Graco Evo Mini: Final Thoughts

Monday, 29 April 2013

We've been testing out the Mini Evo for about a month now and what a month it's been! We've done all sorts of exciting things including test drives in the snowwe tackled public transportattended a gNappies gTea as well as numerous shopping trips, baby groups and trips to the park. We have blogged and taken lots of pictures! We have thoroughly enjoyed putting it through it's paces. We were big Graco fans already but our love has certainly grown! The ambassador competition is coming to an end and here are our final thoughts on the Evo Mini...


Before I was chosen to test the Evo Mini I was looking for a small folding pushchair suitable for holidays and days out and just didn't know where to start. After coming across a few blogger reviews from previous Graco ambassadors on the Evo Mini I was very intrigued, so applied to be one of their latest testers. I never thought in a million years that I would be picked and I'm very grateful to Graco for giving me a chance to try it out.


Graco have been very ambitious with their plans to put so many features on a small stroller but boy have they pulled it off! The stroller itself weighs just 6.2kg. It is suitable from birth to 15kg (approx 3 years). When I started testing Gracie weighed 13kg and Zach weighed 7.6kg and even though Gracie is on the higher end of the scale she has plenty of room to grow. I've always found it hard to find pushchairs big enough for her as she is extremely tall for her age but she fits very comfortably in it and the luxurious cushioned seat definitely helps with comfort! It is ultra lightweight and manoeuvrable, it is actually surprising how light it is to push I can easily push  it one-handed even up and down curbs which is very useful when trying to push the pushchair and hold Gracie's hand. The one handed fold is so handy when you need to take a small baby out so you can hold them and fold without a struggle. If your baby still enjoys a nap in the pushchair you'll be pleased to know you can recline it as much or as little as you want and it is so simple you can do it without even disturbing them. The basket is huge for a stroller there is more than enough room for everything I need when going out for the day and the basket is accessible even when the pushchair is fully reclined. The front wheels are lockable and removable making the pushchair perfect for most terrains as you can lock them to help push it straight and you can easily clean the wheels if they get covered in mud, snow or sand etc. We have found that it is the perfect pushchair for use on public transport and it has restored my faith in taking a pushchair on public transport with both kids. The Evo Mini fold very small with dimensions of  Length: 79.8 x Width:48.3 x Height:22cm. It is the only pushchair we have owned that doesn't rely on us removing the parcel shelf or taking it apart to fit in the boot and I can even fit my weeks food shopping with it in the boot.


There are only a few small things that could improve the Evo Mini and that is the range of colours, they could add a co-ordinating footmuff and they could make it freestanding whilst closed in the locked position. These are little things that don't actually bother me but I think may help for it to become THE perfect pushchair. Aside from these few cons I would most definitely reccommend this pushchair to anyone looking for a sturdy yet lightweight stroller there are no similar alternatives. If I was to rate this pushchair I would rate it a 5*

The Evo Mini comes complete with raincover and so far comes in two gorgeous colours Grenadine, an orangey colour, this is the one we are testing and Latigo Bay, a beautiful turquoise colour, which I haven't had the privilege to see in the flesh yet! The Graco Evo Mini is exclusive to Mothercare and is available for £179.99.

If you would like to see more photos of our Graco Evo Mini journey then check out this post. I'd like to thank Graco for this fantastic opportunity. I'd also like to thank Mandi at Hex Mum, Kate at Family Fever and Jen at My Mummy's Pennies for generously letting me 'guest post' on their blogs to share my thoughts on the Graco Mini Evo with their readers.


Disclaimer:
I was sent the pushchair featured free for an ongoing review and have been competing for a role as a 'Graco Ambassador'. All views in this and my previous posts have been my own.

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5 comments

  1. Sounds great, I need a lightweight one for public transport!

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  2. We've really enjoyed testing it too. Love how light it is! Your kids both look nice and comfy in there! :)

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  3. I just wish that more buggies or strollers were rear facing. Mini hated facing forward even at 2!

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  4. What a great looking buggy and lots of features too. Great review,thanks

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  5. I bought one from Mothercare yesterday and it was easy to assemble. It has a brilliant big sun/rain hood. And so far after one full day of use have found it super. Really wish they did a matching Grenadine footmuff though and the idea of it being freestanding when collapsed is a good idea.

    Carol-Ann Miller
    U113455@sky.com

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