Babble Best Picks:
Raising children close in age sounds good in theory (built-in playmates and the ability to get through the baby stage in one chunk), but once the realization sets in that you somehow have to get around town with this crew, it's a different story. Suddenly you're in the market for every parent's worst nightmare - a double stroller - and you're clueless about what you're supposed to be shopping for.
Double strollers are notorious for being over-priced, hard-to-maneuver monstrosities, but stress not. We tested a slew of different double strollers in order to find the very best for each particular lifestyle and budget. And, delightfully, we came across quite a few strollers we could not only tolerate but actually really loved. Once you decide which features are most important to your particular needs (like whether you need a convert from one stroller to two or one that can accommodate as many kids as possible), read through our picks for the best of the best. Don't forget to check our Reader's Picks as well, since some of them might be better for your unique priorities.
Each stroller was tested with a 5-month-old, 18-month-old and 3-year-old. Besides testing the basics (ease of assembly, use, break-down and storage), we also tested each stroller in as many environments as we could: urban sidewalks, rural trails, hills and parks. Also note that we had our tester climb into the attachable second seat for each convertible stroller, just to check if any would tip; none did. We only tested them with the accessories that came with the stroller (we were sent second seats with the convertible strollers), so we didn't test any of them with infant car seats or bassinet attachments. No strollers were tested with newborns.
BEST LUXURY | Bumbleride Indie Twin
After we assembled the Bumbleride, we stepped back, had a look and thought Hmm, maybe twins wouldn’t be so bad. It won’t be as convenient in tight, urban settings, but it would make a wonderful addition to family vacas and long, leisurely walks. And if you want to take it shopping, the Bumbleride can comfortably fit through any standard doorway with exceptional maneuverability. Plus, the features are off the charts: Plush seating, cushioned handle bars, an extra large sun canopy and lots of storage make it one of the most comfortable rides we tested. It can also handle uneven terrain and off-road hills better than most. But what we love most about the Bumbleride is that with its adjustable footrest it can accommodate infants up through childhood (weight limit is 90 lbs.), which means you won’t have to buy any extra parts as your kids grow. In fact, the backrest incline, canopy coverage and bumper bar heights can be independently adjusted for their individual needs and preferences. And if you prefer to use an infant car seat, the Bumbleride is compatible with a number of popular models like the Graco Snugride, Baby Trend Flex Loc and Britax Chaperone – but only one car seat can fit at a time.
Get it from Bumbleride, $679.99