Chicco Mini Bravo Plus Review

Chicco Mini Bravo Plus Review

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As you probably already know, lightweight strollers are convenient for short strolls but many of them lack the features to function as a family’s primary stroller.

Sure, they’re easy to lift and require very little storage space but more often than not, this comes at the cost of several other important aspects such as ride quality, comfort and so on.

The Chicco Mini Bravo Plus is different though. It’s lightweight, agile and is loaded to the brim with features!

Not only does the Mini Bravo Plus look smart; it’s also a solid, sensible stroller for urban use. It weighs under twenty pounds and is approved for kids who’re up to 50 pounds. Not bad for an umbrella stroller!

The Chicco Mini Bravo Plus Features:

Converts Into A Travel Sytem: Parents buy a full size stroller that matches their lifestyle. After a while, they get a lightweight umbrella stroller as they’re inexpensive and perfect for short strolls around the block.

The Chicco Mini Bravo Plus combines the best of both worlds. It’s lightweight and yet it converts into a travel system. It accepts the Chicco KeyFit and Fit2 infant car seats with easy, click-in attachment.

Yes, you do have to purchase the car seat separately. It clicks onto the stroller frame in a rear facing position so that newborn is constantly in the parent’s line of sight.

Car seat compatibility makes the Mini Bravo Plus a great choice for parents who’re in the market for an affordable travel system. Both KeyFit and Fit2 are convenient and safe (they adhere to all safety standards).

Swivelling Front Wheels: The Bravo Plus has a conventional 4 wheel design. The diameter of the front and rear wheels is 6.25 and 8 inches respectively. The stroller is ultra-maneuverable thanks to swivelling front wheels.

The wheels are made out of EVA foam. They do not have pneumatic tires and hence, they never go flat.

The stroller is not designed for off-roading. It’s happiest when driven over smooth roads but that doesn’t mean that it cannot tackle some grass and gravel. Strolls up the driveway and in the park should not be a problem. The stroller can be parked safely by activating the toe-tap rear brakes.

Multi-Position Seating: The toddler seat is roomy and the backrest reclines to multiple positions. It can be adjusted with just one hand. The occupant is secured in the seat via a five-point safety harness with comfortable shoulder pads.

There’s an overhead canopy to shield the occupant from the elements. It’s fully adjustable and falls a good way forward to block the Sun, wind etc. It has an optional, extendable zippered mesh panel for enhanced air circulation on hot days. Unfortunately though, Chicco doesn’t manufacture a rain cover for Bravo Plus so you’ll just have to get a generic one.

All Wheel Suspension: We were quite surprised to know that the Mini Bravo Plus is equipped with all wheel suspension. No wonder it rides so smooth. It can handle most bumps urban roads can throw at it. The occupant doesn’t get jerked unnecessarily and even though this is no Bugaboo Fox or Donkey, the ride is surprisingly good (way better than we’d hoped for).

Umbrella strollers are infamous for their rickety ride quality (but not this one). This is an important consideration, especially for people who plan to use the Mini Bravo Plus as a travel system. As you may well be aware of, infants don’t possess the neck strength to hold their head up independently and hence it’s imperative that they don’t experience sudden jerks when riding in the stroller.

The Bravo wouldn’t have been half as impressive if it didn’t possess suspension but since it does, we feel that it does indeed make a reliable travel system.

One-Hand Fold: The stroller has a handle that’s tucked away under the toddler seat. When the caregiver lifts the handle, the stroller folds up smoothly and quickly. It’s a pretty foolproof system and the handle’s secret location means that the stroller doesn’t get folded accidentally. The stroller can be lifted up/carried using the same handle that’s used to activate the fold.

The folding mechanism is activated using just one hand and once folded, the Bravo Plus stands on its own. This gives the parent time to attend to the kid instead of holding onto the stroller. Another advantage of a free-standing fold is the stroller fabrics don’t get soiled as they do not come into contact with the ground. You’ll have to clean them less often!

Easy To Maintain: Speaking of cleaning, the fabrics are removable and hand-washable. The other bits on the stroller can be simply wiped down with a damp cloth.

On the whole, the Bravo plus is not a demanding product. It assembles quickly and doesn’t require too much attention.

Parent Console: The stroller has a padded handlebar and comes with a parent console accessory as standard. It includes two cup holders and a zippered compartment for stuff like keys, cellphone etc. It’s nice to have a drink at hand and a bit of extra storage right under the handlebar. It’s not very convenient to bend down to the storage basket to fetch a drink.

The child also gets a tray (includes a cupholder) that’s removable and folds down to save storage space. The stroller folds with the parent console and child tray still attached to the frame.

Storage Basket: It’s located under the seat, it’s fairly roomy and does not sag.

Pros:

  • Great from Birth To 50 pounds
  • All wheel suspension
  • Folds with just one hand. Free-standing fold
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Affordable
  • Accepts Chicco car seats. No external adapters required

Cons:

The stroller doesn’t have a height adjustable handlebar. Very tall or short people may not be comfortable using it. The handle height is 41.5 inches.

This stroller is strictly meant for the city only (paved roads). It’s best not to test it too much in this regard as the wheels aren’t large enough to go over challenging obstacles.

It’s not approved for jogging. If you’re someone on the lookout for a jogging stroller, you should consider the Baby Jogger Summit X3 or the Baby Trend Expedition.

The Chicco Mini Bravo Plus Review & Final Verdict:

The Chicco Mini Bravo Plus delivers phenomenal value for money. It makes a great choice for families who want the features and the comfort of a full-size stroller without the extra weight and the high price.

SNUGBABY SCORE: 89/100

Jeff and Yvette
 

Jeff & his Wife Yvette live in Anaheim Hills, in Orange County California. They're fans of Disneyland, and traveling, and are parents to TWO Awesome Kid, Steven Andrew (10/21/2015), and Amelia Ann (9/19/2018) :-)

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