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Peg Perego Booklet Combo Review
Price: $350.00 List | $349.99 at Amazon
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 standard 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 standard 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 show the overall scores for each combination we tested in this review. This comparison chart includes the Peg Pergo Booklet in 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 high for the metric is 10, earned by the Doona that is a car seat and stroller in one with no attachment necessary.
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 seat, which is easier, but the seat and canopy add weight to the overall package that you can forgo with other options that work sans seat and sunshade. Given that the stroller weighs over 20 pounds, it could stand to lose a few for new moms who might be limited in how much they can lift after their baby is born.
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. It is easier to release than install, but that isn't enough to draw the score high enough to be a real contender.
Weight and Folded Size
Possibly the second most important metric for a car seat and stroller combination is weight and folded size. Given that some new moms (especially those who've had a C-section) will be limited in how much they can lift, we think it is important that a combination stroller is as light as possible and still get the job done relatively well. The Booklet scored a 5 of 10 in this metric, 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. This weight makes the product on the heavy side no matter what your goals for a car seat combination stroller. By contrast, the higher ranking UPPAbaby Cruz Combo weighs only 14.3 lbs and is a very nice standard stroller. The frame strollers are about 11 lbs on average, which means the Booklet is almost twice the weight of the lighter options.
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 8,000 cubic inches and is lighter and smaller than the Booklet. The largest option in the review is the BOB Revolution at 26.5 lbs and 15,108 cubic inches in size.
Folding the Booklet is very easy and only requires one hand and 2 steps to accomplish. We like that is auto-locks, self-stands and has a carry strap, but we wish that it rolled when folded like some of the competition does. You will need to bend over fairly far because the handle to fold it is under the seat near the seat back, so if bending is a problem, this might be harder to fold than the products that don't require bending. To unfold the Peg, you will need two hands and 2 steps. It is only average in difficulty to unfold compared to the competition, and you will need to bend over once again to complete it.
The Booklet scored about average for the group with a 6 of 10 for maneuverability. The high is a 9 for the BOB Revolution. We discuss the maneuverability for the Booklet in more detail in our best full-size stroller review of the Peg, but you can read a brief overview of it here.
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 flex makes it harder to control on stairs and curbs as well.
Ease of Use
The Peg did fairly well in the ease of use category with some nicer features than the competition. It earned 6 of 10 for the metric where the average is 5. The high is a 7 for the Chicco Bravo LE.
The Booklet storage bin has easy 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 were able to fit our extra-large diaper bag inside. The bin has a maximum allowable weight of 11 pounds total. This capacity is average for the group, where the low is 5 lbs for the Chicco Liteway Plus and the high is 30 pounds for the UPPAbaby Vista Combo. 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 most of the other options.
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.
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.
The Peg does not have a parent console or child tray standard with the stroller. This isn't necessarily a downside, and many of the products didn't offer these additions either, so it isn't alone in this respect. However, it does provide a padded leg rest that is adjustable, which is rare. The recline feature on the Peg can be operated with one hand and has infinite angle possibilities, but it 's hard to use. You will need to use the recline feature when coupling the Booklet with a car seat, so keep this in mind.
The Booklet isn't as nice quality as some of the other options and frankly in our opinion, not as nice as the Peg infant car seat. This stroller only earned a 5 of 10 for this metric, where the average is 6. The high score for the group is 8 shared by the UPPAbaby Vista and the BOB Revolution.
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.
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 and offers a better height for shorter parents. 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 with the bar adjusted to the highest point. This adjustment type did result in taller users kicking the back of the stroller or the rear axle. We prefer the telescoping handlebar adjustment on the UPPAbaby products for this reason.
The fabric on the Booklet is hand wash only, and the entire stroller has a 2-year warranty.
Ease of Setup
The Booklet didn't score well for ease of setup, tying with the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Combo with a 4 of 10. This score is the second lowest score in the group with the lowest being a score of 2 for the Bugaboo Bee, which comes with few parts pre-assembled.
It took us 10 minutes and 47 seconds to get the Booklet out of the box and ready for use. The documentation for putting this product together is average with illustrations that are not detailed enough, which results in parents guessing to fill in the gaps. While we were able to do that, and most parents likely will be able to as well, we do have a lot of stroller assembly experience. 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.
Parents who love the Peg Perego brand may be interested in this stroller. Peg Perego has a reputation for offering quality products that are safe and retain value. Unfortunately, this Peg didn't score well in our tests, and there are other options compatible with Peg car seats that scored higher and performed better in the majority of our tests. Even if you are looking to combine a stroller and car seat from the same brand, this isn't the one we would suggest. It also did not score well in our standard stroller review, making it not the best for that category.
The list price for the Booklet is $350 which is average for the group. Unfortunately, given its poor performance, it wouldn't be a good value even if it was cheaper. With plastic wheels, a smaller canopy, larger size and heavy weight it simply isn't the best at much of anything. Add to this the poor maneuverability score, and you have an option that likely isn't the best value. The Britax B-Agile earned a higher overall rank and costs $100 less than the Peg. It offers more bang for the buck and will work with some Peg car seat, though not the Primo Viaggio 4-35.
The Peg Perego Booklet stroller is a disappointing product that didn't perform well in the majority of our tests. With a maneuverability score that disappoints compared to similarly priced products and difficult car seat attachment with the canopy getting in the way of installation, it just isn't the best car seat and stroller combination. Also, it is only compatible with Peg Perego seats, and while we like the Primo Viaggio 4-35 enough to give it an Editors' Choice award, we think parents should have more flexibility in the type of seat that will suit their needs.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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