2016 Best Chicco Baby Travel System: Chicco Cortina Se 30 Travel System Review

2016 Best Chicco Baby Travel System: Chicco Cortina Se 30 Travel System

  • Multi-position memory recline seat remembers the last position before folded
  • Convenient one-hand fold
  • Designed for the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, the Cortina SE Stroller works as a travel system for your infant and a full-size stroller for your growing baby.
  • Multi-position leg rest and flat recline
  • Adjustable canopy

2016 Best Chicco Baby Travel System: Chicco Cortina Se 30 Travel System Reviews

Great car seat, stroller needs improvements (By Alla)

Overall an ok travel system. The car seat has one of the highest safety ratings, that’s primarily why we chose the system. The stroller is quite poorly designed.

The car seat pros:
1) is sturdy and comfortable
2) The infant insert is great, don’t buy any additional infant positioners/inserts, they are not needed.
3) Car seat base is easy to install, and has adjustable hight to make sure that the seat is at a proper angle.
4) The strap length on the seat is very easy to adjust.
5) canopy is removable and has a flip-out shade protection
Car seat cons:
1) really the only thing I could complain is the canopy is a bit flimsy and on the small side

The stroller pros:
1) is very easy to maneuver even with one hand
2) has somewhat adjustable footrest
3) full recline
4) breaks and ability to lock front wheels
5) rotating shade — can maneuver it to cover baby’s face from the sun

The storller cons:
1) folds very very large. I can hardly fit it in my Toyota Corolla trunk.
2) when it folds, the contents of the basket fall out. Can’t keep a spare blanket or anything else in there that you’d want to stay in the stroller
3) the child’s tray isn’t flat, so if you want to put a juicebox or anything that would require a flat surface, you are out of luck
4) the canopy is much too small and it’s pointing upward providing very little protection
5) the footrest is only partially adjustable — it can be only in vertical position — either fully down or fully up. Cannot be positioned horizontally. My baby was too long for the fully vertical up position at 4 months. Now at 6 months, we still very much need the adjustable footrest, but it’s not available.

All in all I should have bought the car seat with the car seat caddy and then bought a better stroller.

… B) we tried it in the store and I LOVED the fact that I could pick up the stroller … (By Janis Butcher)

WE bought this 5 yrs ago with our first born because a) we were doing consumer reports and it was the top of the line B) we tried it in the store and I LOVED the fact that I could pick up the stroller with one hand with the car seat in it. The stroller is light weight enough that I am able to steer it with one hand with either my almost 2 yr old at 22 LBS or my almost 5 yr old at 34 LBS. The basket under neither is a GREAT size. We used to use the stroller to walk to the grocery store and would use the basket to carry the groceries home. The cup/snack holder is easy enough to use that my 4 yr old is able to pop it up so that he can climb in and out by himself. I like that there are two cup holders upfront to hold a sip and a snack cup when we are out on walks. Love that the carseat snaps in with a click when they are an infant and the two canopies work together to keep the sun off of babies face. While the stroller seat does fold all the way down neither of my kids lie that feature to take naps. However if you are using this feature with the carseat and trying to use the basket under neither you need to take the car seat out, raise the seat up put things under and re-do the stroller seat and pop the car seat back in. Also when the seat is folded down….it makes a GREAT changing table if you find yourself somewhere that you need a quick change and can’t find a changing station! After 5 yrs the wheels have lost their tread but it is still usable even if you have to upgrade the carseat because of the plastic degrading you can keep the stroller for years to come. My only huge complaint about this stroller is that while you are able to take the cover off and throw it in the wash I find it’s a pain in the butt to put the straps back through the slots in the back of the stroller.
While I was diligent fighting to get those straps through the plastic with my son I haven’t been that way with my daughter and so we don’t bother using the straps because it’s just too much of a pain to get the straps through the plastic. It is also nice that the snack container part is dishwasher safe. This stroller is lightweight enough that my son is able to help push it when we are out on walks (one of our ways to make him feel like a big brother was to find ways that he could help) when we started to take walks with the stroller and sister he wanted to ride in the stroller and so we were able to ask him to help push the stroller instead since he was a big boy. This is honestly a great stroller!

Chicco travel system (By Ridesurfsun)

Overall great purchase! Pros: easy to install, base comes with it, car seat is lightweight.
Cons:The color is off , in the picture it boasts a beautiful teal color but when you get it the color is more of a Forrest green.
The stroller is a bit heavy and bulky, but the car seat makes up for it.
The canopy is difficult to use, almost seems flimsy.

Great travel system, good value. (By Neil)

Love this system. We read about it in Consumer Reports and it was rated very highly there. The stroller folds up nicely and is pretty easy to get it into the trunk. My wife and I have no trouble with hauling it around. It’s very stable. The travel system is also very handy early on if you’re going to be driving anywhere. The convenience of the travel base can’t be denied. The cost of an extra one is pretty steep, though. It click and locks into the stroller just fine and there’s plenty of space to put your things. The instructions to put everything together took some trial and error but it was overall pretty easy. Highly recommended.

The car seat is sturdy and safe (By Agy)

It’s an all-in-one travel system – infant carrier/car seat, car seat base and stroller with tray and cup holders. Many strollers do not come with all of these elements and you have to purchase them separately, even a cup holder.
The car seat is sturdy and safe; average weight, and it easily clicks into the car seat base or the stroller. The stroller is not bad either. It has a few reclining positions, from almost flat to sitting upright. The only negative comments I have about the stroller is that it isn’t too easy to maneuver – compared to the newer joggers and three-wheelers, this one takes a little bit more muscle to steer and turn, especially when the child gets older and heavier. The stroller is also pretty heavy, so once you fold it, it also takes a bit effort to lift it and load it into the trunk of the car for example. Lastly, the storage underneath is not very easily accessible – when the seat is reclined all the way, you can hardly slide under to get anything from the tray below. I was never able to fit my diaper bag underneath, and we all know that diaper bags tend to be large and fully packed.
However, all things considered (including the fairly reasonable price) this is still a pretty good travel system.