Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller Review

Whether you are a full-time mum, or have a nanny helping out your truckload of daily schedules, baby strollers can only be a goldmine. But with so many brands and models abound, cashing in on a “best-selling lightweight stroller” can be a mazy decision. And even more so given the varying needs and demands that need to be factored in the purchasing process. Widely fancied by thousands of buyers, the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller packs a punch in just about all departments, and so it’s not surprising mothers looking to cash in on a convenient, lightweight stroller that doesn’t break the bank, find this stroller an ideal pick.

Reviews can be pivotal when making an online purchase. But it goes without saying that many of those are doctored to drive buyers in their droves into making purchases that end up being a rip-off.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller review

Curious as to how good this stroller is, I decided to make a purchase myself to have a feel of its features and other nitty-gritty details you want to know before taking the plunge.

You don’t want to trade-off quality and durability for price. If nothing, you want your priceless tot to have a safe and convenient recline when you are on commute. So, if you are in for a trusty review on what the 3D Lite Convenience Stroller is all about, and whether it’s safe enough to splash your cash on, here are my post-purchase thoughts!

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Lightweight stroller42 x 10.25 x 9 inchesIt’s a very good lightweight and portable stroller, which doesn’t cost much. It comes with comfortable handles, roomy seat and good maneuverability on a flat terrain.

Summer Infant 3D Lite – Features

The Seat

The summer infant 3D Lite convenience stroller has a standard seat suitable for infants not taller than 43”. So it’s essentially great if your kid is less than 3 years old and can sit independently. The stroller is considerably awesome in the weight department, coming at 50 lbs. A little caveat, though, is that it comes with a short 18” backrest, and so kids with longer torso may not have a convenient recline. Also noteworthy is its shallow design. Add to this the proximity of the footrest to the seat and tall kids won’t have a good time inside. To verify, here are more customer reviews.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience seat

Hence, if your kid won’t be spending much time on the head support, and you only want a stroller for quick rides, the backrest support may not be an overly essential consideration and the stroller will work just fine. But this not always the case, so you probably want to look elsewhere if you have a more mature toddler and longer strolls are a staple in your daily routine.

The stroller features four different reclining options; the positions from vertical can be 25, 45, 55, and 60 degrees. But the lowest position is not entirely flat, and so newborns will not enjoy safe spine support. Add to this is the supple nature of the backrest, which provides little support for younger toddlers. However, if your baby is strong enough to support their neck and head, there’s probably no hassle to worry about.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience recline

With 25 degrees vertical deviation being the most upright position, this stroller falls short in the comfort department if your boisterous baby wants to have a look at everything and anything close by. As there are two handles to be squeezed behind the back of the seat, you can only get going reclining this stroller using both hands.

The 5-point harness is adjustable, and the shoulder straps and crotch straps are effectively padded for extra comfort and safety. But that’s not all, the intuitive design makes provision for colder days; the top is vented and comes with a fabric cover to keep your baby cozy when temperatures dip.

On the flip side, there is only a small, non-adjustable footrest and no leg rest, which is something to keep in mind if your baby will be spending considerable time in the stroller. The stroller also doesn’t have a matching infant car seat, so not the perfect buy if you want something that can be included in your travel kit.

Handles

There is a foam padding on each of the two handles of the stroller, perfect for long walks downtown. However, a common gripe with foam covers is their often soft nature, which can leave them coming off the handle after extended periods of use. Also, the handle height cannot be adjusted, and measures 42away from the ground. This is often just about fine for most parents though. So if you are anywhere between 5’5” to 6’3”, the stroller shouldn’t pose accessibility problems. Much shorter or taller parents may well check out other options or see how this stroller complements their height before making a purchase.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience handles

Wheels & Suspension

Cars with a good suspension and wheel system run efficiently, and your baby’s mobile stroller is no exception too. The 4 dual wheel of the stroller is made of EVA foam and measures only 6”, making it good only for trips on smooth road surfaces. You probably won’t find it stable enough to cruise on rough paths and bumps. Grass, gravel and other obstacles may also find their way around the wheel, making it both difficult for you to move along and uncomfortable for your baby to recline. The front wheel can rotate all the way to 360 degrees, but they can also be locked in firm position when traversing rougher paths. For extra cushioning and stability, the front wheel has an anti-lock suspension. The stroller is overall just as efficient and handy as paths permit, and so I would prefer to stick with this for quick errands and minor outdoor commitments.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience wheels

Brakes

The 3D Lite Conversion Stroller has a stable brake system, with two brake pedals accompanying the two wheels at the rear. Some users might not appreciate that both wheels cannot be locked with a click, though, since they work separately. It also appears to be rather stiff releasing the pedals, which can be a pain when sandals are worn. But if these are not a concern, you probably won’t go wrong with this stroller.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience brake

Canopy

If you are an outdoorsy, sun rays can be a bane on your skin, and will obviously be more detrimental on your baby’s fragile skin too. Here’s where canopies come in handy. Thankfully, the 3D Lite Convenience Stroller is equipped with a 1-panel canopy that keeps off UVA and UVB rays from reaching your baby’ supple skin. The only drawback, though, is that the canopy is not exceedingly large, and thus won’t be as effective in protecting smaller babies from harmful rays. For some perspective, the canopy trumps GB Pockit, in size, but falls short of the protection provided by larger alternatives like the BABYZEN YOYO+, Mountain Buggy Nano or Ergobaby Metro.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience canopy

Storage Basket

Another delightful feature to look forward to is the storage basket. While obviously lightweight in design, the stroller comes with a storage basket that is considerably larger than would be expected. And so from small to medium sized add-ons, you can toss them all in the spacious storage basket located behind the seat.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience storage basket

Reaching the storage basket is only hassle free when you have the backrest positioned at its highest level. You need to raise the backrest when it is reclined to access the basket, and that’s the least you want to do when your baby is sleeping.

Other key items can be kept in the extra storage pocket. Perfect for your keys, snacks, cell phone or other handy accessories. Summer walks mean an extra bottle of water, and thankfully, there’s a cup holder to keep you and your baby thirst free all day long.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience storage pockets

Size, Weight & Fold

The 3D Lite convenience stroller has garnered oodles of rave reviews, and this is due in part to its compact design and size. Unlike other alternatives, the stroller fits the bill when walking around densely populated areas and other places where stroller size can hinder fluid movement. Besides, it carries quite seamlessly, perfect when climbing stairs.

As for fold, the stroller fits just fine, folding at 42” L x 10.25” W x 9” H dimensions. Although it doesn’t come as compact as Mountain Buggy Nano or GB Pocki, if you are in for a stroller that won’t take much space at home, the 3D Lite Convenience Stroller won’t fail.

Many parents report the stroller is user-friendly, following temporary glitches when getting acquainted with the setup and folding steps.

For extra ease of carriage, which is invaluable if you hop between commutes regularly, the stroller is also equipped with a carry strap and automatic lock system, making it possible to go around with it on your shoulder.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience folded

Quality

When it comes to stroller durability and quality, it’s all about what your needs are. For its price, I have to concede that it does a pretty good job. It’s surely not the most high-end stroller on the market, but it has a solid make to let you power through the day on occasional use. However, if every day and long term use is what you want, you’ll probably want to consider other options.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience quality

Pros & Cons

With just about everything said, here’s a quick overview of my findings and the pros and cons to know before settling for the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller.

Pros

  • Great buy for use in crowded locations
  • Handy stroller pocket
  • Well made handles
  • Quality fold design
  • Detachable cup holder
  • Well padded harness
  • Lightweight design
  • Hassle free carriage
  • Cheap price
  • Decent durability and quality

Cons

  • Limited shade protection
  • Cannot be reclined using one hand
  • Not suitable for tall kids and children older than 3 years.
  • Not suitable for use on rough surfaces
  • When reclined, seat can make storage basket inaccessible.

Colors

For color mavens, there are loads of varieties to choose from, and so there’s likely to be a stroller match for your visual appeal. There are nine colors available, but they aren’t all markedly different as only the harness border and canopy colors are tweaked for the most part, with the seat – black, regardless of the color choice you decide to go with. They may also differ in price, and this is something you want to consider when making a purchase. For the full range of colors available and their corresponding prices, head over to the product page here.

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience colors

Want more insights?

The Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller is easily one of the most fancied on the market, if it’s over 2500 reviews on Amazon are anything to go by. That’s pretty much a truckload for any product. For more on what other parents are saying, simply head over to the product page on Amazon here. What follows is a quick recap of what most parents have to say about the 3D Lite Convenience Stroller:

The greatest appeal for most buyers is the nimble, lightweight and carefully orchestrated design. This is unsurprising, thanks to its easy carriage and little demand for space when folded.

Even more, as manoeuvring the stroller is a given when strolling outdoors, buyers also have a liking for its relatively tall handles which can easily be reached at will. The deep recline additionally saves you of mental gymnastics when changing your baby’s diapers. Simply get a diaper and the recline is all yours when keeping your baby’s downside clean.

There you go on all you need to know about the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller. On the whole, the product takes the day for most buyers, not least due to its intuitively crafted design and budget-friendly price.

Whether it’s a short trip to a next-door buddy, or a stroll to shrug off the stress of a hectic day, this baby stroller bears it all. And barring a few caveats, which can often be prevented by weighing up your needs, baby’s height and age, the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller promises a decent bang for buck and is worth considering when next you go shopping for a baby stroller.

All pictures belong to Summer Infant. Source: summerinfant.com

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Lindsey Mitchell

Welcome to my blog, dear moms! I'm Lindsey, happy mother of two, keen blogger, traveller who likes to cook and spend time reading a good book. If you have any questions or find it difficult to make a choice, feel free to message me - I'm here to help!

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