The Baby Trend Snap-N-Go is the original car seat stroller frame, and it's still a top choice of experts and owners for transporting an infant car seat without the hassles of a large travel system. Some car seats snap onto this stroller frame; others just sit on it and need to be secured with the included straps.
Some leery of strap system. A number of reviewers -- Chicco KeyFit owners in particular -- say the Baby Trend Snap-N-Go's strap system doesn't seem secure enough with their car seat and they returned the stroller frame for a different brand. Even so, there are no specific complaints about the Snap-N-Go being unsafe or of any infant car seats coming loose or falling off. Its rear brakes are individually activated, and the owner's manual advises giving the stroller a back-and-forth push to be sure the teeth engage. The front wheels do not lock.
Easy to fold, unfold. The Snap-N-Go is a one-handed fold that users say is very simple to manage. The stroller has a manual lock to secure it closed for easy carrying, and its 12-pound weight is a breeze to lift and carry. However, even owners who love the stroller warn to be sure that its straps are out of the way when folding and unfolding; they can get caught in the hinges and are difficult to extricate. The strap-in system for securing a car seat isn't difficult, but there are several steps involved.
Great for suburban parents. The Baby Trend Snap-N-Go was the first stroller to solve a problem often faced by suburban parents: how to transport babies in a car seat without disturbing their sleep and without investing in an expensive, unwieldy travel system.
Experts say that car seat stroller frame imitators have made the Snap-N-Go passé. Other models feature adjustable handles in addition to the parent trays and cup holders made popular by the original. Some even have suspensions that make them a good choice for longer outings and multi-terrain surfaces, and most feature locking front wheels. However, one downside of the Snap-N-Go is its puzzling basket design. It opens from the front instead of the back, so with a car seat installed, a parent has to go around front to access it.
Be that as it may, owners generally like the Snap-N-Go, particularly those who have seats that snap in rather than just sitting on the frame to be secured with straps. There's no list of which seats snap in, but a full list of car seats that the Snap-N-Go accepts is available on the Baby Trend website.
In 2012 Baby Trend released the Snap-N-Go EX universal infant car seat carrier (*Est. $70), an upgrade from the basic model that accepts more car seats. The basic Snap-N-Go also comes as the Snap-N-Go Double (*Est. $100).
Short warranty, long phone wait. The Snap-N-Go is warranted for a relatively brief 180 days. We can't speak to customer service issues via email, but when we called to ask a question, we waited on hold for eight minutes while "all customer service reps are busy." Our call was finally answered by a live person asking us to continue to hold, which we did for another five minutes or so before we were helped. The rep was very nice, but that's a long wait.
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Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including car seat and travel system strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing, and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. They discuss the Graco brand in general and the SnugRider specifically.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other to Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Trend Snap-N-Go is chosen as one of the best strollers for infants by editors of BabyCenter.com in their annual product awards. They point out that it's not fancy, but is a great way to transport sleeping babies without taking them out of a car seat and is a great bridge to a toddler stroller.
Review: BabyCenter Product Awards, Editors of BabyCenter.com, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Trend Snap-N-Go earns an average 4.1 stars out of 5 in more than 100 reviews. Many owners call it a "must have" item, saying it's a great alternative to some of the heavier strollers that come with travel systems. Parents find it convenient to use and easy to maneuver, and love its cup holders and large basket. Some say it seems flimsy and cheap, and a few complain about the strap-in system not feeling secure and some car seats not fitting well on the frame.
Review: Baby Trend Single Snap N' Go Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good The Baby Trend Snap-N-Go is included in this roundup of three single car seat strollers. Each is evaluated for safety, performance, maneuverability and ease of use, but there's no mention of how they're tested and few details about each product.
Review: Single Car Seat Carrier Strollers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good BabyCenter.com asks parents to provide feedback on products they've owned for a while to see how they hold up over time. Dad Marcus says that after a year he still likes the Snap-N-Go car seat frame and plans to use it with a second child. He says it's easy to fold, and to lift in and out of a trunk. His only quibbles are that the storage basket is small, and the cover for the handlebar compartment comes off too easily.
Review: Baby Trend Snap-N-Go Stroller Long-Term Test, Contributors to BabyCenter.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Fair Corley, the About.com guide to baby products, rates four stroller frames, but two are discontinued. Her write-up is very brief, consisting of little but an overview of the Baby Trend Snap-N-Go's features. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top Stroller Frames, Heather Corley, Not dated