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The First Years Jet

$45
Reviewed
August 2013
by ConsumerSearch
The First Years Jet

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • High weight rating
  • Tall handle height
Cons
  • Front swivel wheels don't lock
  • Not for newborns

Bottom line

Parents describe The First Years Jet as practical, light and easy to use. It's versatile and great for travel or trips around town and is comfortable for both parents and children. It's not unusual to see comments from parents who own more than one Jet. It's not a heavy-duty stroller, and the canopy is almost useless, so if that's important to you, this isn't your stroller. But if you want a durable, inexpensive stroller for travel or everyday use, The First Years Jet may be a great choice.

Safety

Good basic safety features. The First Years Jet comes with a five-point safety harness, but some parents say the buckle is too easy for toddlers to open. The Jet has rear brakes that lock independently. The stroller has a manual lock to keep it from opening when folded. The front swivel wheels do not lock, meaning it may not be stable on rougher terrain.

Ease of use

Simple assembly. Owners describe The First Years Jet as easy to assemble out of the box, easy to fold and unfold and small enough to keep in the back of a car for anytime use. It's described as easy to push on smooth surfaces. At 11 pounds, it's super-light and easy to lift and carry. It does not have a carry handle, but reviewers say it's easy to carry by the frame. It's reported as easy to wipe clean.

Lifestyle features

Well featured for the price. The First Years Jet is equipped with a plethora of features, including a parent console and an under-seat storage basket. It draws particular praise for its higher handle height that makes pushing more comfortable for taller parents.

The seat on the Jet has a partial recline and is recommended for babies from 6 months and up. It has a 50-pound weight rating, though some parents complain that the backrest is not tall enough for taller kids. Parents describe the Jet's seat as comfortable for their children with good padding. The canopy is small, but parents say for the price, it has more than adequate features. One highly recommended use of the Jet by both owners and experts is as a travel stroller, particularly for airline travel.

Where To Buy
The First Years Jet Stroller, City Chic

 
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Our Sources

1. Baby Bargains

The 2013 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 The First Years brand in detail and the Jet specifically.

Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags and other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition

2. Amazon.com

The First Years Jet earns an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars in more than 960 reviews. Owners say the Jet is inexpensive, but doesn't look cheap, comfortable and maneuverable. Cons include non-breathable fabric, a limited recline option and a small under-seat storage basket.

Review: The First Years Jet Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013

3. Babies 'R' Us

In about 20 reviews, The First Years Jet earns an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's durable and comfortable for their children. They like how easy it is to fold, lift and stow. A few say it doesn't handle well and doesn't recline enough.

Review: The First Years Jet Stroller - Happy Hippos Brown, Contributors to Babies "R" Us, As of August 2013

4. Diapers.com

The First Years Jet gets an overall rating of 4.4 stars in a handful of reviews, with owners saying it's comfortable, durable and easy to take around town. They also say the storage is great for such a small stroller. The only con is kicking the back of the stroller for taller people.

Review: The First Years Jet Stroller - City Chic- Black, Contributors to Diapers.com, As of August 2013

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