In 2002, industrial designer Andrew Serbinski was asked by Graco to create a stroller with a new, upscale visual identity. Serbinski took his design cues from the racing bikes and motorcycles his firm Machine Art is known for, and the result is the Graco Quattro Tour.
Trading straight tubular steel construction for graceful arcs and angles, the Quattro is one of the best-looking mid-priced strollers on the market. It almost always catches my eye when I see one on the street, even if it's buried under a mountain of gear, bags, and add-on accessories.
What's wrong with the Quattro is what's wrong with most strollers in the US: they're overloaded nurseries on wheels. If someone has the guts and the discipline to strip all the unnecessary doo-dads from a Quattro, the elegant lines of its structure would stand up just fine against a Bugaboo or any other high-end "designed" stroller.
From the reviews on Amazon, the Quattro's not as light or maneuverable as the Metro Lite, but it's also 100x better-looking, too. The Quattro makes the Metro Lite feel old-fashioned, the kind of stroller Graco wanted to shift its image away from.
Best of all, they're only $99-129, and only $199 with the complete travel system. For a full-sized stroller, that's a lot of design bang for the buck.
Color choices are tough at BabiesRUs; the cleanest is probably the Heat Wave, only $99. The travel system in gray plaid Kenbrook? It's probably not the best color out there. But hey, if you like it, buy it at BabiesRUS.com for $199.
BuyBuyBaby has it in Navy Diamond for $99. And if they gave me $12 a pop for saying so, I might say that's the best-looking option out there.
Machine Art, Quattro designer Andrew Serbinski's firm
The Art of Making Things That Look Good and Work [NYT Review of a Pratt design exhibit which included the Quattro.]