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Graco Breaze Review

Average stroller that is really heavy and hard to use off flat surfaces
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Price:   $150 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Works with Click Connect car seats, nice for napping
Cons:  Difficult to tighten harness, heavy, hard to push on rough terrain
Manufacturer:   Graco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Dec 8, 2016
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RANKED
#18 of 19
  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 3
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 6
  • Maneuverability - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 5

The Skinny

The Graco Breaze umbrella stroller earned a low overall score with uninspired results 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 pounds and poor score for ease of use, we think there are better options than the Breaze. Alternatively, the Zoe XL1 Best v2 is a similar stroller with a higher overall score and the highest ease of use score. While the ZOE might cost $50 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.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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.
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.

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. Their first product was an infant swing inspired 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 manufacturers of baby gear with innovative ideas like the Pack N' Play and Travel Systems.

Performance Comparison


The chart below shows how the Graco (in blue) stacks up against the stiff competition in this umbrella stroller review.


The sections below offer point by point testing details for each metric and some comparison of how the Graco fared against similar products.

Weight and Folded Size


The Breaze earned a 3 of 10 for weight and folded size with the heaviest weight in the group of 18.25 lbs. The Breaze is also the 3rd largest measuring 7,749.25 cubic inches. By comparison, the Inglesina Net is 11.88 lbs and 4,762.80 cubic inches, far smaller. While it does have a carry handle, a shoulder strap would be easier given the heft and size.

The carry handle on the Graco would be easier to use if it were a shoulder strap.
The carry handle on the Graco would be easier to use if it were a shoulder strap.

Ease of Use


The Breaze earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use, a second-place score shared by similar strollers. This is slightly better than the Inglesina Net with a score of 5. However, it is not as high as the Zoe XL1 Best v2 with an 8, which may cost more, but might be worth it if you value ease of use.

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 a lever.

Fold and Unfold


The Breaze has a one-handed fold and it auto-locks (above left). The process is a typical umbrella style collapse that doesn't self-stand, but it is initiated 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 and it hangs half open when carried.

Brakes


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

The storage bin on the Graco is fairly large  but cannot be accessed with the seat back reclined.
The storage bin on the Graco is fairly large, but cannot be accessed with the seat back reclined.

Storage


The storage bin on the Breaze is large enough to fit the large diaper bag inside. It has a maximum weight of 10 pounds 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 of the frame. The holder is on the small side and may not fit larger water bottles or squat sippy cups.

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.

Sunshade


The canopy on the Graco is medium in size with UV 50 protection, pop out visor, and a mesh peek-a-boo window. The window flap does not have any type of closure, but the window itself is easy to see through. The canopy is easy to operate, but it doesn't cover as much of baby as we'd like.

Getting the straps tight enough on the Graco is difficult and requires threading the strap through the back seat slots.
Getting the straps tight enough on the Graco is difficult and requires threading the strap through the back seat slots.

Harness


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

The Breaze has a nicely padded adjustable leg rest.
The Breaze has a nicely padded adjustable leg rest.

Seat


The Breaze seat has an almost flat recline back, adequate padding, and adjustable leg rest. It has a one-handed recline that is easy to use, with 3 positions. The adjustable leg rest can be angled down or out straight for more napping room, and it turns 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 6 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 baby is properly secured with a snug fitting harness no matter what type of stroller or seat you use. Always keep an eye on baby while strolling to ensure they stay contained within the harness straps.

Ease of Setup





The Breaze is easy to setup 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.

Maneuverability


The Breaze earned a 5 of 10 for maneuverability with two single front wheels that are easier to push and turn than the more common dual wheel variety. The wheels move fairly 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.

The Breaze is hard to push and turn despite it sporting the single wheel per leg design that usually translates to easier to pushing.
The Breaze is hard to push and turn despite it sporting the single wheel per leg design that usually translates to easier to pushing.

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.

The Graco earned a lower score for quality than similarly priced options.
The Graco earned a lower score for quality than similarly priced options.

Quality


The Breaze earned a 5 of 10 for quality with average materials and construction. While not the worst in the bunch, this stroller uses heavier materials and has exposed connectors and rivets. The fabric and stitching are okay, but it can't compete higher ranking competitors.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team