I am so excited to tell you guys about a really awesome stroller that I got to review as a Kolcraft Mom. I’ve had my eye on the Contours line ever since I was pregnant with my second child in 2009. The Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem was the stroller I wanted to push my little tykes around in. I ended up getting a side by side, and it works alright, but I always thought that the Contours Options Tandem was the creme’ de la creme’ of double strollers.
Now that I have three kiddos, I was on the stroller hunt again, this time for a single. My two older children are convinced that they’re over strollers, so I wanted a single stroller that was versatile. Boy, did I ever find it in the Kolcraft Contours Options 3!
I’ve had it for just under a week and I’ve already gotten so much use out of it.
Here’s the quick facts about the Contours Options 3:
- Reversible seat can face forward or face parent
- 8″ front single-swivel wheel provides smooth steering through crowds
- 12″ rear never-flat wheels
- Infant car seat attachment (included) fits most brands on the market
- Seat reclines from 90 degrees to 45 degrees to full recline
- Height adjustable to grow with your child
- Easy trigger allows for quick fold and upright stand
- New Easy-Reach parent tray has deeper, ventilated cup holders
- Child cup holder and front bar removes quickly for in & out convenience
- Height adjustable Sunrider canopy includes a peek-in window
- Large basket for storage
- Removable infant head rest with soft micro-fleece fabric
- Seat accommodates up to 50 lbs.
- Stroller weighs 27.5lbs
- Only use this product in the reclined position until child can sit up unassisted
- JPMA certified
- Assembly required
My favorite thing is, of course, the reversible seat. I love that I can look at my baby while we stroll! With other strollers, I could never really tell if she was happy, sleeping, getting bit by mosquitoes, or flashing her first smile since she faced away from me. With the Contours Options 3, I can see my baby’s every sweet expression thanks to the reversible seat.
And handling? This thing is smooth as butter! I can turn it on a dime, and even navigate the hallways of my home easily. The single wheel in the front really helps cut down on the bulk of the stroller. It’s super easy to push and turn, even one handed.
The recline on this stroller can’t be beat. I actually love that it doesn’t lay totally flat, but maintains its “sitting” bucket-like position. My 2 month old LOVES to just chill in the fully reclined position.
Another neat feature that I never would have thought of on my own (kudos, Kolcraft!) is the cup holders. There’s slats in the cup holders so your condensation doesn’t end up pooling at the bottom on a hot day. Smart, right?! This feature is on all three cup holders, including the child’s. Yep, little one has a cup holder, too! Check out the parent tray:
There’s tons of space for an iPod, cell phone, keys, you name it. I love that the cup holders are nice and deep, too, so your drink isn’t flopping out if you hit a bump. See that red part on the frame? There’s an identical one on the other side. Those are the triggers for the fold. It does take two hands, which is kind of a bummer, but I do love that it is free standing once it’s folded! Nothing worse than folding your stroller with your baby on your hip and having it fall over as you’re trying to lug it into your trunk. This stroller is a little big when folded, but it fit nicely in the back of our minivan, which had a small box in there as well. Check out how much storage this bad boy has!
What’s super cool is that you can easily access it from the front OR the back. No more losing the wipey case at the way back of the storage area. Just reach it from the other side! When the seat is tilted all the way back, you have the most vertical storage space. I could probably fit a small cooler in this baby. Seriously. I also love how big the foot brake is. I can’t tell you how much I hate the brakes that are just a little lever on each wheel! A)Why would I want to lock only one wheel?! B)Unlocking those brakes are tough if you’re wearing sandals. No issues with the Contours Options 3 brake! Easy as pie. You can also see the child cup holder in this shot. It swivels a little to get closer or farther from baby, and it can come off entirely if you’d like.
Included (yes, INCLUDED! as in doesn’t cost extra!) is a car seat adapter. It fits a lot of car seats, but not mine (technically). My Baby Trend is not on the approved list of car seats, though it does fit in the adapter. There is a safety strap that secures the car seat into place. I really think the stroller looks expensive like this! Not sure why, but I like the look of it. This is a great feature in that it allows you to create your own travel system. The front wheel, as you can see, is a swivel wheel that can lock into place. I haven’t had the opportunity to take this stroller out for a jog/walk yet, but I have a feeling it’ll be fabulous! The wheels aren’t inflatable, though, so it’s not technically a jogger.
The stroller comes in three patterns: Cinnamon, Berkeley (the pattern I have), and Blush. They’re all equally cute!
Overall, I’d give this stroller 8 out of 10 stars. I wish it had a bigger canopy and a one handed fold. Otherwise, this stroller is really awesome! You can purchase a Kolcraft Contours Options 3 from many online retailers like Amazon, Target, and Wal-Mart for a suggested retail price of $169.99.
OR you can WIN ONE! Right here! One lucky Freckleberry Finds reader will win a Kolcraft Contours Options 3 stroller! Yippee!
Good luck, Freckleberries!