Stroller brand review: Peg Perego. Peg Perego is an Italian stroller maker that was among the ﬁrst European brands to land in North America, way back in the 1980’s. The company traces its roots back to 1949 when its founder Giuseppe Perego created a carriage for his infant son.
Unlike most other European brands who long ago abandoned production on the Continent in search of lower labor costs in Asia, Peg Perego still makes all its strollers in Italy. (Okay, there was a brief time when Perego ﬂirted with Chinese imports with one model—the Aria—but that didn’t go well and the company returned back to an all-Italian line). That all-Italian mantra for Peg has been both a blessing and curse. On the upside, the company’s fabrics are considered among the most fashionable (although, admittedly, other companies have since closed the fashion gap). Peg’s reputation for quality is also excellent.
In an era where parents are concerned about Chinese imports and their safety, recalls on Perego strollers are rare. But . . . the made-in-Europe label has its price—in the last few years, Peg’s strollers have jumped in price to compensate for high labor costs. Many Peg models cost 20% to 30% more than competitor’s similar models made in China.
Peg Perego has a few other strollers besides the Booklet trio: Agio Z4 and Agio Z3 for example. The Z4 is a four wheel stroller with a slim 20″ width; adjustable, extendible hood; “tilt-in-space” reversible seat with three seat positions; telescopic handle; integrated foot rest; and large basket.
Good news: you can fold the Agio Z4 with the seat on. Older, similar Peg Perego strollers required you to remove the seat before folding the frame. The Z4 will work with the Primo Agio 4-35 Nido and has a compatible bassinet (sold separately). The Z4 runs $550 (22.6 lbs.). The Z3 is an all-terrain version of the Z4, without the removable, reversible seat and with three wheels, not four. It’s cheaper at only $350 (22 lbs.).