By Maura Keating
Italians know good design. Since 1949, Peg Perego has been designing baby carriages–all of that history distills into a very modern practicality. The Peg Perego Pliko is a great stroller for a nice price.
The Pliko has a great padded seat that reclines by lifting a lever in the back and reclines flat. The seat is removable for machine washing. The Pliko’s two-position zippered sunshade is perfect. It looks great when it’s back and can be pulled all of the way down, protecting a sleepy Baby from the sun and from distraction. A flap at the top covers a plastic window to check on baby, but a mesh makes it hard to see through to see what’s actually going on.
The five-point harness clips to the back of the stroller, granting antsy toddlers a greater range of motion. The straps were easy to adjust, but testers found that the clip came loose from the back too easily with younger children when a range of motion was not needed. A rear adjustable footboard with a rubber tread for better grip offers a ride for older children who have outgrown a double stroller.
The Pliko’s plastic double wheels are spring loaded, making for a surprisingly smooth ride on many surfaces, but do best on smooth sidewalks, shops, and the park. The Pliko can get hung up if you don’t see a large crack in the pavement. The tires are smooth with no treads making it a little harder to get through rough terrain, but happily, there will be less dirt tracked into your house or car from the wheels. The front wheels swivel for a great range of motion or can be locked to handle grass, etc. better.
The Pliko has double handles, making it hard to stroll one handed. The handles are adjustable from average to tall and include a very comfortable rubber insert. The Pliko has two brakes, one on each wheel, which controls both brakes when used. My absolute favorite feature of the Pliko is the fabulous (and removable) tray at the front of the stroller with two cup holders and a space for snacks. The Pliko also includes a small cup holder in the rear for the driver, but it was too fragile for my Sigg water bottle and not wide enough for a sippy cup so I removed it. The Pliko has a good sized under basket for storage but it can be hard to get to and harder to get things out.
The Pliko has an easy two-step fold–pull up clips on both handles then pull up a handle in the back that can also double as a carry handle. There is also a carry handle on the side. The Pliko is very compact when folded, leaving plenty of room in your car or closet, or can be left freestanding.
The Pliko includes an automatic attachment system for a Peg Perego car seat. We’ll be reviewing the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio in a later review so we were able to test this feature. The car seat drops into the stroller easily and clicks into place. Since the car seat matches the stroller, this is a great looking and easy to use travel system.
The Peg Perego Pliko is the perfect suburban stroller. The Pliko rolls best on smooth streets and turning down shopping aisles, but can handle the occasional off road trip to see the geese. The sun shade and the snack tray are outstanding features that sell themselves. Best of all, the Pliko won’t take up your entire trunk or closet and it will leave room in your wallet too.
The Peg Perego Pliko, $259.99. To find a Peg Perego stroller near you, click on the “Where to Buy” link at www.pegperego.com.
Will It Fit In My Car*?: Folded dimensions: 40.5″ x 15.5″; Stroller Weight: 17.6 lbs.
Age & Weight Requirements: Suitable for newborns up to 45 lbs.
Color Palette: Bambu, Bubbles green, Bubbles red, Bubbles black, Camelia, Ice, Midnight, Moka, Surf, Tango, and Wave
* Information provided by manufacturer