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Graco has updated its popular Symbio pushchair and the latest version - the Symbio B off-roader travel system - now includes a babynest and is suitable for use with newborns. We asked a mum-to-be to help us try out the new babynest so we could bring you our first impressions.
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Test criteria Rating
Manoeuvrability
On pavements How easy the pushchair is to handle on pavements. Most pushchairs perform well in this test. No stars
Around obstacles How easy the pushchair is to handle around tight corners. Most pushchairs perform well in this test. No stars
On kerbs How easy the pushchair is to handle pushing it up or down kerbs. Pushchairs often struggle in this test and you'll find it challenging with one that gets three or fewer stars for this attribute. No stars
On uneven surfaces How easy the pushchair is to handle on uneven surfaces such as gravel paths. Lightweight pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a rattling frame from one that gets three or fewer stars for this attribute. No stars
On stairs How easy the pushchair is to wheel up and down a small flight of stairs. Pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a bumpy ride, difficulty balancing the weight or brakes that catch on the stairs from models that get three or fewer stars for this attribute. No stars
On rough ground How easy it is to handle the pushchair on very rough and bumpy grass. This rating only contributes to the test score of pushchairs that are all-terrain or off-road models. No stars
Travelling with the pushchair
Folding How easy the pushchair is fold for storage or travel. Pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a complicated method or some difficulty adjusting models that get three or fewer stars for this attribute. No stars
Unfolding How easy the pushchair is unfold for storage or travel. Pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a complicated method or some difficulty adjusting models that get three or fewer stars for this attribute. No stars
Lifting and moving when folded How easy the pushchair is to lift and move when it is folded for storage or travel. Pushchairs often struggle in this test. Expect a pushchair to be heavy, bulky or break down into two or more pieces if it scores three stars or fewer for this attribute. No stars
Storing in a medium family car The fewer stars the bulkier and more difficult it is to store a pushchair in the boot of a small/medium family car i.e. VW Polo (boot size 383 litres), VW Golf (boot size 393 litres), Honda Civic. Fewer than three stars means you have to remove the seat, wheels or other parts of the pushchair to do so. Read our individual reviews for more details. No stars
On the bus How easy it is to get the pushchair up the step on a bus, past the driver's area, along the gangway, into and out of the parking space and off the bus again. Tested using a simulated bus set based on the typical layout of a bus that you enter from the front - not a bendy London bus. No stars
On an escalator How easy it is to balance the pushchair on an escalator step in the upwards and downwards directions.
Our experts perform an assessment of balancing the pushchair on a simulation of a typical London Underground escalator. Most escalator and pushchair manufacturer's caution against doing this, but our observations show that people using the Tube, or changing levels in shopping centres, often balance the unfolded pushchair on the steps of escalators. We believe it is helpful therefore to identify those that are particularly difficult to balance.
The provision of a rating for use on an escalator is not a recommendation by Which? that you can or should use the pushchair on an escalator, but an indication of how, if you ignore safety advice you would expect to be able to balance an unfolded pushchair. We'd always recommend that you use a lift where available, or remove your child and fold the pushchair before using on an escalator. No stars
Convenience
Attaching seat unit and accessories How easy it is to change the direction of the removable seat units and attach and detach accessories such as car seats and carrycots. Expect a stiff or difficult mechanism from models that get three or fewer stars for this attribute. No stars
Ease of reclining the backrest How easy the backrest of the seat is to recline and adjust. Expect a stiff or difficult mechanism for reclining the backrest from models that get three or less stars for this attribute. No stars
Using the brakes How easy it is to engage the brakes and how effective our testers found them in the user trials. No stars
Shopping basket access and size Rates the ease of access to and size of the storage. No stars
Handle height, angle and adjustment Rates the comfort of the height and angle of the handles and how easy they are to adjust. No stars
Comfort to push Rates how easy it is to push the pushchair. Fewer stars mean that the pushchair is in some way heavy, resistant, cumbersome or uncomfortable to push. No stars
Cleaning How easy it is to clean the seat fabric and whether the fabric is stained by food spills. No stars

Graco Symbio B

  • Launch date: Feb 2012
  • Type: All-terrain
  • Which? score: 0
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