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Peg Perego Nido Review

Impressive performance but somewhat heavy and more money than most
peg perego nido infant car seat review
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Price:   $350 List | $299.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Load leg, easy belt install with and without base
Cons:  Price, heavy carrier
Manufacturer:   Peg Perego
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Dec 21, 2021
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  • Crash Test - 20% 6.5
  • Ease of Install - LATCH - 20% 7.0
  • Ease of Install - Belt - 10% 8.5
  • Ease of Install -w/o Base - 5% 10.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 6.7
  • Comfort/Quality - 15% 8.4
  • Weight/Size - 15% 5.0

The Skinny

The Peg Perego Nido seat is a high-quality infant car seat with additional features for safety, including an anti-rebound bar and load leg. This seat sports above-average crash test results, comfortable padding and fabric, and a giant canopy with zip-open ventilation. The Nido is super easy to install using the vehicle belt with or without a base and better than average for ease of installation using the LATCH method. The Nido is on the pricer side, and for the money, we think some of the features could be easier to use. It is also somewhat more cumbersome, which means it may not be the best choice for those who plan to carry the carrier for a distance longer than the house to the car. While it did not make it into our list of top car seats, we like the look and feel of this seat. We think it is a potential choice for families who want a Peg or are specifically looking for a load leg or anti-rebound bar as its overall performance is impressive.

Editor's Note: The Peg Perego Nido review was updated on December 20th, 2021, with additional suggestions on what we would buy and more information to help better compare products.

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Pros Load leg, easy belt install with and without baseBetter crash test results, anti-rebound bar, easy installReasonable price, better crash test results, super easy LATCH installBest crash results, easy LATCH, additional safety features, comfyEasy LATCH installation, better crash test results, price
Cons Price, heavy carrierHeavier, harder to install LATCH system, few strollers are compatibleHeavier, canopy/handle rubbingHigher price, hard to useCoarse fabric, heavier, hard to install without the base
Bottom Line Impressive performance but somewhat heavy and more money than mostA great all-around seat with good crash test results, but limited stroller optionsA really nice seat with better crash tests analysis and a reasonable price tag, but it could be too heavy for some usersCompelling, quality seat with additional safety features and the best crash test scoreCrash test results and ease of install with a nice price make it a good choice for most families
Rating Categories Peg Perego Nido Peg Perego Primo Vi... Chicco KeyFit 35 Cybex Aton 2 Chicco KeyFit 30
Crash Test (20%)
6.5
7.5
7.5
8.5
7.5
Ease of Install - LATCH (20%)
7.0
7.0
9.5
8.5
8.5
Ease of Install - Belt (10%)
8.5
9.0
7.0
6.5
5.5
Ease of Install -w/o Base (5%)
10.0
9.5
7.0
5.0
4.0
Ease of Use (15%)
6.7
6.6
7.1
4.5
6.6
Comfort/Quality (15%)
8.4
8.1
6.5
7.3
4.7
Weight/Size (15%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Peg Perego Nido Peg Perego Primo Vi... Chicco KeyFit 35 Cybex Aton 2 Chicco KeyFit 30
Crash Test HIC Score 430 491 342 340 330
Crash Test Chest G Clip 51 46 51 44 50.5
Minimum Passenger Weight 4 lbs 4 lbs 4 lbs 4 lbs 4 lbs
Max Passenger Weight 35 lbs 35 lbs 35 lbs 35 lbs 30 lbs
Max Passenger Height 32" 32" 32" 30" 30"
Belt Routing Style European European European European American
Seat Weight 10.2 lbs 9.6 lbs 10.9 lbs 9.3 lbs 10.1 lbs
Recline Positions Infinite Infinite 5 4 5
Shoulder Harness Positions 6 6 5 3 3
Crotch Strap Positions 2 1 1 1 1
Built in Lock Off Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anti-rebound Device Yes Yes Yes Built in High Back Base High Back Base
Load Leg Yes No No Yes No
Locking Handle Positions 5 5 4 3 3
Allowed Handle Positions For Auto Travel 1 for Base Install (even with the top of the seat),
1 for Seat Only Install (all the way forward)
1 for Base Install (even with the top of the seat),
1 for Seat Only Install (all the way forward)
Carry Position
Stationary Position
Rocking Position
Carry Position Any
Head Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Newborn Insert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Rethread Harness Yes Yes Yes No No
Onboard Manual Storage Stores in a hard flip down pocket on the back of the seat. Stores in a hard flip down pocket on the back of the seat. Storage Compartment on front of the base. Stashes in a pocket under the bottom of the seat. Storage Compartment on the front of the base.
Level Indicator On Base Bubble Vial Bubble Vial Bubble Indicator Ball In Tube Bubble Vial
Level Indicator On Seat Line On Decal Line On Decal Line on Decal Line On Decal Line On Decal

Our Analysis and Test Results

In 1949, Peg Perego launched a baby carriage created by Giuseppe Perego. The founder continued the company's growth through the 1960s with various strollers and an adjustable high chair. The creation of ride-on toys and umbrella strollers followed began in the 1970s, with the 1980s bringing the first Pilko strollers and ride-on toys with a 12-volt two-cell battery. Peg Perego strives to design and creates innovative and stylish gear that makes life easier including high chairs and a variety of car seats across categories.

Performance Comparison



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The Peg Perego Nido is a high-quality car seat that is easy to use and has higher than average crash test results.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Crash Test


The Nido is slightly above average in our crash testing, indicating a potential additional margin of protection. It is on par with the Chicco Fit2.

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The headrest on the Nido has additional energy-absorbing padding.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
It is essential to understand that all car seats for purchase in the US meet or exceed the Federal guidelines outlined in the FMVSS 213. We compare crash test results to the competition and the guidelines to identify the car seats that potentially offer an additional margin of protection over the basic seat.

peg perego nido infant car seat review
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff, MGA Research

With the use of the load leg, the Nido earned a better head sensor (HIC) score with a crash sensor result of 430 HIC. The Nido has a HIC of 573 (without load leg) where the maximum allowed is 1000, and the lower the result, the better. Without using the load leg, the result is higher than the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, which has a result of 491. The comparison chart above shows the results for the Nido (in black) utilizing the load leg in comparison to the Chicco Keyfit 30 (in green), which has the lowest (best) results with a 330.

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Credit: BabyGearLab Staff, MGA Research

The Nido chest clip sensor (g clip) result is 46 sans load leg where the maximum allowed is 60, and a lower result is better. Unfortunately, using the load leg resulted in a worse chest sensor result of 51 g clip. Details of this comparison are in the chart above.

The Nido base has an anti-rebound bar that can potentially increase...
The Nido base has an anti-rebound bar that can potentially increase safety during a crash.
The Nido has several additional features for safety including the...
The Nido has several additional features for safety including the load leg.

The Nido has an elongated anti-rebound bar (above left). This feature helps prevent rotation in the event of an accident. The Nido also comes standard with a load leg (above right) that helps prevent the car seat from flopping back and forth during a crash. Both features theoretically increase potential safety though it is difficult to calculate their exact contribution. Our test results, both using and not using the load leg, indicate that the load leg is beneficial to the head sensor in the crash test dummy. Given that the chest sensor result is similar, and the HIC result is better when using the load leg, it seems logical that parents should use the load leg when possible.

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The LATCH strap on the Nido utilizes the same belt path and lock-off that the vehicle belt would use for installation.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Install - LATCH


The Nido is hardest to install using the LATCH system, though still relatively straightforward. The difficulty we experienced is a bummer because it is supposed to make installation straightforward and more foolproof. The connectors are easy enough to attach to the anchors, but tightening the strap is more challenging, and releasing the connectors is very difficult. It feels stable once installed, but the process is more convoluted than it needs to be.

The LATCH connectors on the Nido tighten with a one-sided strap that...
The LATCH connectors on the Nido tighten with a one-sided strap that makes it harder to use than those that have self-retractors or a center pull strap.
The LATCH connectors on the Nido are the easier to use push button...
The LATCH connectors on the Nido are the easier to use push button style.

The Nido has push-button LATCH connectors (above left) that are easier to attach and release than clip-style connectors. The Nido has a single strap (above right) to tighten the base to the vehicle, which is more challenging than those with center pulls or a self-ratcheting system.

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The LATCH strap on the Nido utilizes the belt lock-off located near the end of the base.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The LATCH strap is across the back of the base and slides under the belt lock-off for additional stability.

The Nido has a bubble level located in the middle of the base along...
The Nido has a bubble level located in the middle of the base along with detailed installation instructions.
The base angle on the Nido can be adjusted up or down to find a...
The base angle on the Nido can be adjusted up or down to find a level position for proper installation.

This base has a liquid level with a bubble (above left) similar to a construction level. The level helps parents determine if the installation angle of the base is correct. If the angle is incorrect, you can adjust it with a turn of the knob on the base (above right). This feature works well and turns readily.

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Installing the Nido with the vehicle belt is easier than using the LATCH method. While this is not our usual findings because LATCH is supposed to make installation easier, it does happen.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Install - Belt


Installation using the vehicle belt and the Nido base is easier than using the LATCH method. If you want to install a car seat without LATCH anchors, you'll need to use the vehicle belt. Luckily, with the Nido, this method is easy peasy to accomplish.

The strap pathway on the Nido is color-coded and the belt threads...
The strap pathway on the Nido is color-coded and the belt threads easily through without folding or scrunching.
The belt lock-off on the Nido is easy to use unlike some of the...
The belt lock-off on the Nido is easy to use unlike some of the competition that requires a screwdriver to lift.

This process is most straightforward with the lap-only belt, but you can also accomplish it by using the lap-shoulder belt combo. The vehicle belt threads through the color-coded sides and belt lock-off (above left) to secure it to the car. The lock-off is super easy to use and not overly tight like some competition. Once the strap is in place, the lock-off is closed (above right) with the press of your palm. Once installed, the base is stable with little wiggle or shift along the strap.

The Nido can be installed using the European belt pathway which...
The Nido can be installed using the European belt pathway which utilizes the shoulder portion of the strap around the back of the carrier.
The American belt path can also be chosen for the Nido by only...
The American belt path can also be chosen for the Nido by only utilizing the lap portion of the belt across the lower half of the carrier.

Ease of Install - Without the Base


The easiest method of installation for the Nido is without the base. It earned one of the top scores in this metric and is only rivaled by the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. The Nido can be installed minus the base using the European (above left) or American belt path (above right). Both provide a stable final result, and the belt lock-off makes getting the carrier tucked in tight enough a breeze.

Following the Nido belt path for installation using the vehicle belt...
Following the Nido belt path for installation using the vehicle belt without the car seat base is easy.
The vehicle shoulder belt tucks into the clip on the back side of...
The vehicle shoulder belt tucks into the clip on the back side of the Nido carrier to hold it in place.

The European path includes the lap belt across the carrier's foot and the shoulder strap around the back (above left) tucked under the clip (above right) to hold it in place.

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The Nido canopy is by far the largest one we've seen on a car seat and it has zip-open ventilation which is a great feature for hotter weather.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Nido is one of the easiest options to use. Ease of use testing encompasses the features and functionality of the Nido during everyday use.

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The Nido has a harness retainer system that holds the straps in an open position so you can place baby inside without recovering the straps from under the baby when it is time to buckle them.
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Harness


The Nido has a 5-point harness that can be held back with the harness retainer system. While helpful in theory, we suspect most parents will stop using it over time. The buckle on the harness is easy to use, but the chest clip is stiff and takes some serious strength to operate.

Harness height adjustment on the Nido is performed from the back...
Harness height adjustment on the Nido is performed from the back without the need for rethreading. This squeeze operation button is easy to use and the assembly moves smoothly.
The chest clip on the Nido is a pain to use (literally) but the...
The chest clip on the Nido is a pain to use (literally) but the padding on the straps make the harness cozier for smaller babies.

The harness has significant padding on the shoulder straps and the crotch strap (above left). The Nido has a non-rethread height adjustment (above right) with six positions and a crotch strap with two. The height adjusts from the back with a squeeze that slides the entire assembly up and down.

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Despite being located under the padding, the button to loosen the harness is easy to find and press.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The harness tightens quickly with a pull of the strap at the carrier foot, and the release button is under the fabric and easy to depress.

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The handle adjustment is sort of awkward on the Nido though it is difficult to say why as the concept is similar to most carriers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Handle


The handle on the Nido rubs front and a little on the sides when the canopy is up. The handle release buttons must be pressed at an awkward and are not as user-friendly as they could be. The handle rotates when you press on both sides simultaneously. For driving, there is only one safe position for the handle, and this depends on if you are using the base or not, so parents need to make sure the handle is in the right place before the vehicle is in motion.

The Nido has a new extendable canopy that offers more protection for little ones than most infant car seat canopies. The canopy is UPF 50+, has mesh sides that zip open for ventilation, and looks good. Unfortunately, this large hood comes with a handle/hood interference problem.

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Removing the carrier from the base is easy with the squeeze button on the back of the carrier.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Carrier and Base Connection


The carrier attaches to the Nido base without much effort, but we often were able to install it with only one side connected, but it is better than some of the competition. Because it lacks a visual indicator like the one found on the Cybex Aton 2 to ensure correct installation, we recommend parents tug the handle to ensure the connection is secure. Releasing the carrier is a breeze with the handle on the backside.

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The Nido manual storage is located in the back of the carrier so you'll always have it with you even if you aren't using the base.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

LATCH Anchors and Manual Storage


The Nido LATCH connectors stow in the base and do not automatically retract. It keeps the connectors contained, so there is no interference when connecting the carrier to the base. The manual tucks into a pocket on the back of the carrier. This location is better than those that store in the base because if you use the carrier without the base, you won't have your manual should you need it.

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The Nido has an impressive attention to detail for both quality and comfort.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Comfort/Quality


Peg Perego has a tradition of creating higher quality products with attention to manufacturing detail, and the Nido is no exception. The Nido has firm padding for good support and soft fabric for comfort. The material isn't as soft as the other Pegs, but it isn't rough and is comparable to the likes of the Chicco Fit2 and Cybex Aton 2. The shell feels solid and doesn't have any rough plastic edges. The fabric fits the frame nicely with a smooth self-contained look. The canopy is the largest one in the review offering significantly more coverage than the standard infant car seat. The size is especially convenient if you plan to use your carrier with a stroller, as the stroller canopies often are not useable with a car seat in place.

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The Nido carrier is relatively heavy which may make it more difficult for parents who need to carry it for longer distances or time.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight


The Nido carrier is heavy, with a weight of 10.6 lbs. It isn't the heaviest option in the group, but every pound counts if you need to tote your little one for very far in a car seat carrier. If you don't need to travel very far with the carrier in a suburban environment, then weight may not be something you give much "weight" to, but if you need to cart baby from your apartment five floors up and around the city streets, then it is something to keep in mind.

Stroller Compatiblity


This Peg seat is compatible with Peg Perego strollers without the need for adapters. This ability is a nice feature that cuts down on the loose items you can potentially lose while strolling with your baby. Given the newness of this seat, it is hard to say which stroller brands offer compatibility. We encourage parents to consider using a baby carrier for infants instead of a stroller. We find it is an excellent way to bond, keep your hands free, and prevent crying while out and about; plus, you don't have to worry about a stroller.

Should You Buy the Peg Perego Nido?


The Peg Perego Nido is a top-notch infant seat with a top-tier price. It has many added features like a load leg, anti-rebound bar, and European belt path that increase safety and convenience, but all of these extras come at a high price. The Nido is one of the most expensive carriers in our review, and while it has one of the largest canopies you will find on an infant car seat, we do not recommend basing your decision solely on canopy size. It is one of the best scoring products in our tests, and we think it is a great choice for most families. However, a few seats perform better and have a more wallet-friendly price tag.

What Other Infant Car Seats Should You Consider?


The Nido is a high-quality seat with many features that are useful for parents and increase safety and comfort for little ones. However, it is beat out by its sister product, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, which scores better overall. It scored slightly higher in crash testing and is a couple of pounds lighter, and if these things matter to you, we think you will be happier with the Primo Viaggio. As a bonus, the Viaggio is also less expensive, making it a good choice for families trying to stick to a budget.

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