The Peg Perego Booklet is a full-size stroller that is only compatible with Peg Perego infant car seats. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that well with the Peg seat because the canopy gets in the way and it requires excessive pressure to ensure the seat is attached. In addition to an unfortunate car seat attachment, it is considerably heavier and larger than we think a good first stroller for a car seat should be. For new moms, it might even be prohibitively heavy and result in a product they aren't allowed to lift or possibly can't. The Booklet disappointed us in most metrics we tested and didn't have the chops to compare to the competition.
Peg Perego Booklet 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
Peg Perego, an Italian company, designs a variety of gear for babies and toddlers including car seats, strollers, and ridable toys. Peg Perego has an extensive history of creating quality gear. The Perego family started the company in 1949, and they continue to play a role in current design and development.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The Peg failed to impress for car seat attachment, which is a shame because it should work well with its native seat. The Booklet is only compatible with the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 infant car seat. This car seat won an Editors' Choice award in our infant car seat review, but buying the Booklet will lock you into this seat even if you didn't plan to purchase it.
There is no adapter required to use a car seat with the Booklet as the connection points are already part of the frame. This combination has the advantages of not requiring an adapter, and it can make a quick transition from car seat to a toddler seat. You do not need to remove the seat or the canopy to attach the carrier, but they add weight.
The Primo Viaggio 4-35 clicks on the stroller with side connections that take some practice to line up. We had to apply more pressure than we think should be necessary with a native seat, but once you get the sides lined up and push it into place, it is verysecure.
Weight and Folded Size
The Booklet weighs in at 20.1 lbs and is 10,580 cubic inches when folded. These measurements are better than average but not the best.
The Booklet scored about average for maneuverability. The Peg is relatively easy to push and turn on hard surfaces, but not as good as some of the competition.
We were able to make it through the course with one hand, but it was hard to control on the carpet. This stroller is a rough ride, and its turns are wide despite a narrow width; the width makes moving through tight spaces doable, but it is a pain if the turns are tight. This product has a lot of frame flex which makes the job more challenging.
The wheels on this product are foam-filled plastic, and while they feel sturdy and are more substantial than competing plastic wheels, they are still plastic, and not as nice as rubber. The foam filling provides a little give and bounce and prevents plastic denting, but they can't compare to rubber tires. The Booklet only has rear shocks.
The handlebar is adjustable with one of the widest ranges. The handlebar is comfortable with a soft foam cover. The hard plastic bumps on the bar for self-standing will protect the foam from getting dirty or damaged, but they are annoying and rub on your thumbs while pushing. The pivot style also means taller parents will be standing closer to the stroller, which can result in kicking the back of the stroller.
Ease of Use
The Peg has some nicer features than the competition and is comparatively easy to use.
Fold and Unfold
Folding is easy and only requires one hand and two steps. We like that it auto-locks, self-stands, and has a carry strap, but you need to bend over because the handle rests under the seat near the back. To unfold the Peg, you need two hands and two steps.
The Book has single action brakes that are easy to set and just as easy to release. It is a pedal brake that is sandal foot friendly and easy to access.
The storage bin has access from the sides and back, but with the seat fully reclined to accept the car seat, access will require a far reach and crouching. The basket is relatively large. We were able to stow our extra-large diaper bag easily inside. The bin has a maximum weight of 11 lbs, and the average newborn diaper bag might weigh more, so you won't be able to do much shopping.
The Booklet has a small canopy, but it has ventilation and a medium-size vinyl peek-a-boo window. The canopy works with the car seat, which is the best thing about it given that many canopies require removal for car seat attachment.
Ease of Setup
The Booklet requires 10:47 minutes to get ready for use. The documentation is average with illustrations that are not well detailed, which results in guessing. Several parts need attaching that could come pre-assembled, and one-piece has to be unattached, threaded through the basket and reattached.
The Booklet isn't as nice as some of the competition and in our opinion, not as nice as the Peg infant car seat. The Booklet has a frame with a cluttered look and a lot of components and connections that could fail. The fabric on the seat and canopy are canvas while the basket has a slick feel. The bin also has mesh sides that didn't snag in our tests and feel like they may be more durable than some of the competition. The overall fit and finish aren't impressive, but we do like it more than the previous Book we reviewed.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team