REVIEW: Aprica Presto Flat

Aprica has spent over 60 years building the number-one selling baby brand in Japan with a simple mission: “Raise happy babies”, and now this unique sensibility is available to parents in the US.  Just being a Japanese brand, you know that you’re about to experience something of quality.  This is quickly becoming our favorite go-to umbrella stroller and we’ve tested our fair share as you know.

Opening it up, the Presto Flat has a gorgeous semi-matte frame with an additional reflective safety feature I have yet to see on any other stroller.  I immediately appreciated the rear handle which aided in opening the umbrella stroller chassis.  Many a times, with other umbrella strollers, I’ve had to step on a lever to lock the chassis in place and have injured my foot in the process, especially in flip flops.

Right off the bat, you will notice the generous canopy that extends an additional 3 inches for a truly large sun coverage.  Taking it for a spin around, the four-wheel suspension really made for a smooth ride.  I appreciated the one-hand 4-position recline system which more and more strollers are incorporating.  It was smooth enough to transition my boy who had fallen asleep from upright to almost a full flat recline.  You can really appreciate the generous sun coverage when the child is asleep in the full recline position.  It also has a really large and tall basket for all your (shopping) essentials.  Not a huge fan of hanging bags on the handle bars, I like that you can store quite a bit below.

PROS:

  • Generous Canopy, one of the largest we’ve seen yet.
  • Self-Standing Fold – Not just for city-dwellers, this is a space-saving feature we wish more strollers had.
  • Built-in seat ventilation panel helps keep baby comfortable
  • Removable and washable seat cushion, a MAJOR pro!

CONS:

  • It’s pieced 5 -point harness.  While at this stage, we can appreciate the ability to convert the stroller to a waist strap down only, I found it a little annoying and difficult to put on if the baby is struggling against you.
  • Although not requiring any additional parts, we wish that it accommodated more car seat options.

It also has a noticeably higher seat which I have only seen in one other umbrella stroller and has ample leg room to grow with baby.  It is designed to go from newborn to 70 lbs, much more than any stroller riding child should weigh.  A Graco or Teutonia carseat snaps in without any additional adapters.  When the baby is about 3 months or has a more stable neck, with the seat in the full recline position and additional leg support folded up, you have created a faux bassinet for extra safety.  For our family, it was still comfortable for my 4 year old, although she needs not to, but who still occasionally takes a ride in the stroller on a long haul.

Designed with a unique self-standing fold and weighing just 13.7 pounds, the Presto Flat delivers unparalleled mobility.  There is no other stroller that does this that I know of!  It’s perfect for city families starving for space and a nice feature when you’re out and about.  I’ve started to be more aware of not lying a folded stroller on the floor, especially since my youngest has sensitive skin.  You never know what the surface will pick up and transfer to their skin.  I’ve really come to appreciate this feature especially in crowded restaurants where stroller parking isn’t available.

What you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out is that this amazingly high quality stroller is only $199.99 and also includes a free rain canopy. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more Aprica’s on the street!

{ disclosure:  A sample was provided for review, no compensation was received.  All opinions expressed here are always our own. }

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

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