Car seat carrier frames like this one are a boon for parents of newborns. No need to fuss with getting baby out of the car seat and buckled into the stroller seat; just pop the infant car seat into the frame and go.
The Graco Snugrider Elite is part of the Stroller
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Stroller
models like the Snugrider Elite are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Ease of use: Ease of use is based primarily on ease of using and adjusting the safety harness, folding and unfolding, adjusting the backrest, lifting and carrying, engaging wheel brakes and car seat removal and installation (only for compatible strollers).
Maneuverability: Maneuverability is assessed by trained testers, taking into account how well each stroller, with a weight bag "passenger," maneuvers on our course: in S-turns through cones, in narrow sections, on grass, dirt trails with tree roots and other debris, uphill, downhill and up and down curbs.
Safety: Safety is assessed by testing to the requirements of the federal stroller safety standard, 16 CFR Parts 1112 and 1227, which incorporates, by reference, the most current version of the ASTM stroller safety standard, ASTM F833-19. We also put strollers through Stability and Braking and other tests designed by CR.
Suitable for 6 mos. and under
Suitable for 6 mos. and underSuitability for babies 6 months and younger means the stroller's seat reclines to nearly flat. It may include a safety flap or enclosure at the child's feet so, if not harnessed, he can't slip or wiggle out of the seat. Even with this added feature, the harness should always be used.
Car-seat compatible as sold
Car-seat compatible as soldCar-seat compatibility is useful when moving a sleeping infant from a car to the stroller; there's no need to wake your baby from that much-needed nap. In our Ratings, strollers designated as "Car-seat compatible as sold" include any and all accessories needed to install at least one model of infant car seat. Some strollers allow a car seat to snap right in, while others may need a bracket or other adapter.
Suitable for running or jogging
Suitable for running or joggingAccording to the manufacturer, this stroller can be used for running or jogging. Remember to check with your pediatrician before taking your little passenger along for a run; CR's medical experts advise that a child should be one year old before riding with a running parent. A younger baby may not have sufficient head and neck control to tolerate the bumps and jounces he might experience on your run. Be sure to read the appropriate section of your stroller's instruction manual carefully before taking your child out for a run with you.
WidthThe width of the stroller in inches, as reported by the manufacturer on their website.
Meets Disney parks' stroller size requirements
Meets Disney parks' stroller size requirementsIn early 2019, Disney instituted size restrictions for strollers within their parks. Strollers may be up to 31 inches wide, and up to 52 inches long. YES means the stroller complies with the Disney requirements.
WeightWeight of stroller with included accessories and stroller seat installed (if removable).
Folded sizeTesters' judgment of the relative folded size of the stroller.
One-touch brakesOne-touch brakes are more convenient than standard brakes. Arguably still more convenient - and certainly more friendly to parents wearing open-toe shoes - are hand-operated one-touch brake levers such as those found on some Baby Jogger, Chicco and other strollers.
Stands foldedStrollers that are self-standing when folded are convenient in restaurants or other tight spaces. It also makes storing at home easier.
Adjustable handleAn adjustable handle can accommodate parents or caregivers of different heights.