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Chicco Liteway Review

Average stroller that is harder to carry, stow, and push on rough surfaces
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Price:   $100 List | $100 at Amazon
Pros:  Very nappable
Cons:  Heavy and large, harder to transport
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 24, 2019
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SCORE


RANKED
#16 of 19
  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 3
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 6
  • Maneuverability - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 6

The Skinny

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 lower list price, 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. However, the Chicco did manage respectable results for maneuverability and ease of use, both of which are important for an umbrella product. These results make the Liteway a possible option for those who value ease of use and pushing over being lightweight, and who have a limited budget with little wiggle room.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Liteway is one of the heaviest strollers in the review  which hurt its overall score and rank in a category where being lightweight and easy to carry is King.
The Liteway is one of the heaviest strollers in the review, which hurt its overall score and rank in a category where being lightweight and easy to carry is King.

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 are sold in over 120 countries.

Performance Comparison


The chart below shows how the Liteway (in blue) compared to the rest of the competition in this umbrella stroller review.


The sections below offer insight into the test result details that led to the rank and an overall score of the Chicco.

A shoulder strap would make carrying the heavy Chicco easier than the handle it comes with.
A shoulder strap would make carrying the heavy Chicco easier than the handle it comes with.

Weight and Folded Size


With a weight of 17.9 lbs, the Liteway earned a low 3 of 10 for weight and folded size. This stroller folds to 7,196.70 cubic inches making it one of the heaviest and largest in the group. The UPPAbaby G-Lite is only 11.75 lbs, almost a 5 lbs lighter.

Ease of Use


While the Liteway's score of 6 of 10 for ease of use, may not seem impressive, it is the second highest for the group.

The Chicco is larger than many parents might be looking for in an umbrella stroller that is supposed to be easy to transport and stow.
The Chicco is larger than many parents might be looking for in an umbrella stroller that is supposed to be easy to transport and stow.

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 or stored somewhere with enough length to accommodate it.

Brakes


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 storage bin is easy to use  but only with the seat back upright.
The storage bin is easy to use, but only with the seat back upright.

Storage


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 Litway canopy is on the smaller side and nas no peek-a-boo window.
The Litway canopy is on the smaller side and nas no peek-a-boo window.

Sunshade


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 cover the best protection from sunlight, but it is easy to open and close.

The Liteway has a multi-part buckle and shoulder pads you'll need to remove to adjust.
The Liteway has a multi-part buckle and shoulder pads you'll need to remove to adjust.

Harness


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 seat back.

The Liteway has a convoluted by easy to use adjustable leg rest.
The Liteway has a convoluted by easy to use adjustable leg rest.

Seat


The Liteway seat reclines almost flat, but it has an audible click 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.

Important note about umbrella strollers. We do not recommend using them with infants who are younger than six months. This style of stroller is not designed for those under six months, with features that offer the bare minimum support. Younger babies do not yet have the needed 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). Also, you should secure baby 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.

Maneuverability


While this stroller is easy enough to push and turn, it struggles when you take it off the road which resulted in a 5 of 10 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 is neither impressive nor disappointing for quality with a score that feels like what you would expect for a stroller of this price.
The Liteway is neither impressive nor disappointing for quality with a score that feels like what you would expect for a stroller of this price.

Quality


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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team