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Graco Jetsetter Review

Run of the mill, hard to push choice with unimpressive features
Graco Jetsetter
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $140 List | $129.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Graco car seat compatible, large sunshade
Cons:  Lower quality, harder to push, a lot of flex in the frame
Manufacturer:   Graco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Mar 24, 2019
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 6
  • Maneuverability - 25% 3
  • Quality - 10% 4

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 competition, it still fails to measure up to the competition that offers better maneuverability, higher quality, and more features with similar pricing.

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Pros Graco car seat compatible, large sunshadeReasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller foldEasy to carry, lightweight, stands on its ownInexpensive, easy to useLess expensive, works with "Click Connect" Graco infant seats, parent tray
Cons Lower quality, harder to push, a lot of flex in the frameBrake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-roadHard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted foldPoor quality, harder to maneuverLarge fold, hard to push and turn even on flat surfaces, poor brakes
Bottom Line Run of the mill, hard to push choice with unimpressive featuresA high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-roadUpright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrainThe cheapest option with disappointing functionalityLess expensive but lower-quality and double action brakes make the car seat compatibility not worth it
Rating Categories Graco Jetsetter Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Kolcraft Cloud Plus Graco Nimblelite
Weight Folded Size (35%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
6.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
Maneuverability (25%)
3.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Quality (10%)
4.0
5.0
7.0
2.0
5.0
Specs Graco Jetsetter Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Kolcraft Cloud Plus Graco Nimblelite
Weight 13.7 lbs 12 lbs 11.8 lbs 12.6 lbs 14.5 lbs
Folded Dimensions 20.5"W x 9.5"H x 21.8"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: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/45"
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 Graco
All Click Connect Seats
None None None Graco
All Click Connect Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Graco
All Click Connect Seats
None None None Graco
All Click Connect Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No Yes No
Locking Fold None Auto Auto Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Carry Strap Yes No Yes No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41.7" 40.5" 42.3" 38.9" 40.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No Yes No No
Included Accessories Graco Click Connect Adaptors None None None Parent tray/cupholders
Child Cupholder/Snackcup
Setup Time 5-10 Min 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 5-10 Min 5-10 Min

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.

Performance Comparison



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

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

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

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.

Folding the Graco Jetsetter begins by unlocking the open stroller...
The Jetsetter has a shoulder carry strap that is easy enough to use...

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...
The Jetsetter brake pedal is small, but it is single action and easy...

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...
The Jetsetter storage bin is accessible from the front with the leg...

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...
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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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, but it doesn't match the impressive canopies on some of the competition.

The shoulder straps on the Jetsetter connect to the waist straps...
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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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

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

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...
The Jetsetter is the most difficult stroller in the review to push and turn.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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 one of the lowest test results in the group.

The Jetsetter wheels are small and plastic which hurt its ability to...
The front wheels on the Jetsetter can be belocked in place for...

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

Quality


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.

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