Of the 5 strollers we have owned in the past 5 years that has got to be the most versatile of them all.
When we had our first child I wanted a stroller where he would face me. There were not a lot of options so we got a Graco with a reversible bassinet. It took up almost our whole trunk and that was OK I loved to see my baby when out walking, that was until our first vacation. All of a sudden the folded size of the stroller became an issue when we had to take taxis and we had our luggage.
As soon as we got home I started looking for a better alternative as we were going on another vacation in just 4 months.
After much searching we decided on the Peg Perego – Pliko P3. I would describe it as the luxury umbrella stroller. Sure there are lighter and more compact umbrella strollers but I didn’t see why we had to give up stroller features to get something the folded more compact.
Here are some of the things I love about this stroller:
- 4-position backrest, 2-position footrest
- Strong, lightweight aluminum frame
- Handle for carrying when folded
- Removable, hand-washable upholstery
- Large, removable and adjustable hood with window and new storage pocket
- Child’s tray can be opened or removed completely
- Unique 5-point “Freedom of Movement” harness for security and well-being of the child
- Built-in rear footboard provides safe ride for 2nd passenger
- Adjustable handle heights
The only features this stroller didn’t have that my full-size stroller had where an oversized basket, a parent console and it didn’t allow baby to face me but I was willing to sacrifice those things.
The stroller has clips that allow you to attach their diaper bag to it, so the basket size issue was resolved. It also comes with a large removable parent cup holder. Just remember to take it off before you gate check it.
Peg Perego does make another version of the Pliko that allows baby to face the parent. Unfortunately it was not available in the US at the time and I was concerned about having warranty issues in another country. I believe it is called the Pliko Switch Completo and has a reversible seat.
There have been some improvements to this stroller since we bought it in 2003 and I think it only continues to get better. We are still using ours and it works well and still looks great. You have to remember that the manufacturer recommends regular maintenance. So if you are having problems with steering or folding, do the recommended maintenance.