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Graco SnugRider vs. Chicco KeyFit: Selecting a Stroller

July 29, 2015
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Selecting the right stroller is a huge responsibility. It needs to keep your precious cargo safe, while also keeping your load light and easy to maneuver.

There are a ton of options out there, but if you’re looking for a lightweight standard stroller, check out our side-by-side comparison of two popular models: the Graco SnugRider and the Chicco KeyFit.

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The strollers: At a glance

Traditional, lightweight strollers are perfect for everything from walks around the neighborhood to trips into town. Not necessarily intended for exercise (like a jogger) or for multiple children (like a double stroller), standard strollers are ideal for everyday use. There are plenty of these models on the market, and two trusted stroller brands — Graco and Chicco — each has its own take on this convenient stroller design.

Graco’s SnugRider Elite Stroller is an ultra-portable baby transportation system that occupied parents can fold with just one hand.

Similarly, Chicco’s KeyFit Caddy Stroller is easy to transport and is intended to be “an extra-convenient way to travel with baby on those especially busy days.”

Graco SnugRider Elite Stroller Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller
Price $99.99 from Graco $99.99 from Chicco
Type Standard stroller Standard stroller
Color Black Black
Weight 13.6 pounds 11.2 pounds
Aluminum frame Yes Yes
One-hand fold Yes Yes
Fits All Graco Classic Connect and Click Connect infant car seats Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat

The strollers: Up-close and personal

To determine which stroller is a perfect match for your bouncing baby, we looked in-depth at the product specs of these two strollers. Then, we decided which type of parents should opt for each.

Graco SnugRider Elite Stroller

Graco SnugRider vs. Chicco KeyFit: Selecting a StrollerNerdWallet takes you shopping: The Graco SnugRider Elite Stroller is a $99.99 lightweight standard stroller model.

The SnugRider features a one-hand fold, an extra-large storage basket, a parent’s tray with two cup holders, a height-adjustable handle and an all-wheel suspension system.

This 13.6-pound stroller is compatible with all Graco Classic Connect and Click Connect infant car seats (varying in weight limit), giving users plenty of matching car seat options to choose from.

At the time of this writing, this model is ranked as the No. 1 new release in Amazon’s lightweight baby strollers department — perhaps a nod to its popularity.

Good fit for: The SnugRider is ideal for parents who already own a Graco car seat. Even if you don’t already have one, put together the car seat and the stroller, and you have a combination that’s convenient for you and fitting for your little one.

Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller

Graco SnugRider vs. Chicco KeyFit: Selecting a StrollerNerdWallet takes you shopping: Also priced at $99.99 is the Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller, a similarly styled standard stroller.

The KeyFit Caddy features a one-hand fold design, a large expandable basket, a four-position height-adjustable handle, a parent tray with two cup holders and a covered storage compartment. Additionally, it includes all-wheel suspension and toe-tap locking brakes.

If the stroller is starting to sound the same as the Graco, it’s because many of the features overlap. Where this product differs is its car seat compatibility. This stroller is designed exclusively for use with the Chicco KeyFit seat. When used with the KeyFit car seat, this product can support up to 22 pounds, or, when used with the KeyFit 30, up to 30 pounds.

At the time of this writing, this Chicco model is the No. 1 best seller in Amazon’s standard baby strollers department.

Good fit for: The KeyFit stroller will be a great addition for parents who already have a collection of Chico baby gear. For consumers new to the Chico brand, this stroller combines affordability and functionality.

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @courtneynerd.

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