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Graco Ready2Grow LX 2.0 Review

Below average stroller in most ways with poor performance during testing that doesn't make the lower price worth the savings
Graco Ready2Grow LX 2.0
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $235 List | $275.34 at Amazon
Pros:  Lower price, accepts two infant car seats at once
Cons:  Poor quality, harder to use, harder to push, larger than average fold
Manufacturer:   Graco
By Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Nov 21, 2021
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 5
  • Maneuverability - 30% 4
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 5
  • Quality - 10% 4

The Skinny

The Graco Ready2Grow LX 2.0 is an inline double stroller that is somewhat stadium seating style, with one seat slightly elevated over the other. This stroller has a giant storage bin and a budget-friendly price. Unfortunately, it is lower quality, harder to push than much of the competition, and has challenging features that are not as nice as other strollers. While it does accept all Graco car seats in both positions, the toddler seats provide different experiences, which could have toddler siblings fighting over who will sit where. Overall, this stroller didn't perform well in our tests, and it is not a stroller we'd recommend to a friend, even those with tight budgets.

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Pros Lower price, accepts two infant car seats at onceMultiple seating options, accepts 2 car seats, easy to use, priceVery budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potentialGreat protection from elements, easy to access storage, extra convenience featuresEasy to lift and carry, compact fold, easy to stow
Cons Poor quality, harder to use, harder to push, larger than average foldHarder to push and turn, heavier, lower qualityLower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggleHarder to push and turn, no car seat compatibilityAccepts one car seat, harder to maneuver, storage is hard to access
Bottom Line Below average stroller in most ways with poor performance during testing that doesn't make the lower price worth the savingsBetter 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 spacesBudget-friendly option with lots of nice features that make it easy to useLimited functionality, but best sit and stand in the review
Rating Categories Graco Ready2Grow LX... Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti... Joovy ScooterX2 wit... Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Ease Of Use (45%)
5.0
7.0
5.0
7.0
5.0
Maneuverability (30%)
4.0
6.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
Weight Folded Size (15%)
5.0
4.0
6.0
6.0
9.0
Quality (10%)
4.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Graco Ready2Grow LX... Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti... Joovy ScooterX2 wit... Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Weight 32.7 lbs 34.6 lbs 30.6 lbs 31.4 lbs 23.4 lbs
Folded Dimensions 26"W x 43.5"H x 18"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L 32.8"W x 16.5"H x 34"L 29.5"W x 15"H x 38.3"L 21.2"W x 11.8"H x 46.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 3 mo./12 lbs
Maximum: 50 lbs/45"
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38" Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Graco
All SnugRide Click Connect Models
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax 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
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 0 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 Very large Extra Large Large Very Large Medium
Sun Shade Size Small Medium Small Large Large
One-handed Fold No Yes No Yes No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 43" 33"/44.7" 40.6" 41.9" 41.8"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Included Accessories Cup Holder None MP3 Speakers None None
Setup Time 20-25 min 10-15 min 10-15 min 10-15 min 20-25 min

Our Analysis and Test Results

Graco was founded in 1942 by Robert Cone and Russell Gray. The company originally started by manufacturing auto parts. When Gary decided to leave the company, Cone switched to the development and creation of baby-related products. They now make gear ranging from strollers to highchairs. Their claim to fame and success was the creation of the first baby swing, inspired by an employee's outdoor glider soothing a newborn.

Performance Comparison



The Ready2Grow is harder to use than most of the competition.
The Ready2Grow is harder to use than most of the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Graco earned a below-average result for ease of use with features that struggle to compare to the competition when used side-by-side.

It requires two hands to initiate the fold on the Ready2Grow with...
It requires two hands to initiate the fold on the Ready2Grow with unlocking mechanisms on both sides of the stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


This Graco has a two-handed fold that automatically locks and self-stands. It doesn't have a strap or carry handle but it does self-stand. It doesn't take much effort to finish the fold, but the canopy sticks out at a weird angle and the package is large.

The brakes on the Ready2Grow are double-action, which requires...
The brakes on the Ready2Grow are double-action, which requires setting both sides to properly engage them.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The Ready2Grow has double action brakes with dual pedals on each side of the rear axle. The pedals are small and set close to the wheels. You must set them on both sides for the brakes to be fully set. There is very little play in the brakes once set. We worry parents will forget to press both pedals or they will decide that one side is "good enough." These decisions should not be done.

The storage basket on the Ready2Grow is huge, but it has limited...
The storage basket on the Ready2Grow is huge, but it has limited access and a weight limit of only 10 lbs which makes the size seem overblown and sort of useless.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The storage bin on this stroller sits under both seats which means access depends on seat configurations. The basket itself is huge but the maximum allowable weight is only 10 lbs, which negates the size somewhat. We had to really work to get the extra-large diaper bag inside. The design results in a lot of wasted space that you can't access.

The sunshades on both seats on the Ready2Grow are small compared to...
The sunshades on both seats on the Ready2Grow are small compared to the competition and do not cover much of the passengers to protect them from all of the elements.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The sunshades on each seat are different in size and functionality with the front seat being detached from the stroller while the rear is attached. Both are fairly small and neither will cover the knees of the passenger when in the upright position. The front canopy can be rotated forward but then you lack overhead protection. Neither canopy has a peek-a-boo window or extended panel.

The harnesses on the Ready2Grow can be used as a 5 or 3-point...
The harnesses on the Ready2Grow can be used as a 5 or 3-point harness, though 5 points is safer.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The 5-point harness offers some padding near the neck area, but the exposed webbing is somewhat rough and unfriendly to the skin. The straps adjust well and do not slip loose during use. The buckle is stiff compared to the competition.

Only the front seat on the Ready2Grow LX 2.0 reclines. It has two...
Only the front seat on the Ready2Grow LX 2.0 reclines. It has two recline levels with an adjustment bar in the back.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


Each seat offers different comfort and adjustability features. The front has two reclines level by way of a movable bar in the back. The rear seat doesn't recline and doesn't have a footrest; neither leg rest is adjustable.

The Ready2Grow will accept two Graco infant car seats without the...
The Ready2Grow will accept two Graco infant car seats without the use of adapters.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Car Seat Compatibility


According to the manufacturer manual, this stroller is compatible with all Graco SnugRide Click Connect Models. Confused, as none of the current infant car seats from Graco say "Click Connect" in their names when they used to, we contacted the manufacturer and were told all of the infant car seats currently offered by Graco will connect to this stroller. We tested ours with Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX.

The car seat clicks in place without adapters. If you want to put it in the rear position you have to remove the fabric of the seat and canopy. The process has a lot of steps but isn't necessarily difficult. You can save yourself the hassle of installing the seat in the front position if you only need to connect one. It is possible to install the seat and hear it click, but only have one side connected correctly. It isn't the easiest seat to connect, but once you get it in place, it feels stable.



Ease of Setup


This stroller takes between 15-25 minutes to assemble. It is relatively simple. But we struggled with the rear axel. The fit of the pin in the axle is so tight that it took more than 7 minutes to complete that step alone. Otherwise, the instructions were pretty clear with both written words and pictures.

The wheels on the Ready2Grow are smaller and foam-filled plastic...
The wheels on the Ready2Grow are smaller and foam-filled plastic. They are not the best at moving over uneven terrain.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


The Ready2Grow is an inline double stroller with a longer wheelbase than the average double, which in part is why it earned a below-average score for maneuverability. While it is shorter than the old version of this stroller, it is still harder to maneuver than shorter strollers.

This stroller rolls fairly well on flat surfaces in a straight line. It is less comfy for passengers as it lacks shocks or much seat padding and there are extra bumps as a result. It is slow to turn, but still better than some of the competition. The smaller plastic wheels cause it to struggle through grass and gravel as well, and while it might have been easier than some of the competition, we don't think you'll want to navigate through the grass on a regular basis.

The Ready2Grow scored a little below average for weight and folded...
The Ready2Grow scored a little below average for weight and folded size, though it definitely can't compete with the lowest scoring options for biggest or heaviest.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The Ready2Grow 2.0 earned a below-average result for weight and folded size. While it isn't the heaviest or the largest when folded, it also can't compete with the lighter weight or smaller competition.


This stroller weighs 32.7 lbs and measures 20,358 cubic inches when folded. The average stroller in the group is closer to 19,000 cubic inches and 33 lbs.

The Ready2Grow looks good on its own, but when compared side-by-side...
The Ready2Grow looks good on its own, but when compared side-by-side to the competition it looks cluttered and busy with lots of connection points and plastic parts.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Ready2Grow is not as nice of quality as much of the competition with a below-average score for quality compared to the competition.

The fabric isn't wrinkled, but it doesn't lay flat either. It is soft but has a somewhat plastic feel to it. This design might make it easier to wipe clean, but it isn't as breathable as we'd like. It has a lot of exposed seams and under the harness straps on our stroller, we could see white fabric or padding poking out. The canopies look tight and not as frumpy as the competition, but they are smaller and feel flimsy compared to some of the other options we tested.

The handlebar on the Ready2Grow is not adjustable so taller pushers might not find it as comfortable as others and they could also end up kicking the rear axle when strolling.

The Ready2Grow has a parent cup holder, but we wouldn't recommend...
The Ready2Grow has a parent cup holder, but we wouldn't recommend using it as everything fell out of the holder or contents spilled during our tests.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The overall fit and finish have a generally cluttered look with a lot going on. There are a lot of plastic parts and connection points that look like they won't wear well over time and create a cheaper look than the competition that uses plastic more sparingly. It feels somewhat more like a toy than a stroller for live children.

This stroller does not have shocks and the wheels are foam-filled plastic. While you won't suffer from a flat tire, it also doesn't offer the benefits of rubber, air-filled tires, which typically offer some absorption of jarring terrain and better maneuverability.

Twins


The Ready2Grow LX 2.0 can accept two infant car seats from Graco, which makes it a possible contender for those with twins. It also has two toddler seats. However, this stroller wouldn't be our first pick for twins as the toddler seats offer a somewhat different experience that could lead to sibling fights about who will sit where. One of the seats doesn't even recline and we suspect this could be an issue for crabby little ones who both want to nap.

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