Chicco Liteway ReviewPrice: $140.00 List | $159.99 at Amazon
Pros: Very nappable
Cons: Heavy and large, harder to transport
Bottom line: Average stroller that is harder to carry, stow, and push on rough surfaces
Folded Dimensions: 14.9"W x 10.5"H x 46"L
Capacity Limits: Minimum: Birth, Maximum: 40 lbs/43"
The Chicco Liteway is a heavy umbrella stroller with a classic umbrella fold. It has the lowest score for weight and folded size, which significantly hurt its overall score and rank. In short, the Chicco is a disappointing stroller that looks good on paper but failed in comparison with similar products. With a list price of $140, the Chicco feels like a good buy, but the similarly priced Inglesina Net or UPPAbaby G-Lite would both be a better option with higher overall scores by 12 points. However, the Chicco did manage respectable scores for maneuverability and ease of use, both of which are important for an umbrella product. This makes the Liteway a possible option for those who value ease of use and pushing over being lightweight, and who have a limited budget that can't be altered.
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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, the Chicco (kee-ko) brand has created baby products that support baby from pregnancy to preschool and are available in more than 120 countries.
The chart below shows how the Liteway compared to the rest of the competition in this umbrella stroller review. The Liteway is shown in blue.
The sections below offer insight into the test result details that led to the rank and an overall score of the Chicco.
Weight and Folded Size
The Liteway scored poorly with only a 3 out of a possible 10 for weight and folded size. The Liteway weighs 17.19 lbs and has a folded size of 7,196.70 cubic inches making it the fourth heaviest and largest option in the group. The UPPAbaby G-Lite is only 11.75 lbs, almost a 5 lbs lighter, which can make a big difference when you have to carry it.
Ease of Use
The Liteway earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use, which may not seem super high but is the second highest score in the metric. This is an important category that can make or break your desire to use a stroller regularly.
Fold and Unfold
The Liteway has a typical umbrella collapsing fold that can be done with one hand. It has an automatic lock, but it doesn't self-stand so it needs to be held or stored somewhere with enough length to accommodate it.
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.
The Liteway storage bin fit our medium sized diaper bag and accepts up to 6.6 lbs of supplies. it is easy to access unless you want to use the bin while the seat is reclined and baby is napping. It also has a removable parent cup holder that is easy to use.
The Liteway canopy is medium in size and doesn't state its UV protection. It lacks a peek-a-boo window and isn't truly large enough to cover 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 easily, and the rethread consists of unhooking the shoulder straps from the lap strap and threading through the appropriate height on the seat back.
The Liteway seat reclines almost flat, but it has an audible click that could wake some children when moved. It has a padded adjustable footrest that is very useable. It does have 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 like a lot of effort.
Important note about umbrella strollers. We do not recommend using these with infants who are younger than 6 months. This style of stroller is not designed for true suitability for those under 6 months, with features that offer the bare minimum support at best. Younger babies do not yet have the needed the head and neck control required to avoid potential injury from rolling over uneven surfaces. If you plan to use your stroller with an infant, we suggest choosing a product that works with an approved infant car seat carrier attached (see comparison chart). In addition, you should secure baby in the seat with a properly fitted harness, and check on them regularly as you stroll to ensure they stay contained in the harness straps.
Ease of Setup
The Chicco took us 5:16 to assemble with no tools and an average manual.
The Liteway earned a 5 of 10 for maneuverability. While this stroller is easy enough to push and turn and it manages well on flat surfaces, it struggles when you take it off road. 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. It also struggled with curbs earning the lowest score in the group for this test.
The Liteway earned a 6 of 10 for quality. The average score 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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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