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Peg Perego Pliko Mini Twin Review
Price: $400 List | $359.98 from Amazon - 10% Off
Pros: Good quality, cozy napping
Cons: Higher price, difficult to push and turn, heavier
Bottom line: Heavy umbrella product with bulky fold and poor maneuverability
The Peg Perego Pliko Mini Twin earned the lowest score in our review of 9 double umbrella strollers. This stroller is one of the heavier options, which hurt its overall score in a gear category that should be lightweight and easy to carry. While none of the lightweight double strollers really impressed us, the Pliko Twin Mini had below average scores in every metric with the exception of quality. This stroller is difficult to push and turn, has a convoluted folding process, and is hard to self-stand. So even though the fabric is durable, and the stroller is nice looking with vibrant colors, we would not recommend this stroller. Alternatively, the ZOE XL2 Deluxe earned the highest score overall with the lowest weight and costs less than the Pliko.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
When Lucio Perego was born in 1949, his father Giuseppe created a rubberized baby carriage that converted to a stroller. In the 1960s, Peg Perego continued to grow with a variety of carriages and strollers with a folding chassis to transport in cars. The 1970s brought the introduction of the Go-Go stroller with umbrella style folding for easy car transport, and ride on vehicles with the first 6-volt battery. The 1980s ushered in the 12-volt, 2 speed riding toys and the rise of the Pliko stroller with dual handles. Peg Perego continues to design baby products for every lifestyle with on-the-go features for families.
Weight and Folded Size
The Mini Twin earned a 4 of 10 for weight and folded size. This stroller weighs 24.3 lbs and measures 10,532 cubic inches when folded. This makes it one of the heavier options, with only the UPPAbaby G-Link weighing more. It does offer a carry handle, but given the weight a shoulder strap might be more useful. If having a lightweight, small option is important to you, the ZOE XL2 Deluxe earned the top score in this metric with the lightest weight and 3rd smallest fold.
Ease of Use
The Mini Twin earned a 4 of 10 for ease of use. With a strange folding experience, and small hard to access storage, the Mini Twin had difficulty in tests for ease of use. The ZOE XL2 Deluxe once again impressed earning an 8 for ease of use.
Fold and Unfold
The Mini Twin has a two-handed fold and unfold with a convoluted process that includes release levers on all three handles (above left). The process is physical and while advertised as self-standing (above right), it requires the front wheels be in just the right place, which is frustrating. We list it as not self-standing, because it can take extra time and frustration to achieve. Unfolding requires pressing on both seats to lock the frame even though you will think the unfold is complete before doing this. It does have an auto-lock and carry handle.
This Peg has an easy to use, large center pedal that engages the brakes with one step. The pedal is easy to set, release, and is sandal foot friendly.
The strange collection of bars and crossbars that extend across the back of this stroller make the storage bin difficult to use and impossible to access with the seats reclined. While the bin is large, and holds up to 11 lbs of supplies, we were unable to fit any bag inside. The ZOE XL2 Deluxe has the largest, easiest to access bin the bunch.
The Mini Twin has average size canopies that don't cover to the leg rest and cover less if the seatback is reclined. They offer vinyl peek-a-boo windows that are hard to see through thanks to a pattern we assume is designed to keep out the sun as there is no window cover, this strange design choice allows the sun to shine right on baby. The back of the canopy can be unsnapped for additional air flow.
The Mini Twin has 5-point harnesses for both seats. Shoulder height adjsutment is a standard rethread through the back fabric with a plastic end piece to secure the strap. To adjust strap length it is easier to make them bigger than smaller, but the waist and side straps are simpler with an easy up/down slide.
The Pliko seats are cozy for napping with adjustable leg rests (above left) and reclining seatbacks that lay nearly flat. The set back has an adjustment lever that is easy to use (above right), even if the exposed moving parts are ridiculously convoluted. The seat can be lifted up without the lever, though you'll need to ensure the fabric doesn't get caught.
Ease of Setup
The Mini Twin took us almost 11 minutes to unpack and assemble. The manual is better than average and no tools are required, but there are more parts to put together than the competition.
The Pliko earned a 2 of 10 for maneuverability. None of the double umbrella strollers really impressed, but the dual wheel design that puts 6 wheels up front all spinning in various directions depending on the terrain, makes this one difficult to push and turn. This stroller takes more effort to turn than push, the wheels caught on our test door, and the three handle design and flexing frame mean you will never be pushing it one-handed. It manages okay on flat surfaces with some lead time for turning, but things get tricky on carpet, grass, and gravel, where you'll need some brute force to push this stroller where you want it to go.
The Pliko earned a 5 of 10 for quality, making it the only metric where the Peg scored above average. The Twin Mini is a nice looking stroller with durable fabric. The stroller has a lot going on, with lots of joints for folding and a recline that adds to overall flexing and hurt the finished product. The wheels are better than some, and we liked the solid look, but the configuration and poor functionality created an overall disappointed feeling. This stroller could have scored higher with a simpler design and fewer visual connectors and flex points.
The manufacturer video shows the highlights of the Pliko Twin Mini.
— BabyGearLab Review Team
Most recent user review: September 9, 2016
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