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Peg Perego Book for Two ReviewPrice: $650.00 List | $630.98 at Amazon
Pros: Accepts two car seats, nap worthy, easy to use
Cons: Only works with Peg seats, can't fold with car seat adapter in place
Bottom line: Quality option, but limited functionality when used with car seats and adapter
Folded Dimensions: 29.4"W x 17"H x 34.9"L
Capacity Limits: Minimum: 6 mo., Maximum: 45 lbs/43"
Manufacturer: Peg Perego
The Peg Perego Book for Two is a side-by-side double stroller that looks stylish, and all dressed up with somewhere to go. This stroller performed well in most of our tests and had impressive features for parents and passengers. With a higher score for the ease of use metric and impressive scores for quality and safety, the Peg is hard to overlook. Unfortunately, while it does accept two infant car seats, there is only one car seat you can choose. And while we gave that car seat an award, we think it is a mistake not to offer adapters for other brands. However, the real downside is the maneuverability of this stroller that came in below average and should arguably be more impressive for a stroller in this price range. With a change to rubber tires and the ability to fold it with the adapter attached, this stroller might be more of a contender. As is, it is not an award winner but may be a good choice for fans of Peg Perego or parents already interested in the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 infant car seat.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Peg Perego Book for Two is a side-by-side double stroller that is 29 inches wide. It can accept two Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 infant car seats or be used with the standard seats for children from 6 months to 45 pounds. Both seats recline and have adjustable leg rests with canopies that move independently. This stroller has polyurethane wheels with ball bearings and all wheel suspension, and adjustable handlebar, and hinged bumper bar. The storage bin has three pocket dividers, and there are mesh pockets on the back of each seat. The canopies have peek-a-boo windows with magnetic closures, mesh ventilation and a loop for hanging toys. This stroller folds inward like a book with one hand, has an aluminum chassis, and is made in Italy.
This is a comparison chart of the Book's (in blue) overall score compared to the overall scores for all the double strollers we tested in this review.
The information in the sections below include details on how the Book performed during testing for each metric.
Ease of Use
The Peg earned an 7 of 10 for ease-of-use, this is the second highest score for the metric and ties with the Thule Urban Glide 2, BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, and the Joovy Scooter X2. The UPPAbaby Vista Double earned the highest score with an 8. The Peg has lots of easy to use features not found on most of the competition.
Fold and Unfold
The Book has a one-handed fold with two steps that self-stands and auto-locks.
The brakes on the Book are single action brakes that are sandal foot friendly. The brakes are only average compared to the competition for ease of engaging and releasing.
The Book has a large under seat storage bin with a maximum weight allowance of 11 pounds and individual pockets inside the bin. The bin only has access from the back, but access is easy to manage, and the bin fit our extra-large diaper bag with ease. This bin is actually the biggest basket of the group with a little skillful planning it can fit two extra-large diaper bags and still have room for more. The back of the bin is spring-loaded and can be pressed down to make the opening bigger, which makes it really easy to fit in larger items. The bin itself has three pockets sewn into the back of the basket. These pockets are ideal for quick access items like cell phones, keys, and wallets.
This stroller also has large mesh pockets on the back of each seat. These pockets held our water bottle, baby bottle, and sippy cup testers. The mesh felt durable and did not snag in our tests. The manufacturer does not list a maximum weight allowance for these pockets.
Each seat on the Book has an independent canopy. The canopies are quite large, and both have a large peek-a-boo window made of vinyl. The canopies also offer additional ventilation for passenger comfort on hot days. The peek-a-boo window has a magnetic closure cover. We prefer the magnetic closure over hook and loop closures because they are silent and you can peek in on baby without waking them. Toggle closures are difficult to use and often cannot be done while strolling. The canopies are nice-looking, but just get the job done and are not as functional as those found on other strollers.
The photos above show the Book with the canopies closed and seatbacks raised, and the canopies fully open and seat backs fully reclined.
The Book has a 5-point harness for each passenger. The harness is better than average for ease of putting on and below average for taking off. The release button on the buckle requires two hands of pressure to engage, and the straps must be manually removed from the buckle leaving only one hand free to keep the button depressed. This can be a little bit tricky because you almost need three hands to use it. Thankfully, adjusting this harness is easier than most of the competition. The straps tighten easily and quickly. Shoulder height strap adjustment is a rethread operation and has three shoulder height positions with a range of 4.5 inches. The crotch strap only has one position, but it is adjustable. Non-rethread shoulder height adjustment is quicker and easier for the most part.
The leg rests on the Peg are padded and adjustable. The adjustment is easy to do and allows the leg rests to stick straight out for more leg space while napping. The leg rests are covered in a leather-ish type material that feels like it would be easy to clean and wear well over time. Unfortunately, it also feels like it would be less than breathable and leave little legs sweaty. The leg rests move down to a rather small footpad, but there seems to be enough room for two.
Both seats on the Peg recline equally. The recline feature is easy to operate, and there are an infinite number of positions for maximum comfort. The seats can lay completely flat for cozier napping, and when coupled with the leg rest extension you can tell that babies will be able to stretch out when sleeping.
Ease of Setup
The Book is one of the more difficult options to set up. It took us almost 13 minutes to get it out of the package and ready to roll. The documentation for this stroller is poor because the written instructions and the illustrations are in different sections of the book. It would be much easier to complete setup if the pictures appeared on the same pages as the corresponding directions.
For maneuverability the Book brought home a disappointing 5 of 10, this is a tie score with the Britax B-Agile Double and the Baby Jogger City Mini Double. The Thule Chariot Cross 2, BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, and the Thule Urban Glide 2 all earned the high score of 9 for the group.
The Book is only about average for pushing and turning on hard surfaces. It's rather wide and had difficulty with the tight spots and narrow doorways. It is also a subpar mover on grass and gravel, and it was only about 50-50 going over curbs and small bumps. This stroller has plastic tires that caused it struggled in our tests for maneuverability. When testing this stroller on curbs the product has too much flexibility, and we suggest avoiding this kind of use if you can. To pop it up over curbs you'll need to use your foot on the axle and if you compress the shocks enough the fender makes contact with the wheel and prevents it from moving. This can make moving over obstacles difficult if not impossible.
Weight and Folded Size
The Peg only earned a 5 of 10 for weight and folded size. This score is less than average for the group. The high for the metric is a 9 earned by the Joovy Caboose, and the Britax B-Agile Double. The Caboose is the lightest stroller in this review with the weight of 23.4 pounds, while the B-Agile is the smallest folded stroller in the group at 10,649 cubic inches.
The Book weighs 32.1 pounds. The heaviest stroller in the group is the Baby Trend Navigator with the weight of 39.7 pounds. While 32.1 pounds isn't the heaviest stroller, it is significantly heavier than some of the competition. When folded the Peg is 17,443 cubic inches. This is lower than the average that is closer to 18,900 cubic inches, but still much larger than the Britax B-Agile Double.
One area where the Peg does perform well is the quality metric. The Peg earned a 7 of 10 in our tests for quality tying with four other strollers. This is two points below the high score of 9 earned by the Thule Urban Glide 2 and the Thule Chariot Cross 2.
The Peg earned the high score for fabric that is as nice feeling as it is looking. Even the leather-like cover on the bottom of the footrest feels friendly and easy to clean. The seats for the Peg are nice, but they don't seem to fit the frame as well as they could. The frame itself is a good clean solid frame, but it has more flex than we would have expected when the stroller is weighted. Overall, the finish of the Peg is nicer than much of the competition.
The Peg has foam filled plastic wheels. While not our favorite, these plastic wheels are probably the nicest in the bunch. They feel dense and even around, and we think they are unlikely to dent or become misshapen over time.
The handlebar on the Peg is adjustable from 35.8 to 43.8 inches from the ground. This is one of the larger height ranges in the group. The handlebar adjusts on a pivot point and is easy to operate with a push button to rotate. We prefer the telescopic handlebars to the pivot handlebars because the pivot results in taller users pushing closer to the stroller. This often results in inadvertent kicking of the rear axle by parents with longer legs. The handlebar for the Book feels good in the hand; it is nice and wide with rubber bumpers in the center to help protect the dense foam when folding the stroller to stand. It has a nice economic curve to the handle all the way across.
The Book only has a rear suspension. For a smoother ride for the baby, we really prefer strollers that have all-around suspension. However, some of the competition offered no shocks at all, so we'll take two wheels over no wheel any day. The sling style seat and its adequate padding will help the ride be smoother for a baby despite its two shock design. We think the Book would be a better ride for passengers and easier to push if the tires were rubber as opposed plastic. This simple change could be a game changer for the Peg.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
The Book is compatible with Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 infant car seats, and there are no adapters for any other brand. The Peg accepts two car seats at the same time with adapters. The seat clicks right in easier than the Britax options with included adapters, and you can't install it wrong. It doesn't feel that secure once installed, but the big downer is you are stuck with only one seat option, even though that seat is a very nice award winner. Unfortunately, the real problem here is the stroller will not fold with the adapter in place. This feels like an oversight on Peg's part, and we wish it just folded without all the hassle. As it is, you will be holding two infant seats, adapters, and the stroller if you need to fold this while out and about. Most of the competition allowed for folding with adapters connected and some required no adapters, which is even better.
Because the Peg accepts two infant car seats at the same time, it can be a good option for parents of infant twins. The downside is the Peg is limited to only one kind of car seat leaving you no choices, but the upside is the infant car seat it accepts is the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. This seat earned an award in our review for infant car seats. Something to keep in mind would be that the infant car seats are priced on the higher side for the group. This could mean your infant travel system of two car seats, adapter and the Book could end up costing you more than you expected.
Once babies are out of car seats, the Book continues to be a good option for twins. With identical seating arrangements, independent canopies, and equal features the Book will give little ones nothing to argue about. We think strollers that offer a similar rider experience will prevent potential fighting between passengers about who gets to sit where. Some of the inline competition seats offer vastly different rider experiences. Given that one seat usually has more features or functionality than another, we feel it is highly likely children will fight over who gets the better seat. Because the Peg will work for children up to 45 pounds, we think this stroller will give you the lifetime performance you expect from a Peg product.
We think parents who love the Peg Perego brand will be drawn to the Book stroller for two. Because this stroller has sleek styling and fashionable good looks we think it lives up to the Peg name. The best application for this stroller is for any parent who enjoys the Peg Perego brand, doesn't plan to jog with a baby, and likes the advantages and styling of a side-by-side stroller over an inline design. It scored in the top third of products in our review of 18 strollers, proving it can perform against the competition. But given the limited number of car seats it can accept, parents will really need to love the Peg Perego brand to like this stroller if their plan is to use it with infant car seats.
The Book has a list price of $650, this is about average for the higher ranking strollers with the UPPAbaby Vista costing over $1000 and the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie coming in close to $700. This doesn't necessarily mean that the Book is a good value. While it did score in the top third of products, the Thule Urban Glide 2, Mountain Buggy Duet, and the BOB scored higher with similar prices. The Mountain Buggy Duet can accept two infant car seats and the other options are larger jogging style strollers. However, if you want a high-scoring stroller that also accepts two infant car seats your choices are limited, and the Peg isn't necessarily a bad choice. The UPPAbaby Vista is the highest scoring stroller in this review that accepts two car seats, and UPPAbaby even has adapters for brands other than its own. The Book is the second highest scoring stroller that accepts two infant car seats, with a price tag significantly lower than the UPPAbaby Vista. What does all this mean? It means the Book could be considered a good value if you don't mind being locked into only one kind of infant car seat. Given that it works with an award-winning car seat, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, maybe you won't mind. However, if you would like the option of using an infant seat that is not made by Peg Perego, then the Book has a lower overall value.
The Peg Perego Book is a side-by-side double stroller with stylish good looks that performed well in our tests. It offers an adjustable handlebar, rear shocks, large under seat storage, and zippered pockets. This stroller has identical seating for each passenger, with independent canopies, and easy to adjust five point harnesses. It is compatible with the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 infant car seat and can accept two at the same time making it a potentially good option for infant twins. While this stroller failed to win an award in this review, we do think it likely has a place among options for parents of twins or parents who simply like the Peg Perego brand. This stroller has an average price with above average features and performance. We think most parents will be happy with this choice, but think it still has a way to go to be an award-winning contender. With the addition of rubber tires, all-wheel suspension, adapters for other brands of car seats, and the ability to fold it with adapters in place, the Book would likely rank higher in our double stroller review and potentially win an award.
Other Versions and Accessories
Pliko Mini Twin a lightweight/umbrella stroller that we did not include in this review. They also make the Duette Piroet, which is an inline style stroller that looks similar to the Baby Jogger City Select with seating options that appear to offer similar riding experiences for each passenger. This stroller also accepts two Primo Viaggio car seats and offers a variety of seating configurations that can suit almost any need. It also sports what looks like a giant under seat storage bin, and polyurethane tires. The downside to this stroller is it looks prohibitively heavy, and the seats need to be removed for folding. The chassis is about 28.8 pounds, but each toddler seat is 15, bringing the total weight of an empty stroller for two to 58.8 pounds! Much larger than even the heaviest stroller in our review, the Baby Jogger City Mini Select that weighed in at 37.8 pounds total.
The most useful accessory for the Boof for Two is a cup holder for parents. Peg offers the Peg Perego Stroller Cup Holder which is their universal cup holder that attaches to the side of the stroller frame.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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