Hands-on Gear Review

Peg Perego Nido Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $350.00 List | $349.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Load leg, easy belt install with and without base
Cons:  Price, heavy carrier
Bottom line:  Impressive performance but somewhat heavy and more money than most
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Minimum Passenger Weight:  4 lbs
Max Passenger Weight:  35 lbs
Max Passenger Height:  32"
Manufacturer:   Peg Perego

The Skinny

The Peg Perego Nido infant car seat is a high-quality seat with additional features for safety including an anti-rebound bar and load leg. This seat sports above average crash test results, comfortable padding and fabric, and a giant canopy with zip-open ventilation. The Nido is super to install using the vehicle belt with or without a base and better than average for ease of installation using the LATCH method. The Nido is on the pricer side, and for the money, we think some of the features could be easier to use. It is also somewhat heavier which means it may not be the best choice for those who plan to carry the carrier for a distance longer than the house to the car. We like the look and feel of this seat and think it is a potential choice for families who want a Peg seat or who are specifically looking for a load leg or anti-rebound bar as its overall performance is impressive.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Friday
May 4, 2018

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The Peg Perego Nido is a high-quality car seat that is easy to use and has higher than average crash test results.
The Peg Perego Nido is a high-quality car seat that is easy to use and has higher than average crash test results.

In 1949, Peg Perego launched with a baby carriage created by Giuseppe Perego. The founder continued the company's growth through the 1960s with a variety of strollers and an adjustable highchair. The creation of ride on toys and umbrella strollers followed in the 1970s with the 1980s bringing the first Pilko strollers and ride on toys with a 12-volt 2 cell battery. Peg Perego strives to design and create innovative and stylish gear that makes life easier.

Performance Comparison


The Peg Perego Nido (in blue) car seat is the newest Peg infant car seat offering with a performance that almost matches its award-winning brother the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35.


Read additional performance details about how the Nido compares to the competition in the subsections below.

The headrest on the Nido has additional energy-absorbing padding.
The headrest on the Nido has additional energy-absorbing padding.

Crash Test


The Nido earned a 7 of 10 in our crash testing without the load leg. This score is slightly above the average score indicating an additional potential margin of protection.


It is important for parents to understand that all car seats available for purchase in the US meet or exceed the Federal guidelines outlined in the FMVSS 213. We compare crash test results to the competition and the guidelines to identify the car seats that potentially offer an additional margin of protection over the basic seat.

This comparison chart shows the crash test results for the HIC sensors for the Nido (black) and the Chicco Keyfit 30 (green)  which has the best results.
This comparison chart shows the crash test results for the HIC sensors for the Nido (black) and the Chicco Keyfit 30 (green), which has the best results.

The Nido has a head sensor (HIC) score of 573 where the maximum allowed is 1000 and the lower the result the better. This is higher than the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 that has a result of 491. The comparison chart above shows the results for the Nido (in black) in comparison to the Chicco Keyfit 30 (in green) which has the lowest (best) results with a 330.

This chart compares the crash test results for the g clip sensors in the Nido (black) and the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 (green)  which earned the best results.
This chart compares the crash test results for the g clip sensors in the Nido (black) and the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 (green), which earned the best results.

The Nido chest clip sensor (g clip) result is 46 where the maximum allowed is 60 and a lower result is better. The Primo Viaggio 4-35 result is also 46 while the best result is 42.2 earned by the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40. Details of this comparison can be seen in the chart above.

The Nido base has an anti-rebound bar that can potentially increase safety during a crash.
The Nido has several additional features for safety including the load leg.

The Nido has an elongated anti-rebound bar (above left) that extends higher than the one found on the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. This feature helps prevent rotation in the event of an accident. The Nido also comes standard with a load leg (above right) that helps prevent the car seat from flopping back and forth during a crash. Both features theoretically increase potential safety though it is difficult to calculate their exact contribution. Our test results so far indicate that a load leg is beneficial. We are currently planning to crash test the Nido using the load leg to compare to the non-load leg results we currently have (seen above in this review).

The LATCH strap on the Nido utilizes the same belt path and lock-off that the vehicle belt would use for installation.
The LATCH strap on the Nido utilizes the same belt path and lock-off that the vehicle belt would use for installation.

Ease of Install - LATCH


The Nido is hardest to install using the LATCH system earning a 7 of 10 for this method of installation. The difficulty we experienced is a bummer because it is supposed to make installation easier and more foolproof.


The connectors are easy enough to attach to the anchors but tightening the strap is harder and releasing the connectors is very difficult. It feels stable once installed but the process is more convoluted than it really needs to be.

The LATCH connectors on the Nido tighten with a one-sided strap that makes it harder to use than those that have self-retractors or a center pull strap.
The LATCH connectors on the Nido are the easier to use push button style.

The Nido has push buttons style LATCH connectors (above left) that are easier to attach and release than the clip style connectors. The Nido has a one-sided strap (above right) to tighten the base to the vehicle, which is more challenging than those with center pulls or self-ratcheting system.

The LATCH strap on the Nido utilizes the belt lock-off located near the end of the base.
The LATCH strap on the Nido utilizes the belt lock-off located near the end of the base.

The LATCH strap is located across the back of the base and slides under the belt lock of for additional stability.

The Nido has a bubble level located in the middle of the base along with detailed installation instructions.
The base angle on the Nido can be adjusted up or down to find a level position for proper installation.

This base has a liquid level with bubble (above left) similar to a construction level. This helps parents determine if the base is properly installed. If the angle is not correct, it can be adjusted with the turn of the knob on the base (above right). This feature works well and turns easily.

Installing the Nido with the vehicle belt is easier than using the LATCH method. While this is not our usual findings because LATCH is supposed to make installation easier  it does happen.
Installing the Nido with the vehicle belt is easier than using the LATCH method. While this is not our usual findings because LATCH is supposed to make installation easier, it does happen.

Ease of Install - Belt


Installation using the vehicle belt and the Nido base is easier than using the LATCH method with a score of 9 of 10.


In the event you want to install the car seat where there are no LATCH anchors, you'll need to use the vehicle belt. Luckily, with the Nido, this method is easy peasy to use.

The strap pathway on the Nido is color-coded and the belt threads easily through without folding or scrunching.
The belt lock-off on the Nido is easy to use unlike some of the competition that requires a screwdriver to lift.

This process is easiest with the lap-only belt but can also be accomplished using the lap-shoulder belt combo often found on the sides of a backseat. The belt threads through the color-coded sides and belt lock-off (above left) in the center of the base. The lock-off is super easy to use and not overly tight like some of the competition. Once the strap is in place the lock-off is closed (above right) with the press of your palm. The base is stable once installed with little wiggle or shift along the strap.

The Nido can be installed using the European belt pathway which utilizes the shoulder portion of the strap around the back of the carrier.
The American belt path can also be chosen for the Nido by only utilizing the lap portion of the belt across the lower half of the carrier.

Ease of Install - Without the Base


The easiest method of installation for the Nido is without the base earning a 10 of 10 in our testing for this metric.


The Nido can be installed minus the base using the European (above left) or American belt path (above right). Both provide a stable final result and the belt lock-off makes getting the carrier tucked in tight enough a breeze.

Following the Nido belt path for installation using the vehicle belt without the car seat base is easy.
The vehicle shoulder belt tucks into the clip on the back side of the Nido carrier to hold it in place.

The European path includes the lap portion of the belt across the foot of the carrier and the shoulder strap around the back of the carrier (above left) and tucked under the clip (above right) to hold it in place.

The Nido canopy is by far the largest one we've seen on a car seat and it has zip-open ventilation which is a great feature for hotter weather.
The Nido canopy is by far the largest one we've seen on a car seat and it has zip-open ventilation which is a great feature for hotter weather.

Ease of Use


The Nido is easy to use earning a 7 of 10 which is just one point below the high for the metric.


Ease of use testing encompasses the features and functionality of the Nido during everyday use.

The Nido has a harness retainer system that holds the straps in an open position so you can place baby inside without recovering the straps from under the baby when it is time to buckle them.
The Nido has a harness retainer system that holds the straps in an open position so you can place baby inside without recovering the straps from under the baby when it is time to buckle them.

Harness


The Nido has a 5-point harness that can be held back with the harness retainer system. While nice in theory we suspect most parents will stop using it over time. The buckle on the harness is easy to use but the chest clip is stiff and takes some serious strength to operate.

Harness height adjustment on the Nido is performed from the back without the need for rethreading. This squeeze operation button is easy to use and the assembly moves smoothly.
The chest clip on the Nido is a pain to use (literally) but the padding on the straps make the harness cozier for smaller babies.

The harness has significant padding on the shoulder straps and the crotch strap (above left). The Nido has a non-rethread height adjustment (above right) with six positions and crotch strap with two positions. The height adjusts from the back with a squeeze that slides the entire assembly up and down.

Despite being located under the padding  the button to loosen the harness is easy to find and press.
Despite being located under the padding, the button to loosen the harness is easy to find and press.

The harness tightens easily enough with a pull of the strap at the foot of the carrier and the release button is under the fabric but close to the top and easy to depress.

The handle adjustment is sort of awkward on the Nido though it is difficult to say why as the concept is similar to most carriers.
The handle adjustment is sort of awkward on the Nido though it is difficult to say why as the concept is similar to most carriers.

Handle


The handle on the Nido rubs on the front of the canopy and a little on the sides when the canopy is up. The handle release buttons are awkward and not as user-friendly as they could be. The handle rotates when you press on both sides simultaneously. For driving there is only one safe position for the handle and this depends on if you are using the base or not, so parents need to make sure the handle is in the right position before the vehicle is in motion.

The Nido has a new extendable canopy that offers more protection for little ones than most infant car seat canopies.The canopy is UPF 50+, has mesh sides that zip open for ventilation and looks good. Unfortunately, this large hood comes with a handle/hood interference problem.

Removing the carrier from the base is easy with the squeeze button on the back of the carrier.
Removing the carrier from the base is easy with the squeeze button on the back of the carrier.

Carrier and Base Connection


The carrier attaches to the Nido base easily but we often were able to install it with only one side connected, but it is better than the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. Because it lacks a visual indicator to ensure correct installation, we recommend parents give the handle a good tug to ensure it is latched on both sides. Releasing the carrier is a breeze with the handle on the back of the carrier.

The Nido manual storage is located in the back of the carrier so you'll always have it with you even if you aren't using the base.
The Nido manual storage is located in the back of the carrier so you'll always have it with you even if you aren't using the base.

LATCH Anchors and Manual Storage


The Nido LATCH connectors stow in the base and are not automatic. The storage keeps the connectors out of the way so there is no interference with connecting the carrier to the base. The manual stores in a pocket on the back of the carrier. This location is preferred over those that store in the base because if you use the carrier without the base you won't have your manual should you need it.

The Nido has an impressive attention to detail for both quality and comfort.
The Nido has an impressive attention to detail for both quality and comfort.

Comfort/Quality


Peg Perego has a tradition of creating higher quality products with an attention to manufacturing detail, and the Nido is no exception with a score of 8 of 10 for comfort and quality.



The Nido has firm padding for good support and soft fabric for comfort. The fabric isn't as soft as the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, but it is the second softest in the group. The shell feels solid and doesn't have any rough plastic edges. The fabric fits the shell nicely with a smooth self-contained look. The canopy is the largest one in the review offering significantly more coverage than the standard infant car seat. The size is especially cool if you plan to use your carrier with a stroller and the stroller canopies often are not useable with a car seat in place.

The Nido carrier is relatively heavy which may make it more difficult for parents who need to carry it for longer distances or time.
The Nido carrier is relatively heavy which may make it more difficult for parents who need to carry it for longer distances or time.

Weight


The Nido carrier is heavy with a weight of 10.6 lbs and a metric score of only 5 of 10. it isn't the heaviest option in the group, however, but every pound counts if you need to tote your little one for very far in a car seat carrier.



In comparison, the higher ranking Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 only weighs 9.6 lbs. If you don't need to travel very far with the carrier in a suburban environment, then weight may not be something you give much "weight" to, but if you need to cart baby from your apartment 5 floors up and around the city streets, then it is something to keep in mind.

Stroller Compatiblity


This Peg seat is compatible with Peg Perego strollers without the need for adapters. This is a nice feature that cuts down on the loose items you can potentially loose while strolling with your baby. Given the newness of this seat it is hard to say which other stroller brands offer compatibility, but historically, UPPAbaby has offered adapters to use Peg Perego infant car seats with both the UPPAbaby Cruz and UPPAbaby Vista.

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Other Versions


Peg Perego also makes the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 not Nido addition. This high-quality infant car seat performed well in comparison to the competition and earned an Editors' Choice award in this review. The 4-35 does not include a load leg and has a smaller canopy to name just a few of the differences.
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

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