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Chicco Shuttle Review

Easy to use frame stroller that is thoughtfully designed for those using a Chicco car seat
chicco shuttle stroller and car seat combo review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $120 List
Pros:  Parent tray, compact fold, budget-friendly
Cons:  Limited to Chicco car seats, short lifespan
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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SCORE
  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 30% 9.0
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 8.0
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 8.0
  • Quality - 10% 7.0
  • Maneuverability - 5% 5.0

The Skinny

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.

The Chicco Shuttle was discontinued in 2021.

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Chicco (kee-ko), started by Pietro Catelli in 1958, 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.

Performance Comparison



chicco shuttle stroller and car seat combo review
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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 attach infant car seats.


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.

chicco shuttle stroller and car seat combo review - the chicco keyfit 30 works so well with the shuttle you won't be...
The Chicco Keyfit 30 works so well with the Shuttle you won't be surprised that they are made for each other.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

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

Weight and Folded Size


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


The Shuttle measures 6,360 cubic inches when folded, which is the second smallest, making it a great option if space is limited.

chicco shuttle stroller and car seat combo review - the shuttle has slightly larger wheels with foam filled plastic tires.
The Shuttle has slightly larger wheels with foam filled plastic tires.
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Maneuverability


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.


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.

chicco shuttle stroller and car seat combo review - the parent tray on the shuttle has two cup holders and a zippered...
The parent tray on the Shuttle has two cup holders and a zippered pocket for cell phones and keys.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


This frame stroller is fairly easy to use with above-average performance for the group.


It is impressive that this bare-bones frame stroller performed well in tests for ease of use given that traditionally frame options lack features.

chicco shuttle stroller and car seat combo review - folding the shuttle is easy peasy with the pull of a centrally...
Folding the Shuttle is easy peasy with the pull of a centrally located pull bar.
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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.

chicco shuttle stroller and car seat combo review - the shuttle has two brake pedals that are easy to use, but both must...
The Shuttle has two brake pedals that are easy to use, but both must be set to ensure true stopping power.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


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.

chicco shuttle stroller and car seat combo review
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The Shuttle has a large storage bin that accommodated and carried 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.

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 has 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.

chicco shuttle stroller and car seat combo review
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Shuttle is better quality than most of the other frame strollers we reviewed. 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
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