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When you have a baby, your life gets turned upside down. Gone are your relaxed evenings, tidy living rooms, and lazy weekend mornings reading the newspaper.
Instead you get woken at 5am, have toys all over the house, and spend your weekends thinking of activities that are still feasible while carting around an infant.
So when your life becomes so chaotic, you need to make sure that you’re making purchasing decisions that will make your life as easy as possible. That’s where Graco steps up. Graco provides strollers and car seats that are compatible with one another, and that will work for your child, from being through to being a toddler. But which one should you get?
We know that you don’t want to waste your time researching the different models of strollers, you just want to be able to enjoy this precious time with your child. So we’ve done the research for you. Take a look at this article and you’ll be able to know which is the right one for you.
At a glance: Don’t want to read the full article? The editor’s choice is the Graco Click Connect.
What’s the Difference Between Them?
The first thing to note is that the Graco Classic Connect is a different range to that of the Graco Click Connect. That means that although various car seats are compatible with the strollers, the Graco Classic Connect range is NOT compatible with the Graco Click Connect range, and vice versa.
So once you’ve got one, you will need to continue with that range throughout. It shouldn’t be a problem at all, but it is worth noting before you make any purchases.
The main difference between the Classic Connect and the Click Connect is, you’ve guessed it, the connection. The Classic Connect needs to have the shell of the car seat snapped into place in the stroller, and then it uses a secondary strap or lever to be fastened into place.
In contrast, the Click Connect “clicks” into the correct position and doesn’t need any further adjustments. That makes it really quick and simple to use.
The Classic Connect does have the benefit of a lower, wider path for the installation with the seat belt, which makes it easier to strap into place. However, in terms of attaching the seat into the stroller or into the car seat, the Click Connect has an easier system.
Although the Click Connect can take more effort to tighten when installing with the seat belt, it is super easy to use and generally the simpler option, so we prefer the Click Connect when it comes to connection.
Size of the child
One of the best features of the Graco Classic Connect and Graco Click Connect is that they really grow with your child, from infant to toddler. The seat can recline to around 170º, allowing your infant to lie down, or your child can sit up in it.
Plus, it has the option of being reversible. This is a particularly good feature if you want it to last with your child as they grow. With your young infant you can have them lying or sitting facing you. Then, as they get older and want to look out, you can face it the other way.
As the child gets older, it still works well for toddlers. The forward-facing seat includes a 3-position leg rest, so they can stay supported as they grow. While the harness can be three or five points, and again grows with the child.
As they work for infants of 4 lbs, up to toddlers of 50 lbs, they really are a great option if you just want to make one purchase that will last through the years.
Both the Graco Classic Connect and the Graco Click Connect are adaptable as your child grows, so they are the same when it comes to this round.
When you have a young child, or are carrying your infant, you do not want to have to do what feels like phd-level engineering to work out how to fold away the stroller. But Graco has you covered for that one.
There is a really simple design which makes it easy to fold away the stroller at the same time as doing everything else. Plus, it then stays standing on its wheels, so you can roll it like a suitcase.
The only issue is that it cannot be easily folded away when the seat is in the rear-facing mode. However, this can be easily overcome by strapping the child into the car before folding away the stroller, and doing the reverse when at the other end.
Again, both these options have the same technology, which makes them equally easy to fold away.
Both the Graco Classic Connect and the Click Connect have excellent canopies to keep your child protected from the sun. This canopy is retractable, which again makes it a good option for toddlers, when they want more freedom to look around. The canopy is a little larger on the Click Connect option than the Classic Connect.
For both options, the removable child’s tray, which has two deep cup holders means that your child can have their drinks, but once they start to wriggle more and need more space, it can be simply removed.
The parent’s tray also has two deep cup holders, plus a covered storage space, which is excellent for if you want your valuables to be close to hand but protected.
Plus, there is a large storage space underneath the seat, which is great for coats, toys, bags, clean diapers, snacks, and everything else you need for the day.
Both the Graco Classic Connect and the Click Connect are similar in terms of features, but as the Click Connect has a slightly larger canopy, we will give this round to the Graco Click Connect.
Now that you’ve read this article, you’ll no doubt understand why so many parents decide to make Graco their go-to option.
With reversible seats that can go from almost fully reclining to sitting up, as well as an adjustable harness and 3-point leg rest, they will work through from infancy to being a 50 lb toddler.
The big difference lies in the type of connection, and while we prefer the simplicity of the Click Connect, it isn’t the best option for everyone. Which will you go for?