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Peg Perego Pliko Mini Twin Review

Heavy umbrella product with bulky fold and poor maneuverability
Peg Perego Pliko Mini Twin
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Price:   $400 List | $360 at Amazon
Pros:  Good quality, cozy napping
Cons:  Higher price, difficult to push and turn, heavier
Manufacturer:   Peg Pergeo
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Dec 29, 2016
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 40% 4
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 4
  • Maneuverability - 20% 2
  • Quality - 10% 5

The Skinny

The Peg Perego Pliko Mini Twin earned an uninspiring low rank in the double umbrella stroller review. The Pliko Twin Mini had below-average scores in every metric, except for quality where it received an average rating. This stroller is difficult to push and turn, has a convoluted folding process, and is hard to self-stand. It is also one of the heavier options. So, even though the fabric is durable, and the stroller is nice looking with vibrant colors, we would not recommend this stroller.

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.

Performance Comparison


The Pliko Twin Mini is one of the lowest scoring products in our review.
The Pliko Twin Mini is one of the lowest scoring products in our review.

Weight and Folded Size


The Mini Twin scored closer to the bottom of the group in the weight and folded size metric. It weighs in at 24.3 lbs and has a folded size of 10,532 cubic inches, making it one of the heavier options. It does offer a carry handle, but given the weight, a shoulder strap might be more useful.

The Twin Mini has a carry handle  but given its heavier weight  a shoulder strap would be easier to use.
The Twin Mini has a carry handle, but given its heavier weight, a shoulder strap would be easier to use.

Ease of Use


The Mini Twin earned a below-average score 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 Twin Mini fold is initiated by pulling up on three levers  one on each handle.
The Twin Mini does self-stand  but it takes some frustration and proper wheel placement to achieve.

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 to 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.

Brakes


This Peg has an easy to use and large center pedal that engages the brakes with one step. The pedal is easy to set, release, and is sandal foot-friendly.

The cross bars on the back of the Twin Mini make the storage bin difficult to use.
The cross bars on the back of the Twin Mini make the storage bin difficult to use.

Storage


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, we were unable to fit any bag inside.

The Twin Mini peek-a-boo windows do not have covers  but instead are made of patterned vinyl that makes them hard to see through. However  they still allow sun in.
The Twin Mini peek-a-boo windows do not have covers, but instead are made of patterned vinyl that makes them hard to see through. However, they still allow sun in.

Sunshade


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 airflow.

The Twin Mini harness is easy to adjust for height and size.
The Twin Mini harness is easy to adjust for height and size.

Harness


The Mini Twin has 5-point harnesses for both seats. Shoulder height adjustment is a standard rethread through the back fabric with a plastic end piece to secure the strap. To adjust the strap length, it is easier to make them bigger than smaller, but the waist and side straps are simpler with an easy up/downslide.

The Twin Mini has adjustable leg rests to increase flat napping space.
The Twin Mini seatbacks recline with the lift of a lever.

Seat


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.


Maneuverability


The Pliko earned one of the lowest scores for maneuverability. None of the double umbrella strollers really impressed, but the dual wheel design that puts six 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 5 front wheels of the Peg make it hard to turn  as the wheels can get hung up on small differences in terrain that pull it off course.
The 5 front wheels of the Peg make it hard to turn, as the wheels can get hung up on small differences in terrain that pull it off course.

This stroller has hard plastic handles with no foam covering, which makes them hard on hands. The Pliko has small foam-filled plastic wheels, which translates to more vibration felt in the handles. So while the sling-style seat and all-wheel suspension make this stroller comfier for passengers, the handles and wheels will cause pushers discomfort.

Quality is the only metric the Twin Mini scored higher than average in.
Quality is the only metric the Twin Mini scored higher than average in.

Quality


The Pliko earned an average score for quality. The only metric where it shows some strength. 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. The wheels are better than some, and we liked the solid look, but the configuration and poor functionality created an overall disappointing feeling. This stroller could have scored higher with a simpler design and fewer visual connectors and flex points.

Manufacturer Video


The manufacturer video shows the highlights of the Pliko Twin Mini.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team