This family run company has Italian style oozing through its veins. Add this to the ingenious design features and they have created a pushchair that before now many parents could only dream of. The Peg Perego Book 51 S Pop-Up is unique and functional; let's see how it got on when we put it through the full Pushchair Expert test.
Giuseppe Perego designed the first pram for his son Lucio in 1949 and since then this family run business has gone from strength-to-strength, distributing quality products around the globe, while holding firm to its family values.
With a range of quality pushchairs featuring fine Italian detailing and clever design features, we are sure they will be a hit on the UK market.
What's in the box?
• Seat unit
• Navetta Pop-Up Carrycot
• Prima Viaggio SL Car Seat
• Seat Apron
• Bumper bar
• Car seat
• Changing bag
The RRP of the Peg Perego Book 51 S Pop-Up Modular System is £1,010
Components can also be purchased individually:
• Chassis £290
• Navetta Pop-up Carrycot £230
• Seat Pop-up £260
• Primo Viaggio Car Seat £160
• Changing Bag £70
• Weight: Chassis and seat unit: 11.3kg
• Folded Size: Chassis (cm): H85 x W51 x D35
• Open Size (cm): H106 x W51 x D93
• Suitability: Birth - 15kg
• Belted Base
• ISOfix Base
• Navetta Carrycot Raincover
• Book Handle Extensions
• Book Off Road Wheels
The Book 51 S Pop-Up comes in Luxe Beige, Luxe Grey, Luxe Opal, Luxe Bluenight and Blue Denim.
We have reviewed the Book 51 S Pop-Up as a complete system, but there is lots of versatility as parents can buy each component independently i.e. Chassis, Seat Unit, Carrycot, Car Seat and Changing Bag.
The sleek grey and black chassis is elegant whilst at the same time workmanlike. Just scanning over the chassis at first glance, it is clear that the Book 51 S Pop-Up will have a lot of hidden gems to offer us as we put it through its paces during our review.
The wheels on the Book 51 S Pop-Up are solid polyurethane wheels so there is no chance of getting a puncture, but at the same time, they still have that comfortable bounce about them that air filled tyres offer.
Giving the ultimate in smooth pushes, you really get a feel for the luxury status of this pushchair. This smoothness is largely due to the great suspension as the wheels are mounted on 12 ball bearings, making the pushchair easy to steer and feeling very nimble.
We have pushed the Book 51 S Pop-Up on many different terrains now. Although it isn't classed as an all terrain pushchair, it copes very well with the bumps and lumps thrown at it on park tracks and dog walks. It was whilst walking on a bumpy park track that we discovered one of the first 'hidden gem' features of this pushchair that makes life easier for parents. We needed to lock the wheels off and instead of bending down to the floor and locking each wheel off individually, there is a really handy dial just half way down the side of the chassis which you can turn to lock and unlock the front swivel wheels with ease. If you are someone that walks on rough terrain regularly with your pushchair, Peg Perego also offer Book Off Road Wheels that can be purchased as an extra to replace the front wheels on the Book 51 S Pop-Up.The handlebar is another standout feature of the Book 51 S Pop-Up. It has a unique shape which has been cleverly designed to allow you to push with one or two hands with ease and it is also covered in a lavish black leather like material which gives a luxurious feeling to the pushchair driver. The unique shape takes a little getting used to at first, but as time went on and we used the pushchair more and more, we really valued the easy one hand steering position offered by the central gripper in the middle of the handlebar. It is adjustable in height by using the two round push buttons on either side of the handlebar and covers a range of heights to suit many different parents.
There are two brake pedals on this pushchair - one placed next to each rear wheel. You can use either brake pedal to use the brakes, which we found made life easier as we didn't have to think and remember which side of the chassis the brake was mounted on. To release the brake you flick the pedal up with your toes, so you might need to be careful about your choice of footwear!
If storage is your bug bear, then the Book 51 S Pop-Up really delivers in this department. The basket is HUGE! Its deep sides allowed us to pile all manner of goods in and an added bonus was the fact the basket was perfectly accessible from all angles - even with the carrycot in place or the seat unit fully reclined. We piled wellies, coats and a small picnic in the basket on quite a few occasions. The icing on the cake with the storage on this pushchair is the addition of the included changing bag that compliments the fabrics of the pushchair. It is also large and more than big enough for you to fit everything you need for two children in it.
Just as the chassis feels and looks luxurious, the seat unit does as well. The fabrics and finish ooze quality and Italian finesse - something we are learning Peg Perego products all have in common!
Being a modular system, you can click the seat unit on and off the chassis in either world or parent facing positions. To do this just squeeze the bar lever at the rear of the seat base.
The seat reclines fully in either position using the button on the back of the seat unit. We found it really handy to be able to recline the seat with just one hand and without waking baby in the process, which is always a bonus!
We found so many positives about the seat unit whilst testing out the Book 51 S Pop-Up, the super soft fabrics being one of them. Baby was always very comfortable and happy to ride in the seat unit. With a thick apron included, they will be kept warm in all weathers too.
But by far the best feature of the seat unit is the sun hood. It's one of the largest hoods we have seen and gives great coverage from the sun, wind and drizzle that the English weather so unpredictably threw at us during our testing time with the pushchair.The hood almost touched the leg rest of the seat when baby was reclined and sleeping - it gave a great cosy space for naps and meant baby slept soundly and for a little longer than usual!
The seat is one of the most upright seats we've seen in the upright position and when an inquisitive toddler was placed in the seat, they were very comfortable with their view of the world around them. The 5 point harness is beautifully padded and easily adjustable to suit the height of your child.
Swivelling and removable, the bumper bar is covered in the same leather look fabric as the handlebar. It looks great and adds another element of luxury to the seat unit.
If you plan to use the Book 51 S Pop-Up from birth then the very clever carrycot will come in very handy! As a parent a carrycot can be an inconvenient necessity. It's the best place for baby to be for the first 6 months of their life, but at the same time storing the carrycot can be difficult. This carrycot eliminates all of these storage worry as it folds flat with the use of just one hand AND whilst still attached to the pushchair chassis! Meaning that you can fold with it too.
The carrycot is deep and has a curved base which we found a brilliant feature that enabled us to rock our newborn to sleep when we lifted the carrycot off the chassis and popped it into the floor in the house. It is also a great size. When a 7 month old was placed in the carrycot, he still had plenty of room for growth.
For our newborn, a super feature of the Book 51 S Pop-Up carrycot was the ability to lift the backrest of the carrycot slightly when she was suffering from reflux. Baby felt far more comfortable in this position and a happy baby meant for happy parents too!
The carrycot hood is large and has the same zip open mesh ventilation panel in the back of the hood to allow plenty of air to flow through to baby on warmer days or as they sleep.
Making the Book 51 S Pop-Up a complete travel system, you receive the Group 0+ Prima Viaggio SL infant carrier. Suitable for use up to 13kg, the Prima Viaggio SL has a 3-point harness which is integrated into the headrest, making adjustment into one of five positions possible in a simple movement. We love that it attaches to the chassis without need for any adaptors! When using it in your car, you can fit the seat with the vehicle's own seat belt or purchase a belted or ISOfix base. To help keep baby shaded and protected, the Prima Viaggio SL has its own hood with a UPF 50+ rating. Peg Perego also sell adaptors should you wish to use a different car seat with your travel system.
There are a few steps to folding but it is an impressive fold to say the least that can be done one handed! We always found it handy to pop the brake on before we folded to keep the whole pushchair still. You also need to make sure that the handlebar is in its highest most upright position or it can get caught and the fold won't operate as smoothly. If the seat unit is on the chassis, you can fold with it world or parent facing, so flip the seat right forward using the recline lever on the back of the seat. Next, pull on the handle at the back of the seat, on the chassis and the pushchair will automatically fold down and lock into position with its auto lock. It free stands upright when folded so the seat isn't lying on the ground and picking up dirt. The Book 51 S Pop-Up is not as bulky as many other fully featured travel systems and the fact that it can be folded in one piece saved valuable minutes when loading and unloading it from the car.
One of the most unique and useful aspects of the fold from a parent point of view is the ability to fold the pushchair with the carrycot still in place and the overall fold package is no bigger. We did note a few envious stares from other parents in car parks when we packed our pram away so quickly and with room to spare in our boot!
The Book 51 S Pop-Up is a great option for parents who plan to only buy one pushchair to serve them from birth to toddlerhood. It has several luxurious features but also remains really practical too with handy features such as the large basket, large hood, and clever fold.
The handlebar is a unique shape and may be like marmite to some parents, but we did get used to it after a few uses.
The unique ability to fold the carrycot down is really useful if you plan to use a carrycot and space is a premium in your car boot.
Purchasing the whole system does come in at the higher end of the market, but you definitely get your money's worth in terms of quality, style and function.
We give the Peg Perego Book 51 S Pop-Up Modular 4.5 out of 5 stars