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I tried three different Chicco pushchairs for my son. They were all terrible. The reason I stuck with the brand was because I could only swap for the same brand each time they broke. And break they did. Each and every one broke.
This pushchair lasted LESS than a year before one of the wheels broke off. My son was well under the maximum weight recommended for this pushchair. I did use it every day but I think most parents would expect to use their child's pushchair regularly.
The fabric was very durable and wiped quite clean with various spills of yoghurt, crisps, and the other debris that children drop. I also liked the bright red colour that our pushchair came in, which is great for girls and boys if you have more than one. My son never complained about being uncomfortable in the chair. It was easy to collapse and lightweight to lift onto public transport. It was quite easy to move around - not as easy as huge expensive buggies with enormous wheels but you would not expect that from a budget pushchair.
In reality, you get what you pay for. There is a reason why Chicco pushchairs are at the cheaper end of the market.
We have been using the Chicco Liteway stroller for about a year now and we have had no concerns with it during this time. We needed a decent stroller as were going away at the time and taking a large pram wasn't convenient. Our daughter was also getting to the age where she was outgrowing her existing pram so we needed something that would be more comfortable for her.
We purchased the Chicco Liteway from Mothercare for about £120 although upon checking their website recently I can see they are now selling it for £140. You could say this is a high amount for a stroller but given the fact we have had no issues with it in the past year it would have to be money well spent.
The stroller is available in an array of different colours but we decided to get it in grey/black. It comes with a foot muff and a rain cover. The foot muff clips on fine but there is an issue with the rain cover where it doesn't seem to fully cover the stroller!? We've had a couple of instances where it blows about in the wind and will leak if not carefully positioned. There is a shopping basket underneath which is of a good size and will certainly fit a couple of bags of shopping. For some pushchairs this can sometimes break under the weight but we have had no issues with this.
One of the main reasons for our purchase was how compact it was when folded down. We needed it to fit into the car easily and be stored underneath the stairs at home. This is done with minimal fuss. It is not very bulky compared to others.
The pushchair has a backrest which can be adjusted to five different positions. We have found this is useful when she falls asleep. She can be gently tilted back for extra comfort. There is also an adjustable leg rest at the front. I find this a pointless input into the design. It can be easily reached and adjusted by the child and quite often she will be sat uncomfortably because of it. Unfortunately there is no way to lock this.
Other aspects of the design include lockable wheels on the front. Handling has been fine. Of course, the stroller will sometimes get caught up but I have found that to happen to others in the past. It remains in excellent condition even though it's used to walk about 4/5 miles every week over varying terrain.
I have been happy with the Chicco Lite stroller. Although it is a bit expensive and does have a couple of flaws, it does exactly what is required. It is comfortable for the child, lightweight and robust. A good purchase if you are looking for a long term stroller.
Love this stroller. So easy to push. Feels like youre pushing nothing even though my child is nearly 3 and pram always rammed with bags. Buckles are vesy easy which means my son can climb in and fasten himself in (but cannot open them) which is a bonus. So comfy if he wants a nap as it lies flat and well padded. Mine came with a rain cover and footmuff also. I have given it 4 stars as the only bad thing is that going down a kirb you have to tip it up and make sure the back wheels go down first, if you let the front wheels go down first they are quite weak so they buckle or the pram tips forward (but what do you expect for the price and is a lightweight stroller). I have used it quite alot so wheels have started to wear, which is expected really.
Otherwise brilliant buy and would definately reccommend this product.
i am in the process of writing to the CEO to complain about this pram. i wish i had never bought it, i wanted the maclaren XT or XLR but decided this was the same thing for much less money. I was wrong. Within weeks of buying it i realised the footmuff didn't really fit properly, it's a pain to put on and slides down the pram because it is so big and bulky, you also cant fold the pram with it on which is a complete pain. The rain cover is impossible and complicated to attach and even when it is on it does not seem to cover the pram fully and my sons feet poke out the bottom and then kick it off so that it blows back. the foam handles ripped all the way down within a few months of light use
i sent it back within a couple of weeks to complain but because it is not a fault, but just how it was designed they wouldn't refund.
however, the latest fault is that the front right wheel jams, it just won't turn and go forward when you push it and i have to tilt the pushchair up on to its rear wheels and wait for gravity to tip it down so that the wheel is pointing forward before i can push. This has meant i have got stuck in the middle of roads, which is very dangerous, hence me finally deciding enough is enough and i am waiting to hear back from the CEO. whatever happens, this will be going on ebay and i will get a maclaren which everyone i know doesn't have a bad thing to say about.
I guess if you live somewhere that rain and wind aren't issues then this isn't such a bad by if it wasn't for the jamming wheels
I brought the Chicco Lite way Stroller when my son was just over a year old for about £120. I got it in bright orange. My son loved the bright colour. At first this stroller was fantastic and just what I needed, It was lightweight, very easy to push and when folded down was quite a small size, so was very easy to carry and store.
After about 4-5months things started to go downhill, the front wheels started falling off, they had a little metal bit that kept the wheels on and this kept working its way off and the wheels would often fall off when I was trying to get up a curb after crossing a road (which is very dangerous) I had to the try and tilt the stroller back while trying to put the wheels back on. After about 6months the foot rest strap broke and was not able to be fixed.
Overall I found that although this stroller was lightweight I spent more time putting the wheels back on then I did pushing it. I would not recommend this pushchair to anyone. It has a definite thumbs down from me and my son.
I can't tell you (but I'll try) just how much I'm down on this pushchair. It was bought because of its price point and its okay Which report. We pushed it about in the shop and compared it to Maclaren (which were generally more expensive) and it seemed okay, good value for money. We were/are first time parents with professional backgrounds but we didn't want to automatically get suckered into that whole £500 Bugaboo take-on. We have friends with Bugaboos and Stokkes and our view after watching their experiences is they're both largely about image and not functionality - the Bugaboo seemed okay if you have a small baby/toddler and want to parade around with one hand on the handle and one hand holding a latte (it has good manoeuvrability with one hand) and the Stokke is just weird science / pretention, but we couldn't help noticing that most parents with second or third children just got about with some cheap light foldaway thing probably from Tescos. We couldn't bring ourselves to go this £15 option for precious junior, so we went the middle ground and got him the Chicco Lite Way. And out in the real world, away from the bright lights and chromium glare of the showroom, things never really felt right. Off we went for our customary stroll up the road to get the boy off to sleep, and, what was that? Was that the front wheels sort of, jamming? Refusing to go the way I was pushing it? And when I went down a normal kerb, did those same wheels just stick at some weird angle and refuse to budge, regardless of the traffic now looming in the near distance? Chunter chunter, off home, complain to the other half, we should have got that Bugaboo!! We're so cheap!!! So that's the front wheels, and there will be MUCH MORE about those a little later, but read on, it gets better.
THE FOOTMUFF IS RUBBISH!!!! Many times you take a baby out for a push in a pushchair, is because you want to get the blighter to sleep, and if it's winter / cold, you'll really need the foot muff. Place the baby in the stroller. He/she is probably already disgruntled due to tiredness. The zip on the Lite Way foot muff is weirdly placed sort of three quarters underneath so you have to heft the crying, now probably screaming baby up in the air to get at the ridiculously badly positioned zip. What you'd love to do, is lie the baby down in the pushchair, smoothly zip up the foot muff without any effort or discomfort to your baby, and off you go. Forget it, this will never happen with this product. Then, if it rains, be careful with the plastic rain cover. It is just so awkward to put on, and ours split after 3 uses necessitating the purchase of a better product elsewhere.
So, it's a pretty dark picture I've painted of the Chicco Lite Way so far. But it's not all really bad. Come the warm weather, when the awkward foot muff wasn't so important, and come my gradual acceptance of the front wheel jamming annoyance, I generally had an okay, sort of five out of ten experience. That was until the other Sunday, at a major shopping centre in Essex.
Now I know most pushchair manufacturers warn against using pushchairs on escalators. But you go anywhere and you see people with pushchairs on escalators all the time. Going up, you position the back wheels so that you can raise the front wheels easily, then at the top you just drop them down and stroll off the escalator. The alternative to this is to either completely avoid escalators (in London impossible) or fold the pushchair up at the top of the escalator, probably after you've extricated a crying, sleepy baby form the contraption, holding he/she under you arm whilst trying to fold your pushchair, then carry both entities and your bags down/up the escalator, only to have to re-assemble everything at the bottom (or top) whilst holding said unwieldy and probably crying baby. It just doesn't happen. Nobody folds up a pushchair to go up or down an escalator, manufacturer's advice or not. So there we were at the shopping centre, on the up escalator to the food hall. The other half had the reins, she seemed in perfect control of the situation, the top was meters away, she girded her loins for the important part of the manoeuvre, she dropped the front of the pushchair down for that perfect smooth escalator departure, and at the crucial moment, BOTH FRONT WHEELS FELL OFF!!!! The pushchair was seven months old and lightly used, just trips to the shops and things like that. The two metal stumps where once there were wheels jammed into the top of the escalator, my partner screamed, I tried to jump ahead to put everything right in manly fashion, stricken wheels bobbing at the top, people concertinaing behind us, baby now screaming because his mother was so scared, everything just so horrible and dangerous and frightening. Eventually I got the metal stumps clear and pulled the pushchair onto level ground, grabbed the wheels and apologised to the poor people who had been crammed and crushed behind us. We went and sat down to compose ourselves, pushing the pushchair now on its two back wheels, and tried to work out what had happened. There are two metal clasp things near the front wheels, designed I think for allowing the removal of/and insertion of new wheels come any eventual need for replacement. But these were jammed, they just wouldn't move, meaning the fallen wheels couldn't be fixed back on. We and none of our agents had ever touched these clasps, you just wouldn't, unless you expressly wanted to remove or change the wheels, you wouldn't bend and go anywhere near them. They were just stuck.
We were so angry, because plainly and starkly our precious beautiful baby's life had been endangered by this pushchair. We immediately took it back to the retailer. I won't say which one because that might prejudice this important review being published. But it was a common high street baby and child retailer, and this is how the story panned out.
They sent the pushchair back to the manufacturer. There is an option in this process, and one we distinctly chose, to have the pushchair returned for a manufacturer's report without repair. This is important for products which are past six months ownership because a repair would invalidate / render impossible an independent scrutiny of the product in cases of future claims or litigation. So what did Chicco do? They sent it back after two weeks to the retailer; repaired, saying the problem was due to customer misuse. First, if we had misused the product, why did they repair it free of charge? Second, why did they repair it all? Remember, in this repaired state, we couldn't now send it anywhere for an independent check.
The retailer played hard ball and wouldn't exchange or refund because we were past the 6 months ownership sweet spot for such things, and they felt they'd discharged their duty in getting the pushchair (erroneously) repaired. Fair enough. We left the pushchair with them, we just couldn't face using it again, repaired or not.
But the long and the short of it is, in our experience, the Chicco Liteway has jamming wheels that make the whole pushchair experience unpleasant, and then ours fell off altogether in a horribly dangerous way. Conspiracy theorists might also wonder why a pushchair which was expressly marked for report was instead repaired, rendering impossible an independent report on the problem. Maclaren and babies fingers comes to mind.
I bought the Chicco Liteway about 2 years ago in Topazio (bright blue) I paid £110.00 in Mothercare and received a bag, footmuff and raincover with it. I bought this due to struggling with the mammoth travel system we had bought - I think many first time parents do similar lol - on the bus.
The stroller is very sturdy and my son (around 8 months at the time) seemed most comfortable in this than a few others we tried.
The stroller weighs 7kg, so pretty lightweight in my opinion, but feels strong. It has 'ergonomic' handles which are soft and spongy, comfortable to use.
The hood is excellent on this, it unzips at the back and we found by doing this we could alter the angle and therefore protect our son's eyes, similar to a parasol.
The pushchair lies fully flat and is extremely easy to do, with a onehanded operation. There are 5 positions available. We found this great when our son had a cold, as he would cough alot when lying flat, by having him at an angle he would still sleep.
The back of the seat is really quite high as well so this is suitable for toddlers, without their head peering over it.
There is a fairly decent sized 'basket' which is also a bag, with there being two separate handles though one can hang their shopping on them. As with most strollers though, please be careful not to overload as the stroller WILL tip.
The wheels at the front are single and can be locked so they do not swivel, or unlocked for easy manoeuvre. The front wheels are in my opinion where this buggy falls down. They don't seem very sturdy, not in keeping with the rest of the stroller. It would be much sturdier if there were two front wheels, but to be fair this is my only real gripe.
The fleecy footmuff you get with this, is excellent. It's warm, fluffy, looks very cosy and well constructed. It's rather big as well, so its excellent protection against the elements for young ones.
The rain-cover is fairly standard I would say, as rain-covers go! It works exactly as it should and is easily folded and stowed in the basket.
The stroller is a typical umbrella fold, fits neatly into most boots (we have used it in a few) and is great for when using buses.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this stroller, we got excellent use out of it and it has found a new home with a friend, who also loves it.
The only reason we stopped using it was due to my son outgrowing it.
I'm very surprised by the other users review of this pushchair - I love it! I brought it when mini man was about 8 months old and it cost me £45 (brand new) from ebay. It came with a foot muff which I have to say I've never used as it was really difficult to get mini man in and out of - blankets were much easier!
Mini man is now 16 months old but is a very tall 16 month old and in no way could you describe him as petite. He looks really comfortable in it and I like the fact that you can recline it so if he drops off I can just lay him down really easily. The buggy is great to push - both me and dh are tall and we don't find we have to stoop and I find that the front 'trolley' type wheels make turning and just general handling very easy. It's easy to fold down and there's a little material basket which clips underneath the buggy but you can take it off and use it as a rucksack which is a really handy feature. The rain cover that came with it was useless and ripped first time using it but I just got a universal one and use that now.
I also have a Mama's and Papa's does everything pram/pushchair that he's had since birth which at over 10 times the cost is obviously more comfortable and has better suspension, however, these days I do tend to favour the Chicco as it's less bulky (easier to get round the shops) and easier to get him in and out of using the straps.
Littlest HonestBob started off in a Bebecar Grand 2 in 1 pushchair with fixed air wheels, fantastic suspension and lots of basket space underneath the pram. I loved it and felt like I was pushing the limousine of prams every morning on the school run. However, there was one tremendous drawback. The pram barely folded down and could only just squeeze into the back of my people carrier... there was no hope of it fitting in Daddy's Vectra. So, with heavy heart, I went stroller shopping.
At the time, we were also due to fly out to Cyprus so, as well as seeking a stroller that would fit comfortably in the back of a Vectra with space for changing bag, footballs and various other paraphernalia, we also needed something cheap that we wouldn't mind baggage handlers throwing on and off the plane.
After tesing various strollers I decided the Chicco Lite Way fitted the bill. It folds down small enough to fit into the boot and it comes with a canopy hood, rain cover and fleecy footmuff, all at a reasonable price (currently £86.79 from kiddicare.com, but I paid around £100 for mine). The stroller seat has five positions, folding all the way down to provide a flat back for a newborn, and the leg rest is adjustable, so can be raised for longer legs. Great.
After three months of irregular use (two hours per week on average as I still prefer the Bebecar for local walks) the foam handle cover split on the right handle. This is unattractive to look at and uncomfortable to hold.
The harness straps are too short. I can just about strap littlest HonestBob in whilst wearing his thick coat, but this will not be possible if he requires a stroller for much longer. Certainly a three year old could not use the harness that comes with this stroller.
The stroller was ideal for the summer he turned one, but doesn't have the longevity to last much further into toddlerhood. I will continue to use it but have added a separate harness and consigned the footmuff (now too narrow for him) to a cupboard.
With a stylish, contemporary chassis and wheels the lite way stroller is suitable for children from birth-3yrs approx 15 kg and is light and compact when folded. The comfortable padded seat and backrest can be fully reclined with one hand and has 5 positions. It comes complete with a matching fleece footmuff featuring soft cot style hood and pockets for extra warmth and protection. It can be zipped apart to form a leg cover. Comfort is further enhanced with an adjustable leg rest, detachable folding hood sand rain cover. The innovative shopping basket can be used under the seat or off the stroller as a shoulder bag. Handles with soft non-slip handgrips and the lockable front swivel wheels make manoeuvring easy. Features Compact and light Handles with soft, non slip grips Adjustable multi position leg rest The rigid backrest is easy to recline with one hand 5-point safety harness restrains the child in total safety Back rest reclines to 5 positions The canopyhood can become a sunshade for the summer Matching fleece footmuff with padded hood and double pocket Large and practical basket it can be used as a basket or rucksack Suitable from birth-3yrs approx 15 kg Dimensions Handle height - 103 cm Pushchair width - 46. 5 cm Folded - L 109 x D30 cm Weight - 6. 9 kg