We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Strollers of 2012. Which One Should You Buy?

Ready to buy your baby's first set of wheels? Don't start shopping until you've read our expert and parent-tested reviews of the best strollers! (20 Photos)

Kate Bayless on Jan 17, 2013 at 9:11AM

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Valco Baby Snap

Valco

a Kate Bayless on Jan 9, 2013 at 3:42PM

LIGHTWEIGHT!
Expert Rating:

Stroller Stats
Weight Capacity: newborn up to 44 lbs.
Stroller Weight: 13 lbs.
Dimensions: Assembled: 20.5" x 32.3" x 41"; Folded: 20.5" x 33.5" x 10.5"
Carrycot/bassinet? None available
Car seat adapter? None available
Price: $250
Get it Now: Albee Baby

Expert Review: At only 13 pounds and a great price, the new Valco Snap is a full-featured stroller that you can actually carry with you. The Snap is easy to assemble and even easier to fold -- one step and the stroller folds in half, locks shut and has a convenient carry hand so you can lift it, roll it behind you or stand it upright. The stroller has a sporty feel to it, with its windbreaker-style seat fabric that's currently only available in three colors -- black, periwinkle or cornflower. The extra roomy, padded seat on the Snap combined with a one-touch full recline means your child will ride and rest comfortably at any age -- but you'll likely want to invest in Valco's All Sort seat pad with infant headrest ($25) for added cushioning for your newborn. When fully reclined, you can leave the weather shield down revealing two storage pockets or roll it up to allow for airflow through the mesh panel. The large canopy offers great interior headroom, has an extension for additional sun protection and a mesh peekaboo window. The light frame and tubeless tires make for easy maneuvering while the underseat basket is both deep and easy to access.

What We Love: lightweight frame; large seat; fast fold; easy assembly; one-handed recline to flat; canopy coverage

What We Wish It Had: larger color selection; wrist tether; adjustable handlebar

Great For: traveling; tight turns; errands; parents that need to lift the stroller often;

Bottom Line: From everyday errands to travels, the lightweight Valco Snap will keep your kids comfy and you on the move. (If only it had more color combos...)

Parent Rating:

"The style of the stroller is sleek and lightweight but looks expensive, sturdy and well made."

"The seat has an excellent recline feature which is great for my newborn daughter. It was very simple to recline and seems to have many options for adjusting as she gets older and can sit up."

"I wish the stroller had a safety strap that I could loop through my wrist. Since the stroller is so lightweight, I felt as though it could very easily roll away quickly if my hand slipped. I also really wish the handlebar was adjustable. I found it to be a bit high for my 5'4" frame."

"I really like the secure strap and buckle device. Since you have to push down on it before it will unlock I think it would be very difficult for a child to unbuckle herself which makes it very safe."

"I LOVE the extra long sunshade. It provides amazing protection -- better than I have seen on any other stroller. Plus the periwinkle color is so great! Can't even begin to tell you how many compliments I've gotten!"

"It is beyond easy to maneuver. Very simple to push one-handed and making tight turns wasn't a problem at all."

--Devra and her 7-week-old daughter from Chappaqua, NY

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