Dream On Me Coast Rider Review
Pros: Converts to scooter, less expensive, relatively lightweight
Cons: Harder to use, complicated fold, lower quality
Manufacturer: Dream On Me
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|Pros||Converts to scooter, less expensive, relatively lightweight||Reasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller fold||Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its own||Inexpensive, easy to use||Less expensive, works with "Click Connect" Graco infant seats, parent tray|
|Cons||Harder to use, complicated fold, lower quality||Brake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-road||Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted fold||Poor quality, harder to maneuver||Large fold, hard to push and turn even on flat surfaces, poor brakes|
|Bottom Line||Interesting and potentially fun scooter for older toddlers but the stroller is clunky and awkward to use||A high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-road||Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrain||The cheapest option with disappointing functionality||Less expensive but lower-quality and double action brakes make the car seat compatibility not worth it|
|Rating Categories||Dream On Me Coast R...||Zoe Traveler||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||Graco Nimblelite|
|Weight Folded Size (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Dream On Me Coast R...||Zoe Traveler||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||Graco Nimblelite|
|Weight||12.8 lbs||12 lbs||11.8 lbs||12.6 lbs||14.5 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||16"W x 10.5"H x 28.5"L||17.5"W x 23"H x 13"L||13.3"W x 10.8"H x 42.5"L||18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L||21"W x 33"H x 14.5"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 45 lbs/ 37.8"
|Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
|Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
|Minimum: Birth- with carseat
Maximum: 50 lbs/45"
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||None||None||None||None||Graco
All Click Connect Seats
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||Graco
All Click Connect Seats
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||36"/38.3"||40.5"||42.3"||38.9"||40.5"|
|Included Accessories||None||None||None||None||Parent tray/cupholders
|Setup Time||5-10 Min||2-5 Min||2-5 Min||5-10 Min||5-10 Min|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Dream on Me (DOM) Family is a collection of brands, including Dream On Me, Evolur Baby, and Slumber Baby. The company launched in 1988 and focuses on creating safe, quality products for families. The line of products includes strollers, cribs, bassinets, walkers, and more.
Weight and Folded Size
While the fold of the Coaster might be weird, it does make for a relatively small and lightweight package compared to the competition.
This stroller weighs 12.8 lbs and folds into a package that is 4,788 cubic inches. These measurements put it squarely into the easier-to-transport category, but if you look at the final product, it is oddly bulky and may not fit everywhere.
Ease of Use
The Coaster is one of the hardest-to-use options in the review.
Fold and Unfold
This product has an awkward fold, and it isn't much smaller even when you do manage it. It is almost like taking it apart as opposed to folding. During testing, we needed two hands and a foot to unfold it. It does automatically lock, but it doesn't self-stand, nor can you pull it like luggage.
The brakes on the Coaster are hard to set but easier to release. It is a double-action brake which means you need to press two pedals(one on each side of the rear axle) to set the brakes fully. We worry some parents might forget to set both sides or feel one side is "good enough." Once the brakes are set, there is some play in the brakes, but it didn't feel significant enough to be dangerous during testing.
The Dream on Me does not include any storage. As a result, you'll need to carry all your supplies in a diaper bag or backpack. Even a spare diaper and wipes will require that you carry something.
The Coaster does not have a sunshade, so little ones will be exposed to all elements, including the sun, that could result in a burn or make it hard to nap.
The Coaster has a 5-point harness in stroller mode and no harness in scooter mode. It has a ridiculously long crotch strap that hindered our ability to get a proper and snug fit on our little testers. None of the straps are padded, but the material is smooth and somewhat slippery, making it more comfortable, but it also easily untightens. Rethreading the shoulder height is relatively easy, but the buckle button is stiffer than average.
The seat for the stroller is upright only and has minimal padding. There is no footrest for smaller riders which means legs could be uncomfortable dangling off the edge. There is no leg rest or recline, so it is not designed for comfortable napping.
Car Seat Compatibility
There is no car seat compatibility with this stroller, and it is better suited for older babies and toddlers.
Ease of Setup
This stroller takes between 5-10 minutes to put together. It comes in a well-packed box, but almost all of the parts need to be assembled, unlike most of the competition. The instruction manual is clear, with good detail in both words and pictures. While it wasn't difficult to build, it takes more time, and it feels like it should have come more assembled.
The Coaster is surprisingly easier to push and turn than much of the competition, though none of the products in this category are great at this. It is capable of sharp turns, but the center handle is on the low side and might be uncomfortable for taller parents to push for longer distances. While we could push this product one-handed on flat surfaces, it is much easier with two once the road gets uneven. This unit managed grass and carpet better than much of the competition, but deep gravel was a struggle.
This stroller is less expensive than much of the competition; however, we'd still expect better quality than what it delivers with a price over a hundred dollars. While the materials feel durable and sturdy, they lack comfort and consideration for the passenger. There is little padding, and it all feels very minimal to simply "get the job done." The frame has an awkward look, and it rattles when you turn with joints that do not feel solid compared to the competition. This stroller also offers no suspension, and it looks somewhat sloppy. The seat fabric does not stay folded down over the corners; there are exposed buckles and straps all over the place.
— Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team
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