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Baby Trend vs. Graco: Which Brand is Better?

by  Katie -  Last updated on December 16, 2020

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It is only once you have had a child that you can even begin to imagine how much apparatus and how many purchases are required to keep your child entertained, safe, and comfortable.

As if you didn’t have enough on your plate trying to keep a tiny human alive, you also have to go out and buy everything for them. But how are you meant to know which brands you can trust, and which are worth spending on?

That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a comparison of Baby Trend and Graco for you, so that you can have one less thing on your to do list.

Both brands offer car seats, strollers, travel systems and high chairs. To make this a fair comparison, we will find a comparable option for each of these products, and see how they hold up against each other.

For the car seat, we will compare the Baby Trend Trooper 2-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, with the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat. In terms of the strollers, we will compare the Baby Trend Rocket Lightweight Stroller, with the Graco NimbleLite Lightweight Stroller.

When it comes to the travel systems, we will take a look at the Baby Trend Cityscape Jogger Travel System and the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Travel System. Finally for high chairs, we will compare the Baby Trend Go Lite 3 in 1 Feeding Centre, with the Graco EveryStep 7 in 1 High Chair.

Baby Trend vs. Graco at a Glance

If you don’t have time to read the full article, then you can just take a quick look at the main advantages and disadvantages here, although for a full picture, we do suggest you read the full article.

Baby Trend Advantages:

  • Cheaper
  • Often smaller

Baby Trend Disadvantages:

  • Fewer features
  • Often suited to a smaller age/size-range

Graco Advantages:

  • Products cater for more ages
  • Sturdier
  • More features

Graco Disadvantages:

  • More expensive

Winner: Don’t want to read the full article? The editor’s choice is Graco.

What’s the Difference Between Them?

Car Seats

We are going to start the review with a comparison between the Baby Trend Trooper 2-in-1 Convertible Car Seat and the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat. Both car seats have two different modes, either a rear-facing harness to a forward facing harness.

For Baby Trend, they suggest that the rear-facing mode can be used in two different ways, one for infants of 4-18 lbs, the other for toddlers from 18-40 lbs, and that forward facing is appropriate for toddlers of 22-65 lbs.

Graco suggest that their rear-facing mode is safe for infants and toddlers ranging from 4 to 50 lbs, and that their forward-facing mode is also suitable for toddlers of 22-65 lbs.

The Graco car seat also has a four-position extension panel which provides up to 5” of additional, rear-facing legroom, which makes it better for the bigger toddlers. It is safer to be facing backwards for as long as possible, so that makes the Graco seat a little better.

Where the Baby Trend car seat has a five-point adjustable harness, the Graco car seat has a ten-point adjustable headrest, which allows it to better grow with the child. Both car seats have level indicators to help you to position it correctly, and both have a cup holder, but the Graco car seat actually has two.

The Graco car seat has six positions for reclining, plus the seat cushion can be removed and put in the washing machine. However, the Baby Trend car seat is narrower, which means that in most vehicles you should be able to fit three of these car seats if you need to, plus it is a lot cheaper at nearly half the price.

Verdict:

Although the Baby Trend car seat is a lot cheaper, we think that you get a much more comfortable seat for your child with the Graco car seat, which is important if you are going to be driving them around frequently. So for us, Graco is the winner of the car seat round.

Strollers

For the strollers, we are going to compare the Baby Trend Rocket Lightweight Stroller with the Graco NimbleLite Lightweight Stroller. As you can tell from the product names, both of these are lightweight strollers, which make them good options for being on the go, or having to frequently fold up and put away.

The Baby Trend stroller itself weighs a little over 13 lbs, while the Graco stroller is a little lighter at 12 lbs and also has a simple one-step-fold, which makes it easier to transport. Both strollers are suitable for children up to 50 lbs, and both have a five-point harness to keep your child secure.

They also both feature a canopy, to keep your little one shaded from the sun, although it is worth noting that the canopy is quite a lot larger on the Graco stroller. Both of the strollers have a basket under the seat, for storing coats, spare diapers, food, toys, and anything else you might need for the day.

Plus each stroller has a parent tray with two cup holders, but the Graco stroller also has a child’s belly bar with a cup holder.

Verdict:

The Graco stroller is lighter, easier to pack away, has a bigger canopy, and a child’s belly bar with a cup holder, so although it costs an extra $30-40, it definitely seems worth the extra expense.

Travel Systems

Travel systems are the go-to purchase for parents who don’t want to have to move around an infant unnecessarily between the car seat, stroller, and back again, especially when they are sleeping.

We are going to compare the Baby Trend Cityscape Jogger Travel System with the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Travel System, which are both three-wheel strollers, with additional car seats that easily lock in.

Both of these travel systems are for the more active parents who want to head out on the weekend but maintain a smooth ride for their child. The Baby Trend stroller has 16” all-terrain rear bicycle wheels, plus a parent tray with two cup holders and a swing away child’s tray with two cup holders.

The stroller has a wide handle, reclining seat, large storage basket and an adjustable canopy. The stroller and car seat are suitable for infants of 4-30 lbs. The Graco Travel System is suitable for children of 4-50 lbs, and as with its other car seats, it has a removable seat cushion that can go in the washing machine.

As with the lightweight stroller, it has a parent tray and child’s tray, each with two cup holders, and also has a storage basket under the seat, as well as a large, adjustable canopy. However, it is more than $100 more expensive.

Verdict:

Although the Graco Travel System again provides more comfort for the child, at around $120 more than the Baby Trend Travel System, we are not sure that it is worth it, so we give this round to Baby Trend.

High Chairs

Another necessary purchase for people with children that both Baby Trend Graco sell is high chairs. Here we are going to compare the Baby Trend Go Lite 3 in 1 Feeding Center, with the Graco EveryStep 7 in 1 High Chair. Both high chairs aim to take care of children through different ages as they grow.

The Baby Trend high chair has five modes of use. It begins as an infant feeding center, then a traditional high chair, but can also be used as an infant booster, a toddler booster, and a toddler chair that can be lower to the floor.

The seat has a three position seat recline and seven position height adjustments, plus it has a removable and adjustable footrest. The great thing about this high chair is that it is compact and easy to fold for travel and storage, as it is reasonably light at around 19 lbs, plus it has front and rear wheels with brakes, so it can be moved around easily.

It is also compatible with the Baby Trend Secure Snap Fit 35 Infant Car Seat (sold separately). The Graco high chair has seven modes of use. It also begins as an infant high chair, then a traditional, full-size high chair, plus it can be used as an infant booster and toddler booster.

However, it also has the option of a youth stool and it has a kids’ step stool, which can be used separately from the booster seat. Like the Baby Trend high chair, the Graco high chair has three recline positions and seven-position height adjustments, however, unlike the Baby Trend high chair, it is a bit harder to maneuver.

For starters, it is quite a lot heavier at around 36 lbs. It also has only two front wheels. The key difference here is whether you want it to be easy to put away, or if you would prefer something sturdier with the step stool. It also depends on the age you are targeting, as the Baby Trend has the toddler chair, whereas the Graco has the youth stool and the step stool.

Verdict:

The Graco high chair is only around $20 more than the Baby Trend high chair, and it offers to support your child for more years. However, the Baby Trend high chair will be much easier to move around and put away, making it better for daily use, so we give this round to Baby Trend.

Conclusion

So having taken a look at the various products that the two brands offer, and following a comparison between the two companies for their car seats, strollers, travel systems and high chairs, we have a much better picture of what each has to offer.

In general, Baby Trend is cheaper, so it comes down to whether or not they offer the features that you are looking for. Graco tend to be a bit more high-tech, which often means that your life would be made easier and that the product would last for your child through to being older.

Despite costing a bit more, we think that it tends to be worth paying a little extra to have the superior products, but each has their merits. Which would you pick?

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