Nuna is a new Dutch company that has recently appeared on US market. Nuna Pepp is their first stroller that was introduced to US a couple of years ago.
The Pepp is a compact luxury stroller designed for running errands, traveling and public transit. Because of the small wheels, it does best on the flat surfaces, but can handle some mommy terrain like grass, mulch or uneven pavement.
You will like a roomy seat made out of plush certified Oeko-Tex® fabric. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. It also has TRAVEL SYSTEM capability and works with Nuna Pipa and Nuna Pipa Lite car seats. The adjustable leg rest will provide your younger child with more room to stretch. The adjustable handle bar is great for taller and shorter parents.
When you look at the Pepp model, right away you can notice a unique frame design and wider wheels. It looks very modern and stylish. Pepp’s main features is it’s compact flat fold that works great for small trunks and traveling.
What I really like about Nuna is that their products are made in an eco-friendly and ISO-certified factory and consists of quality materials. They try eliminate the use of toxic chemicals as much as possible. Being made by an European company is also a plus. You will be surprised, but many parents want to buy ONLY European strollers. It’s their main criteria when shopping for a stroller!
I gave it only 4.5 out of 5 stars because while I really like the the cool frame design and compact fold, I think that the weight of 19 lbs is a little too high for the amount of features you are getting. In my opinion, 17 lbs would be a fair weight for this buggy. Also, the seat back is very short, and the basket is small. Less important, but still worth mentioning are the puzzle-piece harness that could be improved, small peekaboo window that is positioned on the back of the seat instead of the canopy, no automatic lock and the zipper recline that will guaranteed to wake up a sleeping child.
I also think that it got some pretty serious competition like Babyzen Yoyo+ Plus and Mamas&Papas Armadillo. It retail for around $249 and comes in three different colors. You can also get it as a travel system with Nuna Pipa car seat for around $399. There is no cup holder included.
-Great canopy. The medium size canopy comes with a pop-out sunvisor and a large so called “dream drape” that provides full coverage. The dream drape is lightweight and can be zipped away when not needed. There is also a small peekaboo window located on the back of the seat instead of the canopy for some reason. You will need to really bend down to see your child. I would like to see a large dark mesh peekaboo window with a magnetic closure at the top of the canopy instead.
-Roomy seat. The seat is 13″ wide with 17″ seat back and a measurement of 25″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. While the is a plenty head room, the seat back is really short. The average seat back on most of the strollers is 19″.
The seat has a 3-position zipper recline. To recline the back of the seat you will need to unzip it from both sides. There is another set of zippers for even deeper recline. To bring the seat back up, you will need to push the seat back with one hand while zipping it back up with another. This is NOT my favorite recline mechanism. I would like to see an one-hand lever recline instead. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. It DOES have travel system capability.
-Adjustable handle bar. The handle bar adjusts to 5 different positions going from 37″ and up to 41″ from the ground. Great for taller and shorter parents. To avoid tipping the stroller backwards when the seat is fully reclined, hang your diaper bag on the frame using stroller hooks. You can also use it to hang your water bottle, or shopping bags.
-Adjustable 5 point harness. It has an adjustable padded 5 point harness that turns into 3 point harness. The buckle is not too hard to unlock. The only thing I didn’t like about it is that the shoulder straps don’t stay attached to the waist straps when you unlock the buckle, so you are stuck with a puzzle piece that you need to put together every time.
-Adjustable leg rest. The leg rest has two positions: up and down.
-Small basket. The basket is really small which is surprising because this is not an umbrella stroller. You can fit some baby essentials or a small diaper bag. Looking at the stroller design, I think it could be a little larger. The accessibility is ok as long as the seat is in upright position.
For more storage I would recommend getting an universal stroller organizer. That way you can take not only your coffee cup, but also a LOT of stuff including keys, phone, water, wallet, snacks, diapers, toys, and more. The amount of stuff it can fit is unbelievable.
-Wheels. It rolls on four hard rubber wheels with 5.5″ in the front and 6″ wheels in the back. The front wheels are double while the rear wheels are single. The front wheels are swivel wheels with the ability to lock straight for rougher terrain. This stroller is designed for flat surfaces so don’t expect it to handle terrain so well. The maneuverability is great! I like that the tires are wider than you usually see. They are much more stable when it comes to sharp turns. It can be easily push with only ONE hand.
-Front-wheel suspension. The suspension will help to absorb some of the bumps.
-One-step brake. The brake is flip-flop-friendly! All you need to do to lock the real wheels is to step on it once. To unlock, lift it up with a tip of your shoe.
-Easy fold. You will need to use both of your hands to fold it. It folds forward to a flat backpack size for trunks, taxis, airplanes and tight entryways. There is NO automatic lock, but there are two Velcro straps that you can use to secure it. On Nuna site, it says that you can open the stroller with ONLY one hand. I don’t know how it’s possible. Probably only if you don’t use the Velcro straps to secure the stroller. Anyways, it has a standing fold and can be wheeled like a luggage behind you. It weighs 19 lbs which is a little higher than I would like to see. I think 17 lbs would be a fair weight for the amount of features you are getting.
-Puzzle piece harness. Because the shoulder straps don’t stay attached to the waist straps when you unlock the buckle, you are stuck with a puzzle piece that you need to put together every time you put the harness on your child. I would like to see a clicking mechanism like other strollers have that keeps the straps together.
-Short seat back. The seat back is only 17″ which is on a shorter side. Average seat back on most of the strollers is 19″. The short seat back makes it inconvenient for a taller child to take a nap.
-Peekaboo window in the back of the seat back. I wish it was on top of the canopy.
-No automatic lock. You have to manually lock it using Velcro straps on both sides of the frame.
-Small basket. The basket can fit only your smallest diaper bag or some baby essentials.
-Zipper recline. The zipper recline has two sets of zippers that you need to uzip on both sides of the seat to recline. You will definitely wake up your sleeping child. To me it’s just a pain in the behind. If you can’t give us one-hand lever recline, just put the strap recline system that everybody uses. Why do something unique that is inconvenient for the parent and the child?
Here is a great video review from Baby Gizmo. Note: The seat weight limit is 50 lbs and not 40 as they say in the video.
Stroller weight: 19 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 29″L x 21.7″W x 10″H
Handle bar height: 37″ – 41″
Seat to canopy height: 25″
Front wheels: 5.5″
Rear wheels: 6″
Overall length: 34″
Overall width: 22″
Nuna provides 1-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner. Here is more information on the warranty.
It’s available in five colors with black frame.
Where to buy it
You can get Nuna Pepp in one of the tree beautiful colors for around $249. You can also get it as a travel system with Nuna Pipa car seat for around $399.
P.S. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I do my best to answer them as soon as I can.
3 thoughts on “Nuna Pepp Stroller Review”
Hi Susan, what are your thoughts on the latest Nuna Mixx stroller? I’m due this June and I live in NYC. I’m looking for a stroller that will be convenient for city life (subway and taxis including) and frequent air travel. Would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks!
Hi Agata. I really like Nuna Mixx. I know it’s hard to get everything in one stroller, but Mixx has a lot of great features like reversible seat, huge basket, large wheels, adjustable leg rest and adjustable handle bar. It also costs much less than Vista that everybody has in NYC. LOL. What I like the most about Mixx is that the seat reclines creating a flat bed-like environment for your child instead of the one molded piece that leaves your child always in the sitting position. Also, Mixx weighs only 25 lbs which is an average weight for the reversible seat stroller. Another stroller that you might like is Joovy Qool. It has also reversible seat, large basket, and weighs only 21 lbs. Keep in mind, none of the strollers with reversible seat and good size wheels are compact. Susan
This is a great review, thank you. I read it last year and despite the shortcomings you list, I decided to buy it. The high quality manufacturing process was a big selling point. Especially because I couldn’t seem to find any other strollers like it for sale in my area.
Wanted to let other readers know that Nuna has replaced the two Velcro straps for securing the stroller in the closed position with a simple (but durable) plastic strap. This makes one hand opening absolutely possible.
I haven’t had any trouble with the zippers – they are the big thick kind so have a relatively soft sound and are actually pretty easy to zip even one handed and while a baby is sleeping. (And I have a very light sleeping baby!)
I live in Brooklyn and we use this stroller everyday. The one handed steering is so key – I can even push my baby with one hand and kind of walk alongside of him and chat while we stroll and I drink a coffee w my other hand.
Finally, we love that this is travel system ready. We bought the highly rated Nuna Pippa car seat as well and have found the combo to be excellent for our frequent travel.
I probably don’t know what I’m missing with some of the features you say you wish this had – but I can honestly say that I don’t miss them!
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