My family is no stranger to the Chicco line of strollers. We used the Chicco Cortina Travel System for our first child and found it be very functional for our usage patterns. So imagine our delight when the new, lightweight Chicco Neuvo Stroller showed up at our front door!
For some reason, when I heard lightweight, my mind went directly to our experience with umbrella strollers—which feel almost effortless to manage. While “umbrella- weight” is not the level of lightweight that you’ll find with the Neuvo stroller, the likelihood of straining your back when loading/unloading the Neuvo into your car is minimal.
The lighter weight is not the only difference between the Neuvo and Cortina, however. There seem to be definite pros and cons to both strollers, so to help you decide which best suits your lifestyle, I’ve compiled a comparison below.
One feature that immediately impressed me in the Neuvo was the smaller space required for storing the stroller when it’s in the collapsed position. In both height and width, the Neuvo offers significant space savings, which comes in very handy if you have limited trunk space or have to send the stroller through the TSA security screening machine.
Minimal assembly required
Assembly of the Neuvo was very simple—it took less than 30 minutes—and required no extra hardware. The only component that wasn’t clearly described in the owner’s manual was around the canopy. While the manual does describe the steps for fastening the canopy, it assumes that the canopy isn’t preattached; i.e., it’s a delivered as a separate piece. In the version we received, the canopy (which features a peekaboo window) was attached—but in the incorrect position. We had to use trial and error to determine how to unattached/reattached correctly, which ultimately required removing the handlebars.
Open shut them
Because my husband doesn’t have the use of his feet, a major feature used in our selection process is the ease of opening and collapsing the stroller. The Cortina style leads in this criteria because of its unique one-hand fold feature which operates exactly as it sounds—with one hand you can open and collapse the stroller. While the Neuvo doesn’t offer the one-hand feature, the steps for opening/collapsing are neither complicated nor cumbersome.
Between changes of clothes, bottles, diapers, burp clothes, baby foot, etc., the weight of a diaper bag can sometimes feel like the equivalent of a small suitcase. So on almost every stroller outing, I like to hang my diaper bag from the stroller’s handlebars. Unlike the design of the Cortina , the Neuvo handlebar design doesn’t allow for this cross functional use because the handlebars are separated and positioned at a relatively steep angle. Of course, there’s always the option of using the storage basket for your diaper bag but you’ll have to be a light packer if you want it to fit into the Neuvo basket.
We live in Denver, which means we get a lot of snow day. And when the snow ends, we typically have warm, sunny days that are perfect for getting outside. We took the stroller for a ride on a recent post-snow day and found that the plastic wheels just aren’t rugged enough to handle the bumpy terrain that comes with snow melt. In fact, I spent more time lifting the stroller out of melting ice patches (thank goodness for that lightweight frame!) than actually walking. On clear sidewalks and generally flat surfaces, however, the Neuvo handles just fine.
Just as we experienced with the Cortina, the Neuvo’s 5-point safety harness is very easy to use and adjust. The seat offers a multi-position recline, which is ideal for napping on the go. And again, like the Cortina, the Neuvo can be used with the KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat (which we love) as a travel system. It snaps right into the stroller for quick and convenient car-to-store transport.
The product manual states that the stroller is recommended for children 6 months to 50 pouds, so I tested it with my 38-pound toddler, who (to my surprise) fit perfectly! If you’re looking for a stroller to use for many years for your growing toddlers, this system would be a good investment.
It’s impossible to say whether the Cortina or Neuvo is “better,” but I do think that deciding what you value most in a stroller will help make the decision more clear. For a sturdier (and heftier) system, the Cortina is the way to go; but for a lightweight, easy-errand-running stroller, the Neuvo takes the cake. Having now used both, I don’t think you can lose with either model.
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