Review: Graco Modes 3 Lite Trio

Four images showing the Graco Modes 3 Lite as well as some of its key features.

For my second review as a Generation Graco Ambassador, I was sent a Modes 3 Lite Trio travel system. There are two versions of the Modes 3 Lite available; one that comes with the SnugRide R44 car seat and one with both the car seat and a carrycot.

It’s suitable from birth to 15kg (or around three years of age) and has seven different riding modes including forward and rear-facing options.

The Modes 3 Lite Trio has been designed to grow with your child. As Amelie is too big for the car seat and carrycot though, I’ll focus mainly on the stroller.

The Graco Modes 3 Lite Trio stroller.

Stroller

The stroller was easy to assemble and I could have worked out how to do so without the manual. I always view this as a good sign; products of this kind should be intuitive as parents often need to use them in a rush! Thanks to ‘Click Connect’ technology, everything slots into place easily.

Looking at safety first – there’s a reason for that saying! – the Modes 3 Lite has a five point harness to keep your little one securely in place. It’s a sturdy pushchair and looked comfortable too. Amelie seems perfectly happy in it despite the cold weather we’ve had of late.

The wheels are plastic as opposed to tyres and this is another major plus for me. We had no end of problems with flat tyres with a previous pushchair, so I always favour plastic ones. These, combined with a nice, high handle made it simple to steer.

The handle for folding the Graco Modes 3 Lite Trio.

Another problem I’ve had with other strollers is getting them onto buses. This is where my favourite feature, FastAction Fold, comes into play.

By simply lifting a strap in the middle of the seat, the whole stroller folds neatly in half. This is so much faster than any other design I’ve encountered.

Other useful features include a substantial hood, a roomy and accessible basket and a cup holder. Of course, it also comes with a rain cover and foot muff, so little ones are well and truly protected from the elements.

The carrycot and car seat for the Graco Modes 3 Lite Trio.

Car seat and carrycot

Although I was unable to test these by putting Amelie in them, I think they would have served us well when she was younger.

There are several features on the car seat that I recognised from the Graco Milestone. I was very impressed by that, so am confident this one would do the job too.

Similarly, the carrycot is made from decent quality materials and looks both secure and comfortable, which are the two most important considerations when choosing this kind of product.

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Verdict

The stroller is intuitive, sturdy and ideal for public transport. The addition of the car seat and carry cot make this bundle a great option for new parents looking for an affordable travel system that their little one can grow up with.

The Graco Modes 3 Lite Trio has an RRP of £389.99.

Disclosure: I was provided with the Graco Modes 3 Lite Trio for this review.

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