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Mockingbird Double Review

Less expensive, intriguing option that looks similar to strollers we love, but this option pales in comparison for quality, maneuverability, and more
Mockingbird Double
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $515 List
Pros:  Less expensive, easy to connect seats
Cons:  Heavy, large fold, seats rub together, hard to maneuver
Manufacturer:   Mockingbird
By Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Nov 21, 2021
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 7
  • Maneuverability - 30% 4
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 3
  • Quality - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Mockingbird Double is a versatile stroller with various seating configurations to meet almost any need of the multiple child family. The company claims 19+ seating configurations, including the ability to push three little ones if you buy the right accessories. It is compatible with various infant car seats (adapters sold separately), making it one of the few double strollers suitable for infant twins. While we can see why some parents will be drawn to this stroller, it failed to match the quality of the competition, and some of the features make it harder to manage. This stroller is heavy, and the folded stroller is huge. It is also hard to push and turn. Overall, we think there are better options for most families, even those with twins, and if saving and spending a little more makes every day easier, we believe it is worthwhile for the sake of your sanity.

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Pros Less expensive, easy to connect seatsMultiple seating options, accepts 2 car seats, easy to use, priceVery budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potentialGreat protection from elements, easy to access storage, extra convenience featuresEasy to lift and carry, compact fold, easy to stow
Cons Heavy, large fold, seats rub together, hard to maneuverHarder to push and turn, heavier, lower qualityLower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggleHarder to push and turn, no car seat compatibilityAccepts one car seat, harder to maneuver, storage is hard to access
Bottom Line Less expensive, intriguing option that looks similar to strollers we love, but this option pales in comparison for quality, maneuverability, and moreBetter than average option that offers much for growing families with style similar to higher-end optionsBest on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spacesBudget-friendly option with lots of nice features that make it easy to useLimited functionality, but best sit and stand in the review
Rating Categories Mockingbird Double Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti... Joovy ScooterX2 wit... Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Ease Of Use (45%)
7.0
7.0
5.0
7.0
5.0
Maneuverability (30%)
4.0
6.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
Weight Folded Size (15%)
3.0
4.0
6.0
6.0
9.0
Quality (10%)
7.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Mockingbird Double Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti... Joovy ScooterX2 wit... Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Weight 35.3 lbs 34.6 lbs 30.6 lbs 31.4 lbs 23.4 lbs
Folded Dimensions 25.5"W x 38.25"H x 34"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L 32.8"W x 16.5"H x 34"L 29.5"W x 15"H x 38.3"L 21.2"W x 11.8"H x 46.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 4 mo.
Maximum: 45 lbs
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38" Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax None None Baby Trend
Flex-Loc, Latch-Loc
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33, Shuttle, Connection
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Evenflo
Embrace
Graco
Junior Baby, SafeSeat, Snugride Click Connect 30, 35, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 32, 35
JJ Cole
Newport
Lamaze
Via
Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Cabriofix, Pebble, Prezi
Mothercare
Travel Tot
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Recaro
Performance Coupe
Safety 1st
onBoard 35, onBoard 35 Air, Designer 22
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Graco
SnugRide SnugFit 35, SnugRide SnugFit 35 LX, SnugRide SnugFit 35 DLX, SnugRide SnugLock 35 (all models), SnugRide SnugLock 30, SnugRide 35 Lite, SnugRide 35 Lite LX, SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit (infant models)
EvenFLo
Nurture, Embrace
Cybex
Cloud Q
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, KeyFit 35, Fit2, Fit2 Air, Fit2 LE
Britax
B-Safe 35, B-Safe Ultra, B-Safe Gen2, B-Safe Gen2 FlexFit, B-Safe Gen2 FlexFit+
Baby Jogger
City GO 2
Uppababy
Mesa
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite LX, Pipa rx
Maxi-Cosi
Mico 30
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
None None None
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None None None None Baby Trend
Flex-Loc, Latch-Loc
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33, Shuttle, Connection
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Evenflo
Embrace
Graco
Junior Baby, SafeSeat, Snugride Click Connect 30, 35, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 32, 35
JJ Cole
Newport
Lamaze
Via
Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Cabriofix, Pebble, Prezi
Mothercare
Travel Tot
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Recaro
Performance Coupe
Safety 1st
onBoard 35, onBoard 35 Air, Designer 22
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Number of Car Seats Accepted 2 2 0 0 1
Recline Front/Left Seat Deep Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Recline Rear/Right Seat Deep Deep Deep Deep N/A
Storage Basket Size Very Large Extra Large Large Very Large Medium
Sun Shade Size Large Medium Small Large Large
One-handed Fold No Yes No Yes No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 33"/43" 33"/44.7" 40.6" 41.9" 41.8"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Included Accessories Sun Shade None MP3 Speakers None None
Setup Time 10-15 min 10-15 min 10-15 min 10-15 min 20-25 min

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Mockingbird company hasn't been around very long, and their main product is the Mockingbird Single-to-Double stroller. Their company mission is to empower parents with products that are innovative for a lower price.

Performance Comparison



While easier to use than some of the competition, some of the...
While easier to use than some of the competition, some of the features on the Mockingbird are poorly planned.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Mockingbird is reasonably easy to use with a performance in this metric better than average. Unfortunately, while the features might be easy to use, some are poorly designed and don't interact well.

The Mockingbird fold initiates with the push of a button on the...
The Mockingbird fold initiates with the push of a button on the handlebar.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


Folding this stroller requires two hands. It self-stands and automatically locks in place. You don't need to remove the seats, but you might want to, depending on where it needs to fit. While it could be a single hand operation, the size requires both hands to balance it, and we repeatedly smashed the stroller into our knees when finishing the fold. The folding lock is very stiff and not very hand-friendly.

The brake pedal on the Mockingbird is a large press pedal in the...
The brake pedal on the Mockingbird is a large press pedal in the middle of the rear axle. It is easy to set and release, but it is close to the storage bin.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The single-action brake pedal on the Mockingbird is a press-to-set and release style that is easy on feet. The brake is stiff, and it takes two clicks before being fully set, so there is a chance you might think you've set it when you haven't.

The Mockingbird storage bin is large and has a maximum weight limit...
The Mockingbird storage bin is large and has a maximum weight limit of 25 lbs. Access is good, but depending on seat positions, it can be more challenging to squeeze past large bags.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The storage bin on the Mockingbird is large and has an interior closable pocket, which helps with organization. The weight limit or the bin is 25 lbs, which is good when carrying supplies for two. Access is good, but it can be hard to fit a giant diaper bag inside, depending on seat configurations. It also has a pocket on the back of each seat, but you won't fit much more than a smartphone inside.

The Mockingbird canopy is nice looking and the peek-a-boo covers has...
The handlebar on the Mockingbird is adjustable via a rotation method...

Sunshade


The sunshades on the two toddler seats are virtually identical. Each has a mesh peek-a-boo window with a cover that closes with a magnet. It is UPF 50+ and has an extendable panel that helps create quite a large shade, reaching past passengers' knees. The only problem is when the canopies are fully open, the peek-a-boo window is in the front, so if the seat isn't facing the pusher, they will need to stop pushing and walk around the stroller to see inside. However, you can then look directly at the child without the window. So the window is only useful when the canopy is open but at its smallest size. The front is detachable for better access, but it does leave it open for dirt to get in or supplies to fall out.

The shoulder straps on the Mockingbird clip onto the side waist...
The shoulder straps on the Mockingbird clip onto the side waist straps so you can use it as a 5 or 3-point harness.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The harness on this stroller has soft padding don't eh straps and the crotch strap. They are easy to adjust, even with the padding in place. The buckle on each seat has a stiffer than the average button, but the individual straps are easy to insert into the buckle.

The seat back on the Mockingbird easily reclines by lifting a lever...
The seat back on the Mockingbird easily reclines by lifting a lever at the top of the seat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


Each toddler seat on the Mockingbird can recline easily with a lift lever on the back, and the seats can recline flat for sleeping or younger passengers. The leg rest is somewhat adjustable, but there is a point where longer legs will struggle to find comfort with the leg rest.

You can see how the Mockingbird seat sits far too close to one...
You can see how the Mockingbird seat sits far too close to one another and if a child was in the top seat or either seat was reclined, there would be an opportunity for kicking the passenger in front.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This stroller can accept two infant car seats or two toddler seats or one of each. Connecting two car seats works fairly well, but the two toddler seats are problematic depending on which way they face. When the two toddler seats are facing forward, it is very easy for the higher passenger to kick the lower seat or torment them with hands if the lower seat is reclined. Without separators that distance the seats like those found on some of the similar competition, these two seats are simply too close to one another to prevent the eventual, "Mom! He's touching me!"

The toddler seating arrangement on the Mockingbird inhibits truly...
The toddler seating arrangement on the Mockingbird inhibits truly useful adjustments for the comfort of both passengers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Also, when the toddler seats face opposite directions, they will hit each other when simultaneously in a recline mode.

We tested our Mockingbird with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and 35 infant...
We tested our Mockingbird with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and 35 infant car seats. Both require a frame adapter and have strange instructions for Velcro straps we couldn't figure out.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Car Seat Compatibility


This stroller is compatible with some Graco models, including the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 and the Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX, and Graco Extend2Fit (infant models); some Evenflo seats, Cybex Cloud Q, some Chicco brand seats including the Chicco KeyFit 30, Chicco KeyFit 35, and Chicco Fit2; some Britax infant seats, Baby Jogger, Nuna, Maxi-Cosi and the UPPAbaby Mesa. We tested ours with the Chicco Keyfit 30, Chicco Keyfit 35, and the Graco SnugRide SnugFit 35 LX.

This stroller can accept two infant car seats with the right accessories, making it suitable for infant twins. There are two locations for attachment, and the toddler's seats easily disconnect, so you can put on the adapter where the toddler seat connects. All of the adapters in our tests did not require assembly and were easy to connect. The Chicco seats were the hardest to attach to the adapter but felt the most stable once installed. In our experience, the seat can sit too far forward or back, preventing it from properly latching. The adapter includes Velcro straps and says you "may attach" them for additional security. This phrase and design doNOT instill great confidence in the installation methodology. The photo shows the straps pushing through loops in the car seat fabric, but we didn't find where this was located on the seats we tested. The Graco seat is easier to connect, but it doesn't feel as stable once connected, and we still couldn't sort out where to put the Velcro straps.



Ease of Setup


The Mockingbird assembly is easy, and the manual provides the pictures and information you need, but we were able to do it almost without the manual on hand. All that is required is attaching the seats and wheels.

The front wheels on the Mockingbird can be locked in place to help...
The front wheels on the Mockingbird can be locked in place to help keep it on track over uneven surfaces, but they don't offer much support and we still struggled.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


Pushing the Mockingbird is fairly straightforward as long as you push in a straight line on a nice flat surface. Turning on flat surfaces takes a lof muscle, as the stroller is long and heavy. This issue gets worse as you put more weight in the stroller. So, it can get challenging to maneuver in crowded or tight spaces with two passengers and supplies for two. You will need to plan and take your time as you move about.

The longer wheel base and frame flex on the Mockingbird make turning...
The longer wheel base and frame flex on the Mockingbird make turning an even that requires muscle and planning.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Pushing through the grass and gravel feels like a workout and not a fun one. Our stroller got caught on a slight dip in the grass, and it almost caused the entire stroller to tip over. Locking the front wheels in the forward position did not help much. It was practically impossible to move it up onto curbs or over small bumps, taking all our body weight to lift it even sightly.

The folded Mockingbird is stupidly large with two seats in place...
The folded Mockingbird is stupidly large with two seats in place. You can take the seats off before folding, but this isn't a useful solution away from home.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The Mockingbird is big and heavy, and we find it interesting that the manufacturer doesn't advertise a weight with both seats in place.


This stroller is 35.3 lbs. This weight puts it on par with the double jogging strollers. Only a few strollers in this review weigh more. This stroller is also large when folded. As a single stroller, it was one of the largest in our full-size stroller review. Here it is the largest, measuring 33,163 cubic inches when folded. The size can be reduced if you remove the seats, but this is a hassle to do anywhere but at home. So, if you need compact or lightweight, this is not the one for you.

The Mockingbird is higher quality than the average stroller in this...
The Mockingbird is higher quality than the average stroller in this review, but it still can't compete with the higher ranking options.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The quality of this stroller can't compare to the higher-end strollers that look very similar. However, its quality is arguably on par with its price tag. It earned a higher than average score for this metric.

This stroller's fabric is a tightly woven nylon that fits the seat frames and canopy nicely. It wipes to clean and is somewhat liquid resistant. The sunshade looks nice and stays taut when open. The passenger bumper and the pushing handles are nicely wrapped in leatherette, with only a few errant threads.

The Mockingbird looks nice on its own but side-by-side with the...
The Mockingbird looks nice on its own but side-by-side with the competition it suffered somewhat in comparison with an overall more cluttered look.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The silver frame has a cluttered look with tons of exposed rivets and joints, giving it a messy and involved look that doesn't seem to be necessary. The wheels are foam-filled plastic with a rubbery material coating them to help prevent slipping.

The overall fit and finish are good, but it struggles to keep up and pales in comparison when compared side-by-side with some of the competition. Some of the differences can make owning and using it frustrating.

Twins


Because this stroller accepts two infant car seats simultaneously and similar toddler seats, we believe it is a potential contender for those expecting twins. To be considered suitable for twins, we like a stroller that allows for infant car seat connection, some lay-flat seat or bassinet, and toddler seats that are similar in features, comfort, and adjustability. These design choices allow for fewer complications, fewer sibling arguments, and a similar experience for each child.

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