The Chicco Shuttle is a high-quality frame stroller with useful features like 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 it was made with the car seats in mind, unlike other 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 and you can likely sell the Shuttle for close to the purchase price without much effort.
Chicco Shuttle Review
Pros: Parent tray, compact fold, budget-friendly
Cons: Limited to Chicco car seats, short lifespan
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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 gear is sold in over 120 countries worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
Weight and Folded Size
This Chicco frame stroller is not as light as the Chicco Keyfit Caddy which is 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.
Most frame strollers are difficult to push and move with a design for moving on flat surfaces only, but the Shuttle managed to surprise with a higher than average score for maneuverability of 5 of 10.
With single front wheels and less frame flex, the Shuttle is more comfortable 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 strollers 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.
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.
It is impressive that this bare-bones frame stroller performed well in tests for ease of use given that traditionally frame options lack features.
Fold and Unfold
The Shuttle folds simply by pulling up on the crossbar in the center of the stroller. It can occur with one hand, and there is no fold lock. This stroller self-stands and has a carry handle, which is nice for on the go folding and transport.
The Shuttle has easy to use double action brakes that click in place every time. You need to press both pedals to set the brakes fully, and we worry parents will skip this, but they are friendly to sandaled feet.
The Shuttle has a large storage bin that fit our extra large diaper bag. The basket holds up to 20 lbs and is relatively easy to access, though easier without the car seat in place.
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 10 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 the Shuttle.
The Shuttle earned a 7 of 10 for quality which is a significant bump up from the Chicco Keyfit Caddy that only earned a 3. For a frame stroller, this Chicco option is 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