The Echo by Chicco is a popular side by side umbrella stroller that can easily fold down to a compact bundle, making it easy to haul around when not in use and store in your trunk. As far as features go, it’s pretty basic, however, the lack of features helps to keep the price low, so this is a very budget-friendly model.
Our Verdict: The Echo is a no-frills model that comes with bare-bones features, but it offers a decent max user weight, impressive maneuverability, and a fast-folding mechanism that makes opening and collapsing this stroller a breeze. It may not come loaded with all the features higher priced models do, but if you’re on a budget and looking for a stroller that can make life a little easier when you’re out with the kids for the day, then this model is a great buy.
Keep on reading to learn more about the Echo and find out what stand out features landed in on my top five list.
Overview and Features
If you’re not interested in spending extra money on a stroller that comes with multiple cup holders, storage compartments, and you’re simply looking for a model that’s easy to use, fold, and carry, then the Echo is a great choice.
This is a standard side by side stroller that comes with a fast folding mechanism, dual-wheel design, and a carry handle, so toting it around when it’s in a collapsed position is a cinch. It features dual canopies for ultimate protection from the sun, comes with seats that can recline in four different positions, and has leg supports that are highly adjustable. It also offers a decent amount of storage space and front wheel suspension, which ensures your children enjoy a smooth, comfortable ride.
The weight limit comes in at forty pounds per seat, or eighty pounds total. This is slightly above average, compared to other models that have a thirty-five pound per seat weight limit. This means your children can use the stroller for a longer period of time, which is a huge plus for any family on a budget. The manufacturer does not recommend this stroller for children under the age of six months, which is standard for most umbrella stroller.
Under the seats, you’ll find a couple of medium-sized storage bins. The size of the bins can be a drawback for some, depending on what you want to store. If you normally use a large diaper bag, then this bin will be a tight fit. You can access the storage compartment from the back or sides of the stroller. This is it as far as storage options go.
The dual canopy design will work well to protect your children from the harmful rays of the sun, keeping them cool and happy as you run errands or head out for a day of fun. You can also unzip the back flap for improved air circulation, or just to take a quick peep to check on the kids.
On the outside frame of the stroller, you’ll find a single cup holder that will fit most standard-sized cups. It’s also detachable so you can easily remove it for cleaning.
The adjustable leg rests are easy to operate, but locking them into place can be difficult. If not adjusted properly, they can also easily drift down. They can be placed in a couple of different positions; down or straight out.
The stroller features the popular triple action brake system, in the form of three pedals. The only real downside to this design is the fact that all three pedals must be properly depressed in order to prevent the stroller from rolling. Single and dual action brakes are a much better option since parents would only be required to lock one or two pedals. The three pedal design just leaves too much room for user error.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Fast folding mechanism
- Large dual canopy design
- Low price
- Single cup holder
- Built-in carrying handle
- Small storage bins
Even the best double umbrella stroller will struggle on certain surfaces. If you’ve had trouble learning how to fold a stroller with past models, then you’ll love the Echo’s fast and simple folding mechanism. When it comes to umbrella strollers and versatility, most models are not designed for traveling over uneven terrain. On smooth surfaces, this model handles rather well, however, it can be difficult to turn and maneuver at times, especially when it comes to small doorways. The dual wheel design makes the stroller surprisingly stable on gravel and grass, however, it’s still difficult to push over this type of terrain.
How it Stands Up to the Competition
The Maxi-Cosi Dana For2 Double Side By Side Stroller is one of the Echo’s top competitors. But truthfully, it comes with many of the same features, with the exception of the car seat adapter, which allows you to attach infant car seats. This will be a big selling point for parents with younger children. Aside from the fact that it’s compatible with car seats, the Dana also has a higher weight capacity per seat of fifty pounds, while this model has a forty-pound max user weight per seat. Overall, both models perform similarly well, but the Dana comes with more features. Of course, with more features, you can expect a much higher price tag.
Conclusion and Rating
The Echo is a great choice for parents on a budget that are looking for a model that’s much easier to use and haul than a standard stroller. It doesn’t come with much storage space and it tends to struggle on certain types of terrain or when going through doorways, but for the most part, it performs well. Overall, this is a great stroller for the price, offering better than average maneuverability, a lightweight frame, large sun canopies, and adjustable leg rests. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.