Echo Twin stroller
Easy to use and stylish too!
This is a lightweight double stroller that is easy to fold and compact to store, wholly compatible with apartment living. It was very easy to put together, with an intelligible instruction booklet and came in a muted charcoal/grey colour combination, attractively named Moonstone.
Stylish for the city streets, likely to wear well and happily co-ordinating with any of mummy’s and baby’s outfits.
We specifically wanted a double buggy to use with our NCT pals, so that one mummy could take two babies out and about, and give the other a few hours to herself. This meant an easily transportable buggy was a must – it needed to suit different heights and be very straightforward to use. The Echo Twin fitted this brief perfectly.
Who can use it?
The Echo features two adjacent, fully reclinable seats so can be used from birth. The maximum weight is 15kg, potentially offering transport up to 3 years. Although we used it for same age and comparable weight six month old children, I did test drive it with one baby and one heavy box (approximately 10kg) and it remained easy to manoeuvre despite uneven weight distribution, so it’s great for twins or families with children of different ages.
Comfortable, independent seats for two
Each seat is padded and reclines independently with four positions, which is a nice feature and, as with the Lite Way, the mechanism for this is very easy to do with one hand and is smooth, so allowing a sleeping baby to remain asleep. The leg rests also adjust individually. I was pleased to see two five-point safety harnesses but did find adjusting the shoulder straps to the smaller baby setting (there are two), a bit of a fiddle. A small gripe however, as once adjusted to the smaller setting, the straps were easy to alter the small degree required between our babies.
The Echo Twin is a comfortable push with padded handlebars at a good height. It has two independently movable hoods that, whilst feeling rather flimsy, actually operated quite satisfactorily and two good, deep shopping baskets either side.
The shopping baskets are quite difficult to access when the seats are fully reclined but their generous proportion, made up for this. There was large coverall rain hood that was easy to pop on in a shower and worked efficiently at keeping both babies dry.
A smooth ride!
For ease when pushing, the Chicco Echo stroller features lockable swivel front wheels. When pushing over smooth ground the swivel wheels allow easy manoeuvrability and helped significantly with mobility and I was impressed with the buggy’s ease of use around town. The push on rougher terrain was certainly more hard going, but with the front wheels locked, it was again less of a workout than I had expected. Olivia and friends were also happy with the suspension and slept and sang in equal measure when out and about.
Compact and easy to fold
The stroller folds very easily with a simple foot mechanism, in umbrella style. It was light enough to lift happily into the car, with a carry handle to make it even easier. It fit the boot space for most friends’ cars and behind the back seats in the most compact car models.
Did the Echo Twin make us smile?
I think the Echo twin offers good value for money as a second or part time pushchair.