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Graco Ready2Grow LX Review

Longer footprint makes it hard to navigate with unequal seating features
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Price:   $220 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  ⋅  Mar 8, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 35% 5
  • Maneuverability - 25% 3
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 4
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Quality - 10% 3
  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 5% 6

The Skinny

Graco Ready2Grow is a tandem double stroller with a variety of 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 a nice easy fold and self-stands, but it is on the heavy side 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.


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Pros Accepts two car seats, easier to transport with self-standSuper easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging strollerVariety of seating, 2 car seats, smaller, covered storageAccepts two car seats, great storage, quality materialsEasy to maneuver, easy to use features, comfortable, jogger
Cons Hard to push and turn in tight spaces, limited coverage from sunBulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seatHeavy, convoluted harness/buckleHeavy and harder to lift, higher priceHeavier and awkward to fold and lift, strap in car seat installation
Bottom Line Longer footprint makes it hard to navigate with unequal seating featuresAn ultimate side-by-side double stroller serving double duty as a jogger for older babiesQuality option with covered storage and nimble maneuverability that accepts 2 car seatsVersatile seating stroller that grows with your family and is easy to maneuverAwesome all-terrain option that is easy to push and jog with
Rating Categories Graco Ready2Grow LX Thule Urban Glide... Thule Sleek Double UPPAbaby Vista... BOB Revolution...
Ease Of Use (35%)
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Specs Graco Ready2Grow LX Thule Urban Glide... Thule Sleek Double UPPAbaby Vista... BOB Revolution...
Weight 33.1 lbs 32.1 lbs 35.9 lbs 32.2 lbs 34.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 24.4"W x 21"H x 50"L 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L 23.8"W x 22"H x 37"L 25.7"W x 26.5"H x 41.5"L 30.8"W x 18.5"H x 39.5"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: "Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo."
Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum: From Birth with bassinet or infant car seat
Maximum: 33 lbs/44" per passenger
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum: Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Graco
All SnugRide Click Connect Models
None None UPPAbaby
Mesa
None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton Basic CBX, Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5, Aton M, Aton M i-Size, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico AP 2.0, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus, Rock i-Size
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico Max 30, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
None
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None "BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33
EvenFlo
Discovery 5
Graco
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Safety 1st
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa"
None None Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Chicco
KeyFit, Keyfit 30
Number of Car Seats Accepted 2 1 2 2 1
Recline Front/Left Seat Mid-Level Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Recline Rear/Right Seat Shallow Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Storage Basket Size Large Medium Very Large Very Large Large
Sun Shade Size Small Medium Large Large Large
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No No No
Locking Fold Auto Manual Auto Auto Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 40.8" 30.9"/45.1" 37.6"/43.5 39.5"/42.5 33.4"/49.9"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None None Rain cover Bassinet, Bassinet Bug Shield, Bassinet Storage Bag, Rain Shield, Bug Shield None
Setup Time 14:06 4:14 6:02 + 4:26 10:43 6:12

Our Analysis and Test Results

Graco is a worldwide producer of baby products with gear ranging from strollers to highchairs. The company started in 1942 when Philadelphians Russell Gray and Robert Cone started manufacturing car parts. After Gray left the company, Cone broke out in a new avenue designing baby gear with an engineer. Their first product was a unique (at the time) infant swing inspired by a coworkers outdoor glider.

Performance Comparison


This comparison chart shows the overall score of the Graco (in blue) compared to the overall scores of other strollers we tested.


The sections below provide details on the Graco's performance in our metric tests.

The storage bin on the Ready2Grow is easier to access than the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand.
The storage bin on the Ready2Grow is easier to access than the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand.

Ease of Use


The Graco Ready2Grow scored a 5 of 10 for ease of use, which is below the average of almost 6 for the group. While the Ready2Grow isn't the hardest to use, there are certainly easier to use options with less frustration.

The auto-lock on the Ready2Grow needs to be released by hand.
The auto-lock on the Ready2Grow needs to be released by hand.

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 at all to unfold, but you might need to push the parts apart manually.

The brake pedal on the Ready2Grow (the grey middle pedal) is easy to use.
The brake pedal on the Ready2Grow (the grey middle pedal) is easy to use.

Brakes


The brakes are single action brakes that are easy to set and release. The pedals are sandal and barefoot friendly.

The Ready2Grow storage bin is easiest to access from the back.
The Ready2Grow storage bin is easiest to access from the back.

Storage


The storage bin is large and fits our extra-large diaper bag with a 10 lbs limit. The bin is accessible from the rear and sides and the top if 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 Baby Trend Sit N' Stand Double. 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 holder.
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 canopies open.

Sunshade


The sunshades are similar to those on the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand, but they are smaller and lack a peek-a-boo window. The canopies are so small you don't need a window. The shades are so small and barely cover the baby's head, so they are 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 harness system on the Ready2Grow is difficult to put together.
The harness system on the Ready2Grow is difficult to put together.

Harness


The harnesses are 5-point and are 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 has is adjustable but only has one position. Adjusting the straps is easy with a dual pull system.

Only the front seat on the Ready2Grow reclines.
Only the front seat on the Ready2Grow reclines.

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.

The rear seat on the Ready2Grow is easily removed from the frame.
The rear seat on the Ready2Grow is easily removed from the frame.

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

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.
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.

Maneuverability


The Ready2Grow is one of the hardest strollers to push in this review, tying with the Graco Fast Action Fold Duo and the Chicco Cortina Together with scores of 3 of 10 for each. The inline strollers in this group all struggle with maneuvering.

The front swivel wheels on the Ready2Grow can be locked in place for easier maneuvering over rougher terrain.
The front swivel wheels on the Ready2Grow can be locked in place for easier maneuvering over rougher terrain.

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 stopping altogether with gravel and small bumps or curbs.

The Ready2Grow is large  heavy and awkward to lift.
The Ready2Grow is large, heavy and awkward to lift.

Weight and Folded Size


The Ready2Grow weighs in 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.

The Ready2Grow scored the lowest in the group for quality with a score of 3 out of 10.
The Ready2Grow scored the lowest in the group for quality with a score of 3 out of 10.

Quality


Many parents think of Graco has 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 a 3 of 10 for quality, the lowest in the group.

The Ready2Grow's fabric is thin, and the seat offers very little 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 baby's legs. The frame is similar to the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand and the Chicco Cortina Together in design and quality, and it isn't much to look at nor a feat of engineering. The overall fit and finish of this stroller are cheap; it looks rumpled, wrinkled and undone.

The quality of the Graco doesn't stand up to the competition with the lowest score in group.
The quality of the Graco doesn't stand up to the competition with the lowest score in group.

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 imprinted tread that does nothing but adds bumps to the ride. The limited padding and the front wheel suspension mean a jarring ride for baby. Add to this minimal recline in front, no recline in the back, and you have a rider experience that is uncomfortable.

The fold on the Ready2Grow is initiated with the slide of the lock and rotation of the handle.
The fold on the Ready2Grow is initiated with the slide of the lock and rotation of the handle.

The handlebar is not adjustable, but the shape is fairly nice, and it is 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 so it limits where you can place your hands comfortably. Overall, it has a feeling of a stroller designed on paper that was never tested in real life.

The Ready2Grow accepts two Graco infant car seats.
The Ready2Grow accepts two Graco infant car seats.

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.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team