If you’re looking for a side-by-side double stroller that’s both lightweight and loaded with unexpected luxe features, check out the Valco Baby Snap Duo Trend.
People absolutely love this stroller — with it’s simple fold, great maneuverability, storage and lightweightedness, the Snap Duo makes for an awesome day-to-day and travel double stroller. Also… it’s pretty. (Note that this stroller comes in Charcoal, Denim, Grey Marle and Black.)
To clarify, this is not an “all-terrain” stroller (for that, look to the Valco Baby Neo Twin or Tri-Mode), but it rides and maneuvers pretty well; it’s a comparable to the Baby Jogger City Mini double.
Size & Weight
At just 24 lbs, the Snap Duo is truly one of the lightest double strollers on the market. For comparison’s sake, the City Mini Double weighs 28.6 lbs — 4.6 lbs heavier than the Snap Duo! It’s lightness and shoulder carry-strap make it amazing for travel, as well as just everyday use. The overall width of this stroller is 29.5 inches which means that yes, it will fit through standard-size doorways.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Valco Baby pays attention to weight more than any other stroller maker out there.
Note that the Snap Duo Trend IS Disney-size approved. Woohoo!
Car Seat Compatibility
If you don’t want to use a car seat or bassinet, no problem. Like the Valco Baby Neo Twin, the seats recline fully flat so you can place newborns directly in them. If you go this route, Valco suggests using their Universal Stroller Seat Pad to keep infants’ safe and snug in the stroller seats.
If you have a third older child (2+ years of age) who wants to snag a ride, you can also purchase the Hitchhiker Ride-On Board (sold separately) to attach to the back of the stroller.
The seats are each about 11.5 inches wide and can hold up to 45 lbs each (so 90 lbs total) — this is the same as the Neo Twin. Both the City Mini Double and GT Double can both hold 50 lbs per seat, FYI.
The seats recline independently, which is nice when you have one kiddo who wants to rest while the other wants to sit up and see the world. As mentioned before, the seats recline flat, but not just. They’re also equipped with adjustable footrests, so littles who want to lay back and snooze can comfortably to do so while you’re out and about.
The tailor-made seat fabric comes in a choice of Denim, Charcoal and Grey Marle and is really, really nice. It wicks away moisture, which is great for hot days, inevitable pee accidents, and sippy-cup spills.
Each seat has a 5-point-harness complete with the signature Valco “puzzle piece” buckle. Read toddler proof and… well, adult proof, too. It took a bit of practice to figure the buckle out, but don’t worry parents — you’ll get the hang of it quickly!
Each seat also has its own leatherette swingaway belly bar — another safety feature to keep kiddos secure in their seats, but swings open (like a ride at the fair!) to allow kids to get in and out.
For those super hot summer days when your kids are sweltering in the stroller, there’s a Velcro flap on each seatback that gives way to a mesh paneling for added ventilation and airflow.
Canopies, Braking, Storage & Accessories
The canopies on the Snap Duo are amaaaaazing! I’m talking serious FULL coverage, people! Each canopy operates independently — awesome when one child wants sun and the other prefers shade — and are double paneled with UV mesh fabric for added protection.
On the back of each canopy are small peekaboo windows with magnetic (read: quiet) closures — these are great for taking a peek at your kiddos without waking or disturbing them.
The flip-flop friendly red brake lever is located between the back wheels. With one step it locks both back wheels. Step on it again to unlock them. Easy peasy.
There’s a lot of room to store everyone’s belongings in the Snap Duo Trend. It has a large and easily accessible underseat storage basket that can fit a small diaper bag, coats, baby toys, etc. Some reviewers say the basket on the Snap Duo Trend seems a little bigger and easier to access than the basket on City Mini Double. I own the City Mini Double and can attest that the basket is rather hard to access and doesn’t fit my diaper bag or any of our larger belongings.
In addition to the basket, each seat back has a zippered pocket (see picture below) to stash smaller belongings, such as a phone, keys, baby wipes, smaller baby toys, etc. This is really nice because, since there’s no parent console, it offers a place to put all those items you would normally set in the organizer. The zippers are handy because they ensure nothing will fall out.
A nice luxury feature on the Snap Duo Trend is the adjustable leatherette handlebar. There’s foam underneath the leather so, in addition to being attractive, it’s also easy to grip and comfortable to hold and push. Taller parents take note: the handlebar has three adjustable heights, and extends up to 42”.
The downside is that this stroller doesn’t have any cup holders (for you or your babies), but you can purchase one separately. In addition to the cup holder and previously mentioned bassinet and car seat adapter, you can also purchase a Valco Baby rain cover to keep your kiddos dry on wet days.
The wheels are tubeless, lightweight EVA-foam filled (aptly named 4EVA wheels, as they never go flat). If you prefer air-filled tires, however, you can purchase a pack of air tires, which definitely increases the maneuverability of the stroller and makes it easier to push heavier kiddos on all kinds of terrain.
Note that the front wheels are 8” and the back wheels are 10”. The front wheels can swivel and lock in place.
Folding & Carrying
The fold on the Snap Duo Trend is super easy — and you can do it with one hand.
Just squeeze the button on the handlebar (see picture above), and the stroller folds inward. This is called a “clean fold”, because the interior of the stroller never touches the ground, floor of your trunk, etc. (this won’t keep it clean from your kids, however. You will find Cheerios, dried out Playdoh and bits of bagel in the stroller seats for years to come… just ‘sayin).
Once folded, it can self-stand and also has a nifty carry strap that allows you to sling it over your shoulder and carry it like you would a bag (albeit a 24 lb one!). Reviewers love this carry strap and say it makes it SO easy to travel with, take in and out of your car, and even carry up and down flights of stairs if need be (#apartmentliving). Note, this stroller should fit in most trunks.
Bottom Line: At 24 lbs, the Valco Baby Snap Duo Trend is the lightest full-featured double stroller on the market. Unlike an umbrella stroller, you can push it with one hand and it has great storage. We love the features: giant canopies, adjustable leatherette handlebar, a simple one-handed “clean fold” and a shoulder strap for easy carrying. If lightweight and upscale is what you’re after, look no further.