The Snoozer Dog Rider Bike Seat Basket At A Glance
- High-visibility reflective tape on sides
- Faux fur lining inside the basket
- Removable, quilted cover is machine-washable
- Open air, spacious design
- Can handle heavier dogs up to 24 pounds
We don't like:
- No sunshade included
- No pockets
Pet basket specifications:
- Max load: 24 pounds
- Item dimensions (L x W x H): 19 x 16 x 10 inches
- Item weight: 5.5 pounds
- Material: Oxford
- Placement: Rear mounting
- Warranty: One year
Summary of our detailed Snoozer Bike Basket review:
This basket ticks a lot of boxes for us – it looks good, it’s comfortable for pets, it’s relatively affordable, and it’s stable and safe. So, if you’ve got a dog that’s too heavy for a front-loading bike basket, but too small for a pet trailer, then this may be the right basket for your needs!
It’s nice to be able to keep an eye on your pets. If they’re sitting on a front-loading pet basket, this is easy enough to do. However, for bigger dogs this is just not possible.
If you force a big dog to ride up front, you may have difficulty with steering and driving your bike. Fortunately, rear-loading bike baskets do exist and they’re not all that expensive either.
In fact, for what it’s worth, this basket is actually sold at a fair price. Scroll down to learn more about this Snoozer and why you should consider it for transporting your pet around town!
Advantages of the Snoozer Dog Rider Basket
Favorite feature #1: 3-point safety strap
This strap secures your dog inside the basket. It actually fits over your dog’s back – this helps prevent them from jumping out and falling off your bike! However, some dogs can be escape artists and smaller ones, especially, can squeeze and roll over to get to the edge. It’s therefore advisable to use your dog’s leash and secure it to your bike seat.
Favorite feature #2: Luxurious soft fur lining
Who’d want to lie down on a hard basket? Most dogs probably won’t mind, but I’m sure FurBabyGuide readers care about their pets’ comfort. So, I’d like to assure you that this Snoozer basket is, in fact, very comfortable!
The faux fur lining will make their riding experience a joy, and it will also help warm up their little bodies. This is especially useful when it’s cold outside and your dogs want to snuggle in the fur!
Favorite feature #3: Easy enough to clean
Pet stuff that’s hard to clean is annoying. Fortunately, this Snoozer is easy enough to clean. The quilted cover is removable, and best of all, it’s machine-washable and dryable! So, you can just throw it in the washing machine when it gets dirty.
Just a word of advice though: removing the cover from the thick foam panels may require a lot of work as you need to unfasten several straps. I’m sure, however, that once you get the hang of it (especially if your pet gets it dirty all the time), you’ll soon be a pro at removing and re-attaching the cover!
Favorite feature #4: Big spacious design
As you can see in the product images above, the basket has got an open top. Your dogs aren’t going to feel restricted inside, plus they’ll love the wind on their faces! When you’re not using the basket, it can double as a dog bed – it’s that comfy! Additionally, if you can somehow secure this inside your car, this can also double as a pet car carrier.
Favorite feature #5: Can accommodate dogs up to 24 pounds
Yes, this is one of this basket’s main selling points. Most front baskets limit you to 13 pounds like the Solvit Tagalongs. The Barkbay All-in-one pet basket’s max load is 18 pounds. Even the sturdy Travelin K9 Pet-Pilot Max recommends a max of 20 pounds.
This Snoozer rear basket extends the weight limit to 24 pounds. In fact, some owners report letting their bigger dogs get in the basket with no issues (provided they fit in the basket itself).
A Few Disadvantages
This is a great rear bike basket, but it does have a few disadvantages:
Disadvantage #1: No sunshade
I was a bit disappointed to find out this basket did not come with a sunshade. I mean, the basket is pretty open. And whether you’re out riding in the sun or a slight drizzle, it’s still a good idea to have a small sunshade to protect your pet from the elements.
Disadvantage #2: Bike rack must be purchased separately
I thought I’d throw this one in. Most of the front-loading pet baskets include a bike mount, so rear-loading ones should, too. This is just my opinion, of course, but it wouldn’t hurt to add one to the package, right? (It may jack up the price by a few bucks though).
Disadvantage #3: No pockets
Yeah, pockets. Some people may say it’s not that important, but side pockets are always nice to have. You know, you can put stuff in there, so you don’t need to bring along an extra bag just for the knickknacks.
Actual User Reviews
Here’s what other people are saying about this Snoozer pet bike basket.
Oh my gosh, I’ve waited so long to buy this basket! I was always worried about letting my dog ride in one of those front baskets because my dog’s a bit on the heavy side at 25 pounds. And those pet trailers cost hundreds of dollars! This is, by far, the best option for me and my pet. Of course, I’ve had to shell out some money for the bike rack, but I got one for cheap on Craigslist. Overall, I’m really happy with this basket. The only downside is I don’t get to see what my fur baby is doing in the basket because I’m driving up front, but I know he enjoys the view from the back!
We’ve got a couple of small dogs in the family. My husband and I bought two of these baskets and people have complimented us on how nice they look. The fur lining is what really gets people attention – that and the dogs sitting at the back! Just a word of advice, make sure you strap the basket really tight to the bike rack so it doesn’t slip off. I made that mistake one time, and my dog fell off! Fortunately, I was going very slowly so he didn’t get hurt. Always, ALWAYS strap your dog in the basket and strap that basket to the rack! Always!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you think my 30-pound pup will fit?
If he fits inside the basket, then he'll be fine. However, your bike rack should be quite sturdy and stable as well. This basket has a plywood-reinforced base, but if the bike rack’s on the flimsy end, then that could be a problem.
- Will I be able to put my 2 small dogs in it?
Two dogs may fit inside, however, the safety harness is only good for one dog. You may need to get creative and attach a second leash to keep the second dog safe inside. For safety reasons, it’s best to not tempt fate and just stick to the recommended one dog per basket.
- I really want to see my pet while cycling. Can I put this basket in front?
It’s possible if you have a stable bike rack in front. However, this basket and the straps that come with it are designed for rear rack use, not the front. Even if you manage to install it in front, it might mess with your handlebars though.
Should you buy this Snoozer pet basket?
For dogs in the 15 to 24-pound range, this is the ideal pet bike basket for you. It’s safer and more stable for your dog. At the current price it’s selling for, and it’s 1-year warranty, I think this is a worthy investment for pet owners who are also avid cyclists. Since it’s in the back, it’s not going to interfere with your steering and cycling abilities!