Valco Baby has been producing baby products in Australia for over 30 years and has recently started selling their baby strollers in the USA.
The Valco Snap is a single stroller with a lightweight frame and three wheels (the front wheel is a double wheel). It has a large seat and canopy and the seat has a five point harness. It also has a recline. Retail price is approximately $220. There is no bassinet option but it is suitable for newborns and can handle a child weighing up to 44 pounds which almost puts it on a par with the UPPAbaby Vista. The stroller only weighs 13 pounds and this makes it ideal when travelling by air or if you have to lift it a lot. This stroller was designed with convenience in mind and it shows. It is available in four colors (black, cornflower, perriwinkle and silver) and the hood is available in nine colors.
Valco Baby Snap Specification
- Overall Stroller Weight 13 lbs
- Open 20.5″W x 32.3″L x 41″H
- Folded 20.5″W x 33.5″L x 12″H
- Seat Width 14″
- Seat Height 19″
- Seat Depth 8.5″
- Rear Wheels 10″
- Front Wheels 8″
- Maximum Passenger Weight 44 lbs
Valco Snap PROS
- Light weight – 13lbs
- Compact fold
- Large canopy
Valco Snap CONS
- Peekaboo window uses a button fastener instead of Velcro
- Seat does not recline fully horizontal
- Safety harness is not easy to adjust
- Requires two hands to fold
- Not the most comfortable of strollers – bumps seem to get transmitted through frame
Valco Baby Snap Stroller Reviews and Features
The Snap is easy to push with one hand. The wheels are a little harder than pneumatic wheels and this makes it easier to push but a little more bumpy for baby. It is very easy to steer and as can be seen below, the front wheel can be locked in position for extra stability when traveling over rougher ground.
The fold is easy but it does require both hands and as you probably already know by now, I really dislike having to use both hands for folding. I like that it folds inwards as this keeps the seat protected. The fold requires you to push a button on the handlebar and simultaneously press a button on the side. Once the fold starts it is pretty easy to grab the frame with one hand to continue the fold. There is a locking mechanism which was very convenient. It is possible to unfold with one hand. It will stand by itself when folded.
For such a light stroller the seat is very roomy. It could use more padding but it will suit most babies and little ones. As you would expect today, it has a five point safety harness. The safety harness is child proof and young children will not be able to unfasten it. Adjusting the harness can be fiddly but you will not have to do this too often unless you carry different children in the seat. The seat can recline from fully upright to almost fully flat. It is very easy to adjust using the Valco strap system. The rear seat pocket can be folded up to provide better seat ventilation when it is hot. Adaptors are available for Graco, Peg Perego, Britax, Chicco and Maxi Cosi Car Seats.
The canopy is large and provides good protection. It has a peek-a-boo window. The peek-a-boo window has snap fittings and I found these awkward and fiddly to fasten. Velcro would have been better.
The shopping basket is easy to access and is a good size.
The rear wheels are 10″ and the front wheel is a double wheel and is 8″. All the wheels are puncture proof but this does affect ride comfort as the bumps seem to get transferred through the frame to the seat and handlebar. All the wheels are easily detachable. The wheels are a good size for maneuverability. The stroller is easy to steer. When traveling over rougher ground, the front wheel can be locked into position which stops it from being twisted when traveling over bumps.
Unfortunately the handlebar is not adjustable but this was not a problem for me. However I think it will be a problem for tall parents.
We liked this stroller because of its price and its size. It is a single stroller and it has basic features with lots of baggage space that is easily accessible. This Valco Snap Review was pretty thorough and we found that even though this is not a really fancy stroller, it performed well in almost all areas. Maneuverability was good but comfort levels could have been better. The seat was large but could use more padding. The safety harness was good but could be tricky to adjust. For portability, the Snap will rival most other strollers for its size and weight.