Chicco Liteway Stroller Review
Reviews for Newborn-Ready Umbrella Stroller
New parents trust the Chicco Liteway for the reclining seat, fold-away boot and more features for their young infant.
Stylish, chic and bold; those are the words that describe the Liteway stroller. Available in various trendy and bright colors for daring parents, the Liteway is perfect for those who are looking for a stroller that is lightweight, compact and easy to maneuver, without sacrificing on style.
This stroller has a full reclining seat, which is essential for newborns and hard to find with umbrella strollers. You won't need to attach a car seat because there's a hide-away boot for enclosing infants when reclined. And having an alternative to the bulky travel system is precisely the reason moms look for a lightweight umbrella stroller that has some convenience features.
Additionally, the Liteway is quite sturdy, and can last your child for at least a few years because it holds a maximum weight of 40 pounds.
By the time you finish reading this review, you will have a thorough understanding of this fabulous umbrella stroller. Let's get started, shall we?
Chicco Liteway Features:
Measurements:Folded: 43" x 11" x 11.81"
Handle height: 40½"
Stroller Weight: 19 pounds
Wheel size: 5"
Lightweight, Sturdy and Compact
The Chicco Liteway stroller frame is made of aluminum, which makes it light and yet sturdy enough to hold children up to 40 pounds in weight. The elliptical tubing is designed to be extra strong and durable, ensuring years of use.
Although the Liteway Stroller is not an all terrain stroller, it is easy to push even on gravel paths and cobblestone streets with the rear-wheel suspension and precision swivel front wheels. The front wheels also lock into place when going over rougher terrain. One dad had an interesting story in his review saying that on a trip to Mexico he locked the front wheels on the Liteway to "go over rocky and sandy terrain at an archeological site, and it really made steering the stroller much easier."
The suspension keeps strolls smooth during bumpy rides, while the swivel front wheels allow ease of maneuvering and steering. Rides on the stroller is always smooth, which is of the utmost importance when choosing a stroller.
What's a 3D fold?
The stroller folds compact, and it is very easy to fold and unfold. A mom mentioned in her review that she could even fold and unfold the Chicco Liteway stroller while holding her six month old.
The Chicco Liteway is quipped with a compact 3D, one-hand fold that allows mothers to enjoy such convenience because it doesn't take up much space. Another happy mom also mentioned that the stroller does not take up much trunk space in her 4WD sedan.
The compactness of the Chicco Liteway stroller allows extra convenience while traveling, which is a great feature for families who fly or who need to find room in a tightly packed car, ready to take off for a road trip.
The stroller also has an automatic storage latch and a carrying strap, which adds more convenience for the parents because you just pick it up and go.
What can I expect from the seat?
The Chicco Liteway stroller has a 5-point safety harness, which is padded for extra comfort, while keeping your baby secure and safe.
A plush seat reclines flat, and is super cushy for younger babies to fall asleep. One mommy mentions in her review that she put her newborn baby daughter in the Liteway when she was 2 weeks old and she was comfortable. Another parent says she changes diapers with the recline feature, which sure beats trying to find an appropriate, clean public place.
The seat is also wide, allowing plenty of room for bigger kids, and has a 5-position recline. One of the best features of the Chicco Liteway stroller is that its seat reclines fully using only one hand. You can easily lay the seat back without disturbing your sleeping baby. No more fussing with a drawstring, two-handed recline as you jostle your sleeping kid!
One of the special features on the Liteway is the hide-away boot. Simply extend the leg rest and underneath is the fabric which encloses the child when reclined. Attach it to the frame, and you have a bassinet-style enclosure for your infant. Mothers say they love this feature as it gives their child extra security.
The boot keeps your baby warm during chilly weather, and protects the baby from rain as well. According to a review, a mom wrapped her son in a blanket to keep him warm, and did not need to worry about him kicking the blanket off, since the boot actually secures both baby and blanket.
What's the sun canopy like?
The stroller has an adjustable canopy that comes with a peek-a-boo window, a feature which many moms love. They can easily peek at their baby during strolls, to ensure that the baby is always comfortable and secure. Children can also look up at their moms and feel at ease, since they can see their moms at all times. It's a very nice bonding feature and makes us all feel more at ease.
The canopy has a rear-zip weather pane in back that unzips away and creates airflow throughout on warmer days to keep your child cool. Zip it back up on cooler or windy days, customize it just the way you like.
The Chicco Liteway stroller has comfortable, foam handles and parents of varying height will have proper posture when walking. A happy mommy said in her review that the handles are a perfect height for her 6-foot tall husband as well as for herself at 5'4".
Storage space & accessories
The Chicco Liteway comes with a detachable storage basket that can be converted into a backpack or sling tote for carrying your baby essentials, such as diapers, bottles, little toys, and more. Many parents love this feature because it adds on-the-go convenience, for example, when traveling, Mom or Dad can easily detach the storage basket without removing its contents, then sling it over their shoulder. You're done!
The stroller also comes with a parent cupholder. In many reviews, parents praise this feature as there are not many lightweight or umbrella strollers come with this essential necessity included. Strolling on a hot day at Disneyland or at the park can make you thirsty, and you must have drinks accessible in such situations.
Moms also love that the Chicco Liteway stroller comes in breathable fabric, which you need in warmer climates because it allows air ventilation and keeps your baby feeling cool and comfortable while being strapped on the seat. Chicco has nine different sporty color schemes that have gotten lots of compliments from Liteway owners, but some colors are available only from certain retailers.
How much should I pay for the Chicco Liteway?
While Chicco has many color schemes to choose from, most online retailers have few of them available, all charging about $139. I've found that BabiesRUs has a decent selection, and Amazon has the largest selection for about $139 depending on color and number of items in stock.
Diapers.com has a few other colors available for a good price too.
It's just difficult to find a decent-sized selection on any one retailer, so you may have to bounce around the Internet to find the color you want if it's not readily available.
Here's a product demo of the Liteway out of the UK that you will find informative and show all the features in action:
What others are saying about the Liteway
Chicco Liteway stroller reviews have been strongly positive across a variety of web retailers with an average 4-star rating. Parents write in to say what they love most and time and again it's about the reclining seat, superb maneuverability and compact size.
Because of the light weight, parents like to take this stroller with them on vacation, whether you go to a theme park like Disneyland or to abroad. One parent took this stroller to Mexico with excellent results.
The storage basket that doubles as a backpack is a real hit with quite a few parents commenting about it in their reviews. A Philadelphia mommy sums it up by saying she uses the backpack when she parks her stroller but doesn't want to leave her belongings in it.
A few complaints mentioned that the straps around the waist on the safety harness were too small to fit 20-something-pound toddlers.
Some feel that the fabric is scratchy and rough, and lastly, some have submitted remarks that the Liteway doesn't steer straight.
See this video demo of the Chicco Liteway in action with all the features specially highlighted.
Where can I buy the Chicco Liteway?
One of the best places to buy strollers online is Amazon, which currently has some of the better prices for the Liteway for the best selection of colors. Why wait?
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