Graco Breaze Click Connect is a lightweight umbrella stroller that takes an infant car seat. This is a very sturdy umbrella stroller that is full of great features that parents want. The one-hand recline goes to almost a flat position making the naps and diaper changes comfy experience.
The large basket will fit your medium to large diaper bag. The big canopy provides plenty of shade protection. Breaze is designed for flat surfaces, but can tackle some occasional mommy terrain like grass, mulch or uneven pavement.
It also features nicely added seat back, adjustable leg rest, 5-point adjustable harness, single foot brake, and carry strap.
The fold is a BREEZE! It’s really easy to fold with only ONE HAND. No foot needed! I was able to fold it while holding my child in the other hand. It has an automatic lock and very compact umbrella fold. The weight of 17.5 lbs is about average for an umbrella stroller with the car seat capabilities.
I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because I think Graco is really stepping up and wants this to be a serious competition for popular strollers like Chicco Liteway and Maclaren XT. You are probably wondering if it’s so great, why didn’t it get the highest rating? Well, there are a few things that can be improved.
The foot rest is located too close to the seat making it inconvenient for a older toddler to place his/her feet. The seat back is 18″ which is on a shorter side. Plus, the material at the top of the seat back will prevent a taller toddler from taking nap with a recline.
Surprisingly many parents complained about the fold being difficult after a while. It’s hard for me to tell because I only tested this stroller for a couple days and it worked great. Also, parents complained about automatic lock stops working after while leaving the stroller unlocked. Overall it’s not a bad stroller especially for the price, but I think it’s designed more for smaller children rather than a toddler. I am also wondering how many years it will last…. Anyways, you can get it for around $169 on Amazon (free shipping/free return and no sales tax)and comes in seven different colors. Cup holder is included.
-Good size canopy. The canopy is a medium size but it has a large pop-out sunvisor that provide a lot more shade. It’s not super big like on many full size strollers, but for an umbrella stroller it really good. There is a large peekaboo window in the back made out of mesh, which allows for better air circulation on a hot day. The attached closure doesn’t have Velcro nor magnates to keep it closed. So if you live in a windy city, it might open up on you with each wind gust.
-Roomy seat. The seat is 14″ wide with 18″ seat back and a measurement of 26″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. The seat back is a little short comparing to other strollers, but the head room to canopy is great. The back of the seat is nicely padded so your child will get plenty of support. It has one-hand lever recline that goes to almost flat position making it suitable for a newborn. The seat can accommodate a child up to 50 lbs. You can also turn it into a travel system with a purchase of a car seat adapter.
-Handle bars. The ergonomically positioned handle bars are located 39″ from the ground which is about average for an umbrella stroller. They are not adjustable. If you are super tall parent, it might be too low for you. The foam covering makes them soft and nice to push.
-Viewing window. Once you fully recline the seat, you can see an opening in the back that is covered with the material attached to the back of the canopy. This window provides great air circulation on a hot summer day. There is a piece of material attached to the back of the seat that is designed to prevent a baby from sliding out of the seat. While it’s great safety feature for a baby, it will get in the way of a taller toddler if you decide to recline the seat. With a short seat back of 18″ it can be a real problem. I would definitely like to see a higher seat back.
-5 point harness. It has an adjustable padded 5-point harness with a center release buckle that is easy to unlock for parents, but is hard for the toddler.
-Adjustable leg rest. The foot rest goes up and down depending on the needs of your child. For the younger child you can put it up and when your child is older he/she can use the foot rest. Note: the foot rest located too close to the seat making it uncomfortable for older toddler. This is definitely one of the big cons for this stroller.
-Large basket. The basket is pretty large for an umbrella stroller and is easy to access from the back. You can fit a medium to large diaper bag in it. Like in most umbrella strollers once the seat is fully recline it’s very hard to access the basket.
-Wheels. It rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 6″ single wheels in the front and 7″ double wheels in the back. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. The good thing is that you can lock and unlock those wheel by stepping on each pedal with your foot instead of touch dirty wheels with you hands. Of course these wheels are designed for flat surfaces and some mommy terrain like playground mulch, gravel or grass. Don’t expect it to handle rough terrain very well.
-All-wheel suspension. The all-wheel suspension makes the ride a little smoother.
-Parking brake. There is a single parking brake located on top of right rear wheel that will lock both of the rear wheels in place. It’s not fip-flop-friendly.
-One-hand fold. Graco completely redesigned this stroller giving it the one-hand fold parents want. You don’t even need to use your foot like on most umbrella strollers. All you need to do is push the red button located underneath the handle bar with your finger and bring the handle bar down until it folds completely and the automatic lock is engaged. There is a carry strap for easy transportation. At 17.5 lbs it’s not the lightest umbrella stroller, but is about average weight for an umbrella model that excepts infant car seat. After all, it has to have extra weight and sturdiness to be able to handle the car seat. BTW, it accepts all of the Graco Click Connect™ infant car seats WITHOUT an additional adapter.
-Cup holder. INCLUDED! This cup holder is very sturdy and is not going to rotate spilling your coffee on top of your child’s head.
-Foot rest. I don’t know what designers where thinking but the foot rest is way too close to the seat for the toddler to rest his/her feet comfortably.
-Short seat back. The seat back is only 18″ which is on a shorter side comparing to other strollers on the market. I would like to see at least 19″, otherwise the material attached to the top of the seat back will get in the way of a tall toddler once you recline the seat.
-Peekaboo window closure. Not a big deal but, the peekaboo window closure doesn’t have anything to secure it in place. I would like to see a magnetic closure.
Here is a great video review from Baby Gizmo. As you can tell, there video reviews are always more positive than mine. LOL.
Here is a vidoe overview from Graco.
Stroller weight: 17.5 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 16″H x 11.5″W x 43″L
Handle bar height: 39″
Seat to canopy height: 26″
Front wheels: 6″
Rear wheels: 7″
Overall length: 20″
Overall width: 27.5″
Graco provides 1-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner. Here is more information on the warranty.
This stroller is available in seven colors with silver frame.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Graco Breaze Click Connect in one of the seven beautiful colors for around $169 on Amazon (free shipping/free return and no sales tax). It comes with a cup holder.
~Susan Brian P.S. If you like my review, please click “like” button below.