As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to be chosen as an ambassador for Graco after the competition they ran with their new Fusio Pramette/Stroller back in Summer. One of the great parts of being a Graco Ambassador is that I regularly receive products from them to test out and review. My first choice had to be the Symbio, which I had read so much about from my fellow ambassadors.
The Symbio is a 3 in 1 travel system and can be used from birth with the Symbio Go and the Logico S HP Car Seat, or from six months without. Inside the box you will find your Symbio frame and seat unit, rain cover and car seat adapter. Once your Symbio is out of the box and you have removed the protective packaging around the handle etc.. then you are ready to rock, as it is all pre assembled.
It has some great features and here’s just a quick list of some of my favourites (believe me it could go on forever!)
- Reversible seat unit for both front and rear facing
- Extra comfy seat pad
- Extendable UV- protective canopy
- Light weight and easy to carry at only 7.5kg
- Compact frame (0.16m3) for ease or storage
- Spring suspension and pneumatic tyres
- 3 Position recline
- Instant reversible handle to change your child’s view
We took the Symbio for it’s debut outing around the local country park to feed the ducks, and I was very impressed with how easy it was to fold and unfold, even one handed. My car (an 03 Megane) doesn’t have the biggest of boots but the Symbio fits very nicely inside and still leaves plenty of room for other treasures. With a total weight of 7.kg (including the seat) it’s ultra lightweight, so is easy to maneuver in and out too.
The Symbio handled the “off road” terrain of the grassy park and stoney paths very well and is very light and easy to steer – a real dream to push. Joseph enjoyed being in an upright position and taking a good look around at the view, whilst sat in his comfy seat. His favourite thing is the bumper bar (which is removable) and loves to grab hold of it and use it to peer around.
Joseph has always been a bit of a Mummy’s boy and doesn’t like to let me out of his sight. He takes his morning nap on me and will not settle for anyone or anywhere else and crawls around the house following me around the house like a lost puppy, I even cook with him wrapped around my leg. His most hated thing is when he can hear my voice but not see me, so the Symbio’s reversible handle is perfect for him, so that I can wean him off me gradually and flip him to parent/world facing a second. The easily movable handle has also come in very handy when getting Joseph in and out of his Symbio as well as in the school playgroud where space is limited. I don’t use public transport but I can imagine that if I did, that it would be good for space saving on a bus or train.
I have always loved buggies with one handle, especially since Imogen started wanting to walk everywhere as they are much easier to steer with one hand, and although you don’t have anywhere to hang your shopping you do have a shopping basket underneath. This isn’t the biggest of baskets but the clever people at Graco have thought of everything and have created the Symbio Baby Bag which can be hung on the back of your Symbio or used as a backpack and is great for extra “hands free” storage.
The three reclining positions are great for Joseph, who at nine months old, likes to have a good look around but also like to nap in his buggy if we are out and about.
We’ve been using the Symbio for just over a month now and I love everything about it, thank you Graco!
Watch this space as we will have a review of the Graco Junior Mini coming your way very soon.