I am a Graco Ambassador, which means I get the opportunity to review some of their products. Recently, I received a Graco Evo Mini pushchair in Latigo Bay to test.
The Evo Mini is available exclusively at Mothercare.
The Evo Mini is a light weight (6.2kg), forward facing stroller. it can be folded and unfolded with one hand, and it locks closed easily (as long as the basket is empty, and the seat is in lay down mode). The Evo Mini still locks closed if the rain cover (which is included) is in the basket, but it’s a tight squeeze.
The pushchair is not freestanding, but it will stand against a wall once folded – as long as the brake is on. It folds down to a small size, and is easy to store. (L79.8xW48.3xH22cm)
I love the fact the seat recline adjusts via a toggle to the rear of the pushchair. This allows you to position the seat exactly where your child likes it – not just a choice of two or three angles. The Evo Mini was very easy to assemble. It literally took me 5 minutes and required no tools. The rear wheels and brake just clicked into place, followed by the front wheel. The hood clipped on, then I fastened the poppers on the bottom-rear of the hood and the basket. The basket is a good size, and has plenty of storage space – even with the rain cover is in there.
I have used the Evo Mini with my 21 Month old son (who weighs 15kg) and my 8 Month old daughter (who weighs 9kg). Both were comfortable in it. My son was happier sat up in the Evo Mini, and his head was just over the top of the seat unit. (This is the case with almost all of the strollers he has used though -he is VERY tall for his age).
The hood gives great covering, and it is strong. It isn’t flimsy at all and the open-close action is smooth and strong. (There’s no chance of it blowing back in a breeze). The hood is removable too, though I prefer the look of the pushchair with it in place. The rain cover is easy to fit, and it folds back down pretty small after use. The safety warnings are all at the rear of the cover, so not visible from the front or sides – a huge plus in my opinion.
The footplate on the pushchair turns “inside-out” – this means baby’s legs have somewhere to rest when the stroller is in the recline position. It doesn’t look as good when it’s out, but it is a great feature if your toddler likes to have their feet up at nap time. The Evo Mini is suitable from birth, although it does not recline completely flat. The harness is well padded though, as is the seat. I would have felt comfortable using it when my babies were newborn. They were both large babies to begin with though.
The 3 wheels are all rubber, and the front one can be locked, or used in swivel mode. The handle height isn’t adjustable. I am 5 foot 9 and it was just about right for me. I genuinely love using the Evo Mini. It’s great to push, takes corners easily – thanks to its’ 3 wheel design ,and it manages steps and uneven surfaces with ease. I had no problems using it in the supermarket, and it managed the uneven paving flags in the town centre easily, too.
The brake took a little getting used to, but once you know to put a lot of pressure on it, it’s fine. There isn’t a lot of suspension on it, but it doesn’t feel like a rickety, bumpy ride either. I have taken it over a footbridge, which meant climbing 44 steps to get across. I managed it easily with my toddler in the pram. I have tackled this footbridge with many prams, but the Evo Mini was the lightest, and easiest to get across.
With an RRP of 179.99, the Evo Mini is the perfect 2nd pram. It is ideal for holidays, grandparents or for leaving in the boot. It looks amazing. The metal chassis looks much better in the flesh than it does online. I’d visit a Mothercare store to see it in the flesh if you’re not convinced. It looks much more expensive than it was.
My hubby is a bit of a snob when it comes to prams, and this is one of the few prams he has happily pushed. All told, I like the Evo Mini. The only things,which could be improved are making it freestanding and having a matching footmuff available. It is worth noting that the Evo Mini will NOT work as a travel system.
I give it 4.5/5
This is not a sponsored post. I was sent the Evo Mini to review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.