By peoplestaff225
Updated January 08, 2008 09:57 AM
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by CBB guest reviewer Dina

I tested the new Peg Perego Aria Twin 60-40 double stroller, and to be truthful, I wasn’t expecting to like it. The last double stroller I tried was cumbersome, complicated, hard to get my children in and out of, and required a drill to fully assemble. Also, I met a mother on the street who told me that there were no really good double strollers. Clearly she had not tried the Aria Twin 60-40 – a truly wonderful way to get two little ones around town with ease!!

First, putting this stroller together was a snap. There were no tools involved and I was able to do it in about 20 minutes (on no sleep, I might add…). Opening and closing it is also very simple and it does not take brute strength to load it into the trunk of the car, either.

Today we took it out for a test drive. I loaded the kids (2 years and 4 weeks) into the car, and then quickly and fairly effortlessly popped the Aria 60-40 in my trunk. When we reached town, I was able to put my two year old on one side and my sleeping newborn on the other side.

Each of the backrests on the stroller recline separately – so baby can sleep while toddler sight-sees. The same is true for the hoods over each seat that can also be individually adjusted. Like everything else on the Aria, adjustments can be made with very little effort on Mom’s behalf. A double stroller should make our lives easier, not more difficult with hard to adjust seats and complicated open and closing devices. This one does just that and it was a pleasure to push my two little ones down the street in it.

That said, the Aria is not narrow – it IS a side-by-side stroller, and while I was able to fit into most doorways, there was one that I didn’t even attempt to squeeze into. If you live in The Land of Narrow Doorways, you may want to consider a stroller where one child sits in front of the other.

I was able to get my shopping done with the Aria Twin 60-40 and stow my bags and diaper bag in the very spacious and convenient basket under the stroller, which, as any parent knows, is a major asset.

All in all, I am pleasantly surprised at how EASY the Peg Perego Aria Twin 60-40 is to open, close, load in and out and maneuver on the streets around town. It is the lightest and by far the best double stroller I’ve tried, and of course – the true test of any stroller – my two year old son really likes it!! I would recommend it to any parent of two, especially if you’ve got a newbie in a carseat.

Click the extended post for the stroller’s specs (according to Peg Perego).

Aria Twin 60/40
The twin version of our compact, superlight and convenient stroller.

Features

  • One car seat can be fitted into larger side
  • Still fits through a normal door
  • One-hand brake set — push button release
  • The ultimate lightweight side-by-side stroller that folds easily and compactly
  • Travel System: Retractable car seat anchors to instantly attach one matching Peg-Pérego car seat (sold separately)
  • Dual 5-point freedom of movement harnesses for security and well-being of the children
  • Dual child trays that open/remove for easy access to each baby
  • Large, open and spacious basket
  • Large enough for two children yet fits through standard doorways
  • Large, individual hoods are independently adjustable and ratcheting
  • All-wheel suspension, swivel front wheels
  • Rear wheel brakes with hand release
  • Spacious seats with individual, multi-position backrests
  • Adjustable adult cup holder which attaches or detaches easily on both sides of the handlebar
  • Removable, hand-washable upholstery
  • Handle for carrying when folded
  • New high-fashion cutting/sewing patterns
  • JPMA* safety certified
  • Designed in Italy

*Juvenile Products Manufacturers’ Association