Review: Summer Infant 3D One
I had previously reviewed my Summer Infant 3D Lite umbrella stroller. I felt it was a good stroller, but it had some issues and features missing and I think the answer to all of that is their new 3D One stroller. One of the things I felt it was missing was a full-sized canopy and the ability to recline all the way back. Because of this, I decided to sell that stroller and I upgraded to the Summer Infant 3D One.
I really like this stroller as a lightweight umbrella stroller. I purchased this one prior to taking Silly Baby to Disney World on our own in June and it really came in handy.
Here’s a rundown as to each feature it has and why I like it.
Full-size canopy with peek-a-boo window or a partial canopy
This is controlled by a zipper. I think this is magic because if you don’t need the giant full-sized canopy, you just zip it up and go! The only issue is that then you have that extra material hanging on top of your child’s head. You can try to lay it back, but it’s still there. My son doesn’t care, but it would be nice if it had velcro or a button to hang it up so it doesn’t do that.
5-point harness with a button cover
This comes in handy when Silly Baby is having a meltdown because he doesn’t want to be in the stroller, but needs to be. I have had him maneuver his way out of the shoulder straps and he has contorted his body enough so that he’s hanging off the side of the stroller when he’s in a particular mood, but I think this would occur with any light-weight stroller. He doesn’t seem to be able to do this with my Britax B-Agile, but it has a deeper seat.
It reclines back all the way and is a one-handed operation. There is a little lever on the back and you just lift it and drop the seat.
It has a leg rest so you can prop up your little one's feet. So if they are tired or they actually fell asleep in the stroller, not only can you recline them all the way back, you can also prop their legs up as well.
It’s light, weighs only 16 lbs and has a carry strap. The carry strap is great, but I have an issue with it. It doesn’t seem like it’s long enough to really get it on my shoulder comfortably, and when I do manage to get it up there, I have all kinds of stroller parts poking me. I don’t know if there is really anything that can be done about that or if it’s just the nature of the beast. Many times I have resorted to just holding it by the frame horizontally because I don’t feel like messing with the carry strap.
It has a roomy basket underneath that isn’t constrained to just being underneath the seat. If you recline all the way, items that were stored behind the seat and stick up some will interfere with the recline.
It also has a cup-holder and a zippered pocket. As you can see in my pictures, I purchased a Skip Hop organizer, so that makes that little pocket useless, but I still use the cupholder if we have, say, my cup, his cup, and a water bottle.
It has a one-handed trigger fold and is easy to open. This is the best. The trigger fold is up by the right-hand handle, so you just pull and it collapses. To open it, you just pull open the latch and you can just shake it out and press on the back (step push by the basket) to open and lock it open.
There are a few things about it that I wish it had, but all in all, for the price, it’s a great stroller. Here’s a quick run-down of what I wish was different and why:
Both brakes lock with one foot. I hate that I need to apply the brakes to each back wheel individually. I’m a bit spoiled, I know, but I really do wish it was only one action instead of 2. Another thing is that the brakes need to be pushed down really well in order to activate. Sometimes it will only partially lock and if you’re not paying attention it will roll away.
Carry strap was a little longer. The carry strap opened all the way seems a bit short for me. It also feels uncomfortable when I strap it on, as I spoke about above.
The Close clasp was different. When you close the stroller, the way it stays closed is this plastic lever that goes over a ball thing and that is supposed to keep it closed. But sometimes, if it’s not aligned just right or if you’re carrying it and it shifts a little, it will swing open. It has swung open on me a few times when I’m using it with the carrying strap. I’m considering modifying that closure to make it stay closed or maybe getting a piece of velcro to wrap around it to ensure it stays closed, but that is definitely one big flaw.
No snack tray or cup holder for the child. I wish it at least had the option to attach something. I’ve resorted to using a BooginHead SippiGrip to make sure when he chucks his sippy cup or his snack cup because he’s done with it, that it at least hangs off the side and I don’t lose it.
All in all, though, for the price of this stroller, this is a great deal and comes with a lot of great little features.