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Peg Perego Book for Two Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2018 Bronze Best Multiple, Twin or Tandem Pushchair or Accessory
Mother & Baby 2018 Bronze Award Winner

At a glance:

The Book for Two steers like a dream, even with two on board. Your little ones will be able to sit side-by-side, in a pushchair you’ll still be able to fit through the door. It’s worth noting, there isn’t adaptors for other car seat brands on offer.

What they say:

“Our most compact side-by-side stroller, at just 29” wide. It can take up to two Primo Viaggio 4-35 car seats and folds easily inward, like a book! Features include: travel system compatible with up to two car seats, multi-position independent backrests, a large, easy-loading basket with pockets, an easy one hand close and soft wide wheels.”

Tested by mum Vicki Anyon for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

There are many reasons why I would recommend this product. It is really well built with good quality materials, making it feel sturdy and safe for my children. It pushes very smoothly and never seems to struggle with small curbs. I love that my kids both have a view of the world side by side and can interact with each other – I wouldn’t be without the clear windows in the hoods to look through either. I also love the easy one-handed collapse to fold and the storage size and pockets, as well as the ability to open the safety bar from both sides.  Finally, the width of the pushchair is amazing and much smaller than anticipated.

How has this product made your life easier?

This product meant I could be out the door within five minutes. I just love being able to put both the kids in the one pram that suits them both (2 years and 6 months). The fact that this is a side-by-side design makes steering it really smooth and responsive. I was nervous about the width at first, yet I kept being shocked at how the pram was able to fit through doorways I just didn’t think it would get through. I didn’t have to worry about my two-year-old running off, as she enjoyed sitting in the pram next to her brother.

Would you choose this product to win?

Yes, I think the Book for Two should win. This pram is so easy to manoeuvre that you forget you are pushing a double buggy. It is so responsive and at just 74cm wide, the buggy fitted through more gaps than I thought it would.

What changes would you make to this product?

The one thing that did come up a couple of times was that when my daughter wanted to sit up after a sleep, she had to sit forward so I could properly adjust the seat. This is quite a tricky move and definitely needed two hands, however this wouldn’t stop me from recommending this buggy to other mums.

Tested by mum Sarah Panter for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would definitely recommend this product - it has made doing tasks out and about so much easier! I can now whizz around a shop rather than push a pram with one hand and control a toddler who wants to run wild with the other. The pushchair is so easy to collapse, one pull of a little handle and it folds right in half, saving even more time and stress. An adjustable footrest, massive basket, reclined backrest option and amazingly large sun canopies make this pushchair a winner in my eyes.

How has this product made your life easier?

Having two children is a challenge at the best of times let alone trying to control a wondering toddler whilst trying to push another in a single pushchair. My two-year-old has outgrown her pushchair and doesn’t want to be pushed around, but having this product has changed that – she is more than willing to sit next to her little sister and this makes my life so much easier to get about.

Would you choose this product to win?

I think this product should win – it is stylish, easy to assemble, easy to use and so easy to manoeuver, not clunky at all. My girls love being side by side, keeping them happy and entertained whilst I can get on with things. It's very easy to adjust the features and there is plenty of room for my copious amounts of baggage. Finally, the fact it is so easy to collapse makes this a real winner in my eyes.

What changes would you make to this product?

I was really impressed with this product. The ride was smooth and the pushchair was easy to manoeuvre, however if I could add only little thing, it would be added suspension to deal with larger bumps and dips in the terrain. Having said that, it's not an all-terrain pushchair, so it’s rather unfair to expect it to be so.

Tested by mum Sarah Edwards for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend the Book for Two double buggy as it is a safe and easy to use buggy for a mum of two. I love the fact the hoods of each seat can be used independently and have a huge coverage, which is great for our unpredictable English weather. When my little ones were tired and I reclined the seats, I could raise the back cover of the seat to reveal air vents so my children didn’t get too hot. The storage on the buggy is great, with pockets on the rear of the seats and also a large shopping basket underneath. Overall, a great double buggy. Would definitely recommend.

How has this product made your life easier?

The buggy has been easy to transport my two children of 7 months and 2.5 years. It is nice and narrow and fits through most doorways with ease. My children loved being next to each other so they can hold hands and interact together making buggy journeys more bearable. I like the way the buggy stands on its own when folded which has been a great space saver when storing at home. Also, my son (aged 2.5 years) could get himself in and out of the buggy which saved me having to lift him in.

Would you choose this product to win?

A few things make this buggy stand out above the rest. Firstly, I love the ventilation both seats have when the seats are reclined. I also thought the storage was great on the buggy, but could have done with a bottle holder attached near the handle bar. If the buggy had air filled tyres, it may run better over bumpy/undulating ground as a few times the front wheels got stuck and I had to tip the buggy to go forward. However, I tested this buggy on quite rough farmland, it would be perfect for light country and city use.

What changes would you make to this product?

I would change the way in unfolds, as for a petite mum, I found I couldn’t do this in one motion. The only other thing I would change would be having air filled tyres which may move over rough terrain a little easier.

Tested by mum Carolyn Graham for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I think this product looks fantastic, sleek and stylish (it's Italian and you can tell!). It's also extremely easy to use; the turning circle is fantastic too. I did find it hard to get up curbs but that's due to the weight of two children being in it. It's incredibly easy to fold and put up (although quite heavy to lift in my car), and has fantastic amount of storage underneath too.

How has this product made your life easier?

This is the first time I have used a double pushchair and it really does make my life remarkably easier when out and about. It’s amazing not having to worry about the safety of my older child who isn’t in the pushchair (who usually wants to run wild and free and escape left right and centre), I just pop both children in, strap them tight and ta-dah! I can get around a shop or to where I need to go much quicker.

Would you choose this product to win?

From all the pushchairs I've tried, I'd definitely choose this as a double pushchair as it is just so simple and easy and comfortable to use. Yes, it isn't fun navigating through narrow spaces with, but that's a double pushchair for you; that is greatly outweighed in my opinion by the positives of this product. The sun canopy provided good protection, it's easy to clean, my children are happy in it, it's easy to use, looks good, and is therefore a real winner for me.

What changes would you make to this product?

I was so pleased with this product that there isn't really anything I would change but for the sake of being extremely critical, I would love to see a little footplate at the back of the pushchair which would allow me to use my foot to help get me up the curbs when I'm crossing the road. Honestly, I couldn't fault this pushchair.

Tested by mum Aimee Higby for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I'm not sure; whilst there are quite a few pros, there are also some cons with this pushchair. Value for money is fantastic and I've yet to find a cheaper double stroller. It was fab on smooth flat terrain, but not on uneven grounds such as dirt paths or if you were to take it out on a dog walk. Its hygienic, as mud did spray on the back of the seat flaps, and I was able to just brush the dirt off, it’s also great that the wheels don't touch the actual seats when folded, which ensures they stay clean. Design wise, its stylish – I love the leather look of the bumper bar and steering handle, yet the option to extend the handle bar would have been nice.

How has this product made your life easier?

The Book for Two is simple to set up and fold down – both can be done single handed. Both the seats are spacious, with ample room for my 2-year-old son’s long legs. There is a lovely large basket underneath, which held an entire day’s worth of supplies for two children, as well as my bag and extras. It’s also very light to push and extremely easy to manoeuvre. I like the fact that when the seats are upright, the children are too - in some buggies, even in the upright position they aren't fully sitting comfortably. Both my son and 14-month-old niece were able to take in their surroundings in comfort.

Would you choose this product to win?

I personally wouldn’t choose this stroller to win. I found it very heavy when folded down, and quite hard to lift in and out of the car. It also didn't fit into the back of my car (a Ford KA), so when we ventured out, we had to take my sister's car (a Mini). The recline feature isn't the best – it’s a fab idea, but it requires both hands to put it back in the upright position, which were a bit of a pain, and I found it hard to do on my own. I also found if I rested anything on the handles - such as a bag - even temporarily, the buggy would topple backwards, which is a bit scary.

What changes would you make to this product?

The size when folded down, or the ability to possibly remove the seats so that it could fold up smaller. As I mentioned above, it didn't fit in the back of my KA, and only just managed to fit in the back of my sisters Mini. That were without the bags and other various items needed for a trip out. The only way it would fit into my car were if I flattened one of the rear passenger seats, which isn't very practical.

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