One touch brakes. The Peg Perego Si has one-touch, linked rear brakes. It has a padded five-point harness as well as a removable grab bar for further protection.
Height-adjustable handles. Distinct from just about any other umbrella stroller, the Peg Perego Si has handles that telescope up or down in three different positions -- perfect for parents with serious height differences. According to owners and experts the Si is a snap to fold with one hand -- and once folded stands independently. The stroller also has a carry handle on the frame for easy carrying when folded. Opening the stroller is also possible with one hand, but you do have to press the seat down to ensure that the frame is locked. While most parents and experts say that the Si maneuvers easily, there are a few isolated complaints about the wheels wobbling when the stroller is pushed quickly. The seat recline is described as easy to use, but you do have to use both hands.
The Si accepts a car seat. Another standout feature for the Si is its infant car seat compatibility. While the Peg Perego website says the stroller is only compatible with a Peg Perego infant seat, reviewers have found that the stroller can accommodate other car seat brands with ease and security -- but you may want to test this out.
The Si is designed to carry children comfortably from infancy well into toddlerhood with a 45-pound weight capacity, a roomy seat that offers three reclining positions and a two-position adjustable footrest. The seat recline is not flat, and most parents say they would not feel comfortable using it for a newborn infant without a car seat. The seat and harness are padded for comfort, and the large canopy offers nearly full coverage. The canopy is also equipped with a mesh sunscreen, a mesh peek-a-boo window and a valuables pocket for parents.
The Si's under-seat basket has received mixed reviews. One expert reviewer describes it as very large for an umbrella stroller and likes that it is accessible from the sides. Parents are mixed about the side access panels -- some would rather reach in from the rear. Some people who reviewed earlier models found that the basket dragged on the ground if filled too heavily. According to recent reviewers, this problem has been corrected on newer models.
Finally, the Si has large 6.5-inch wheels with suspension that make it a better choice on mixed terrain than other umbrella strollers. However, it is still a far cry from an all-terrain stroller.
There are a few user complaints that Peg Perego was unresponsive on an individual level when they called in to complain about the basket dragging on the ground. However, it does appear that Peg Perego fixed the problem on subsequent models. The Peg Perego Si stroller carries an industry standard one-year warranty against manufacturer's defects and a 90-day warranty for the seat upholstery.
The Peg Perego Si weighs more and costs more than many umbrella strollers -- but it does offer some standout features for parents who are willing to pay and carry a bit more. Used as a travel system with an infant seat, the Si is amazingly portable and easy to use. After the child outgrows the car seat, the stroller still offers plenty of longevity for toddlers thanks to its roomy seat. Peg Perego is discontinuing the Si in 2013, which may create opportunities for bargain hunters.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent The 2011 edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields, covers a variety of stroller manufacturers. The authors provide overall ratings for brands and for individual models. Their reviews take into account parent feedback and personal research and experiences. In the latest edition, they discuss the Peg Perego brand in detail.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz gives a detailed video review of the Peg Perego Si. There's plenty of detail here, with demonstrations of all the Peg Perego umbrella stroller's functions and features. There's also a surprising amount of balance: Schultz isn't shy about calling Peg Perego out for its less-than-accurate weight specifications.
Review: Peg Perego Si Video Review, Holly Schultz, June 6, 2009
Review Credibility: Very Good The Peg Perego Si receives 4 out of 5 possible stars based on more than 55 owner reviews. Owners appreciate the easy one-hand fold, lightweight maneuverability and large canopy. The cup holder gets consistent criticism for its small size and flimsiness. Recent reviews note that an issue with the basket dragging on the ground has been remedied. Several older reviews complain about wobbly wheels, but it seems the reviewers tried to run with the stroller, something that is not recommended.
Review: Peg Perego Si Light Weight Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2012
4. Stroller Queen Reviews
Review Credibility: Good The Stroller Queen -- otherwise known as veteran stroller reviewer Janet McLaughlin -- doesn't go into any negatives in this glowing review of the Peg Perego Si, but she does do a good job of pointing out its strengths: near-flat recline, extendable leg rests, large storage basket and high-quality wheels.
Review: Peg Perego Si Review, Janet McLaughlin, May 5, 2009
5. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Good The Peg Perego Si has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on a handful of reviews at ToysRUs.com. The most recent reviews are very positive and describe the Si as easy to use and comfortable. An isolated older review complains about wobbly wheels.
Review: Peg Perego Si Stroller, Contributors to Babies "R" Us, As of September 2012