Graco UrbanLite Review
Modern, Lightweight, Functional Stroller
Budget-friendly Graco UrbanLite has modern style and lightweight convenience for your busy life with baby.
Look at this beautiful new Graco stroller! The UrbanLite is one of three newer Graco lightweight products and it looks a bit more up to date than ones in years past. As you may notice, single wheels are all the rage trending in stroller design and Graco's gotten on board with their lovely UrbanLite.
The UrbanLite weighs just under 20 lbs, yet it can hold your child up to 50 lbs. The seat reclines in numerous positions to flat, and can carry your Graco SnugRide infant car seat to make a travel system.
Parents enjoy using the UrbanLite with its adjustable-height handle bar and very generous shopping basket. The sun canopy is impressive on this new model as is the tight, compact fold.
The UrbanLite is quite exciting and so far consumers feel the same way with owners writing in with their impressions and rating it at 4½ and 5 stars. Let's hope this trend with Graco continues!
I personally purchased this product to test and give you my first-hand impressions. I tested the UrbanLite with 30 pounds in the seat and took it on a neighborhood circuit on bumpy sidewalks, over grass and through park mulch.
By the time you finish reading this detailed review of what I put this stroller through, you will discover the features I would change about it and what impressed me. I think you'll find this quite helpful in making your decision.
Let's take a look in detail at what the UrbanLite stroller can do for busy parents like yourself, so let's start with the features.
Graco UrbanLite Features:
Sturdiness and maneuverability
This is a sturdy lightweight stroller with a nice thick frame made of oval tubing for more strength. It can carry your child up to 50 pounds, yet the product itself weighs less than 20. The UrbanLite accommodates Graco SnugRide car seats and you can buy them together as a pair so that both stroller and car seat match.
Graco UrbanLite Measurements:Folded: 12½"D x 22"W x 37½"L
Wheelbase width: 22"
Open Length: 34¼"
Handle height: 37½"-41"
Seat to canopy: 24½"
Seat width: 11½"
Seat depth: 11½"
Wheels: 8" rear; 7½" front
Stroller weight: 19¾ lbs.
There's something about single front and rear wheels that look more modern and sleek in design and it's one of the many reasons why I like the UrbanLite. But what about functionality? The stroller tracks rather straight and I like pushing one-handed and walking a bit to the side. I didn't have to constantly adjust the stroller to go straight.
Even with 30 pounds in the seat, I was able to pivot around in a tight turn in either direction. The suspension on the UrbanLite is pretty good! I took it over bumpy sidewalks with rather large cracks. Grass and playground mulch were no problem.
Rubber tires on the UrbanLite helps to smooth out the ride in addition to the suspension. The rubber is softer than hard plastic and gives more of a gliding feel. You don't want your new baby's head jiggling around over hard bumps. You won't get that with this stroller.
What I do like are the easy linked brakes. One step on either side engages the brakes fully, and another step disengages.
What is the seat like?
I was impressed with the seat with this all-terrain stroller. The seatback is tall enough for bigger kids and for smaller babies, a really soft removable head support pillow is included. The measurement from seatback to canopy allows for plenty of headroom as your child grows. Additionally, the seat strap adjustment slots go up to nearly the top of the seat as you can see by the picture.
Many parents are not happy with the full upright position on some stroller models, but it looks like the UrbanLite seat sits upright enough so your baby can see out without slouching too far back.
An adjustable 5-point safety harness switches over to a 3-point lap belt when your child is older for greater freedom of movement. The buckle is hit or miss with ease of use. Sometimes it sticks and is hard to release.
The shoulder straps attach as plastic loops that fit through the lap belt to convert to a 3-point belt. The problem is that these loops constantly come off and I have to put them back on every time I snap the belt together. This is a bit of a downfall to an otherwise great seat.
The seat recline is fantastic and couldn't be more simple. Pull a lever on the back of the seat and it clicks into 3 different positions rather easily. It reclines completely flat for your car seat or for a very sleepy little passenger. Because of the completely flat recline, this stroller is suitable for a newborn baby and you don't have to use a car seat if you don't want to. However, according to the user's manual, the infant head support should be removed if the seat is in full recline.
Now here is a highlight on the seat - the leg rest flips up and can be secured with Velcro tabs to create a nice, cozy enclosure for your small child. See how that looks at the photo on the right with the seat completely reclined.
The top of the seat and the canopy are connected with fabric, to provide a nice, snug enclosure for your baby. This is especially good when the seat is in full recline, and if you have the leg-rest flipped up. It becomes like a bassinet.
Tell me about the sun canopy
The sun canopy on the Graco UrbanLite is completely adequate for shielding your baby from the sun and wind. First, the canopy rotates 180° and comes down to the child snack tray. This means that whatever angle the sun is shining, your child will be protected. I really like that.
While there is no peek-a-boo window at the top, the fact that the canopy ratchets forward makes up for it. Mesh side panels on either side of the canopy provide air flow, which is important because the enclosed space is so snug and secure, it would otherwise become stuffy in warmer weather.
What about the fold?
The fold is reasonably easy, and while Graco says it's one-handed, I have to use both of mine. The user's manual also shows a two-handed fold. So here's what you do: slide the grey button in the middle of the handle, then squeeze the grip right between the cup holders. Then with your other hand on the child's snack tray, pull together - like closing a book. A latch automatically loops around a nub on the outer part of the frame to hold the chassis together.
Once folded, the stroller can stand alone - it rests on the rear tires and storage basket rim. Tuck the adjustable handlebar under and even remove the front wheels if you want, it's easy to do with a push of a button.
Storage and parent amenities
The UrbanLite has some great amenities for both parents and kids. First the storage basket. It's HUGE, roomy enough for a large diaper bag and your purse and maybe even more. One nifty thing I like about the basket is the dipped rim. Now you can access your basket when the seat is in full recline so you have easy access to your stuff. Love that. The second photo at right shows you the basket with the seat in full-recline mode.
Next is the adjustable height handle bar. It ranges from 37½" up to 41" so that no matter your height, you will feel comfortable walking and not hunch over or kick the rear axle. The handle bar has a nice foam grip that absorbs moisture and is ergonomically designed for your hands. It was very comfortable to use.
The UrbanLite has a parent tray with cup holders, but the word "tray" is stretching it a bit. Look at the third photo on the right with the parent console. The little space between the cupholders is pretty much useless. I put my keys (and I have only 3 keys on a small keychain) and it didn't fit. I can't really figure out what it is for. Sticks of gum, maybe?
The cupholders are OK and holds standard water bottles and probably your Starbucks. But my travel mug didn't quite fit all the way in and was a little bit wobbly. I wouldn't want to go over bumpy sidewalks without holding my mug.
The child's snack tray is pretty good, though. It has a rounded snack holder and on the other side is the cup holder. Between is a molded space for little toys or more nibbles.
How much is this product?
If you just want to get the stroller by itself, you can expect to pay between $140 - $152 at the time of writing this review. I've found that the best place is to buy on Amazon; the free shipping saves you lots of money and I received mine in a matter of days.
However, if you want to get the SnugRide car seat as a travel system set, they go for about $230 - $300. Again, Amazon is THE place for finding the best deal.
See my personal video review of the Graco UrbanLite.
What others are saying
Parents recommend the Graco UrbanLite for the light weight and one-handed maneuvering. Most reviews are giving this stroller 5 stars! Many have mentioned how functional the product is for the price. Very good value.
A recent comment by a mother mentioned how easy it is to put together. Another commented on the "chic design" and that the pattern is gender neutral (though there are color schemes clearly for girls AND boys). Three more reviews mention sturdiness.
Overall, in my opinion from the test run, I LOVE the new streamlined design with the single wheels. You don't need the double wheels to smoothly go over sidewalk cracks, grass and mulch.
I'm also impressed with the sun canopy, the easy seatback recline and the infant enclosure. The seat is nice and roomy for kids to grow and I like the soft infant head support pillow.
As mentioned previously in the review, I wish the UrbanLite had a parent console with a better storage compartment between the cup holders. This was the biggest overall complaint with other reviewers as well.
The buckle is also a bit difficult at times and the shoulder straps come off the buckle every time I unsnap the buckle.
Lastly, and certainly not a dealbreaker, the parent cup holders could be just a tad bigger for my travel mug.
Where can I buy the Graco UrbanLite?
Ever since the UrbanLite was released, I've been looking around at different retailers and I recommend you buy on Amazon for the best price and prompt, free shipping.
If you want a travel system set, Amazon's got you covered there, too.
Just imagine all the compliments you will get, strolling around your neighborhood with your adorable new baby in a super sweet-looking UrbanLite.
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