Chicco Echo Stroller Review and Giveaway

When I was pregnant – back when my son was in-utero and I basically had no idea what he would actually need  - I tried to put a lot of thought into what I’d want in a stroller when he came. Having never had a child before, it’s not surprising that I put emphasis on what I now consider to be “luxuries”, not “necessities” in a stroller. I wanted – no…insisted – that it would have only three wheels and not four. I didn’t care much about storage because I was planning to be one of those moms that “doesn’t need to haul 100 pounds of baby stuff everywhere she goes.” Ha! I didn’t care if it was low profile or easy to fold, though now for the life of me I can’t understand why not. Some of the things that I cared about that ACTUALLY ended up mattering were “must be able to turn sharp corners” and “must be capable of easily rolling over surfaces like grass and gravel.”

So, long story short, I ended up with a top-of-the-line jogging stroller from a well-known brand. And you know what? It was fine. Despite the fact that I didn’t pick up exercise or jogging until my child was two-years-old, it did fulfill all of my requirements, however silly they might have been.

So fast-forward three months from N’s birth. It was just turning into summer in St. Louis and it was HOT. My husband travels a lot for work so the baby and I were alone for the weekend and I decided to attend a local flea market. I decided to just “carry the baby because the stroller was too much work to bring.” Turns out the fact that it was heavy and bulky WAS, in fact, an issue. Five minutes into the flea market it occurred to me that I desperately wished I’d brought the stroller. So I ran to a local big box store and picked up one of those 10-dollar cheap-o umbrella strollers. It had no storage, no shade, it was clearly made for people under five feet tall or with very long arms, and it can’t have been comfortable. And out of necessity or laziness, that’s what we’ve been using (unless we’re jogging) for the last two years…enter the Chicco Echo!

First impressions of this stroller were good. It’s cute as strollers go – not too busy. Fabric is wipe-able and hasn’t gotten too dirty in a month and a half of what I would say is very heavy use. Oh, I should mention – this bad boy has been well tested. We’ve taken it to an airshow and on four airplane flights. It’s been sprinted across an airport, on gravel, grass, concrete, dirt…the works!

So without further ado – the pros and cons:

PROS:

  1. Easy to assemble, clean lines, easy to clean fabric. This stroller looks nice!
  2. The handles are the right height for an average adult. Our cheapo umbrella stroller is so short that we have to bend down to push it.
  3. The seat is comfortable for my kiddo! It reclines when he wants to sleep and it’s vented so he never got sweaty. The sun-shade did a decent job of covering his whole body, and I liked that I could re-position it to move more forward or backward as needed.
  4. Pretty good storage for an umbrella stroller. The basket underneath the seat is deceptively big – we can fit a LOT of stuff in there. It also came with a cup holder…which was nice for as long as we had it (see CONS).
  5. The wheels swivel (really nice for shopping or anything where you need to be able to turn sharp corners) and they don’t lock up like cheap strollers do. They’re nice and big so it handles rough terrain better than a cheap stroller.

CONS:

  1. After only a month and a half of use, I’m sad to say that there are some parts of the stroller that are already showing wear. The foam on the handles is already split, and the wheels – while nice and big – are a cheaper material so they’re also showing lots of wear, and not rolling as smoothly as they did when we first got the stroller. Disclaimer: Now, I did say we’ve used this stroller heavily in all types of environments, so this may not be the case for you if you’re just using it for light walking or shopping.  
  2. The clip on attachments (cup holder and sun shade) don’t stay put. The cup holder fell off and was lost soon after we got the stroller and the sunshade is forever coming un-clipped.
  3. While the stroller is low profile when folded, it’s not terribly easy to fold up. You have to pull up on one lever while you push down on the other. Difficult to do while you’re trying to wrangle a toddler. For that matter, unfolding it isn’t as easy as I’d like, either. Both require two hands.

All in all this is a solid investment if you’re looking for a middle of the line collapsible stroller. At $79 it’s neither the cheapest nor the most expensive stroller of its kind on the market. I’d say the pros definitely outweigh the cons! The most important endorsement, however, has to be my two-and-a-half-year-old, who, after climbing in for the first time, sighed and said “I love my new green stroller!”

Did you know that Mama Say What?! turns TWO years old this month? We are so proud of our growing blog and can’t wait for many more years to come. We love reviewing and giving away products to our wonderful readers. We hope you enjoy this one as well!

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95 Responses to Chicco Echo Stroller Review and Giveaway

  1. I have this stroller & love it! My youngest is almost 3, so we don’t need a giant bulky thing & it’s great for travel. Mine has held up well (approx 1 year old), still have our cup holder, but I take it off & leave it in the trunk often & grab when I think I’ll need it.

  2. Anything toddler friendly…gear…bedding…etc.

  3. I would love to see more kitchen type giveaways. I am always interested in finding things to make life easier.

  4. Any kind of giveaway is fine for me! Perhaps some outdoor toys, or a giveaway with a few smaller prizes, and more winners? :)

  5. I would love to see some great toddler toys!

  6. Crystal Sanchez Reply

    I like this give away lightweight gear is always great, other than that I suppose it would be nice to see baby and toddler shoes, carters or gymboree gift cards giveaways.
    cheers

  7. Any giveaway is fun! I love toddler and baby gear stuff!

  8. Baby carriers or toddler toys!

  9. Lindsay Hamilton Reply

    Happy birthday! Diapers, strollers and carseats!

  10. I am a fan of any giveaway! Love the outdoor toy idea!

  11. I’d love to see giveaways for crib or high chair.

  12. Deb Murz Hartwig Reply

    Strollers car seats. They are all great. Thanks

  13. Baby/toddler carrier or wrap

  14. Toddler carrier

  15. Strollers, car seats, toddler toys, etc.! :)

  16. Danielle Clifford Reply

    Outdoor toys :-)

  17. Convertible car seat giveaway!

  18. Kathleen Ballard Reply

    I am looking for a good quality umbrella stroller. This one looks like it will do what I need it to! I love the Chicco brand! :-)

  19. I am a huge fan of strollers! I love my Chicco car seats so I am interested in this stroller.

  20. Holly Koprowski Reply

    I would love to try this one. I have always used a heavy full size stroller. Hubby wants a light weight one.

  21. stroller giveaways are always good

  22. I would love to see baby carrier giveaways- especially a Tula!

  23. I would like to see car seat giveaways! It feels like we’re always buying a new car seat.

  24. I love all of your giveaways, but ones that are focused on getting out and about and enjoying the beautiful weather would be awesome. Carriers, strollers, outdoor toys….

  25. toddler friendly things! eco friendly toys! anything breastfeeding or babywearing related!

  26. stephanie ramalho Reply

    Any giveaway is great!

  27. Anything toddler related, maybe summer themed

  28. id love to see a giveaway for a floonf seat or skip hop backpacks

  29. breast pump!

  30. I like to see giveaways for children items.

  31. Household small appliances, cloth diapers, and toys!

  32. I’ve been eyeing these strollers since my son turned 2!!!!! Now we have another one on the way and the purple is my faaaaaavorite!!!!

  33. Happy Birthday!! I would love to see carseat reviews and giveaways!

  34. I would love to see eco friendly giveaways. Maybe cloth diapers, green toys, etc?

  35. More baby stuff like stroller toys cloth diapers maybe!!! lol

  36. JuJuBe bags :)

  37. Things for the kitchen or baby items.

  38. Carrier giveaway would be nice

  39. I’d love to see baby carriers for toddler sized kids or cloth diapers :)

  40. kitchen giveaways..

  41. JoLynda anderson Reply

    I’d love to see diaper giveaways!

  42. A nice Keurig brewer and coffee pods!

  43. Things for toddlers

  44. Family fun activities and tickets

  45. I always love supplies give aways :)

  46. Giveaways for cloth diapers!

  47. amazon gift card, or a amex gc would be great!

  48. I too was clueless about what was truly important in a stroller with my first . The one we got then was picked mostly because it matched the car seat!

  49. I would love to see highchairs

  50. Baby items :-)

  51. Baby items or giftcards.

  52. Rebecca Parsons Reply

    Congratulations on celebrating 2 years. I would love to see anything baby gear.

  53. Anything baby friendly! Cloth diapers, baby carriers, HABA has some really cool molds that look like a lot of fun to make with kids!

  54. I’d love to see a Gymboree giveaway

  55. I’d like to see more of your celebrations! Giveaway wise– childrens toys or clothing. Thanks for the opportunity!

  56. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to see nursing jewelry giveaway. I love the stuff!

  57. I’d like to see anything for a toddler. Unique snack/food utensils or containers might be interesting.

  58. Baby/toddler toys

  59. Jennifer (robbins) A. Reply

    Gift Cards, Stroller, Cloth Diapers, and Car Seat giveaways! : D

  60. This looks like a great alternative to a jogger.

  61. I would love to see a “baby must have” list for the first few months after the baby is born!

  62. Looks great overall!

  63. carseats

  64. Love your review. Thank you for all the pros and cons.

  65. Good review of the stroller.. Thanks for the pros and cons.

  66. Play yard

  67. I’d love to see a giveaway for a Mini Micro Scooter. They are awesome!

  68. great looking stroller I love the color

  69. Thanks for the review! Looks like a great stroller!! I love reviews on diapers :)

  70. I would love to see any giveaway related to babies or toddlers.

  71. I’d like to see baby crib giveaway.

  72. Jennifer Symonds Reply

    Carriers and toy giveaways!

  73. I’ve been looking for a new stroller for baby number 2 that is on the way! We saved the stroller from our now 6 year old in a storage shed & it didn’t fare too well, so it needs to be replaced. The Echo is one I’ve been debating over.

  74. Cloth diapers!

  75. Giveaways for toys! Especially eco friendly ones. :)

  76. T Michelle Trump Reply

    More baby giveaways, love to see more strollers and a pack n play!

  77. Oh this giveaway is SO up our alley with babes #2 coming soon! Happy 2nd B-day btw… love you! I would love to see more giveaways just like this pertaining to babies & kiddos… families in general! Any good product that helps make out crazy life’s a bit easier/happier!!

  78. My son just turned 1 so any gear/toys for toddlers would be awesome!

  79. Yay! Any giveaways are awesome! Happy birthday msw!

  80. Cloth diapers, diaper bags, a list of things you’ve actually used and can’t live without (could easily add a giveaway to that blog post.)

  81. Beverly Jackson Reply

    Could really use clothe diapers with another child on the way!

  82. I’d love to see giveaways for cloth diapers and baby carriers/wraps.

  83. Babywearing and cloth diaper giveaways.

  84. Anything for babies / toddlers… Cloth diapers, toys, carseats, diaper bags, etc :) And happy birthday!

  85. Stainless steel or glass kitchen items!

  86. I would like to see Baby carriers like boba or tula

  87. cloth diapers! Love those!

  88. Michelle Emmons Reply

    Any type of giveaway is awesome! But baby/toddler gear are big dollar items and you sometimes need multiples (car seats, strollers, play yards, etc).

  89. I like the stroller giveaways, clothe diapers, clothes

  90. strollers and organic mattresses would be nice.

  91. Anything baby/toddler/kids and anything for the home related would be fabulous!

  92. Michael Lambert Reply

    I like seeing things for dads. I also like to see anything for a baby and toddler. Don’t see very many baby swing giveaways.

  93. This stroller looks fantastic!

  94. I think this stroller looks amazing! The only thing I didn’t like were the wheels. They are small and plastic and it’s hard to push with an older kid. What did you think? Susan

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