Peg Perego Ypsi review

Our rating 
4.2 out of 5 star rating 4.2
User rating
From £500.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

Stylish, slim and nimble enough for public transport, with a one-hand fold and a generous basket, although a bit tricky to assemble
Fold/unfolding
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Manoeuvrability
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Comfort for child
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Style
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Durability
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Worth the money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Extendable UPF 50+ hood, one-hand fold, bassinet and seat have three adjustable backrests, freestanding when folded
Cons: No peep window, instructions are difficult to follow, making it hard to put together
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Giuseppe Perego designed a pram for his son Lucio back in 1949 and since then, this Italian family-run business has gone from strength to strength.

Today, Peg Perego is still a family company, with Lucio serving as the company’s CEO, and his son, Nick, heading up operations in the States. Every step in the process, from engineering to production to shipping, is still performed by Peg Perego with no middlemen, to ensure that their customers receive the very best the company has to offer.

Considered a high-end brand, Peg Perego puts Italian passion, craftsmanship and style into every detail. Celebrity fans of the brand, which launched in the UK back in 2017, include reality TV star Kim Kardashian and Hollywood actress and new mum, Gabrielle Union.

The Peg Perego Ypsi Combo Pram comprises a bassinet, chassis and seat unit. Similar pram systems over £700 include the Silver Cross Wayfarer and the Cosatto Wow XL.

Tested by:

Rykesha is a first-time mum from London. She tested the Peg Perego Ypsi pushchair and bassinet with her 5-month-old daughter, Amayah-Rose. They mostly used it for long walks through the park on warm days and trips to the local supermarket and high street.

First impressions?

I liked the black and tan colour combination and the basket looked huge!

Is the Peg Perego Ypsi Pram suitable from birth?

Yes, as it has a bassinet. The seat unit is suitable from 6 months to an impressive 22kg.

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Is the pushchair easy to build?

The instructions are awful. The diagrams are not clear and there are no written instructions – just the odd ‘click’ in a speech bubble. I started assembling it and gave up several times from pure frustration. I eventually put it together through trial and error and past experience of building pushchairs.

Is the Peg Perego Ypsi easy to push?

Very easy and smooth. The streamlined chassis makes manoeuvring down narrow roads and through crowds effortless. The wheels are mounted on 12 ball bearings, creating great suspension that makes the pushchair nimble and easy to steer.

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How does it handle on different surfaces?

The Peg Perego Ypsi copes very well with bumpy park paths and uneven London pavements. For the park’s rougher terrain, I needed to lock the wheels and, instead of bending down to the floor and locking each wheel individually, there is a handy dial halfway down the side of the chassis which you turn to lock and unlock the front swivel wheels with ease.

How did you find the Peg Perego Ypsi on public transport?

There was no difficulty getting on and off the bus and the pushchair’s slim design fitted nicely in the designated buggy area. The handlebar extends quite far at full length, but it can quickly be shortened to keep it out of the way.

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Is it easy to fold?

The fold is brilliant and can be done with just one hand. It can fold with the seat unit in place, but needs to be in the world-facing position to do so.

How compact is the Peg Perego Ypsi when folded and unfolded?

The Ypsi is just 51cm wide, perfect when space is at a premium. At the supermarket, the pushchair easily moves through the aisles without causing congestion. When folded it is rather large and bulky, but a big positive is that it’s freestanding when folded, making it easier to store and keep clean.

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Does the pram fit in the boot of your car?

We have a Range Rover Evoque and it has a very generous boot, but when the Ypsi is inside, there’s not much room for anything else. The bassinet doesn’t fit alongside or on top of the folded chassis so it has to go on the back seat.

Is the Peg Perego Ypsi pram lightweight?

Yes, even with shopping and my baby bag it’s easy to push and lift over large curbs. The combined weight of the chassis and bassinet is 11.7kg, and just 10.2kg with the seat unit.

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How do you rate the bassinet?

I love it! The lining is really luxurious and soft and the mattress is firm and comfortable for my baby. It has three backrest adjustments including the recommended lie-flat position. The zip-on apron makes laying down and picking up the baby really easy, and will be especially handy as she grows. The apron attaches to the hood for extra privacy but also folds down for easy access.

The bassinet hood is large and has a flip-out ventilation panel to allow plenty of airflow – ideal in the warmer months to ensure baby doesn’t overheat. The hood also comes with UPF 50+ protection and a pull-out sun visor. The only downside is that you need both hands to fold the hood down, which is a real hassle when on the move.

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What do you think of the seat unit on the Peg Perego Ypsi?

Swapping from the bassinet to the seat is really simple. The seat unit is soft and well padded for little bottoms – she seems really comfortable and happy in it. It has a 5-point safety harness with shoulder pads, so I feel confident knowing she’s secure. The seat also has an integrated footrest for toddlers, which can be pushed in and out when needed.

How many recline positions are there?

The seat has 3 forward-facing and 3 rear-facing reclining positions – sitting, relaxing and resting. You adjust it with a one-handed move using a clasp at the back of the seat. I didn’t like how jerky it was – when my daughter was napping and I switched to resting mode, her head jerked and startled her a little.

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How is interacting with your baby when in the buggy?

It’s great when using the bassinet. The wide opening allows me to see her clearly and she can see me too, so we’re both reassured and can share lots of smiles. It’s not so easy to interact with her while using the seat unit world-facing. There is a small mesh ventilation window in the hood, but it’s really dark, so unless I press my face against it, I can’t see anything. This could be improved with a transparent peek-a-boo window so I could check on her now and again.

Is the frame of the Peg Perego Ypsi durable?

Yes, the sleek grey and black chassis is stylish and sturdy.

What do you think of the handlebar?

The handlebar is really comfortable to hold and the hand-sewn, eco-leather bar adds a touch of elegance. It is adjustable to 3 different lengths, which is great as my husband is much taller than me.

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What do you think of the hood on the Peg Perego Ypsi Pram?

The hood is really good. It offers UPF 50+ protection and has a zip-out extension, which is great for extra sun protection, and provides privacy/darkness while baby is napping.

Are the brakes efficient?

The brakes feel sturdy and secure. There are two brake pedals – one next to each back wheel – and you can use either one to engage and release the brake. It is a flip brake so it’s not ideal when wearing open-toe shoes.

Is the Ypsi’s basket a good size and easy to access?

There’s no shortage of storage, making the Peg Perego Ypsi a great stroller for shopping trips or long hauls throughout the day. One day, I was able to fit two bags of shopping, including two small packs of nappies as well as my nursing pillow. I was very impressed!

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How does it compare to other pushchairs and travel systems you’ve used?

One of the biggest differences was that the bassinet backrest could be adjusted – it’s usually only the seat unit that has this feature.

Is the Ypsi car-seat compatible?

Yes, it’s compatible with the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio i-size or SL car seats.

Do you like the look of the Peg Perego Ypsi?

Peg Perego’s love for detail doesn’t go unnoticed, giving the Ypsi Stroller a clean, polished style (although personally I think it’s a little outdated). The leather handlebars are of really high quality, but I found the plastic fittings cheap-looking and toy-like. It comes in two colourways – Ebony (black with tan trim) and Polo (grey with tan trim).

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What’s in the box?

  • Chassis
  • Reversible seat unit with hood
  • Pushchair raincover
  • Padded pushchair apron
  • Ypsi bassinet (with mattress & mattress cover)
  • Car seat adaptors

What accessories are available?

  • Changing bag
  • Bassinet stand
  • Vario foot muff
  • Bassinet raincover
  • Parasol
  • Mosquito net

What would you have wanted to know before you bought the Peg Perego Ypsi?

How difficult it was going to be to assemble.

What is your favourite feature of the Peg Perego Ypsi?

I really love the bassinet’s recline feature. My baby is growing more curious by the day so it’s great that she can get a better view of the outside world. It will also be useful for babies who suffer with reflux.

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Is the pram worth the money?

The stroller and bassinet costs £730, which is definitely on the pricier side. However, as you can potentially use it until your child is 3-4 years old, it’s a real investment buy. You get some very practical extras such as the extendable UPF 50+ hood and the reclining bassinet, so I think it’s worth the money.

Who would the pram be most useful for?

The Peg Perego Ypsi combines sophisticated Italian style with easy-to-use features for an everyday stroller that’s ideal for urban families. As it can be used from newborn to preschool age, it’s a great investment for parents who don’t want to shop for a new pushchair at each stage.

Where can I buy the Peg Perego Ypsi Combo Pram?

It’s currently available from Trendy Baby.

MadeForMums verdict:

This is a well-made pram system, which provides comfort for both baby and parent. You can see and feel all the thought and effort that has gone into the design and manufacturing of this product. It provides handy features to make day-to-day travelling with a baby or toddler easier – including a large extendable hood, a generous basket and nifty wheel-lock system located on the chassis. I would definitely recommend the Peg Perego Ypsi to other parents.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Peg Perego
Model Ypsi
Price £500.00

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 10.2kg – with seat unit
Dimensions H:102cm W:51cm L:99.5cm
Dimensions (folded) H:38.5cm W:51cm L:83cm

Suitable for

Child age (approx) From Birth (with carrycot/cocoon)
Both seats suitable from birth No
Child weight Up to 22kg

Features

Travel system compatible Yes
Compatible car seats Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
Seat facing direction Forward facing and parent facing
Front wheels Fixed and swivel
Wheel size (front) 18cm
Wheel size (back) 27cm
Recline positions 3
Features
  • Adjustable reclining seat
  • Integrated footrest
  • Open and close bumper bar
  • Extendable and height adjustable UPF50+ hood
  • Folds with seat 
  • Mesh ventilation

Accessories

Accessories included
  • Raincover 
  • Pushchair apron
Optional extras
  • Changing bag - £70
  • Carrycot stand - £80