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Peg Perego Booklet Combo ReviewPrice: $350.00 List | $329.99 at Amazon - 6% off
Pros: Secure car seat attachment, canopy works well with car seat
Cons: Heavy, difficult to attach car seat
Bottom line: Disappointing that it is difficult to attach the same brand car seat
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. In our tests, the seat's hard to install because the canopy gets in the way and it requires excessive pressure to ensure the seat has attached. In addition to a poorly attaching car seat, 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 simply didn't have the chops to compare to the competition.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Peg Perego Booklet is a full-size stroller with an aluminum chassis and all-wheel suspension. It offers a large canopy, under seat storage, and car seat attachment points for Peg infant car seats. This stroller is not compatible with any other brand car seat which is a limiting factor in choosing this option.
The chart below shows the overall scores for each combination we tested in this review including the Peg Pergo Booklet (blue).
The sections below contain information about how the Booklet performed compared to the competition.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The Peg earned a 4 of 10 for car seat attachment, which is low given it should work well with its native seat or at least as good as other strollers with car seat adapters using other brands. 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. We tested the Booklet with this car seat in our tests.
There is no adapter required to use the infant car seat with the Booklet as the connection points are already part of the frame and standard seat. This combination has the advantages of not needing to mess with another component and that it can make a quick transition from infant car seat to toddler seat without any fuss. You do not need to remove the seat or the canopy to attach the car seat, which is easier, but the seat and canopy add weight to the overall package. Given that the stroller weighs over 20 lbs, it could stand to lose a few for new moms who might be limited in how much they can lift.
The Primo Viaggio 4-35 clicks onto the stroller with side connection points that take some practice and attention to line up correctly for a secure fit. We had to apply more pressure than we thought was necessary with a native seat, but once you get the sides lined up and push it into place, it is a verysecure feeling seat and total package.
Weight and Folded Size
The Booklet scored a 5 of 10 for weight and folded size, which is below average for the group. The high score is 9 shared by all the dedicated frame stroller products that are no frill to keep the product easy to lift and carry.
The Booklet weighs in at 20.1 lbs without the car seat attached; only four strollers weigh more than the Booklet. By contrast, the higher ranking UPPAbaby Cruz Combo weighs only 15.3 lbs and is a very nice full-size stroller.
The Booklet is 10,580 cubic inches when folded. This size is about average for the standard strollers, but several of the other options are closer to 6,000 cubic inches. The lighter UPPAbaby Cruz is around 7,860 cubic inches and is lighter and smaller than the Booklet.
The Booklet scored about average for the group with a 6 of 10 for maneuverability. The high is a 9 for the BOB Revolution Flex Combo and the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Combo.
The Peg is pretty middle of the road for handling. It is relatively easy to push and turn on hard surfaces, but not as nice 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 seemed like a rougher ride than the competition, and the turns were wide for such a narrow track; the narrow width made moving through tight spaces doable, but given the longer footprint it is a pain if the turns are in small places. This product has a lot of frame flex, and it had trouble with a 1-inch curb.
The wheels on this product are foam filled plastic, and while they feel sturdy and are larger than many of the other plastic wheels, we looked at, they are still plastic wheels, and we don't like these as much as rubber. The foam filling provides a little give and more of a bounce and prevents depressions in the plastic, but they still can't compare to the rubber filled options with air or foam. The Booklet wheels only have rear shocks, and we prefer those with all around suspension and adjustable if possible.
The handlebar on the Booklet is adjustable from 32.8 to 43.3 inches from the ground, giving it one of the widest ranges in the group. The handlebar is comfortable and has 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 could be annoying or rub on your thumbs while pushing. The pivot style also means taller parents will be standing closer to the stroller which can result in taller users kicking the back of the stroller or the rear axle.
Ease of Use
The Peg earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use with some nicer features than the competition.
Fold and Unfold
Folding the Booklet is very easy and only requires one hand and two steps to accomplish. We like that is auto-locks, self-stands and has a carry strap. You will need to bend over fairly far because the handle to fold it is under the seat near the back. To unfold the Peg, you will need two hands and two steps.
The brakes on the Booklet are single action brakes that are easy to set and release. It is a pedal brake that is sandal foot friendly and easy to access.
The Booklet storage bin has access from the sides and back, but with the seat back fully reclined to accept the car seat the access in the back will require a far reach and possible crouching. It is large and we were able to fit our extra-large diaper bag inside. The bin has a maximum allowable weight of 11 lbs. The average newborn diaper bag might weigh more than 11 lbs, and you won't be able to do much shopping using the Peg as a basket, but it is better than some of the other options.
The Booklet has the 3rd smallest canopy in the group and is only medium in size. It has ventilation and a medium size peek-a-boo window made out of vinyl. The canopy does work 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 didn't score well for ease of setup and is the second lowest score in the group. It took us 10 minutes and 47 seconds to get the Booklet out of the box and ready for use. The documentation is average with illustrations that are not detailed enough, which results in guessing to fill in the gaps. Several of the parts need to be attached to the stroller that could have easily come pre-assembled, and one part has to be unattached, threaded through the basket and reattached.
This stroller earned a 5 of 10 for quality, where the average is 6. The Booklet isn't as nice quality as some of the other options and in our opinion, not as nice as the Peg infant car seat. The high score for the group is 8 shared by the UPPAbaby Vista and the BOB Revolution Flex Combo.
The Booklet has a frame with a lot going on. The general look and feel are cluttered overall with a lot of components and connections that could fail or break. Sleek is not something that comes to mind when looking at the frame on this one. The fabric on the seat and canopy are the same canvas while the basket has a slick feel. The basket 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 that impressive, but we do like it more than the previous peg Book we reviewed in the past.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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