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Peg Perego Booklet Combo Review

Disappointing that it is difficult to attach the same brand car seat
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Price:   $350 List | $300 at Amazon
Pros:  Secure car seat attachment, canopy works well with car seat
Cons:  Heavy, difficult to attach car seat
Manufacturer:   Peg Perego
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Apr 23, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 4
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 5
  • Maneuverability - 10% 6
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 6
  • Quality - 5% 5
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 4

The Skinny

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 a poor 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 simply didn't have the chops to compare to the competition.


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Pros Secure car seat attachment, canopy works well with car seatSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons Heavy, difficult to attach car seatLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Disappointing that it is difficult to attach the same brand car seatBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresEasy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleCompact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Rating Categories Peg Perego Booklet... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
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Specs Peg Perego Booklet... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 20.1 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 21.5"W x 15"H x 32.8"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 50 lbs/43"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes n/a Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 32.8"/43.3" 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 32"/44.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Large n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories None Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None None
Setup Time 10:47 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

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.

The Peg Perego car seat sits snugly inside the Booklet stroller.
The Peg Perego car seat sits snugly inside the Booklet stroller.

Performance Comparison


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 performs compared to the competition.

The car seat attachment points for the infant car seat are two metal loops on the seat portion of the Booklet.
The car seat attachment points for the infant car seat are two metal loops on the seat portion of the Booklet.

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. 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.

The metal car seat attachment loops on the seat fold down when not in use to help keep the seat of the Booklet more comfortable.
The metal car seat attachment loops on the seat fold down when not in use to help keep the seat of the Booklet more comfortable.

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 toddler seat. You do not need to remove the seat or the canopy to attach the carrier, but they add weight.

The Infant car seat attaches to the Booklet in a similar fashion to how it attaches to the car seat base.
The Infant car seat attaches to the Booklet in a similar fashion to how it attaches to the car seat base.

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.

The booklet is fairly bulky when folded at 10 578 cubic inches
The booklet is fairly bulky when folded at 10,578 cubic inches

Weight and Folded Size


The Booklet scored a 5 of 10 for weight and folded size, which is below average. It weighs in at 20.1 lbs and is 10,580 cubic inches when folded. By contrast, the higher ranking UPPAbaby Cruz Combo weighs only 15.3 lbs and measures around 7,860 cubic inches making it lighter and smaller.

The wheels on the Booklet are made of plastic and are small compared to some of the competition.
The wheels on the Booklet are made of plastic and are small compared to some of the competition.

Maneuverability


The Booklet scored about average for the group with a 6 of 10 for maneuverability.

The front swivel wheels on the Booklet can be locked in place.
The front swivel wheels on the Booklet can be locked in place.

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 Booklet handlebar rotates to adjust with two buttons on either side of the frame.
The Booklet handlebar rotates to adjust with two buttons on either side of the frame.

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.

The storage bin on the Booklet may not look too big  but we fit our extra large diaper bag inside. It does have an 11 pound maximum limit  which is about average for the group.
The storage bin on the Booklet may not look too big, but we fit our extra large diaper bag inside. It does have an 11 pound maximum limit, which is about average for the group.

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 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.

Brakes


The brakes are single action and easy to set and release. It is a pedal brake that is sandal foot friendly and easy to access.

Storage


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. It is large, and we fit our extra-large diaper bag 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 canopy works well with the car seat canopy to create a nice protective bubble for baby.
The Booklet canopy works well with the car seat canopy to create a nice protective bubble for baby.

Sunshade


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.

The Booklet is one of the more difficult strollers to setup in our tests.
The Booklet is one of the more difficult strollers to setup in our tests.

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 did not score as well as we thought it would for quality.
The Booklet did not score as well as we thought it would for quality.

Quality


This stroller earned a 5 of 10 for quality, where the average is 6. 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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team