Many parents opt to buy a standard stroller for everyday use. There’s a dazzling array of styles and brands to choose from, all offering lots of desirable features. So, how on earth do you decide which stroller is the best one for you?
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In this guide, we take a look at two standard strollers brought to you by baby gear manufacturing heavyweights, Chicco, and more recent market player, Nuna.
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Nuna: Simple. Practical. Stylish
Global brand, Nuna, has its roots in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The company launched in 2007 with its first offering, the ZAAZ high chair that was designed to solve the problem of how to give a baby a spot at the table.
Nuna’s mission is to provide simple, practical, and stylish baby gear that’s designed to handle the practical side of family life. The company makes strollers, bassinets, car seats, cribs, baby seats, and complete travel systems, all of which are easy to use, good-looking, and practical. Their baby gear is thoughtfully designed to grow with your child, and it’s robustly built and engineered to last for years.
Chicco: Knowledge, experience, and scientific expertise
Chicco is an Italian company with a global presence in over 120 countries worldwide.
In 1958, Pietro Catelli formed the company to celebrate the birth of his first child, Enrico. The company name is an affectionate short form of his son’s name. Chicco makes a comprehensive range of maternity and children’s products, including baby food, clothing, and strollers.
Big on family, Chicco is keen to support families around the world through various humanitarian activities, including making financial contributions to pay for medical care for kids suffering from heart disease. The company also funds training schemes for local doctors.
Nuna Mixx vs. Chicco Cortina
In this article, we’ve highlighted these two stroller manufacturers’ comparable regular strollers for review, the Chicco Cortina and the Nuna Mixx2.
Evolved from the original Nuna Mixx, the Nuna Mixx2 is designed to give you the freedom you need to go wherever you want to with your child.
The versatile Mixx2 is ideal for trips to the supermarket, playground, or on the train. There’s plenty of space for essentials, and the vehicle’s smooth maneuverability allows you to push the stroller with just one hand.
The Mixx2 is an excellent choice for parents who value flexibility and want a multitasking stroller that has all the features while still looking stylish.
In the U.S., the Nuna MIXX2 comes in four color versions:
The last two colorways can be purchased as a set along with the bassinet. You can get the stroller at the Nuna website, or other verified retailers.
Things we like:
- Versatile and multifunctional stroller
- Different options for seating, including reversible main seat, travel system, and bassinet
- Seat reclines to a near-flat position, making the stroller suitable for newborns
- One-hand recline feature
- Large, extendable canopy with mesh windows
- Upgraded, soft fabric
- Large foam-filled wheels that handle most types of terrain
- Adjustable, telescoping handlebar for parents of different heights
- Smooth maneuverability, easy turning, and pushing
- Huge storage basket with additional storage pocket attached to the seat back
- Quick and easy to fold
- Adapters for Nuna PIPA, Cybex, and Maxi Cosi car seats are included, as well as a rain cover
Things we don’t like:
- Might be rather heavy for some parents
- Fewer color options for the bassinet in the U.S.
Nuna Mixx2: Features that Matter
For parents who like flexibility, the Mixx2 is perfect! The Mixx2 offers several seating options for both newborns and toddlers, including:
- Travel system
- Rear and front-facing main stroller seat
The stroller’s main seat is suitable for use from birth right up to 50 pounds. There’s a five-position recline feature that provides maximum comfort during riding and napping. You can recline the seat with one hand via an easy to operate handle on the rear of the seat. There’s also has an adjustable calf support and footrest.
The seat reclines almost flat. For newborns, you’d need to buy an additional infant insert so that the seat can be positioned completely flat. When the seat is fully reclined, you can raise the calf rest and snap it to the frame of the stroller, creating a safe, cozy enclosed space for a sleeping baby.
The seat has a five-point harness with an easy-to-use release button to keep your infant securely in the seat.
You can reverse the seat too via a quick and simple button push. That means you can have your infant facing you or facing outward so that he can look at the scenery.
The seat is covered with a chic, cotton blend fabric that feels plush while being soft and breathable, so it’s ideal if you live in a warm climate. The seat fabric is removable and machine washable too. As an optional extra, there’s a removable arm bar covered with leather-look fabric, giving your child something to grab onto while keeping him restrained safely in the stroller.
The Mixx2 can be converted into a travel system. The stroller comes complete with an adapter for car seats made by Nuna, Maxi Cosi, and Cybex.
The adapter can be left attached to the car seat, so you don’t have to remove the adapter every time you want to install the car seat onto the stroller frame.
The Mixx2 has a huge, extendable canopy that’s made of fabric with UPF 50+ protection, allowing you to extend the canopy fully while your baby stays safely screened from the sun. There’s also a sun visor that fastens to the canopy via a zipper that can be hidden beneath the fabric.
You can extend the canopy via a zipper inside one of the panels. The extension opens to reveal two mesh windows on both sides of the canopy, which provide additional ventilation to keep your child cool on hot days.
You can keep an eye on your child via a mesh peek-a-boo window. The window closure has no noisy Velcro that could wake your sleeping child, fastening with silent magnets instead.
The Mixx2 has foam-filled wheels, meaning that you’ll never need to worry about flat tires while you’re out and about. The wheels are chrome black with white accents and a dark matte frame for a chic, smart look.
The Nuna stroller has a single action brake that locks the rear wheels. The brake pedal is sited in the center of the stroller’s rear axle and has color indicators. Applying the brake is simple and intuitive, whether you’re standing behind or to the side of the stroller and regardless of what footwear you’re wearing.
The Mixx2 has an adjustable, telescopic handlebar with three height positions, assuring comfortable pushing no matter what height you are.
The push bar is covered with a soft, hand-sewn, leather-look fabric for a comfortable, stylish finish.
The Nuna Mixx2 is very maneuverable and can be pushed with one hand. The stroller has a very tight turning radius, moving through 360 degrees with no problem.
Progressive suspension technology ensures a smooth, comfy ride for your child. And even though this is not an all-terrain stroller or a jogger, it handles most rough surfaces with ease, including cracked sidewalks, cobblestones, gravel, and grass.
The Nuna Mixx2 has a huge storage basket under the seat that also has an integral zippered pouch where you can keep all your small items such as your keys, wallet, or cell phone. A handy divider allows you to split your things into two pouches for convenience. The storage area is easily accessible from the back of the stroller and the sides too. There’s also an extra pouch on the reverse of the seat.
All the storage areas have silent, magnetic closures, so you don’t need to worry about waking your baby with noisy Velcro.
Weight and folding
Although the Nuna Mixx2 is a full-sized stroller, it only weighs 26.8 pounds.
You can fold the stroller quickly and easily, regardless of whether the seat is front or rear-facing, unlike the UPPAbaby Vista where you need to change the seat position first. If you want to, you can remove the seat first and fold the frame down separately.
- Key Fit car seat clicks easily and securely into Cortina CX stroller
- Fully-reclining seat with 8 positions and Memory Recline.Front Wheel Diameter: 6.75 inches. Rear Wheel Diameter: 7.5 inches
- One-hand fold and parent tray with cup holder and storage and compartment
The Chicco Cortina is one of the most popular models in the regular, single stroller class.
The Cortina has many outstanding features, offering superior comfort for your baby and convenience for you. The stroller has a unique feature called, “Memory Recline,” which uses innovative technology that memorizes the last position used, including full recline, making seat setting a breeze to use.
Unlike the Mixx2, you don’t need an infant seat insert, as the Cortina’s seat reclines fully, making it suitable for newborns.
By using the Chicco KeyFit infant car seat, you can convert the stroller for travel.
Things we like:
- Accepts the Chicco KeyFit or KeyFit 30 infant car seat, (you must buy this separately)
- Front swivel wheels with locking option
- Front-wheel suspension for a smooth ride
- Large, removable and adjustable sun canopy with peek-a-boo window
- Easy to fold and convenient free-stand once folded
- Adjustable leg rest
- Multi-position reclining seat with “Memory Recline”
- Adjustable five-point safety harness
- Child snack tray and cup holder
- One-step linked braking system
- Height-adjustable padded handlebar
- 25-pound stroller weight
Things we don’t like:
- Storage basket under the seat can’t be accessed when the seat is fully reclined
- Can be bulky once folded, taking up more than half the trunk space in a mid-sized car
- The wheels are plastic, wearing quickly and making for a bumpy ride
Chicco Cortina: Features that Matter
The Cortina’s seat is super-comfy for your child with generous, soft padding and a nice range of stylish color schemes and fabrics to choose from.
The seat has an adjustable leg rest that you can flip up. Like the Mixx2, you can create a cozy cocoon for your newborn by flipping up the footrest when the seat is in the fully reclined position.
Cup holders and snack trays
Unlike the Mixx2 that doesn’t offer anything like this, the Cortina gives you a removable snack tray for your child and two cup holders. You get an organizing tray with a snap down lid and a cup holder for your juice or coffee.
The Cortina comes as a travel system, but it’s only compatible with Chicco’s car seats, which you have to purchase separately, whereas the Nuna Mixx2 will fit a few other popular makes as well as their own.
The Cortina has an average-size sun canopy that provides adequate protection for your baby on hot days. However, with the car seat in place and the car seat hood up, both meet, providing complete coverage for your child. Although the Mixx2 can’t do that, its extendable, extra-large canopy more than makes up for this.
Suspension system and smooth ride
The Cortina has a superb suspension system that provides an incredibly smooth and stable ride. And the stroller can be maneuvered with one hand. The wheels have a one-step, linked braking system so that you don’t need to push down on two brakes separately.
Like the Nuna stroller, the Cortina is easy to fold and will stand alone for easy storage and leaving your hands free to do other things. Unfolding the stroller is easy too and can be accomplished with just one hand.
The Cortina has a large, underseat storage basket that’s comparable with that of the Mixx2. There’s plenty of room for a diaper bag, shopping, and other essentials.
The Cortina has adjustable handlebars like the Mixx2, so there’s no danger of tall moms kicking the back of the stroller while they’re walking. Smaller parents can adjust the handle down so that their arms are at a comfortable angle for pushing.
Wrapping it up
If you’re looking for a good-quality standard-size stroller with lots of appealing features and plenty of style, both the Nuna and Chicco have lots to offer.
Both strollers are suitable for newborns, although you’ll need to buy a seat insert if you want to use the Nuna for a very young baby. For superior adjustability and a comfy ride for your child, you’ll love the Nuna. If you want a stroller that’s easy to store and fold, the Chicco Cortina might be the one for you.