We have been using the Chicco Echo stroller for days out since Little I turned one back in February. So we have certainly put it to the test!. We tend to use it when our larger Chicco Urban travel system won't fit in the packed car or we are just popping out and want something lighter and smaller. It is a godsend for when Little I is staying with her extended family as it is so easy to explain how it works!
We have a pink version with black frame but it currently comes in bright blue, bright green or a really cool purple which I am coverting at the moment. There is also a limited edition Pixie Echo if you fancy something even jazzier.
It functions like a typical pop up pushchair - you unclip, unfold and press down on the lever with your foot to lock open. To collapse you flick the leaver up with your foot to unlock then press your foot on a button as you push forward to collapse and click shut. I can do it one handed. There is a carry handle making it easy to transfer it to the car.
The backrest reclines in four different positions until almost flat. It is easy to recline the seat one handed using the lever at the back of the seat. The same lever pops it back up again when baby wakes up. Just be aware that the basket, which is actually pretty spacious, is not very accessible when the backrest is fully reclined.
The sun canopy is removable and has a back flap which is great to create a cosy environment for baby to sleep in. In the summertime it can be unzipped to allow extra airflow through the back. If comes with a rain cover to keep baby dry when it is wet but Little I hates it and fights it until her head is sticking out...
Weighing just 7.7kg the stroller is pretty light so very easy for the grandparents to use when Little I is staying with them. Due to the compact, easy fold nature of the Echo, we used it for our summer holiday to Spain. Having to collapse it to go through security was a breeze and the integrated carry handle made it easy to pass it to the baggage handling staff to go into the hold.
So how does it push? Pretty well for a budget pop up pushchair! The front wheels are swivel but you can lock them if you wish and the handles are quite high so you don't have to stoop much.
They only negative is that it doesn't come with a footmuff so you have to buy a universal style one or bundle baby up with blankets etc. But considering this retails at £99 (you can find it heavily discounted in a lot of places at the moment including Amazon - link below!) you wouldn't expect a footmuff for that price. Overall this a great little stroller for popping out and about.
I received this stroller free of charge for review purposes but all opinions are my own.
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