The latest European styling with all the features. Beautiful & functional, with anchors for a matching Primo Viaggio car seat. Reclining backrest, large hood with window, 5-point seat belt, opening front bar/child's tray and compact fold. Made in … see full wiki
Cons: could use better cupholder, can't go offroading
The Bottom Line: For an everyday use stroller this is as close to perfect as you will find in today's market
...is a referrel to a friend or a repeat purchase. If that is the case then the P3 must be outstanding because I have done both.
I know this is a pricey stroller from a pricey Italian brand. I thought the same thing at first, WHY would I ever pay so much more for the same thing. So I owned several Gracos, Kolcraft, etc before purchasing my first Peg Perego in 1996. That stroller has been handed down and is still living to this day. My 2nd Peg Perego though is the one I refer to as a repeat buyer. It was a Plikomatic, the predecessor to the P3. I purchased it in 1998, I started out using it for travel but soon fell so in love it quickly became my every day stroller. I am a stay at home mom so use a stroller a LOT. After 2 years of use with one child that stroller went on to hold a newborn and my 4 yr old on the rear step. Five years after that it went on to hold my 3rd newborn. Yes that stroller was used for 8 years. Eight years of many times daily use. Eight years of sometimes holding 2 kids (one in seat one on step), eight years of machine washing the fabric frequently, etc. For full review see my Pliko review.
So my Pliko was wearing, the rear wheels had seen weight from 2 kids plus bags on the handle so wore more than the front wheels after about 7-8 years so steering wasn't as good as it once was. The fabric was also starting to show wear on the edging. It was time to replace my much loved stroller, though it still had life left. I had heard such good things about the Maclaren strollers steering that I actually replaced it with that. For a full review on the Maclaren see my review on the Maclaren Quest. But it just was not the same as my Pliko and after 6 months I was wanting my Pliko back. Lucky me found a great deal on the P3 and snatched it up.
The P3 is basically the Pliko with more options. The P3 has a front child cupholder/tray, a parent cupholder, 3 footrest positions instead of 2, accomodates an infant carseat, and has an adjustable handle. The P3 has more plastic parts so that worried me and it has nubby rather than flat Peg Perego wheels. I though the P3 would be less durable than my Pliko was because of the plastic but so far have not seen that happen (though this is only a year old). The nubby wheels worried me because the problem I had with many of the Gracos was wheel related. However I have found the P3 actually steers better than the Pliko did.
So now you see that I am coming from a background of already knowing the Peg Perego durability and know it is good for all ages, standing the test of time. So now onto the details from the top down.
The P3 features 2 adjustable umbrella style handles for pushing. They are angled slightly inward to give a better control, especially when steering one handed. Yes steering it with a child in it is possible one handed. It is NOT comparable to a Maclaren but if you have never owned a Maclaren you won't know the difference. It is, howevever, thousands of times better than a Graco and you will notice that. The P3 has hooks on the handle for folding the stroller but these also double nicely for holding bags from sliding down the handle. The P3 can hold your diaper bag plus shopping bags on the handle while the stroller seat is empty without tipping. There is a removable parent cupholder that can go on either handle though it comes off easily and doesn't hold much so this would be my ONE con of the whole stroller.
The canopy is removable and fully adjustable, when the seat is upright you can completely enclose the child with the domed canopy. The viewing window is a little hard to see through as it is a lined mesh but seems like it may be sturdier than the easier to see through vinyl window the Pliko had. The canopy is also nylon? lined to keep out some of the elements.
The seatback reclines to 4 positions including newborn suitable almost completely flat. I much prefer the 4 positions to 3. The middle of the 3 positions always seemed useless to me in other strollers. But the 4 seem perfect. Upright is very upright, reclined is flat enough I could put a newborn on their tummy. The 2nd to upright is enough that a baby wanting to sit upright can feel big, able to see everything but not having to strain so much as upright. The next to flat is wonderful for congested babies, reflux babies and babies that dont like to sleep flat or you can gradually recline them to flat. In addition to this the seat has "sides" so if baby falls asleep before you notice or is reistant to sleep and won't let you recline the seat they still have support similiar to that in a carseat, also good for babies starting to sit. The footrest has 3 positions, down, horizontal, and up/enclosing for tiny babies. There is a front tray for baby with a cupholder that is a decent size. It also easily opens to let larger toddlers in and out themselves at the touch of a button or completely removes for bigger kids. There are retractable connectors for using with the Primo Viagio carseat. You can also get straps that make the stroller compatible with most infant carseat brands.
There is a stationary hard plastic footrest down below for when the child is older. The basket is a deceiving size, it holds more than you would think, several coats easily. There is rear and side access to the basket. From the rear I find it can hold a diaper bag no larger than the free ones from the hospital. I, however, prefer the bags that hang on the handles such as the Peg Perego diaper bag or the Skip Hop diaper bag.
The new nubby wheels appear to handle off roading a little better but I would still not use it regularly for that. They do make steering wonderful though. There is a step on back that you can unofficially use for an older child to stand on. We have loved this feature, especially when twice we have had a gap in ages where no double was needed but every kid still occasionally needs contained or is tired. The brakes are easy to use lever on each side. The front wheels can be locked straight.
The fold is a bit tricky until you have seen it done. It gets fast and easy with time and I have even learned I can do it one handed (though it takes 3 steps instead of 2 then). You have to release the stroller first by pulling up on the levers on both handles (I do one at a time to do it one handed) and then pull up on the handle behind the seat. You can then grab the side carry handle to carry it or I just toss it in the van from the handle behind the seat that I am already holding. If the front wheels are straight when you fold it you can wheel it while folded or it can stand while folded. It also locks securely to stay folded, much improvement over the Pliko in this department. Contrary to popular belief it does NOT fold umbrellas style. In other words it does not collapse inward and fold over onto itself tiny. It does fold tiny though, the smallest you will find in a full feature stroller. It draws itself up into itself, drawing itself shorter and inward to make a nice small package. It is a tad taller than some full size strollers when folded but in other dimensions is half the size or less of other strollers. It makes a wonderful travel stroller if you don't want to lose all the features you would by downgrading to an umbrella stroller.
All in all this is a proven wonderful stroller. Just like I had to come back to it so have so many other stroller enthusiasts. I hear all the time that someone tries something else because the P3 is just not "perfect", it doesn't fold as small as a Maclaren but doesn't have a reversible handle/seat like bigger strollers. It could use a better parent cupholder and doesnt lay absolutely flat. So people try something else. It's wheels were also not made for offroading, jogging or soccer fields. But everyone I have heard this from has come back to the P3. Yes, the P3 isn't perfect but for an everyday use stroller this is as close to perfect as you will ever get. That is why everyone comes back to it.
Amount Paid (US$): 300 Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months
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