Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System Review

Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System
2014, Chicco

The Chicco Bravo Trio travel system is one of the most recent releases from a company that knows baby travel gear. The Cortina travel system has been popular for a decade, but Chicco didn't rest on their laurels in the travel system game. The Bravo Trio addresses lots of issues parents have with travel systems. Of course, no travel system is perfect for every family. Let's learn all about the Chicco Bravo Trio travel system!

Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System Features

  • Comes with the excellent Chicco Key Fit 30 infant car seat
  • When used with the infant car seat, the entire seat and padding can be removed
  • One-hand fold
  • Stands independently when folded
  • Height-adjustable handle
  • Stroller weight is 23 pounds
  • Stroller holds up to 50 pounds
  • Folded dimensions - 16 inches by 22 inches by 28 inches
  • About $350

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Bravo Trio Pros

The infant car seat is the most important part of any travel system, and you can't go wrong with the Chicco Key Fit 30. It's incredibly easy to use. If you install it with LATCH, you just need to pop the connectors into the lower anchors and pull up on the center tether. The Super-Cinch system does a lot of the tightening for you. With a seat belt, you can use the built-in lock-offs to maintain a tight fit. Be sure to read the instructions for details on using the lock offs. The car seat clicks in and out of the stroller easily, too.

Since standard travel system strollers can be heavy, it's nice that you can completely remove the seat and padding to lighten the load. That creates a stroller frame that's lighter for lifting in and out of the trunk and takes up less space in your trunk, and it keeps the seat padding clean for later use.

As baby grows, you can add the seat back on to be able to use the stroller alone, but you'll still have the option to click the car seat on if baby is already napping when you're ready to roll. The third stage is just using the stroller alone, hence the Trio part of the name.

The Bravo Trio stroller folds in a flash using a little handle under the seat pad. Just flip the edge of the pad up, pull up on the handle, and the stroller folds on its own from the middle. It stands up once you've folded it. You can then carry the stroller by that handle, too. This folding method is more convenient than that of the Chicco Cortina stroller, where you have to squeeze and pull a handle on the handlebar and fold the stroller forward.

You can adjust the height of the handlebar to accommodate parents of various heights. There's also a nice parent console on the handlebar to keep a drink and a few essentials.

The basket is big, as with most travel system strollers. The canopy is also a nice size. When you add the infant car seat, you can completely cover the baby with the car seat canopy and stroller canopy.

The Bravo Trio travel system comes in 8 color combinations, from stylish neutrals to trendy and bold colors.

Bravo Trio Cons

At 23 pounds, the stroller is on the heavy side. However, among travel system strollers it's not out of the ordinary for its weight.

To release the brake, you have to put your toe under the release and push up. That can scuff shoes and ruin pedicures.

There's no child snack tray or cupholder for toddlers. As the price goes up on a travel system, so do parent expectations for accessories and features.

Although the seat belt lock offs on the KeyFit 30 infant car seat base are easy to use, many parents use them incorrectly. The lock offs blend in a bit with the frame of the base, and since most parents don't thoroughly read the instructions, they don't even know those lock offs are there. The orange pieces in the top of the seat belt path are the lock offs. You slide part of the seat belt in there, which clamps the seat belt and holds it tight.

It's easy to miss this fantastic feature!

Overall, though, this is one of the best travel systems available. Chicco's Cortina was one of our previous picks for best overall travel system, and the Bravo Trio improves on Cortina in terms of style, weight, and fold. Most travel system strollers are too bulky and heavy to be truly useful for long, but the Bravo Trio provides some nice features that could make it great for the long haul.