With each new rendition of the Booklet, we hope to love it. Unfortunately, the Peg Perego Booklet 50 has more in common with its predecessors than we would have hoped, and it still left us wanting compared to other more modern full-size strollers we tested. This full-size stroller is okay and brings with it a useful basket and smaller than average folded size. It works with the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 infant car seat we love and has a full canopy, but that is where the kudos stop. The Booklet 50 blocks the storage bin access when you recline the seat, and the fold is more involved than it needs to be. The ease of use is poor, and the overall maneuverability can't meet the competition. While this stroller line might have been great 10+ years ago, Peg Perego doesn't seem to be doing much to keep up with the innovative competition, and sadly the Booklet 50 pales in comparison.Editor's Note: This individual gear review was updated on December 21, 2021, to include additional sections with details to aid your decision-making.
Peg Perego Booklet 50 Review
Pros: Compact fold, nicer brake pedal, lighter
Cons: Harder to use, dated feeling features, plastic wheels
Manufacturer: Peg Perego
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|Pros||Compact fold, nicer brake pedal, lighter||High-quality, compact fold, lighter weight, comfy||Price, lightweight, compact fold||Budget-friendly, light and easy to carry/stow||Easy to navigate tight places, inexpensive|
|Cons||Harder to use, dated feeling features, plastic wheels||Somewhat harder to push||Dual-front wheel, hard to access storage||Not the best mover, lower quality||Limited storage, lower quality materials|
|Bottom Line||Uninsipired, average stroller with limited car seat compatibility||A compact, full-size with impressive features for comfort and ease of use, but it is somewhat harder to push, especially one hand||A budget-minded stroller with the features you need and not much else||Basic stroller that is budget-friendly, lightweight and small for occasional strolling||An easy-to-maneuver and budget friendly option, but has limited functionality|
|Rating Categories||Peg Perego Booklet 50||Thule Spring||Baby Jogger City Mi...||Britax B-Lively||Baby Trend Expedition|
|Ease Of Use (45%)|
|Weight/Folded Size (15%)|
|Specs||Peg Perego Booklet 50||Thule Spring||Baby Jogger City Mi...||Britax B-Lively||Baby Trend Expedition|
|Weight||20.1 lbs||22.7 lbs||19.3 lbs||18.9 lbs||23.7 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||19.6"W x 13"H x 34.3"L||17"W x 15"H x 30"L||25.7"W x 10.6"H x 31.1"L||24"W x 9.5"H x 29"L||23.1"W x 33.1"H x 16.3"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/43"
|Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 64 lbs/44"
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
|Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido, Primo Viaggio 4-35
|None||Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2||Britax All Britax Seats||Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido, Primo Viaggio 4-35
KeyFit 30, KeyFit2
Cloud Q, Aton M, Aron 2
Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite R
|Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
|Britax All Britax Seats||None|
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
|Storage Basket Size||Large||Large||Large||Large||Large|
|Sun Shade Size||Medium||Large||Large||Large||Small|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||31.3"/42.8"||39"/43"||41"||40"||41"|
|Included Accessories||None||Sun Shade||City GO infant car seat adapter.||None||None|
|Setup Time||15-20 minmin:sec||1-5 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Peg Perego, an Italian family company, offers a variety of products for little ones, including a high chair, infant car seat, strollers, and riding toys. In 1949, the Perego family launched the company, and they are still instrumental in the creation and development of products.
Ease of Use
The Peg Perego is one of the harder options in the review to use with features that feel dated and don't function as well as those found in the competition.
Fold and Unfold
The Booklet 50 folds with one hand, self-stands, auto-locks, and comes with a carry handle. However, the fold is counterintuitive and somewhat unconventional as you have to flip the seat forward. The new 50 has a red safety lever on the handle that you have to slide to initiate the fold. It isn't necessarily challenging but not as straightforward as the quick pull handle features we see on the competition.
The single-action brakes on the Booklet 50 are easy enough to use both to set and release with a wide center pedal that runs along the back of the stroller. This design is friendly for sandaled feet and won't damage the tops of shoes.
The Booklet storage bin is larger than most but has limited access when the seat is reclined. We were able to fit our extra-large diaper bag inside, and it has a maximum limit of 11 lbs. Still, it isn't the best with limited access and some of the competition offering maximums over 20 lbs.
The canopy on the Booklet 50 is fairly large, and we like the coverage. It is UPF 50+ and has a vinyl peek-a-boo window. There is also ventilation in the back of the canopy for airflow on hot days.
The 5-point harness has subpar adjustability with buttonholes to thread the shoulder straps through. The holes are difficult to use and self-limiting, and some children are likely to fit best between the offered adjustment points. Given that some strollers offer infinite adjustment along a strap, there are better ways to provide a good-fitting harness.
This stroller has a recline adjustment: one hand to lower and two to raise. It consists of two side straps coming together at a plastic toggle. The leg rest is padded with a wide plastic footrest if the legs are long enough.
While the seat reclines deep enough for napping, it would be better if the leg rest adjusted to allow for more flat sleeping.
Car Seat Compatibility
This Peg comes compatible with the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and the Peg Perego Nido with no adapters required. The carrier clicks in place inside the toddler seat, and the attachment is surprisingly difficult to complete given it was designed to work together. While we love this car seat, it isn't our favorite combination of products, given the difficulties we had in making a solid and stable connection in our tests.
Ease of Setup
This stroller took us over 14 minutes to assemble, one of the longest times in the review.
The manual is only average, and some of the instructions aren't as clear as they could be. The hardest part is the basket that could have been installed at the factory. You have to install all four wheels, the handlebar, the basket, and the canopy.
The Booklet 50 has plastic, foam-filled rubber tires that aren't the best for pushing and turning. Plastic has a way of deforming over time and obstacles, and it doesn't give the way rubber does to help cushion the jarring action from moving over uneven surfaces. Over flat hard surfaces, this stroller can hold its own, and you can even do some one-handed pushing, though turns are going to give you some trouble. It doesn't turn as tightly as some of the competition, but there are definitely worse movers in this review.
Moving over rougher terrain is where things get sticky, as grass and gravel will give you problems. If your off-road time is limited to the occasional greenway or park path, you'll likely be okay, but any more than that, and you'll want rubber tires for a better experience for the passenger and you. The frame still has more flex in it than we think it should, making navigating curbs and bumps trickier.
Weight and Folded Size
The Booklet weighs 21 lbs, which is below the average for the group, but not as light as some of the truly lighter options, which hover closer to 18 lbs. While 2 lbs may not seem like a lot, it is after you put a baby on board and 11 lbs worth of supplies. However, we concede it is better than some of our higher-ranking strollers that are closer to 25 lbs.
It is 8,740 cubic inches when folded, which is compact for this lineup of products, with the average coming in over 11,000 cubic inches. If you need something small, however, there are small and lighter options available with easier to use features, negating one of the strong points of this stroller.
Peg Perego has long been synonymous with quality, and while the stroller may offer more than a traditional Graco product, it isn't on par with the heavier hitter, in our opinion.
This stroller's overall fit and finish are likely on par with its price using materials and construction that are better than average but not up to snuff for real standout quality. The frame is lightweight aluminum, but it flexes and has a lot of visible connection points, which detract from the pleasing look it could have. The wheels are some of the cheapest feeling in the group, and we hate that plastic wheels can become pitted and misshapen leading to rider discomfort. In our opinion, the attention to detail both in chosen materials and design doesn't show the same level of innovation and thoughtfulness we see in the competition, such as what the BOB Alterrain Pro or Thule Urban Glide 2 deliver.
Should You Buy the Peg Perego Booklet 50?
We think the Booklet is worth passing on. It doesn't bring much to the table, nor does it live up to the competition. Plus, considering its cost, you can select a higher-performing stroller, even an award-winning option, that will be much more enjoyable for the pusher and rider.
What Other Full-Size Strollers Should You Consider?
If you're willing to dish out the same price as the Booklet, you're better off purchasing the Thule Spring. It beats the Booklet in almost every category, such as ease of use, maneuverability, and quality. Otherwise, if you're looking to save some money, the Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is a nice step up from the Booklet and cheaper. We consider that a win-win.
— Wendy Schmitz
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