Is the $1,700 Snoo Smart Sleeper Bassinet Worth It? What to Know Before You Buy.

In the earliest days—when he was just 3 or 4 weeks old—my baby didn’t sleep through the night in the Snoo. He still woke up crying every two or three hours to eat, which is a normal pattern for that age. But I was able to put him back in the Snoo immediately after a feeding without having to spend 20 additional minutes rocking him to sleep in the glider. And this added up to a lot more sleep for my wife and me throughout the night.

As the weeks passed and my little guy adjusted to Snoo life, his wake-ups became less frequent, until I had to start setting an alarm to get him up for meals. (For the first few months of life, regardless of where they’re sleeping, infants need to eat every two to four hours.) At 5 weeks old, he would have happily slept through the night in the Snoo without my intervention.

When my family was testing 10 models for Wirecutter’s guide to the best bassinets, we found ourselves returning to the Snoo because it was so effective at helping our entire family get more hours of nightly sleep. But it doesn’t work for everyone, and some experts we interviewed voiced concerns about the Snoo.

Wirecutter staffers have been testing the high-end bassinet since 2018, with very mixed results. And as desperately as new parents crave sleep in those first exhausting months—for their babies and for themselves—many people also end up having concerns and complaints about the Snoo.

Here’s everything to consider before you buy (or rent) this pricey bassinet. To read about more options for your baby’s first bed, check out our guide to the best bassinets and bedside sleepers.

Our pick

Outfitted with sensors, this electronic bassinet promises to detect a baby’s needs and soothe them to sleep with automated rocking and white noise.

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