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 | Jeep Traveler Tandem
If you’re looking for a more affordable double stroller (especially if having twins is already causing costs to soar), then the new Jeep Traveler Tandem will comfortably get you from point A to point B while still providing all of the features you need, like full-coverage sun canopies, a compact fold and extensive infant car seat compatibility. Tandem strollers seem to have the reputation of being long, bus-like contraptions that are hard to steer, but after physically comparing all of them, the Jeep Traveler isn’t much longer – if it all – than the convertible strollers. Although it might not have all the bells and whistles as other strollers, it’s a solid choice if you’re looking for something to take on walks without spending too much. It’s also lighter and more maneuverable than the other tandem we tested, but it’s a bit harder to steer. If you want to spend another $60, you might be happier with the Combi Twin Sport’s lightweight and super-maneuverable frame. However, keep in mind the kids might fight less in a tandem design like the Jeep rather than in side-by-side designs that put them in super-close quarters.
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