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.
READER’S PICK | Phil & Teds Explorer
This new, aerodynamic-looking Phil & Teds Explorer (a double-stroller upgrade to their popular inline) can be a single stroller or convert to accommodate another child with a little seat under the first. In fact, you really won’t notice much of a size difference from a regular single stroller, which is important on crowded sidewalks and tight spaces. Just by looking at it, we were sure it’d be placed as the “Best Urban” stroller, which it almost was, except that it was a little too heavy for the price. But if you’re really concerned about your stroller’s width and like the convertible, baby-on-top-of-baby design, the extra weight might be worth it. Like any luxury stroller, the Explorer still maneuvers really smoothly, and it handled broken-up sidewalks and rocky paths exceptionally well. We also like that it can be turned into a traveler system with a number of car seats, including Phil + Teds (obviously), Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego and Maxi-Cosi.
Get it from Phil & Teds, $560