- Designed exclusively for the Chicco Keyfit Infant car seat
- Audible click ensures keyfit is attached securely
- Premium featuring ultra light anodized aluminum frame with easy one hand fold
- Fits Key fit 22; fits keyfit 30
Chicco Keyfit Caddy Stroller Frame Reviews
Perfect fit (By Mrsresearch)
I already have a chicco stroller to fit the carrier but it’s huge. It barely fits in my trunk and doesn’t fit well in tight store aisles. It’s a very good stroller just not practical for everyday. With my first I ended up mostly hauling around the carrier without the help of the stroller. So now I have my second and I just don’t want to do that again. I tried the caddy at buy buy baby and was won over. It’s extremely light, easy to push, easy to fold, and fits the carrier perfectly (as it should because they’re made for each other). Now that I’ve used it a few times I like it even more. The basket is great. You can access the stuff from the front or the back without moving the carrier.
Looking back, I wish I skipped the full travel system and got the carrier, the caddy, and waited until the baby was older before investing in a stroller.
I’ll start off by saying that I’ve done a lot of research on different types of strollers and have ‘test driven’ many strollers of friends/family and at the store. Somehow, either by purchasing them new or buying them second hand, I’ve ended up with five different strollers for two kids, since each seems to serve a different purpose. So I was a bit skeptical of a snap in/frame stroller. (With my first baby, I had a snap and go, which fell apart after only a couple of months of use). However, I had a c-section with my daughter and just needed something simple so that I could run in and out of places without having to carry the infant car seat.
I LOVE THIS STROLLER. Even though it’s pretty basic, Chicco has designed it with all of the right features so that it’s super convenient, but not over engineered. Some of the features are even better than some of the more expensive strollers I own (BOB…I’m looking at you). At right around $100, I’d say it’s a great value and if you’re using the Chicco car seat, may be the only stroller you need until your child outgrows the seat.
-Chicco Car seat locks in-If you’ve used any other frame strollers, you know that the Chicco Infant Seat won’t lock into place. You get the confidence that the car seat isn’t going anywhere and don’t have to bother with the trying to find both ends of the ‘safety strap.’ It snaps in and out the same way the car seat snaps into the base.
-HUGE Basket-I love this basket. It may be the best basket out on the market in this price range. I haven’t used other Chicco Travel Systems, but this basket is so generously sized. I can fit my tote bag purse, a diaper bag and a gym bag in the bottom. (For perspective, it is noticeably bigger than the basket in my BOB single stroller and Peg Perego Vela).
As an added bonus, you can easily access from the sides and there are zippers in the corners, so it is easy to access from the front and back. No more wrestling with the stroller to get the wipes out of the diaper bag! The material is sturdy and has held up well, despite abuse from all of our bags (vs. the snap and go, whose basket liner ripped within about three weeks).
-Cupholders–This may seem silly, but it comes with two cupholders that are molded in to the plastic console on the top (not a mesh/canvas console). Somehow the cup holder is an added luxury with most strollers and when you get the ‘add on’ cup holder, it isn’t study because it’s made from flexible materials vs. molded plastic. This securely holds the cup/bottle, so I never worry about it accidentally falling or spilling on the baby. Plus there’s a little cubby in the console that easily fits a smartphone and set of keys and closes securely so they’re not exposed.
-Adjustable handle bar–It’s nice to be able to adjust the height of the handle bar to one of three settings. I’m not extremely tall, but I see how this might benefit people that are taller than 5’6 and still want to push the stroller comfortably.
-Easy to fold–It is a breeze! You just fold down the handle bar with two very easy to push in buttons on either side of the console and then lift a lever to fold it. I’ve folded this hundreds of times and it’s never jammed or gotten stuck. (I can’t say the same for my other strollers, but in all fairness, they’re much bigger, bulkier strollers).
-Sturdy Construction–The frame of the stroller itself is not much, it’s pretty light, but still feels solid. I’m not worried about putting my baby in there. (As compared with the snap and go, which felt like it was going to blow over if you left it in the wind). The wheels are one of the biggest differences for me. They are solid and don’t seem to wear down. (The snap and go’s wheel’s are what made me return it…they were peeling off after a couple of months of light use—mostly indoors). There are brakes on each side and they feel solid.
Overall, this stroller has completely exceeded my expectations and I’m so glad that I got it. Chicco has made a good quality stroller that would easily last through a couple of kids. This will last you until you figure out which more expensive stroller you want to buy. (If you’re a first time mom, I’d suggest waiting until after you have the baby to buy the ‘big’ stroller—what I thought I wanted and what I ended up getting were different once I’d lived with the baby for a few months).
That said, Chicco has come out with a new stroller (Chicco Liteway Plus) that is an umbrella stroller that accommodates an infant seat. Chicco Liteway Plus Stroller, Equinox Had I known about this, I would have considered that (Full Disclosure: I haven’t used this stroller, so I can’t attest that I like it more or less than this one.) That said, we have a Chicco Capri umbrella stroller (we bought it from a co-worker) that we used all the time for my older, toddler son (before we had our daughter). We kept it in the car for quick trips. Had I known that was available, that might have been a better option so I wouldn’t have to store two separate strollers (frame and umbrella)!
We replaced a Baby Trend car seat with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and wanted a stroller caddy to use with it. Our daughter is growing rapidly and it isn’t practical to carry her around in the car seat. I was able to put it together easily with one exception. The directions are easy to follow with one step per page and all the pieces fit together well except the arm bar (the piece that sticks out and holds the car seat) – my husband had to come help me push down with full body weight to get it to click together. Fortunately it worked and we didn’t break the plastic in the process.
– Large and easy to access basket
– Adjustable handle (although it adjusts from a hinge and swings up and down instead of sliding down. This makes for a slightly awkward pushing angle when in the shortest position).
– Smooth ride – it rolls really well and doesn’t have the same clunky ride as the Baby Trend Snap and Go stroller caddy we used before.
– Easy to push with one hand.
– With practice, the stroller frame does open and close with one hand by pulling up on the lever by the cup holders.
– The frame folds up tightly and locks into place so you can put it in the truck of the car with one hand. The handle bar also folds down for easy storage.
– The stroller, when folded, stands on the wheels so you can store it against a wall without worrying about it sliding down or falling over.
All in all we’re glad we spent the money instead of trying to make the Baby Trend stroller work with the Chicco car seat. The transition from our City Mini to the car seat stroller isn’t as painful anymore!
I’m SO glad that I got this caddy stroller to use as the primary stroller for my son for the first 3-4mo of his life. Originally (before I knew any better!) I was thinking of buying a “travel system” including carseat and stroller .. in fact I was looking at the Chicco system, since I knew I wanted a Chicco carseat. THE CADDY IS SO MUCH BETTER! For the following reasons:
– The Chicco full-size stroller is only so-so .. definitely not the highest rated in its class, and not one I would ever consider purchasing as my primary stroller on a standalone basis. Why then consider buying a so-called “travel system,” when the carseat will actually work with lots of other stroller bases?
– The Chicco caddy is SUPER convenient and lightweight – very easy to fold up and store in the car, then open up and pop baby in and out when running around town doing errands.
– Handling is very good and it’s actually pretty versatile, more versatile than you might think given how lightweight/portable it is. It’s definitely not an all-terrain stroller (the wheels aren’t large or robust enough), but we took it on some walks on mostly flat dirt trails (nothing too bumpy/crazy), and it held up just fine.
You may also be considering the Snap n Go generic caddy stroller, especially because it’s so much cheaper than the Chicco. I struggled with the same thing, and am SO glad that in the end I bought the Chicco caddy made specifically for Chicco carseats. The Chicco carseat audibly snaps into the Chicco caddy and is much more securely attached than it would be on the Snap n Go (where there is no “click,” and you are supposed to manually close a strap over the carseat every time you attach it).
Otherwise, I found the two stroller caddies to be pretty similar, in terms of ride/handling, quality/materials, etc. But the greater security/safety & convenience (not having to use the strap) of the Chicco caddy were good enough reasons for me to spring for it.
It’s expensive, and you may only use this item for a few months, but for us it was worth it. I suspect that the resale value on these will actually be pretty good as well (given that it’s a pretty new item and there aren’t many used ones on Craigslist etc. yet), so in the end you may even be able to recoup much of what you paid!