Best Double Strollers of 2017: Tandem and Side-by-side
Are you looking for a double stroller? We can help. We evaluated 71 competing products and narrowed down to the 18 top double strollers and put them through an intensive testing process over two months. Our goal is to provide you with the best information available to choose the right double stroller for your family and your budget. You'll see how each product stacks up in practical ways like ease-of-use, features, maneuverability over various terrains and in tight spaces, overall weight and folded size, and car seat attachment. Choosing the right double stroller can be stressful and confusing, read on and let us make it easy to find the perfect product for your family.
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Test Results and Ratings
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Analysis and Award Winners
Editors' Choice: Best Side-by-Side
Thule Urban Glide 2
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Editors' Choice: Best Inline Double
UPPAbaby Vista Double
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Best Bang for the Buck
Read full review: Joovy Scooter X2
Best Value on a Budget
Baby Trend Expedition Double
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Top Pick for All-Terrain
BOB Revolution Flex Duallie
Read full review: BOB Revolution Flex Duallie
Top Pick for Outdoor Adventure
Thule Chariot Cougar 2
Read full review: Thule Chariot Cougar 2
Update — February 2017
Thule has replaced their Chariot Cougar 2 with the Chariot Cross 2. This update has a few added convenience features as well as many improvements to the old ones. You can find more information on the new stroller in our Thule Chariot Cougar 2 full review.
Best Frame Stroller for Twins
Read full review: Joovy Twin Roo+
Best Sit and Stand Lightweight Stroller
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
Read full review: Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
Analysis and Test Results
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 versus 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 and which just looked good on paper.
We purchased and tested 18 highly-regarded, traditional double strollers to determine which products are the best. We tested each stroller for several months in both the real world and our in-house lab. The table above shows a comparison of the overall scores for all the strollers in this review. Overall scores were computed using the individual metric scores with an emphasis on ease of use and maneuverability scores.
The sections below provide additional details on how the products performed during testing compared to one another.
Ease of Use
For a product to be easy to use it has to have enough features that execute 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. For example, folding and unfolding a stroller is a process that has left more than one parent crying or cursing in public. The features and functionality of each product were noted, tested, and compared to the other products to determine scores.
Fold and Unfold
Many of the products have an intuitive 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, has one step, self-stands and auto-locks, but you can't fold it with car seat adapters on.
All of the products claim some type of feature(s) 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 Ultralight Graphite offers a small under seat bin with questionable access under a sliding seat, while the UPPAbaby Vista offers a large easy to access one. The Joovy Scooter X2 has additional storage pockets and cup holders on the canopy back, and interior mesh pockets for passenger treasures and snacks. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie and the Thule Urban Glide 2 also have passengers stow pockets and nice under seat bins.
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 only a little, while others offer giant canopies like the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie that covers most passengers from head to past the knee. The Graco Ready2Grow LX shade earned the lowest score in our tests with a 3 of 10, while the canopies on the BOB and the UPPAbaby Vista scored 10s. Most of the canopies fell somewhere between the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie and the Graco Ready2Grow, offering adequate coverage for both passengers. The inline models often skimped on one canopy and the Joovy Scooter X2 and the Baby Trend Expedition Double both had a single canopy for both passengers, which can cause problems between siblings who want different things.
All of the products have 5-point harnesses 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. Several offer a non-rethread harness and some require rethreading. However, even the rethread options aren't as hard to operate as the rethread on the car seats. The Chicco Cortina Together, Mountain Buggy Duet, and Phil and Teds Dot do not have adjustable crotch straps. The Chicco Cortina Together and the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand only have 2 shoulder strap positions, while most have more than 2 height options. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie earned the highest score for harness adjustment.
Products that are both easy to use and adjust scored better than those that were difficult. We assume that parents are more likely to use harnesses that are simple, straightforward, and easy to fit.
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 close 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 more comfortable 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.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
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 manage.
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 Revolution Flex Duallie and the Thule Urban Glide 2 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 Revolution Flex Duallie and Thule Urban Glide 2 a breeze to move. Alternatively, the average product in our review only scored a 5. The UPPAbaby Vista and the Baby Trend Expedition both earned a second place with 8s.
Many of the products are difficult to push because they have flexing frames or wide-set wheels. Some were hard due to wobbly plastic wheels or dual front wheel designs (4 wheels on two legs). These kinds of difficulties make pushing frustrating or impossible over various terrains and transitions.
The products in our review endure a course of twists and turns, narrow doorways, and tight corridors. They go through the paces over hard floors, concrete, asphalt, grass, and gravel, then dragged up and down curbs. We assumed that some of the products would have trouble on 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. Products were scored side-by-side on how well they performed in each part of the course.
The double products proved that quality can be found in almost every price range from different brands. 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 Together 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 score for quality is a 9 earned by the Thule Urban Glide 2 with a list price of $650. While this is on the pricier end, it is by no means the most expensive in the group, with six other strollers costing the same or more with lower quality scores. So while a higher price might indicate better quality, there seems to be a price point where this is no longer the case, and larger cost doesn't necessarily correlate to an increase in quality.
The average product in our review scored a 6 of 10 for quality. The UPPAbaby Vista, BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, and the Thule Chariot Cougar 2 all tied for second place with 8s; these strollers are made with quality materials that are put together in a 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 thoughtfully placed and 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 over several months. 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
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a double stroller, which might lead some parents to overlook the weight and folded size. However, we feel this metric is pretty pertinent considering that multiple passengers mean 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 Ultralight Graphite at close to 23, which is one of the reasons it won an honorable mention. The average is about 32 pounds and is shared by the Peg Perego Book for Two, Thule Urban Glide 2 and theMountain Buggy Duet. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie 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 good options if weight is a concern.
For this metric, we weighed and measured all products in the same way with the same equipment, so the comparison is truly apples to apples. Unfortunately, we've discovered 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 Thule Chariot Cougar 2, which is almost three times the size of the Britax B-Agile Double. However, its purpose and design merit the added size and weight, but arguably it isn't the best commuter or daily driver. The smallest award winner is the Joovy Scoot X2 at 18,188, while the honorable mention Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is around 11,000 cubic inches.
Twins vs Multiples of Different Ages
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 babies, 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 infant twins will likely need, while parents of different aged children may not care about that. 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 accept only 1 infant car seat or none at all.
There are some things to consider when using 2 car seats. Some brands will only accept their native brand car seat, which will limit your choices of seat or stroller. The Peg Perego Book for Two, both Graco options, and Chicco Cortina Together 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 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. In addition, many of the native brands were hard to install in their own brand stroller.
We considered more than 50 double strollers before narrowing our selection down to 18 finalists. A notable product that didn't make the cut for hands-on testing is described below, along with our take on why it didn't make our selection. We reviewed this option in previous incarnations of our double review and it didn't fare well enough to test again. Other products received a 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
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 Editors' Choice UPPAbaby Vista Double (the most expensive option in the review). Like the Donkey Twin, the Vista with the 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. Plus, 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 the 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 offers.
With so many products to choose from, there is a 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 solid, we found many products deserving of special recognition. As such, there are many award-winners in this lineup.
No matter what the budget or need, at least one of the strollers in our review should be able to fit the bill. Above all else, our constant goal at BabyGearLab is to help parents "crack the code," so to speak, so they can find the perfect fit without doing any of the legwork 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 Right Double Stroller will be able to steer you in the right direction to the stroller of your dreams.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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