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Peg Perego Booklet 50 Combo Review

Disappointing that attachment of native car seat is so challenging
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Price:   $400 List | $400 at Amazon
Pros:  Secure car seat attachment, canopy works well with car seat
Cons:  Heavy, difficult to attach car seat
Manufacturer:   Peg Perego
By Wendy Schmitz & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Oct 7, 2020
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 30% 4
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 5
  • Maneuverability - 5% 6

The Skinny

The Peg Perego Booklet 50 is a smaller full-size option that only works with its native brand car seats. Sadly, in our tests, it didn't work well with its own seat and was more challenging to connect than we thought it should be. The canopy on the 50 still gets in the way of attaching the seats, and it needs more pressure than much of the competition to make the connection. Once connected, it feels very secure, but the getting there is the downside. Overall, the Perego Booklet 50 disappointed in most of our tests and struggled to keep up with the competition in most metrics, including ease of use, maneuverability, and quality, which makes it a stroller we don't recommend as a car seat combination.

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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.

Performance Comparison



The toddler seat on the Booklet 50 needs to be reclined to attach the car seat carrier to the metal points.
The toddler seat on the Booklet 50 needs to be reclined to attach the car seat carrier to the metal points.

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.

The toddler seat of the Booklet 50 has two metal connection points for the carrier to attach to.
The toddler seat of the Booklet 50 has two metal connection points for the carrier to attach to.

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.

The Booklet 50 is more compact when folded than the average full-size stroller.
The Booklet 50 is more compact when folded than the average full-size stroller.

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 front wheels on the Booklet 50 lock in place to avoid spinning when moving over bumps.
The front wheels on the Booklet 50 lock in place to avoid spinning when moving over bumps.

Maneuverability


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 Booklet 50 has an adjustable handlebar that rotates on a pivot.
The Booklet 50 has an adjustable handlebar that rotates on a pivot.

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.

The Booklet 50 earned just below average for ease of use in our tests.
The Booklet 50 earned just below average for ease of use in our tests.

Ease of Use


The Booklet 50 offers slightly above average ease of use for the group with some features parents will likely want.

The fold on the Booklet 50 is not intuitive and includes flipping the seat forward and accessing a red release before pulling it closed.
The fold on the Booklet 50 is not intuitive and includes flipping the seat forward and accessing a red release before pulling it closed.

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 brake pedal on the Booklet 50 is large and easy to set and release.
The brake pedal on the Booklet 50 is large and easy to set and release.

Brakes


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 storage bin on the Booklet 50 has good access from the back  but not from any other angle and the limit is low compared to the higher-scoring competition.
The storage bin on the Booklet 50 has good access from the back, but not from any other angle and the limit is low compared to the higher-scoring competition.

Storage


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 seat and canopy stay on the Booklet 50 when combined with a car seat  so you can use the canopy to provide more protection for little ones.
The seat and canopy stay on the Booklet 50 when combined with a car seat, so you can use the canopy to provide more protection for little ones.

Sunshade


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.

The Booklet 50 is nicer quality than the average full-size stroller  but not on par with the higher-end options in our tests.
The Booklet 50 is nicer quality than the average full-size stroller, but not on par with the higher-end options in our tests.

Quality


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