Inglesina Net Review
Pros: Inexpensive, small and lightweight, easy to carry
Cons: Harder to push and turn, no spying on baby
Our Analysis and Test Results
In December 1963, Liviano Tomasi created the first "London" in Vicenza Italy. Inglesina in Italian means feminine, similar to the English pram (which means little girl) that inspired Liviano in the first place. Inglesina is committed to safety and protection as well as, comfort and reliability with continued advancement in materials and technology.
Weight and Folded Size
The Net earns the highest score in the metric with a weight of 11.9 lbs, measuring 4,763 cubic inches when folded.
While it isn't the smallest or the lightest option, it is the best of both worlds with only one being smaller and lighter. This stroller also features a shoulder carry strap that makes it very easy to carry and stow.
Ease of Use
The Net is a little harder than average to use compared to the other lightweight options we tested.
For the price, there are few options that offer a higher score in this metric that can also match the Inglesina's overall rank.
Fold and Unfold
The Inglesina has a standard umbrella fold that collapses in on itself. The fold is one-handed with an automatic lock and self-stand.
The Net brakes are average for ease of setting and releasing. They are sandal foot-friendly, and we had no trouble getting them to lock, but they do feel like they could break if use them too aggressively.
The Net has a small storage bin with poor access from the side and rear with no access from the front. It will hold up to 6.6 lbs and we were able to fit a small diaper bag inside. The Net also has a removable parent cup holder that hangs on the frame side near the handle.
The Net has a medium size canopy that is SPF 50 +. It does not have a peek-a-boo window, but you can fairly easily peek around the corner if you need to spy on baby while stroller. The pop-out visor offers some additional coverage, but it won't help much with headwinds or low sun.
The Net harness requires the shoulder and waist straps to be connected before locking into the buckle. The straps are stiff to adjust, and rethreading is difficult to get the strap ends through the plastic eyelets on the seatback.
The Net seat has no leg rest and the recline is only minimal opening with a zipper on each side. The increase in recline is so minimal it makes us wonder if the added expense of the zippers and fabric is even worthwhile. We suspect this will not be the best stroller for napping in. The seat padding can be removed to reveal a seat made entirely of mesh netting for increased airflow on hot days.
Ease of Setup
The Inglesina took 5:55 minutes to put together from unpacking to ready to use. It does not require any tools and the instructions are about average, though sometimes hard to follow.
The Net pushing and turning on flat surfaces is easy enough, but the stroller could be more responsive and is somewhat wobbly with vibration in the handles. Things get worse on uneven terrain with more difficulty than flat surfaces and increased resistance from the dual front wheel design that historically we have found to be poor movers.
The Inglesina has front-wheel suspension only, no leg rest and a disappointing recline that combined limits the comfort factor for passengers. The handles are foam covered, but it doesn't buffer the vibrations you will feel when pushing even on smooth surfaces where vibration should be almost nil.
Given the price, the Net manages fairly well in this metric where most of the higher scoring options had prices to match. The Net has plastic wheels and a mesh seat for added airflow. The overall look is nice, but the components could be of higher quality for better performance or additional features.
Inglesina offers a few accessories that can make life with the Net a little more convenient.
- Net Stroller Raincover — This rain cover drapes over the stroller seat to protect the baby against wind and rain. This cover will come in handy for that unpredictable rain shower or longer than expected trip.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team