Today I am reviewing the The Graco Symbio B pushchair., which we have been using it for a while now. I have to say… it is a definite grower.
Niggles With The Graco Symbio B
I am going to start by pointing out the couple of niggles: To begin with, I found it a little fiddly to fold down and put up, but after a week or so, I realised I was doing this without giving it a second thought. The other niggle I have is that the basket is very small. It holds the rain cover & that is it. Graco do sell a bag separately which clips onto the seat unit, but without this, storage is nil.
The final thing I’d like to point out to anybody thinking of purchasing a Symbio B, is that they are only suitable for babies up to
15kg. For most babies, this is their weight when they are 2-3 years old, but Sam is already 11kg, so I doubt it will last until he is ready to walk everywhere. Other than these three things, I adore the pushchair.
The Things I Loved About The Graco Symbio B
The seat unit can be attached pointing towards you, or outwards. Once your baby is in the pushchair, you can flip over the handle in a smooth, easy 1 second process if your child wants a change of view. (This comes in very handy if your child gets grumpy when they are tired, as my son does. You can flip the handle so they are parent facing to reassure them). In my experience, the pushchair works best when the large wheels are to the back, as it’s a bit harder to steer if you flip the handle & have them at the front instead. (I’ve included photos of the pushchair in forward and parent facing mode).
The straps are secure, and look comfortable to wear. I love the fact you get a footmuff included – it really makes the pushchair look very smart while keeping my son nice and warm on cold days. The Arm Bar is removable from either side, and can be removed with 1 hand to make getting your child in & out very easy. I have attached some toys to it to keep Sam amused while we are out.
There are 3 different recline positions for the pushchair – lay down, sitting up, and sitting straight up. Sam loves the middle position. He will be lay down to sleep, but due to his age (and noseyness) he isn’t happy lay down when he’s awake. (This is the case in any pushchair though – not a reflection on the Graco Symbio B at all). The seat unit is very well padded & Sam looks very comfortable in there.
The brake feels very secure when it is on. The design of the brake is a little fiddly to begin with, but after a couple of days’ use, I was managing perfectly to put it on and take it off without looking. I have tested the brake on various terrains – pointing uphill, downhill, on gravel, mud and polished floors – the pushchair has remained in place on all of them when the brake is applied.
Forward and Rear Facing
While I haven’t used the Symbio B in infant mode, I did set it up to have a look, and I have to say it looks like it will be a dream for newborns too.
I am currently 6 months pregnant with baby number 2. I’m very much looking forward to putting her in the Symbio B in infant mode.
To switch between the 2 modes is a bit fiddly, but easier than other pushchairs I have used. The instructions really helped, and it didn’t take long to do.
The raincover is quick and easy to fit. Rain covers are my nemesis… I hate them & am awful at fitting them, usually. Especially if I get caught out by a sudden downpour.
I have used the Symbio B in the rain a few times now and am happy to report, the raincover can be put on in less than 60 seconds – even by someone as hopeless as me!
The raincover also fits no matter which way you have the seat facing! (I had another model of reversible pushchair, and the raincover could only be used when the baby was forward facing – not much use if the rain started suddenly.
I also love the fact you can split the raincover – there’s a “window” at the front which can be folded back to allow baby to see out properly, while staying dry.
Collapsing The Graco Symbio B
The pushchair seat unit comes off before you can collapse the chassis. This is great if you can’t lift heavy weights as the chassis on
its own is much lighter than any other pushchair I’ve used. I love the fact the chassis stays closed so you can lift it in & out of the car safely too – No trapped fingers or scratched car paint here!
The pushchair is very easy to steer, and it is a smooth ride for Sam. Regardless of whether he is parent or forward facing. The handle itself doesn’t have adjustable heights. However so far, nobody who has tried it has said it has been uncomfortable to push. I am 5 foot 9, and manage it easily. The Symbio B feels very sturdy, and well made. It is not at all rickety, and the tyres have survived many gravel paths without puncture (so far)!
The final thing I love about this pushchair is the pram envy other mummies show for it. I have had 3 pushchairs before this, and never once been stopped by a stranger to ask about any of them.
I have been using the Graco Symbio B for 5 weeks now. In that time, 5 different strangers have asked me about the pushchair, and complimented its’ design.
All in all, I would recommend this to friends without hesitation. I’d give it 95% – losing just 5% for the small basket.
I am 6 months pregnant now, and it will be a sad day when I have to park it up. Hmmm, I wonder if Graco would make me a twin Symbio B…!!
Finally, why not check out my other Graco Symbio B Posts.