The Peg Perego Booklet came to the party but forgot to bring a gift. We wanted to like this stroller, but it didn't perform well enough in our tests to break into the top half for this review. This stroller managed average scores in most metrics and didn't truly disappoint testers so much at it didn't impress them. With no standout features and few conveniences like storage pockets and cup holders, it is hard to justify the budget friendly price of this stroller when there are other products that scored better and cost less or managed to offer more for a reasonable price bump.
Peg Perego Booklet Review
Pros: Doesn't hold many supplies, easy to lift, carry, and stow
Cons: Hard to push and turn
Manufacturer: Peg Perego
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Italian company, Peg Perego, creates multiple types of products for babies and toddlerhood including everything from car seats, to strollers, and toys tots can ride on. The company has a history of offering quality products with attention to detail. The company was started by the Perego family in 1949 who continue to take part in the design and development in product production.
The comparison chart shown here includes the overall scores for each stroller we tested. The Peg Perego Booklet is shown in blue.
The information provided in the sections below includes details on how the Peg performed in our tests for each metric.
Ease of Use
The Peg Perego earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use. The Peg performed better than average for this metric, but it still isn't a score to brag about.
Fold and Unfold
The Booklet has a one-handed fold that is two steps and easy to operate. It features an auto-lock and carry strap, and it self-stands which makes it easier to transport. The fold is somewhat unconventional and a little counter-intuitive; the seat needs to flip all the forward to complete the fold, but it is still easy to operate.
Unfolding the stroller is a two-hand operation and is average in difficulty. The process is two steps, which is nice considering that parents will often need to unfold the stroller while holding the baby.
The brakes on the Booklet are single action brakes that are easy to set and release, and are sandal foot friendly.
The storage bin has a maximum allowable weight of 11 lbs. It is a large basket and we were able to fit out extra large diaper bag inside without difficulty. Accessing the bin is easy and can be done from the back and sides. The bar that holds the back of the basket up is spring loaded and can be pushed down to help fit things in the bin.
The canopy on this stroller isn't great and came in below average for the group. It is medium in size and has a UPF of 50+. The canopy does offer ventilation for increased airflow, and it has a medium, vinyl peek-a-boo window for spying on the baby.
The 5-point harness is fairly easy to put on but more difficult to take off. Adjusting the harness shoulder straps is harder, but it does have an adjustable crotch strap. The buckle is similar to the found on the Baby Joggers with a button on the back that you can't depress while pushing the release button, or it won't release. This is a problem because ergonomically it is hard not to press the back of the buckle when you depress the release button.
This stroller has a padded adjustable leg rest and an adjustable wide footrest that is made of plastic and wipes easily clean. The seat back on the Booklet reclines with one hand and adjustable straps allow the back to recline in an infinite number of angles. It is difficult to operate, and the design isn't as nice as those with a lever or button.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Peg comes compatible with the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, an infant seat that won an Editors' Choice award in our Infant Car Seat Review. It is not compatible with any other Peg seat, and it does not offer adapters for other brands.
The infant seat attaches above the main seat and it is difficult to install. You need to line up the latches just right, which takes more effort than most of the competition, and it takes more pressure to get the seat to click in. However, once it is in it feels very secure.
Ease of Setup
The Booklet is a bear to put together. It took us almost 11 minutes to put this stroller together. The documentation is only average with illustrations that are not detailed enough, leaving parents to fill in the gaps. There are multiple parts that need to be attached to the frame, and even one part that has to be unattached threaded through the basket and then reattached.
The Booklet didn't fare that well for maneuverability. It earned an average score of 6 of 10 in our tests, but it isn't enough to stand out.
This stroller can be pushed with one hand, but the turns were on the wide side even though the width of the stroller is fairly narrow. The narrow footprint allows it to fit easily into smaller spaces, but it moves a little rough. We also had difficulty controlling the Peg over carpet. For pushing and turning on pavement, it is once again average. We had difficulty rolling it over a 1-inch curb, and there is a lot of flex in the handle that gives the ride a loose feeling when pushing over rougher terrain. It results in a more wobbly feeling than some of the competition.
Weight and Folded Size
The Booklet weighs 20.2 lbs which is far better than the average of 24. It is one of the lighter strollers in the group, but not as light as the Britax B-Agile 3 and the Baby Jogger City Mini which are both 17.5 lbs. It is also on the smaller size at 10,7578 cubic inches. But again, several strollers are closer to 6,500.
Peg Perego has long been synonymous with quality, however, in our tests we found this Peg to be lacking. This stroller earned a 6 of 10 for quality, a score that is only average.
The fabric on the Booklet seat and canopy are both made of a smooth, tightly woven canvas that we think easily wipes clean. On either side of the seat, there is a textured rubber/imitation leather (we aren't entirely sure). At the foot of the seat, there is a large strip of the same material that looks like it will be easy to clean. The sunshade on the canopy is made of a thin, semi-reflective fabric that is smooth to the touch. The peek-a-boo window on the shade is a high-quality vinyl that is tinted and easy to see through. The storage bin is a slick canvas with mesh sides that didn't snag in our tests.
The frame on the booklet is a disappointment. There is a lot going on with this frame and some flex with lots of different components that can break. The overall fit and finish aren't bad, it looks kind of nice, but it is busy, and the leg rest flipped up when we didn't want it to.
The wheels on the Booklet are foam filled plastic and look on the cheap side. We prefer rubber wheels over plastic because they usually offer a better ride and quality. Plastic wheels might get damaged over time, and while this won't result in a flat tire, it could give the feeling of a bum shopping cart.
The handlebar is adjustable and offers a relatively comfortable feeling in the hand, with nice soft foam. The hard plastic bumps that protect the bar during the self-stand could be annoying, and we found they rubbed on our thumbs during testing. Our testers found they kicked the stroller frequently during strolling.
This Peg has non-adjustable rear shocks and has average padding over a fairly hard seat. The combination of hard plastic wheels, two-wheel stiff suspension, non-sling style seat, and limited padding create an uncomfortable experience compared to the competition.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team