Stroller brand review: InglesinaStroller brand review: Inglesina

Stroller brand review: Inglesina. Italian stroller brand Ingelsina has never made much of a dent in the US market. Part of the issue is Ingelsina’s lack of an infant car seat. Most of Ingelsina strollers are either not car seat adaptable or have limited options.

Also, these strollers aren’t sold in many big box stores, so seeing them in person takes quite a bit of effort.

The models. Inglesina has one umbrella-style model (Net), one full-size models (Aptica) and a lightweight, full-feature stroller (the Zippy Light).

Inglesina’s reboot of the Zippy, called the Zippy Light (16.3 lbs. although the manufacturer claims it only weights 15 lbs.) is their newest addition to the line. It comes with a one-hand standing fold, all-wheel suspension, four-position backrest, two-position foot rest and padded bumper bar. Also included: a cup holder, roomy basket and raincover. All this for $330. The Zippy Light weighs nearly ten lbs. less than the original Zippy and costs $50 less, so it works out to be a good deal, at least in comparison. Accessories are available including a car seat adapter ($35 for Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 and Max 30, Cybex Atons and Nuna Pipa), stroller carry bag ($50 )and parasol ($39).

The Aptica is Inglesina’s full size stroller ($599.00). Made in Italy (the Zippy and Net are made in China), the Aptica’s big selling point is its one hand fold. You can fold it with the seat on and in either the forward facing or rear facing position. The four position height adjustable handle makes is convenient for parents and the ventilate seat helps keep baby cool. The Aptica is also car seat compatible with Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, Nuna and Cleck.

The Net is next, a small, lightweight, entry-price point stroller ($149.00, 11.8 lbs) with two position seat recline and a standing fold. Since the Net isn’t car seat adaptable, this stroller is aimed at older babies and toddlers. (Inglesina says the Net isn’t for newborns; the starting age is three months and up.)

Our view. We’ve always liked this brand, despite its lack of distribution and market success. The Net and Zippy Light are the most popular models and get good marks for quality. Fans like the tall handles and ease of use, but critics say the seats are too shallow for larger toddlers.  Also disappointing: the skimpy canopy on the Net offers little protection for low-angle sun. And some folks think the seat’s most upright position is too reclined. Stroller brand review: Inglesina

The Zippy Light gets kudos for its one hand fold,  and huge canopy but knocks for the recline mechanism and the price compared to other, similar strollers.

The Aptica is a tough sells, given its high price point. The limited feedback we’ve heard on these models has been positive.

One final point for Inglesina: the brand’s resale values land at the bottom of our rankings. In recent years, Inglesina has occasionally dumped unsold strollers at deep discounts—this has depressed values for Inglesina strollers on the second-hand market.

Bottom line: Inglesina strollers are well made; we like all the included extras (cup holder, rain cover for the Trip, for example) that cost extra elsewhere. Baby Bargains Resale Rank: Poor. Rating: A Stroller brand review: Inglesina