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Delta Children LX Side by Side Review

Budget friendly option that is easy to carry and fits in small spaces
Delta Children LX Side by Side
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Best Value Award
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Price:   $100 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Price, small, light, easy to stow
Cons:  Lower quality, harder to use
Manufacturer:   Delta Children
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Dec 29, 2016
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 40% 9
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 3
  • Maneuverability - 20% 4
  • Quality - 10% 3

The Skinny

The Delta Children LX Side by Side earned an above-average rank in the double umbrella stroller review and won a Best Value award. This stroller is lightweight, small when folded, easy to lift, and fits in most small spaces. While it lacks a storage bin and deep recline, it is tough to beat the lower price and identical seating offered by this side-by-side option. The Delta earned one of the highest scores for maneuverability and an outstanding rating for weight and folded size, two metrics that play critical roles in a secondary travel stroller. However, this stroller is unlikely to suit all your needs, given its lower quality and ease of use scores. But, if you're looking for a budget-friendly option for a travel stroller for two, then the Delta is tough to beat.

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Pros Price, small, light, easy to stowEasy to use, giant canopies, quick fold, includes accessoriesVery small, well-made, adjustable leg restsHigh quality, comfy seats, useful featuresBetter maneuverability, good quality, parent console
Cons Lower quality, harder to useBrakes require extra attention to set, hard to push and turn off-roadExpensive, harder to fold, no peek-a-boo windowsHeavier, storage bin access issuesHeavier, larger, hard to use storage, higher price
Bottom Line Budget friendly option that is easy to carry and fits in small spacesThis sturdy ride for two includes adequate storage, a quick fold, useful accessories, and lighter weight, but its brakes take some extra attentionSomewhat pricey umbrella that is well made and fits in tight spacesStylish and high quality choice with useful features for longer tripsHeavy with limited rear seat function that disappoints for the price
Rating Categories Delta Children LX S... Zoe Twin+ Mountain Buggy Nano... UPPAbaby G-Link 2 Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Weight Folded Size (40%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
3.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
Maneuverability (20%)
4.0
4.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
Quality (10%)
3.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
Specs Delta Children LX S... Zoe Twin+ Mountain Buggy Nano... UPPAbaby G-Link 2 Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Weight 18.5 lbs 19.8 lbs 20.3 lbs 21.3 lbs 23.9 lbs
Folded Dimensions 17"W x 11.5"H x 42"L 29.25"W x 28.5"H x 12.5"L 28.5"W x 13"H x 20.2"L 18"W x 15"H x 42"L 21.2"W x 11.8"H x 45.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Must Have Proper Head and Neck Control
Maximum: 35 lbs
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 33 lbs
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
Minimum: 3 months Front Seat, 6 months Rear Seat
Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility 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
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None None 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
One-handed Fold No No No No No
Locking Fold Manual Auto Auto Auto Manual
Self-standing Fold No No Yes No No
Carry Strap No No Yes No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 36.8" 41" 39.7" 41.5" 41.8"
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes No Yes
Included Accessories None Parent Cup Holder
2 Children Cup/Snack Holder
None None None
Setup Time 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 10-15 Min

Our Analysis and Test Results

Louis Shamie Sr. founded Delta Children in 1968 as a new parent. The Shamie family continues their father and grandfather's vision of offering products at prices families can afford. Along with their line of children's furniture and baby gear, they own Simmons kids and license many characters. The Delta team works closely with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to create industry standards to ensure the production of safe children's gear.

Performance Comparison



The Delta Children LX Side by Side has small canopies, no storage...
The Delta Children LX Side by Side has small canopies, no storage, and limited recline, making it a bare-bones umbrella stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The Delta earned one of the highest scores for weight and folded size, surpassing most of the competition in this metric. This stroller weighs 18.5 lbs and is 8,211 cubic inches when folded, making it one of the lightest options and smallest when folded. If you need an easy to carry option that can fit where other doubles might not, then the Delta is a good choice.

The Delta has a small, easy to stow folded size.
The Delta has a small, easy to stow folded size.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Delta earned one of the lowest scores among the group. Ease of use is a metric that will impact your everyday experience using a stroller, both for passengers and pushes.

Unlocking the Delta frame to fold requires shifting a very stiff and...
Unlocking the Delta frame to fold requires shifting a very stiff and unfriendly lever with your foot.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


Folding this stroller is difficult with a red unlock tab that is foot initiated and hard to use. Pushing the handles forward then collapses the product with a manual fold lock (though advertised as auto-locking). Unfortunately, when you push the stroller down, the lock goes past the connection point, and you'll need to attach the clip manually. The clip is stiff to lock and unlock. It would be considered a one-handed fold if the lock mechanism was easier to use.

The delta brakes would be nicer if they were single action with only...
The delta brakes would be nicer if they were single action with only one pedal to engage.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The Delta brakes are stiff and hard to release. These are not sandal foot friendly with rough edges on the underside of the plastic. They are somewhat easier to set, but it would have been better if they were single action brakes with only one pedal to press as opposed to two. We worry parents will forget or become complacent over time about setting both pedals.

The rear pockets on the Delta have flimsy elastic at the top that is...
The Delta canopy pockets are small and will only be good for mobile...

Storage


The Delta does not have the standard under-seat storage bin. Instead, it has pockets on the back of the frame (above left) and on the back of the canopies (above right). The canopy pockets have a Velcro closure, but the frame pockets are mesh with elastic tops. The frame pockets each hold 3.3 lbs, and it offers a parent cup holder as well.

The Delta canopies are small and do not offer much protection from...
The Delta canopies are small and do not offer much protection from the elements.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


These sun shades offer the bare minimum of coverage from the sun and likely will only work when the sun is at high noon. They are one of the smallest shades in the group, and even though they rotate forward, they are too small to really block out any sun from any angle, you can forget other elements like wind and rain. Besides, if you pull them forward, the back flap with the pocket attached will be on the baby's head. They do not have a peek-a-boo window but are too small to need them anyway.

The Delta buckle is easy to use and the straps are easy to adjust...
The Delta buckle is easy to use and the straps are easy to adjust, though you may need to remove the padding for smaller passengers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The Delta has 5-point harnesses in each seat. This stroller has double rethread buckles that can be more difficult to adjust then one thread, but the harness itself is easier to use than others. However, if a smaller harness is needed, you'll need to remove the shoulder pads to make it small enough.

The Delta has a shallow recline and no leg rests.
The Delta has a shallow recline and no leg rests.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The Delta does not offer leg rests but instead has a strap of fabric across the frame for legs to rest on. The seatbacks recline, but not far enough for truly cozy napping. The adjustment for the recline is odd and difficult to maneuver, but it does have an all or nothing feature that is easier to operate. Given how little it reclines, to begin with, it seems easier to just fully recline the seats. The backs themselves feel flimsy and flex in a way we suspect they shouldn't.

Ease of Setup


The Delta took us just under 3 minutes to assemble. It has an average manual, and no tools are required to put it together.


Maneuverability


The Delta earned a below-average score for maneuverability. None of the double umbrella strollers shine in this metric as they are all difficult to push; as a result, none score over average. So, while the Delta's score is low, it is one of the best in the review. The Delta has dual front wheels on three legs with a total of 6 wheels altogether. This causes problems when it comes time to pushing and turning with wheels that veer off course on their own. This stroller is narrower than some, but it still has trouble in tight spaces where the cup holder catches if the wheels don't. You will not be able to push this stroller one-handed, and the handles flex with weight in the seats. The Delta manages flat ground well with no real problems getting it going or difficulty pushing, but moving on uneven terrain is more difficult, and you won't want to take it on grass or gravel very often. Turning is more difficult and takes some advanced preparation, but it isn't impossible and is smoother than some of the more expensive competition.

The dual wheels on the Delta can be pulled off course if the road is...
The dual wheels on the Delta can be pulled off course if the road is rough or they come close to floorboards.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Delta only has front-wheel suspension, and the seat bottoms are fairly stiff with the back being flimsy; with minimal recline, we think this stroller won't be comfortable for passengers on long trips. The handles are foam covered and feel good at first, but the shorter height may cause discomfort for taller pushers as they will be hunched over most of the time while pushing.

Everything on the Delta is sort of flimsy and misshapen. It will do...
Everything on the Delta is sort of flimsy and misshapen. It will do in a pinch, but it is not our favorite for longer-term use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Delta earned a low score for quality. This stroller is about what you would expect for the price. This stroller has a basic frame with round tubing and exposed fasteners. The fabric has a slick plastic feel, and there is very little padding with weak elastic on the pockets. The plastic wheels are smaller and cheaper than most. Altogether the Delta has cheaper materials that come together in a somewhat sloppy configuration that still gets the job done but is unlikely to impress.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

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