After having 3 kids, I’ve learned that a really good stroller is one of the most important things to have. OverÂ the years I’ve tried many different brands and styles, some I liked a lot and some not so much. And because I use a stroller pretty much on a daily basis, I feel like I’m very picky in what I’m looking for. So when I had the opportunity to review the Avio stroller by Inglesina (retail $499.00), I knew I could put it to the test.
Avio is thin (only 19.50” wide), very compact when folded (only 36.60″ high) and convenient (it opens and closes with just one hand)! The solid handle, unparalleled smoothness and an effortless push make Avio a smart stroller to better face the hustle and bustle of city life.
Fly in the city, with Avio!
When our Avio arrived, I couldn’t wait to get started. Unfortunately, DH was away on a snowboard trip and I’m not very good at putting these type of things together. However, I was determined to give it a try. When I opened up the box, I found 3 major pieces and a few smaller ones. It didn’t seem too overwhelming at all.
What I liked is that I didn’t need any tools to put this stroller together, not even a screwdriver. Everything snaps securely in place and I had the stroller together in about 15 minutes. I probably would have been quicker if Kaila didn’t try to climb in every chance she got.
When I was done, Kaila climbed in and I pushed her around the living room to get a feel of the ride. I was surprised at how sturdy it felt yet it could turn on a dime. There’s only one back break on the rear right wheel which locks both sides. I like this feature because unlocking separate rear locks is just one more thing I have to remember to do.
And it must have been super comfortable because my child who usually refuses to stay in her stroller did not want to come out of the Avio. In fact, she spent most of the afternoon sitting comfortable reclined in the stroller while watching television. She even took a little cap nap!
The only thing I would miss is the snack tray for Kaila. When we go out I usually put some baby crackers in front of her to keep her occupied. Maybe they could design a removable tray that you could you install in place of the front bar.
Then it was time to take our stroller out into the real world. It took me a while to get the hang of opening and closing the stroller with one hand but once I figured out what works best for me, I could do it even while carrying Kaila. I also like that not only does it fold flat but it also folds length-wide. This saves a lot of room in the back of my mini-van. And of course, it looks great! The sleek and stylish design gets a lot of looks from the other parents!
And it handled like a dream! It was so easy to push that I could do it with one finger, not that I would normally do that because that’s just weird. I also noticed that the ride seemed so smooth. In fact, I had a brand new full-to-the-top Starbucks coffee in the cup holder and it didn’t spill a single drop. Now those who drink Starbucks while pushing strollers know what an accomplishment that is! But best of all, getting my Avio Stroller through narrow aisles and doorways was a breeze. For example, whenever I’m standing in the cashier line at the Pearlridge Border’s Book Store, I find that the aisle is so narrow that I’m constantly hitting things on the side of us. However, today not only did I not hit a single thing but I actually had tons of room around me. I didn’t realize how bulky my former stroller was until now.
Overall, we were thrilled with our Avio stroller. It is a little pricey but I know this stroller will last for as long as we need it. It’s comfortable, easy to maneuver, and looks great! And with six different colors available -Â black, fuxia, red, light blue, lime, navy – you’re sure to find the perfect one for you.
This post was written for Mom Central and Inglesina who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.