While many strollers claim to be easy to fold, the Inglesina Zippy actually delivers, say parents posting comments at review sites. It can be folded with one hand, can accept a Graco car seat, and has a fully reclining seat, large sun canopy and adjustable handle. The seat can be hand-washed. However, reviewers tend to give it low marks for the features it used to have but no longer offers: an included snack tray and foot muff.
Five-point harness is good, but not for infants. The Zippy's five-point harness is unpadded and may not adjust small enough for infants. It has dual, one-touch linked brakes, a swing-away bumper bar and an adjustable crotch strap -- all good things. The stroller is also car seat adaptable, but with straps, not a snap-in feature; the latter is considered safer.
The super-easy fold is just the beginning. While the Zippy's most popular feature is its one-handed compact fold, everything on this stroller seems simple to use, from the canopy to the linked brakes. Yet it gets mixed reviews on ease of pushing: Some owners say it's a breeze but others warn that it gets difficult with bigger children. At least one professional review site says it doesn't maneuver well at all.
Good for small car trunks, but not lightweight. Suburban parents will love the fact that the Zippy folds small enough to fit into even compact car trunks, but at 22.4 pounds it's not exactly lightweight -- which we consider to be less than 17 pounds. Before buying, make sure you can lift it in and out of the trunk easily. It does have a side carry handle that makes lifting and carrying more convenient, as well as a standing fold that parents who take public transportation appreciate.
The Zippy has good upper and lower weight ratings, from newborn with car seat (adapters included) or bassinet (*Est. $240) to 40 pounds. However, a newborn can't use it without either the bassinet or the car seat, and both add significantly to the price. Reviewers say it's comfortable for their toddlers and older children once they can sit in the seat.
Good for shorter and taller parents with a fully adjustable handle, the Zippy has a large, adjustable canopy with a window that can unzip for ventilation. The footrest is also adjustable for comfort. A large underseat basket is easily accessible from the front and sides, but not the back. The stroller has swivel front wheels that can be made to lock and includes a cup holder.
Standard warranty. The Inglesina Zippy is covered by a one-year warranty.
The Inglesina Zippy isn't a bad stroller, but it's not a great stroller, either. It's expensive for its features, and purchasing the bassinet adds significantly to the price. If your first priority is a small fold and you primarily need a stroller for a baby older than 6 months, this may be a good option.
1. Baby Bargains
Excellent "Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. Authors Denise and Alan Fields conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. Their section on strollers is detailed and offers a wealth of useful information. Both the Inglesina brand in general and the Zippy are reviewed and rated against dozens of other popular strollers.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
Very good The editors at ConsumerReports.org rate 35 full-featured strollers for ease of use, maneuverability and safety. While the testing is commendable, editors give virtually no written details about the strollers and the report is outdated, with several models having been discontinued. Durability and the reality of long-term, everyday use aren't taken into account.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of Oct. 2010
3. Good Housekeeping
Very good Engineers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) test 36 strollers -- including the Inglesina Zippy -- for safety, maneuverability, ease of use, stability, comfort and storage space. The Zippy rates a B-minus due to difficult maneuverability, but gets high marks for ease of use and fold.
Review: Inglesina Zippy Stroller, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Nov. 2010
4. O Magazine
Very good Schultz demonstrates the Inglesina Zippy with an infant and notes that the harness straps don't fit well on a smaller child, but that's her only real criticism. She particularly likes the true one-handed fold and how compact it is. At the time of this review, the Zippy still came with a foot muff and snack tray.
Review: Inglesina Zippy 2009 Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, May 20, 2009
Very good The Inglesina Zippy earns 4.6 stars out of 5 in more than 85 reviews, but the comments on this site aren't very recent. Owners like that the stroller is car seat adaptable yet accommodates an infant even without the car seat. Its easy fold is popular, too. Several users express disappointment that the Zippy no longer includes a snack tray and they can't buy one separately.
Review: Inglesina Zippy Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Aug. 2012
Good This well-organized site offers ratings based on parent interviews in 11 categories. While strollers aren't ranked, they can be compared based on scores. Overall, the Inglesina Zippy gets a good grade, with some points deducted for squeaky wheels and a flimsy cup holder. The one-handed fold is a big plus.
Review: Inglesina Zippy, Editors of Baby-Gaga.com, Jan. 25, 2011
7. Celebrity Baby Blog
Good There's no explanation of testing methods in this write-up on People.com's Celebrity Baby Blog, but the coverage of features and functionality is up-to-date and thorough. The only downside mentioned is the Zippy being difficult to take on public transport or use on rough terrain.
Review: Inglesina Zippy Stroller: Famous for Its One-Handed Fold, "Nancy", March 2, 2009