Worth the wait
June 23, 2014
I dislike writing reviews, but with so many strollers on the market today, often times, the reviews were the first place I looked when considering whether to even consider a particular stroller. No stroller is perfect, including this one, but I love it! I love the stroller and even the company itself. I was debated between this stroller, the Uppababy Vista, and the CityMini
My stroller "wish list" items included: bassinet (included or purchase separately), compatible with a carseat (preferably without an adaptor), have a reversible seat, an adjustable handle bar (vertically as well as horizontally), large storage basket, and large canopy. This car seat pretty much fulfills all of those requirements and more!
(1) The bassinet - love this! While it's a little long, it's the perfect fit for my baby and comfortably holds baby in cold and warm weather. In the winter, I was able to a down cover and other blankets in it. The bassinet cover and canopy protect the baby from rain, snow etc. Now in the summer, I open the screen on the canopy to let in fresh air and for the baby to look out. The base of the bassinet can also be raised two levels so that the baby is not lying completely on his back. I usually keep it on the second level, slight elevation. The third level doesn't look very comfortable, but the baby doesn't cry or otherwise complain when it is on that setting. LOVE that it folds while attached to the frame as well. Also, we live in a city and space is at a premium. I LOVE that I can easily fold and store the bassinet when the time comes.
(2 and 3) I have the 4-35 car seat and it works perfectly with this stroller and looks sharp. Both the car seat and bassinet can face either direction. I haven't tried the seat yet.
(4) The handle bar is fantastic. Funny to stay that about a handle bar, but it is. It's soft, but more importantly fits both me (5' 1") and my 6"1 husband. It is easy to adjust and it not only adjusts vertically, but it swings closer (more horizontally) towards me as well. That was important to me (comfort) and not many strollers have the feature.
(5) The basket on this stroller is HUGE! Once I leave the house I'm out, so my basket has to fit the baby bag as well as any other items I pick up on my travels. I've fit so many grocery bags into this thing it's amazing! I will that sometimes getting items out of the basket is difficult because the seat is low. Unlike the Uppababy Vista which has an elevated seat, this seat is constant. One side of the basket is a bar that you can push down on to access the interior, however, I often have to struggle to pull bags out. If the seat were elevated just a little bit, I think it would make a huge difference.
(6) The canopy on the bassinet is great. I haven't looked too in-depth at the seat.
I pre-ordered this stroller, and my baby came about six weeks early. I refused to cancel my order and just purchase another stroller, and boy am I glad I waited. Aside from the quirks noted above, I really love this stroller. I walk quite a bit and this performs beautifully. I can fairly easily push it with one hand even when it's weighed down with baby, baby bag, and many shopping bags. After opening it and closing it a few times, it's a breeze! Also, love that when folded it can stand upright alone on its handle bars. That leaves me with two hands to handle the baby.
Moreover, I am so impressed with Peg Perego. When I first received the stroller there was a small crack in the frame that the basket attaches to. I called the company to complain, for this price it should arrive in pristine condition, and two days later I received a whole new frame. Great customer service and great stroller.
Cons:doesn't come with a cup holder
sometimes difficult to get items out of the basket