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 | Schwinn Turismo Double Swivel Wheel Jogger
If you’re looking for an affordable jogging stroller that’s roomy and comfortable, this is a pretty solid choice. In fact, with the luxe seats, built-in cup holders (for Mom too!) and a built-in MP3 player, the kids might even beg to take a ride! Keep in mind that since it’s roomy for the kids, it’s less space for you on the road – so make sure you’re not running on super narrow paths or gliding through doorways. It’s also on the bulkier side at 34 pounds, so it’s sturdy enough to go jogging, but not ideal for shopping in the mall. (Hint: Make sure the wheels are in a fixed position rather than swivel mode or else you’ll be all over the road while jogging.) We found it felt less solid than the Valco jogger, but you can’t beat the price for a standard double jogging stroller.
Get it from Target, $251.99