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Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 ReviewPrice: $300.00 List | $299.99 at Amazon
Pros: Better crash test results, Anti-Rebound Bar, easy install
Cons: Heavier, harder to install LATCH system
Bottom line: A great all-around seat with good crash test results
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 earned the highest overall score in this review. It is a nice looking car seat that has some interesting features and performed well in our tests. This seat is very easy t install, no matter which type you choose, but it is particularly easy to manage without the base. When compared side-by-side with the competition this seat really shines and impresses with its quality and comfort. Possibly the only drawback is the slightly higher price tag. However, the price might be justified given how well it performed. Overall, we really liked the Peg Perego and gave it our Editors' Choice award.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 is a rear-facing car seat for babies 4-35 pounds and up to 32 inches tall. It is equipped with a "Right Tight System" base to securely lock the base in place, and it has an innovative shell design for optimum safety and comfort. The base includes a built-in anti-rebound bar for extra protection. This car seat weighs 9.5 pounds, and the handle is short and compact making it easier to carry and move. The car seat can be used without the base and has a color coded belt routing system to ensure proper attachment. This seat is supported by car seat adapters from top rated strollers outside of the Peg Perego lineup. In our full-size stroller review 8 of the top 10 rated strollers offer a car seat adapter compatible with the Peg.
We tested and compared the Peg Perego to 14 other top products, examining performance in detail on seven key rating metrics. The chart shows a comparison of overall scores for the infant seats tested in this review
Additional details on how the Peg Perego performed during testing can be found by metric in the sections below. Individual scores in each metric were combined to determine overall scores and rank.
The Peg has comparatively impressive crash test results overall scoring an 8 of 10, well above average in our test, and suggests it provides a higher level of protection than required by the basic Federal safety regulations. The Peg had the fifth best score for chest forces, and the sixth best in head forces, performing better in these crash tests than most seats we reviewed.
The crash test results were based on the G forces recorded in the sensors located in the head and chest of crash test dummies in sled tests designed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) specifications. The tests ensure each seat meets the Federal safety guidelines outlined in FMVSS 213. The test results were compared to one another and the Federal minimum guidelines to evaluate each seat. While any seat sold in the US must offer the basic level of protection, some seats offer an additional margin of protection with crash test results above the minimum requirements. The Peg is one of those seats.
The charts show the Peg (in black) compared to the top performing seats (shown in green) for the head and chest regions. The Chicco Keyfit 30 had the lowest Gs (best) recorded in test results for the head region (HIC), and the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 for the lowest Gs (best) recorded in the chest sensor (g).
Ease of Install - LATCH
The Peg earned a 7 of 10 for the ease of install using the LATCH system.
The high score is a 9 shared by the UPPAbaby Mesa, Chicco Keyfit 30, and the Cybex Aton 2.
Ease of Install - Belt
The Peg earned a 9 of 10 for ease of install using the vehicle belt.
This is the high score tying it with the Phil and Teds Alpha. The low score is a 4 earned by the Evenflo Embrace LX.
Ease of Install - Without the Base
Installation without the base is the installation metric where the Peg really excels.
It earned a 10 of 10, tying with the UPPAbaby Mesa. The low score for this metric is 4 for the Chicco Keyfit 30.
This seat has a European belt path that is color coded. This means the shoulder portion of the vehicle belt wraps around the back of the carrier and threads under a clip to hold it in place. The lap portion of the belt travels across the lower portion of the carrier. The vehicle belt is easy to install on this seat and it
Ease of Use
The Peg Perego Primo earned a 7 of 10 for ease of use, which is 1 point below the high of 8. The seats that earned 8s are the Evenflo Embrace and the Recaro Performance Coupe.
The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 earned the lowest score for this metric, which is part of the reason it did not score higher overall even though it performed well in crash tests.
The buckle on the Peg comes apart with minimal effort but is stiffer than some to put back together. It doesn't require a lot of thumb strength and most people will be able to do it with one thumb on the buckle button. The chest clip is easiest operated with one hand and is similar to the Recaro Performance Coupe chest clip. The button is easy to push, and the sides slide apart without catching. They are also easy to match up when putting the sides together.
The harness tightening strap located at the foot of the carrier is easy to pull and smoothly tightens the harness. This operation works relatively smoothly compared to the competition, and the shoulder pads are small enough that they don't impede the tightening process or limit how small the harness can go like a few of the other seats. There is a button located at the foot of the carrier under a small amount of padding used to loosen the harness.
Adjusting the shoulder strap height on this seat is a non-rethread design you operate from the back. There is a sliding mechanism that you first need to squeeze together with your thumb and forefinger to move it up or down; the squeezing is simple, and the sliding is smooth. You can do this with your baby in the seat, but if you need to see it while you operate it, then it might be easier with an empty carrier. We prefer a non-rethreading height adjustment because we think parents are more likely to comply to ensure that baby is properly restrained in the harness. This seat has six shoulder height positions and one crotch position. We wish it had more buckle slots, but we think that given the extra height adjustment slots it will still fit most babies.
The carrier portion of the seat installs fairly easily on the base, but we did manage to occasionally connect only one side instead of both in multiple trials during testing. Connecting only one side is a little concerning, and we suggest parents pay very close attention to the audible click and give the carrier a good tug to ensure proper attachment to the base. We can see this carrier becoming loose due to improper attachment, especially if parents are in a hurry. There are no visual indicators that this seat is properly connected. To release the carrier from the base, you pull the handle on the back of the carrier and then use both hands to lift it off the base.
The Peg Perego earned an 8 of 10 for this metric, tying with Chicco Fit2 and the Cybex Cloud Q; this is the high score for the metric.
The Peg earned one of the top marks for the comfort of the padding on the seat. It has a medium firmness foam padding over the stiff dense foam found on all the seats. The double layer padding made this a really comfortable seat and one we think babies will really feel cozy in. The fabric is soft and smooth on the majority of the seat with a little bit of rougher fabric on the bottom cushion.
The shell on the Peg earned it the highest score in our side-by-side comparison for quality and durability. The way the padding and the fabric attach to the shell make a very nice final product.
The Peg earned a 6 of 10 for weight. It weighs in at 9.58 lbs. Given that some of the higher scoring products weigh over 10 lbs, this product feels relatively light with only four products having a lighter weight.
While the carrier weight of any seat is important, we don't think it should be the most important thing parents consider. We recommend that parents use the weight as a deciding factor as opposed to a major factor. It is more important for parents that may be carrying their seat for longer distances instead of combining it with a stroller or baby carrier.
In our review for the best full-size strollers, we tested many of the top strollers to find the best choices for every family. While this Peg seat is compatible with the Peg Perego Booklet, the Booklet didn't impress us that much. Instead, we think the Primo Viaggio 4-35 would work well with our Best Value winner, the Baby Jogger City Mini. It requires the purchase of an additional adapter to use this car seat, but we think the added expense is worth it to have an award-winning stroller to go with your award-winning car seat.
The best application for this seat is any parent looking for a quality seat that offers comfort for baby, extra features for safety, a higher margin of protection based on crash test results, and is easy to install. This seat does have a higher price tag compared to some of the competition, but in the end, we think it is worth it.
The Peg has a list price of $300 making it one of the more expensive seats in the group, but certainly not the most expensive. It may seem on the surface that it isn't a great value, however, it did perform well in tests and does sport enough additional features that we think it is a good value for what it offers.
The Peg Perego is an impressive car seat that did well in just about every test. This infant seat earned the highest overall score and an above average score in every metric. We think it is a sharp looking product that is easy to use and comes with some exciting features for safety and convenience. It has one of the easiest to adjust shoulder heights in the group and a nice buckle that is not as stiff as the competition. It is widely supported by most strollers offering car seat adapters. While we wish it was a wee bit lighter and easier to install using the LATCH system, it is still hard to find fault with this seat. The Peg is a product we think most parents will love, we certainly were impressed with how well it performed and gave it our Editors' Choice award.
Other Versions and Accessories
Back Seat Mirror that is a great accessory for any parent to keep an eye on baby. The mirror has a flat base that rests against the front of the back seat headrest and secures with two adjustable straps that fit both horizontally and vertically. The mirror has a convex shatterproof surface and can pivot and adjust to provide a wider field of view. Once the mirror is adjusted, it can be tightened to keep it in place. One of the few downsides to this mirror is that it requires an adjustable headrest for the straps to attach. Otherwise, Amazon users love this useful accessory.
Peg Perego accessories include:
Installation using LATCH
Installation with a belt
Installation without the base
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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