Once your Little has outgrown a harnessed seat and is ready for a booster seat, the choices can be a bit overwhelming. There are a wide variety of booster seats on the market, high back, backless; with large belt guides, lots of padding; small belt guides, minimal padding, the options seem endless. At CSFTL, we know how challenging it can be to choose the right booster for your Little. Peg Perego, an Italian children’s product company, makes the luxurious Viaggio HBB 120 booster, the star of this post.
CSFTL Quick Stats
- High back booster weight range: 40-120 lbs.
- High back booster height range: 39-57″
- Backless booster weight range: 40-120 lbs.
- Backless booster height range: 39-57″
- Highest booster guide position: 19″
- Rigid lower anchor connectors
- 7 year expiration
- Requires head support behind it at all times
- 2014 IIHS Best Bet when used in high back mode
The Viaggio HBB 120 comes with lower latch anchors. These allow the seat to remain anchored in the vehicle when not in use, so that you do not have to remember to buckle it in when it’s not occupied by a child.
These anchors operate with ease — there is a push button just under the fabric in the front center in the bottom of the seat. To extend the strap attached to the LATCH connectors, you just reach under the cover, press the button and let out enough slack to attach the lower anchors to the latch points in the vehicle. Then, pull on the front strap to tighten the seat into place. This feature is one of the easiest lower anchor systems I have ever used!
The adjustable high back is another nice feature of this booster. It is designed to be easily adjusted while your child is sitting in the seat. I had the back set too low for my daughter and I was able to easily click it up to the right height setting so that she could ride safely and comfortably.
Another key, nice-to-have feature is the option of having the booster recline, which is great if you have children who tend to fall asleep in the car. The moveable foot for the recline is spring loaded; just pull the handle in the front of the seat while lifting it up and the foot easily pops out into reclined position. That’s it! The recline will automatically follow your vehicles seat back. To put the seat back into its original position, just pull on the handle again and push the seat downward.
Overall, this booster has been one of my favorite boosters to work with. The only small drawbacks I could find were:
- You absolutely need to have a head rest behind this booster for proper head support even in high back mode.
- The cup holders do not have a bottom to them. It is a very small drawback, but my daughter was looking for a place to store her crayons while we were driving. In the grand scheme of things it’s not a big deal and wouldn’t stop me from buying the seat but it’s something a child may notice.
I found the fabric of the seat very nice, it reminded me of what I would find in a high-end luxury car, plush and comfortable. The stitching in the fabric is well done and the seat is amply padded. My daughter Kate also found the seat comfortable. She had her tailbone removed due to a medical condition so finding a comfortable spot to sit is often a challenge for her. I knew this booster was a winner for her when I would find her sitting in the booster while watching TV in the living room rather than sitting on our couch. I dare say it would be a good contender for a long distance road trip!
Kids need a booster seat until they are 10-12 years old, and the 120 lb weight limit of the Peg Perego Viaggio HBB should easily get them there. Our Huggable Images doll, Tommy, is 8 years old, 80 pounds and 4 feet 9 inches tall. He fits in high back mode on the very tallest setting. Kate, our living model, is standing next to Tommy for a comparison. She is 9 & 1/2 years old, 50 pounds and 4 feet 4 inches tall, but with a short torso, is two clicks below the full extension of the headrest. If Tommy were a real boy, being on the last click would mean he would be close to outgrowing the booster in high back mode. Thankfully, the Primo Viaggio would easily convert into a backless booster as soon as he outgrew it in high back mode. As the seat does not come with a seat belt adjuster to use in backless booster mode, the IIHS has given it a Check Fit rating.
After 6 months of use, I have to say this is still one of my favorite booster seats. Both of my children still find it quite comfortable and love riding in it. Of course, now that we’ve had a good 6 months of use the seat naturally needed a little cleaning. Fortunately the manual is fairly straight forward in regards to cleaning & maintenance. Pages 31 through 37 in the USA manual detail how to take the hard backing off so that you’re able to access the loops holding the fabric on to the seat. It also reminds you to take care while removing the padding so that you do not damage the EPS foam under the fabric.
It was a little hard to remove the plastic backing my first time, but after then I was fairly confident in knowing what I was doing so I was less intimidated by disassembling the seat as time went on.
This is the seat taken apart, minus the fabric which was being washed.
Here you can see how thick and plush the seats padding really is! No wonder my children find it so comfortable.
As I mentioned before, the manual goes into detailed instructions for disassembly and reassembly of the seat. The first time I had reassembled it took me a moment to get everything lined up to reattach. In the photos below you can see pieces of the seat back and where they needed to line up with the seat body for proper reassembly.
Once I got everything lined up, it was a matter of just “popping” it all back into place and the seat looked good as new.
Overall we’re still as pleased with this seat now as we were when it showed up on our doorstep and I am thankful for the chance to provide a review.
If the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio HBB 120 has impressed you as much as it has me, check out the fabric options at Amazon.com. “Crystal Black” was the fabric option featured in the photos on this blog post but the booster comes in several options.
Peg Perego would like to give away a Viaggio HBB 120 to one of our readers, enter the giveaway below! Contest is open to US Residents only.
Giveaway is now closed, congrats to winner Laura R.!
Peg Perego was kind enough to provide the seat for this review, but we’re not otherwise compensated and opinions, as always, are all our own. Thank you to Huggable Images for providing the safety training dolls used in this review!
Originally written by Jade Sanford. Edits maintained by CSFTL.