Reviewers consistently praise the soft, subtle-patterned fabrics of the Cybex Callisto, as well as the padded shoulder straps, headrest, two-position leg rest and four-position seat recline -- including nearly flat -- that provide maximum comfort for babies and toddlers. The sun canopy is also a favorite feature, which extends to provide ample coverage from the harsh sun, although a few reviewers say they wish it had a see-through window. The handlebar extends from 41 inches (from the ground) to 42 ¼ inches to accommodate taller parents and caregivers. The Cybex Callisto is middle-of-the-road in terms of price, and it's not without its downsides: Reviewers say the storage basket is small, there are no cupholders, it requires two hands to fold and it doesn't stand on its own when folded. Most parents agree that the Callisto is easy to use and maneuvers well, even with one hand.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Cybex Callisto in its latest roundup of stroller testing, rating each model in terms of safety, maneuverability and ease of use. "Baby Bargains" covers dozens of stroller manufacturers and offers brief reviews of individual models, but with no formal ratings. Senior editors of BabyGizmo.com offer both a detailed synopsis of the Cybex Callisto and a video demonstrating its various features and flaws. GrowingYourBaby.com and the Stroller Queen Reviews blog both offer individual product reviews, although they're less thorough than BabyGizmo.com's review. Owner feedback is limited to about 10 consumer reviews found on Overstock.com.
ConsumerReports.org conducts ongoing testing of dozens of strollers. Their latest roundup includes the Cybex Callisto, rated against about 22 other umbrella-style strollers in terms of safety, maneuverability and ease of use.
Review: Strollers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Baby Bargains
Authors of the baby-gear book "Baby Bargains" examine the four Cybex models currently available in the U.S., along with hundreds of models by competing manufacturers. While individual products aren't rated, the most popular products from each company are briefly discussed, including pros, cons and any available parent feedback.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 8.1, 2010
Senior editors of BabyGizmo.com offer a detailed summary of the Cybex Callisto stroller and an accompanying video review demonstrating the various features of this stroller. Editors say the seat is roomy and seems comfortable, accommodating their 4 ½-year-old tester easily. They also praise the Callisto's adaptability to warmer weather: By removing the back of the canopy and the side fabric panels of the seat, parents can create more airflow through the stroller for added comfort in hot weather.
Review: Cybex Callisto Stroller, Editors of BabyGizmo.com, Not Dated
In a thorough single-product review, Lisa Arneill says the Cybex Callisto offers a smooth ride and an abundance of comfort features, such as a headrest, shoulder padding and soft fabrics. She praises the ample canopy and the four-position reclining seat with one-hand operation, but says the rear brake is a bit stiff to operate and the storage basket is on the small side.
Review: Featured Product Review: Cybex Callisto, Lisa Arneill, Nov. 16, 2009
Less than 10 owners have commented on the Cybex Callisto, contributing to an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Reviewers say the Callisto is easy to fold and lightweight enough that it's convenient for an extra stow-in-the-car stroller or as a stroller for a grandparent.
Review: Cybex Callisto Lightweight Stroller in Indigo, Contributors to Overstock.com
6. Stroller Queen Reviews
This detailed review offers step-by-step descriptions of the Cybex Callisto's features and instructions for folding and unfolding it. The author praises the Callisto for being top-of-the-line among the four Cybex models available in the U.S., and she notes that the fabrics are soft, feature attractive patterns and are very comfortable.
Review: Untitled, Janet McLaughlin, Dec. 1, 2009