Monday, February 14, 2011

Peg Perego Pliko P3 Compact Review

Valentine P3
Roses are red,
violets are blue, 
this P3 is Iris, 
I love it, don't you? 
My first stroller was a Peg Perego Pliko (actually second, but my first was a Silver Cross, and that was a pram, so technically, I am correct.) I remember how the salesperson enthusiastically showed how to fold it and unfold it. To close it, you pulled up on the levers, then yanked on a lower handle. 
But his biggest glee was saved for the grand opening. It was one quick shake, and voila, it flew open. 
 I traveled with it everywhere, as one is wont to do with one child. And never once was it worse for the wear. You could load it down with bags, and it never tipped. The quick umbrella fold was perfect planes, trains, and taxis.
 It had a nice deep recline, and an extendable leg rest. Such a nice napping bed for all day outings. 
 But the two features that really got me were the HUGE canopy. So many times it came in handy for sudden downpours. 
And then, there was that incredibly unique feature--the rear steps for another child to catch a ride! Even at that time, I told my DH, I will never, ever, part with this. This is the most useful piece of baby gear that we have. In fact, I better get two, just in case they discontinue it! 
Of course, they didn't. And years pass; fashions change. The navy dots and stripes were unique at one time, but, well, now there were new and fresher colors out. Plaids became popular. And adorable patterns. There were ones whose names we never knew, so we made them up. The Van Gough- like "Starry Night". The Scarecrow "Fall Pliko." The pastoral scene "Farm Pliko." The "Frog Prince", "Easter Bunny", and "Martians." 

 The solids became en vogue. A few more I had: the red, yellow, and blue "Primary Colors". The red and silver "Metallic." Mint green "FreeStyle". Burberry-esqe "Moda". Orange "Hip Hop.Vibrant, matching framed "Mod Blu". "Polka Dot "Revi Black." 


Peg Perego Pliko P3...Peg Perego Pliko P3 Stroller In Kiwi


Yes I, as with most citizens of Strollerland, was never without a P3 in the stable. Although the colors changed, the good ol' P3 remained largely the same. Still able to carry 99 pounds of two little ones, still a universal favorite of most babies, (the seat is very padded, and very upright), still light and practical. 
  Nice big basket, with side access. 
 Hinged snack tray.  
  Cupholder, that can be placed in 4 different locations!
 height adjustable handles, 
  peekaboo window with mesh vent, 
 good sized wheels. 
 The latest Pliko is called the "P3 Compact." 
 Because, it boasts a 20% smaller fold.
Now the hardest part now is trying to decide which yummy color to choose for 2011. The soft leather trimmed "Paloma", or choclately "Java"? The exquisitely elegant "Pois Grey", or "Pois Black?" The vivid scarlet "Geranium"?   Or this year's hottest colors--the lavender and royal purple "Iris"?
I bow to the trend. 
 One trend the Peregos are bucking is the move to manufacture all strollers in China. Recently, Mr. Lucio Perego told me that he agonized over closing his factories in Italy. He said many of his employees had been with him for decades. They were like family, and he couldn't bear to bounce them out of their jobs. And so, they said "Ciao" to China, and kept the  Italian factories open for business. 
   One day, the Pliko will be retired, as will SP 2.0's cupid costume. Happily, that day is not today. Happy Valentine's Day, Strollerland!
Weight:                             19 lbs. 
Seat to canopy:                 24"

Seat back:                         20.5"

Seat width:                        12"

Seat depth:                        11-15.5"
Drop to footrest:               10"

Seat to ground:                  19"

Width                                21"

Length:                              31"                                          

Height:                               41-43"

Folded:                              40"L x 14"W x 18"H

For more 2011 models, or for help choosing a stroller, go to


  1. How exciting to have a smaller fold!

    Delta airlines actually managed to damage my P3 - they somehow broke the latch that keeps the thing closed. And were very un-helpful when I pointed that out to them. So I still use and love it, but it won't stay folded anymore =(

  2. how old is your child that is in the stroller. I have a 1 1/2 year old and wonder how much longer i could use this stroller.

  3. p.s. thanks fot taking pics to see!

  4. I am entertain while reading your blog your collections really captured my attention. The rhyme of you strollers really blended with your most beautiful model.We used to buy the best for our little treasures. The best baby strollers are out there in the market try to canvass and be cautious for it bear your most precious treasure.

  5. After 7 years (and 3 children) and thousands of miles by foot/air/train, my P3 was finally damaged by the airline gate check - the clip to keep it closed broke and the tray split under the weight of my infant seat. BEST stroller ever. The cup holder survives yet! Can't wait to get a new one - only because I can't get replacement parts - but what color to choose?!

  6. I bought a perego pliko p3 a couple of months ago to help me get my toddler around. It's been so much easier to get him around since then.

  7. Nothing is worse than putting your groceries on your child's stroller only to have it tip over. My sister is about to have her third boy, and I want to get her a new stroller like this Perego Pliko p3.
    P.S. I love that you dressed your kid in a cupid costume!

  8. Yes, I admit. I'm a big perego pliko p3 fan too. Its versatility when it comes to pushing babies is unrivaled. It's like a luxury vehicle for your child and a reasonable price.

  9. Useful article.
    But what's the major differcne between 2011 & 2010 version ?
    It looks v2011 is more compact and lightweight.
    But from Amazon
    v2011 is 18.7 lb
    v2010 is 16.1 lb
    Really confuse me.....!!

  10. Just curious as to how well the foot part for the second child really is?