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Crib brand review: Stork Craft

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C-

A EXCELLENT-our top pick!
B GOOD-above average quality, prices, and creativity.
C FAIR-could stand some improvement.
D POOR-yuck! Could stand some major improvement.

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Stork Craft is an entry-level price brand that’s sold in chain stores from Walmart to Babies R Us.

Stork Craft’s cribs start at $99 at Walmart, although most cribs are in the $150 to $200 range. At the top end, a $305 crib model features sleigh styling and the ability to convert to a full-size bed (pictured).

All Stork Craft furniture is imported from China. While Stork Craft sells most of its furniture under its own name, it also uses a series of aliases especially for more pricey options. Example: Zutano, Thomasville Kids and Broyhill Kids. These cribs can top $400. A new sub brand, dubbed Millennial Baby, is due to be released this year. Storkcraft notes this line will have a modern aesthetic.

We should also mention that Stork Craft makes Graco cribs after taking over the license from a previous maker that went bankrupt. The Graco line has 18 different crib designs including the popular Lauren crib. The Lauren converts to a full size bed and sells for only $160.

Stork Craft also makes a wide array of matching accessories, including dressers, rocker gliders and other items—the dressers are an affordable $180 to $300. All of the furniture is ready-to-assemble; readers report assembly ranges from difficult to frustrating, thanks to minimal directions and a lack of labeling for screws and parts. A significant amount of patience is necessary, say most readers. Stork Craft also sells some fully assembled dressers for $500. 

So, let’s talk quality. Parents generally give Stork Craft low marks, based on reviews posted to our web site. Fans like the affordable pricing and the fact you can order most of this furniture online. But detractors say items often arrive damaged, with missing parts and worse. One parent who paid $450 for a Stork Craft crib said she was extremely disappointed in the poor finish which looked very cheap—and the under-crib drawer’s bottom constantly fell off its track when moved. Another parent who bought a $300 Stork Craft dresser said it arrived severely damaged and “looks as if it were purchased at a garage sale.” Customer service also came in for criticism, with delays in fixing defective merchandise and parts among the top gripes.

Finally, Stork Craft has downgraded the quality of its cribs in recent years, in our opinion. Example: gone are the spring mattress supports. Now Stork Craft uses a MDF board to support the mattress, which is not our preferred choice.

In this price rage, Stork Craft competes against Million Dollar Baby and Fisher Price (made by Bivona). We’d recommend either of those brands over Stork Craft.

Bottom line: if you have your heart set on this brand, stick with the low-price items (the $100 cribs at Walmart are a good bet). Skip the dressers, glider rockers and anything expensive (the $250+ cribs). And be sure to set your expectations accordingly.

Rating: C-

Amazon Customer Reviews: Stork Craft Tuscany 4-in-1 Stages Crib

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