Summer Infant Spectra Stroller, Mod Review

Summer Infant Spectra Stroller, Mod

  • Lightweight convenience of an all aluminum frame stroller that features a one-handed self standing fold and car seat compatibility
  • Multi-position reclining seat with an adjustable footrest and rear mesh window for ventilation (with roll down window for privacy)
  • Plenty of storage: extra large storage basket, 2 rear pockets for keys and cell phones, parent cup holder and child snack tray
  • Durable foam wheels with front and rear suspension with locking front swivel wheels and a pedicure friendly rear brake
  • Adjustable and removable canopy with quiet sweet peak window

Summer Infant Spectra Stroller, Mod Reviews

Stays in a reclining position (By Amazon Customer)

I like most things about this stroller:
-The swivel wheels
-The cup holder
-The tray with two deep upholders
-The roomy basket
-The seat and buckles

However, there is one major drawback that effects functionality:
-Even though we sinched up the back all the way, the seat remains in a constant reclining position. This makes it hard for my son to be comfortable in here. He either has to lay down or sit forward without support.

Unfortunate flaw.

What a piece of crap! (By tizpear)

I got this off Ebay brand new in a box for $130, including shipping. I thought it was a steal, since the asking price is around $219. When it arrived, I was quickly disappointed.

Cons:
1. THE SEAT DOESN’T SIT UP! Not even close. There was no way my 2 year-old would have sat in it. (The B-Agile doesn’t sit up all the way either, but this is a lot more reclined than that! We are talking about a good 6-8 inches difference when my son was sitting all the way up to where the seat back was.)
2. The tray, while a good size, is very thin, cheap plastic.
3. They have the Summer Infant butterfly log on the side of the stroller. Mine was already coming off on one side. They are just stickers.
4. The fold is weird. They tried to make it like the City Mini or B-Agile, but instead of a one handed pull in the seat, you twist the handle bar and push with your hand down to the ground. YOU CANNOT HOLD A CHILD A DO THIS. The fold is also not very flat.
5. The fabric felt VERY cheap.
6. It is a very open stroller. My son could lean all the way over the side.
7. I liked the idea of adjustable leg rest, but when it was all the way down, there was barely any room for my kid’s feet on the foot rest. Maybe an inch of room.
8. The seat width is very narrow. Good for shopping aisles, bad for a growing child. Maybe 11 inches across.
9. The recline is supposed to be a strap recline. It’s more of a string recline. VERY CHEAP.

Pros:
1. It does have a flat or almost flat recline.
2. There is a cup holder, but it won’t hold more than a bottle of water or baby bottle. No coffee cups or fountain drinks. You can switch it to either side of the stroller.
3. Canopy is a decent size.
4. Can be a travel system.
3.
I liked the big peekaboo window with magnets, instead of Velcro.
4. Adjustable leg rest.
5. Comes with a child’s tray and 2 parent pockets. (Although you might only fit a cell phone and keys in them. They are small.)
6. The handlebar height seemed nice and I didn’t kick the bar.
7. Basket is a decent size.
8. The brakes were nice and flip flop friendly.

Bottom line:
I sold mine immediately at a kid’s resale store for about $60 just to make some of my money back. Skip this stroller. I am still just using my old Combi until I can find a better one. At most, they shouldn’t be selling this stroller for anymore than maybe $89.99.

Great price for such a quality stroller! (By Courtney M Buteau)

I have owned more strollers than I care to admit. It’s one of those things I’ve had to keep trying until I found the right one. There are some things moms might forget to be important when shopping for a stroller. And in my opinion, the Spectra didn’t leave much out. The canopy size, undercarriage basket size, parent cup holder, storage pockets, brake bar ease and one-hand fold are among my favorite features. So far, I’ve enjoyed the one-hand fold the most.

Most of my strollers I struggle to pick up and put away because they are so large and breaking it down can be equally frustrating. Not this stroller. I put it together and set it up without looking at the directions (by accident of course!) and opened it and closed it with one hand without even trying. The best part? This stroller can stand on its own once it is folded back together. None of the other strollers I’ve owned do this. It’s a huge help when you are putting other things in the trunk, this can stand up straight and be put in the car last. That feature alone protects the stroller from scratches and makes it easier to handle.

The Spectra Stroller is a quality stroller and is made to go the distance. Some perks I didn’t expect was the sweet peek window,
rear mesh window and adjustable foot rest. This stroller was made to grow with baby. My son is 9 months old and this will last us awhile! I’m telling you, it drives like a heavy stroller but is easy to use like an umbrella. The Spectra hasn’t left my trunk since I got it!

Disclosure: I was given a free sample of this product to review. However, my opinions are my own.

Super happy customer (By JAY BIRD)

This is the easiest stroller to push and turns are no problem! Lightweight. Folds up easy. So happy I purchased this stroller over the others I considered. Putting together was a cinch. Nice sized canopy. Many recline levels. Tons of storage underneath. Love the pockets on back for cell phone. Keeps it out of sight Awesome product. No complaints here!

Reclining – good Fold – good Wheels excellent Storage good Material good … (By Nitesh Sharma)

Reclining – good
Fold – good
Wheels excellent
Storage good
Material good
Weight reasonable
Height from surface is good
Snack tray good , parents coffee mug holder added benefit
Canopy reasonable

Overall a very nice stroller , my 3 month baby likes it

Great convertable stroller (By Sue Pilgrim)

Very easy to use I love the height adjustment of the handle. Car seat is very easy to attach and detach to the stroller.
Very easy to switch out the car seat attachment with the stroller seat.
It does require both hands to close and is NOT light weight. But I can use it no problem unassisted. The rain shied and bug netting for perfectly over the stroller and still works with the car seat attachment as well.
I did have a problem with the wheel and steering but summer infant replaced the stroller no problems.

Heading out to purchase a new carseat. (By crameau)

I had previously written a positive review of this product. After using the product for a longer time I am changing my review and actually would warn people against buying any of their products. The car seat becomes stuck in the base and the mechanism on the car seat does not work correctly. They do not feel this is a safety concern. I asked to speak to a manager and I was told that they would not do anything to rectify the situation.