The Inglesina Avio packs a very smooth ride, high weight ratings and a nice array of extra features into a compact stroller with a convenient, self-standing fold. While the Avio is a pricey little number, few can argue with its high-style, can-do ability to tackle uneven terrain, accommodate a bassinet or infant car seat, and carry a loaded grocery bag wherever you need to go.
Stability without bulk. Reviewers marvel at the Inglesina Avio's ability to maintain stability even on rough, broken-up sidewalks, grass and other terrains that you wouldn't expect a lightweight stroller to stand up to. Unlike most lightweight strollers that aren't built specifically for all-terrain use, the Avio uses 6.25-inch ball-bearing wheels that prevent jarring the frame as the wheels roll. The Avio comes equipped with a nicely padded five-point harness, a removable bumper bar for front-side protection and a one-touch linked brake for the rear wheels. The front swivel wheels lock in the forward-facing position.
An umbrella fold with a one-handed handlebar. The Inglesina Avio flies along with a push most reviewers describe as effortless -- even one-handed on all sorts of terrain you wouldn't expect a lightweight, non-all-terrain stroller to negotiate. This is thanks in part to its single handlebar, which collapses down, enabling the Avio to fold umbrella-style for compact convenience. The non-adjustable handlebar measures 41 inches tall, which tall users appreciate, though some on the shorter side wish it could be lowered.
Feedback on the Avio's celebrated one-hand fold is mixed -- some say it is the easiest fold available, others say there is a learning curve and some report that they don't ever quite get the hang of it. Once you have the Avio folded, it auto-locks closed and self-stands in what reviews describe as a sleek, streamlined package. Reviewers say the stroller opens quickly and easily -- simply push a button to pop it open and lock it into place by stepping on the lower back bar.
The Avio has clearly labeled buttons for the lock and brakes, which is handy for caregivers. Reviewers say that the bumper bar is easy to swing out of the way quickly, making it easy to get sleeping children out of the stroller and to allow eager children to climb in. Users say that the four-position recline is easy to operate up and down one-handed. The large canopy can be adjusted quietly without waking the baby. The seat fabric is machine washable, and the stroller frame can be wiped clean.
Lightweight luxury. Reviewers use words like understated, elegant and refined when describing the Inglesina Avio's looks and finishing details. The Italian-made fabrics and frame that is free of visible joints and hinges are particularly appreciated by expert reviewers. The bumper bar receives praise for its indestructible, leather-like covering that wipes clean and that toddlers can't chew through. Unlike most lightweight strollers, the Avio can be used with a bassinet (*Est. $150) available in a variety of coordinating covers. A car-seat adapter is also available (*Est. $60), enabling you to use the Avio as a travel system.
Suitable for infants 3 months old up to 55 pounds in weight, the Avio's seat is described as generously padded and extremely comfortable. There is an adjustable leg rest that allows babies to lie flat and a footrest for toddlers. The canopy receives praise for its size and utility. It has a pop-out sun visor that can be pulled all the way down past the napper bar for total coverage. There is a peekaboo window on the back, not the top, so that you can check on the baby without letting the sun in. The Avio also has a raincover that pops out of an included storage bag. The seat reclines almost completely flat, with four positions. Reviewers say that the under-seat basket is large and easy to access from the front and sides when the seat is reclined. The Avio also has a parent cupholder built onto the frame.
The Avio can be accessorized with a winter muff, a summer cover, a stroller bag and a mosquito net.
One-year warranty. The Inglesina Avio carries an industry-standard, one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. The Inglesina website has instructional videos, and the instructions for the stroller are easy to download. There are no complaints about customer service.
Review Credibility: Excellent Kate Bayless describes the Inglesina Avio as a perfect city stroller for negotiating narrow store aisles and sidewalks. She lists its nice array of extra features and notes its simple fold, one-handed steering and narrow design as its best features. Her only quibbles with the stroller are that it lacks all-terrain wheels, a reversible seat and a deep under-seat basket.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Strollers of 2012, Kate Bayless, Sept. 17, 2012
2. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent These online stroller reviews are additional materials to supplement Chapter 9 of the 2011 edition of the book "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields. The authors provide ratings for overall brands and for individual models. Available to subscribers only, the bonus materials include a detailed section on the Inglesina brand in general and the Avio specifically.
Review: Bonus Material: Extra and Archived Stroller Reviews, Denise and Alan Fields, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz gives the Inglesina Avio a positive review. She says that it offers one-hand maneuverability even when loaded, and that despite not being an all-terrain stroller it rolls well on mixed surfaces. She discusses and demonstrates the quick one-hand fold and unfold, and raves about the quality of the optional pram. Altogether, she presents the Avio as a well-designed, lightweight stroller that is easy to use.
Review: Baby Gizmo Inglesina Avio Stroller Video Review, Hollie Schultz, Dec. 20, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good "Stroller Queen" Janet McLaughlin's photo-illustrated review of the Inglesina Avio hones in on its simple, elegant design lines that meld form and function. She takes the Avio out in threatening weather and is reassured by the included raincover. She says the stroller performed well on her obstacle course with effortless one-handed pushing.
Review: Inglesina Avio Review, "The Stroller Queen", March 19, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Inglesina Avio receives an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars, based on a handful of user reviews. The Avio gets rave reviews from city dwellers who appreciate how much the stroller can do while maintaining an easy-to-stow and compact design. Negative comments focus on disappointment with the difficult fold and challenging assembly.
Review: Inglesina Avio Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
6. Pregnancy & Newborn
Review Credibility: Good This reviewer loves the Inglesina Avio's ease-of-use features, including the easy one-hand fold, the intuitive, easy unfold and the easily accessible basket. Her highest praise is for the smooth ride on uneven, root-broken sidewalks. She also says that the one-piece handlebar enables one-handed pushing.
Review: Inglesina Avio Stroller, "Rachel", Jan. 20, 2011
7. Babes and Kids Review
Review Credibility: Good This photo-illustrated review by blogger "Tiffany" begins with assembly and covers use of the Inglesina Avio for a 3-year-old. Overall, the reviewer likes this stroller, but finds the instructions a bit hard to follow and says she didn't find the one-hand fold as easy as promised. She appreciates the comfort of the stroller for her child, and while she finds it a bit pricey, she recommends it.
Review: Inglesina Avio Stroller Review, "Tiffany", Feb. 13, 2011