How I Came to Own the Chicco Echo Stroller
The All Purpose Stroller
Let me start this post by winding the clock back a few months. When my little one finally was confidently sitting and seeing the world with her big brown eyes, I knew it was time for a stroller that was easier to maneuver and take in and out of the car as needed.
Until now, I had been using one of my favorite baby purchases: Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System Stroller – Francesca (discontinued). It’s been a fantastic stroller and car seat combo that was light, durable, with lots of bells and whistles.
If you are in the market for a great travel system stroller, you can check out the comparable Zola stroller which, quite honestly, looks almost identical to the Francesca. Click the image below for more info and get yours today!
My First Attempt at an Umbrella Stroller
A Purchase on a Whim
The time had come where we needed something lighter and more compact for our frequent trips to the boardwalk, the farm, the park and the like. One day, strolling through the mall picking up a few things for a girlfriend’s baby shower I came across a huge sale at Macy’s due to a partial store closing. Having a few spare minutes I decided to check out the baby section for what was left (it looked like a war zone!). There wasn’t much. Though right before turning around to leave I noticed a few strollers hanging out in a deserted corner. They were exactly (what I thought) I was looking for. Not to mention, Jackpot! it was on sale and I was stoked! I payed my $15 and was happily on my way!
Not a Stroller I Could Roll With
Forward a few weeks — It didn’t take too much time for me to really despise this product. Strong words, I know. But I think they are well deserved when the handles slide off, one of the front wheels refuses to turn and it’s so flimsy and terribly made that my little girls back would curl as if she were in an upright hammock. Still, we ended up using this stroller on those occasions that we needed a quick run to the store for diapers while Francesca took care of the rest.
Dislike Turns to Hate for a Tiny Little Stroller
Fast forward a few months — It’s an absolutely gorgeous summer day and me and my little partner in crime had a great day of shopping planned — Wegmans, Home Goods, Target. That was the plan. Seeing how beautiful it was outside we decided to leave the car in the lot and walk.
We went to Wegmans first for a quick grab and headed over to Home Goods next door right after. I don’t need to tell you how annoyed I was pushing this stroller for quite a short distance. It seemed to be burying itself into the ground working all it’s wheels (at least one of them for a fact; I am talking to you front left!) against me. Walking my 5 foot tall self behind it I continually found myself kicking the back of it and tripping up with almost every stride. I was getting sweaty and tired fighting it but, I thought, “I am being irrational. The stroller was 15 bucks and it’s serving it’s purpose.” I thought about getting a drink but pushing this stroller with one hand is an impossible task. Believe me, I tried. So on I marched into Target with a mission — find an umbrella stroller!
Okay, we’re getting closer to the review of the actual product here. Sorry Bees, seems my frustrations have resurfaced with latter mentioned stroller and I’ve let the words get away from me. I am going to breathe now. Breathe and review my latest light stroller purchase. 🙂
The Search for a Lightweight Stroller Round 2
I took down every display stroller. I put my baby girl in them. I pushed it around. I folded and unfolded them. People stared but I could care less. I was on a mission to get a stroller. NO. I was on a mission to get rid of that d#%@ Cosco Juvenile Disney Themed Stroller. I see it in my nightmares. I promise, it gets more intense (you’re welcome).
After comparing some prices and look and feel of a stroller I decided to wing it and spend $100 on a product I’ve only had the pleasure of researching on my phone in a hurried manner. People were looking after all. Kidding, I totally don’t care being stared at, at least in that manner, and that point will shine through in a few more lines.
I made my choice and decided to go with Chicco (a brand name I had not used to date) Echo. A beautiful, light, and seemingly comfortable stroller. I’m not one to make a purchase on a whim but who’ll believe me as I do it for the second time in less than 6 months.
And the Winner for My Next Light Weight Stroller – Chicco Echo
I crossed my fingers, I brought up the box, made my purchase and asked for the scissors. Tearing open the box right in the store I proceeded to put the thing together. People stared. I was too hot and aggravated to care. I had to finish what I started. Well, I had very little choice with a torn open box, wheels and plastic and clips all around me. Ah, if my little one could speak, I could hear it, “Moooooom, you’re embarrassing me!” Sorry love, my guess is, there much more of that to come so this is a good chance to start getting used to it.
Finally with the job done, I dumped the old umbrella stroller in the trash never to be seen again. I thought of donating it but hated the idea of giving someone something made so terribly that it made me want to scream — literally.
It took just that 8 minute walk back to our car for me to fall in love. Two months later I still love it! Go Echo, echo, echo, echo!
Here is My Full Chicco Stroller Reivew
First and foremost, it’s incredibly easy to assemble. Take it from a girl that put it together in the middle of a store with a baby waiting. It took me less than 10 minutes to get it ready to roll!
This stroller is gorgeous. The colors are brilliant, fresh, and there is a ton of variety.
Sturdy feel. The design is not too big nor small and it was constructed in a durable manner.
Comfort grip handles make it a pleasure to push along.
Compact fold allows for easy storage in the car, garage, and just about anywhere.
It folds up and unfolds very quickly with no hassle at all.
Convenient handle. Once you’ve folded it you’ll notice a great little addition in the form of a handle for easy carrying.
Cushioned seat and backrest for baby comfort.
Rear canopy panel provides added enclosure and zips off to allow air flow for those muggy and stikcy days. This is great for helping my kid from getting so hot that she sweats through her clothes. Not an issue with this stroller.
Reclining seat. Let’s face it, kids aren’t always up for errund runs. This is a great feature that the umbrella stroller simply doesn’t have. You can position it from upright to all the way flat recline. This stroller has 4 positions between upright and flat which is awesome for mom and super comfy for baby!!!
Basket storage. Surely more than your typical umbrella stroller provides which is none. Great for packing snacks, drinks, toys, etc…
Adjustable, padded five point harness is built for safety and comfort.
The wheels on this stroller are work horses. We’ve hit the farm and park and city streets with this stroller with no issues. It takes on all sorts of terrain — rocks, tall grass, cobblestone. The ride is super comfortable and smooth. It almost glides with ease!!!
The wheels also have breaks on them — front and back. You can also lock the front wheels to prevent them from swiveling if you’re pushing through rocks or gravel.
The canopy is descent. It’s not as big as our full stroller but it’s certainly a huge upgrade from our previous umbrella stroller. It’s also removable so you can move it down a bit for better coverage. I also purchased an additional umbrella for the stroller for ultimate shade versatility. Great purchase for any stroller.
Adjustable, 2 position leg rest is really great too providing your tot with the ultimate comfort whether sitting up or laying down in the stroller. Definitely not something you’d find on a typical umbrella stroller.
It will grow with my kiddo all the way through 40 lbs so this will be the go-to stroller from this point on.
Has a cup holder on the side for your water bottles. This is typically uncommon with the average umbrella stroller.
This stroller is fantastic in size (height) making it easy to reach without hunching over to grab the handles or kicking the back of it. That was SUCH a petpeeve of mine with the umbrella stroller and other strollers that I’ve tested out. I am 5’5 and it’s PERFECT height. A friend of mine is who is 6’1″ bought this stroller with my recommendation and loves the height of this stroller too.
It’s heavier than your average stroller weighing in at 17 lbs (though you wouldn’t feel it as you’re pushing it due to it’s great design). Though it’s heavier than your average umbrella stroller I think this is necessary for the sturdiness of the design. Weighing in at 120 lbs I have no issues maneuvering this stroller around. This isn’t so much a con than a reminder that this will be a bit heavier than your typical stroller.
No snack tray makes it a bit trickier for the babes that haven’t gotten the hang of a snack cup.
No mama tray but it’s a simple fix with a quick purchase of a stroller organizer. The JL Childress Bottles ‘N Bags Stroller Organizer – Black was a great purchase that meets all my needs from cup holders to zipper pockets to bag clicps for shopping bags. Did I mention that you can detach this whole thing and wear it around your waist or over your sholder? Yeah, super convenient. Click on the image for more info and to get yours!
Your Turn Bees
What do you think of this review? Do you have this stroller and love it as much as me? Or do you hate it? Got other suggestions? I am all ears. Let’s chat. Looking forward to hearing from you Bees!!!
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