A great do-it-all convertible car seat, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible is super safe, ridiculously easy to install and adjust, and is newborn compatible. The seat looks and feels very high-end, similar to the Nuna Rava. Though some might find the look a bit too traditional for their taste, others really dig it. And from a safety and easy of use perspective, this car seat is awesome.
Things We Love
- Very Safe: In addition to exceeding standard safety requirements for convertible car seats, the Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio features side impact protection, energy absorbing foam, and a steel backplate. It also has a SAFE (shock absorbing foam element) below the shell, which crumples on impact to reduce stress on the child’s neck and shoulders in the event of a crash, as well as a rear-facing tether to help prevent rebound.
- Newborn Compatible: The Primo Viaggio Convertible is suitable for babies five pounds and up using the included infant inserts.
- Rear-Facing Until 45 Pounds: This seat comfortably supports rear-facing until 45 pounds, which is around year four of a child’s life. The fact is, the longer a child can rear-face, the safer they’ll be in the event of a collision. Even once a toddler/small child’s legs are scrunched up against the back seat, it is still significantly safer to ride rear-facing than forward-facing. (Cue to 1:30 in this kind of disturbing video to learn more.)
- No-Rethread Harness: The 10-position height adjustable headrest automatically positions the harness into the correct spot.
- Easy Install: The install is uncomplicated and straightforward.
- Easy Recline: The Primo Viaggio has push-button recline which is very simple to operate.
Things We Don't Love As Much
- Too Wide for Three Across: If you need to fit three carseats in your backseat, the Primo Viaggio Convertible is not for you.
- Medium Weight: At 21 pounds, the Primo Viaggio is neither tremendously heavy nor wonderfully light. Regardless, it is not a car seat you want to be moving from car to car with any sort of frequency. Most people rarely move their convertible car seats from car to car, so weight is really not much of an issue.