One of the priciest tandem strollers available, the Peg-Perego Duette SW gets a mixed response from parents and professional reviewers. Everyone agrees that, at 44 pounds, it's a heavy, bulky stroller (Peg-Perego's website lists the weight at 25.8 pounds, but that's without the seats). But many parents say that's a fair trade for its solid feel. The Duette SW has luxurious fabric, full-coverage vented sun canopies and roomy seats that can be set up four different ways. In other ways, though, it's not a full-featured stroller: Storage is limited, and there are bumper bars instead of snack trays. Reviewers say the Duette SW works particularly well for infant twins. It can accommodate two car seats, both seats recline nearly flat, and children can face forward, backward, toward each other or back-to-back. Some parents complain about breakdowns with this expensive stroller -- especially the steering wheel mechanism. For a third of the price, the Graco Quattro Tour Duo (*Est. $250) is also car seat-compatible and features an infant-friendly full recline in the rear seat.
BabyGizmo.com offers a realistic assessment of the Peg-Perego Duette SW in a detailed video review. Baby-Gaga.com has unfortunately become outdated -- otherwise its coverage is thorough and authoritative. Canadian Family magazine editors include the Duette SW in short roundups of their favorite strollers. Perhaps because of the high price, this stroller isn't widely covered in user reviews, but Amazon.com does have a handful of posts from parents reporting their first-hand experiences.
BabyGizmo.com editor Hollie Schultz gives the Duette a thorough work-up in this six-minute video review. Because of the weight, bulk and high price tag, she doesn't recommend it for siblings of different ages, but she calls it "luxury through and through" for twins.
Review: Peg-Perego Duette Video Review, Hollie Schultz
2. Canadian Family
Parent tester Linh Nguyen says the Peg-Perego Duette SW is bulky but sturdy "like a high-end mini-van." Canadian Family magazine's roundup does a better job than most of offering a balanced assessment of each stroller. What it lacks is any comparison between models.
Review: 2008's Best Tested Double Strollers, Robyn Naster, May 2008
Baby-Gaga.com has become quite dated: Reviews haven't been updated in four years. That's unfortunate, because it is one of the few sites to combine detailed write-ups with credible ratings. The Peg-Perego loses marks for convenience and maneuverability, but editors say it's comfortable, sturdy and highly configurable.
Review: Peg-Perego Duette, Editors of Baby-Gaga.com, Jan. 18, 2006
A dozen moms and dads have posted their reviews of the Peg-Perego Duette on Amazon.com, and the ratings so far have been mixed. Owners agree that it's large and heavy, but some say that's a sign of its high quality. Others complain about durability issues and lackluster customer service.
Review: Peg-Perego Duette, Contributors to Amazon.com