Chicco and UPPAbaby are two of the most popular stroller brands in the marketplace today. Both companies offer a wide range of high-quality strollers that are designed to fit every lifestyle and need. These brands’ products sit in the higher price bracket for strollers, so you’ll want to know what each comparable style offers before you part with your cash.
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In this article, we take a look at some of Chicco and UPPAbaby’s most popular strollers and compare them head-to-head so that you can see which one would best suit your family’s needs.
First, let’s find out more about each of these internationally successfully manufacturers.
Table of Contents
- 1 Chicco: Passion, expertise, dedication, and intuition
- 2 UPPAbaby: Innovation, experience, and inspiration
- 3 Chicco Bravo vs. UPPAbaby Vista and UPPAbaby Cruz
- 4 Chicco Liteway vs. UPPAbaby G Luxe
- 5 Chicco Urban vs. UPPAbaby Vista
- 6 Wrapping it up
Chicco: Passion, expertise, dedication, and intuition
Chicco is an Italian company that operates internationally in over 120 countries worldwide.
The company was founded in 1958 by Pietro Catelli in celebration of the birth of his first child, Enrico after whom Chicco is named. As well as strollers, Chicco makes a broad range of maternity and baby products, including children’s clothing.
A hugely family oriented company, Chicco’s management team provides financial support to various humanitarian initiatives around the globe, including paying for medical care for children with heart disease. They also provide much-needed training for local doctors in impoverished countries.
UPPAbaby: Innovation, experience, and inspiration
UPPAbaby is a U.S. manufacturer that was founded relatively recently in 2006. The company has a reputation for producing innovative, well-designed strollers that look great and deliver on features and functionality. Comfort, safety, and practicality are at the forefront of UPPAbaby’s stroller designs, which is what makes them one of the best-selling brands in the marketplace.
Parents who buy an UPPAbaby stroller will enjoy excellent value for money and can make their purchase safe in the knowledge that their chosen stroller will last them forever. And that’s great news for those with plans to extend their family in the future.
Chicco Bravo vs. UPPAbaby Vista and UPPAbaby Cruz
If you’re planning on traveling by car with your baby, you’ll need a travel system that’s designed with safety and comfort for your child as a priority.
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System and the UPPAbaby Vista and UPPAbaby Cruz are the go-to choices for many parents looking for a well-made, practical car seat/stroller combo. But how do they compare? Let’s find out.
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
- The Chicco Bravo Trio System Includes Bravo Stroller, Key Fit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base
- Stroller features a removable seat for easy transformation into a stylish frame carrier for the Key Fit. A gorgeously woven jacquard in a delightful polka dot pattern is paired with warm...
- Stroller features 1-hand fold, auto-positioning wheels and a self-standing compact folded position.Care & Cleaning: Hand Wash
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System package includes the Chicco Bravo Stroller, the KeyFit 30 child car seat and base, cup holders, and a parent tray with handy additional storage. This travel system is similar and comparable to UPPAbaby’s models, but it comes in at a lower price point.
The stroller will take a child from newborn up to 50 pounds and yet weighs only 23 pounds, coming in lighter than many of its competitors.
To get a clearer idea of what you get for your money, check out the company promotional video:
The UPPAbaby Vista
- Includes bassinet, full size front or rear facing toddler seat with multi-position recline, toddler seat rain and bug shields, and bassinet bug shield and storage bag
- Compatible with MESA Infant Car Seat - direct attachment, no adapters necessary; Compatible with select Chicco and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats when using adaptors (car seats and adaptors sold...
- Longer bassinet mattress pad with ventilation for added breathability
The UPPAbaby Vista is a convertible stroller that’s suitable for a newborn, right through until toddlerhood. The latest version of the Vista has been upgraded to include many appealing features that parents who like to travel with their baby will appreciate.
The Vista comes with a matching, color-coordinated bassinet so that you can use the stroller as a stylish pram until your baby is strong enough to hold his head up independently and sit in the stroller seat. The bassinet is 2.5-inches longer than standard to accommodate taller babies, and that means it won’t be outgrown too quickly.
To see the UPPAbaby Vista in action, click this video:
The UPPAbaby Cruz 2
- NEW! 2018 model CRUZ Stroller
- Includes full size front or rear facing toddler seat with multi-position recline
- Compatible with MESA Infant Car Seat - direct attachment, no adapters necessary
The UPPAbaby Cruz is the upgraded version of the hugely popular Cruz convertible stroller.
Like the Vista and the Bravo, you can use the Cruz 2 for a newborn baby, although to do so you will need to purchase a carrycot for use with the stroller. The stroller itself is suitable for use with children aged from six months through to toddlerhood.
To see the UPPAbaby Cruz 2 being demonstrated, click below:
The Bravo Trio System allows you to remove the stroller seat for an easy and quick transformation into a chic frame carrier for the KeyFit car seat. The seat itself reclines and molds into several different positions for optimum passenger comfort. Positions for your child include flat, fully-seated, and everywhere between.
Also, the seat is covered with a beautiful, woven jacquard fabric in a stylish polka dot pattern, contrasted with warm grey. The material is super-easy to clean and gives the stroller a touch of individuality and style that sets it apart from other makes.
For the comfort of the passenger, the Vista has an adjustable leg rest and a smart leather bumper bar. And to keep your child safe and secure as he rides, the stroller seat has a five-point safety harness. A nice safety feature is rear-levered parking brakes that will prevent the stroller from rolling away from you when you’re stopped.
Additionally, the Vista comes with a five-position, reclining, reversible car seat that offers superior versatility when compared to the Bravo. The car seat is compatible with most car seat brands too, so you won’t need to incur extra expense by buying a special adapter.
Like the Bravo and the Vista, the Cruz 2 is compatible with most car travel systems, and car seat/carrycot adapters are included with the package. Although the Cruz 2 has a reversible seat, it lacks the versatility of the Bravo. On the fashion front, the Cruz 2 has more stylish fabric than the Vista and is on a par with the Bravo in that respect.
The Bravo features a one-handed fold, auto-positioning wheels, and a self-standing, compact fold for easy transport and storage. When traveling, the frame of the stroller is very sturdy but also very lightweight, and it takes up very little space in your car trunk.
Similarly, when you want to store the Vista, you’ll enjoy the benefit of a one-step, freestanding fold.
Lastly, here’s a look at the Cruz’s compact fold:
The Bravo has an ample, easily accessible underseat storage basket that’s on a par with what you get with UPPAbaby’s convertible strollers. Also, there’s a console on the handlebar where you can keep your drink, camera, phone, etc.
Although the Vista doesn’t give you the extra storage you’ll get with the Bravo, it does have an extra-large underseat storage basket that’s easily accessible from the front and rear of the stroller.
Push and Maneurverability
When it comes to the push and maneuverability, the Bravo can be steered with one hand, and it can fit through many tight spaces as it’s narrower than many of the strollers within the same class. Despite its smaller base, the Bravo doesn’t lack stability. Also, the handlebar is adjustable to suit parents of different heights.
The Bravo’s wheels are solid plastic, so you won’t need to worry about punctures. Also, this stroller can cope well with cobblestone streets, uneven sidewalks, and grass.
The Vista has swivel front wheels that are lockable for more stability over rough terrain, and the four-wheel suspension system gives a smooth ride. Like the Bravo, the Vista has a height adjustable handlebar to cater for parents of different heights, but the Vista’s handlebar has a touch of luxurious style in the form of a premium leather cover.
Also, the stroller chassis is made of lightweight aircraft aluminum, is modern in design, and is a dream to push. The frame is also powder-coated to minimize the risk of scratching.
Lastly, for Cruz 2, the push is smooth and easy on both flat and uneven surfaces.
The Bravo’s large canopy gives complete coverage from the sun, as well as providing privacy. Choose from eight different color combination choices, from neutral to bolder shades of blues and pinks.
Unlike the Bravo’s extendable canopy, the Vista’s has an SPF 50+ sun visor and a mesh peek-a-boo window. The height of the canopy is also adjustable to accommodate your toddler as he grows. To keep your child protected and comfortable, you get a rain shield and bug net included with the Vista package that you don’t with the Bravo.
The UPPAbaby Cruz 2 has a huge, extendable sun canopy with UV50+ protection to keep your child safe from sunburn. You also get a rain cover and an insect net, as you do with the Vista.
Chicco Liteway vs. UPPAbaby G Luxe
The Chicco Liteway
- 4-Position backrest easily adjusts with 1 hand for growing children
- Adjustable, removable canopy with peek-a-boo window. Rear Wheel Diameter is 7inch
- Adjustable footrest for added comfort and support
The Chicco Liteway is bold, very stylish, will undoubtedly turn heads when you’re out and about with your child, especially with the impressive range of colors that you have to choose from.
To see Chicco’s promo video of their Liteway stroller, click this link:
The UPPAbaby G Luxe
- NEW! 2018 model G-LUXE Stroller
- One-handed actuated recline and adjustable footrest
- Large stretch knit canopy with extendable UPF 50+ sunshade for great sun and wind protection
Pitted against the Liteway, the G-Luxe is a high-end umbrella stroller that is priced very reasonably, given the number of features it offers.
UPPAbaby’s promotional video for their G-Luxe stroller can be viewed here:
The Liteway’s seat can be fully reclined so you can use it for newborn babies, which is a feature you don’t find on many umbrella strollers, including the UPPAbaby G Luxe. The seat has a four-position backrest that can be adjusted with just one hand to accommodate your growing child. A nice touch is a hide-away boot that allows you to enclose your little one in a snug wrap when the seat is fully reclined.
The Liteway will carry a child up to 40 pounds in weight. A child weighing more than this will have difficulty fitting into the rather narrow seat.
Unfortunately, you can’t use the G-Luxe for a newborn, and it’s only suitable from three months onwards. That said, the stroller has a multi-position recline that can be operated one-handed, and there’s a footrest for a toddler’s added comfort.
The Liteway has a large, adjustable canopy that can be removed for easy storage or transport. The canopy has a peek-a-boo window that allows you to keep an eye on your napping child without disturbing them.
On hot days, you can use the large, stretch-knit canopy on the G-Luxe with its extendable UPF 50+ sunshade to keep your child protected from the sun and wind.
As you’d expect with an umbrella stroller that is as compact as the Liteway, storage for travel is not a problem when the stroller is folded.
The G-Luxe is very easy to fold and is freestanding when folded for easy storage.
Push and Maneuverability
Unfortunately, the Liteway doesn’t have adjustable handlebars, and some users have complained that the stroller is not the easiest to steer and push, especially over uneven sidewalks and curbs.
Four-wheel suspension makes the ride super-smooth, and the G-Luxe is also much easier to push and steer than the Liteway, despite its robust build.
Umbrella strollers are not renowned for being packed with extras, but the Liteway does give you a cup holder and a detachable storage basket that can be converted into a handy backpack or tote.
When it comes to extra features, the G-Luxe is an easy winner. The seat pad can be removed and is machine washable. To carry the stroller when folded, you have the option of a convenient shoulder carry strap.
Chicco Urban vs. UPPAbaby Vista
- Transforms from car seat carrier to infant carriage to toddler Stroller
- Baby can face forward or towards mom/dad in all 3 configurations, creating 6 unique strolling modes
- Includes free adapter to accept all key Fit and Fit2 infant car seats (car seat sold separately)
The Chicco Urban is another very popular stroller that’s designed with the city-dwelling family in mind. The Urban also doubles as a three-configuration travel system with six riding modes that can be used for a newborn right through to toddlerhood.
You can see a manufacturer’s promotional video of the Urban here:
So, how does the Urban compare with the UPPAbaby Vista that we’ve already mentioned?
The Urban transforms from a car seat carrier to an infant carrier to a stroller that’s suitable for a toddler. You can adjust the seat in all three configurations so that it faces forward for a view on the world or in reverse so that the child can see mom and dad. Convertibility is a breeze, with many transformations being made using just one simple click, which makes the Urban the perfect stroller choice for parents on the go.
The Urban’s package comes with a free adapter that accepts all KeyFit and Fit2 infant car seats, which you have to buy separately. So, if you pick the Urban, you’re choosing a birth to toddler option that makes this stroller a one-time investment that will grow with your child.
The Urban is very easy to put together without the use of tools. And you can remove the wheels from the stroller to give you extra space for storage at home or in your car trunk.
Unfortunately, there are a few areas where the Urban fails to deliver. First of all, it doesn’t offer a one-hand, one-step fold facility, which you do get with the Vista, and that can be tricky when you have your hands full with a squirming child. Also, the front wheels only have a small turning circle when compared with the Vista, making the Urban less maneuverable than its competitor.
Wrapping it up
Chicco and UPPAbaby are two of the world’s most well-known brands of baby and toddler products, especially strollers.
Price-wise, UPPAbaby’s strollers are typically slightly more expensive than Chicco’s, depending on where you buy. However, both manufacturers have designed and produced strollers that have most of the desirable features parents want, and both are incredibly well-made. If you choose a stroller made by either of these companies, you can look forward to superior performance for many years.
Also, in the unlikely event that you have a problem with their products, both Chicco and UPPAbaby deliver excellent after-sales customer service, and many of their strollers come with a no-quibble warranty too. So, whichever of these two top brands you settle on, you won’t go wrong!