Graco Symbio b: the tester’s review link up

Last week the other Graco testers and I decided to link up with our reviews of the Symbio b. The idea is that if you’re looking for a pram, you can find more than one opinion in the one place, making it easier for you to make your decision. The criteria we’re commenting on is:

Price

Ease of use

Looks

Practicality

Customer Service

We decided that these were the main things we considered when looking for a new pram. So here is my verdict of the Symbio b:

Price: The Symbio b retails at around £475, with prices varying slightly depending on where you purchase and what extras you want. For example, the Graco Logico S HP car seat is compatible with the Symbio but that is an extra £100. However, the Symbio does come with car seat adapters as standard, which is not always the case with other prams. Mostly car seat adapters are another additional purchase when you buy a pram. If you want the entire set, you are looking to pay around £570 in total. This includes carry cot, rain covers, car seat, adapters, foot muffs and toddler seat.

In my opinion, this is in the slightly higher price bracket but it is not as pricey as some prams on the market. An added bonus is that this pram will see you right from the newborn days to the toddler years, so in theory you should never need to buy another pram. Additionally, you only need to buy the car seat as an extra with the Symbio b. Many other models require you to purchase accessories such as adapters, foot muffs and rain covers as extra. I think it is also worth considering the fact that in most cases, especially with prams, you do get what you pay for. Sometimes the extra pennies are worth the peace of mind when it comes to potential repairs, replacements or life expectancy of the pram.

Ease of use. I used my daughter for this one. I showed her how to fold and unfold the pram, to see if it really is as easy as I think. It is. She managed to fold and unfold the pram with ease, which just goes to show its so simple that even a child can do it! If you don’t believe me, please click here to view the video.

The Symbio b can be folded and unfolded with one hand. My daughter was also able to easily change the direction of travel; this can also be done with one hand. I have even been able to fold the pram whilst holding the baby and can steer it whilst holding the toddlers hand too. It’s really that lightweight so I would have to say it scores top marks for ease of use.

Looks. Well, this can be debated actually. Have a look for yourself. I think it is a really nice looking pram, so I’m going to give it top marks here. But it really depends on whether you think it looks nice or not.

Practicality. The Symbio b fits into my car boot really easily. Just to check, I tried it in a friend’s boot too (she has a much smaller car than me) and it still fit in really well. With the carrycot, there wasn’t that much room left over but it was a good fit none the less. The Symbio b also folds really easily which means that if you’re caught out in the rain, you won’t spend ages faffing around and getting wet. And talking of rain, the rain cover fits on easily and has clear markings showing which way round it goes.

The one downside to the Symbio b in terms of practicality is the shopping basket. It is very small so if you’re out shopping and want to put things inside it, you will find that you quickly run out of space. In terms of practicality, this isn’t so great.

Customer Service. Graco Baby has both an active Facebook page and Twitter account (@GracoBaby_UK) and people often post customer queries which are dealt with promptly. The company website has a clear ‘Contact Us’ page and when I called them, I was given clear instructions on how best they could help me. In case you’re interested, you need your serial number (the nice lady tells you where to find this) or you can email your enquiry at the address they give. I feel that the lines of communication are open with Graco.

The other testers are:

Mother Geek

Mummy2five

One Blue One Pink

Baby Gadget

If you’d like to read more detailed reviews on the Symbio b so far, please see my Graco page. Now go and read what the other testers think!

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