With an amazingly lightweight frame, compact fold and great features, the Valco Baby Snap splits the difference between an umbrella and a full-featured stroller at a price point reviewers like. Weighing in at 13 pounds, with a fully reclining seat, the Snap can be used for a newborn and for your toddler up to 44 pounds. Additional crave-worthy features include a full-coverage canopy, roomy accessible basket and one-hand maneuverability.
Flip-flop friendly, linked rear brakes. The Valco Baby Snap mimics a three-wheel design, with two larger rear wheels and a pair of smaller wheels doubled up in front. The stroller doesn't get any stability complaints from parents or reviewers, but users note that this is not an all-terrain stroller and won't perform well if used as such. The Snap does get rave reviews about the linked rear brake that engages and disengages with a pedal that won't mess up your pedicure. The front swivel wheel can be locked in the forward-facing position when greater stability is required. There is a height-adjustable, padded five-point harness with locks that reviewers say are toddler-proof, and a bumper bar for even greater security. The large canopy can stand up to heavy winds without blowing into the child, according to parents.
One-hand maneuverability on even terrain. The Valco Baby Snap has two 10-inch hard rubber rear wheels in the back and 8-inch wheels in front, with 360 degrees of swivel for maneuverability. Reviewers say that the stroller rolls well in most conditions, including grass and gravel, while muddy terrain takes it out of its comfort zone. Users say the Snap is effortless to push -- even one-handed -- on pavement and in busy areas. Rubber wheels mean you won't have to worry about flats.
Reviewers say the Snap offers an easy, two-hand fold. The stroller folds in on itself, which protects the seat, and locks closed automatically. At just 13 pounds and with a built-in carry handle underneath, this stroller is easy to travel with.
Fully featured, with an umbrella-weight profile. Although it fits in the ultra-light category of strollers, the Valco Baby Snap is not light on features. Suitable for newborns, the Snap offers an infinite recline that extends almost flat and is easy to operate with one hand. When the seat is reclined fully the upper canopy extends down, providing wind protection with two extra storage pockets. A covered mesh peekaboo window allows you to keep an eye on your little one from above. The fabric can be rolled up to reveal a mesh cover for air circulation. The Snap can be used as a travel system with a car-seat adapter (*Est. $40). Just as comfy for bigger kids, the Snap has a generously sized seat in width, height and seat-to-canopy distance. The stroller can be used for kids weighing up to 44 pounds, and a hitchhiker platform (*Est. $90) can be attached to the back of the stroller, allowing toddlers to stand and ride.
Reviewers describe the Snap seat as well padded and comfortable. While it lacks a parent console or child snack tray, the Snap does have a roomy under-seat basket that reviewers say is easy to access. The stroller stands independently when folded for easier storage. Reviewers say the seat fabric wipes clean easily. There are many optional accessories available for the Snap, including an additional seat pad, cupholders, a rollable storage cover, a foot muff, safety lights and a sun shade.
The Valco Baby Snap comes in a double stroller as well, the Snap Dual (*Est. $400).
One-year warranty. The Valco Baby Snap carries a one-year warranty. The company has a reputation for being responsive to customers.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Valco Baby Snap makes Kate Bayless's list of the 20 best strollers of 2012 as Best Lightweight, with a 5-star rating. She describes the Snap as a fully featured stroller that you can actually carry with you, with great features for the price. Both she and the parent reviewer rave about its light weight, good looks and great ease of use. The only things they'd like to see are an adjustable handlebar, a wrist tether and a larger selection of colors.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Strollers of 2012, Kate Bayless, Sept. 17, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz says that the Valco Baby Snap has many of the features reserved for heavy, full-featured strollers in a lightweight package -- making it great for travel and parents on the go. She runs through the stroller's features and benefits, including its generously sized seat, full-coverage canopy and storage basket. She also discusses usability, including the easy, standing fold with automatic lock.
Review: Valco Baby Snap Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, Nov. 20, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In a highly detailed though not comparative review, Arneill goes through all of the Valco Baby Snap stroller's main features and benefits. She also describes the context of the testing, which is helpful. The review features clear pictures and great descriptions.
Review: Featured Review - The Valco Snap Stroller, Lisa Arneill, Aug. 1, 2012
Review Credibility: Good Relatively new to the market, the Valco Baby Snap receives a perfect 5 out of 5 stars in just a handful of owner reviews. One reviewer calls it the "best kept secret in strollers," saying it's great for both travel and everyday use. Other users love the Snap's light weight, ease of use, comfort for baby and excellent quality.
Review: 2012 Snap Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012