Inglesina has recently introduced their newest addition (in quite some time!) to their family of strollers: the Inglesina Avio. The Avio is a new stroller similar to their fabulous (and one of our favorites!) Zippy but with a sleeker and narrower frame, bit roomier seat and a solid, one-piece handlebar. The Avio is great for travel with a large seat, a fabulous compact fold, a large canopy and the ability to become a travel system or pram.
The seat on the Avio is roomy (12” wide) and provides plenty of space for a child up to the weight capacity of 40 lbs. The seat back is 19 inches and has a 26 inch clearance from the seat bottom to the canopy to allow enough room even for our older and taller toddlers. Our 3 1/2 year old (38 lb) tester fit comfortably without his head touching the canopy. There is a 5-point, adjustable, padded harness for safety and an adjustable leg rest. Note: This is not an adjustable “foot rest” but just the front 3” of the seat where the back of your older toddler’s thighs will hit that adjusts.
The seat sports a four position, one-handed reclining backrest. We love the one-handed recline lever that reclines the seat to a flat position which is great for newborns. We appreciate that the removable baby bumper bar is padded with a leather-like material instead of foam. Our wee ones like to chew on bumper bars and a mouth full of foam is never good!
There is no baby or parent tray on the Avio but there is a water bottle or small cup holder on the back of the stroller. The stroller has a solid, non-adjustable handle bar that is taller than some at 41” from ground to where you place your hands. The one piece handle bar is amazing for one-handed maneuverability. Put your one hand in the center of the bar and the stroller is so easy to turn. We don’t know about you but we rarely have both hands free to push a stroller. So, we love the one piece handlebar!
Now let’s talk canopy! You know we love ourselves a great canopy. Well, the Avio canopy is large and even sports a pop-out sun visor for an additional 9” of sun coverage and folds completely down to the baby bumper bar like the Zippy. The seat will be completely upright if you fold the canopy all the way forward though. The canopy has a peek-a-boo window on top that features tons of A’s to remind you that you are pushing the Avio. It’s all in the details, baby!
The Avio also gets high marks for being virtually untippable. Much as we love them, our Maclarens will tip over at the slightest provocation – a real pain when you forget to unload the packages on the handles and lift baby out first. To test it, we took an empty Avio and loaded its handlebar with all manner of mom paraphernalia. It held up to a full-size, well-stuffed diaper bag and an equally-stuffed full-size purse without budging.
That’s not to say you need the handlebar for carrying (although, against all good sense, we do love to hang things there). The Avio has a nice-sized basket. While the basket is not easy to access from the rear especially when the seat is even slightly reclined, you can easily access it from the front and sides of the basket with no problem.
The entire stroller is rather lightweight for all these features: only 21.6 pounds. Yep, we weighed it with the canopy on. This weight is light enough to lift with just one hand into the back of an SUV. In fact, the Avio’s one-handed fold is truly one-handed (just like our beloved Zippy’s fold). While other “one-hand” fold strollers will collapse with one hand, they usually do so by crashing to the pavement in front of you. And then, especially if they are flat folds, they require two hands to lift up and into your trunk. And some “one-hand” folds require just one hand, but also your foot, knee and a trick thumb.
While there are differences between the Inglesina Zippy and Avio, the genius fold is the same. Inglesina has the best fold and unfold on the market. Well, they are tied with Baby Jogger. The Avio’s patented one-hand fold is so easy and genius, an 8-year-old can do it. It truly is one-hand and nothing else, and even better, it folds upwards into a standing fold. (We personally l-o-v-e the standing fold because it keeps a nice stroller nice even longer.) While other strollers do stand when folded, most are up just barely and even more are still quite bulky. The Avio folds into a compact, umbrella standing fold that really does stay upright. Even better, the wheels are still accessible, so you can tip and roll it behind you like luggage.
In making the frame more modern and sleeker, they did take away our large, easy-to-access handle that we love on the Zippy that allows you to easily grab hold and swoop up into your trunk. It’s okay though, because the frame is easy enough to grab and swoop. And if we haven’t already made it clear – we’re not kidding – you can literally fold and load this stroller with one hand. We’ve tried it holding a baby even. We’re in love with this fold. We thought we dug other folds, but none compares to the genius that is the Inglesina fold. The one-handed, still-holding-baby genius fold works when unfolding the stroller as well. One lever by the top handle and a simple shake, and you’re in business.
All this folding goodness is for naught though if the stroller didn’t steer well, but the Avio doesn’t disappoint in this area either. In fact, it drives like a dream. Even better than the Zippy! The single 6 ½” hard rubber wheels allow the stroller to glide along with little effort from the pusher. We tested it at the top of its weight limit, with a four-year-old on board, and loved the maneuverability. We are talking great one-handed maneuverability. A bit of extra wrist power for a 40 pounder in the seat but still one-handed.
The Avio also has a narrower frame than the Zippy. At 19 ½” at the widest point, the Avio is a full 1” narrower than the Zippy. This is due to the single wheels vs. Zippy’s double wheel set-up.
The Inglesina also has superior handling and brakes thanks to a suspension system with ball bearings in each wheel and a one-touch-two-wheels braking system. We hate having to engage each back wheel separately; the Inglesina’s brakes lock and unlock with a simple, even barefoot, nudge. “Go” and “Stop” are written on the brake in case you forget if the brake is on. The lever on the front wheels that locks and unlocks their swivel power is also big enough to engage with your toe.
The wheels are smaller by 1/2” than the Zippy but much larger than most umbrella strollers at 6 1/2 inches. We found that while the Avio is by no means an “all-terrain” stroller, the wheels can handle off-pavement. We’ve successfully navigated gravel, grass, dirt and even some playground mulch without much problem.
The Avio comes with a rain cover to keep your little rider dry and the nice cup holder for mom that is convenient yet out of the way on the back of the stroller.
Now, for the pie de resistance: the optional carrycot. Proof of its infant friendliness and stability, the Avio offers (sold separately) a detachable bassinet so you can stroll with your newborn like the celebrity moms we all secretly are. From afar, we never fully appreciated the carrycot, but once we started using one with our newest addition, we were hooked. We think babies in bassinets sleep better, seem more protected and are much easier to monitor. We also love being able to bring baby’s bed with us indoors. The Avio can also become a travel system by pairing it with a Graco or Britax infant car seat.
Finally, there is one more accessory worth mentioning. We are in the heart of winter in Chicago, so we can’t say enough good things about the Winter Muff. It’s pure luxury inside and out and keeps your little rider cozy and warm. And this winter muff isn’t just a “foot muff”. It’s a little Eskimo pod that completely surrounds your baby leaving just a hole for their head to peek out if you tighten the top. Our little ones LOVE it when it’s cold.
The Avio is a fabulous stroller that will accommodate your baby home from the hospital all the way to preschool. With it’s large seat, fabulous one-piece handlebar, amazing maneuverability, one-handed recline and large canopy, we couldn’t recommend it any higher.
To watch our full video review of the Inglesina Avio, click the video below:
AVIO vs. Zippy
So, now that you know about the Avio, what are the differences between the Zippy and the Avio?
The Avio has a sleeker, cleaner and more modern frame than the Zippy. The Avio is 1 inch narrower and shorter when folded, but they are the same weight. The Avio sports single 6 ½” wheels while the Zippy rolls on double 7” wheels. The Avio has the one-piece handlebar while the Zippy is pushed with the two separate handles. The Zippy’s canopy is bigger (and bigger is better in this instance) than the Avio. And finally, the Zippy’s seat has a bit more padding but that padding takes up some of the room in the seat making it 1 inch narrower. So, the Zippy and Avio are from the same family of strollers. They are like siblings. They look similar but have their own unique features.