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Chicco Cortina Together Review

Heavy inline option that is frustrating to move and turn
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Price:   $300 List | $980 at Amazon
Pros:  Accepts two car seats, versatile seating
Cons:  Length makes it harder to navigate indoors, disparity between seating features
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 8, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 35% 5
  • Maneuverability - 25% 3
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 3
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Quality - 10% 5
  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 5% 7

The Skinny

The Chicco Cortina Together tandem stroller is an inline style stroller that is hard to push and turn, heavy and awkward to lift and has an interesting division of features between seats. This Chicco offers dual cup holders to the front passenger with none for the second seat. It has disappointingly small canopies that won't protect your baby from the elements or an unexpected storm. While we often find Chicco products offer a little something extra for a budget-friendly price, this option has a higher cost than strollers that performed better in our tests. With plastic wheels, dual front wheel design and two-wheel suspension, the Cortina Together couldn't stand up to the competition and is not a stroller we recommend.


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Pros Accepts two car seats, versatile seatingSuper easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging strollerVariety of seating, 2 car seats, smaller, covered storageAccepts two car seats, great storage, quality materialsEasy to maneuver, easy to use features, comfortable, jogger
Cons Length makes it harder to navigate indoors, disparity between seating featuresBulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seatHeavy, convoluted harness/buckleHeavy and harder to lift, higher priceHeavier and awkward to fold and lift, strap in car seat installation
Bottom Line Heavy inline option that is frustrating to move and turnAn ultimate side-by-side double stroller serving double duty as a jogger for older babiesQuality option with covered storage and nimble maneuverability that accepts 2 car seatsVersatile seating stroller that grows with your family and is easy to maneuverAwesome all-terrain option that is easy to push and jog with
Rating Categories Chicco Cortina... Thule Urban Glide... Thule Sleek Double UPPAbaby Vista... BOB Revolution...
Ease Of Use (35%)
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Specs Chicco Cortina... Thule Urban Glide... Thule Sleek Double UPPAbaby Vista... BOB Revolution...
Weight 36.6 lbs 32.1 lbs 35.9 lbs 32.2 lbs 34.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 23"W x 19"H x 47.5"L 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L 23.8"W x 22"H x 37"L 25.7"W x 26.5"H x 41.5"L 30.8"W x 18.5"H x 39.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Child must be able to sit unassisted with full neck/head control (approximately 6 mo.)
Maximum: 40 lbs
Minimum: "Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo."
Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum: From Birth with bassinet or infant car seat
Maximum: 33 lbs/44" per passenger
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum: Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
None None UPPAbaby
Mesa
None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton Basic CBX, Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5, Aton M, Aton M i-Size, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico AP 2.0, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus, Rock i-Size
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico Max 30, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
None
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None "BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33
EvenFlo
Discovery 5
Graco
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Safety 1st
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa"
None None Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Chicco
KeyFit, Keyfit 30
Number of Car Seats Accepted 2 1 2 2 1
Recline Front/Left Seat Shallow Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Recline Rear/Right Seat Deep Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Storage Basket Size Large Medium Very Large Very Large Large
Sun Shade Size Small Medium Large Large Large
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No No No
Locking Fold Auto Manual Auto Auto Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 39.6"/44.4" 30.9"/45.1" 37.6"/43.5 39.5"/42.5 33.4"/49.9"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None None Rain cover Bassinet, Bassinet Bug Shield, Bassinet Storage Bag, Rain Shield, Bug Shield None
Setup Time 16:12 4:14 6:02 + 4:26 10:43 6:12

Our Analysis and Test Results

Chicco (kee-ko) is the largest juvenile brand in all of Europe. The company is part of the lifestyle company, the Artsana Group. Chicco gear includes items used for strolling, eating, medical supplies, and car seats. Chicco was started by Enrico Catelli and they currently sell gear in over 120 countries. Their lineup includes products for children from birth to preschool.

Performance Comparison


The following graph is a comparison of the overall scores for each double stroller tested in this review with Chicco in blue.


Below we share information on how the Chicco performs in each metric.

Ease of Use


The Chicco Cortina Together earned a 5 of 10 for ease of use, which is not good enough to truly compete.

The initial step in the folding of the Chicco Cortina is to squeeze the handle to unlock to the frame so it can fold.
The initial step in the folding of the Chicco Cortina is to squeeze the handle to unlock to the frame so it can fold.

Fold and Unfold


The Cortina is fairly easy to fold, but the front seat canopy gets in the way and there is no good place for it. The fold requires one hand with 3-4 steps. The stroller self-stands, auto-locks and is average compared to the competition. You need to bend to the ground to fold, or you can use two hands to squeeze the halves together. The final product is large and sort of unwieldy. The unfold is easier and can be done with one hand, and has 5 steps without bending very far. The unfold lock on the handlebar is easy to use, but it gets in the way of pushing.

The Cortina Together has single action brakes that are fairly easy to set compared to similar style brakes.
The Cortina Together has single action brakes that are fairly easy to set compared to similar style brakes.

Brakes


The brakes are single action and average for ease of setting and releasing. They are sandal or barefoot friendly.

The storage bin on the Cortina is easier to access than some others in the group.
The storage bin on the Cortina is easier to access than some others in the group.

Storage


The storage bin isn't as easy as the side-by-side strollers, but it beats most of the tandem competition. The bin is large and has a maximum allowance of 10 lbs. It can be accessed from the back or front, with a zippered portion in the back. We were able to fit our extra-large diaper bag inside, but it is a tough squeeze and we couldn't get it past the bar across the middle. It is hard to access the bin depending on seat configuration. If you plan to take a lot of supplies or want to carry items you purchase, this bin likely won't meet your needs. It also has a parent console with two cup holders and a covered storage tray.

The front seat has an armbar or dual cup holders. Given this is untrue on the back seat we think children will fight over the "better" seat. The cup holders worked with all our test items, but it's disappointing that the front gets two cup holders and the rear gets nothing.

The cup holders on the Cortina are fairly shallow and we experienced items falling from the holders during testing.
The cup holders on the Cortina are fairly shallow and we experienced items falling from the holders during testing.

Cup holders located high on the handlebar behind baby's head pose a potential safety risk if they allow items to fall out. The cup holders on the Cortina are 2.25 inches deep, which is relatively shallow. Items regularly fell out of the holder and into the rear seat during testing. Had a baby been sitting in the seat, a potential injury may have happened, so we consider the risk for these holders to be high.

This photo shows the Cortina with the canopies closed and the seat backs in their upright positions.
This photo shows the Chicco Cortina Together with open canopies and both seats fully reclined.The front seat doesn't recline as much as the back  and the rear passenger has a nicer canopy. Seating with this many differences could be a problem with children of similar ages and skills.

Sunshade


The sunshades on the Cortina are as disappointing as most of the tandem inline strollers. The shades are both small and neither one will cover much of baby. While both will rotate, they can't block the front and the top at the same time making them virtually useless. The fabric is thin and looks wrinkled no matter what. They both offer ventilation and small mesh and vinyl peek-a-boo windows. The windows are impossible to see through and we aren't sure why they are mesh and vinyl. However, the shades are so small you don't really need them.

The harness on the Cortina is hard to put on compared to much of the competition.
The harness on the Cortina is hard to put on compared to much of the competition.

Harness


There is an adjustable 5-point harness on each seat. Putting the harness on isn't as easy as taking it off, and it is a rethread operation, which is inherently more difficult than non-rethread options, but it is very easy to adjust the height of the shoulder straps. The shoulder straps have two positions and the crotch strap is not adjustable. The buckle requires that the upper and lower straps be connected before inserting into the buckle, which means you will need two hands. Unbuckling requires one hand and the straps spring away from the buckle.

Reclining the seats in the Cortina is easy and can be done with one hand.
Reclining the seats in the Cortina is easy and can be done with one hand.

Seat


Neither seat has a leg rest as the seat bottom stops and legs fall from there to the plastic foot pad. If the baby isn't tall enough to reach the pad, they will have legs dangling. Both seats offer a recline feature that can be operated with one hand. The rear seat has more of a recline, while the front seat reclines less and sits more upright. Without a leg rest little ones won't be cozy because there is nowhere for their legs to go except straight down.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Cortina is only compatible with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Keyfit. We tested the seat with the Chicco Keyfit 30. You do not need to remove the canopy or the seat to attach the car seats. The seats click into place and are easier to attach and remove than the average in the group. They are still surprisingly difficult given they are both made by Chicco. To install you have to apply pressure to fully engage. Installing in the front is easier than the rear, with the rear seat colliding with the canopy and making it challenging to press in place.

Ease of Setup




The Chicco is the most difficult stroller to put together in the group. It took us over 12 minutes to assemble with a manual that is only okay for instructions. The packaging is a nightmare to manage, and we hope they get on board with Amazon's frustration free packaging.

The plastic wheels and dual wheel design of the Cortina lead to a wobbly ride and poor maneuverability.
The plastic wheels and dual wheel design of the Cortina lead to a wobbly ride and poor maneuverability.

Maneuverability


The dual wheel design causes the stroller to veer off in random directions and the plastic wheels ensure a wobbly ride that isn't very comfortable or forgiving. Unfortunately, like many of the similar looking products in this review, the Cortina earns only a 3 of 10 for this metric. This is the lowest score in the group.

The front wheels of the Cortina can be locked in place to help it traverse over rougher terrain.
The front wheels of the Cortina can be locked in place to help it traverse over rougher terrain.

Pushing on hard flat surfaces takes a lot of effort, and it feels long. It fits through our smaller bathroom test door, but the longer footprint made it difficult for us to make the turn once inside. The front wheels are wobbly and the suspension isn't impressive. Pushing onto other surfaces only makes the job harder with grass being a burden, and gravel nearing impossible.

The Cortina is heavy and takes up a lot of space when folded.
The Cortina is heavy and takes up a lot of space when folded.

Weight and Folded Size


While all double strollers are on the hefty side, not all of them are giant beasts. Unfortunately, the Chicco is closer to the beast side scoring a 3 of 10 for this metric. This stroller is 36.6 lbs, making it one of the heavier options. When folded the Cortina is about 20,758 cubic inches; this is larger than the average for the group which is closer to 18,000 cubic inches.

The quality of this Chicco pales in comparison to much of the competition in this review.
The quality of this Chicco pales in comparison to much of the competition in this review.

Quality


When compared side-by-side aspects like the quality start to stand out. We were disappointed with the Chicco quality score of 5 of 10, which is below the average for this group.

The fabric on the Cortina is nice looking with a rough feel that might chafe. It has firm padding with a storage basket that has heavier material than most. The side of the canopies is mesh covered in a plastic that makes us question how long it will last. The frame has many plastic components and fasteners that give it more flex and make it harder to steer. The wheels are plastic and have a tread pattern in them that is solely for looks and doesn't affect functionality. The overall fit and finish are better than similar looking strollers but still disappointing.

The handlebar on the Chicco Cortina adjusts by rotating the bar on a pivot point.
The handlebar on the Chicco Cortina adjusts by rotating the bar on a pivot point.

The handlebar on the Chicco feels good in the hand and is adjustable. We like the size of this handle, but the tubing flattens out near the end which is a little weird, but it doesn't impact performance.

The various seating options of the Chicco Cortina Together  including the use of 2 Chicco infant car seats.
The various seating options of the Chicco Cortina Together, including the use of 2 Chicco infant car seats.

Twins


The Cortina Together can accept two Chicco infant car seats. This factor alone might make parents think it is a good choice for twins, but the main problem is what happens when babies are out of their car seats. The seat disparity in this tandem stroller is similar to others of its ilk. In short, the differences in features and functionality from one seat to another, to include recline angle, cup holders, leg room and canopy size, mean that children will likely fight over who gets the better seat. This leaves parents making the choice or switching seats every so often as to appear fair. At the end of the day, we think strollers like this are better suited to children of different ages and skill levels so that the choice of who sits where is easier.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team