“ Manufacturer: Graco / Type: Umbrella / Number of Seats: Single Seat „
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I wanted a really pink travel system. I looked high and low but couldn't find any pure pink ones, most seemed to only have small amounts of pink. Then I came across the Graco Century travel system in Argos. At first, the price put me off as it was only £100, which made me worry it would be cheap and not as safe. But as it was made by Graco, I decided to trust it, because Graco is a brilliant, trusted brand. I was pleased it was cheap in the end, as it left me with money to spend on other things!
The stroller itself is approx £40 from Argos, although I have seen it as cheap as £20 on offer in some places. The travel system cost me £100, but is now approx £120 and rebranded as 'Chloe' (more on that later!) - although it is still on offer at £100 sometimes, like in Asda's baby event.
The stroller and system come in either pink, blue, green, red or black although not all stores stock all colours. There is also a double version of the stroller.
The stroller comes in a large box and all you need to do is attach the wheels which takes literally a couple of minutes and the instructions are very clear and easy to understand.
The stroller comes with a flight bag, changing bag, rain cover and footmuff. The footmuff is not lined and is made of the same fabric as the stroller, so I often found I needed to put a blanket in it to provide warmth. It has push buttons which clip together to attach it to the stroller. The changing bag and flight bag I have never used, but are the same colour and material. The rain cover is just a basic rain cover which clips onto the stroller easily.
The stroller has thick plastic wheels which are durable. The stroller is pink and dark pink. It has wheels that turn in a full circle, which provides a relatively smooth ride. Graco states that it is suitable from birth - however it does not fully recline which newborns require, so I would say the stroller is probably 3 months +. You could use it with the car seat for a newborn obviously though. The child is secured in the stroller via a black fabric integral 5 point harness. The fabric is rough and does not have harness pads, so this is not very comfortable. I ended up buying harness pads (not specific to the stroller) for added comfort.
To fold the stroller, you simply push a small black button down with your foot, flick up a grey lever, and it easily collapses down. It is quite compact and fits in the boot of my golf easily. It also has a handle to help carry it if need be.
The handles are padded to provide comfort, and are a good height for both me (at 5'2) and hubby (at 5'10) which sounds silly but can be difficult to find in a pushchair! There is a net shelf under the pushchair to store things, although nothing heavy as it is quite low to the ground. The fabric is wipe-clean only, but surprisingly hard to clean. I found that the hood became grubby quite quickly and was hard to keep clean.
The stroller is not particularly comfortable as the fabric is quite scratchy, so I imagine for long periods this would be too uncomfortable, but it is fine for quick trips. The ride itself is bumpy despite having good wheels. I found that anything other than the smoothest of pavements or shops had my little girl bouncing all over the place! Definitely not one for rougher terrain or even bumpy pavements! The stroller is quite light both to push and carry which is a bonus.
---THE CAR SEAT---
The car seat clips into the puschair very easily - you simply lower it in and it clicks in either side. You will know when it is in correctly as there is a very audible click, and the buttons either side will go into the corresponding holes on the seat. Removing it is more tricky - you need to press both buttons (one on each side of the seat) at the same time whilst moving the seat up out of the way. It is quite tricky to do, but once you get used to it, it becomes easier but still annoying.
The seat is suitable from birth, it is a stage 0 seat so will last until baby is either too tall or too heavy (20lb according to Graco). There is no isofix version and it is not compatible with isofix bases, so it must only ever be secured using the adult seatbelt. This is done in the usual manner, going across the bottom of the seat (over the front where baby's feet are) and around the back. It is easy to install and takes about a minute to do. The downside is you have to do it every time you take the seat out, which is very annoying. It does fit firmly though.
The baby is secured with an integral five point harness and there is also a newborn head hugger insert which is slightly padded at the top and edges. This can be removed when necessary and adjusted in 3 height positions. As our daughter was premature and quite small, we used the newborn head hugger until she grew out of the seat. The seat doesn't look particularly comfortable as it is the same scratchy material and not luxuriously padded like most car seats. However upon closer inspection, it does feel quite comfy and certainly more comfy than the stroller alone. The big downside to the seat is that it does not recline much at all, so baby is almost sitting upright. We were concerned about this, so we ended up buying a new seat (Maxi Cosi) in the end. However, about six months after we purchased the new seat, Graco recalled their seats as there was a safety issue with the harness and buckle, in that they were not securing baby enough and could open by themselves. A faulty harness/buckle is the worst thing in the world for a car seat as it is the very thing that you rely on to keep baby inside it and safe!! However,, Graco have since fixed the issue and rebranded the system as 'Chloe'.
---MY OPINION ----
You definitely get what you pay for. I really wanted this as it was so pink, and I do still use the stroller, but the seat was definitely not right for a newborn so it is a waste of money. The stroller is fine for us because we don't use it often, but for someone who uses it a lot or for long periods, unless you are using the whole travel system, I would definitely not recommend it. As a stand alone stroller it is rubbish.
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I Have actually had this pushchair in variations 3 times. I have had the baby blue travel system version of this for my first little boy around 4 years ago which cost me £99.99 but this also came with a car seat and foot muff and changing bag. Next when my daughter was born we decided to purchase the baby pink one for her and then when my youngest little man was born we brought the double buggy for him and my little girl as she still needed a pushchair.
On first impressions we were very impressed with this pushchair the wheels are made of plastic but very thick wheels that are durable can take bumps and knocks and still get on fine which with a pushchair is definitely what you need. The wheels turn in a full circle which is great as they never lock when you turning the pushchair and deliver a smooth ride for little one sitting in the pushchair.
The seat in the travel system version of this pushchair does not recline and so is only suitable from 3 months plus and it does not lie flat. The seat itself is really comfy there is a lot of padding so to keep little one comfy. The straps on the pushchair are very easily adjusted it is just a push pull movement and the straps can be lengthened or shortened to make sure your little one is sitting safely.
The car seat easily clicks into place on the pushchair and sits very securely. It can be a little harder to unclick the buttons either side of the car seat to remove it from the pushchair but this is a god thing as it makes me safe in the knowledge that a slight bump will not knock it off.
The pushchair folds very easily you just push down a bottom on the side and push up a little clip at the back and it collapses very easily. On of the best things about this pushchair for me is how compact it folds down as it does not take a lot of room to store and easily fits in smaller boots.
It can be very hard to clean as children seem to find every crease possible to hind food but I found that with a little scrub and a wipe with a cloth it came up rather nice. The handles are a nice height both me and my partner could easily push the chair with me being around 5 ' 6 and him 6 ft it was a comfortable height. They have padding on the handles to make it comfy to push the pushchair for longer periods.
On the whole the pushchair is very well made for the price you pay. The chair itself is comfy the wheel swivel and move in a full circle to ensure for a smooth ride and for £100 for a pushchair and car seat it really is well worth the money. With it you receive a pushchair, car seat, foot muff and changing bag the pushchair requires the wheels to be put on but comes with very easy instructions and only takes 5 minutes to assemble.