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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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Analysis and Test Results
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
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 Car Seat Frame Strollers
Why Get a Double Stroller?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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
Twins vs Multiples of Different Ages
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.
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.
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
Orbit Baby G3 Double
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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