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Chicco Bravo LE Combo Review

Difficult to push and turn heavy option with only average ease of car seat attachment
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Price:   $250 List | $250 at Amazon
Pros:  Parent console, can use stroller canopy with car seat
Cons:  Heavier, poor maneuverability
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 5
  • Maneuverability - 10% 3
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 7
  • Quality - 5% 5
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 5

The Skinny

The Chicco Bravo LE standard stroller did not score high enough overall in our tests to be a real contender for a car seat and stroller combination. While the stroller is made to work with the Keyfit infant car seats, the attachment is a little harder because the canopy blocks the attachment, giving it the feel of being an afterthought, not a thoughtful design. The Bravo has a large storage bin, a good size canopy, and other storage options, but none were that impressive during testing, and we would have gladly sacrificed some of them for a stroller that was easier to push.


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Pros Parent console, can use stroller canopy with car seatSuper 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 Heavier, poor maneuverabilityLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Difficult to push and turn heavy option with only average ease of car seat attachmentBest 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 Bravo LE... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
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Specs Chicco Bravo LE... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 23.9 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 22"W x 13.6"H x 37.6"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: Birth

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, Fit2
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
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 None Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes n/a Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 37.1"/42.2" 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 32"/44.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Large n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories None Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None None
Setup Time 9:45 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Chicco (kee-ko) company, part of the Artsana Group and one of the largest baby brands in Europe, offers a variety of baby-centric products including items for strolling, car travel, food preparation and more. Enrico Catelli founded Chicco, and their products are sold all over the world in more than 120 countries. Chicco designs gear for children in the womb up to preschool ages.

Performance Comparison



The CHicco Bravo LE Combo only works with Chicco brand infant car seats.
The CHicco Bravo LE Combo only works with Chicco brand infant car seats.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The Bravo is slightly above average for car seat attachment; it is not that impressive for a product that should work great with its native seat. The Bravo is compatible with the Chicco Keyfit and the Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat. The Chicco Keyfit 30 is the only carrier we tested with the Bravo.

You can install the Keyfit 30 on the Bravo frame with or without the canopy attached.
You can install the Keyfit 30 on the Bravo frame with or without the canopy attached.

The Keyfit 30 installs without the seat and canopy as shown on the Chicco Website, or it can be installed using the seat and canopy attached as described in the Bravo manual. We tested it with the seat and canopy in place. However, this method is slightly more complicated because the canopy creates a barrier.

To ensure a connection is tight and secure, we had to juggle the carrier under and up to push the canopy out of the way. The foot of the car seat will get in the way of the canopy; removing the seat and canopy will prevent this and lower the weight. But, if you remove the canopy and seat, you will only have the car seat canopy for protection. You will need to apply pressure to the carrier to ensure a full attachment with both methods, and we suggest giving the carrier handle a good tug to check the connection.

The canopy and toddler seat can be removed from the Bravo to make car seat attachment easier without any obstructions.
You can remove the toddler seat from the Bravo and keep the canopy to work in conjunction with the canopy on the car seat carrier to create a cocoon to protect baby from the elements.
The photos show the Bravo with the canopy removed from the frame (above left) and the canopy still attached to the frame to work in conjunction with the car seat canopy (above right).

The Bravo is 23.9 pounds and 11 250 cubic inches.
The Bravo is 23.9 pounds and 11,250 cubic inches.

Weight and Folded Size


The Bravo is neither light nor small. We think this metric is essential as new mothers may be unable to lift more than a certain weight. The Chicco Bravo weighs 23.9 lbs, making it one of the heaviest in the group. The folded Bravo is also one of the largest in the group at 11,250 cubic inches. This larger size makes it tougher to transport, lift, carry, or fit in a trunk. No matter what type of stroller you want, there is a smaller and lighter option than the Bravo.

The plastic wheels on the Chicco Bravo LE are partly to blame for the difficulty we had pushing it.
The plastic wheels on the Chicco Bravo LE are partly to blame for the difficulty we had pushing it.

Maneuverability


The Bravo earned the lowest score in the group for maneuverability. This stroller is hard to push and turn. It manages smaller spaces okay, but it is slow going and won't be a quick mover should you need to get out of someone's way. It requires two hands to push, struggles on rougher terrain and didn't turn well on grass and gravel. It wouldn't go over most bumps or the grate in our course.

The wheels are foam filled plastic and don't maneuver as nicely as rubber and aren't comfortable for passengers moving over bumpy ground. The four-wheel shocks might help negate some of the sting.

The handlebar on the Chicco adjusts by rotating on side pivot points up and down.
The handlebar on the Chicco adjusts by rotating on side pivot points up and down.

The adjustable handlebar is a smaller foam covered bar that isn't as comfortable as most of the competition. No matter where we positioned the handlebar, some of our taller testers continually kicked the back of the stroller.

The Bravo has a large storage bin  but only 10 pounds of maximum storage allowance.
The Bravo has a large storage bin, but only 10 pounds of maximum storage allowance.

Ease of Use


This Chicco is fairly easy to use. This score is the highest ease of use score in this review.

Fold and Unfold


Folding the Bravo is very easy with one hand, two steps and it self-stands. This stroller doesn't have a locking mechanism, but it has a carry handle. The handlebar will get worn and dirty using the self-stand, but it rolls when folded. The unfolding process requires two hands and is a little awkward at first, but after a few tries, it gets easier.

The brakes on the Chicco are easy to set  but more difficult to release.
The brakes on the Chicco are easy to set, but more difficult to release.

Brakes


The brakes are double-action, which means you have to depress the brake pedal on both sides to set. We worry parents may potentially set one and skip the other. The pedals are easy to use, but we had trouble getting them set every time (see below).

Potential Brake Safety Issue
During our tests, the cogs of the brake skipped across the wheel without engaging. We thought the brakes engaged because we heard the click and felt the pedal shift down, but they weren't, and the stroller started rolling with little effort, which is a safety concern and something parents should be aware of.

The canopy on the Bravo is fairly large and works well with the Keyfit 30 car seat. However  it does cause somewhat of an obstruction when installing the seat increasing the difficulty of attachment.
The canopy on the Bravo is fairly large and works well with the Keyfit 30 car seat. However, it does cause somewhat of an obstruction when installing the seat increasing the difficulty of attachment.

Sunshade


The canopy on the Bravo is large and rated at 50+UPF. The canopy features added ventilation and a mesh peek-a-boo window that is on the smaller side, though still useful.

Storage


The Bravo has a big storage bin that fit our extra-large diaper bag. It has easy access from the rear, which decreases when the toddler seat reclines for use with the infant carrier. The maximum allowable weight is 10 lbs, which is average for the group.

The zippered pocket on the Bravo parent console is so small it holds almost nothing.
The zippered pocket on the Bravo parent console is so small it holds almost nothing.

The Bravo has a parent console with two shallow cup holders and a zippered pocket. This area has a weight limit of 3 lbs, the cup holders aren't the best at holding cups, and the zippered pocket is only large enough for lip gloss.

The child's tray on the Bravo is nice touch not all of the strollers have.
The child's tray on the Bravo is nice touch not all of the strollers have.

This Chicco also comes with a child's tray with 2 cup holders and a depressed area in the middle good for snacks. The tray is essential to car seat installation, so it isn't useful when the carrier attaches to the seat.

The Bravo is harder to set up than much of the competition.
The Bravo is harder to set up than much of the competition.

Ease of Setup


The Bravo took 9:45 minutes to assemble and has an average manual. The Bravo doesn't have a lot of parts, but the illustrations and descriptions are so simplistic they are challenging to understand. The rear wheels require the use of a washer that is tough to add, and the manual doesn't offer instructions on how to assemble the canopy. The pictures in the manual show the canopy already attached, but it did not come that way in our box.

The Bravo scored below average in our tests for quality.
The Bravo scored below average in our tests for quality.

Quality


The Bravo is unimpressive when it comes to quality. This stroller has a clean looking frame, but it has considerable flex when pushing. Ours was easy to scratch and ding and after just a few days of testing had a significant scratch. The storage bin is a thinner material with strips of mesh running down the sides. The canopy is a sturdy canvas with a loosely woven mesh we couldn't snag. The fabric fits the frame well without creating a rumpled or tight appearance. The design and the materials of the wheels are also unimpressive, with old-style bushings and press on hubcap.

The peek-a-boo window on the Bravo canopy is on the small side.
The peek-a-boo window on the Bravo canopy is on the small side.

We were disappointed with the overall fit and finish of this product. With flimsy feeling fabric, flexing frame, and plastic wheels, it didn't offer much that stood out in comparison to the other options in this review.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team