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Peg Perego Viaggio Flex 120 Review

Price:   $300.00 List | $279.99 at Amazon - 7% off
Pros:  Easier to use, narrow width, comfortable
Cons:  Higher price, higher HIC crash test result
Bottom line:  Expensive, quality seat that is narrow and easy to use
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Modes:  High Back Booster
High Back Booster Weight Range:  40 - 120 lbs
High Back Booster Height Range:  39" - 57"
Manufacturer:   Peg Perego

The Skinny

The Peg Perego Viaggio Flex 120 is a high backed booster seat with impressive crash test results for the chest clip and the narrowest width for a high backed booster in this review. This product boasts a compact fold, comfortable seating, and easy to use features including rigid LATCH attachment and height adjustment. Little ones like how easy it is to buckle themselves in but they didn't like the lack of armrests. While this booster is nice and has some redeeming qualities, it is more expensive than most of the competition with a performance that is basically average and uninspired.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Wednesday
October 18, 2017

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The Flex is a high backed booster with a unique compact fold and a narrow width. This seat is comfy but the higher price is disappointing for what it offers.
The Flex is a high backed booster with a unique compact fold and a narrow width. This seat is comfy but the higher price is disappointing for what it offers.

The Peg Perego Company started in 1949 with the creation of a baby carriage by founder Giuseppe Perego. The 60s saw the growth of the company through a variety of new carriages and the creation of an adjustable highchair. The 70s brought the invention of an umbrella stroller and ride on toys for children with the first 6-volt products and the sealed gel-cell battery. The 80s saw the rise of the Pilko strollers and the 12-volt 2 cell battery that is still the industry standard. Peg Perego is responsible for the entire development process from concept to shipping and everything in between. They strive to develop innovative products that make life easier with sophisticated style.

Performance Comparison


The chart below shows the overall scores for each booster tested in this review for an easy comparison of score and rank.


The sections below include information about the Peg's performance compared to the competition during testing.

The flex headrest includes dense EPS foam for potentially added protection in the event of a side impact collision.
The flex headrest includes dense EPS foam for potentially added protection in the event of a side impact collision.

Crash Test


The Flex earned a 6 of 10 for crash test results. The Flex has an odd mix of the best results for the chest clip and one of the worst results for the head (HIC) sensor. This HIC result hurt its overall score leaving it with an average result overall. All of the boosters in this review meet or exceed the Federal minimum guidelines for safety and are, therefore, considered safe.

The graph shows the results from the chest sensor on the Flex's crash test dummy. The Flex has the best data for this sensor in our review  so a comparison is unnecessary.
The graph shows the results from the chest sensor on the Flex's crash test dummy. The Flex has the best data for this sensor in our review, so a comparison is unnecessary.

The Flex has the best chest (g) sensor data in the review with a 39. The maximum result allowed is 60, where a lower result is better. This graph only shows the Flex results as a comparison with the best isn't possible since it is the best.

This graph provides a comparison between the HIC results for the Flex (black) and those of the Evenflo Spectrum (green) which is the best (lowest) results in the group.
This graph provides a comparison between the HIC results for the Flex (black) and those of the Evenflo Spectrum (green) which is the best (lowest) results in the group.

The Flex score for the chest clip is 757 where the maximum allowed is 1000 (lower results are better). While this value is less than 1000, and therefore safe, it is the second highest result in the group. The Evenflo Spectrum earned the top result for the group with a score of 456, significantly lower than that of the Flex.

These results indicate a basic level of protection when compared to the average for the group despite the impressive chest results.

The Flex has a rigid LATCH system similar to that found on the Clek Oobr. This system secures the Flex to the vehicle  so it isn't loose when empty.
The Flex has a rigid LATCH system similar to that found on the Clek Oobr. This system secures the Flex to the vehicle, so it isn't loose when empty.

Ease of Use


The Flex earned a 7 of 10 for ease of use. This booster connects to the car using a rigid LATCH system that is easy to use and secures the booster to the car so it isn't floating loose when not in use.

The shoulder strap retainer on the Flex is easy to adjust and to thread the strap into.
Testers indicate that the Flex is the easiest option to buckle by themselves.

The seatbelt retainers are simple and easy. Our little testers felt it was the easiest one to use by themselves, both for securing the shoulder belt (above left) and for buckling the belt (above right).

The headrest/height adjustment on the Flex is operated from behind with an easy to use button.
The width of the Flex is adjustable with a knob on the back. This adjustment is how the Flex earned its name.

Adjusting the height of the headrest/retainer is also one of the easiest (above left) and the width is also somewhat adjustable for fit or comfort with a turnable knob on the back (above right).

The cup holder ring on the Flex is flimsy and we suspect it won't last long before it is broken.
Adjusting the base forward will recline the seat back  making the Flex more comfortable for napping.

The Flex has a flip out cup holder (above left) that is sort of flimsy and not as useful in real life as it sounds on paper. There is also a recline feature that adjusts from the front (above right). This feature is super easy to use and increases comfort for better napping possibilities.

The Peg is the narrowest high backed booster in this review and one of the lightest for its type.
The Peg is the narrowest high backed booster in this review and one of the lightest for its type.

Weight and Size


The Flex earned a 6 of 10 for weight and size. This booster weighs 14.5 lbs, which is almost average for the group. The width is one of the narrowest we saw in this review with a measurement of 17.3 inches. the only narrower choice we tested were backless boosters. This weight and size will likely be more than you want for carrying it while traveling, but it could work for carpooling if the shift from one car to another was infrequent. The width would make it easier to fit three car seats across a back seat and the booster itself isn't as cumbersome as much of the competition. While not as convenient as the backless booster, we believe the high back boosters are inherently safer thanks to the shell design.

The Flex folds in half to create a smaller package for storing or travel.
The Flex folds in half to create a smaller package for storing or travel.

This booster can fold into a smaller package to make it easier to store, move or carry, however, this package has to be opened before putting it in the car and it won't change the overall weight.

While not an uncomfortable seat  the Flex lacks armrests which is a disappointment to several testers.
While not an uncomfortable seat, the Flex lacks armrests which is a disappointment to several testers.

Comfort


The Flex earned a 7 of 10 for comfort. The Flex has a soft cushion and fabric with thick padding. Little testers like the way their legs fell but they didn't like the lack of armrests and the headrest design looks like it isn't supportive of comfortable napping. unlike some of the competition, this is one of the few products where grownups and kids alike had similar views on comfort.

The Flex looks like a high-quality seat than it really is  and while it earned an above average score for quality  the design and materials don't match the higher price.
The Flex looks like a high-quality seat than it really is, and while it earned an above average score for quality, the design and materials don't match the higher price.

Quality


The Flex earned a 7 of 10 for quality. This product has thick cushiony padding and skin friendly fabric that feels durable and soft. The shell is simple with a clean look and feels sturdy at the smallest height, but starts to flex as you expand the back up for taller children resulting in a fairly flimsy feel. Peg uses EPS foam which is the industry standard but not as nice as the EPP foam found in the Britax Frontier ClickTight. The overall fit and finish are better than some but don't feel as nice as the Flex looks.

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