We are big fans of Valco Baby. They have been making quality juvenile products in Australia for 20 years. Their quality and attention to detail always has us watching for what they are going to introduce next. Well, their newest addition to their Valco family is the Valco Baby Quad.
The Quad offers you all the great all-terrain Valco Baby features but in a compact, four-wheel design. Weighing in at 22 lbs, the Quad falls into our full-size category but the compact fold makes it more manageable than most.
The Quad sports a large, roomy seat that accommodates even our larger, older kids. With a weight capacity of 45 lbs, we found that even our 5 year old could jump in for a ride. The seat is 14 inches wide and has a 19 inch seat back and measures 23 inches from seat back to top of canopy. Our older tester at 5 years old and 43 inches could comfortably sit in the seat without her head hitting the canopy. It has an adjustable 5-point harness that has the same great Valco Baby buckle that is easy for mom to do but nearly impossible for kids! Our mischievous testers tried and tried but couldn’t figure out how to get the buckle undone so they had no choice but to stay in their seat.
There is a comfy, soft, removable seat pad and an infant head hugger that makes the seat super comfortable for our smallest tots!
The seat also sports an adjustable and removable baby bumper bar but there is no parent or baby tray, as well as, no cup holders. There is a strap recline but since it is the easy “one touch” Valco recline, it is just as easy to do as our beloved bar recline. You can recline the seat to any position with one hand including flat for newborns. That’s right – FLAT – making the Quad a great stroller to use from the time you take your baby home from the hospital! There is also an adjustable 5 position calf/foot raise for your child’s comfort.
In terms of storage, there is a large basket underneath the seat that will hold a large diaper bag or baby essentials that also sports pockets on both sides for small items. While you won’t be getting a large diaper bag in and out of the basket with the seat fully reclined, it is still pretty accessible. For additional storage, there is a small pocket on the back of the seat and a flat Velcro pocket on the back of the canopy for parent essentials such as a wallet, keys and/or cell phone. A nice feature is that if the back canopy pocket is empty, you can roll it up to expose a large mesh window to allow air to circulate through the stroller seat. Great for warm summer days!
The canopy, complete with a mesh peek-a-boo window, is sturdy and rounded to allow for more headroom. This “EX-tended” canopy has two positions allowing you to zip down the canopy for full coverage or zip it back to let your little rider enjoy the view. Valco also offer an optional zip in sunshade/insect net (it zips to the front of the canopy) that is great option as well. We do want to note that the canopy has a loud clicking (ratcheting) sound when you adjust it. The fact that it ratchets forward will keep it in place when it is a super windy day but just don’t adjust it while your little rider is sleeping!
The stroller sports an adjustable handle bar that is great for taller and shorter parents. It doesn’t telescope out but it does adjust up and down in four positions (from 27″- 42″) and prevents taller parents from kicking the frame of the stroller with a long stride.
The 10” air-filled tires with rear wheel shock absorbers (or suspension) provide a really smooth ride for baby even on rough or rocky terrain. Even though the Quad has four wheels (hence the name!), it still sports the three wheel positions like the other Valco strollers. The front swivel wheels can be changed to three different positions: Full swivel (360 degrees) for turning in tight spaces, like stores and busy malls, fully fixed that locks the front wheel straight for light jogs and trails, and 45 degrees for long walks with minimal tight turns and use with the toddler seat. The wheel position can be changed easily with a knob on the footplate. Even though the front wheels lock for “light jogging”, the front wheels are still small and not air-filled (7 ½” rubber tires) so we wouldn’t recommend it as a jogger. It’s more of an everyday but can handle rougher terrain type of stroller. It also has a one-touch wheel brake bar that is easy to apply and keeps the stroller locked in place.
The rear air-filled tires charge through all kinds of different terrain and give the Quad great maneuverability. Grass, playground mulch, and brick streets are no problem but the stroller handles these types of terrain better with the front wheels locked. In full-swivel mode, the Quad glides along on smooth payment and can navigate the trickiest, busiest areas even with one hand. The four wheel design gives the stroller extra stability so it never feels tippy. One very minor complaint about the stroller is that it does not come with a tire pump. Two rear tires that might need air and you don’t include it? Come on, Valco Baby! You’re better than that! Not too big of a deal though because you can purchase one for under $10 but an included tire pump would be greatly appreciated!
The Quad has basically the same fold as the Valco Matrix and Tri Mode. It folds in half into a compact fold, making transporting this stroller great regarding the size. There are a couple steps to folding the stroller but we found that they are easy and quick to do. There is a manual locking strap on the side to lock the stroller closed for transporting. Like always, we’d love an automatic lock but are appreciative at a lock at all.
Weighing in at 23 lbs, we had no trouble lifting this stroller in and out of our trunks. The rear tires pop right off with a push of the button to make an even more compact package! It by no means is the weight of an umbrella stroller, but we found it to be in the lower weight range for all-terrain, full-size strollers. The stroller itself has a 45 lb capacity and a 90 lb capacity with the toddler seat attached.
A great feature of the Quad (just like the Tri Mode and Matrix) is that it works with the Valco Baby toddler seat. Speaking of the toddler seat, Valco Baby just introduced their new Joey Toddler Seat that is replacing the old toddler seat and has a high seat back for a more comfortable ride. The toddler seat attaches to the front of the stroller for an older child to hitch a ride turning it into a double in no time at all. We found this seat is great for closely spaced siblings when you would like to pass on the huge double stroller. The toddler seat attaches and detaches easily so that you can have the option of a double when you need it and a single when you don’t. Plus, since the seat goes on the front, the stroller stays only as wide as a single, allowing you to navigate through any doorways easily.
Now turning a single into a double stroller sounds great, right? Like the other Valco singles, the Quad takes it a step further and can be turned into a triple by adding the Valco Baby Hitch Hiker (riding board) for an older child to hop on for a ride. Talk about growing with your children!!!
Like the idea of a pram? There is also an optional bassinet that is available for the Quad (same one as for the TriMode and Matrix) and we think hands down it’s the nicest stroller bassinet on the market. If you are getting this stroller when you have a newborn, you must consider adding the bassinet. The inside of the bassinet is large and so soft that we wish our own beds were this nice. If we could crawl inside and take a nap, we would. If you don’t want to take it as far as removing the seat to make it a pram, consider the new Valco Baby Husssh Bassinet. This innovative bassinet inserts directly into the stroller seat to turn the seat into a plush, luxury bassinet.
Valco also offers optional car seat adapters to use the stroller as a travel system with Graco, Peg Perego, Britax and Maxi Cosi infant car seats. The car seat adapter does go into the same slot as the toddler seat would, so you cannot use the toddler seat and the car seat adapter at the same time.
Other optional accessories for the Quad are: foot muff, universal cup holder, travel bag, diaper bag, canopy for toddler seat, car seat adapters, zip in sunshade/insect net, and snack tray.
This well designed stroller retails for a pricey $500 with the optional bassinet adding another $150. Hey, it’s Valco Baby and you are getting quality for that price tag! This stroller will definitely last you from birth through your stroller years. If you prefer a four-wheel stroller that can still tackle all-terrain and has the fabulous Valco Baby construction, the Quad is a great choice!
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*Thanks to Valco Baby for providing this stroller for our review!