The Chicco Liteway is a heavy umbrella stroller with a classic umbrella fold. It has the lowest weight and folded size score, which significantly hurt its overall score and rank. In short, the Chicco is a disappointing stroller that looks good on paper but fails in comparison with similar products. The Chicco feels like a good buy with a lower list price, but some of the similarly priced competition would be better options with higher overall scores. However, the Chicco did manage respectable results for maneuverability and ease of use, both of which are important for an umbrella product, but more commonly found in other stroller styles. These results make the Liteway a possible option for those who value ease of use and pushing over lightweight and have a limited budget with little wiggle room.Editor's Note: This product review was updated on December 16th, 2021. We now provide information on what we would recommend and a more detailed comparison between products.
Chicco Liteway Review
Pros: Very nappable
Cons: Heavy and large, harder to transport
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|Pros||Very nappable||Reasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller fold||Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its own||Inexpensive, easy to use||Inexpensive, hands only fold|
|Cons||Heavy and large, harder to transport||Brake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-road||Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted fold||Poor quality, harder to maneuver||Poor sun protection, wobbly wheels|
|Bottom Line||Average stroller that is harder to carry, stow, and push on rough surfaces||A high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-road||Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrain||The cheapest option with disappointing functionality||Difficult to navigate stroller that is lightweight and budget friendly, but lower quality|
|Rating Categories||Chicco Liteway||Zoe Traveler||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||Summer Infant 3D lite|
|Weight Folded Size (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Chicco Liteway||Zoe Traveler||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||Summer Infant 3D lite|
|Weight||17.2 lbs||12 lbs||11.8 lbs||12.6 lbs||13.1 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||14.9"W x 10.5"H x 46"L||17.5"W x 23"H x 13"L||13.3"W x 10.8"H x 42.5"L||18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L||13.9"W x 10"H x 42.6"L|
|Folded Volume||7,197 cu in||5,233 cu in||6,105 cu in||7,551 cu in||5,921 cu in|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 40 lbs/43"
|Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
|Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 50 lbs
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||None||None||None||None||None|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||41"||40.5"||42.3"||38.9"||43"|
|Setup Time||5-10 Min||2-5 Min||2-5 Min||5-10 Min||5-10 Min|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Chicco is the largest baby brand in Europe as part of the Artsana Group, which is a holistic lifestyle company with products for everything from baby feeding to cosmetics and medical supplies. Founded by Enrico Catelli, Chicco (kee-ko) develops juvenile products for pregnancy up to preschool and is sold in over 120 countries.
Weight and Folded Size
With a weight of 17.9 lbs, the Liteway is a heavier lightweight stroller with few in this review weighing more. This stroller folds to 7,196.70 cubic inches making it one of the heaviest and largest in the group.
Ease of Use
While the Liteway is one of the easier options to use, although none of the competition is truly easy to use, so the results are less impressive.
Fold and Unfold
The Liteway has a typical umbrella fold that works with one hand. It has an automatic lock, but it doesn't self-stand so it needs to be held upright or stored somewhere with enough length to accommodate it. The Summer Infant 3D Lite has the same fold style, but we aren't huge fans.
The Liteway has double action brakes that are easy to release and sandal foot-friendly, but a little harder to set with a stiff pedal that requires a lot of pressure. We also worry that parents won't take the time to set both brakes before letting go of the stroller.
The storage bin on the Liteway has a weight allowance of 6.6 lbs and we fit our medium-sized diaper bag inside. It is easy to access unless you want to use the bin with the seat reclined. It also has a removable parent cup holder.
The Liteway canopy is medium and doesn't state its UV protection. It lacks a peek-a-boo window and isn't large enough to offer the best protection from sunlight, but it is easy to open and close.
The Chicco has a 5-point harness with a two-piece buckle. You have to remove the shoulder padding to adjust the straps, and the rethread includes unhooking the shoulder straps from the lap strap and threading through the appropriate height slot on the seatback.
The Liteway seat reclines almost flat, but it has an audible click at each level that might wake some children. It has a padded adjustable footrest with a strange adjustment because there is a piece that holds the leg rest and a separate lever to lock it in place with yet another button to release it. All of the adjustments are easy to use and in the same place, but it feels convoluted.
Ease of Setup
The Chicco took us 5:16 to assemble with no tools and an average manual.
While this stroller is easy enough to push and turn, it struggles when you take it off the road hurting its test results for maneuverability. Even with the locking swivel wheels, this stroller is hard to push and difficult to turn when you head out on grass and gravel, making it a poor choice for switching terrains at a park.
The Liteway has average quality and is a reflection of the materials and construction used to make the Liteway. With exposed connection points, rivets, and uneven stitching, it fails to excel or truly shine.
Should You Buy the Chicco Liteway?
The Chicco Liteway is not particularly small or lightweight when compared to options like the BabyZen Yoyo2, but it does have better ease of use features than many options in this price range, and it may offer a more comfortable seat for little ones. It is the best quality stroller you will find in this price range, and if you don't mind having a larger and heavier package, it may be a good choice for families who plan to use it more frequently. However, the heavy weight of the stroller really hurts its overall score, and almost defeats the purpose of having a "lightweight stroller."
What Other Umbrella Strollers Should You Consider?
Many of the umbrella strollers in this $100 price range have similar features to the Chicco, but very few of them stand out among the competition. A similar but lighter option is the Summer Infant 3D lite. If you are willing to spend a bit more on a quality product, the UPPAbaby G-Lite is our recommendation. It folds like a traditional umbrella stroller, but is easier to use, and is over 5lbs lighter.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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