Are you looking for a super lightweight and narrow side-by-side double stroller that’s easy to maneuver, is great for travel, fits through doorways and grocery store aisles with no problem, and easily fits in your trunk with room to spare? Then you must check out Valco Baby’s newest double stroller (which effectively replaces the Neo Twin): the Valco Baby Slim Twin (~ $599). At only 24 lbs and 26 inches wide, it lives up to its name; the Slim Twin is the narrowest of all of Valco’s double strollers, and one of the slimmest double strollers on the market (almost 5 inches smaller than most side-by-side strollers!).
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Valco Baby does double strollers REALLY, really well. This elusive company (out of Australia — they sometimes have product in stock… ahhhhnd sometimes they don’t) is one of the few companies that understands that every pound matters. Which is part of why I’m so pumped to be able to spread the word via this Valco Baby Slim Twin Review.
Let’s dig a little deeper.
Size & Weight
As mentioned, the Slim Twin is Valco’s lightest and narrowest double stroller — and one of the lightest side-by-side strollers on the market. For comparison’s sake, this stroller is even lighter than most double umbrella strollers. Crazy, right? Families who take their stroller in the car, carry it up the stairs, and/or travel by plane will especially appreciate the weight.
Note, however, that with its slim build, we lose some of the features we’re used to seeing on Valco Baby strollers. Which brings me to…
One question many are asking is how Valco’s Slim Twin differs from their Snap Duo Trend. While they’re both about the same weight, the Snap Duo Trend is much more full-featured and boasts some luxury details the Slim Twin lacks.
For instance, the Snap Duo Trend has an adjustable leatherette handlebar and front bar covers, while the Slim Twin has a foam handlebar that is not adjustable, and much more basic textiles. In addition, the Snap Duo Trend accepts two car seats, while the Slim Twin can only take one. And, unlike the Snap Duo Trend, the Slim Twin does not have a snack tray option, nor is it bassinet-compatible. Unfortunately, some things just have to be sacrificed in order to create such a lightweight, slim double.
That said, at 26 inches wide, the Slim Twin is a good 3 inches narrower than the Snap Duo Trend. Just so you can get an idea of how narrow it really is, the Slim Twin is almost the same width as the double tandem UPPAbaby Vista!
Each seat takes up to 45 lbs of kiddie meat. (For reference, the Snap Duo Trend can also hold 45 lbs per seat, while the Britax B Lively Double and the Baby Jogger City Mini Double — which are more all-terrain SBS doubles — both accept 50 lbs per seat.)
The Valco Baby seats recline independently (one-handed strap recline) to a nearly flat position, and have their own adjustable footrest.
In addition, the Slim Twin also has a “closed footrest” which creates a safe, cozy “bassinet” of sorts for younger babies. Thus, according to Valco Baby, the Slim Twin can be used with newborns without a car seat.
That said, Valco’s website says, “When placing the infant directly in the seat we do recommend using an Infant Head Hugger, such as the Valco Baby Universal All Sorts Seat Pad & Head Hugger Set” (~$29). (See below.)
Canopy, Braking, Storage, Accessories
The oversized canopies on the Slim Twin offer 50+ UPF protection and a “peek-a-boo window” for each kid, so you can spy on them from above.
The storage basket (below) is generously-sized, but the annoying thing is the bar down the middle… most side-by-sides have a bar that bisects the storage basket. Such is life.
As mentioned, the handlebar is not adjustable — which is a bummer for parents like me (on the short side), or parents like my husband (on the tall side). The brake is flip-flop friendly and very easy to use.
The wheels on the Slim Twin are made of foam to maintain the product’s low weight. Since they are not air-filled, the Slim Twin rolls best over flat, even terrain (strolls around the neighborhood, a day trip to the zoo, running errands, etc.). That said, you can purchase the Infinity Wheels Pack (~$175), which perform similarly to air-filled tires (without the need to ever inflate them!), and will add durability and smoothness to the ride (this is a great option for those who live in areas with hilly, uneven, bumpy terrain).
Folding & Carrying
The folding and carriage of this stroller is my favorite. To fold, simply press a button, squeeze the lever on the handle, and it folds down with one hand. This stroller folds forward like a clam shell (inward), thus protecting the fabrics from dirt and wear (unlike the “seat handle” fold, like on the Baby Jogger and B-Lively, which fold backward).
In addition, the Slim Twin comes with a carry strap for easy transporting (up and down stairs, onto the airplane, etc.)
Valco Baby Slim Review — Bottom Line: If you’re in the market for a SBS double stroller that is exceptionally lightweight and narrow — and you don’t mind giving up some luxury features, such as leatherette details, adjustable handlebars, etc., this is definitely the stroller for you. This could easily be your everyday double stroller — so easy to carry, fold and throw in the trunk — as well as an amazing double travel stroller to boot. Truly, if weight is a big factor for you, this could be the lucky winner.