Car seat excellent, stroller not built to last
November 14, 2018
I am through happy with the keyfit 30 car seat but the stroller is terrible.
Car seat: It is very easy to install. I bought an additional base for use in my husband's truck and my mother in laws car. The base is so easy to install, I feel I could have got away with only one base and transferring it between cars when needed. The only down side, now that its winter in Canada, I want to use bunting but the straps are no long enough to fit my 8 month old and the extra padding from bunting. I understand this is a common issue with other car seats too. There is a recall on the car seat but Chicco sent a repair kit (two pieces of foam) and its easy to install. I'm trying to keep my son in the bucket seat for as long as possible. He is just over 20lbs and its very hard to carry him in the car seat. I think the car seat itself is 16 lbs. That would happen with any bucket seat.
The stroller: I am thoroughly disappointed in this stroller. I bought this travel system because the stroller easily folds with one hand and its one of the lightest (21 lbs, I think) of full size strollers/travel systems, with my mother in law in mind. There is no way she could fold and lift this stroller. Though it folds easily, its heavy and awkward to lift. She is also very small and I am above average in height, I liked that the handle height was adjustable.
I use the stroller daily. Ive had it for 8 months now and still use the car seat with it. I have not yet used the stroller on uts own. I keep it in my car trunk. I have a Toyota Camry. It takes up half the trunk. The wheels must be in a certain position in order to fold the stroller. Placing it in and out if the trunk puts pressure on the wheels. This may be the reason they seem weak. The stroller cannot be driven with one hand. Not even for a second which doesnt really matter because the parent tray doesnt hold a cellphone or beverage without falling out or spilling over bumps. As another poster reported, it has trouble maneuvering over crack in sidewalks, never mind the small curb from sidewalk to crosswalks. You'll spend half of your time jolting to a stop when the wheels hit a small lip and tilting to get over the smallest bump. As mentioned, don't bother putting anything in the parents tray for this reason. The brake is a little annoying to release but is similar to other strollers.
In the plus side, I like that I can use the stroller canopy and the car seat canopy together to provide full coverage protection from the elements. The storage basket underneath is large. It does have one hand fold and folds easily. This is a great feature for someone who wants to store it upright.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS STROLLER.
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.