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Graco Jetsetter Review

Run of the mill, hard to push choice with unimpressive features
graco jetsetter umbrella stroller review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $170 List
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  ⋅  Dec 16, 2021
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 6.4
  • Ease of Use - 30% 5.8
  • Maneuverability - 25% 2.8
  • Quality - 10% 4.0

The Skinny

The Graco Jetsetter is a simple umbrella stroller with few features. It is reasonably lightweight and was one of the smaller options was once folded with a compact fold that 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.

Editor's Note: This product review was updated on December 16th, 2021, with more in-depth comparisons and information on what we would buy.

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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 useInexpensive, hands only fold
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 maneuverPoor sun protection, wobbly wheels
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 functionalityDifficult to navigate stroller that is lightweight and budget friendly, but lower quality
Rating Categories Graco Jetsetter Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Kolcraft Cloud Plus Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight/Folded Size (35%)
6.4
7.2
6.8
5.8
6.0
Ease of Use (30%)
5.8
6.2
5.1
6.2
4.7
Maneuverability (25%)
2.8
4.5
5.1
4.5
3.4
Quality (10%)
4.0
5.0
7.0
2.0
4.0
Specs Graco Jetsetter Zoe Traveler UPPAbaby G-Lite Kolcraft Cloud Plus Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight 13.7 lbs 12 lbs 11.8 lbs 12.6 lbs 13.1 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 13.9"W x 10"H x 42.6"L
Folded Volume 4,246 cu in 5,233 cu in 6,105 cu in 7,551 cu in 5,921 cu in
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: 6 months
Maximum: 50 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility Graco
All Click Connect Seats
None None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Graco
All Click Connect Seats
None None None None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Locking Fold None Auto Auto Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes No Yes Yes No
Carry Strap Yes No Yes No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41.7" 40.5" 42.3" 38.9" 43"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No Yes No No
Included Accessories Graco Click Connect Adaptors None None None None
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



graco jetsetter umbrella stroller review - 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 relatively small, with only three other strollers folding smaller. However, the GB Pockit is almost half the size, so smaller options are available if space is a commodity for you. The weight is heavier than average, with much of the competition weighing less.

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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.

graco jetsetter umbrella stroller review - 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 seem low at first glance but are still reasonable compared to the competition of umbrellas that traditionally are lacking.

Folding the Graco Jetsetter begins by unlocking the open stroller...
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...
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 folding 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 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...
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 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...
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...
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 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.

graco jetsetter umbrella stroller review - 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 sunshade does the job better than a lot of umbrella products, but it doesn't match the impressive canopies on the Inglesina Quid or Britax B-Lively.

graco jetsetter umbrella stroller review - 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.

graco jetsetter umbrella stroller review - 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 only accommodates heels. It has a mid-level recline with a plastic toggle that is easy to recline and harder to operate for raising.

graco jetsetter umbrella stroller review - 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.

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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 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...
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 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, which makes pushing difficult as the more pressure you give, 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.

graco jetsetter umbrella stroller review - 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 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 result in a cheaper, flimsy feeling product.

Should You Buy the Graco Jetsetter?


The Graco Jetsetter is less expensive than many of the options in our review, but it also is underperforming in many areas. It has a small folded size and average weight, but it is not outstanding, and other strollers do better. We like that it comes with car seat adapters, and it could be a good choice for parents who already own a Graco car seat.

What Other Umbrella Stroller Should You Consider?


If you are looking at the Jetsetter, chances are you want an affordable product that still has some better ease of use features. In this case, we would recommend also looking at the Graco Nimblelite. Although it is a bit larger and heavier, it has included compatibility with Graco car seats (without additional adapters!) and a price tag that is hard to beat. The Nimblelite also has some features that are usually only found in full-size options, like a larger basket and canopy, giving it one of the highest ease of use scores in the group. The Inglesina Quid is another comparable option with better quality and maneuverability; however, it is more than twice the price.

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