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Graco Breaze Review

Average stroller that is really heavy and hard to use off flat surfaces
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Graco Breaze Review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Price:  $150 List
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Manufacturer:   Graco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Dec 16, 2021
  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 2.8
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6.0
  • Maneuverability - 25% 4.9
  • Quality - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Graco Breaze is a traditional umbrella stroller with a low overall score and was uninspiring during our testing process. This stroller earned the lowest score for weight and folded size and had average scores in other metrics except for ease of setup. With the heaviest weight close to 19 lbs, which is comparable to many other better strollers and a poor score for ease of use, we think there are better options than the Breaze. Alternatively, there are similar strollers with higher overall scores. While they might cost more than the Graco, we think it is worth the extra money to have a stroller you enjoy using and gets the job done without so much hassle.
Works with Click Connect car seats
Nice for napping
Difficult to tighten harness
Hard to push on rough terrain
Editor's Note: The Graco Breaze review was updated on December 16th, 2021. We added info on our preferences and what we would buy, in addition to more in-depth comparisons between products.

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Graco company began in 1942 as a metal fabrication shop that made car parts owned by Russell Gray and Robert Cone in Philadelphia, PA. Eleven years later, Gray left the company, and Cone hired engineer David Saint to help him design a new line of products. One of their first products was a top-ranked baby swing, crafted from inspiration by a coworker who used an outdoor glider to soothe their new baby. The swing sold millions, and Graco became one of the world's leading baby gear manufacturers with innovative ideas like the Pack N' Play and Travel Systems.

Performance Comparison

graco breaze - the graco came in second to last in our review of 19 umbrella...
The Graco came in second to last in our review of 19 umbrella strollers. With the heaviest weight in the group it had difficulty recovering from the poor score it received in the weight and folded size metric.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size

The Breaze is one of the heaviest strollers in the group at 18.25 lbs. The Breaze is also one of the largest, measuring 7,749.25 cubic inches. While it does have a carry handle, a shoulder strap would be easier given the heft and size.

graco breaze - the carry handle on the graco would be easier to use if it were a...
The carry handle on the Graco would be easier to use if it were a shoulder strap.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use

The Breaze is easier to use than much of the competition, but that isn't saying much in a category where all options are lacking.

The folded Graco stays oddly open on the unlocked side.
The folded Graco stays oddly open on the unlocked side.
The Graco fold is initiated with a push of a button and the pull of...
The Graco fold is initiated with a push of a button and the pull of a lever.

Fold and Unfold

The Breaze has a one-handed fold, and it auto-locks (above left). The process is an umbrella-style collapse that doesn't self-stand, but it initiates with a hand lever instead of your feet (above right). Unfolding requires two hands but isn't difficult. When the lock is engaged, the opposite side hangs open, staying that way when carried.


The Breaze brakes are double-action and hard to set. You need to use so much force that it feels like they will break before they engage. However, the pedal is large, easy to release, and sandal-foot-friendly.

graco breaze - the storage bin on the graco is fairly large, but cannot be accessed...
The storage bin on the Graco is fairly large, but cannot be accessed with the seat back reclined.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The storage bin is large enough to fit a large diaper bag inside. It has a maximum weight allowance of 10 lbs with easy access unless the seat is reclined when you won't be able to retrieve items you may need. The Breaze also sports a removable parent cup holder on the left side. The holder is small and may not fit larger water bottles or the best sippy cups.

graco breaze - the graco's sun shade isn't as large as some of the competition.
The Graco's sun shade isn't as large as some of the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The canopy on the Graco is medium with UV 50 protection, a pop-out visor, and a mesh peek-a-boo window. The window flap does not have a closure, but the window itself is easy to see through. The canopy is easy to operate, but it doesn't cover as much of the baby as we'd like, and it will be smart to use one of the best sunscreens for babies if you use this stroller outside.

graco breaze - getting the straps tight enough on the graco is difficult and...
Getting the straps tight enough on the Graco is difficult and requires threading the strap through the back seat slots.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The Breaze harness is a 5-point harness with padded shoulder straps. Adjusting the straps is relatively easy, but to fully tighten the straps, you'll need to push the extra threading adjustment through the seatback slot to rethread the harness. The padding on the shoulder straps may need to be removed to adjust the straps properly.

graco breaze - the breaze has a nicely padded adjustable leg rest.
The Breaze has a nicely padded adjustable leg rest.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The Breaze seat has an almost flat recline back, adequate padding, and an adjustable leg rest. It has a one-handed recline that is easy to use, with three positions. The adjustable leg rest can be angled down or straight for more napping room, turning into an attachment point for the car seat. The footrest is under the edge of the leg rest, and children will only be able to get their heels on it.

Car Seat Attachment

The Breaze is compatible with all Graco Click Connect infant car seats, including the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 and Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35. You do not need an adapter to attach the car seat to the stroller.

We do not recommend using umbrella strollers for babies under six months old without an infant car seat attached. This type of stroller lacks the features required for a truly safe riding experience for babies without head and neck control. Without proper infant features and suspension, there is a possibility that smaller babies could sustain injury from bumping along uneven surfaces. Ensure that your baby is properly secured with a snug-fitting harness, no matter what type of stroller or seat you use. Always keep an eye on babies while strolling to ensure they stay contained within the harness straps.

Ease of Setup

The Breaze is easy to set up and requires no tools. It took us 4:13 minutes to unpack and assemble the stroller, and it has an average manual with adequate instructions that are not confusing.


With two single front wheels that are easier to push and turn than the more common dual-wheel variety, the Graco is easier to push than some competitors. The wheels move reasonably well on flat hard surfaces, but on uneven terrain, we noticed a marked decrease in ease of pushing, and it is more of a struggle to keep on your chosen course. The brakes are also a problem when hopping curbs, as they can catch and engage, leaving you unable to roll.

graco breaze - the breaze is hard to push and turn despite it sporting the single...
The Breaze is hard to push and turn despite it sporting the single wheel per leg design that usually translates to easier to pushing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This stroller has all-wheel suspension, a padded sling style seat, and larger wheels that help keep the passenger comfortable while strolling. It could be improved with higher quality shocks, but at least it makes an effort.

graco breaze - the graco earned a lower score for quality than similarly priced...
The Graco earned a lower score for quality than similarly priced options.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The Breaze uses average materials with average construction. While not the worst in the bunch, this stroller uses heavier materials, exposed connectors and rivets. The fabric and stitching are okay, but they can't compete with higher-ranking competitors.

Should You Buy the Graco Breaze?

The Graco Breaze is the lowest-ranking product in our review. That being said, there are a many strollers we think are better choices in our best strollers review that we think can serve you better. Although it has slightly better ease-of-use features, we don't think it is worth the trade-off for such a poor-performing stroller, especially when there are better scoring, more affordable options. In short, no. We don't think you should buy this stroller.

What Other Umbrella Strollers Should You Consider?

For a bit more, the Zoe Traveler is one of our favorite lightweight options, and we think it is worth the extra cash.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team