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.
Chicco Cortina Together Review
Pros: Accepts two car seats, versatile seating
Cons: Length makes it harder to navigate indoors, disparity between seating features
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Chicco Cortina Together
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|Pros||Accepts two car seats, versatile seating||Super easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging stroller||Variety of seating, 2 car seats, smaller, covered storage||Accepts two car seats, great storage, quality materials||Easy to maneuver, easy to use features, comfortable, jogger|
|Cons||Length makes it harder to navigate indoors, disparity between seating features||Bulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seat||Heavy, convoluted harness/buckle||Heavy and harder to lift, higher price||Heavier and awkward to fold and lift, strap in car seat installation|
|Bottom Line||Heavy inline option that is frustrating to move and turn||An ultimate side-by-side double stroller serving double duty as a jogger for older babies||Quality option with covered storage and nimble maneuverability that accepts 2 car seats||Versatile seating stroller that grows with your family and is easy to maneuver||Awesome 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%)|
|Weight Folded Size (15%)|
|Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (5%)|
|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
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Aton Basic CBX, Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5, Aton M, Aton M i-Size, Aton Q, Cloud Q
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico AP 2.0, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus, Rock i-Size
Pipa, Pipa Lite
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico Max 30, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
|Strap-In Car Seat Adapters||None||"BOB
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Unity, Unity Neos
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
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|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||39.6"/44.4"||30.9"/45.1"||37.6"/43.5||39.5"/42.5||33.4"/49.9"|
|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.
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.
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 brakes are single action and average for ease of setting and releasing. They are sandal or barefoot friendly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team