The Chicco Liteway earns kudos from experts and parents alike as a great combination of value and features. Although its 17-pound weight makes it heavier than some umbrella strollers, it's also sturdier and has the option to carry a newborn. The canopy is smallish, with no extensions, and the canopy window doesn't have a cover. That doesn't seem to bother most parents, who have made this one of the highest-rated umbrella strollers.
Heavier in weight, heavier in safety. Owners say the Chicco Liteway has a rugged build with a sturdy frame that locks securely in the closed position so it doesn't open accidentally. It has a padded, adjustable, five-point harness, and the brakes lock securely, but they have to be locked individually. There are no reports of tipping, and the buckle is secure and not easy for a toddler to undo. When using it with a newborn, the seat can fold up to an infant enclosure for additional security.
Simple, but a bit more bulky. The Chicco Liteway folds and unfolds easily, is compact, and is easy to use in crowded situations like airports and on a bus, thanks to the carry handle on the frame. The fabric removes easily for cleaning. Many owners say the storage basket is hard to access with the stroller reclined, not an unusual complaint for an umbrella stroller. A number of parents note that it would be more convenient if it had a small pouch or pocket on the seat for cellphones and keys. It gets raves for being easy to steer and maneuver, even over bumpier terrain.
A nice ride for newborns. The key feature of the Chicco Liteway is its ability to accommodate newborns with a fully reclining seat and built-in bassinet. For older babies, the harness straps are padded and there is adjustable leg support. It's also only weight-rated up to 40 pounds.
The canopy is on the small side, and the window does not have a cover. Parents say the Liteway's handles offer a comfortable, ergonomic shape and are a good height for even very tall users. Other convenience features on the Chicco Liteway include a detachable adult cup holder and the under-seat storage basket that converts into a backpack.
Kate Bayless, names the Chicco Liteway "best to use from birth," giving it a 5-star rating; the parent tester rates it 4 stars. Bayless says it's great for kids who still nap, and she and the parent tester both say it's best for errands and light strolling; they wish it had a bigger canopy.
Review: The 17 Best Umbrella Strollers, Kate Bayless, Oct. 22, 2012
2. Baby Bargains
The 2013 edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields, covers a variety of stroller manufacturers. The authors provide overall ratings for brands and for individual models. Their reviews take into account parent feedback and personal research and experiences. In the latest edition, they discuss Chicco in detail and the Liteway specifically.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags and other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
3. Which? magazine
Which? magazine -- the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org -- names 34 best buys after testing 135 strollers (including the Chicco Liteway) for ease of use, ease of car seat attachment, capability on rough terrain and general handling.
Review: Pushchairs: Best Buys, Editors of Which? magazine, April 20, 2011
The Chicco Liteway is one of the highest-rated umbrella strollers on Amazon.com, with an average overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars in more than 150 reviews. Owners praise its light weight and full, one-handed recline. A few say the canopy is too small, the window lets in too much light and the basket is small and hard to access.
Review: Chicco Liteway Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
5. Babies 'R' Us
In more than 160 reviews the Chicco Liteway earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's lightweight and easy to use, with good maneuverability. A few say it lacks adjustments and the basket and canopy are small.
Review: Chicco Liteway Stroller - Orion, Contributors to Babies "R" Us, As of August 2013
This positive review describes the Chicco Liteway as easy to maneuver and versatile. It is part of a "9 best stroller" roundup, but there is no mention of testing, and the Liteway is not compared to the other strollers in the roundup.
Review: 9 Best Strollers, Margaret Williams, Not dated