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Chicco KeyFit Caddy Review
Price: $100 List | $99.99 from Amazon
Pros: Car seat attachment, light, adjustable handle, fold
Cons: Brakes, dual front wheels
Bottom line: Nice frame w/ easy car seat attachment
The Chicco Keyfit Caddy is a nice frame stroller and does what a frame stroller should do well. It is lightweight, folds flat, and self-stands, auto-locks, and rolls while folded. The Keyfit car seat attaches easily and securely without false connections or any interference. It has a large storage bin with a 10 pound weight limit, a parent console, and suspension on all 4 wheels. While it can't hold its own with the standard strollers for maneuverability or features, the category of frame stroller means it isn't expected to. This product earned a 2nd place rank overall in this review and a Top Pick award for Best Frame Stroller because it gets the job done, without the features and frills that only add weight and muddy the waters of a simplistic no nonsense car seat compatible stroller.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
The Chicco Keyfit Caddy is a dedicated frame stroller designed for use with the Chicco Keyfit family of car seats. This product is small in size and overall weight and is easy to fold and transport. This frame has an adjustable pivot handlebar covered in foam, a parent console, all wheel shocks, and large under seat storage bin. The Keyfit car seats attach without the use of straps often found in universal frame strollers, and doesn't come with a canopy or any seating option beyond the infant car seat carrier.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The Caddy earned a score of 9 of 10 for ease of car seat attachment. The high in the group is 10 earned by both the Bugaboo Bee3 Combo and the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Combo, in conjunction with the Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat. The low for the metric is 1 for the BOB Revolution Flex Combo for an installation process that includes two steps including restraint straps.
infant car seat review. This frame requires no removal of any parts and there are no adapters needed, which saves money and complexity of the attachment or parts you need to keep track of. The attachment of the seat is easy and only requires resting the seat into the frame and pressing down gently to ensure connection. It isn't as easy as the Bugaboo options where the seat almost installs itself, but it is pretty darn easy, cannot be done wrong, and we never thought we had it connected when it really wasn't. It is clear this frame was designed for this seat and it does its job well.
Weight and Folded Size
The Caddy weighs in at 11.7 pounds without the car seat attached. If you are a new mom who gave birth via C-Section you may be limited in how much you can lift to 10-12 pounds making the Caddy a good option as you continue to heal and get your strength back (following doctor's orders of course). The lightest standard stroller is the UPPAbaby Cruz Combo at 14 pounds, which is pretty good for a standard option, but still several pounds heavier than the frame strollers. The Caddy measures at 7,628 cubic inches when folded so it is relatively small and definitely flat. It might even fit behind the seat in some cars without the trunk space. The smallest folded package in the group is surprisingly a standard stroller, the Britax B-Agile 3 Combo at 6,416 cubic inches, though it folds thicker than the Caddy.
This Chicco earned the second best score for commuting thanks to a smaller size, narrow footprint, lighter weight, and simple fold with folding features. The stroller is easy to transport, works well on public transport and stays tucked out of the way in busy cafes.
Chicco Bravo LE Combo a standard product that is hard to push on any terrain.
The frame on this stroller flexing enough that it impacts the ability to push the stroller because the front wheels rise slightly off the ground. It is still nicer than the Baby Trend Snap-N-Go, but not by much. This product is really designed for flat and hard surfaces only. It has trouble with grass and gravel, and you really don't want to take it off road unless it is an absolute necessity.
While you should never take a stroller up or down stairs we do understand some parents will try it. In addition, you may need to take it up and over a curb from time to time. The brakes on the frame catch on the toe of the stair or curb and they lock on the way up or hit on the way down. Basically you will have to drag the stroller up with the brakes set, if they don't break off first. To safely navigate stairs, we recommend parents remove the car seat from the Caddy, carry both the car seat and the folded Caddy frame up or down stairs.
Bugaboo Cameleon3 Combo and the Britax B-Agile 3, and the low is 5 for the Chicco Liteway Plus Combo.
The Caddy has double action brakes, which is not our favorite type of braking system. This type requires the depression of 2 pedals instead of 1 in order to fully engage the brakes. We worry some parents will forget or skip the second pedal depending on the circumstances and this could result in potential injury or accidents. Despite the double action the brakes are easy to set and about average to release. They are sandal foot friendly and offer average sliding resistance on an incline with 0.5 inches of play once set.
For side tipping the Caddy fell at 20 degrees from flat, which is better than average for the group. It fell backwards with about 21 pounds hanging from the handlebar. This is a safety concern because many parents absentmindedly hang diaper and shopping bags on the handles of strollers. This is below the average of 29 for the group, and way below the 56 pounds needed to tip the Britax B-Agile backwards. The worst for this test is the Peg Perego Booklet Combo that only needed 14 pounds to fall.
Ease of Use
Graco SnugRider Elite, a competing frame stroller. The maximum allowable weight for the bin is 10 pounds, which is average for the group and better than either Bugaboo product, but nowhere near the same playing field as the 25-30 pound maximum found in the UPPAbaby options.
There is no canopy on the Caddy so you need to relay on the car seat canopy for protection from the elements. This would be true if you were carrying the car seat by the handle and is also true for several of the strollers we looked at that require the canopy and/or seat to be removed before using them with a car seat.
UPPAbaby Vista Combo and the BOB Revolution Flex, which both offer nicer materials and have great attention to detail.
The Caddy doesn't have any fabric components save for the storage bin. The bin is made up of a combination of finely woven canvas for the lower parts and a mesh material for the top portion so you can see inside. Neither material is anything to write home about, but they seems sturdy enough for the limited lifespan of this product, and we weren't able to snag either part during testing.
The frame is metal with plastic components and while the components appear to be nice enough there is a general flex and rickety feeling to the frame that makes it feel like its missing a screw somewhere when it isn't. Because there are some plastic parts that don't come together well and the fabric on the basket has some loose threads, the overall fit and finish isn't impressive and looks relatively sloppy compared to most of the competition.
The wheels are foam filled plastic and have the dual front wheel design we don't really like. The dual front wheels are harder to manage and often get hung up on items that cause the stroller to steer off in directions you don't intend or are hard to correct from. The wheels feel sturdy enough and spin without a lot of resistance, but plastic is plastic and can't compare next to rubber wheels found on a lot of the other products we looked at. The Caddy does offer all wheel suspension which is a nice perk for a cheaper product like this one, but we aren't sure it is enough to make up for the smaller plastic wheels.
Parents who like the Chicco brand or those looking for an easy to fold and transport frame stroller may be drawn to the Caddy, and with good reason. This bare bones frame stroller work swell with the Keyfit car seats and has ample storage space for even the largest of diaper bags. New moms will appreciate the lighter weight as they recover from childbirth, and baby will enjoy the all-wheel shocks. If you want a frame stroller for car seat transportation, or you are simply looking to buy some time before making your big stroller purchase, the Caddy is a good choice without the commitment of lots of money.
The Chicco Caddy wins a Top Pick for Frame Stroller award in this review with good reason. It is a budget friendly stroller that came in 2nd place overall for car seat and stroller combinations. This product has a list price of $100 and works well with an award winning infant car seat, making it a good value in our book. While there are cheaper options in the group, they come with more complex attachment features and significantly lower overall scores than the Caddy. If you aren't sure what kind of main stroller you eventually want to buy, this little option can keep you happy while you decide, without breaking the bank to do it.
Other Versions and Accessories
Chicco makes several different types of strollers and a few were reviewed here including the standard Chicco Bravo LE Combo, the umbrella option Chicco Liteway Plus Combo, and the Caddy frame stroller. The Caddy scored significantly higher than the other two options, but in all fairness the Bravo did earn 4 out of 5 stars in our standard stroller review, making it one some parents might be interested in.
— BabyGearLab Review Team
Most recent user review: June 19, 2016
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