Peg Perego YPSI Stroller Review & Video
The new Peg Perego YPSI single-to-double stroller provides superior versatility and quality, and its beauty and style are unmistakably Italian! But how does it perform?
To find out, we put the Peg Perego YPSI to the test!
We assembled it, tested all of its features, and took it out for a day on the town! Our overall impressions were very positive, and we definitely think it's worthy of a spot in our best travel systems article!
But we also found some small shortcomings that you might want to consider before purchasing.
As of this writing, the Peg Perego YPSI is available through several major retailers including Amazon, and can be found in Onyx (pictured), Atmosphere, City Grey, Graphic Gold, Mon Amour, and New Life styles/colors. The MSRP is $699, but sometimes you can find certain styles as low as about $550.
Full disclosure: Peg Perego was generous enough to provide us with a free sample of the YPSI stroller for testing, and we're very grateful (thank you!).
Peg Perego YPSI Stroller: Overall Ratings
Based on our hands-on reviews, we give the Peg Perego YPSI single to double stroller a 4.5 out of 5 stars:
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Overall Conclusions: Peg Perego YPSI
Most parents don't have time to read through this entire article, so here is a summary of what we found.
We were excited to get our hands on this new Peg Perego YPSI stroller, and we were pleasantly surprised by the following aspects:
✔️ Very easy assembly.
✔️ High build quality.
✔️ Beautiful style and colors.
✔️ Made in Italy (not China).
✔️ Huge canopy with window.
✔️ Comfortable & reclining seat.
✔️ Reversible toddler seat.
✔️ Adjustable handlebar.
✔️ Very easy to maneuver.
✔️ Easy to fold and carry.
✔️ Super smooth ride.
✔️ Expands to double stroller.
✔️ Bassinet compatibility.
✔️ Infant car seat compatibility.
✔️ Use from birth to 50lbs.
However, like with any review we write, we also had some little gripes worth mentioning:
❌ Very poor instructions.
❌ Handlebars touch ground when folded.
❌ No storage pockets or cup holder.
Overall, we think the Peg Perego YPSI is an awesome option for parents who want a beautiful and high quality luxury stroller with some serious versatility. It can attach infant car seats, expand from single to double, and look and feel fantastic the entire time!
The YPSI performed wonderfully in our testing, and we loved how smooth and manueverable it was. The canopy was excellent, storage basket was large, folding was smooth and (once learned) easy, and everything worked perfectly and seamlessly. We also appreciated that the YPSI can fold to a relatively compact size, suitable for fitting into the trunk of even a compact SUV or car.
Save for some relatively minor drawbacks, we think the Peg Perego YPSI is an awesome option for parents looking for a sophisticated stroller that will turn heads and keep your little ones comfortable and safe from the elements.
About Peg Perego
Peg Perego is an Italian company based in Arcore, Italy, which is a northeast suburb of Milan.
Founded in 1949 by Guiseppe Perego, Peg Perego was one of the first major stroller manufacturers in Europe, famous for producing very high quality and stylish strollers.
Even in the mid-1900's, they made a big splash by using rubberized fabrics as seating surfaces in their strollers, rather than the typical (and uncomfortable!) metal or wicker of the time.
Fast-forward about 70 years and Peg Perego has expanded the scope of their products to cover several categories of baby gear!
Appearing at or near the top of many of our round-up lists, Peg Perego has become a major international baby products brand that is widely respected and loved among discerning parents.
As a mid-tier luxury brand, expect Peg Perego products to be slightly more expensive than the most common baby brands (like Chicco, Graco), but we think their products are worth every penny!
Peg Perego YPSI Review
The Peg Perego YPSI has a ton of features that we needed to try out!
We begin with a summary of features and then discuss the assembly and comfort and ride quality, and end with some little annoyances that are worth mentioning.
The Peg Perego YPSI stroller is what we consider a luxury stroller, which typically means that you will compromise on a few convenience features. For example, many luxury strollers prioritize a streamlined look over having a large storage basket, a smooth ride, storage pockets, cup holders, and high versatility (e.g., compatibility with a wide range of car seats).
However, we think you'll be impressed with the full feature list:
✔️ 5-point harness with shoulder pads.
✔️ Three harness heights.
✔️ Multi-position reclining seat.
✔️ Adjustable handle bar height.
✔️ Large storage basket.
✔️ Large expandable UPF 50+ canopy.
✔️ Easy foot brakes.
✔️ Locking front wheels.
✔️ Front wheel suspension.
✔️ Stands when folded.
✔️ One-handed operation.
✔️ Removable bumper bar.
✔️ Double stroller capability.
✔️ 50 pound weight capacity.
✔️ Smooth, comfortable ride.
As you can see, the Peg Perego YPSI packs a pretty decent set of features.
Chief among those features is some serious versatility. While the Peg Perego YPSI stroller doesn't include a bassinet, infant car seat (unless you purchase the travel system version), or a second toddler seat, all of those could be added in conjunction with the included toddler seat. With 12 different ways to configure seats (e.g., two car seats, two toddler seats, two bassinets, or nearly any combination of those three), the YPSI offers great versatility.
Here is a short walk-around video to show you the basics:
Let's focus on a couple additional features that we appreciated.
First, we loved that everything could be accomplished with one hand (or foot!). This means you can be holding your baby with one arm and still be able to do most basic things with the stroller:
- Unfold one-handed (but requires some upper body strength).
- Adjust toddler seat recline one-handed.
- Lock front wheels one-handed.
- Swing-away the bumper bar one-handed.
- Fold and lock shut one-handed (other than the seat collapse phase).
There were a couple things that you could not do one-handed, however. These include removing the infant car seat from the adapters (one on each side), and adjusting the handlebar height (one clip on each side).
Second, we loved that the adjustable handlebars pulled in/out rather than pivoted up/down. This means that taller parents can pull the handlebars out and up more, which not only raises the handlebar height but also gives them more length for their longer leg strides. That's a great way to keep taller parents from kicking the rear axle while walking!
Here's what that looks like:
Third, the canopy was huge. It operates like a normal canopy, but also has a zippered extension panel that gives it really excellent coverage (plus a little peek-a-boo window).
Look how large it is, even when not extended:
Fourth, the front and rear wheels have little springs inside to provide a bit of suspension to smooth out the bumpier roads (or at least the sidewalk cracks!).
And the wheels are a good diameter for that purpose (7" front, 10.75" rear), helping to smooth out the bumps; the rear brakes and front lock-outs were effective and easy to use.
Here is a picture of the rear wheels and foot brakes:
Here is a picture of the front wheels and swivel lock-outs:
Finally, if your little one is napping in the stroller, you can also pop the foot rest upward by a few inches to give them a flatter sleeping surface, which is a nice touch.
Overall, that's an impressive set of features.
Note that while Peg Perego was generous enough to offer us a sample of the YPSI, they did not give us any of the accessories (bassinet, infant car seat, second toddler seat, etc) so we were not able to test them out, or demonstrate them in this review.
We can only assume they work as well as the rest of the stroller, and that it has great versatility in that regard, but we cannot speak directly to those possibilities!
Assembly & Folding
The Peg Perego IPSI stroller was a bit more involved to assemble than we anticipated.
Out of the box, it comes in over a dozen different pieces that need to be assembled.
We've assembled a ton of strollers here at Mommyhood101, so everything was somewhat intuitive to us (with over 10 years experience!).
However, our testing mom noted that the included instructions were basically useless: a bunch of photos with arrows, without any text or labeled parts.
She ended up having to watch a couple YouTube videos to figure out how to make everything work. It's great that those are available, but they shouldn't replace good quality instructions.
After looking at the instructions ourselves, we agree that they could be vastly improved.
Once you get everything assembled, here is what the YPSI stroller should look like:
A couple small things to point out about the above photo. First, that bumper bar is removable. Second, the storage bin walls weren't snapped on at this point (thus them hanging over at the corners). Third, the toddler seat is in its most upright recline position.
Finally, the toddler seat is in its forward-facing position, but it can also be easily swapped into the rear-facing position, like this:
Overall, we think the assembly process could be greatly improved by providing some better quality instructions. Also, some aspects could be pre-assembled (like the wheel axles), rather than trying to save additional packaging space.
Folding the YPSI was a bit different from other strollers.
First, you need to collapse the toddler seat onto itself, then lower the handlebar all the way down, then grab the folding handle behind the stroller, and pull up to make it collapse.
To secure it into the locked position, you will need to make sure the small locking lever on the side is secured (see step 20 of the instruction manual).
If you fold it up with ample force, it will auto-lock, which is great. But if you do a slow/weak fold, you might need to do it manually. Here is what the fold lock lever looks like when it's not in the locked position:
A nice perk is that the stroller can be fully folded with the toddler seat and bumper bar attached.
You can see that in the below photo. You can also see the handle that you grab in order to fold it, which is the black handle below the handlebar.
We will say, however, that the folding mechanism does involve more upper body strength than a typical fold-down-flat style stroller. So keep that in mind.
When folded, the YPSI can stand on its own, which is excellent. However it does so by standing on its handlebar, which means the handlebar will be touching the ground.
In the midst of a pandemic, this isn't ideal. To be fair, it does have two little rubber feet on the handlebar that help keep it from totally resting on the ground (and getting scuffed/dirty).
Here is a photo of the YPSI standing on its own while folded:
We were impressed with how compact the fold was, coming in at about 20" W x 32.25" H x 15.25" D.
For reference, when folded that about 5" narrower than the Mockingbird, and about 1" shorter and shallower.
To unfold the YPSI, it's basically the same process but in reverse: Unlock the lever that secures it into the folded position, and then grab the handlebar and pull up on it. That will open the frame back up, at which point you will only need to unfold the toddler seat into its normal position.
Overall, we think the folding process is easy and fluid, and we're impressed with how compact the fold is. The only little gripe is how the handlebar touches the ground when put into self-standing mode.
Handling & Ride Quality
There are a few things that help the YPSI single-to-double stroller out with handling and ride quality:
- Each wheel has a small spring-loaded suspension system to help damper small bumps.
- Each wheel uses an array of tiny ball bearings, which makes the wheels have super low rolling resistance.
- The wheel diameters are decent, and the rubber tires help smooth things out.
- The front swivel wheels are very nimble and easy to turn.
- The toddler seat is highly padded and feels like it would be very comfortable.
For these reasons, we found the YPSI extremely easy to push and maneuver, and comfortable over bumps. It was great over the sidewalk, on grass, and on more densely packed trails.
It was easy to hop up and down curbs, and narrow enough (given the tandem seating) to fit through all the doorways we encountered.
The center of gravity was nice and low, the stroller felt highly stable and sturdy, the handlebar is soft and comfortable, and the seating position was very comfortable for our test 8-month old baby.
We didn't test the stroller in a double stroller configuration, so we cannot speak to whether it's similarly maneuverable when under the added weight of two children.
Overall, we loved testing the YPSI and thought it was fun, smooth, and versatile!
No stroller is perfect (or we're just really picky!), so we always have some gripes!
There are some small things that could be helpful with this stroller, such as a cup holder (for parents and/or children), and storage pockets (for keys, phone). From what we understand, the stroller is also only compatible with Peg Perego infant car seats such as the 4-35 Nido, but not with others (e.g., by Britax, Chicco, Graco).
It could also be a bit lighter through some material updates, though 22.5 pounds isn't terrible.
However, our primary gripe was with the assembly and operation (adjustments, etc) of the stroller, mostly because the included instructions were pretty terrible!
We understand that these strollers are marketed and sold in a number of different countries, many with their own languages, so developing langauge-specific instruction manuals is a big task.
But we also think that first impressions with a new stroller are very important, and a good set of instructions goes a long way!
The only other con with this stroller is the cost. For the YPSI with the toddler seat alone it is usually $699. Once you add on the car seat and any accessories (bassinet attachment, extra toddler seat), you easily get into the $1000-1500 range, which will only appeal to a small segment of parents.
The Peg Perego YPSI single-to-double stroller offers some excellent quality and features, a super smooth and nimble ride, and everything feels well-designed and executed.
We did find some limitations with convenience features, such as cup holders and storage pockets, and with ease of assembly and use (given the limited instructions).
Overall, we think the Peg Perego YPSI can make the perfect addition to a family with plans of having a second child, providing excellent quality and versatility that is likely to last for many years to come!
If you can stomach the price, we think the YPSI could be an excellent option for your family!
Where to Buy the YPSI
We suggest purchasing the Peg Perego YPSI through Amazon.
The price is fixed right now at $699, though we have seen some colors and styles dip as low as around $550.
You can click the below image to check the current prices.