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 AFFORDABLE | Combi Twin Sport
Keeping all features in mind, this Combi Twin Sport is going to give you the best stroller for your dollar. It was easy to use, seeing that’s it’s lightweight (22 lbs.) and can easily fit through a standard doorway (less than 30 inches wide). When it comes to maneuverability, the lightweight frame and small wheels give it a smooth, luxury-like ride, but keep in mind it’s not meant to be an all-terrain vehicle. However, you’ll get a lot of comfort at this price, like plush, reclinable seats and optional snack trays. Some downsides: It’s only compatible with one Shuttle 33 car seat (in case you already have a different brand), storage is decent but not great, and the sun shields could have a bit more coverage. But all in all, for the price and ease of use, we think it’s a smart choice. But if you’d rather sacrifice maneuverability and ease-of-use for a tandem design, better traveler system options and larger storage, check out the even more affordable Jeep Traveler Tandem in our Runner’s Up section.
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