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), two full-size models (Quad and Trilogy) 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 ($34 ).
The Net is next, a small, lightweight, entry-price point stroller ($150, 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.)
The Quad ($480 to $600; picture at left) is an all-terrain stroller with front and rear suspension, a full recline, reversible seat and one-hand fold (that only works without the seat in place, unfortunately). The Quad weighs in at a hefty 26 lbs. Included in the price is a cup holder, rain cover and boot. An optional bassinet is $250. The Quad is compatible only with Maxi Cosi infant seats (AP and Prezi) , Cybex Aton (Aton, Aton 2 and Q) and Nuna’s Pipa. Unfortunately, the car seat adapter is a separate $40 purchase.
The Trilogy ($500) is less fancy than the Quad and features a reversible seat, rain cover, one-hand, self-standing fold with seat (in either direction), plus a three-wheel configuration. The weight is 22.7 lbs. It works with the same infant car seats as the Quad with a separate adapter and can also accommodate the same optional bassinet.
FYI: All of Inglesina’s strollers are made in China.
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.
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 Quad and Trilogy are tough sells, given their high price points. The limited feedback we’ve heard on these models has been positive. But . . . critics don’t like the wide rear wheel base on the Quad (makes it hard to maneuver in tight spaces), nor the Quad’s skimpy basket.
The Trilogy also gets knocked for its hard-to-access storage basket.
And the limited car seat adaptability is a tough pill to swallow at these price points.
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