I must admit that the reason I first looked into getting the Chicco Echo Stroller for my little one was because I was drawn to the gorgeous bright colors it was offered in and the pretty display at my local Target did not hurt either. As I began my research, I referenced our lightweight stroller review and considered other umbrella stroller brands like Maclaren, Peg Perego, Joovy, UPPAbaby and The First Year- all of which had features that I liked and all came highly recommended from friends.
In the end the reason that the Chicco Echo beat the others was quite simply because it was available at our local store, we had a need for one that week and I was happy with the features Chicco packed into a stroller that was less than $100. Plus did I mention that it comes in some really pretty, bold colors?
We have been using the Chicco Echo Stroller (we picked the Turquoise!) now for several weeks, including an extensive trip to the Zoo and a weekend out of town to cheer on our Clemson Tigers (altough we did not pull out a win). Needless to say we have been getting some good milage out of it recently and here’s my real mom review.
Hightlights: First off I mistakenly thought that the stroller came put together, which it did not- however it was very simple to assemble and may have taken us less than 10 minutes total. The seat itself is more padded then most umbrella strollers on the market which is great for added comfort for your little one. The Echo even features the ability to lie flat as well as three other recline positions should the urge for a snooze come on. The handles are nicely cushioned and sit slightly higher then other stroller models which especially great for taller parents. However it is just as comfortable for me and I am on the shorter side. The stroller features front swivel wheels that have the ability to lock for those times you are really crusin’ and like the extra stability. The Echo also comes with a cup holder, storage basket as well and a retractable canopy. One of my favorite features is ther velcro strap that goes over the five point harness which I am hoping will distract my little one from figuring out how to unhook herself even longer- she is very curious!
Lowlights: So far I do not have much that I do not like about this stroller. One thing that I am still getting used to is figuring out how to fold it down in a hurry. I tend to fumble through a couple different knobs and buttons before I finally get it but I think this will just come in time and practice. Another thing that I wish this stroller featured is a area within the canopy where I can peak in on my little one without having to pull the whole thing back or swing around to get a glance (my jogging stroller has one that I have grown quite fond of). One more lowlight for me is the duribility of the wheels- yes we have been using this stroller alot the past couple of weeks but I am wondering how long term use is going to ware on them since they do not feature any sort of trend, instead they are a simple plastic. On additional thing to note is the weight – the Echo weighs 17 pounds which for a lightweight stroller is on the heavy side. Personally, it does not bother me but it is worth noting.
Bottomline: I would buy this stroller again. In fact, as Sydney gets older it seems like it is going to take the need for my three other strollers away. I love that takes up so much less room in the back of the car and is great for everything from a quick trip to the mall or an long trip to the Zoo.
What brand of lightweight stroller did you choose for your little one? A bright and fun one or a simple and chic one? Has it lasted the test of time?