Product: Peg Perego Pliko Four Stroller
Note: We also tested it with our Peg Perego Primo Viaggo 30-30 Carseat
Time Frame: 2+ Months
Testing Location: New York City, Long Island, New Jersey
At first glance, I was impressed with the Pliko Four's overall look. This stroller comes in a bunch of colors, has an attractive detailed stitching/piping on the (handwashable) fabric, and it doesn't look cheap. I wouldn't say the Pliko Four's exactly unique-looking when it comes to strollers, but it's attractive. My test stroller is the Southpole style. In case you're not familiar with the Peg Perego brand, all their products have been designed & manufactured by the Perego family in Italy for over half a century. (Learn more here.) The seat has a removable, hand-washable fabric, and a four-position recline (but not a reversibile seat.)
There's lots of appealing features in the Pliko Four stroller design....
One thing that's especially attractive about the Pliko Four is that it's billed as the complete travel system. If you regularly read this blog, you might be familiar with my lifestyle, so you can appreciate that I was really excited about this all-in-one type design. We have a Peg Perego Primo Viaggo 30-30 car seat, and it snapped easily onto the Pliko Four's chassis. We actually took this stroller/car seat combo on two trips with our three-month old son, Townes (like remember this particular weekend?). On these excursions, it was really nice to be able to snap in the car seat and wheel around different towns and explore without moving having to take our son out of his comfy carseat.
And, since we live in New York City, we've used the Pliko Four countless times when taking a cab to other neighborhoods. It took me a bit of time to figure out how to attach the car seat to the stroller, but with the help of a friendly Peg Perego telephone customer service representative, I finally got the car seat locked into the retractable anchors. (One note– I found the drawings in the instruction manuals to be a little vague with the lack of details/text. The sketch drawings are not the easiest to interpret. It's my hope that Peg Perego will offer more instructional videos or photographs on their website to better assist customers.) After the initial set-up, we were able to do it time and time again without any trouble, it just wasn't an intiutive set-up from our point of view.
The Pliko Four, as mentioned, was revamped to be easier to push. I never tried out the earlier model and so I can't comment on that, but in terms of maneuverability and navigation, the Pliko Four worked great on smooth terrain. The stroller's comfortable to drive and took the sidewalk's minor bumps and sharp turns around the block with ease. It's really lightweight (less than twenty pounds – the chassis is made of aluminum) and that's certainly nice when walking errands or just going for a stroll.
Compared to some of the other strollers I've been testing, however, I didn't think the Pliko Four was the easiest at hopping up curbs, and found that to be a bit of a challenge when I didn't have access to a ramp (but, from what I've been told about the previous model, the revamped Pliko Four is less likely to get its wheels stuck in cracks because of the smooth ball bearings, improved wheel suspension, and larger wheels.) If you have an older child, there's a built-in footrest so they can go along for the ride. The telescoping handles make strolling more comfortable for taller adults (like my 6'2" husband!).
Bottom Line: I'd definitely recommend the Peg Perego Pliko Four for parents who want just one stroller that will grow with their newborn (to 45 pounds) and work for their travel needs. It'll appeal to a wide range of lifestyles – from suburban families who need a lightweight stroller to throw in the car to urban parents with little storage space but desire the features of a full-size stroller. To use a car seat with the Pliko Four, you really have to buy into the Peg Perego brand and go with their Primo Viaggo 30-30 car seat model as it's unclear whether other models are compatible with the Pliko Four are not. The stroller's maneuverability, lightweight frame, appealing (albeit, a little standard) look, over-sized canopy (I love the pocket!), and quick, easy foldability make it a star in its own right, but, with the added travel-system-ready feature, it's really the best of both full-size and lightweight stroller worlds. The Pliko Four just debuted in February, and I think it's priced right for the market, at $399.99.
Learn more about the Peg Perego Pliko Four.
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See the Pliko Four's Accessories.
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