Peg Perego Primo

Last updated date: July 8, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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We looked at the top 1 Infant Car Seats and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including Top Ten Reviews, Baby Gear Lab, Consumer Reports, The Bump, Car Seat Blog, Car Seats For The Littles.org, Good Housekeeping, Best Car Seat Hub and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Infant Car Seat you should buy.

Overall Take

Stylish jersey-soft fabric and the perfect design for travelers and city parents with its built-in base design, the Peg Perego Primo delivers on its price tag. We like that it's adjustable for when babies grow. In our analysis of 106 expert reviews, the Peg Perego Peg Perego Primo placed 2nd when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Infant Car Seat for a detailed review of all the top infant car seats.

Expert Summarized Score
8.2
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
195 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
he base is equipped with a side impact protection system and an anti-rebound bar to offer better protection in the event of front and rear collisions. The dual stage cushion accommodates a 4 pound infant, a 35 pound baby and every size child in between. The unique handle is short and compact, making it easy to move in and out of your vehicle.
- Top Ten Reviews
August 6, 2018 | Full review
There are several unique features for this Peg Perego that make it one of the best infant car seats of the year, including adjustable side impact padding (6 positions up/down) to accommodate your growing baby, a comfortable handle, plenty of padding for even little babies (down to 4 pounds using an included dual-stage insert, and up to 35 pounds), a soft and plush fresco jersey breathable cloth...
- Mommy Hood 101
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 earns the top rank with high scores for crash test results, installation, and comfort/quality. The Peg earned an 8 of 10 for crash tests and impressed in two installation metrics which makes it one of the easiest options in the review to install. Easy installation could potentially translate to safer as many injuries sustained in real-world crashes are related to installation errors. This seat is lightweight, a breeze to carry, with straightforward features that work as expected.
- Baby Gear Lab
Push-on LATCH connectors, Harness adjustment does not require rethreading harness, Multiple range recline indicator
- Consumer Reports
Meet the triple threat of car seats: The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 Infant Car Seat is easy to use, incredibly safe and perfect for travel.
- The Bump
The new 4-35 Rear Facing Infant Carseat is a major improvement from the previous SIP 30/30 infant seat in nearly all respects. Peg Perego did a great job, starting with fit for the smallest and largest babies and ending with a modern and stylish design. Even better, installation without the base using the unique anti-rebound handle is among the best we’ve reviewed.
- Car Seat Blog
I really like the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 rear facing only seat. It has high quality materials, it will accommodate a wide range of child sizes, and the baseless install was incredibly easy.
- Car Seats For The Littles.org
Made in Italy, this beautifully designed infant car seat is easy to install and adjust. It includes a dual stage cushion system—the first stage offers extra head and neck support for newborns, while the second stage keeps your kiddo comfy as they grow. The handlebar does double duty as an anti-rebound bar, and the no-rethread harness adjusts to six different positions. This is another great choice for city families since it can be easily installed in any car without a base.
- Baby List
January 2, 2018 | Full review
Peg Perego's Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 can run upwards of $300, but for the money, you get a car seat that's easy to use and adjust. For starters, the harness is simple to pull out and tighten, and it can be set for various heights — all without having to rethread it. Another nifty feature: an easy-to-operate turn dial to adjust the seat angle.
- Good Housekeeping
For the price, you’re getting what you pay for with the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4/35. We were impressed with this updated version for its style, ease-of-use, and added safety features, including the anti-rebound bars. It’s also lightweight at 9.5 pounds as a carrier, so it won’t wear you out taking it in and out of the car.
- Best Car Seat Hub
What experts didn't like
The Italian-made upholstery is soft and durable, but you can’t remove the cushions to wash them.
- Top Ten Reviews
August 6, 2018 | Full review
We have a few primary negatives with this car seat: first, it's not really the most comfortable to carry given that the canopy opens up against the handle, so the only reasonable option is to carry it with the canopy retracted. We found that in addition to it being a bit cumbersome to carry around, the harness straps tend to spin around and tangle a lot...
- Mommy Hood 101
Unfortunately, this impressive option is not compatible with many strollers which locks you into primarily Peg Perego strollers.
- Baby Gear Lab
Can be difficult to hold the needed tension on seat belt while closing the lock off
- Consumer Reports
Needs an adapter to fit into non-Peg Perego stroller bases and not many other brands are available.
- The Bump
Relatively expensive. Handle takes extra time and space to rotate back as recommended in the car. Recline level indicator and angle adjustment limit flexibility. Limited stroller compatibility for other brands.
- Car Seat Blog
For me, the biggest drawback was the manual. I found it to be poorly worded and had to clarify several stipulations with Peg Perego while completing this review. A confusing manual increases the potential for misuse, especially for a brand new parent.
- Car Seats For The Littles.org
It works with Peg Perego strollers, but if you have another brand, you’ll probably need to purchase an adapter.
- Baby List
January 2, 2018 | Full review
One drawback of the Primo Viaggio is its cover, which is somewhat difficult to remove and must be washed by hand.
- Good Housekeeping
Expensive. Not compatible with most strollers of other brands. Canopy too close to handle when carrying.
- Best Car Seat Hub

From The Manufacturer

Primo viaggio 4/35 rear facing infant car seat takes the Peg Perego experience in child restraint systems to a new and improved level of safety and design. This car seat will accommodate a baby from 4 to 35 pounds and up to 32" tall. The adjustable side impact protection is easy to adjust to six vertical positions with no re-threading required, to always protect babies head and shoulders at any growth stage. Energy absorbing EPS lined shell enhances protection and is perforated to guarantee maximum air circulation. Dual stage cushion system includes two cushions. First stage cushion for newborns for 4 pounds and up offers extra support on baby's neck and bottom. Second stage cushion correctly supports your growing baby. Both cushions help in keeping babies head properly positioned and are made of our fresco Jersey soft and breathable fabric to ensure an all season comfort. Well fitted upholstery features the best of Italian textile and tailoring tradition. The primo viaggio offers a 5 point harness and comes with a large adjustable hood that protects baby from the elements. It is travel system compatible and attaches easily to any Peg Perego stroller without adapters. It can be used without the included base for your convenience when traveling in taxis or airplanes. Additional base sold separately. Made in Italy.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Chicco KeyFit 30
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 11
2. Peg Perego Primo
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
3. UPPAbaby Mesa
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 10
4. Graco SungRide 35
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 10
5. Evenflo LiteMax 35
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Maxi-Cosi Mico NXT
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Chicco Fit2
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Baby Trend Inertia
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Evenflo Advanced SensorSafe
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Cyber Aton
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 8
11. Recaro Performance Coupe
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 5
12. Baby Trends EZ Flex-Loc
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 5
13. Britax B-Safe 35
Overall Score: 5.9
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Infant Car Seats

You’re probably already nervous about your first ride home with your tiny bundle of joy. On top of that, you have to try to pick the best infant car seat from a seemingly endless array of options. From the ease of installation to fabric comfort and whether or not it works with your stroller system, it can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s simple to break down the basics of what you need in an infant car seat so you can find the right infant car seat for your growing family.

Infant car seats — sometimes called bucket or pumpkin seats — are rear-facing and made for infants and toddlers up to two years old. The height and weight requirements vary from seat to seat but they typically work for babies from around 4 to 35 pounds and up to 32 inches in height. Some seats, like the Chicco KeyFit 30, are preferred for preemies but only go up to 30 pounds and 30 inches. The seat usually clicks into or attaches to a base that stays in the car.

Many infant car seats have a carrying handle and an adjustable shade. They also have various types of cushions and inserts that can be used for the smallest infants and then taken out as your child grows.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children stay rear-facing at least until two years old or when they reach the height and weight limit for the seat. According to the CDC, using a car seat reduces the risk of injury in a car crash by 71 to 82 percent. Overall, kids may end up using a car seat or booster up to the age of 12, based on their height and weight.

Knowing that their child will be using a car seat for such a long time prompts many parents to opt for a convertible car seat. Unlike the infant car seat, a convertible car seat starts rear-facing and can change its configuration to a front-facing car seat and then finally a booster. They are just as safe as an infant car seat and must meet the same standards. While this option can certainly be budget-friendly and you may be able to keep your child rear-facing longer, there are some trade-offs.

For some, the biggest deal breaker is giving up the ability to easily transfer a sleeping baby in and out of the car while still in the seat. Since convertible car seats are meant to stay in the car most of the time, they also don’t typically work with strollers and don’t have carry handles. And, since they’re larger to accommodate a growing child, they may not fit well in all vehicles. You’ll want to make sure to consider how you’ll be using the car seat and if it’s important for you to be able to keep your child in the car seat when you’re out and about. Many infant car seats work with a complimentary stroller or travel system, like the UPPAbaby Mesa, and you may save money buying this as a package deal.

The most important part of any car seat purchase is safety. Each car seat uses different materials and features, but they all have to meet the same federal safety standards. Some may choose to do additional safety testing, like the Evenflo LiteMax 35, which is rollover tested. There are a few things you’ll want to look out for, such as a five-point harness and a base that clearly indicates when the seat is attached and positioned correctly with a color change or a bubble level like the Chicco KeyFit 30.

Actually installing and using the seat the right way can be stressful for any new parent, so the easier it is to do, the better. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) maintains an ease-of-use rating system to help parents find seats that have clear instructions and are easy to install and use. Anything rated 4 or 5 tends to be more intuitive.

All cars are now required to have a LATCH system (which stands for lower anchors and top tethers) that allows you to attach the car seat with clips near the seatbelt base and behind the headrest or seat. It can sometimes be a struggle to make the connectors the right length so the UPPAbaby Mesa self-retracting option may be a major plus if you have to take the base in and out more frequently. 

Finally, it’s important to consider overall comfort, for you and for baby. Look at features like the weight of the car seat, the ergonomics of the carry handle and quality or type of fabric. Infant car seats can vary widely in weight. For example, the Evenflo LiteMax 35 is only 16 pounds, while the UPPAbaby Mesa is 25.5 pounds. That can make a big difference if you plan to tote the seat any distance with your little one inside.

If you live in a warm climate you may want to look for a cooler fabric like breathable jersey found with the Peg Perego Primo car seat.  The UPPAbaby Mesa features moisture-wicking merino wool which is also naturally flame retardant. While buying online can be the most cost-effective and convenient, you may want to go to a store where you can compare the feel of the fabric and other materials.

DYWM Fun Fact

As of 1985, all states finally have laws requiring the use of car seats on the books. But in 1987, only 80 percent of people were using them. It wasn’t until 2003 that all cars we required by federal regulation to be manufactured with LATCH systems (lower anchors and top tethers) for car seats. This helped promote usage by making it easier and more consistent to install car seats.

Still, according to the CDC, car accidents and related injuries are the leading cause of death among children (ages 0-12) in the United States. They also found that in one year, 618,000 children did not use a car seat or booster seat at least some of the time. While there are a number of factors that cause injury in car accidents, the NHTSA did a study that found that 46 percent of car seats and booster seats are misused in some way. Front-facing car seats are the most common misuse, at 61 percent.

The CDC urges the use of car seats as the best way to reduce the risk of injury. In addition to following the recommended stages for car seat use, you can also find a certified child safety technician in your area to get installation instruction and tips one-on-one. The bottom line: it’s better to use a car seat or booster as recommended than not and there are resources to help you install and use your seats correctly.

The Infant Car Seat Buying Guide

  • Any parent or caregiver who has cleaned a car seat mess will tell you how important easy-to-clean fabric is. Even better, look for car seats that allow you to remove the lining or pad entirely and toss it in the washer, like the Evenflo LiteMax 35.
  • If you travel frequently or live in a city where you may need to use your car seat in a taxi or rideshare you may want to opt for an infant car seat like the Peg Perego Primo. It can be used with or without its included base, giving you more flexibility when on the go.
  • You are not alone when it comes to learning how to install a car seat properly. The NHTSA offers free car seat inspection locations (usually at local fire stations) with trained technicians who can show you how to install it and use it.
  • Believe it or not, car seats expire. That’s why it’s not recommended to purchase a car seat from a yard sale or online reseller or reuse one from a friend. Most infant car seats expire in five to six years. Some convertible car seats last up to 10 years. You may be able to find the expiration date on the car seat itself or in the owners’ manual. If you can’t find a date, note the model number and call the manufacturer. Most car seats do end up looking kind of beat up, but the real risk is caused by plastic getting hot and cold repeatedly over the years. This may cause hairline cracks or brittleness that aren’t easy to see, and are very dangerous in a crash.
  • Once you’ve chosen the perfect seat, you also have to make sure you’re strapping in your little one correctly. Straps should be at or below the shoulder without any looseness or slack. Your child may protest but you should only be able to fit a couple fingers behind the strap. The chest clip should be at armpit level in the middle of the sternum. If it’s too high, it could cause neck injury and if it’s too low, your child could be thrown from the car seat.
  • As an added safety precaution you can add a luggage tag or label to the side of the seat with emergency contact info. Include details like your child’s name, parents name, address and phone numbers, pediatrician name and any medical conditions. This way, first responders can find valuable information quickly, in case the parent or caregiver is injured or unable to speak.