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.
Chicco Liteway Review
Pros: Very nappable
Cons: Heavy and large, harder to transport
Compare to Similar Products
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 are sold in over 120 countries.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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, 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 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.
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 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 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