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Chicco Activ3 Air Combo Review

Works well with Chicco car seat, but struggles in all other metrics
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Price:   $300 List | $300 at Amazon
Pros:  Potential for jogging, easy carrier connection
Cons:  Works only with Chicco brand, poor maneuverability and quality
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 4
  • Maneuverability - 10% 6
  • Safety - 10% 2
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 6
  • Quality - 5% 6
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 5

The Skinny

The Chicco Activ3 Air is a full-size stroller that works with some Chicco brand infant car seats. While the connection was easy and straightforward in our tests, and we are fans of most Chicco brand infant car seats, the Activ3 is not a top-performing jogger or even good choice for a full-size option. Its performance in other categories and the combo review make it a stroller we don't recommend for any use.


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Pros Potential for jogging, easy carrier connectionSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons Works only with Chicco brand, poor maneuverability and qualityLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Works well with Chicco car seat, but struggles in all other metricsBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresEasy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleCompact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Rating Categories Chicco Activ3 Air... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
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Specs Chicco Activ3 Air... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 27.1 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 25.3"W x 15.2"H x 37"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Walk Only
With infant car seat: birth - 6mo.
Stroller seat: 6mo. - 12mo.
Jogging
12mo. - 5y
Maximum: 50 lbs
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes n/a Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 40"/44.6" 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 32"/44.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Medium n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories None Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None None
Setup Time 10:31 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

Our Analysis and Test Results

Enrico Catelli began the Chicco (kee-ko) company in Europe and has since become one of the most popular juvenile product brands in the world with sales in over 120 countries. Chicco is now part of the Artsana Group.

Performance Comparison


The Chicco Active 3 Air is a jogging style stroller that works with Chicco brand infant car seats.
The Chicco Active 3 Air is a jogging style stroller that works with Chicco brand infant car seats.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The Activ3 Air is relatively easy when it comes to attaching an infant car seat with incorporated compatibility and no adapters required. This stroller works with the Chicco Keyfit seats and the Chicco Fit 2, both of which are award winners from our infant car seat review. We tested our stroller with the Chicco Keyfit 30.

The canopy on the Activ3 can be used in conjunction with a car seat carrier.
The canopy on the Activ3 can be used in conjunction with a car seat carrier.
The carrier clicks in place easily after you tuck the seat under the canopy. It is also easy to remove and feels very stable once connected. We didn't experience any false installations during testing, and each tug of the handle revealed a snug and secure fit. The carrier rests inside the toddler seat and clicks onto the snack tray. The stroller canopy works in harmony with the carrier.

The Activ3 self-stands which can be good for storage  but this fold is larger with the front wheel protruding from the bulk of the stroller unless you want to follow more steps for a compact fold.
The Activ3 self-stands which can be good for storage, but this fold is larger with the front wheel protruding from the bulk of the stroller unless you want to follow more steps for a compact fold.

Weight and Folded Size


The Activ3 Air is heavy and large. With a weight of 27.1 lbs, it is one of the heaviest in this review, even heavier than the other joggers. It measures 14,229 cubic inches when folded, which is smaller for a jogger but more substantial than most of the combos we tested, including full-size options. The Activ3 could be harder to fit in some cars, making it a poor choice for car seat use.

The front wheel on the Activ3 looks like it should be easy to push and turn with a jogger design.
The front wheel on the Activ3 looks like it should be easy to push and turn with a jogger design.

Maneuverability


The Activ3 Air is a jogging stroller with rubber tires and a three-wheel design that should improve maneuverability. However, it failed to meet expectations given that joggers are designed with movement in mind. The swivel wheel helps it turn and negotiate indoor and narrow spaces. It moves okay on flat surfaces, but it feels clunkier than a jogger should. The rubber tires help it move easier over grass and gravel, but it isn't as smooth as similar designs.

The Activ3 has a swivel front wheel you can lock in place via the handlebar as opposed to at the wheel.
The Activ3 has a swivel front wheel you can lock in place via the handlebar as opposed to at the wheel.

The front swivel wheel locks in place for pushing over uneven surfaces and running. And unlike other joggers, it locks on the handlebar (above) instead of by the wheel. Locking the wheel helps, but it still isn't as smooth as the competing joggers.

The parent console on the Activ3 is canvas and sort of frumpy with shallow cup holders and somewhat useless center storage compartment.
The parent console on the Activ3 is canvas and sort of frumpy with shallow cup holders and somewhat useless center storage compartment.

Ease of Use


The Activ3 Air easy enough to use.

The Activ3 folds with a button push and a twist of the handle to initiate.
The Activ3 folds with a button push and a twist of the handle to initiate.

Fold and Unfold


This stroller has a one-hand fold with an auto-lock mechanism and self-stand ability. The process is easy and includes a button push and twist of the handle. It can take anywhere between 5-11 steps depending on how compact you need it to be. Unfolding is very easy and takes five steps to finish.

The single action parking brake on the Activ3 is operated with an adjustment on the handlebar.
The single action parking brake on the Activ3 is operated with an adjustment on the handlebar.

Brakes


The single-action brakes on the Activ3 is a unique parking handbrake. It is somewhat convoluted, but once you know how it operates, it isn't difficult. The lack of pedal means there are no concerns about sandaled or bare feet.

The storage bin on the Activ3 is triangular and smaller with a 10 lb weight limit.
The storage bin on the Activ3 is triangular and smaller with a 10 lb weight limit.

Storage


This stroller has under-seat storage, parent console, and child tray. The child tray is covered when you attach the car seat, so the bin and console are the only available storage. The basket is medium with a 10 lb weight limit. It has easy access from all sides. The parent console has two shallow cup holders and a small center storage tray.

The sunshade on the Activ3 has a vinyl peek-a-boo window that works well unless you open the canopy all the way and then it moves too far forward to see inside.
The sunshade on the Activ3 has a vinyl peek-a-boo window that works well unless you open the canopy all the way and then it moves too far forward to see inside.

Sunshade


The Activ3 has a large size canopy with a small, vinyl peek-a-boo window. You can use this window to spy on your baby when using the shade with a car seat carrier. If you rotate the shade too far forward, the window will be poorly placed and harder to use.

Ease of Setup



The Activ3 Air took 10:31 minutes to assemble, which is more challenging than about half the competition. It has more parts to assemble than most with a front-wheel mount, all-wheel attachment and the canopy and bumper bar to attach. The manual is multi-language, and it takes more time than it should to find the right assembly instructions.

The Activ3 is not the highest quality in the group but on par with most Chicco products.
The Activ3 is not the highest quality in the group but on par with most Chicco products.

Quality


The Activ3 Air earns a 6 of 10 for quality with a busy frame and cluttered appearance. This seat has Chicco specialized breathable fabric which feels like plastic "ribs" that aren't skin-friendly and collect a lot of gunk and dirt easily. Our fabric snagged easily during testing and didn't feel durable. The Ativ3 frame feels sturdy with more flex in the adjustable handlebar than other Chicco options. The stroller has above-average wheels with foam-filled rubber tires suitable for a jogger and average suspension. The handlebar has a foam cover and feels good to hold. The seat is hard and unforgiving, unlike sling-style seats without hard bottoms.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team