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Graco Ready2Grow LX Review

Longer footprint makes it hard to navigate with unequal seating features
Graco Ready2Grow LX
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $233 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Accepts two car seats, easier to transport with self-stand
Cons:  Hard to push and turn in tight spaces, limited coverage from sun
Manufacturer:   Graco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Dec 9, 2021
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 4.8
  • Maneuverability - 30% 3.1
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 4.2
  • Quality - 10% 3.0

The Skinny

Graco Ready2Grow is a tandem double stroller with various seating configurations, including the bench and standing platform, double seating with face time for parents, and the ability to connect two infant car seats. It offers a better storage basket than some of the competition, but the rider experience between seats is vast and likely to cause a fight between children. It has an easy fold and self-stands, but it is heavy and takes up lots of space. Overall, we think this stroller is lacking. Its performance disappoints in most metrics, and we think there are better options no matter what you want in a stroller.

Editor's Note: The Ready2Grow review was updated on December 10, 2021, with new sections written to help with the decision-making process.

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Pros Accepts two car seats, easier to transport with self-standMultiple seating options, accepts 2 car seats, easy to use, priceVery budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potentialEasier to push and turn, lower priceEasy to lift and carry, compact fold, easy to stow
Cons Hard to push and turn in tight spaces, limited coverage from sunHarder to push and turn, heavier, lower qualityLower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggleHeavy, poor car seat attachmentAccepts one car seat, harder to maneuver, storage is hard to access
Bottom Line Longer footprint makes it hard to navigate with unequal seating featuresBetter than average option that offers much for growing families with style similar to higher-end optionsBest on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spacesGood maneuverability for the price but harder to use and very heavyLimited functionality, but best sit and stand in the review
Rating Categories Graco Ready2Grow LX Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti... Baby Trend Navigator Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Ease Of Use (45%)
4.8
7.4
5.3
5.2
4.9
Maneuverability (30%)
3.1
5.9
8.3
7.3
3.5
Weight/Folded Size (15%)
4.2
4.0
6.2
2.2
9.2
Quality (10%)
3.0
6.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
Specs Graco Ready2Grow LX Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti... Baby Trend Navigator Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Weight 33.1 lbs 34.6 lbs 30.6 lbs 39.7 lbs 23.4 lbs
Folded Dimensions 24.4"W x 21"H x 50"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L 32.8"W x 16.5"H x 34"L 32.9"W x 19"H x 34.8"L 21.2"W x 11.8"H x 46.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/45" for front seat, bench seat or standing platform
40 lbs/43" for elevated rear seat
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38" Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Graco
All SnugRide Click Connect Models
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax None Any Baby Trend Infant Car Seat Baby Trend
Flex-Loc, Latch-Loc
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33, Shuttle, Connection
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Evenflo
Embrace
Graco
Junior Baby, SafeSeat, Snugride Click Connect 30, 35, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 32, 35
JJ Cole
Newport
Lamaze
Via
Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Cabriofix, Pebble, Prezi
Mothercare
Travel Tot
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Recaro
Performance Coupe
Safety 1st
onBoard 35, onBoard 35 Air, Designer 22
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Graco
All SnugRide Click Connect Models
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
None None None
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None None None None Baby Trend
Flex-Loc, Latch-Loc
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33, Shuttle, Connection
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Evenflo
Embrace
Graco
Junior Baby, SafeSeat, Snugride Click Connect 30, 35, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 32, 35
JJ Cole
Newport
Lamaze
Via
Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Cabriofix, Pebble, Prezi
Mothercare
Travel Tot
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Recaro
Performance Coupe
Safety 1st
onBoard 35, onBoard 35 Air, Designer 22
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Number of Car Seats Accepted 2 2 0 2 1
Recline Front/Left Seat Mid-Level Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Recline Rear/Right Seat Shallow Deep Deep Deep N/A
Storage Basket Size Large Extra Large Large Large Medium
Sun Shade Size Small Medium Small Small Large
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No No No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 40.8" 33"/44.7" 40.6" 41" 41.8"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes No No Yes
Included Accessories None None MP3 Speakers MP3 Speakers None
Setup Time 20-25 min 10-15 min 10-15 min 20-25 min 20-25 min

Our Analysis and Test Results

Graco is a worldwide producer of baby products with gear ranging from strollers to high chairs. The company started in 1942 when Philadelphians Russell Gray and Robert Cone started manufacturing car parts. After Gray left the company, Cone took off on a new route designing baby gear with an engineer. One of their first products was an innovative (at the time) infant swing inspired by a coworker's outdoor glider.

Performance Comparison



Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the storage bin on the ready2grow is easier to access than the baby...
The storage bin on the Ready2Grow is easier to access than the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Graco Ready2Grow scored below the average compared to competitors. While it isn't the hardest to use, there are certainly easier-to-use options with less frustration.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the auto-lock on the ready2grow needs to be released by hand.
The auto-lock on the Ready2Grow needs to be released by hand.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


This stroller is one of the easier options to fold and unfold. The fold is a one-handed operation that auto-locks and self-stands. It requires 3-4 steps, but you need to bend to the ground to complete. You can use two hands to help support the bottom portion and sort of squeeze the two halves together, so you don't need to bend much; testers feel this is easier to do. Unfolding is very easy and requires two hands and five steps. You don't need to bend to unfold, but you might need to push the parts apart manually.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the brake pedal on the ready2grow (the grey middle pedal) is easy to...
The brake pedal on the Ready2Grow (the grey middle pedal) is easy to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The brakes are single-action brakes that are easy to set and release. The pedals are sandal and barefoot friendly. These are preferable over the double-action brakes on the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand Double.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the ready2grow storage bin is easiest to access from the back.
The Ready2Grow storage bin is easiest to access from the back.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The large storage bin fits our extra-large diaper bag with a 10 lbs limit. This is better than the 5 lb limit on the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite. The bin is accessible from the rear and sides, and the top of the rear seat is removed. Access is only average, but it isn't bad for a tandem stroller, and it fits a lot more than the similar competition. This stroller also has a parent's tray with two tray depressions and one cup holder. It isn't user-friendly and is one of those features that seems to check the box more so than offering a useful storage solution.

The parent tray on the Ready2Grow has two open pockets and a cup...
The parent tray on the Ready2Grow has two open pockets and a cup holder.
This single child tray on the Ready2Grow has dual cup holders and a...
This single child tray on the Ready2Grow has dual cup holders and a shallow tray. The cup holders don't hold much and we had trouble fitting sippy cups inside.

The stroller has a parent's tray (above left) and one child tray (above right) for the front passenger. This mismatch of passenger trays could leave little ones arguing. The cup holder on the parent tray is virtually useless, and it didn't accept any bottle or cup we tried. This was the only cup holder in the group like this. The cup holder is 2.5 inches deep, and in our testing, we had items fall from the holder, making it a safety concern.

The Ready2Grow with the second seat in place and the canopies closed.
The Ready2Grow with the second seat in place and the canopies closed.
The Ready2Grow with the second seat in place and canopies open.
The Ready2Grow with the second seat in place and canopies open.

Sunshade


The sunshades are smaller and lack a peek-a-boo window. The canopies are so small you don't need a window, and they barely cover the baby's head, making them virtually useless against the elements. They rotate forward, but at the end of the day, it is impossible to protect from surprise rain or full sun. The best canopies are found on the better quality options like the Graco Ready2Grow LX 2.0 or the Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the harness system on the ready2grow is difficult to put together.
The harness system on the Ready2Grow is difficult to put together.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The harnesses are 5-point, hard to get on, and only marginally easier to get off. They are easy to adjust the shoulder height even though it is a re-thread style. The front seat has three height adjustment levels, while the rear seat only has two. The buckle has upper and lower straps that must be connected before they can be buckled, and they can easily come undone. The release button requires almost two hands worth of pressure to unbuckle, and the crotch strap is adjustable but only has one position. Adjusting the straps is easy with a dual-pull system.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - only the front seat on the ready2grow reclines.
Only the front seat on the Ready2Grow reclines.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


This stroller does not offer a leg rest. It has a hard plastic footrest, but only some children will be able to reach it because it isn't moveable and sits low on the frame. The front seat reclines, but the rear seat does not. The recline operates with one hand and has infinite positions; it is only average for ease of use. The vast difference in the rider experience for passengers could be a problem for children who recognize the disparity. For some, the inability of the rear child to nap is a deal-breaker.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the rear seat on the ready2grow is easily removed from the frame.
The rear seat on the Ready2Grow is easily removed from the frame.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The rear seat attaches to the frame with a hook and is easily removable. It faces the parent and isn't the most sturdy of seats; clearly, it is intended to be used only sporadically or for a limited time.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Ready2Grow is only compatible with Graco brand infant car seats. We tested it with the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 and the Graco Snugride Click Connect 40. This Graco accepts two car seats and doesn't require any adapters. Both seats are about the same for installation, with one in the front and one in the back. It is a snug fit that requires aggressively pushing on the seat for installation. We feel like it should be easier for a native brand seat to fit in its same brand stroller.

Ease of Setup




The Ready2Grow is hard to assemble, taking over 14 minutes to put together. The instruction manual is poorly designed and hard to follow. It has a lot of parts to put together, and we feel like most of these parts could come preassembled and still fit in the same box, so it feels like Graco is trying to cut corners by pushing assembly off on the buyer.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the plastic wheels on the graco ready2grow lx are fairly flimsy and...
The plastic wheels on the Graco Ready2Grow Lx are fairly flimsy and the dual wheel design makes it hard to push and maneuver over almost any terrain that isn't flat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


The Ready2Grow is one of the hardest strollers to push in this review. The inline strollers in this group all struggle with maneuvering, except for the UPPAbaby Vista v2 Double.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the front swivel wheels on the ready2grow can be locked in place for...
The front swivel wheels on the Ready2Grow can be locked in place for easier maneuvering over rougher terrain.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Pushing the Ready2Grow on a hard surface is difficult, and you need to prepare and plan ahead of time if you are going to make a turn or you won't make it. It does negotiate smaller space fairly well, but the more weight it has inside, the worse it gets. The pushing gets harder when you move over grass and then stops altogether with gravel and small bumps or curbs.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the ready2grow is large, heavy and awkward to lift.
The Ready2Grow is large, heavy and awkward to lift.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The Ready2Grow weighs around 33 lbs. This weight is higher than the average for the group, which is 32 lbs. While we expect double strollers to weigh more than their single counterparts, we still like the idea of finding the lightest option that also meets your needs. The folded size of the Ready2Grow is 25,625 cubic inches, making it a bigger lug than much of the competition. The average for the group is closer to 17,000 cubic inches.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the ready2grow scored the lowest in the group for quality with a...
The Ready2Grow scored the lowest in the group for quality with a score of 3 out of 10.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


Many parents think of Graco as a quality product at a reasonable price. However, in our tests, Graco struggles to keep up with the competition when compared side-by-side. The Ready2Grow earns one of the lowest in the group.

The Ready2Grow's fabric is thin, and the seat offers minimal padding. The lighter accent fabric with mesh looks like it will snag, and the piping on the seat is poorly placed and will likely chafe the back of the baby's legs. The frame isn't much to look at nor a feat of engineering. This stroller's overall fit and finish are cheap; it looks rumpled, wrinkled, and undone.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the quality of the graco doesn't stand up to the competition with...
The quality of the Graco doesn't stand up to the competition with the lowest score in group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The wheels are made of plastic and look cheaper than the other plastic wheels in the review. It sports the dual front wheel design that cheaper strollers favor, and it is wobbly when you push it with an imprinted tread that does nothing but adds bumps to the ride. The limited padding and the front wheel suspension mean a jarring ride for the baby. Add to this minimal recline in front, no recline in the back, and you have an uncomfortable rider experience.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the fold on the ready2grow is initiated with the slide of the lock...
The fold on the Ready2Grow is initiated with the slide of the lock and rotation of the handle.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The handlebar is not adjustable, but the shape is fairly nice and covered in sturdy foam that feels good and durable. The handle feels narrow, and the frame release for the folding mechanism is in the middle of the handlebar, limiting where you can place your hands comfortably. Overall, it feels like a stroller designed on paper that was never tested in real life.

Graco Ready2Grow LX double stroller - the ready2grow accepts two graco infant car seats.
The Ready2Grow accepts two Graco infant car seats.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Twins


This Graco will work for twins because it can accept two Graco Click Connect infant car seats. It also has the option of two toddler seats and one seat with a sit and stand bench and platform. Because it is limited in the brand seat you can use, and the rider experience is vastly different between the front and rear passengers, we don't recommend this option for twins. In our experience, twins or children close in age will want the same kind of riding experience and will likely end up fighting over the front seat. Also, only one seat offers a recline feature which means that only one child will be able to nap comfortably. This might be ok if you have a baby and an active 4-year-old who is unlikely to nap anyway, but with twins, it means one will be resting reclined while the other struggles to sleep. Strollers like this one really are a better bet with children of various ages than for twins.

Should You Buy the Graco Ready2Grow?


This stroller performed poorly in every test and offered very few features or functionality that can't be found better elsewhere. While we appreciate the idea of a budget-friendly option for parents pushing two, we think most parents will be frustrated with the poorly functioning features and hard-to-push design. These factors make this Graco one we don't recommend.

What Other Double Stroller Should You Consider?


If an inline stroller is what you crave, we prefer the for the higher quality, lighter weight, and easier fold. It has a similar price tag but was a far less frustrating experience for testers than the Graco. If you aren't married to the side-by-side design but are searching for any easier-to-use or push option that is still wallet-loving, the Baby Trend Expedition Double is a great option. This stroller has rubber tires and a jogger design that is super easy to push on and off-road, and the features are also easier to use with only a small bump in price.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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