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 CONVERTIBLE | Britax B-Ready
The Britax B-Ready was a close second to the Baby Jogger City Select, in that it’s a convertible stroller that’s easy to use, wonderfully maneuverable and not overly bulky. They’re both incredible, comparable options for roughly the same price, and in fact we slightly preferred the Britax as a single stroller (without the second seat attachment), only because it has a little more storage capacity and we found it more comfortable to stroll with. (Our tester baby seemed to enjoy riding in this one better as well.) So if you’re looking for a stroller that you can use with baby number one until baby number two comes along, we think this is your best bet. Even though there aren’t as many seating options, one huge perk is that the Britax’s second seat can be fully reclined to accommodate the smallest of family members.
Get it from Britax, $499.99; second seat $149.99