Not every parent wants (or is able!) to drop three or four hundred dollars on a lightweight stroller. Luckily for everyone, Graco is stepping up their game and offering great new products such as the Breaze stroller. Yes, it is the “breaze” with an “a” – we didn’t misspell it. Normally, the old saying is “you get what you paid for”, right? Well, with the Breaze, you get so much more!
The Breaze stroller is one of the easiest umbrella strollers we’ve ever tried. No need for a foot, knee and a trick-thumb with this one, the Breaze folds with one-hand using a lever near the handlebar. Don’t believe us, watch our video review! It really is easy-peasy!
The Breaze seat is roomy and accommodates up to 50 lbs, measuring 14″ wide, with an 18″ seat back and a measurement of 26″ from seat to canopy. A padded, adjustable, 5-point harness keeps the baby safely in the seat and the adjustable calf rest keeps them comfy. The seat has a very deep recline (almost flat!) and I love that you can recline the seat with the one-handed mechanism.
There is a medium basket underneath the seat that can be tricky to access with the seat fully reclined but that is very standard in the world of umbrella strollers. A cup holder on the side of the handlebar is much appreciated for those of us parents who like to drink on the go. Coffee and water, that is!
The canopy is large for an umbrella stroller and sports a large, mesh peek-a-boo window. We do wish that the cover of the window stayed closed with a magnetic closure or at least Velcro for those parents who live in a lot of wind like Chicago.
The non-adjustable handles are 39″ from ground to handle which are tall but definitely not the tallest on the market. If you are a super tall parent, you definitely want to try this stroller out before committing to make sure they aren’t too short for you.
The Breaze rolls on 7″ hard rubber wheels in the back and 6″ hard rubber, swivel wheels in the front. The front wheels also have the ability to lock straight for “mommy terrain” but it’s important to note that like all umbrella strollers this one is best on smooth surfaces. The front wheel suspension does help with some of the bumps and the linked rear brake locks the stroller into place.
One of the best features of this stroller is the easy, one-handed fold. Like I said earlier, no need for a foot, knee and a trick-thumb with this one, the Breaze folds with one-hand using a button and lever near the handlebar. It folds down into an umbrella fold and locks automatically. The stroller weighs a little over 17 lbs which is a little heavier than other umbrella strollers but we welcome the extra weight because it gives it stability to hold an infant car seat.
Speaking of infant car seats, the Breaze accepts the Graco Click Connect Infant Car Seats to turn it into a travel system. Plus, no need for any additional adapters because the adapters are built into the seat.
Overall, I think Graco did a fabulous job with the Breaze. The stroller retails for $169 and is available now. It has the roomy seat, big canopy, and big basket we expect but they put the icing on the cake with the easy fold and the travel system option.
*Disclosure: Thanks to Graco for sending a Breaze for review consideration. As always, all our thoughts, opinions and statements are our own.