We found mixed reviews for the 10-pound Peg-Perego Aria OH Classico stroller. Professional testing uncovered a possible safety issue as the Aria collapsed repeatedly while being pulled up stairs. While the Aria is very lightweight, some say it's not very easy to steer. The reclining seat doesn't fully recline for infants, and once you recline the seat, the basket can be hard to reach. One plus is that the sun canopy has been improved over previous versions of the Peg-Perego Aria. Also, we found reports that the stroller could be easier to fold. Although Peg-Perego strollers in general are known for durability, a few recent postings indicate the Aria may have durability problems. For the money, we found better reviews for the less expensive Maclaren Triumph (*est. $150), which gets better scores for maneuverability.
The Peg-Perego Aria OH Classico stroller is tested along with more than 30 other strollers by Consumer Reports. We also found a write-up of this umbrella stroller by ConsumerGuide.com. Unfortunately, as is often the case with this site, it's hard to tell the difference between critical evaluation and marketing copy, and ConsumerGuide's opening line doesn't demonstrate much credibility: "Looking for a budget-minded lightweight stroller with the comfort, features and appeal of a full-sized model?" We did find some insightful owner-written reviews at Amazon.com and Target.com.
The editors of Consumer Reports evaluate more than 30 traditional and other strollers after testing for safety, durability, ease of use, and maneuverability. The Peg-Perego Aria OH is included in the ratings chart.
Review: Strollers, Editors of Consumer Reports, Oct. 2007
In this laudatory write-up, ConsumerGuide.com makes a breezy reference to testing, but the review still reads as if it were taken from Peg-Perego's press kit. The only negative referenced here is that the Aria "has the look of a lightweight stroller."
Review: Peg Perego Aria OH Classico Stroller, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, June 5, 2007
This review is for the previous version of the Peg-Perego Aria. The newer OH version has a larger canopy, but otherwise is very similar. This review raises questions about maneuverability, child comfort and ease of folding. Ratings are based on editor testing plus parent interviews.
Review: Peg-Perego Aria MT, Editors of Baby-Gaga.com, Jan. 21, 2006
The Aria receives mostly good ratings here, with parents calling it light and maneuverable. However, there are some comments that the one-hand fold could be easier to manage.
Review: Peg-Perego Aria Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Target.com
One parent posting here raves about the Aria OH, but another says she chose the Maclaren Quest Sport instead, calling the OH difficult to fold with a less comfortable ride. About two dozen parents post about the various colors of the Peg-Perego Aria at Amazon.com. While some rave about this stroller, others find it difficult to fold and not durable.
Review: Peg-Perego Aria Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com