Babble Blogger Favorites: Top Double Strollers of 2012Michelle Horton
Searching for a double stroller can be an overwhelmingly daunting task — they’re heavy, bulky, and cost way too much money.
Except that isn’t always the case.
I spent the last year rallying local moms to help me test double strollers on all points of the spectrum — from lightweight travel options to full-service bells and whistles; from $260 budget finds to $1,000+ luxury rides. They were used on different age ranges, in all sorts of environments (city streets, grassy county fairs, tight-spaced stores, etc.), and put in and out of countless trunks. And as you might expect: There were a range of opinions, as well.
There’s no one perfect double stroller — and that’s a good thing. We all have different needs, different aesthetics, and different opinions — and that requires options. So we ultimately picked the double strollers that best fill specific needs — and that are, of course, well designed and safe.
Here are my favorites for every budget and lifestyle — whether you need a stroller for newborn twins or even a part-time double for an older child:
Top Overall Favorites 1 of 32While there isn't one perfect stroller for the masses, these are my very top personal favorites, after months of searching and testing.
Baby Jogger City Select 2 of 32
With 16 different double-stroller configurations, plus the ability to convert into a single stroller, this all-in-one stroller is packed with value.
Best for: Parents looking for one stroller to last through multiple stages and multiple kids — including the ability to easily go from double to single. Also: twins.
Not best for: Super compact trunks, and/or parents not expecting to get too much use out of the double-stroller function. (For instance, maybe your older child has almost outgrown strollers.) The City Select really shines as a double.
Favorite features: The 16 different seating positions give parents seemingly endless options no matter how old their kids are (Car seat? Bassinet? No problem!), or how far apart they are in age. It's narrow enough for city streets (25.75" wide), yet has the wheels to handle rockier terrain (12" forever-air rear tires; 8" lightweight swivel front wheels that can lock into place). And although it's longer than other double strollers (up to 53" long), the stadium seating makes it feel more manageable. Plus it has the simple (and simply brilliant) one-handed fold that made Baby Jogger famous.
The seats easily turn to face either direction, and the Select can even accommodate two infant cars seats at once. Functional, versatile, and durable — this stroller just might give you the very best value as a double stroller.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 45 lbs. per seat
Buy from: Giggle, $670 (with Second Seat Kit)
Stroll-Air My Duo 3 of 32
The side-by-side Stroll-Air was a surprising favorite that comes with an impressive amount of accessories and functions. You might be paying more up front, but you'll get your dollar's worth with this stroller, which has an easy, simple, smart design.
Best for: Any family of multiples. The independently reversible seats are great for any age difference — whether you have one toddler and one infant, or two of each. You can even buy a "Hop On Board" stroller board($90) for a third, older child to ride on. And it's especially great for twins, considering it can accept two infant car seats with separately sold adapters.
Not best for: Budget-conscious parents looking to spend as little as possible. Although the Stroll-Air has great value, it still costs a good chunk of cash. It also has a relatively low-ish weight limit with slim seats, so it might be a little tight for bigger kids — although most stroller-aged children should fit just fine.
Favorite features: It's fairly lightweight for such a full-featured stroller (29 lbs. total), and it has two independent, reversible seats — which is rare for a side-by-side stroller! — with extra large canopies, multi-position reclines, and mesh ventilation. There's also a big storage basket, an adjustable handle, and wheels that lock for more stability. (Even though the wheels aren't exactly "all-terrain," you can buy upgraded air tires for $120, if you really need that option.) You can even fold the stroller with the seats on — another rare feature for a stroller of this caliber.
Even better: The Stroll-Air comes with a slew of included accessories, like two foot covers, two front bumper bars, two mosquito nets and rain covers, and even a diaper bag with its own changing pad. Yes, a diaper bag!
See a VIDEO REVIEW of the Stroll-Air.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 40 lbs. per seat
Buy from: Diapers.com, $800
Chicco Cortina Together Double 4 of 32
My favorite pick for a double travel system.
Best for: Anyone looking for the most affordable tandem travel system with twins or infants/toddlers close in age. It's also best for those using Chicco KeyFit car seats, considering they quickly snap into the stroller without any additional adapters.
See a VIDEO REVIEW of the Chicco Cortina Together Double.
Not best for: Parents who are already using a different type of car seat. It's also not best for two bigger toddlers/kids, who might start to feel cramped.
Favorite features: This stroller will grow with your children — from a tandem travel system to a tandem toddler stroller. And I especially like that this stroller has seating options — whether you have two rear-facing infant car seats, two forward-facing toddler seats, an infant car seat facing toward you and a toddler seat facing outwards, or even an infant and toddler facing one another.
It also has a large and accessible basket, an easy one-handed fold, an adjustable handlebar, and cup holders for both kids and for mom. The only negative I can say is that it's pretty long — although that's somewhat expected with a tandem stroller — and the canopies are pretty small.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 40 lbs. per seat
Buy from: Babies R Us, $300
Phil & Teds Dot 5 of 32
I've tested a lot of double strollers — specifically a lot of Phil & Teds inline strollers — and I've never seen anything like the new Dot. This is stroller innovation at its best.
Best for: Space-challenged parents looking for the smallest double stroller possible — especially those with an extra small trunk. It's also the perfect inline for urbanites — considering the small footprint for crowded sidewalks — as well as parents looking for a stroller that's as good as a single as it is a double.
Not best for: Those who need an all-terrain stroller beyond city sidewalks. It didn't do as well on rocky gravel and grass as the slightly bigger (but still compact) Phil & Teds Navigator.
Favorite features: The most impressive part of this stroller is it's unbelievably small, compact size. More than any other stroller, the Dot really shines when you fold it down and put it in your trunk. I don't know how Phil & Teds did it — I really don't — but it fits in my trunk better than most single strollers do. Yet as an open stroller, it's plenty roomy for kids (my almost-4-year-old kid comfortably fits), and not tremendously tiny to push. Whether you're tight on storage space or are a frequent road-tripping family, this is one hassle-free double stroller that will fit in any trunk.
It also reclines flat for newborns, has a multi-position handlebar, and is even car-seat compatible with Graco, Chicco, Peg Perego, and Maxi Cosi.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 44 lbs. in the front seat; newborn to 33 lbs. in the back seat
Buy from: Phil & Teds, $449.99
Lightweight Doubles 6 of 32Whether you need a lightweight option for traveling or just everyday errands, these double strollers are perfectly manageable.
Kinderwagon Hop 7 of 32
Most parents of multiples eventually invest in a lightweight double umbrella stroller — especially for traveling. But unlike the others — which are typically side-by-side doubles — the Kinderwagon has a unique front-and-back design that makes it not much wider or longer than a single stroller.
Best for: Urban parents and/or frequent travelers who need a double stroller with an incredibly small footprint. It's also best as a part-time double stroller (considering it's not much longer than a single stroller), and as a quality budget-friendly pick.
Not best for: Parents of infant twins — considering the front seat can only be used starting at 6 months. It's also not best for exceptionally compact trunks because the Kinderwagon is very long when folded.
See a VIDEO REVIEW of the Kinderwagon Hop.
Favorite features: For starters, it's a double stroller that weighs less than 22 lbs., costs less than $260, and has a footprint similar to a single stroller. The Kinderwagon uses a smart, stadium-seating design on a lightweight umbrella frame, making it an easy and convenient stroller for everyday errands or traveling. The fold is simple, the seats recline (the front seat has a very minimal recline, but the back can be almost fully reclined), and the frame easily fits through any doorway. Plus — plus! — the Kinderwagon won't have your second kid's feet resting in the undercarriage basket, taking up valuable space (which is typical for inline strollers).
Keep in mind that a lightweight stroller frame can have some drawbacks — like the inability to hang a bunch of shopping bags from the handlebars (because of tipping). And the heavier your kids get, the less maneuverable the stroller might feel over bumps and curbs. Also, especially tall parents might wish that the Kinderwagon's handlebars would extend further back from the stroller frame, so you might want to give it a test drive before buying.
Age/Weight limits: 6 months to 40 lbs. in the front seat; newborn to 40 lbs. in the back seat (I wouldn't recommend a small newborn in the back seat, however, because the back seat isn't a full recline.)
Buy from: Diapers.com, $254.99
Maclaren Twin Triumph 8 of 32
One of the most trusted umbrella strollers — times two.
Best for: Parents of older infants and/or toddlers who need a quality travel stroller.
Not best for: Anyone looking for a double travel system with newborn twins since it's not compatible with car seats.
Favorite features: The Maclaren Twin Triumph is basically like taking two Maclaren umbrella strollers and smooshing them together. It's incredibly lightweight (23.4 lbs.), and both seats have independent, multi-position recline and canopy functions. And despite its weight and side-by-side design, the Twin Triumph is impressively maneuverable, easily gliding through any doorway.
Even though the canopies aren't as full coverage as I'd like and the undercarriage basket isn't as ample as other lightweight doubles, I would recommend this as a simple, functional travel stroller to have on-hand for multiples.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 110 lbs. (total stroller capacity)
Buy from: Diapers.com, $294.99
Cybex Twinyx 9 of 32
Cybex recently introduced their very first double stroller — which, similarly to the Maclaren Twin Triumph, is a side-by-side umbrella stroller for two.
Best for: On-the-go parents looking for a lightweight umbrella stroller for older infants and toddlers. A great travel option.
Not best for: The bells-and-whistles parent who likes accessories, add-ons, and options. It's a simple stroller with a specific purpose. And like the Maclaren umbrella double, this isn't compatible with any car seats — so it's not a travel system option. But because it has a full recline, you could use the stroller for newborns.
See the VIDEO REVIEW of the Twinyx.
Favorite features: Besides being a lightweight, simple stroller, it has a pull strap to roll the stroller while folded — making it an even better travel stroller than the average lightweight double. It also has a great recline. When compared to the Maclaren, again, the Cybex is a little heavier (at 29 lbs.), an inch wider (still slim enough to fit through doorways), and pricier. However, it has fuller coverage, height-adjustable canopies with UVP 50+ protection, and similar storage space (which isn't too generous).
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 5 years
Buy from: Amazon, $449.95
Baby Jogger City Mini Double 2012 10 of 32
I'm a big, big fan of the Baby Jogger City Mini line. Why? Because I'm a mom — and the City Minis, both single and double, are extremely functional and easy-to-use. And that's what every mom needs.
Best for: Everyone with two kids.
Not best for: Twin infant travel systems — although it can hold one infant car seat (Chicco, Graco, Evenflo, Maxi Cosi, Cybex, or Peg Perego) with an additional adaptor. Thus, it can turn into a travel system for families with one newborn and an older infant/toddler/child.
Favorite features: What don't I love about this stroller? It might not be on an umbrella frame, but it's lighter weight than the Cybex Twinyx (at 26.6 lbs.) and has a width under 30" — meaning it fits in doorways without a problem. It can only accommodate one car seat at a time, and you have to buy the adapter separately, but it fits a wide variety of popular car seat types — which is convenient. And like the single City Mini, it has the easy, brilliant one-handed fold that catapulted Baby Jogger into must-have status.
More features to love: A maneuverable front swivel wheel that can be locked in place for more stability, an extra large canopy, and an automatic lock. Plus, both seats can individually recline to a near-flat position, and the entire stroller folds practically flat for easy trunk storage.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn (with car seat adaptor) to 100 lbs. total capacity
Buy from: Giggle, $450
Britax B-Agile Double 11 of 32
The Britax B-Agile Double is similar to the Baby Jogger City Mini Double in that it has a similar quick fold and aesthetic, but there are a few key differences.
Best for: Parents looking for a double stroller for their Britax infant car seat. Although it can only accommodate one car seat, it's a great option for the B-Safe or Chaperone car seat — especially because these car seat adapters are included with the stroller. It's also a great option for those with limited trunk space.
Not best for: An infant twin traveling system, considering it can only hold one car seat at a time.
Favorite features: Like the City Mini, it has an easy fold — just pull up on the strap toward the back of the seat and the stroller instantly folds in half. However, it's more of a two-handed fold, considering it's a little heavier and a little bigger than the other lightweight strollers on the list (28 lbs., 40" long, 30.5" wide). Regardless, it's easy and compact. And even though it's slightly bigger than the City Mini Double, it still has an impressively flat fold that will fit in practically any car.
More features to love: It has an adjustable handlebar, full-coverage canopies, and a pretty decent basket with front and side access (in case the seats are reclined).
Note: Our tester ended up bruising her foot multiple times on the B-Agile Double because the almost-30-pound stroller opens and snaps so quickly, it rebounded off of her foot. Yet, overall, it still ended up being one of her top favorites. That says something.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 50 lbs. per seat
Buy from: Babies R Us, $449.99
Phil & Teds DOT 12 of 32The most compact double stroller I've ever seen.
See my full review of the Phil & Teds DOT.
Luxe Double Strollers 13 of 32If money is no object, these double strollers have all the bells and whistles — and an eye-catching package to boot.
Bugaboo Donkey 14 of 32
Quite possibly the most coveted stroller ever invented.
Best for: Parents who feel money is no object for the best stroller possible — especially for twins. It's also the most luxurious all-terrain stroller available. It can do anything, go anywhere, and accommodate any family stage.
Not best for: Parents on a budget, to put it bluntly. (This bad boy can cost upwards to $1700.) It's also not best for anyone looking for a lightweight and simple (yet functional) stroller — because this one has bells and whistles wailing.
Favorite features: The first unique thing about the Bugaboo Donkey is that it comes in three different sets: The Donkey Mono (which is a single with capabilities of eventually expanding to a double), the Donkey Duo (which has capabilities of a single and includes a bassinet and second seat for a double), and the Donkey Twin (their top-of-the-line stroller, designed for twins).
Another unique aspect of the Donkey is that it expands width-wise to accommodate a double, but it can glide through a standard door even at its widest. This means you can have a single-to-double stroller that doesn't have a baby-on-top-of-baby inline design. It's also the only double stroller I know of that can go into two-wheel mode to tackle any kind of terrain possible — including snow and sand.
Beyond that, it has all of the luxe features of a Bugaboo — most notably its buttery smooth maneuverability that glides unlike any other stroller. (It could be the air-filled tires or the top-of-the-line suspension, but I think Bugaboo must have a secret ingredient for their supreme maneuverability.) It also has an unprecedented amount of storage space (especially in Mono mode), full-coverage canopies, and plenty of customizable options.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 6 months for the bassinet; 6 months to 37.5 lbs. for each stroller seat (a relatively low weight limit that some kids will outgrow before they hit age 4)
Buy from: Giggle, $1,199 - $1,659
iCandy Peach Blossom 15 of 32
This European import is the prettiest piece of baby gear you'll ever own.
Best for: Luxe-seeking parents looking for something head-turning, yet more unique than a Bugaboo. And like the Bugaboo, the iCandy Peach Blossom comes in a separate set specifically made for twins: Peach Blossom Twin — so it's a fancy option for new parents of twins.
Not best for: Again, like all of these "luxe" strollers, it's not best for the budget-conscious family. Is a stroller ever worth over $1,000? That's up to you to decide. Also, if you're looking for a true all-terrain double and/or a side-by-side design, go with the Bugaboo Donkey.
Favorite features: Besides the pretty, shiny, sparkly aesthetic (which includes luxe-feeling fabrics), it has an easy one-handed operation, a generous and accessible basket (that isn't lost when you add a second seat like so many double inline strollers), and an easy fold. It can also transform seamlessly into a single stroller, whether you have the Peach Blossom or the Peach Blossom Twin. My favorite feature is that the lightweight chassis has a handy carrying strap, which is a little added convenience to this luxurious ride.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 6 months (bassinet); newborn to 3 years (main seats)
Buy from: Amazon, $1,000 - $1,299
Orbit Baby Double Helix 16 of 32
This brand new addition to the Orbit Baby family was the most highly anticipated double stroller release of 2012.
Best for: The techy, modern parent looking for the latest and greatest gadgets along with the safest, most eco-friendly fabrics and materials.
That being said, the Double Helix is really best for anyone who already uses the Orbit Baby stroller and/or car seat system. You can upgrade your Stroller G2 for $350 — which is reasonable, considering you probably already have the car seats/stroller seat that dock into the Double Helix.
Not best for: Unless you already own the Orbit Baby G2, it's not the most cost-effective system for new Orbit Baby users — especially if you like your accessories. Everything is sold separately, including all of the seats. This makes it awesome to customize, but not quite as awesome on your wallet. The full Double Helix system will cost you $1310 - $1630+ (yowza!), not even including added accessories like the bassinet, weather pack, or Sidekick Stroller Board. It's also a lot of stroller — it's a little longer and heavier than other choices — for anyone needing a compact double.
Favorite features: The Double Helix is bursting with innovation. If you already have the G2, then the new upgrade kit not only comes with a second seat (like most upgrades), but also a new extendable unibar to replace the two separate steering handles, and a bigger, more accessible basket. Plus the Double Helix has something that I've never seen before: The second seat's sunshield also doubles as a ShadePad iPad/tablet holder — and yes, the ShadePad can rotate so your child can look at (or play with) the tablet while strolling.
The Double Helix also has the same SmartHub system as their G2 Stroller and car seats — which allows you to dock the stroller seat/infant car seat/toddler car seat and quickly rotate and spin them around to face either direction — including facing each another. (That might be my favorite feature of the Orbit Baby system, in general.) I also like that the Double Helix can be used in a variety of different seating options for any age combination.
Age/Weight limits: Birth to 40 lbs. (stroller seat); 4 to 30 lbs. (infant car seat); 15 to 65 lbs. (toddler car seat). Note: Only one toddler car seat can be used at a time.
Buy from: Orbit Baby, $350 - $1310+
Phil & Teds Promenade 17 of 32
Phil & Teds traded in their sporty inline for a chic, sophisticated upgrade.
Best for: Infants and small toddlers, and especially for twins. It's also a good option for extra tall parents, considering the handlebar extends further than most (if not all) of the strollers I've tested.
Not best for: Considering most of the key features are for smaller babies, I'd have to say it's not the best option for parents of two bigger kids — although it does transition to a single stroller, so it could be good for one older toddler and one new baby. It's also not best for parents who heavily rely on their stroller baskets, considering the basket is all but lost with a toddler in the second seat. (EXHIBIT A). That's not uncommon with inline strollers, but disappointing at such a luxe price point. As a single stroller, however, the storage basket is huge.
Favorite features: Both stroller seats fully recline, unbuckle, and transform into infant bassinets — eliminating the need to buy extra accessories. (So, so smart!) It also has adjustable footrests, a one-handed recline, a large extendable canopy, and a very extendable handlebar. And even though it has a compact frame, it can still hold its weight (EXHIBIT B).
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 40 lbs. (in each seat)
Buy from: Phil & Teds, $850 - $1,010.
All-terrain + Jogging Double Strollers 18 of 32Whether you're looking for a jogger, a heavy-duty all-terrain stroller, or a lighter-weight option with terrain capabilities — here are my favorites.
Baby Jogger POD 19 of 32
This is an incredibly versatile 3-in-1 jogger, bike trailer, and regular swivel-wheel stroller. And it fits two!
Best for: Sporty, fitness-focused parents looking for a stroller that keeps up with their active lifestyle. As a double, it's better for two smaller kids because the POD gets a little tight when both kids are around 4 years and up.
Not best for: Parents who will use this more as a regular stroller than a fitness stroller. It's an excellent jogger, an excellent bike trailer, and the ability to transform it into a regular stroller is an excellent perk. But it's not the best standard stroller, considering there's no recline, no independent seats, and no infant capabilities. This stroller is a much better option for the active family.
Favorite features: Well the best feature of this stroller is its ability to transition from a stroller to a jogger to a bike trailer — with separately sold accessories ($40 - $60 each). For the parent, it has big bicycle-like wheels for a seriously smooth ride, an adjustable handlebar for taller parents, and impressive storage capabilities, considering there's no undercarriage basket. And even though it looks like a hunk of stroller, it fits through a standard doorway, has a surprisingly easy and compact fold (it's a Baby Jogger, after all), and is very, very easy to maneuver.
For the kids, the POD is a cozy enclosed cabin, complete with mesh pockets to hold their sippy cups, snacks, or toys. And if you're using it for only one child, toddlers will love to bring their little stuffed friends along for the ride.
Age/Weight limits: Up to 100 lbs. in the POD
Buy from: Amazon, $540 (chassis + bike trailer) - $641 (for all three conversion kits)
BOB Revolution SE Duallie 20 of 32
The BOB is an across-the-board parent favorite — especially for joggers.
Best for: Anyone looking for a jogging stroller.
Not best for: Anyone lying to themselves about actually jogging. That being said, it's a maneuverable all-terrain stroller, regardless of the fitness aspect — but there are more compact options out there for non-joggers.
Favorite features: Above all, BOB knows how to make a quality jogging stroller with a smooth ride. The front wheel swivels for easy maneuverability and then locks in place for rougher terrain (or jogging). And because it's not overly bulky, you can use it for everyday errands — whether you're going to the mall or the farmer's market.
Age/Weight limits: Up to 100 lbs. (combined, including storage)
Buy from: Diapers.com, $530
Valco Baby Trimode Twin 21 of 32
This is one of the best picks for parents who want options — including the ability to carry three or even four kids.
Best for: Parents who are having multiple kids close in age — especially if those parents need an all-terrain option that can also be used as a jogger. It has an impressive height capacity for older kids — my almost-4-year-old was no where near the canopy, whereas he's typically on his way to outgrowing most other strollers. And it's compatible with the Valco Joey Twin Toddler Seat ($100), which uniquely attaches to the front of the stroller for three kids at once. Have a fourth kid? Add a Hitch Hiker stroller board ($90) on the back.
Not best for: Anyone tight on trunk or storage space. This stroller's big capabilities and big features come with a big, heavy footprint.
Favorite features: Both seats have independent reclines, canopies, and bumper bars — perfect for kids of different ages. Keep in mind that this is already a heavy stroller, so adding four kids — especially if one or two is 4 or 5 years old — is only going to make it that much heavier. Although it can require some muscle — especially to put it in and out of your trunk — it's still surprisingly maneuverable.
As for everything else, it has full-coverage canopies, plenty of storage pockets (although the undercarriage basket isn't the most accessible), and a 29" width that easily fits through a standard doorway. And the wheels have three different modes (hence the "tri mode"): swivel wheels, 45-degree lock (which gives some maneuverability, but also better stability), and a full jogging-ready lock.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 45 lbs. (each seat) — compatible with one infant car seat or two infant bassinets (sold separately)
Buy from: Valco Baby, $700
Bumbleride Indie Twin 22 of 32
I'm a big fan of Bumbleride strollers. They're functional, maneuverable, and beautifully made.
Best for: Parents of twins or kids close in age. Both seats independently recline flat with an adjustable footrest (perfect for small infants), and it can even be used with two Maxi Cosi Mico infant seats. (It's compatible with a slew of other car seats — from Graco to Britax to Chicco — but only one at a time.) It's surprisingly rare to have a double stroller that can accommodate two infant car seats.
Not best for: Active parents looking for a jogging stroller to run more than a few miles each week. The Indie Twin is more geared toward light jogging. It's also not best for tight, compact spaces (although the 29" width will fit through a standard door). It's a luxurious ride, certainly, but not exactly storage friendly.
Favorite features: Bumbleride has everything that I look for in a stroller: a full-coverage canopy (with SPF 45 protection!), smooth maneuverability, a large and accessible basket, adjustable footrests, an included cup holder, and capable wheels. In fact, these 12" air-filled tires are exceptionally capable for pretty much any terrain you can throw at it. It even has gorgeous color choices — like Aqua, which was new for 2012. And while it's not a compact double stroller (weighing in at 34 lbs.), its size doesn't feel bulky as much as it feels luxurious.
The only bummer: The bumper bars no longer come standard with the stroller, although you can buy them separately for $35 each.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 90 lbs.
Buy from: Bumbleride, $690
Phil & Teds Navigator 23 of 32
Brand new to the Phil & Teds family, this is my favorite Phil & Teds inline that's maneuverable and lighter-weight, but can also handle all types of terrain. I've tested pretty much every Phil & Teds stroller, and they did a fantastic job with this one.
Best for: Parents looking for a stroller on the lightweight end of the all-terrain spectrum — whether you're an urban city mom or an off-roading trail walker.
Not best for: Jogging. This is not a jogging stroller, my friends.
Favorite features: Like all Phil & Teds inline strollers, the Navigator converts from a single to double with their double kit ($50), and the second seat conveniently reclines.
More great features: A full-coverage canopy with little pockets on the side (I put my cell phone and a water bottle in there), a generous undercarriage basket (although most is lost with a toddler in the second seat), one-handed recline, and a maneuverable ride over everything from sidewalks to grass to gravel. For something so manageably compact (and weighing under 30 lbs.), it can take you anywhere you need to go.
Bonus perk as a single: The Navigator is compatible with their Face-to-Face parent-facing seat ($50) .
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 44 lbs. (main seat); up to 33 lbs. (back seat)
Buy from: Phil & Teds, $500 - $650
Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller 24 of 32
A 2012 upgrade to the popular lightweight double.
Best for: Fans of the City Mini who'd like more capable wheels. More than that, it's best for those looking for a lightweight, side-by-side stroller (for traveling, perhaps) that can smoothly handle a variety of terrains.
Not best for: Again, anyone looking for a jogging stroller. Although the Baby Jogger GT models have more capable wheels, this isn't meant to be a jogger. And although it has better wheels, this isn't a Bugaboo Donkey, which glides through snow and sand. So if you're looking for a heavy-duty all-terrain stroller, it's best to look elsewhere.
Favorite features: See my review of the City Mini Double for the full run-down, but improvements to the GT model include: 8.5" forever-air tires that won't go flat, an extendable handlebar, and a new hand-break. And just like the entire City Mini line, the new GT Double folds just as easily and compactly.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn (with car seat adaptor) to 100 lbs. total capacity
Buy from: Babies R Us, $580
More All-terrain Strollers 25 of 32
Part-time Double Strollers 26 of 32Whether you're shopping for a double that can one day convert to a single, or even a single stroller that has the option to be a double, these are some of the most versatile strollers that grow with your family.
Mountain Buggy +one 27 of 32
A compact all-terrain stroller with a unique design unlike any other double stroller.
Best for: In my mind, this is a great all-terrain stroller for parents expecting a second child — especially if your first child is almost ready to transition out of the stroller phase. It seamlessly transitions from a double to a single stroller, and has plenty of add-ons for kids of all ages.
Not best for: Compact trunks. If you have limited room, this is not the stroller for you. It might be a manageable weight (29.5 lbs.), but it's quite bulky while folded. (Tip: Remove the rear wheels for a better trunk fit.) It's also not best for stroller nappers, considering neither seat reclines, or for newborn twins.
Favorite features: One of our testers — a mom with two older toddlers — especially loved how maneuverable it was with heavier kids, even while steering with one hand. It also has a huge canopy, an included cup holder, a generous undercarriage basket, and a compact frame.
It's also a great part-time double stroller. When it's not used as a double, the back seat area holds extra storage, and because it has the same footprint as a single or a double, older kids can hop in and out without too much inconvenience. It's also compatible with the Freerider stroller board ($100) for older kids, as well as the Face-to-Face parent-facing seat ($50) to turn the +one into an infant-friendly single stroller. So many options!
Drawbacks: Testers reported kicking the baby bassinet attachment while strolling and having a difficult time folding the stroller (which takes awhile to get used to). And, again, it has a bulky fold — which won't be a problem for SUV-driving parents.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn (with carrycot + travel system, sold separately) to 44 lbs. per seat
Buy from: Mountain Buggy, $650
Joovy Caboose Ultralight 28 of 32
The Joovy Caboose has always been a unique, pre-kickboard option for parents with an older kid that's transitioning out of the stroller — sometimes they want to use a stroller, other times they want to walk. Rather than having a second seat, there's an open bench in the back for kids to sit down or stand and ride. However, Joovy recently introduced a new attachment that extends its usability.
Best for: An infant and older toddler — the latter of whom is expected to eventually transition out of the stroller. But the addition of Joovy's newest attachment — the Caboose Too Rear Seat ($70) — makes it an affordable option for those with kids a little closer in age, as well.
Not best for: Twins, considering the main feature of the Caboose is its ability to transition into a stand-and-ride double stroller for one, not both, kids. And it can only accommodate one infant car seat.
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Favorite features: The best thing about the Ultralight Caboose — besides its smart sit-and-stand design and the fact that it won't drain your bank account — is actually its new Caboose Too Rear Seat. This full-size rear seat for toddlers (6 months+) attaches onto the backbench, giving parents even more flexibility and options, and both seats recline.
Besides that, I'm a fan of Joovy for their functional, feature-packed strollers that are a great value at reasonable prices. The Ultralight Caboose is lightweight (21 lbs.), maneuverable, and has a pretty generous sun canopy. It also comes with useful attachments that other stroller companies typically sell separately: a Universal Car Seat Adapter, child tray, and Joovy Parent Organizer (for your cell, keys, etc.). The basket is a little difficult to get into when the second seat is attached, but overall, it's a fantastic value.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 44 lbs. per seat
Buy from: Diapers.com, $269.99 - $340
Mountain Buggy Duet 29 of 32
The Mountain Buggy Duet is one of the slimmest side-by-side strollers on the market, but the addition of their new Joey attachment actually turns this double into a single.
Best for: Twin infants or twin toddlers, and/or parents looking for an extra-slim side-by-side stroller with plenty of options — including the unique option to transition to a single stroller.
Not best for: Compact cars and compact storage space. It might be slim in width, but it's still an all-terrain stroller with a bulky fold and 34-lb. weight.
Favorite features: It's one of the narrowest side-by-side strollers at 25 inches wide — which is slimmer than the Baby Jogger City Mini Double, Britax B-Agile, and the Cybex Twinyx. It can also hold two infant car seat adapters or two carrycots, making it a fantastic option for twins.
But one of the coolest features is the new Joey Clip-On Tote Bag ($39.99), which replaces the second seat with a clip-on storage bag (similar to the super-luxe Bugaboo Donkey). You can use the Joey bag with the stroller seat, a car seat, or the infant carrycot. The Joey Seat also works with the Mountain Buggy Duo, turning that bigger all-terrain Mountain Buggy into a part-time double as well.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 79 lbs. combined weight
Buy from: Mountain Buggy, $600
UPPAbaby Vista 30 of 32
The UPPAbaby Vista is one of the most popular luxury single stroller systems, designed to be the only stroller you need from birth through two — even three — children. And with the amount of options this stroller has, it's one of the best values for your money.
Best for: Parents looking to buy a single stroller, with the hopes of using it as a double with future children, or as a part-time double stroller right now.
Not best for: Parents just looking for a double stroller, without the capabilities of a single stroller. (Re: twins.) Although it certainly has the capabilities of being a double stroller, it's better as a single than it is a double.
Favorite features: This is actually one of my top picks for a single stroller system (stay tuned for the full review in my Favorite Single Strollers post, coming soon), mostly due to its well-designed, convenient features: a gigantic basket, extendable handlebar, one-handed flat recline, reversible seat, full-coverage canopy, and — one of my favorite perks — an included well-ventilated bassinet made from breathable materials. You also have the option of adding a second inline UPPAbaby Rumble Seat ($100), as well as a UPPAbaby piggyback Ride-Along Board ($90) for bigger kids — meaning you can use this one stroller for three children at once.
Although I love that the Vista can grow with your family, it's not the best double stroller design, mostly because the second Rumble Seat doesn't recline or fold with the seat. But the option is there — especially in a part-time capacity — for UPPAbaby users. I do like how the added Rumble Seat doesn't add anything to the stroller's footprint.
Age/Weight limits: Newborn to 20 lbs. (bassinet); 3 months to 50 lbs. (toddler seat); up to 35 lbs. (rumble seat)
Buy from: Giggle, $700 - $800
Britax B-Ready 31 of 32
Britax revamped their B-Ready in 2012 with better, more capable wheels. And I love it.
Best for: Although the B-Ready has a similar concept to the UPPAbaby Vista — both single-to-double inline designs — this one is actually a better double stroller. So if you're looking for a double stroller that can eventually turn into a full-featured single stroller, the B-Ready is a better pick.
Not best for: The space-challenged parent. It has a roomy seat, a roomy basket, and capable wheels. These things do not bode well to extra-tiny trunks.
Favorite features: What makes the B-Ready a better double stroller is the fact that the second seat reclines and that it can be folded down with the stroller. But beyond that, it has some of my favorite features: a gigantic canopy, gigantic storage basket, four (one-handed) recline positions, a peek-a-boo window with magnetic closures, and — a feature new for 2012 — foam-filled rubber tires. The B-Ready's new wheels act like air-filled tires, meaning they can smoothly handle uneven terrain without the risk of a flat.
It can also be used with Britax's Stroller Board for bigger kids, which makes it a good potential double for kids of any age spacing.
Age/Weight limits: 6 months (or birth as a travel system) to 55 lbs. (top seat); birth to 35 lbs. (second seat)
Buy from: Babies R Us, $400 - $550
More Single-to-Double Strollers 32 of 32
Searching for something more specific?
Here are my favorite affordable double strollers — all under $300!
Short on trunk space? These double strollers will fit best in your trunk:
Having newborn twins? (Congratulations!) These are my favorite picks for twins:
- Chicco Cortina Together Double
- Baby Jogger City Select
- Stroll-Air My Duo
- Bugaboo Donkey Twin
- iCandy Peach Blossom Twin
- Phil & Teds Promenade
- Mountain Buggy Duet
- Bumbleride Indie Twin (with Maxi Cosi Mico car seats only)
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