Graco Benton convertible crib review
Graco Benton convertible crib Review
Graco Benton is an affordable 5-in-1 convertible crib, which is incredibly strong and sturdy for a crib with such a low price.
In this Graco Benton convertible crib review, you can find everything about this crib, including mattress information, and Bento’s good and weak points.
If you combine Benton’s price, with its quality and design, you soon realize this crib is worth of your attention. And keep in mind that this is a full-size crib, which doesn’t occupy so much space than other big and bulky convertible cribs.
Graco by itself is one of the most recognized and trusted baby product companies. They design their cribs with Starcraft, which is one of the leading baby furniture manufacturers in the US. Their mission is to make safe cribs of good quality, at affordable prices.
If you want to read other Graco’s cribs reviews, you can find them in our article: Graco crib Reviews!
Benton’s specifications and description
The crib has clean lines, with slats on all four sides of the crib. The back of the crib has a classic arched design with a full frame on the top. Because the arch is higher from the front, it is a beautiful headboard in the last conversion into a full-size bed.
Benton is the same as almost all cribs on the market made from solid New Zeland pine wood. It is available in five different colors: driftwood, espresso, pebble grey, white and whitewash.
- overall dimensions: 56,7″L x 29,8″W x 40,5″H
- weight of the crib: 42 pounds
As I already emphasized at the beginning, compared to other convertible cribs, Benton is not a big crib. But don’t worry, inner dimensions are exactly the same to any other full-size crib. Your baby will have the same amount of space as in any other standard size crib. Benton is smaller, because of the minimalistic design of the frame.
Many parents who initially thought they need to purchase a mini crib, were pleasantly surprised that Benton actually fit in their smaller nursery. That is perfect, as your child can use it much longer than a mini crib.
Another thing we should discuss here is the height of the crib. If the height seems too high for you, you are right. The manufacturer stated only the highest point of the arch, without any data about the height of the front rail where you will actually placing your baby into the crib.
We can’t understand why manufacturers do not emphasize this in products specifications.
Anyway, we have measured up the height of the front rail, and it is 34,8″. That is much better! And believe me, for a short mom, it is a significant difference. It is so much easier to lean over the rail and put a sleeping baby into the crib.
Graco Benton is a 5-in-1 convertible crib
The number tells us that the crib can convert into four different bed options. It converts to a:
- toddler bed
- full-size bed with headboard and footboard
- a full-size bed without a footboard
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First available conversion is a toddler bed. Graco designed Benton’s toddler bed stage without a guardrail. With removing the front rail of the crib and placing the mattress to the lowest position, you get a sturdy toddler bed, but it doesn’t have a safety rail.
If you think your little one needs it, Graco didn’t leave you empty-handed. The crib is designed to match with universal Graco toddler guardrail, but you have to buy it separately. The guardrail is not expensive, so even with that additional purchase, the price of the entire purchase remains low.
For added versatility, you can later convert Benton into a daybed and finally into a full-size bed.
For the transformation into a daybed, you will remove the guardrail and set the mattress into the highest position.
The front and the back rail of the crib will serve as a beautiful headboard or/and footboard in the last conversion into a full-size adult bed.
You don’t need additional parts for a daybed, but the full-size bed requires the additional purchase of a Graco’s full-size metal bed frame and bigger mattress.
Frequently asked questions
How long can my baby use the crib?
There is a hight limit for the crib stage. When your child outgrows the height of 35 inches, it is time to convert the crib into a toddler bed. Maximum recommended weight limit for a daybed/toddler bed is 50 pounds. As far as the full-size bed, the weight limit will depend on the metal bed frame you will purchase.
I’m a little confused, do I need to make an additional purchase for a toddler bed?
No, it is not necessarily because you can have a toddler bed without the safety guardrail. You can transform a crib into a toddler bed with removing the front rail and placing the crib mattress into the lowest position.
But if you think your toddler needs an additional safety rail, you can purchase the universal Graco’s toddler guardrail, which fits the Benton crib too.
Is the crib portable?
No, it isn’t. Due to its lightweight, you can move it around relatively easy. Also, because of the minimalistic design, the crib fits through the room doors. But it is not designed to move around too often. It is fine if you move the crib to clean underneath it, just don’t move it around every day.
If you intend to move the crib a lot, you might want to look into portable cribs.
What about under-crib storage?
The crib doesn’t have an under-crib drawer, but the height from the floor to the front, bottom rail of the crib is approximately 6,5″, which is enough space for low, flatter storage boxes.
If you want a crib with under-crib storage read this article: 7 convertible cribs with underneath drawer
If you want a Graco crib with under-crib drawer, you also have a good choice: Reviews of the best 9 Graco’s cribs
Do I need to assemble the crib?
Yes, but it is so incredibly easy. Even pregnant women reported they assemble the crib in less than an hour. We do not recommend that – let the hubby do it for you, but yes, it is easy to put together.
The mattress sits on Benton’s metal spring support. You can use any standard size crib mattress in the Benton, but Graco recommends the Graco Premium foam crib and toddler mattress which is a perfect fit.
Also, the crib has adjustable mattress support, so you can start with the highest setting for a newborn and gradually lower it down. You can set the mattress into three different heights, where the lowest height setting is approximately 10″ above the floor.
Why do we like the Benton 5-in-1 convertible crib?
- it is a lifetime bed for your child
- it has an incredibly low price for the quality you get
- it is a safe crib
- it is a great solution for smaller nurseries or twin rooms
- it stays sturdy after all conversions
- it has a minimalistic, elegant and timeless design
Is there something that we didn’t like while reviewing the crib? Do we have any solution?
We can’t say anything bad about Benton’s quality and safeties. Maybe we can mention few visible holes and exposed screws, but that is the case with all low budget cribs. Also, from our experiences, there is a lot of expensive cribs with visible holes in the market as well.
Benton is a beautiful, quality and safe crib for a low price. A great value for money, with the 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
If you need a convertible crib and you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars for a crib, this one is for you.
If you don’t have a lot of space, but you want a full-size crib, this one is for you too.
But, if you are very accurate and give a lot of attention to fine aesthetic detail, you should look into high budget cribs.
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