MomTested: Aprica's New Presto Flat Lightweight Stroller

July 27, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

I have a confession: I’ve been cheating on my Maclaren. Don’t get me wrong–I really do love my Maclaren Techno XT. But I’ve been using it just about every day for the last year and half and it’s starting to show its age.

So when presented with the opportunity to give Aprica’s new Presto Flat stroller a spin, I went for it.

In case you’re unfamiliar, Aprica is a Japanese stroller company that first introduced their strollers to the U.S. market last spring. They’re considered a luxury stroller brand, so think of them as the Bugaboo of Japan. Their first U.S. stroller was the Presto and their latest, the Presto Flat, has all kinds of improvements. Here are the features I really loved:

  • Fold up is a breeze. Lots of strollers claim to be have a one-hand fold, but this one actually does. It takes some practice to master, but you really can fold it up with one hand and a sleeping child in the other.
  • The sun canopy is gigantic. It’s been crazy hot here in NYC for the last few weeks and the one thing my daughter always complained about in her Maclaren was the sun getting in her eyes. Since we’ve been using the Aprica, not a peep.
  • The storage basket is super spacious. I’ve fit a park blanket, snacks, toys and more in there. Totally makes up for the fact that there’s no cup-holder.
  • It stands up by itself. You have to rest most lightweight strollers against something in order to keep it from falling, but this one folds up in such a way that it can stand up alone (without scuffing up my walls).
  • It comes with a rain cover! This is a separate accessory on most umbrella strollers, but you don’t have to pay extra for it with the Presto Flat.

But as any moms know, no stroller is perfect. And this one has its cons. First, it’s not particularly lightweight. It’s certainly not as heavy as a full-size stroller, but it’s definitely a pain to carry up and down stairs whether folded up or not. The other downside? I could not, for the life of me, manage to push this stroller one-handed. With two hands, this stroller is cinch to push, but with one, not so much.

So overall, I give the Aprica Presto Flat lightweight stroller 4 out of 5.

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