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 TANDEM TRAVEL SYSTEM | Chicco Cortina Together
Parents of newborn twins often look for a double stroller that can accommodate two car seats, as most double strollers are only able to fit one. There are plenty of reclinable options for tiny infants (like the Britax, Bumbleride and Valco Baby Ion 2), but this one from Chicco is half the price. And if you don’t mind the longer tandem design, it’s the lightest and most maneuverable of tandem travel systems we tried. There’s also a hefty amount of storage and a parent tray with cup holders, which many coffee-loving moms view as a deal-sealer. The only thing we’re not crazy about is the somewhat flimsy sunshields. But if you were wondering which of the many double stroller travel systems is the most manageable, we’d go with the Chicco Cortina Together.
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