Peg Perego Pliko Mini Review
Pros: Recline, leg rest, self-stand
Cons: 2hand fold, frame flex
Manufacturer: Peg Perego
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Perego Pliko Mini is one of the lightest strollers Peg Perego makes. It folds up in a traditional umbrella method, and comes with a carry handle for easy transport. The stroller has a storage bin under the seat, a large canopy with a peek-a-boo window, and adjustable leg rest with reclining back. It has a one hand fold, is suitable for babies of a few months and up, and comes in various fabric patterns.
Ease of Use
This product scored below average for ease of use. It wasn't the lowest scorer we reviewed, but it did tie with several other rides and only 3 came in lower.Storage
The sun shade on the Pilko is a large canopy with an unrated SPF. It has a peek-a-boo window made out of vinyl and mesh on the back of the canopy, but any child in the seat will be hard to see from the window unless the seat back is reclined. The back of the canopy snaps to the top of the seat and can be opened for increased ventilation on hot days. The frame of the shade has 3 positions; closed, half open, and fully extended. There are no lock out arms on this canopy.Convenience
This product has a reclining back and adjustable leg rest. The leg rest has two positions straight down and out. The latches are slightly difficult to find under the fabric, and the edge of the seat is stiffer than many of the others which seemed like it would be uncomfortable for longer trips if the leg rest is not bent. The seat back operates by lifting an arm on each side of the seat just above the basket which can adjust to three different positions, this excludes a one handed recline, but it is fairly easy to manage anyway. The seat back can be lifted to a higher position with one hand. The recline maximum angle is 30 degrees, which makes the seat cozier, but not perfectly nap worthy.
Off pavement this product became more than difficult, almost impossible. It is tough going in the grass, but practically stopped dead in the gravel. This stroller is tippy on side hills, wouldn't roll over a 1 inch curb, and the frame flex when we tried to go over the lip caused the bottom of the handle bar to come apart. The smaller wheels fell in the slots of a nearby storm drain. Sure an umbrella doesn't necessarily need to go off road, but it is nice if it can get from front door to destination without getting stuck.
Going up and down curbs and stairs is also difficult. The frame and handles have a lot of flex when you try to move or pick up the stroller, this makes going up and down stairs sort of uncontrollable. In addition, the brake pedals hit the nosing on the way down the stairs which caused the brakes to lock up and the stroller to become somewhat uncontrollable. It also felt like we had to bend over further when navigating the stroller down the stairs, this isn't a deal breaker, but it did make this product harder to maneuver than others.
Safety is important in any product your child is going to sit in. We tested different features for safety concerns including harnesses, brakes, and tipping. The Peg scored above average in this metric with only one stroller scoring higher than it, the Quinny Yezz.Brakes
The side tipping point of this product is 27 degrees which is above the average and on par with many of the other products we reviewed. The back tip happened when about 28 pounds of pressure were hung on the handle bars or off the back. This weight is below the average, which was closer to 33, but it is better than several other products we reviewed. The UPPAbaby G-Lite only needed 18 pounds before it tipped, but the Chicco Capri C6 Lightweight needed an impressive 75 pounds.
The frame on the Peg is loose and flexes just about everywhere. It has lots of random rattles and joints that are looser than almost any other in our review. The frame did not seem as clean or sturdy as the others. The wheels connected to this flex frame also felt cheap and increased the vibration and rattle of the overall stroll. In general, the structure, design, and execution of this frame and related parts seems subpar compared to the others we tested.
For overall comfort this stroller offers a sling style seat, with a stiffer back pad that reclines. The adjustable leg rest has two positions, but it is stiffer than many and some testers thought it might not be that cozy. It has almost no padding anywhere on the seat or the harness. It does have 4 shocks, but even the shocks didn't seem to be enough to make the stroller better.
Weight and Folded Size
This stroller weighed in at a cool 13 pounds. This is 5 pounds less than the heaviest stroller in our tests, plus it was below average. It is also shorter than many of the others at 14x38x13.5. This means it can fit easier in car trunks or be a little less wieldy than the longer options. At just over 7,000 cubic inches it took up more space than the average stroller, but it still felt compact given the overall measurements.Ease of Folding
This is one of the few two hand fold strollers in this review. It has an auto-lock feature and self-stands, but it does not have a carry handle or shoulder strap. This means you have to pick it up by the frame, which makes it a little bit of a bother to move around, and somewhat cumbersome on public transportation. Self-standing is a great feature, that not all the rides had, but to forgo a carry handle seemed short sighted.
The folding process is 3 steps and is sandal foot friendly. It is easy to fold and unfold. It folds a little bit differently than most of the others we looked at, but it doesn't require bending over to the ground, so it just means getting used to an awkward fold.Commuting
Ease of Setup
This product was more difficult to set up than many of the others. It took over 9 minutes to go from box to stroll worthy. The documentation had illustrations that were difficult to follow. It would have been better if the steps being discussed had been highlighted. The storage bin was difficult to attach with hooks that almost didn't want to hook.
With only two products ranking below this one it is hard to say if there is a best application for this stroller. It doesn't have enough options to use as a primary stroller, or even a cross over. It also isn't great for an umbrella or lightweight option. It isn't really that lightweight and the difficulty in maneuvering it meant it really didn't do well for city life where most lightweight strollers are used.
This stroller had one of the higher price tag of any we tested. Because of this and its overall disappointing scores it really isn't the best value. Any of our award winners are a better value no matter what your need or specific intended application.
There isn't a lot to love about the Pliko. It scored poorly in most metrics we tested, and had an overall disappointing feel and function. It had a good size storage bin, that is inaccessible because of a cross bar. It has adjustable height handle bars that flex and give so much we thought they were going to break. It has ergonomic handles, but they have no cushion for pushing. All of the features on the Peg seemed great on paper and reading the specs makes you think you are getting a product you are going to love. Unfortunately, the execution of all the features is just not up to stroller snuff. All of our award winners would be preferable options to this stroller, and only one of them will cost you more. All of this makes a stroller we just can't recommend. If you are looking for a great city dweller stroller for getting around quickly and in tight spaces, the Quinny Yezz is a great go to. If you need more of a cross over stroller with all the trimmings and beautiful flashy design, we like the UPPAbaby G-Luxe. If you need a great lightweight stroller but don't want to spend a lot of money, than our Best Value winner would be a good option for you, the Chicco Liteway. Or the Contours Lite is even cheaper and offers lots of features, some that many other strollers did not offer.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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