Only two strollers in our review scored lower than the Combi. While this product looks like a pretty neat ride from the outset, its performance and actual day-to-day function was disappointing in our tests. The parent cup holder is hard to use with taller cups and bottles, the split under seat storage means larger items will not be able to go there, and the strange fold resulted in several weak pressure points that gave the overall frame too much flex when pushing. The ride itself is rickety and wobbly from the increased flex, and the general fit and finish is a disappointment. When you combine all of these failings, this turns into a product we can't recommend.
Combi Twin Cosmo Review
Pros: Extra storage, light, carry strap
Cons: Maneuverability, storage, only 1 car seat
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Combi Twin Cosmo is a side-by-side double stroller with fully adjustable flat recline and two independent canopies. It has two under seat storage pockets, as well as dual canopy pockets, and a parent cup holder on the side. This stroller comes with 3 and 5 point harnesses depending on the size of the passenger, and can be used with the Combi Shuffle infant car seat. It folds in 3 steps without bending over, and then folds in half for a more compact final product for carrying or stowing, and it offers a shoulder strap to carry the folded product. This product comes with removable, washable seat pads, and infant safety boots. Each seat has a removable, padded guardrail that features a cup holder and snack tray. The fully extended canopies protect from sun, and weather with ventilation and peek-a-boo windows. It offers lockable, front swivel wheels, and larger rear wheels.
Ease of Use
The Twin Cosmo has several features that many of the other strollers we reviewed did not, which gave it an average score of 6 of 10. The stroller with the highest marks in this metric is the Joovy Scooter X2 with an impressive 9 of 10.Storage
Luckily this product offers two pockets on the back of the canopies for extra storage. This feature somewhat makes up for the poorly designed under seat option, but the pockets are still only good for smaller items of convenience like keys, phones, wallets, and pacifiers. You might be able to get away with stowing a few diapers and a small pack of wipes in one pocket for quick access, but these pockets definitely will not hold everything you will need for a day out on the town with two children. But all that being said, not every stroller we looked at offered convenience item storage so it's pretty cool this one has something, where others have nothing. The pockets are easy to use and nicely placed.
For parent convenience it has the dual canopy pockets we already discussed, but
This stroller does not offer an adjustable leg rest, but it does have what it calls infant boots for use with smaller children with the seatbacks reclined for a bassinet type function and feel. The seat backs do recline, but we wondered if it was enough to truly utilize the seats as bassinets, or if it was just a little too upright to work well this way. The seat back does recline fairly far, more than just a few of the competition, we just aren't convinced that it is enough for an infant to sleep on without slipping down into the infant boot. Both seat recline independently to the same angle, which is nice and not always the case for all the products we reviewed. . Older children will probably find the recline angle cozy enough for naps during longer rides. Only 1 side can accept the click in of an infant car seat, and only a 1 specific kind of Combi car seat will fit
Jeep Wrangler Twin Sport All-Weather. Overall, the maneuverability of this stroller is unimpressive and a bit frustrating for parents and passengers.
This stroller has a lot of flex when pushed, seemingly in response to the increased fold points and connection brought on by the unique fold of the stroller for travel and stowing. This flex increases with the added weight of two children and all their baggage. On hard flat surfaces it was hard to push straight, harder to turn, and near impossible to navigate tight spaces without getting hung up on baseboards and furniture. The frame has a tendency to wobble and makes the stroller itself canted of center if you don't apply an equal amount of pressure to each side. For wide open spaces on concrete, it does okay.
On grass and gravel it almost becomes immobile. Sure a double stroller doesn't have to be an all-terrain vehicle, but it seems like it should be able to go at least a few feet over grass if the journey demands it. This vehicle was hard to push through grass and gravel and grew more difficult the harder we pushed as it grew mired down in the depths of the softer surfaces. We also had difficulty getting this product back up and over curbs or stairs, because the brakes catch and lock leaving the stroller stuck in mid-motion. If your journey will include any surface beyond the wide open, uncrowded surfaces of suburbia, this might not be the best stroller for you.
BabyGearLab likes to consider safety when testing the products we review. We considered several double stroller features with a keen eye for safety concerns. These features included the harness design and adjustments, brake function, and the potential for tipping. The Cosmo Twin earned a score of 6 of 10, which put it at the bottom in our review with a few other strollers for company. The highest rated products earned 8 of 10, and these included the award winners BOB Revolution SE Duallie, and the Joovy Scooter X2.Brakes
The brakes are stiff to set, are not sandal friendly, and the lever is somewhat short making it harder for bigger feet. Once set the brakes have more play in them than most of the products in our review. In addition, it didn't require much pressure to cause the stroller to slide with the brakes on. It took 18 pounds of pressure pulling the stroller for it to move backwards, and only 12 pushing on it for forward movement. These amounts aren't the lowest in our review, but they aren't anything to be proud of either.Harness
The side-by-side design of the Cosmo helped it earn a fairly good score for tipping sideways. Given its lower center of gravity, and overall girth, this stroller didn't tip until the angle was deeper than 33 degrees. This placed it above the average of 30 degrees, but not close enough to the highest rank in this metric, the Chariot Cougar 2 with an impressive 45 degree angle. In fairness though, these two strollers have almost nothing in common and most parents looking at the Cougar will not have the same objectives in mind as those considering the Combi.
It took just over 25 pounds of weight hanging from the handle bar before this product tipped over backwards. This is less than almost all of the competition with the exception of the Cougar which ironically had the worst score for this metric, requiring only 13 pounds before it fell back.
The fabric of the Cosmo is stiff and a little rougher than most of the competition. The seat backs are a little floppy and the padded sides never sit flat against the back of the seat. Overall, the seat itself looks frumpy like the clothes of a successful dieter before they get a chance to buy new things. It looks as if the seat is actually designed for a larger framed stroller. While the frame looks pretty clean, the fabric looks so frumpy you almost don't notice anything else. However, even though the fabric is frumpy, the seats can be removed and washed in the machine, so some users felt they could overlook the fit for the convenience of keeping things clean.
The frame has a lot of parts and connections points thanks to the strange fold in half feature of this product. These connection points and extra pieces prevent the frame from looking as nice as some of the other strollers that sport fewer pieces or welded junctions instead of rivets. It also looks like more plastic is used on this frame and connections than on most of the products in our review.
The wheels for this stroller had the most flex and random movement that any in the group. The tires are made of foam filled plastic wrapped on hard plastic wheels. The handle bar is also just plastic and it isn't covered in any kind of softer product like many of the other products. This may or may not be a bad thing, but it definitely felt less comfortable when pushing and it might get hot sitting out in the sun. The height of the bar is okay, but some users did find they were kicking the center wheels on the back of the stroller. The design might have been improved by using a cross bar from two sets of wheels instead of having 4 sets of wheels.
This product has front and rear shocks, but the suspension isn't great and the thin padding on the seats covers a relatively hard plastic seat back and bottom which means passengers are probably not going to be that comfortable for longer rides. If the frumpy look to the seat padding had been an indication of thicker or more deluxe padding we might have been able to get over the looks, but it really just gives the illusion of padding as opposed to the real thing.
Weight and Folded Size
Weight and Folded Size
This side-by-side ride weighs in at just over 24 pounds which makes it one of the lightest in our review. Only the Jeep Wrangler was lighter at 18 pounds, but it doesn't have as many accessories or as many nods to comfort and convenience as the Combi. If you are looking for features, it is certainly worth the 6 extra pounds to have storage and larger sunshades. In addition, the long should carrying strap makes the extra weight "doable" for most parents by giving you a convenient way to lug it around. By comparison the heaviest product in our review is the Orbit Baby Helix G3 with Helix Plus Double Upgrade Kit which weighs in at a whopping 53 pounds. Needless to say you are probably not carrying that bad boy anywhere.
For folded size the Combi loses some points because of the bulky package that results after you collapse it and then fold it in half. It measures out at 25.5 x 16.75 x 41, which is about 17,500 cubic inches of stroller you will need to find space for in your trunk or closet. It has the biggest fold of the lightweight models and is bulky in a way that may be hard to shove in some compact or mid-size trunks. However, at least one in-house tester liked that it can be rolled around when folded which makes it a better option for travel than some of the other strollers that have to be carried when folded.Ease of Folding
This product did not do well for commuting possibilities. The unique fold of this stroller does not make it harder to load into a trunk given the lighter weight, but it does take up more space in a trunk and might not fit in some smaller cars. The carry strap makes it easier to use on public transportation and keeps hands free for holding little ones hands, but the bulk might make it hard to maneuver on a crowded bus or subway without hitting innocent bystanders. It does not conform to the public transport 2'X4' rule so it will have to be collapsed when on public transportation, which means it is going to be a bit of a hassle no matter what.
For coffee shops and stores this product is a mixed bag. It will be harder to maneuver in smaller shops, but it is small enough to avoid being in the way of most foot traffic when sitting at a café table. However the seat bottoms are so low little ones will mostly be viewing shoes as opposed to faces and you will not be able to pull the stroller up to a table for them to use. If you pull the stroller in to the table little ones will be under the table, not near the top.
Ease of Setup
This product is pretty easy to assemble and took just over 12 minutes for us to take it from box to boogie. It has good documentation with adequate pictures, but we think it would be more user friendly if the assembly instructions were separate from the operating instructions instead of interspersed. No tools were required to set up this product and it only lost points for the amount of time it took compared to the others we reviewed.
This low ranking product costs more than our second ranked product and Best Value award winner, the Joovy Scooter 2x. It is simply not a good value when you consider that you can get a better quality product, with more features, for a lower price.
The Combi Twin Cosmo is not an impressive stroller. The initial look is okay and the unique fold intriguing, but even the lighter weight isn't enough to sway us after test results came in. This product failed to perform as well as the competitions in every metric and offered nothing spectacular in return. Other than the shoulder carry strap, there isn't a lot to love about the Combi. While it does seat two, it can only accommodate 1 car seat so it isn't good for twins, at least not newborns. The fit and finish is frumpy, and the padding inadequate for a truly comfortable ride over time. Its maneuverability is difficult, and the storage is small and hard to utilize. This product just doesn't measure up to competition that is both cheaper and higher in quality. This makes the Cosmo a stroller we cannot recommend.
Other Versions and Accessories
Combi offers one other double stroller, the Twin Savvy E. We did not review this product but it looks to be a cheaper umbrella type product with fewer features.
Combi offers an addition storage option they call the Stroller Pack. On initial consideration it is hard to say if this product will work for the Twin Cosmo.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team