Graco Jetsetter Review
Pros: Graco car seat compatible, large sunshade
Cons: Lower quality, harder to push, a lot of flex in the frame
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Our Analysis and Test Results
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.
Weight and Folded Size
The Jetsetter 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 much of the competition weighing less.
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.
Ease of Use
The Jetsetter is relatively easy to use with results that may sound low, but are still good compared to the competition of umbrellas that traditionally are lacking.
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 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.
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.
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, but it doesn't match the impressive canopies on some of the competition.
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.
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.
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.
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 one of the lowest test results in the group.
The front wheels are small and plastic (above left) with the ability to 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 Jetsetter suffered in comparison to the competition for quality. 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 at lower prices. The materials and the way the stroller is manufactured results in a cheaper, flimsy feeling product.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz