Graco Dream Suite Bassinet Review – a solid bang for your buck

If you cut through the clutter of information, there’s one question to be answered about the Graco Dream Suite bassinet, “Is it good value for money, or is it just cheap?”

Graco Dream Suite Bassinet

Top Pick
Graco Dream Suite Bassinet
9.4/10 My Score
  • Compact
  • Uses vibration to soothe the baby
  • Large built-in storage space
  • Sides are mesh
  • Protects baby from direct light

When you review as many bassinets as I did over the past few years, you learn exactly where to look for weaknesses with products in the lower price ranges. You start seeing patterns in where companies typically skimp.

That’s what I’ll try to do in this Graco Dream Suite Bassinet review – glance at the surface and then dig deeper.

A unique bassinet proposal

It’s not easy to stand out in a crowded bassinet market, and the Graco Dream Suite does just that.

How?

By offering a 2-in-1 (bassinet/changer) at a low price point.

You flip the switch, the bassinet rotates and turns into a changing station. As Graco puts it, it’s a “complete bedside care center.”

Pair that with the low price tag, and you have a product that will appeal to many a parent on a budget or those looking for a secondary bassinet to be used for occasional sleepovers.

Features of the Graco Dream Suite bassinet

  • Reversible bassinet that doubles as a changer when rotated
  • Compact works well for small spaces
  • Recommended weight for the changer  – up to 30 lbs
  • Uses vibration to soothe the baby
  • Large built-in storage space under the bassinet
  • Wheels are integrated lock in place
  • The sides are mesh which allows for better airflow and visibility
  • Solid material of the canopy protects the baby from direct light
  • Removable/machine-washable mattress cover
  • Comes with two removable soft toys suspended on the canopy

Specifications (use relevant specs if appropriate for the product)

Dimensions6.18 x 19.37 x 33.94 inches
Weight21.08
Height adjustableno
Warranty12 months on all defects
Weight limit15 lbs for the bassinet, 30 for the changer

Strongest points of the Graco Dream Suite

The convenience of a 2-in-1 bassinet and changer

When I said that Graco offers a unique sales proposition with this one, I had the convenience-price combo in mind.

Graco Dream Suite Bassinet, Mason, One Size

The concept of combining a bassinet and a changer is not new.

Design-wise it’s not an easy thing to do, and typically one of two things happen – one or more quality aspects suffer, or the price goes up…way up.

Neither seems to be true for this Graco.

A budget solution

If you’re working with a limited budget, this might be where your search ends.

Price-wise it doesn’t get much better than this without serious quality implications.

Smart fit for small spaces

Over the last decade, the average size of new apartments has decreased by 5%. Studio apartments shrunk the most – more than 10%.

In the same time span, rents have gone up by a whopping 28%.

People pay more to live in smaller spaces. If you are one of those people and you’re adding a new family member, the minimal footprint of this Graco might be the answer to your space problems.

What I like about the Graco Dream Suite

I already stressed that value for money is the strongest selling point of this Graco.

Graco Dream Suite Bassinet, Mason, One Size

Let me take a step back here and share some quality aspects that I liked, and a few that I believe could be improved on, even at this price point.

Practical design

This Graco is not a looker; let’s get that straight.

I don’t think it’s ugly either. I just think it’s not likely to start any conversations at first sight.

The side panels are not all mesh as they are in most bassinets. The lower part is solid fabric that allows for better grip when alternating between bassinet and changer.

The air still flows freely since the upper portion of the side panels is mesh.

Light & maneuverable

Graco Dream Suite is light, coming in at about 18.5 lbs. That sounds about right for a wheeled bassinet; most of them are in the 15-20 lbs range.

It’s the footprint that makes the difference

Three things come into play when it comes to maneuverability: the weight, the footprint, and how well the wheels are made.

What makes this Graco easier to move is the smaller footprint than most similar products.

When analyzing the wheels’ quality, I look for reports from people about the stability when locked. Poorly made wheels typically result in the bassinet being wobbly even with wheels locked.

I found that integrated wheels, like those on this Graco, perform much better (compared to those that you need to attach yourself).

A large storage basket 

I love the massive storage on this Graco. If this is not your first rodeo, you know how much of a difference handy storage makes.

Graco Dream Suite Bassinet, Mason, One Size

With this Graco bassinet, you won’t have to buzz around looking for the diapers, wipes, and powders. The storage is big enough for you to have all your necessities right there at arm’s length.

Easy to go from bassinet to changer

Over the years of reviewing bassinets, I’ve seen quite a few trying to do two jobs. I’ve also seen so many of those failing at one crucial aspect – ease of use.

If switching from bassinet to changer is a 2 person job, it defeats the purpose. With this Graco, it’s a one-hand job.

Graco Dream Suite Bassinet, Mason, One Size

I don’t recommend it, but switching between the two modes is so simple that you can do it while still holding your baby.

It’s that round robust switch on the side that makes it possible without compromising stability.

That’s a huge plus.

What could be better

The assembly instructions

I don’t know who wrote the directions, but they sound like they were written for someone assembling bassinets every day.

It took me just over half an hour for the initial setup of the Graco Dream Suite bassinet.

But it took 5 minutes to give up on the instructions. I just winged it and used my common sense.

Mesh combo in the side panels

I get why Graco made this one using solid fabric for most of the side panels. It’s easier to grip and turn if you’re “one-handing” the bassinet-changer conversion.

The way it’s made now, fabric goes up to about two-thirds of the bassinet. If you’re asking me, I’d go a bit lower with the mesh. It would be a better design choice – it wouldn’t compromise anything, and it would let more air in.

To be clear, breathability and airflow are not an issue here.

Frequently asked questions

How to clean/wash the Graco Dream Suite?

Guidelines for cleaning/washing the Graco Dream Suite:

  • The mattress cover is removable and can be machine washed
  • For the frame, use soap and warm water
  • Avoid using bleach or aggressive detergents
  • To clean the changing table, wipe it with a damp cloth

How do you assemble a Graco Dream Suite bassinet?

To assemble it, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the tubes outlining the bottom of the bassinet into the leg hub
  2. Flip the bassinet and do the same on the other side – insert the top tubes into teh top channel of the leg hub
  3. Check is the tubes are locked in – the metal buttons should be visible 
  4. Insert the mattress
  5. Clip on the legs
  6. Assemble the storage basket and attach it to the legs

Key takeaways

Graco Dream Suite Bassinet (Mason, One size) is a solid bang for your buck.

Graco Dream Suite Bassinet, Mason, One Size

Light, compact, and easy to use, this 2-in-1 does a good job both as a bassinet and as a changer.

It’s not the best money can buy, but it is one of the better value propositions out there.

Upside dad approves.

Graco Dream Suite Bassinet

Top Pick
Graco Dream Suite Bassinet
9.4/10 My Score
  • Compact
  • Uses vibration to soothe the baby
  • Large built-in storage space
  • Sides are mesh
  • Protects baby from direct light