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Chicco Shuttle Review

Easy to use dedicated to car seat attachment only
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Price:   $120 List | $120 at Amazon
Pros:  Parent tray, compact fold, budget-friendly
Cons:  Limited to Chicco car seats, short lifespan
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  May 4, 2018
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 9
  • Maneuverability - 10% 5
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 6
  • Quality - 5% 7
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 7

The Skinny

The Chicco Shuttle is a high-quality frame stroller with useful features like bin storage and a parent tray with cup holders. We like the covered handlebar, all-wheel suspension, and super quick fold. The car seat carriers fit comfortably inside with little effort, and it is clear they were made with the car seats in mind, unlike other brand frame strollers. While this kind of product has a short lifespan and you can't take it off-road, we think the budget-friendly price makes the drawbacks more than acceptable. We believe this Chicco is the way to go if a frame stroller is what you're yearning for. Plus, when you are ready for your next stroller, you'll have a better idea of what you need and want from real experience instead of guessing.


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Pros Parent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlySuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy Chicco attachment, lighterEasy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons Limited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsDual action brakes, harder to push and turnBulky fold, harder to use, expensiveSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Easy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleStylish stroller with easy car seat attachmentCompact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Ratings Categories Chicco Shuttle Doona Combo KeyFit Caddy Bugaboo Bee3 Combo B-Free Combo
Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (35%)
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Specs Chicco Shuttle Doona Combo KeyFit Caddy Bugaboo Bee3 Combo B-Free Combo
Weight 15 lbs 16.8 lbs 11.7 lbs 15.3 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 18"W x 16.8"H x 36"L 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat. Minimum: Birth Maximum: 35 lbs/32" Minimum: Birth Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat. Minimum: Birth Maximum: 37.5 lbs Minimum: Birth Maximum: 65 lbs/45"

Our Analysis and Test Results


The Chicco (kee-ko), started by Enrico Catelli, has become one of the largest baby gear brands in Europe and America. Chicco is part of the larger Artsana Group which makes medical supplies as well as products for babies. Chicco and designs and makes products for little ones before birth to preschool children. Chicco gear is sold in over 120 countries worldwide.

Performance Comparison


The Chicco Shuttle (in blue) proves there is still a place for a great frame stroller in the baby gear lineup of some families.


The performance of this frame stroller compared to other options is detailed below.

The Chicco car seats easily fit inside of the designated carrier space and click onto the front frame bar with ease.
The Chicco car seats easily fit inside of the designated carrier space and click onto the front frame bar with ease.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The Chicco Shuttle frame stroller works with the Chicco Keyfit 30, Chicco Keyfit, and the Chicco Fit2. This frame stroller works as is without additional adapters and is so easy to use it earned a 9 of 10 for ease of car seat attachment.


We tested this stroller with the Keyfit 30. The carrier drops into place with nothing in the way and attaches easily to the front bar with an audible click.

The Chicco Keyfit 30 works so well with the Shuttle you won't be surprised that they are made for each other.
The Chicco Keyfit 30 works so well with the Shuttle you won't be surprised that they are made for each other.

It is easy to install and remove and feels stable in the frame. We don't believe it is possible to install it incorrectly as long as you follow directions.

The Shuttle is the second smallest folded stroller in the review making it a good choice for parents with limited space.
The Shuttle is the second smallest folded stroller in the review making it a good choice for parents with limited space.

Weight and Folded Size


This Chicco frame stroller is not as light as the Chicco Keyfit Caddy which is kind of a bummer because at 15 lbs it is on the heavy side for this kind of product.


The Shuttle earned an 8 of 10 for weight and folded size thanks to the heavier weight. Folded it measures 6,360 cubic inches, which is the second smallest making it a great option if space is limited.

The Shuttle has slightly larger wheels with foam filled plastic tires.
The Shuttle has slightly larger wheels with foam filled plastic tires.

Maneuverability


Most frame strollers are difficult to push and move and are really designed for moving on flat surfaces only, but the Shuttle managed to surprise with a higher than average score for maneuverability compared to the other frame options of 5 of 10.


With single front wheels and less frame flex, the Shuttle was easier to push than its counterparts. While it can't compete with the jogging style strollers and their larger rubber tires, it is similar enough to some of the full-size stroller that we think most parents will be pleased with its abilities to roll and turn. Luckily, when babies are small it is best to stick to flat and paved surfaces.

The parent tray on the Shuttle has two cup holders and a zippered pocket for cell phones and keys.
The parent tray on the Shuttle has two cup holders and a zippered pocket for cell phones and keys.

Ease of Use


This frame stroller is fairly easy to use with a score of 6 of 10, it is above average for the group and only one point below the high score.


This is fairly impressive that this bare-bones frame stroller performed well in tests for ease of use given that frame strollers traditionally are so simplistic that they lack features.

Folding the Shuttle is easy peasy with the pull of a centrally located pull bar.
Folding the Shuttle is easy peasy with the pull of a centrally located pull bar.

Fold and Unfold


The Shuttle fold simply by pulling up on the crossbar in the center of the stroller. This can be done with one hand and there is no fold lock. This stroller self-stands and has a carry handle both of which are nice for on the go stroller folding and transport.

The Shuttle has two brake pedals that are easy to use  but both must be set to ensure true stopping power.
The Shuttle has two brake pedals that are easy to use, but both must be set to ensure true stopping power.

Brakes


The Shuttle has easy to use brakes that click in place every time. However, you do need to press both pedals to fully set the brakes and we worry parents will skip this. On the upside, they are friendly to sandaled feet.


Storage


The Shuttle has a large storage bin that fit our extra large diaper bag. The bin holds up to 20 lbs and is relatively easy to access, though easier without the car seat in place.

Sunshade


There is no sunshade on this frame stroller. However, no frame stroller in this review comes with a canopy.

Ease of Setup


The Shuttle earned a 7 of 0 for setup with average directions and no tools required. However, we do worry that anyone with limited finger strength or dexterity may have trouble placing the cotter key for the rear wheels. It took us 7:45 minutes to assemble this stroller.


Quality


The Shuttle earned a 7 of 10 for quality which is a significant bump up from the Chicco Keyfit Caddy it replaces that only earned a 3. For a frame stroller, this Chicco option is really very nice.


This stroller has above average sized foam filled plastic wheels. The Shuttle has a simple design where everything comes together nicely and although there is more flex than necessary it still feels solid and well-made. We like the easy to clean rubber handle cover and the all-wheel suspension, something not commonly found on this kind of product.


Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz