As a mom of three, I’ve tried my fair share of wagons, strollers, travel systems, and double strollers – and the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is the first that I spent over four weeks debating on what to purchase before I actually spent the money.
Yup. Even when I shopped for my 4-seater stroller wagon I didn’t take this long to make my decision (but, we all know how that turned out – you can watch my thoughts on the Wonderfold here). BUT, the stress of a third baby and past experience with purchases, I needed the quick minute to debate.
Luckily, Target swooped in with a 30% off sale and I snagged it! Since you’re reading this with me, I’m gonna work on the assumption that you too are considering this Chicco travel system. So, let’s break it down and talk about the pros, the cons, the features, and if I would buy it again.
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I’ve always been a Graco girl and this stroller was really the first stroller/car seat that I purchased outside of the Graco brand. A little under $400, the Chicco Bravo Trio travel system comes with a stroller, infant car seat, car seat base, and the infant seat adapter that also doubles as a snack tray for toddlers.
The specific version that I purchased is the “Camden,” not necessarily picked for it’s color, it was the style that happened to be on sale and I’m always down for a good deal.
That’s your quick overview, now let’s discuss the deets.
The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System is a car seat and stroller combo. It includes the Chicco Bravo Quick-Fold Stroller paired with the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat. The stroller includes a removable seat and canopy to transform it into an infant seat carrier – but you can still use it as a carrier with both still on the stroller.
The quick-fold stroller is designed to be compact and fold with the use of only one hand and stand simply by pulling up the handle to standing. It has large wheels with treaded tires with “all-wheel” suspension to help you navigate outdoors or on uneven ground.
It also has a multi-position reclining seat, child tray with cup holders (doubles as the car seat adapter), and a full canopy with a mesh window in the top. The Chicco Bravo quick-fold stroller is designed for children up to 50 lbs (contrary to what some Amazon listings say).
The KeyFit 30 infant car seat comes with their base that is has a single pull system to tighten and install. It includes the standard removable infant head and body support and the large, removable canopy. The minimum weight recommendation is 4 lbs, max weight recommendation is 30 lbs, and the maximum height recommendation is 30 inches. The seat cushion is machine washable.
As of Wednesday, August 30th @ 2:10pm (because I have to be that specific), the Chicco KeyFit 30 retails at $229.99 and the Quick-Fold Stroller retails at $259.99. The complete travel system retails for $399.99, giving you about $90 in savings versus being purchased separately.
If you want a better visual breakdown, I recommend watching this short video review below – BUT I will being going more in-depth on my opinions and experiences in the pros and cons section below.
Time for the good stuff – my thoughts, experiences, and opinions… Overall, it’s not a bad travel system. It much easier to navigate and use than my sisters Graco of a similar style and the previous Graco I’ve personally owned. I’m not sure how it holds up to travel systems like the Nuna or Maxi-Cosi as I’ve never used either.
I appreciate that I can easily adapt it for my 6-month old and her infant carrier or use it for my two-year-old. My four-year-old has outgrown it and while he’s technically under the weight limit (47 lbs), he is HARD to push.
The adjustable handle bar is great and makes it easy for both me (5′ 11″) and my husband (6′ 1″) to use comfortably. The full canopy with mesh window has also made it easy for us to do a nice, cool set-up during the summer with our portable fan and keep the sun off our little one.
Lastly, the KeyFit 30 infant seat is amazing. The car seat base is insanely easy to remove and install, which is awesome considering all three of my children are in some version of a car seat and transferring cars can be a pain in the butt.
Since you’ve heard the pros, we have to talk about the cons:
My main complaint is about the compatibility between the quick-fold stroller and the infant seat. Honestly, when they’re separate, they’re each pretty great – together, it’s a hard mesh. For example, when using the one-handed quick-fold feature of the stroller with the car seat adapter/snack tray on, it’s 10x harder.
Like, took me three times to do before I even got close to folding it right and I’ve owned it for six months and use it frequently by myself (so much so my husband didn’t know how to unpack and pack it until recently). You can get a good idea with how it folded in my fold and unfold video.
You also need to make sure that the seat is completely reclined for the infant seat to snap in properly, and it’s a bit picky to get settled into the adapter. And if even on of your hands is occupied (groceries, baby, whatever it be), the whole process is harder – which feels very wrong when it’s designed for one hand folds and unfolds.
To sum it up, as a stroller its good. As an infant car seat it’s great. Together? Not so much.
I would recommend the Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System if you can catch it on a deal (which you typically can) or you are looking for something that suits your toddler and infant. If this is your only baby, I would consider some alternatives that are better for infants – even other Chicco strollers!
What’s your favorite stroller? What do you recommend or what are you looking for? Let us know in the comments below!