Best Double Strollers of 2016

How do you find the best double stroller? We compared 18 of the most popular double strollers in a comprehensive testing process over the course of several months in order to determine which ones would come out on top. To find the best all around models, the options with a great value for parents on a budget, and the Top Pick strollers for specific purposes, we compared overall scores and individual metric results. We scored the strollers for ease of use and features, maneuverability in tight spaces and over various terrains, general safety, overall weight and folded size, how they fold, and how easy they were to attach a car seat to. The results helped us determine the products that stand out from the competition and should win awards. Read the full review to see what products we absolutely loved, and which ones didn't pass muster.

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Test Results and Ratings

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Analysis and Award Winners


Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team

Last Updated:
Saturday
February 18, 2017
Update — February 2017
Thule has replaced their Chariot Cougar 2 with the Chariot Cross 2. The new stroller has a few added convenience features as well as many improvements to the old ones. More information on the new stroller can be found in our Thule Chariot Cougar 2 review.

Editors' Choice: Best Side-by-Side Double


Thule Urban Glide 2


Editors' Choice Award

Price:   $650 List
$650 from Amazon


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The Thule Urban Glide 2 earned the Editors' Choice award with the highest score in this comparative double stroller review, impressing us with its overall quality and ease of use. With a 3-wheeled side-by-side design, it is easy to fold with a bonus self-standing feature. It is easy to maneuver through doorways, around corners, and over rough terrain. You can jog with it and take it up and over curbs with relative ease. The passenger seats have inside storage pockets, large canopies, independent recline, and padded 5 point harnesses. The handbrake is a nice touch and the only one in this review.

The Urban Glide 2 is an easy to use  comfortable stroller with great maneuverability. Seated to left  a 2.5 year old (30 pounds  37.5") and to right  a 5 year old (40 pounds  44").
The Urban Glide 2 is an easy to use, comfortable stroller with great maneuverability. Seated to left, a 2.5 year old (30 pounds, 37.5") and to right, a 5 year old (40 pounds, 44").
This double stroller has large rubber wheels and rear suspension that is relatively soft compared to others. The Thule Urban Glide 2 brags high scores for maneuverability, safety, ease of use, setup, and quality. It seats two older babies, but only accommodates 1 infant car seat with adapter, so it might not be the best bet for twins unless you plan to carry one in a baby carrier on your person. The Urban Glide 2 is a good all around stroller with the benefit of being a jogger. The lockable front wheel makes it good for indoor activities or outdoor adventures.

Editors' Choice: Best Inline Double


UPPAbaby Vista Double


Editors' Choice Award

Price:   $1,100 List
$1,010 from Amazon
Sale - 8% Off


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The UPPAbaby Vista Double is a stand out stroller that quickly became the stroller of choice with testers in this review, earning it an Editors' Choice award. This easy to use stroller offers a variety of seating configurations including two infant car seat attachment options making it great for twins, multiples, or even a single rider. This stroller sports foam filled rubber tires, the biggest storage bin in the review with the largest maximum allowable weight (30 pounds), a telescoping handlebar, and easy fold.

The Vista has a variety of seating configurations to meet almost any need making it a great stroller for growing families that plan to get out often.
The Vista has a variety of seating configurations to meet almost any need making it a great stroller for growing families that plan to get out often.
While the Vista is not an all-terrain stroller, and you should not be running with it, it does manage uneven terrain better than much of the competition. It has an aluminum alloy frame, all-wheel suspension, and easy to use seats that have large canopies that are just about the best in the bunch. Even though the Vista also sports a higher than average price, we think it is worth the money given that the product is a very nice option, made with quality materials, that can work for children from newborns to around 4 years old.

Best Bang for the Buck


Joovy ScooterX2


The Joovy Scooter X2 Best Value Award

Price:   $280 List
$167 from Amazon
Sale - 40% Off


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The Joovy Scooter X2 once again walks away with a Best Value award, making it a two year winner. This stroller is one of those products that stands out without being imposing. It is a user friendly stroller that draws you in with bright colors, fun features, and functionality in a way you didn't think possible for a product with a price this low. The Scooter offers a nice quality product good for multiples or older twins, as it does not accept any infant car seats. It has a side-by-side design with inset front wheels that helps it negotiate corners and narrow doorways with ease. The large shared canopy and dual storage pockets hanging off the back make this a nice stroller for passengers and parents alike. The Joovy offers one the largest under seat storage bins in the group, and it comes with mesh stow pockets for each little riders. This product has nice reclining seats with adjustable leg rests, all-wheel suspension, belly bar, and easy to use brakes.

The Joovy Scooter has features that both parents and passengers will love  including a giant canopy  inside passenger stow pockets  and dual zippered pockets on the back of the canopy for quick access items.
The Joovy Scooter has features that both parents and passengers will love, including a giant canopy, inside passenger stow pockets, and dual zippered pockets on the back of the canopy for quick access items.
The Joovy Scooter X2 is a great product, but at $280 it is a great product at an awesome price (though the price has gone up about $50 from the previous model). The Joovy impressed us not only with its quality and attributes, but it beat out several of the more expensive options in this review in our performance metrics. Given its overall value and features, it's easy to see why it earned one of our Best Value awards.

Best Value on a Budget


Baby Trend Expedition Double


Best Value Award

Price:   $200 List
$161 from Amazon
Sale - 19% Off


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Though the Baby Trend Expedition Double is the least expensive double in this review with a list of around $130, it placed 12 of 18 and earned a Best Value award because it offers above average functionality at an affordable price point.

The Expedition earned a respectable score for maneuverability allowing you to take it off the beaten path with ease. Though marketed as a jogging stroller  the lack of adjustable tracking and any suspension make the larger rubber air filled tires better suited for uneven terrain and only the occasional jog.
The Expedition earned a respectable score for maneuverability allowing you to take it off the beaten path with ease. Though marketed as a jogging stroller, the lack of adjustable tracking and any suspension make the larger rubber air filled tires better suited for uneven terrain and only the occasional jog.
The Expedition is a side-by-side dual stroller that resembles in design the other 3 wheeled double strollers in the review, even if it doesn't have the same attention to detail. Technically sold as a jogging stroller, the Expedition double is not good for twins as it does not accept any infant car seats. It does however have rubber pneumatic tires, padded seats, 5 point harnesses, easy to use recline with added ventilation, and the third highest score for maneuverability. While the Expedition may not have the same attention to detail, or use the same level of quality components as the much of the competition, for the price it offers what we believe is a reliable double stroller that gets the job done with a few extra features like a parent tray, 2 cup holders and nice cinch pockets on the back of each seat. The Expedition has a fairly simple fold, self-stands, and is lighter than much of the competition. Plus, you can take a quick jog if you want to!

Top Pick for All-Terrain


BOB Revolution Flex Duallie


Top Pick Award

Price:   $710 List
$640 from Amazon
Sale - 10% Off


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An excellent double option in its own right, the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie is another 3 wheel jogging stroller that happens to have everything parents need for multiple children with the added bonus of all-terrain tires and adjustable suspension. While the BOB doesn't accept two car seats, so it isn't a great option for twins, it does work for children up to 50 pounds in each seat and has unbelievably large individual canopies that extend past the knee of most children. This stroller earned a second place rank in this review and BOB continues to impress us and testers alike.

The BOB Revolution is a nice choice for parents who plan to take off road adventures.
The BOB Revolution is a nice choice for parents who plan to take off road adventures.
The BOB is easy to maneuver, has a large storage bin, adjustable handlebar and a new and improved brake pedal that is easier to operate. While we do have some concerns that the new BOB seems to cut some corners over the previous incarnation, we still feel that the Revolution Flex Duallie is one of the best and tough to beat in a competition so stiff we handed out more awards than ever.

Top Pick for Twins


Mountain Buggy Duet


Top Pick Award

Price:   $650 List
$650 from Amazon


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The Mountain Buggy Duet is a side-by-side double stroller that has a lot to offer in a package that accepts two infant car seats at the same time. This makes the Duet an ideal option for parents of twins and the higher scores for quality and maneuverability mean parents aren't making sacrifices by choosing this two car seat option.

The Duet accepts 2 infant car seats from a variety of brands.
The Duet accepts 2 infant car seats from a variety of brands.
The Duet comes with rubber air filled tires, a unique water bottle holder, and an easy fold. The infant seats are staggered with one slightly higher than the other, and the standard seats have comfortable padding and a belly bar. The individual canopies on the Duet are easy to use and the adjustable handlebar makes pushing a breeze no matter what your height. This 4 wheel stroller is a good option for rougher terrain, but even if you just plan to hit the beach or local shopping the Mountain Buggy Duet will be able to manage it. Unlike much of the competition that accepts 2 car seats, the Duet is somewhat unique in that it will work with seats of various brands. Most (not all) of the competition that takes two will only work with their own brand, making them limited in our opinion.

Top Pick for Outdoor Adventure


Thule Chariot Cougar 2


Top Pick Award

Price:   $790 List
$790 from Amazon


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The Thule Chariot Cougar 2 is a standout product in this review for its unique style and design features that make it a great outdoor adventure product. While there were no others like it in our review, there are definitely others like it on the market. We chose this one for its positive history and feedback from users, as well as its overall quality and attention to detail. The Cougar 2 did not disappoint us in our review even though it had trouble keeping up with the scores of the other products, primarily because it isn't an ordinary stroller. The main categories where this product struggled were areas where it just wasn't meant to excel. This product is heavier and larger than others in the review, but its size is what makes it so good at outdoor fun and gives it versatility to do what the other products couldn't. Thule now makes a new product that is replacing the Chariot Cougar 2 called the Chariot Cross 2. Many changes have been made to the stroller, you can read more about them in the full review of the Cougar 2.

The Chariot Cougar 2 is an adventure waiting to happen with versatile attachments available for skiing  biking  and jogging  this stroller can go almost anywhere and do almost anything.
The Chariot Cougar 2 is an adventure waiting to happen with versatile attachments available for skiing, biking, and jogging, this stroller can go almost anywhere and do almost anything.
If you want to bike, ski, or jog, this product will not disappoint and is the only one in our review that can do it all. It won our Top Pick Award for Versatility in our jogging stroller review. Little passengers will enjoy riding in the Chariot with a low entrance they can easily climb into, padded harness and seat bottom, little ones will love the security bubble of the Cougar. The large rubber tires and adjustable suspension will give passengers a smoother ride than others in the group, and the large storage bin and interior stow pockets will definitely be able to carry whatever supplies the day demands. The Chariot might not have ranked in the top tier of products, but whatever it lacked, it more than made up for in attributes that make outdoor activities awesome.

It is also worth noting that our sister site, OutdoorGearLab.com, performed a review of top bike trailers and awarded the Cougar 2 an Editors' Choice award.


Honorable Mention: Frame Stroller for Twins


Joovy Twin Roo+



The Joovy Twin Roo + is a great options for families with infant twins. This economical lightweight frame stroller will get two babies where they need to go with lots of storage and versatile seating arrangements.
The Joovy Twin Roo + is a great options for families with infant twins. This economical lightweight frame stroller will get two babies where they need to go with lots of storage and versatile seating arrangements.

The Joovy Twin Roo+ is a dedicated frame stroller that accepts 2 infant car seats of almost any brand you might be interested in. This product wasn't included in this double stroller review because it was highly unlikely that it would manage well in comparison to strollers that simply offer more (like canopies and seats). However, this doesn't mean this little mule of a stroller doesn't have some high points and a place in the baby gear line up of parents expecting twins.

Because many of the double strollers only accept one infant car seat, and some don't accept any, the Twin fills a gap in the product line up that few other options are able to match. This product is easy to use, lightweight, compact when folded, and has 4 cup holders. It allows babies to face each other or the same direction, and the seats sit low enough for parents to make eye contact with both babies. This little ride has a $130 list price, which means new parents can save some serious cash by purchasing this product over the more expensive double products that won't take two car seats. The Twin can bridge the gap between birth and the end of infant car seat use when parents can make a more informed decision on their remaining strolling years. If twins is what you are expecting and money is tight, or you just aren't sure what kind of stroller is best for you, then the Twin Roo+ can meet your needs without the big expense.


Honorable Mention: Best Sit and Stand Lightweight Stroller


Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite



Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is an interesting product that is a little different than anything else we looked at. Out of all the sit and stand products on the market the Caboose is unlike any other. This stroller is the lightest option in the group, has an available back seat for purchase, and offers a cover for the back seat rider. This stroller is easy to fold and lift, and it has everything a parent of multiples would need for a fun day out, without the hassle of a heavy clunky ride. At first blush this option didn't score well in comparison with much of the competition. But the more we used it and learned about it, the more we liked it. With a list price of $250 it is one of the cheaper options in the review and it has enough functionality and features to keep most parents and passengers happy on fun or quick trips out and about. If you have children of different ages, with one that seems to always be moving, then this sit and stand style will be a good fit.




Analysis and Test Results


Some of the top scoring strollers in our double stroller review.
Some of the top scoring strollers in our double stroller review.
Selecting the right double stroller for your family might be a bigger struggle than juggling the two children you want to put in it. With so many options, each with such varied features and designs, it can be difficult to figure out what really matters, and how one product compares to another. Add in which options are best for twins verses children of different ages, and you have a complex comparison process. In our review, we found that the differences are big, and a comparison is necessary to sort out which products worked well, which just looked good, and which didn't manage either.

To get a complete picture on buying the right product for your family, you may want to look at our article on How to Choose the Best Double Stroller. It is designed to give you a sense of what features and functions matter based on how you will be using the stroller.

To learn how we test the products, we invite you to read our How We Test article. This article offers insight into how the products are tested, and what happens behind the scenes to ensure that each product is treated equally.

Types of Double Strollers


The 18 strollers tested in the Best Double Stroller review.
The 18 strollers tested in the Best Double Stroller review.
Manufacturers describe double strollers in categories like standard and lightweight, but we found those terms are not terribly meaningful, since all the products are relatively heavy and bulky, and we found the trade-off in maneuverability for lighter products to be relatively severe. A better breakdown of doubles might be in design labels of side-by-side and inline varieties. Side-by-side options are seats that sit next to one another and inline are seats that sit one behind another. This can be on the same level, stadium with the back seat higher to offer baby a view, and with a rumble seat that sits almost under the front seat, close to the ground and inside the storage bin. There is also sit and stand products that have a baby sitting in a seat while an older child stands or sits behind the first on a platform or bench seat. We reviewed a variety of of designs in our review.

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
 
The photos above show some of the different double products. From left to right they are the Thule Urban Glide 2, a side-by-side jogger, the Joovy Caboose, a sit and stand that is not good for twins, and the UPPAbaby Vista Double, a stadium style option that accepts 2 infant car seats, and the Britax B-Agile Double, a side-by-side with dual front wheels.

While all the products have characteristics that set them apart, most of them have similar features that make them part of this double category.
  • Double Seating
  • Foldable for storage or travel
  • Ability to fit through narrower doorways
  • Features for comfort and convenience with two children in mind

Basic Doubles


Baby Jogger City Select Double is an in-line stroller with similar seating features for both passengers.
Baby Jogger City Select Double is an in-line stroller with similar seating features for both passengers.
The basic double stroller has two seats, some have the ability to add one or more infant car seats, and most have enough features to keep two content while strolling. These products normally have room for supplies for two, attempt a narrow width for doorways, and offer independent comfort options for each passenger. Most of these products have a relatively easy fold, and they try to be small enough to lift and fit in trunks for better commuting. How many features, and overall functionality available will depend largely on how you plan to use it.

Peg Perego Book for Two is a good example of a classic side-by-side style double stroller.
Peg Perego Book for Two is a good example of a classic side-by-side style double stroller.
We found that the differences between side-by-side and inline is varied and that there are good and bad things about both. Some manage to be easily maneuverable, with the side-by-side products generally being easier to push and turn, but high quality options like the Vista still shine in this metric. Side-by-sides normally have equal features and functionality for both passengers, while inline options generally have one seat with a better canopy, leg space or additional features, leaving the other child with a much different experience than the first.

Double Car Seat Frame Strollers


The Joovy Twin Roo+ with 2 Chicco Keyfit 30 car seats installed.
The Joovy Twin Roo+ with 2 Chicco Keyfit 30 car seats installed.
For those with twins, a double car seat frame stroller is invaluable. They allow you to attach two infant car seats for about the first year. This provides a lighter and less bulky option for infant twins, and greatly simplifies transitions between car and stroller. For parents on a budget, or those who aren't certain what kind of stroller they may want, it is a budget friendly option that meets the needs without the large out of pocket expense.

Outdoor Enthusiasts


The BOB is a great all-terrain stroller with adjustable suspension and rubber pneumatic tires that accepts one infant car seat. These models are 7 1/2 months old and a 5 yr old that is 40 lbs and 44 in.
The BOB is a great all-terrain stroller with adjustable suspension and rubber pneumatic tires that accepts one infant car seat. These models are 7 1/2 months old and a 5 yr old that is 40 lbs and 44 in.
While all of the products in our review fit into the basic doubles category, a few of them are also good at leaving the beaten path. Some of the features and attributes for a few of the models in this review, including the Editors' Choice Thule Glide 2, the Top Pick for All-Terrain, BOB Revolution Duallie Flex, and the Top Pick for Outdoor Activities winner, the Thule Chariot Cougar 2, are designed for taking little passengers off road as opposed to a walk in the mall. While these products work for everyday use, their increased cost should be looked at through the lens that these rigs are meant for more. If you rarely get your boots dirty, the added expense of these products might not be the best idea as the additional attributes will likely be something you never use. Alternatively, if you love the wild woods and can't imagine a week without the open air and muddy path, then buying a basic model will be a huge disappointment as it will not be good for your planned adventures.

The jogging kit for the Chariot turns the stroller into a 3 wheel stroller ideal for jogging.
The standard Chariot comes ready to stroll.
 
The Thule Chariot Cougar 2 (shown above) offers kits for skiing, jogging, strolling, or use as a bike trailer.

Why Get a Double Stroller?


Some of the standout double strollers in this review  including award winners and top scoring products.
Some of the standout double strollers in this review, including award winners and top scoring products.

It doesn't matter if you are looking for a basic stroller or an adventure wagon, having a double stroller with multiple children can make all the difference in whether or not you leave the house or remain stranded at home. Choosing to purchase a double product can give you more freedom to leave your home without worrying about two wandering souls. It can make you feel empowered to undertake the unthinkable trip to the zoo or just the grocery store knowing you can contain not just the kids, but all the supplies that come with them. Having a stroller is the first step to getting out of the house and back into the world with fewer headaches and hassle. Unless you aren't planning to leave your home, or one of them is too old to ride and the other young enough to carry, a double stroller is almost a necessity.

Criteria for Evaluation


This photo shows the Cortina with open canopies and both seats fully reclined.
This photo shows the Cortina with open canopies and both seats fully reclined.
Testing the strollers in this review included six performance metrics that we feel encompass the important features and functionality to consider when buying a stroller. We gave a stronger weighting to ease of use and maneuverability because we think managing multiple children is hard enough without fighting your transportation. The ratings were derived from a combination of user experience and in-house test results. Each product was reviewed in comparison to the competition to create the best possible one for one results.

Ease of Use


For a product to be easy to use it has to have enough features that are executed well. Products without certain features, or those with difficult to use features, will invariably be frustrating for parents on a daily basis. The goal is that features make life easier, not harder. This includes folding and unfolding; a process that has left more than one parent crying or cursing in public. The features and functionality for each product were noted, tested, and compared to the other products.

The Sit 'N Stand comes with 2 seats and will accomadate 2 infant car seats  but it still has enough variation in the toddler seating that it isn't the best for twins if you want to avoid bickering on who gets to sit where.
The BOB seats do not recline as far as much of the competition  which is likely a safety consideration for jogging with baby.
The canopy on the Scooter is large and the seat backs have an almost flat recline suitable for younger passengers.
The Duo canopies are fairly large and the seat backs recline close to flat.
 
The photos above show some of the variations in sun shades across products. From left to right they are the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand, BOB Revolution Flex, Joovy Scooter X2, and the Graco FastAction Fold Duo.

Every product in our review offered a sunshade for both passengers. Some have smaller shades for rear passengers, like the Phil and Teds Dot, while some have a single shared canopy like the Joovy Scooter 2X. Some shades are relatively small, like the Graco Ready2Grow LX with a shade that covers little, while others offer giant canopies like the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie that covers most passengers from head to past the knee. The Ready2Grow shade score earned the lowest score in our tests with a 3 of 10, while the canopies on the BOB and the UPPAbaby earned 10s. Most of the canopies fell somewhere between the BOB and the Ready2Grow, offering adequate coverage for both passengers. The inline models often skimped on one canopy over the other, and the Joovy Scooter X2 and the Baby Trend Expedition Double both had a single canopy for two.

All of the products claim features for storage. This is a bit open to interpretation with the size and allowable weight of storage varying widely across products. For instance the Joovy Caboose offered a small under seat bin with questionable access under a sliding seat, while the UPPAbaby Vista and Peg Perego Book for Two offer easy to access large bins. The Joovy Scooter has additional storage pockets and cup holders on the canopy back, and interior mesh pockets for passenger treasures and snacks.

The dual zippered pockets on the back of the Scooter are a nice addition that can keep valuables safely in one place without fear of items falling out while strolling.
The Glide is the only option in this review with covered storage that is both zippered and velcro for easy  secure closing. The cover is weather resistant and helps keep items clean and dry.
The parent tray on the Expedition is the nicest one in the review with a large covered storage tray and dual cup holders.
 
The photos above show some of the additional storage features found on some products. The Joovy Scooter (left), covered storage bin and zippered pocket of the Thule Urban Glide (middle), and parent tray on the Baby Trend Expedition Double (right).

Convenience features are a nice touch when hoping little ones will fall asleep at the end of a long day. Several of the products in our review offered adjustable leg rests, and almost all of them had some degree of reclining seat back. Napping and finding a comfortable position to sit in can be of the utmost importance to little ones on the go. These features shouldn't be overlooked when making a choice between products to buy. Some of the strollers offered a near flat recline and leg rest adjustment like the front seat of the UPPAbaby Vista Double that came closest to flat. Other products like the Chicco Cortina Together, had different recline options for each seat, with one reclining further than the other that remains almost upright when fully reclined. This seems like a design flaw, and while it might work for children of vastly different ages, it may also end up in a fight for who gets the comfy seat. This kind of seat disparity is found only with the inline products. Depending on the age of the siblings, and whether or not they are twins, this kind of seat arrangement may end up being more headache than it is worth. Only the Chariot does not recline at all.

The recline feature on the Glide is easy to use compared to the competition.
The seat on the Vista recline easily back with the push of a button and a tilt of the back.
The front seat on the Sit N' Stand has limited recline opportunities thanks to close proximity of the rear seat.
 
The photos above show different recline options. From left to right they are a plastic toggle for the Urban Glide 2, a button push on the Vista, and a metal bar that sits in grooves on the front seat of the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand.

The Book for Two earned the top score for ease of folding and unfolding.
The Book for Two earned the top score for ease of folding and unfolding.
Many of the products have easy folding operation with only a few steps. Some offer self-standing and automatic locking features, but even if they didn't, a few managed to still be easy to operate. We preferred products with the least amount of steps that folded smoothly and without awkward complications that resulted in banging shins, sliding, or pinching. The Peg Perego Book for Two earned the high in this test because it is super easy, one step, self-stands and auto-locks. You can't fold it with car seat adapters on, which is its only folding downfall. The hardest to fold is the Dot. The Dot requires removal of the rumble seat and it doesn't self-stand or auto-lock. The Baby Jogger City Select Double is similar and also requires a seat removal prior to folding if you plan to lift or fit it in a trunk.

Maneuverability


The rubber tires on the Glide helped it earn a high score for maneuverability.
The rubber tires on the Glide helped it earn a high score for maneuverability.
Finding a good double stroller that turns on a dime and is a pleasure to push can be a daunting and possibly impossible task. However, after much testing, pushing, turning, and narrow negotiations we found that some products are better than others, and some actually are a pleasure to use. Moving a double wide or super long stroller can be a struggle and there is little that can be done to decrease the size or weight of the average double product. However, the kind of tires, wheels and suspension did impact how easily the products were to use. The BOB and the Thule Urban Glide are some of the easiest to push in the bunch with a score of 9 of 10, both strollers have the high score and prove that it is possible for a wide stroller to be easy to push. The 3 wheel design and pneumatic tires make the BOB and Thule Urban Glide 2 a breeze to move. Alternatively, the average product in our review scored a 5. The low for the group is a 3 shared by both Graco options and the Chicco stroller.

The plastic wheels on the Ready2Grow are fairly flimsy and the dual wheel design makes it hard to push and maneuver.
The plastic wheels on the Ready2Grow are fairly flimsy and the dual wheel design makes it hard to push and maneuver.
Many of the products are difficult to push because they have flexing frames, or wide set wheels. Some were hard due to plastic wobbly wheels or dual front wheel designs (4 wheels in all). These kinds of difficulties make pushing frustrating or impossible over various terrains and transitions.



The products in our review were put through a course of twists and turns, narrow doorways, and tight corridors. They were pushed over hard floors, concrete, asphalt, grass and gravel, then dragged upstairs and curbs. We assumed that some of the products would have trouble in the gravel or grass, given that most of are not designed for this kind of use, but some of them had difficulty on hard flat floors and concrete. We scored all products against one another for ease of pushing, how they maneuvered over rougher surfaces, and whether or not we struggled while pushing.

Many of the products performed about the same, but there were some standouts in the competition. The BOB, Thule Urban Glide, and Chariot all were easy to push, turned well, and made pushing on grass and gravel a breeze. Products with larger wheels or pneumatic tires really did better than those with plastic wheels or double front wheels that were wide set on the product. The double wheels on the front of the Britax B-Agile Double were inset on the frame and did do better than some of the others in our review earning a 5 in testing. The Vista and the Expedition both earned a second place with 8s.

The tires on the BOB are air filled rubber that helped the stroller earn a high score in maneuverability.
The large rear tires on the Chariot are pneumatic rubber tires.
The B-Agile has dual front wheel design with wheels made of plastic. In our experience this design is a poor one that results in poor performance for maneuverability.
 
The photos above show the locking front wheel of the BOB (left), the large rear wheels on the Chariot (middle), and the dual front wheels of the Britax B-Agile (right).

Safety


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released studies that identified falling as the most prevalent cause of injuries related to using strollers. The organizations used information from hospital injury databases between the years 2008-2011. Injuries related to tipping are the second most common injury using strollers. Experts agree that the proper use of the restraining harnesses could have prevented many injuries.

For safety we reviewed the harness attributes and how easy they were to adjust, and the brakes and how easy they are to use or how well they work. For tipping we used a tilt table test to determine the angle at which strollers would fall, and we hung weight from the handles to assess the required weight necessary before falling backwards. Most of the products scored a 6 of 10 in this metric, with none scoring over a 7 or less than 4. The Joovy Scooter, the Britax B-Agile, and the Graco FastAction Fold Duo all earned 7s, and the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand, and the Baby Trend Expedition Double earned 4s.

Harness
The harness on the Vista is easy to use in just about every way.
The harness on the Vista is easy to use in just about every way.
All of the products had a 5 point harness (a few can be modified to a 3 point; with some offering padding and/or safety buckles that require two hands to remove. Some of the products have an adjustable crotch strap and shoulder height strap adjustment. Some offer a non-rethread harness while others require rethreading. However, even the rethread options aren't as hard to operate as the rethread on the car seats. The Chicco, Mountain Buggy Duet, and Phil and Teds do not have adjustable crotch straps. The Chicco and the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand only have 2 shoulder strap positions, while others have infinite height options. The BOB earned the highest score for harness adjustment with the Phil and Teds Dot earning only a 4.

Products that are easier to use and adjust scored higher than those that were difficult. We assume that parents are more likely to use harnesses that are simple, straightforward, and easy to adjust.

The plastic red loops on the BOB harness make adjustment very easy.
All four straps on the Dot must be inserted into the buckle separately.
 
The photos above show the top scoring harness of the BOB (left) compared to the low scoring harness of the Phil and Teds Dot (right).

Side Tipping
The double strollers managed deeper angles before tipping than the single models. The extra weight and longer footprint helped give them an advantage over the smaller single options. However, this doesn't mean that they all performed well. On the contrary, some of the products excelled while others offered only acceptable scores. The average tipping angle for this review is 26.5 degrees sideways. The UPPAbaby tipped first at an angle close to 17 degrees. This means it isn't the best at moving sideways on an angle, and its higher center of gravity makes it more likely to tip. The top performer in our test is the Chariot that didn't tip until 46 degrees.

Weighted Back Tip
Hanging weight off the handlebar of any stroller is a bad idea, and all the manufacturers include warnings not to do this. This kind of practice can lead to the product tipping over with passengers inside, which can lead to accidents that end up needing medical assistance. Hanging diaper bags or other items on bar is unsafe and not recommended. However, we recognize that weight might end up on the handlebar over the lifetime you use your stroller. Our test was designed with this possibility in mind. We reviewed how much weight is required before each product would fall backwards. Eight strollers in the review did really well in this test requiring over 58 pounds on the bar before they tipped. The UPPAbaby, both Joovy options, and the Baby Jogger City Select Double were part of this group. The Chariot was the worst performer needing around 13 pounds before it fell. In its defense, at least it isn't tipping much.

Quality


We tested the UPPAbaby Vista with second seat (rumble seat) and the bassinet (included).
We tested the UPPAbaby Vista with second seat (rumble seat) and the bassinet (included).
The double products showed that quality can be found in almost every price range from different brands. Many of the products looked good and appeared durable with a nice fit and finish. Unfortunately, it does somewhat hold true that you get what you pay for, and in general many of the cheaper options, also scored lower for quality in our tests. With the exception of the Joovy Scooter X2 the cheaper products scored a 4 or below. These products were in the $250 and under range. The Scooter is $280 and managed a quality score of 6, the highest for any product with a price tag under $300. The Chicco Cortina and the Graco FastAction Fold both have a list price of $300 and scored lower than the Scooter, showing money isn't the only factor when it comes to quality, even if it is an indicator. The high scores for quality is a 9 earned by the Thule Urban Glide; the Glide has a list price of $650. While this is on the higher end, it is by no means the most expensive in the group with 6 other strollers costing the same or more and having lower quality scores. So while a higher price might indicate higher quality, there seems to be a price point where this is no longer the case and more money didn't seem to help quality.

The Thule earned high marks for quality.
The quality of the Sit 'N Stand is on par with other Baby Trend strollers  but failed to compare to the other products in our review.
 
The photos above show the interior of the Urban Glide (left) and Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand (right), the high and low end of the quality scale respectively.

The average product in our review scored a 6 of 10 for quality. The UPPAbaby, BOB, and the Chariot all tied for second place with 8s; these strollers are made with quality materials that are put together in a flawless design that is both functional and pleasing to the eye. The 4 top scoring products stood out from the competition with attention to detail and features that were not only thoughtfully placed, but skillfully put together. We reviewed how well the products were put together, what kind of materials were used, and how well they withstood our testing process. We considered frames, fabric, comfort, and design when rating quality and the products with the highest scores offered better materials, quality connection, less flex, and durable stitching.

Weight and Folded Size


The Caboose is the lightest stroller in this review and the third smallest when folded.
The Caboose is the lightest stroller in this review and the third smallest when folded.
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a double stroller, which might lead some parents to overlook their weight and folded size. However, we feel this metric is pretty important considering that multiple passengers means twice the work, and twice the weight. The last thing any parent needs is a product too heavy to move from place to place, or too large to store when not in use. If you consider that each passenger might weigh up to 40 pounds, and the product could weigh over 30 pounds, this creates a final weight that might be 100 plus pounds! This makes weight a potential driving factor behind which product you choose, especially if you live in a location with steep inclines or an up and down terrain like San Francisco. Unfortunately, none of the double products are really lightweight, so it is a battle of finding the right option for you with the lowest weight. The heaviest stroller in the group is the Baby Jogger City Select Double weighing in at 37.8 pounds. The lightest is the Joovy Caboose at close
The Select is smaller folded than you'd think given the heavier weight of almost 38 pounds.
The Select is smaller folded than you'd think given the heavier weight of almost 38 pounds.
to 23 pounds, which is one of the reasons it won an honorable mention. The average is about 32 pounds and is shared by the Peg Perego, Thule Urban Glide and theMountain Buggy Duet. BOB came in close with a weight near 34 pounds, while the Baby Jogger City Mini Double and the Britax B-Agile Double are both close to 27 pounds making them nice options if weight is a concern.

For this metric we did our own measurements to ensure that all products were weighed and measured in the same way. This way the comparison between products is a one for one comparison. Unfortunately, we've discovered over time that not all manufacturers offer accurate measurements and weights. We'll assume this is in error and not an intentional deception, but we weighed and measured the products ourselves for consistency across products.

The smallest folded products in this metric were the Britax B-Agile Double and Baby Jogger City Mini Double at under 10,700 cubic inches. The largest option is the Chariot that is almost 3 times the size of the B-Agile. However, its purpose and design merits the added size and weight, but arguably it isn't the best commuter or daily driver. The smallest award winner is the Mountain Buggy Duet at 17,200 , while the honorable mention Caboose is around 11,000 cubic inches.

Ease of Car Seat Attachment


The Book only accepts the Primo Viaggio infant car seats  but it will accept two at the same time if you have twins. This stroller earned the highest score for ease of car seat attachment.
The Book only accepts the Primo Viaggio infant car seats, but it will accept two at the same time if you have twins. This stroller earned the highest score for ease of car seat attachment.
We used to have a review specifically for infant car seat frame strollers where we discussed the benefits of having a lightweight compact frame stroller for car seat attachment. However, as time goes on it seems this method is falling out of favor as other types of strollers are offering the ability for use with a variety of infant car seats or at least their own brand of seat. Because of this, we folded the car seat attachment metric into the regular stroller review. This metric doesn't carry a lot of weight in the overall score, thanks to the limited life span of this portion of stroller life (9-12 months out of a possible 4 years), but the information can help parents determine which strollers offer the easiest attachments or work the best with award winning car seats. If this is something you are looking for when shopping for strollers you may want to check out the individual scores for the strollers you like the best. The other consideration would be finding a stroller that works with 2 car seats if you have twins, something that only half in the group can manages.

Twins vs Multiples of Different Ages


The Vista can work with an infant car seat and the toddler seat for children of various ages. The sunshade on the Vista toddler seat is large and covers to the knee with the visor open  which the infant car seat will need to rely on the canopy attached to the seat for sun protection.
The Vista can work with an infant car seat and the toddler seat for children of various ages. The sunshade on the Vista toddler seat is large and covers to the knee with the visor open, which the infant car seat will need to rely on the canopy attached to the seat for sun protection.
The primary consideration that makes these two options different is that parents of twins will need the same or at least similar seating arrangements for both baby, while parents with children of different ages can manage with different seating features. For instance, a sit and stand style isn't going to work for infant twins as one of them clearly cannot stand. Alternatively, only half of the strollers offer the ability to carry two car seats, something twins will likely need, while parents of different aged children may not care about. The double strollers in this review that accept two car seats at the same time are the UPPAbaby Vista, Mountain Buggy Duet, Baby Jogger City Select Double, Britax B-Ready Double, Peg Perego Book for Two, Chicco Cortina Together, Graco FastAction Fold Duo, Graco Ready2Grow LX, and the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand. The remaining half accpet only 1 infant car seat or none.

Both car seats can face the pusher when attached to the Duet.
Both car seats can face the pusher when attached to the Duet.
There are some things to consider when using 2 car seats. Some brands will only accept their native car seat which will limit your choices of seat or stroller. The Peg, Graco, Chicco and Baby Trend strollers will only accept their own kind of car seat. Given that the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and the Chicco Keyfit 30 both won awards in our Best Infant Car Seat Review, this may not be a big deal if you are prepared to commit to these seats. However, the Graco car seats didn't score that well in our review and Baby Trend seats are hard to find and not that popular. In addition, many of the native brands were hard to install in their own brand stroller.

The Vista works with a variety of infant car seats making it a good choice for strolling with twins. This photo includes 2 UPPAbaby Mesa car seats.
The Vista works with a variety of infant car seats making it a good choice for strolling with twins. This photo includes 2 UPPAbaby Mesa car seats.
We like the strollers that work with a variety of seats with the right adapter so your choices are broader and you aren't locked into a particular brand or an expensive price. The UPPAbaby Vista will accept the UPPAbaby Mesa (also an award winning seat), but with the right adapters it accepts several other options as well. Similar can be said of the B-Ready, Duet, and the Baby Jogger.

The Competition


We considered more than 50 double strollers before narrowing our selection down to 18 finalists. A couple of the notable products that didn't make the cut for hands-on testing are listed below, along with our take on why they didn't make our selection. Several were options we reviewed in previous incarnations of our double review that didn't fare well enough to test again, and some were products that received significantly high number of negative reviews and comments on Amazon, leaving us to assume they wouldn't do well in this review.

Bugaboo Donkey Twin- $1885


The Bugagoo Donkey Twin
The Bugagoo Donkey Twin
As a luxury side-by-side system, the Donkey Duo (1 bassinet, $1719) and Donkey Twin (2 bassinets, $1885) is $620 to $785 more expensive than the 2016 Editors' Choice, the UPPAbaby Vista Double (the most expensive option in the review). Like the Donkey Twin, the Vista with second seat can take twins from newborn through childhood for about 40% of the cost. In comparison, the Vista's inline system is around 3" less in width and about 10 lbs lighter. In addition, the Vista can be folded without removing the second seat, while the Donkey's seats must be taken off before folding the frame. For those looking for a luxury side-by-side system with pneumatic wheels, the Donkey certainly has its place among top-of-the-line elite, but for this review it didn't feel like it could truly compete with the competition given the price and what it has to offer.

Orbit Baby G3 Double


Orbit Baby G3 Double $1440 (Orbit Stroller Base + Double Stroller Kit $800, Two G3 Stroller Seats $480, Two Sunshades $160 = $1440) The Orbit G3 Double is an inline, component-based system that is honestly a beast for the price. With the two stroller seats, it weighs a whopping 53.6 lbs, with the weight going up with the infant car seat. The real wow factor of the Orbit system lies in its 360-degree SmartHub for both the stroller and infant car seat base; there simply is nothing like it and we admit it is kind of cool. However, in our previous review, the G3 with Double Stroller Kit fared poorly with a 13th place out of 14 competitors. It struggled in the weight/folded size metric, and it scored only average for ease of use and maneuverability. With the 2016 competition being even stiffer, we didn't feel that the Orbit would be competitive. For $340 more than the Editors' Choice UPPAbaby Vista (price includes the first bassinet in the base single stroller price), that scored great in ease of use and maneuverability with 18.5 lbs less to (wo)man-handle, the decision was pretty easy to skip the Orbit. Nonetheless, this is still a popular stroller among the glitterati…leaving us asking why?

Conclusion


The 18 strollers tested in the Best Double Stroller review.
The 18 strollers tested in the Best Double Stroller review.
With so many products to choose from there really is an stroller for everyone. Whether the passengers are twins or siblings of a different age, there is a product in our review that can handle the daily duty that comes with multiple children. With competition this stiff, even we had trouble deciding which products deserve extra recognition, this resulted in our giving out more awards than ever before.

No matter what the budget or need, at least one of the strollers in our review should be able to fit the bill. Our goal with any review is to help parents crack the code so they can find the perfect fit without having to do any of the leg work to get there. Whether you are looking for a stroller to get off the beaten path, or one to go around the block, we feel confident this review and our article on How to Pick the Best Double Stroller will be able to steer you in the right direction to the stroller of your dreams.
Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team
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