In practically any purchase decision, consumers face the choice of opting for the standard version of a product or the deluxe.
And the world of strollers is no exception. Enhanced models normally boast more features than traditional ones, but are the extra benefits worth shelling out extra money?
If you’re considering buying a new umbrella stroller for your bouncing bundle of joy, let us help you weigh the differences between two popular ones — the standard Chicco Liteway and the more advanced Chicco Liteway Plus.
At a glance
What we found: The Chicco Liteway is $40 less than its more souped-up counterpart, the Chicco Liteway Plus.
What you’ll learn: The most significant difference between these two strollers is that the Liteway Plus is a two-in-one model. That means it functions as both a standard stroller and a car seat carrier. Just fold the stroller’s seat forward to attach your car seat.
The Chicco Liteway and Chicco Liteway Plus are so similar in appearance that you could almost mistake one for the other. They’re each lightweight umbrella strollers (that means they can be easily folded up like an umbrella).
They both measure 35 inches long, 19 inches wide and 40 inches high. And while they’re narrow and easy to maneuver when in use, they’re also easy to transport, thanks to a compact fold.
The Liteway weighs 17.2 pounds, while the Liteway Plus is slightly heavier at 19 pounds. Each stroller is sold in a variety of fabric color combinations.
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But the real value of any stroller is in its features, and neither of these models disappoints.
In fact, they’re each included in NerdWallet’s roundup of the best umbrella strollers — based on 10,529 analyzed reviews. The Chicco Liteway is No. 1 on our list (with a 9.3 overall score), and the Liteway Plus is No. 3 (with an 8.7 overall score).
Here are some key features that both of these models share:
- Strong suspension. The strollers boast rear-wheel suspension and front swivel wheels for a safe, smooth ride.
- Reclining. Both strollers have five-position reclining seats to keep your baby comfortable.
- Canopy. The strollers protect little ones from the elements with adjustable canopies that include a peek-a-boo window.
- Accessories. Parents can store their drinks, phones and keys in the included parent cup holder and storage basket.
There is one crucial element that sets apart these two Chicco models. The Liteway Plus doubles as a traditional stroller and a car seat carrier. That means it’s compatible with KeyFit Infant Car Seats (car seats sold separately).
Parents looking for convenience when in a rush can attach a compatible car seat directly to the stroller itself. You’ll hear a click when the car seat is locked into place.
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The Chicco Liteway retails for $139.99, while the Chicco Liteway Plus is $40 more at $179.99.
You’ll find these strollers at a variety of retailers — as well as from the Chicco brand itself — but we recommend shopping at Amazon, where you may be able to snag yours at a discount.
Ready, set, stroll
If you’re looking for a stroller — and only a stroller — stick to the Chicco Liteway. It’ll deliver everything you need for less than the Liteway Plus.
But if you’re looking to make an investment, go for the Liteway Plus. It offers everything the regular Liteway does — and then some. Plus, the extra $40 may be worth it in the long run. After all, once your little one outgrows his or her car seat, you can still use the product as a toddler stroller (up to 50 pounds).