The Chicco Keyfit Caddy is a great frame stroller, does what it should do, and does it well. The Caddy is lightweight, folds flat, self-stands, auto-locks, and rolls while folded. The Chicco compatible car seats attach easily and securely without false connections or any interference. It has a storage bin with a 10 lb weight limit, a parent console, and suspension on all four wheels. While it can't hold its own with the standard strollers for maneuverability or features, as a frame stroller it isn't expected to. This product gets the job done at an inexpensive price, without the features and frills that only add weight and muddy the waters of a simple no-nonsense car seat compatible stroller.
Chicco KeyFit Caddy Review
Pros: Easy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact fold
Cons: Dual action brakes, harder to push and turn
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|Pros||Easy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact fold||Super easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turn||Parent tray, compact fold, budget-friendly||Easy Chicco attachment, lighter||Easy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver|
|Cons||Dual action brakes, harder to push and turn||Limited lifespan of 6-9 months||Limited to Chicco car seats, short lifespan||Bulky fold, harder to use, expensive||Smaller storage, small front wheel|
|Bottom Line||Best frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent console||Best for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventures||Easy to use dedicated to car seat attachment only||Stylish stroller with easy car seat attachment||Compact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn|
|Rating Categories||Chicco KeyFit Caddy||Doona Combo||Chicco Shuttle||Bugaboo Bee3 Combo||Britax B-Free Combo|
|Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (35%)|
|Weight Folded Size (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (5%)|
|Ease Of Set Up (5%)|
|Specs||Chicco KeyFit Caddy||Doona Combo||Chicco Shuttle||Bugaboo Bee3 Combo||Britax B-Free Combo|
|Weight||11.7 lbs||16.8 lbs||15 lbs||15.3 lbs||22.6 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L||18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L||20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L||18"W x 16.8"H x 36"L||24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Birth
Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Maximum: 37.5 lbs
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
|None||Britax All Britax Seats|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Aton 2, Aton Q
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Prezi
|Britax All Britax Seats|
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||36"/42"||32.5"/39"||42"||34.5"/42"||32"/44.5"|
|Storage Basket Size||Large||n/a||Large||Medium||Medium|
|Included Accessories||None||Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One||None||Rain Cover||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The new Caddy (below left) has a larger parent console than the older version (below right). This frame stroller is compatible with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Chicco Fit2. It still has the same list price and remains identical to the original version.
Hands on Review
Chicco (kee-ko), one of the largest baby-centric brands in Europe, is part of the Artsana Group, a lifestyle company. Chicco was started by Enrico Catelli and creates baby gear for children starting before birth up to preschool age. Their products are sold in more than 120 countries.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The Caddy works well with the Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat.
The Caddy is compatible with the Keyfit infant car seats by Chicco; we tested with the Chicco Keyfit 30, an award-winning seat.
This frame requires no part removal, and there are no adapters which saves money and decreases what you need to manage. The attachment of the carrier is simple and requires resting the seat on the frame and pressing down gently to ensure connection. It is super easy, cannot be done wrong, and we never thought it was connected when it wasn't.
Weight and Folded Size
The Caddy is ultra-light and relatively small when folded. Frame strollers are traditionally designed to be lightweight and easy to transport, and the Caddy is no exception.
The Caddy frame weighs 11.7 lbs. The Caddy measures at 7,628 cubic inches when folded, so it is relatively small and flat. It might even fit behind the seat in some cars.
One of the only metrics where the Caddy doesn't perform well is maneuverability. The lower score isn't a big surprise as it is up against jogging strollers with large rubber tires.
The frame flexes enough that it impacts the ability to push the stroller because the front wheels rise slightly off the ground, but it is nicer than some of the frame competition. This product's design is primarily for flat and hard surfaces, and it has trouble with grass and gravel. You don't want to take it off-road unless it is absolutely necessary.
The wheels are foam filled plastic and have the dual front wheel design that can get hung up on items that cause the stroller to stop or veer off. The wheels feel sturdy and spin without resistance, but plastic is plastic and can't compare to rubber. The Caddy has all-wheel suspension, which is a nice perk, but we aren't sure it is enough to make up for the smaller plastic wheels.
The handlebar is covered in a rough feeling rubber and is adjustable on a pivot point. The rubber is difficult to clean and looks like it will gather gunk easily. The bar itself is flat and isn't the nicest to hold, but it will probably wear well over time thanks to the covering.
Ease of Use
The Caddy scores are higher for ease of use than several of the standard strollers that offer more features.
The Caddy struggles with ease of use because, by design, it is missing some key components that encompass this metric, like a canopy.
Fold and Unfold
The Caddy folds with one hand and two steps. The process is easy and only requires the removal of the car seat. It self-stands, auto-locks, and has a carry strap that makes it easy to transport, carry, and store. It also rolls when folded and you do not need to bend to fold it. Unfolding is a one-hand operation and requires pressing the release button then lifting and shaking until it clicks open.
The Caddy has double action brakes that require the depression of two pedals instead of one to engage the brakes. We worry some parents will forget or skip the second pedal, and this could result in potential accidents. However, the brakes are easy to set and somewhat harder to release, and sandal-friendly.
The Chicco Caddy has a large storage bin that held our extra-large diaper bag with access from the front and back. Because the car seat fits over the top of the basket, it is easier to put your items in before attaching the seat and then only removing what you need from the basket a little at a time. The maximum allowable weight is 10 lbs.
The parent console holds three more pounds, but the shallow cup holders and the tiny tray won't hold much. We don't recommend parents use the cup holders as most of the items we tested fell out while strolling.
There is no canopy on the Caddy, so you need to rely on the car seat canopy.
Ease of Setup
The Caddy set up isn't particularly challenging taking 8:23 minutes from start to finish.
The Caddy quality leaves much to be desired, but for a lower-priced option with a short lifespan, it is arguably good enough for what it is.
The Caddy doesn't have any fabric components besides the storage bin. The basket is a combination of finely woven canvas for the lower parts and mesh material for the top. The materials seem sturdy enough for the limited lifespan, and we weren't able to snag anything during testing.
The frame is metal with plastic components, and while the parts appear nice enough, there is a general flex and rickety feeling to the frame. Because there are plastic parts that don't come together well and the fabric on the basket has some loose threads, the overall fit and finish aren't impressive.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team