Peg Perego Booklet 50 Combo Review
Pros: Secure car seat attachment, canopy works well with car seat
Cons: Heavy, difficult to attach car seat
Manufacturer: Peg Perego
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The family started Peg Perego is a juvenile product company from Italy. They offer a variety of products, including car seats, strollers, and electric ride-on toys. The company launched in 1949 and soared in popularity over the years, becoming well-known for quality and safety. The family continues to work within the company under the design and development sections.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The Booklet 50 only works with Peg Perego infant car seat carriers. We tested ours with the Peg Perego Nido. During testing, this stroller proved to be more challenging than the competition, which is concerning given that the same brand seat should work well with a same brand stroller.
You do not need an adapter to connect the carrier to the stroller, which is a plus with fewer things to potentially misplace. The connection points need lining up simultaneously to make the connection, and it requires more pressure and effort to hear the audible click that ensures you're good to go. While you do not need an adapter and you leave the toddler seat and canopy in place, it is all the extra material in the seat/canopy that seems to make the connection more difficult, so there is a trade-off for the convenience. If you could remove the seat and canopy, the connection might be easier and the entire package lighter.
Weight and Folded Size
This stroller weighs about 20.1 lbs (the same as the old Booklet). However, it did lose some girth when folded with a final folded size of 8,740 cubic inches. The folded size is impressive, with only a handful offering smaller packages that aren't frame strollers, but the weight is only average and could be prohibitive for mothers who've had a c-section.
The Booklet 50 isn't the easiest to push and turn, but if you stay on the beaten b=apth of hard or paved surfaces, then you'll likely fare okay. If you try to move off the path onto grass or gravel, things start to get more challenging, and you could struggle.
We did find one-handed pushing is possible during testing on flat surfaces, but two hands are needed when the road gets rough. It has surprisingly wide turns for a stroller that looks relatively small, and we experienced more flex in the frame than much of the competition.
The new Booklet 50 still sports foam-filled plastic tires. While arguably nicer than some of the plastic competition, they still can't compete with rubber tires for maneuverability, quality, or rider comfort. It also has suspension and ball bearings in the wheel hubs, but side-by-side, it doesn't match the higher-end products in this lineup.
The 50 has a leatherette-covered, adjustable, rotating handlebar with a fairly wide range. This style of adjustment places taller pushers closer to the rear axle and increases the chance for kicking the stroller while strolling.
Ease of Use
The Booklet 50 offers slightly above average ease of use for the group with some features parents will likely want.
Fold and Unfold
The 50 folds with one hand and unfolds with two. It isn't a hard process, but it does feel counterintuitive than the standard folding versions we've seen. Once folded, it stands by itself, has a carry strap, and automatically locks in place. The new Booklet includes a red lever release lock on the handlebar.
The Booklet 50 includes single action brakes. The brakes are friendly to feet and shoes and are easy enough to set and release, even if they aren't the absolute best in the group.
The Booklet 50 has a new basket over the Booklet of yore, but the 11 lb capacity limit remains. It offers reasonably good access from the back and sides, and we fit our extra-large diaper bag inside. The new basket doesn't extend as far back as the old option, making it somewhat harder to use.
The Booklet 50 canopy is smaller, not extending as far over the passenger as some of the higher scoring options. The shade is UPF 50+ and has a vinyl, medium-sized peek-a-boo window. You can use the canopy in conjunction with the infant carrier.
Ease of Setup
It took us 14:15 minutes to set up the Booklet 50. This time is almost 5 minutes longer than the old version. The user manual is only average, with the most challenging part being the assembly of the basket, which could have been installed at the factory. You need to install all four wheels, the handlebar, the basket, and the canopy. We don't think the illustrations don' show as much of what you need as they should.
This stroller comes with a higher-end price tag, and traditionally Peg Perego is known for quality products. However, in comparison to the competition, the Booklet 50 is only average when viewed side-by-side during our tests. The Booklet 50 frame is full of connection points and flex with no real elegance to the design. The new version is somewhat better than the old, but not enough to impact the overall quality score in our tests. This version includes a softer feeling canvas that seems durable. It has a rubberized portion at the bottom of the footrest and features a "Leather" like cover on the handle and belly bar.
— Wendy Schmitz & BabyGearLab Team