ease of use, maneuverability and safety (durability is no longer rated). While the testing is commendable, editors offer only a very brief editorial take on the strollers and offer few details. A number of the strollers have also been discontinued, making this report seem very dated.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of August 2012
Review Credibility: Good The online version of Parents magazine compiles lists of strollers under various titles. The Graco Ipo makes the cut as an "ultimate" stroller because of its roomy seat, storage basket, carry handle and an adjustable leg rest.
Review: Our Ultimate Stroller Guide, Erin Smith of American Baby, Not dated
Review Credibility: Fair This very brief favorable review summarizes the Ipo as a mod, stylish stroller that is easy to use and lightweight. There is no mention of testing; it is not comparative, and it has few details.
Review: Graco Ipo, Editors of FitPregnancy.com, Not dated