There are several models of the Safety 1st Aerolite LX travel system, including the S1 that's distributed only by Babies"R"Us. They're actually the same stroller with the same car seat and base included; the only differences are fabric and padding options. The general consensus is that the Aerolite LX is an inexpensive but unexciting choice, with an awkwardly wide wheel base and a car seat that's a tight fit for smaller cars.
One of the safest car seats. No owners post complaints about the security of the Safety 1st Aerolite LX stroller and the OnBoard Air 35 car seat. It's one of the top-rated infant car seats on the market, with unique side-impact air protection technology. The stroller has a padded five-point harness, but its brakes aren't linked and must be locked individually. The front wheels don't lock, which is standard on even the lowest-end strollers. The Aerolite LX's child snack tray includes protections against the child sliding through, and either escaping or being injured by the tray.
Wide wheel base hard to maneuver. The Aerolite LX travel system gets good reviews overall for its ease of assembly, snap-in car seat attachment, and easy fold and unfold, although few say it's truly one-handed. It stands when folded and has a manual lock. Where it gets the most complaints is push and maneuverability. A number of reviewers say the stroller's wide wheel base makes it hard to turn and particularly difficult to get around in crowded areas or smaller rooms. Its harness must be rethreaded to adjust, and the stroller has a two-handed recline.
We had to call customer service to get the weight of the stroller -- 25 pounds -- and that was just an estimate based upon carton weight, minus car seat and base, minus packaging. It would be nice for consumers if that information were more readily available. It's a heavy stroller, so be sure you can easily lift that much weight if you need to take it upstairs or in and out of the trunk a lot.
Bigger car seat may not fit smaller cars. One of the biggest potential selling points of the Safety 1st Aerolite LX also draws most of its user complaints. It's one of the few travel systems that accommodates a car seat for a larger child up to 35 pounds; most systems accept car seats with upper weight ratings of just 22 or 30 pounds. The problem is that many owners say the bulky Aerolite LX simply doesn't fit in their car rear-facing, or is such a tight fit that the front passenger has no room. The stroller itself takes up the entire trunk of smaller cars when folded and gets panned for its bulk.
A number of owners add that some models skimp on the rider's comfort, saying the fabric is scratchy and the padding thin. The canopy isn't large, but provides full coverage when paired with the car seat.
The Aerolite does have nice convenience features, a parent tray with two cup holders and storage compartment, and a child snack tray. Owners say the basket is easy to access and large enough for a diaper bag, but it drags on the ground too easily. The handle isn't adjustable.
The Safety 1st Aerolite stroller seat says it shouldn't be used until a child can sit up unassisted, about 4 months old. It has a 50-pound upper weight rating. Although its suggested price ranges from $200 to $300 depending on the fabric option, it can usually be found for much less, making it a very affordable system.
One-year warranty. The Safety 1st Aerolite LX comes with a one-year warranty. Owners say customer service is responsive and helpful.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including car seat and travel system strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing, and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. They discuss the Safety 1st brand in general and the Aerolite travel system specifically.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other to Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
Review Credibility: Very Good The S1 Safety 1st Aerolite is voted best travel system in the specialty stroller category. Products are nominated by companies and readers, editors narrow them down to four products each, then readers vote on the finalists. There's little additional information on the finalists or winners, but the site says each product is tested for functionality, quality, safety and convenience.
Review: She Knows Parenting Awards 2012, Editors and contributors to SheKnows.com, Nov. 5, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good This roundup of 23 "cool new strollers" includes the Safety 1st Aerolite LX travel system. Its "cool feature," according to Rosen, is a higher weight limit on the infant car seat, 35 pounds versus the usual 22 or 30 pounds. She says the Aerolite LX packs a lot of "bang for the buck."
Review: Our Favorite New Single, Double and Travel Strollers, Melanie Monroe Rosen, Not dated
4. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Very Good Made specifically for distribution through Babies"R"Us stores, the S1 Safety 1st Aerolite is identical to all other Aerolite stroller models except for fabric choices and padding. After more than 215 posts, it earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 here. Reviews are mixed between the stroller and car seat, with quite a few owners saying they love the car seat but not the stroller because it's bulky and hard to maneuver due to a wide rear wheel base. Others say the seat doesn't sit upright enough for their older child's comfort.
Review: S1 by Safety 1st AeroLite Premier Travel System Stroller, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good There are just a handful of reviews at Amazon.com, but owners give the Safety 1st Aerolite LX 4 stars out of 5. While most parents praise the stroller's safety features and ease of use, a few complain about it being hard to open and not folding compactly.
Review: Safety 1st Aerolite LX Deluxe Travel System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good The Safety 1st Aerolite LX is included in this roundup of 29 single, traditional strollers. It isn't listed as a travel system, but it's the same stroller the manufacturer bundles as a travel system. Each model is evaluated for safety, performance, maneuverability and ease of use, but there's no mention of how they're tested and little detail about each product. Quite a few of these strollers have been discontinued.
Review: Single Car Seat Carrier Strollers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated