Hands-on Gear Review

Graco Jetsetter Review

Price:   $170.00 List | $116.99 at Amazon - 31% off
Pros:  Graco car seat compatible, large sunshade
Cons:  Lower quality, harder to push, a lot of flex in the frame
Bottom line:  Run of the mill, hard to push choice with unimpressive features
Editors' Rating:   
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Weight:  13.7 lbs
Folded Dimensions:  20.5"W x 9.5"H x 21.8"L
Capacity Limits:  Minimum: Birth, Maximum: 50 lbs/45"
Manufacturer:   Graco

The Skinny

The Graco Jetsetter is a simple umbrella stroller with few features. It is fairly lightweight and one of the smaller options once folded with a compact fold that sort of folds in thirds. Unfortunately, this stroller has limited storage with only one location for supplies. The fold is easy enough but its design results in the lower half of the seat hitting you in the arm, which seems odd. It sports the single front wheel design we like, but the smaller plastic wheels still result in a hard to push and turn product. While this product is better than the Graco Breaze it still fails to measure up to the competition that offered better maneuverability, higher quality, and more features with similar pricing like the Inglesina Net with a higher overall score and lower price tag.



RELATED REVIEW: The Best Umbrella Strollers of 2018


Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Wednesday
April 4, 2018

Share:
The Graco Jetsetter is a lightweight stroller with a compact fold but limited features that could leave parents wanting more.
The Graco Jetsetter is a lightweight stroller with a compact fold but limited features that could leave parents wanting more.

In Philadelphia, in 1942, Russell Gray and Robert Cone joined forces to start the Graco company, making car parts. Years later Gray decided to move on to other things and Cone shifted gears to baby gear teaming up with an engineer. Their first product was an infant swing inspired by an outdoor glider used for newborn soothing by a coworker. The unique swing was an instant hit and put Graco on the baby product map. Graco is now one of the world's leading producers of baby products.

Performance Comparison


The Graco Jetsetter (in blue) is a below average choice that had difficulty standing up to the competition.


More information on the performance of the Jetsetter is detailed below.

The Graco Jetsetter folds into thirds to make a compact shape suitable for those with limited space.
The Graco Jetsetter folds into thirds to make a compact shape suitable for those with limited space.

Weight and Folded Size


The Jetsetter earns an average score of 6 of 10 for weight and folded size. This stroller is 13.7 lbs and measures 4,246 cubic inches when folded. The folded measurement is fairly small with only 3 other strollers folding smaller. However, the smallest product in the review is almost half the size, so if space is a commodity for you, smaller options are available. The weight is heavier than average with 11 options weighing less.

The Jetsetter has a carry bag that contains the entire stroller for travel or long-term storage.
The Jetsetter has a carry bag that contains the entire stroller for travel or long-term storage.

The Jetsetter comes with a carrying case that could be useful for traveling with your stroller, especially if you plan to check it at an airport.

The Jetsetter scored above average for ease of use with functionality that is somewhat intuitive and natural.
The Jetsetter scored above average for ease of use with functionality that is somewhat intuitive and natural.

Ease of Use


The Jetsetter is relatively easy to use earning a 6 of 10 for ease of use. While this score may sound low, only five of products managed to be easier to use.

Folding the Graco Jetsetter begins by unlocking the open stroller with a button push on the handlebar before folding it over.
The Jetsetter has a shoulder carry strap that is easy enough to use for carrying the Graco from place to place.

Fold and Unfold


This Graco has a one-handed fold and it stands by itself once folded. It doesn't have a fold lock, but it stays closed without one. This stroller folds into thirds resulting in a shorter more compact package than other umbrella fold options. Folding results in the seat smacking you on the arm/hand (see video below), which isn't painful but seems poorly designed.

The brakes on the Jetsetter are easy to use with a small side pedal on the right side.
The Jetsetter brake pedal is small  but it is single action and easy to use.

Brakes


The Jetsetter brakes are single action with a pedal located next to the wheel (above right). While the pedal is small, it is easy to press and release with a smooth enough edge to comfortably use while wearing sandals.

Storage bin access on the Jetsetter is easier from the back but the bin is shallow and only holds a medium sized diaper bag.
The Jetsetter storage bin is accessible from the front with the leg rest up  but access is limited and difficult to do with a child in the seat.

Storage


The Jetsetter storage bin has a maximum weight allowance of 10 lbs. We were able to fit our medium sized diaper bag inside. Access is about average with better clearance from the back (above left) than the front (above right). There isn't much room after your diaper bag is inside. This Graco also has a pocket for car seat adapters.

The Jetsetter canopy is larger than the one on the Graco Breeze  but it has no peek-a-boo window which could be annoying to some parents.
The Jetsetter canopy is larger than the one on the Graco Breeze, but it has no peek-a-boo window which could be annoying to some parents.

Sunshade


This Graco has a large-sized canopy with a UV 50 rating and no peek-a-boo window. The canopy does the job better than a lot of umbrella products, including the Graco Breaze but it doesn't match the impressive canopies on some of the competition.

The shoulder straps on the Jetsetter connect to the waist straps before going into the buckle which is convoluted and can be difficult increasing the odds that some parents will forgo the harness altogether.
The shoulder straps on the Jetsetter connect to the waist straps before going into the buckle which is convoluted and can be difficult increasing the odds that some parents will forgo the harness altogether.

Harness


The Jetsetter is not our favorite buckle. The buckle has two parts where the shoulder straps can separate from the waist strap. They always seem to come apart when buckling.

The Jetsetter has an adjustable leg rest but the recline is not very deep leaving heads to loll while napping.
The Jetsetter has an adjustable leg rest but the recline is not very deep leaving heads to loll while napping.

Seat


This Graco seat has some padding on a sling-style seat. The leg rest is adjustable with a narrow footrest that will only accommodate heels. It has a mid-level recline with a plastic toggle that is easy to recline and harder to operate for raising.

The Jetsetter is compatible with all Graco Click Connect infant car seat carriers and can be used without removing the sunshade.
The Jetsetter is compatible with all Graco Click Connect infant car seat carriers and can be used without removing the sunshade.

Car Seat Compatibility


This stroller is compatible with all of the Click Connect models of Graco infant car seat carriers. The adapters come with the stroller and you don't need to remove the canopy to attach the carrier to the frame.

Ease of Setup




The Jetsetter took us almost 5 minutes to assemble with no tools required. The manual is not noteworthy but isn't frustrating either.

The Jetsetter is the most difficult stroller in the review to push and turn.
The Jetsetter is the most difficult stroller in the review to push and turn.

Maneuverability


Despite having our preferred wheel style in the front with a single wheel on each leg, the Jetsetter was hard to push and turn with a score of 3 of 10. This result is the lowest for the group.

The Jetsetter wheels are small and plastic which hurt its ability to move easily on most surfaces.
The front wheels on the Jetsetter can be belocked in place for moving over rougher terrain.

The front wheels are small and plastic (above left) with the ability t lock the swivel wheel in place (above right) for pushing over rougher terrain where the swivel wheels can struggle. The frame of the Jetsetter has a lot of flex and this makes pushing difficult as the more you push the more it flexes before it actually starts to roll. While difficult on flat and paved surfaces, it grows more difficult as the road gets bumpy.

The Graco Jetsetter uses lower quality materials that come together to form a product with significant flex and a flimsy feeling.
The Graco Jetsetter uses lower quality materials that come together to form a product with significant flex and a flimsy feeling.

Quality


The Jetsetter suffered in comparison to the competition for quality with a score of 4 of 10. While the Jetsetter has a lower price than some of the competition, the materials and construction are still disappointing compared to similarly priced options with several products scoring higher with lower prices. The materials and the way the stroller is manufactured results in a cheaper, flimsy feeling product.

Manufacturer Video




Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

You Might Also Like

BabyGearLab Member Reviews


Most recent review: April 4, 2018
Summary of All Ratings

BabyGearLab Editors' Rating:  
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 (3.0)
Average Customer Rating:  
 (0.0)
Rating Distribution
1 Total Ratings
5 star: 0%  (0)
4 star: 0%  (0)
3 star: 100%  (1)
2 star: 0%  (0)
1 star: 0%  (0)


Have you used this product?
Don't hold back. Share your viewpoint by posting a review with your thoughts...