Product Type: Graco prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Graco Evo Pushchair
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Graco Evo Pushchair
Advantages: Very well Made, Easy to collapse and Assemble, Lightweight compared to some and Can be rear facing
Disadvantages: None other than the price!
The Graco Evo system caught our eye when we spotted it in Mothercare. The garish Green one was out on display (as shown in Dooyoo's accompanying picture) and although I personally wasn't overly keen on the colour I was relieved to learn that it is available in other colours too. We didn't want another Black or Grey pram, our Silver Cross one was Grey and although very nicely designed and made we decided this time to be a bit more adventurous and buy the Evo in 'Chilli Red'. It's not a bright, in-your-face Red though, here it is mid-range and although colourful it isn't too over the top, it has a few Black stars dotted on its hood which gives it a nice design and its harness straps are Black with Red padded covers. The interior of the pram is finished off again in Black with a nicely padded adjustable seat for baby to either sit or lay on. It's suitable for babies of all ages from newborn upwards and a separate carry cot is available to buy should you want to use it as a pram. Because our son has now outgrown his pram he's very happy being sat up and the main attraction of the Evo for us was the fact that it can be both forward and rear facing allowing us to see our son when we're out and about with him.
Whilst it's true that we were drawn to this pushchair because it can be rear facing I have to admit here that in many ways it's a lot, lot better system than our first Silver Cross purchase. The Evo has a very modern design, it's incredibly lightweight compared to the bulky Silver Cross and weighs in at a little over 9Kg's. It comes almost built when you buy it brand new and only needs the wheels fixing into position which takes very little time and is easy to do and although you do get a very easy to follow instruction booklet with the pushchair it's very straight forward to put together as a lot of it is common sense anyway. There is a large, spacious basket that sits underneath the base of the pushchair which is a lot more generous than the one we had on our Silver Cross and whilst it's a bit of faff getting things into the basket when baby is in the pushchair once you have put stuff in there it stays in place as it does hang quite low.
The wheels are robust and chunky, they're multi-directional and swivel on a 360 degree angle which makes manoeuvrability relatively simple and even I can push our baby around and get round corners without bashing into things (usually!) The wheels have a locking, braking device which is handy when you get back to your car and want to put your child into their car seat before taking out any bags that might be in the basket and the brake is easily pressed by foot to secure it into place. Dropping the pushchair is again easy and is far better than it was on the Silver Cross, with the Evo you simply remove the pushchair seat by pressing in two Grey buttons that are on either side of the seat and then lift it off before pushing a switch on the upper part of the pushchair's handle and simply push the frame down to collapse it. The frame collapses with ease and then locks into place by a catch which holds it together and when it comes to putting the pushchair back together you simply release the catch and let the frame fall back into position before securing the seat back into place. It's a brilliant design I think, very intuitive and as stress-free as it can be, it has a fluid collapsing and assembling motion that makes it easy work and although you do have two 'bits' to store in the boot of your car when you're out and about (the pushchair seat and metal frame) the seat does fit into the frame quite snugly so you don't use any extra space.
The Evo's folded dimensions are 89x60x41cm so squeezing it into the boot of a car shouldn't be too problematic and included with the pushchair when you buy it new are a very nicely padded footmuff and a rain cover. Now that the weather has started to turn cold I find that my son stays nice and warm when he's out and about in his pushchair, the footmuff is a great addition that provides a snuggly environment for him to be in and whilst I haven't had much use out of the raincover (yet!) I do think it's inclusion with the package is a good one. The hood of the pushchair is quite generous in size and does cover well, it's easy to retract and to pull into position and has a smooth motion that doesn't snag and all in all I do think that the Evo has been very well made with the needs of parents taken very much into consideration. It feels very safe and sturdy to push around, the wheels go where you want them to go and the inner harness keeps your child secure, this can be adjusted so it grows with your baby and the protective padded covers should make them comfortable when they're locked into place.
I love the fact that it can be used either as a forward or rear facing pushchair, this makes it very versatile I think and gives you the choice of how you want to push your baby around. For the moment I have it so my son is facing me as I like to keep an eye on him however once he gets a bit older and a lot more aware of the things around him I think he'll find it fascinating to be looking outwards and the Evo gives me this choice. It collapses and assembles very easily which is another huge positive for it and given the choice of colours available I do think that it could appeal to a lot of people. It has a maximum child weight of 15kg's which again means that it's going to last quite a while before it becomes unsuitable and for the money it costs to buy I do think that it has a lot going for it.
The Graco Evo isn't cheap though and for many, as it was for us, this will be a considered purchase as it currently retails for £279.99. I do think it's worth the money though for what it offers and to be honest you're never going to get a good quality, well made, safe pushchair for less than a few hundred pounds anyway. I do think that in general these are expensive items but they are necessities when it comes to keeping your children safe and comfortable and I do fully expect to get a good couple of years usage out of ours so it's a price that has to be paid.
In conclusion I have no hesitations in awarding the Graco Evo a perfect five star rating basing this on everything mentioned in this review, in hindsight we should have bought this one instead of our Silver Cross but as new parents will know a lot of things come with experience and anyway, who said having kids was going to be cheap?
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Evo Pushchair from Graco
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