The Best Double Strollers of 2020
Thule Urban Glide 2 Double
The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double earns the highest score in this review impressing us with the overall quality, maneuverability, and ease of use. This stroller has a 3-wheel jogger design, is easy to fold, and has a great self-stand feature. The Urban Glide 2 Double is easy to maneuver in tight spaces and over uneven terrain. You can use it to jog and take it up and over curbs with ease. The passenger seats have storage pockets, large canopies, independent recline, and padded 5-point harnesses.
This stroller isn't the best choice for parents expecting twins because it only accepts one infant car seat. It is also somewhat heavy, but it is the lightest in the top 3 scoring strollers, and it is lighter than the similar BOB Revolution Flex Duallie. However, the Urban Glide 2 Double is a great everyday stroller packed with features that let you run, and run errands when the mood strikes, while keeping your baby cozy.
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Best Inline Double
UPPAbaby Vista Double
The UPPAbaby Vista Double is a stylish stroller that quickly became the stroller of choice for many testers. This stylish, easy to use option offers a variety of seating configurations including two infant car seats making it a great choice for twins, multiples, a single rider, or for three (with riding scooter). This stroller has foam-filled rubber tires that won't leave you stranded if they get punctured. It features the biggest storage bin in the review with the largest maximum allowable weight (30lbs), a telescoping handlebar, and an easy fold. While the Vista is not an all-terrain stroller, it does manage uneven terrain better than much of the competition thanks to all-wheel suspension and larger wheels giving you the edge when hitting the play park or greenbelt.
This stroller is not the best choice for parents on a budget or those who have trouble lifting heavy things, but it could be one of the only options if you have three children of different stroller riding ages. The Vista also has a higher than average price which may make it difficult for some families to afford. However, it is one of the few that accepts two car seats and we think it is worth the money if your budget allows given its higher quality, efficient design, and seating versatility.
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Ipressive Inline Competitor
Thule Sleek Double
The Thule Sleek Double is a sharp-looking inline stroller that can accommodate three children with the right additions. This Thule has many nice features including covered storage, adjustable handlebar, all-wheel suspension, and ample canopies. The Sleek has a nice overall look with a variety of seating options including 2 infant car seats, 2 toddler seats, 2 bassinets, or any combination of these with the addition of a roller board for a third child to ride.
The Sleek is heavier and larger than much of the competition, but it is smaller when folded than the UPPAbaby Vista Double its closest competitor in style and score. Its cumbersome build can make it challenging for some to lift and stow in smaller spaces. It is also one of the more expensive options in this review making it a potential no-go for families with smaller budgets or who want a stroller good for running or going off-road. Overall, the Sleek is "sleek" and has a lot to offer (including good for twins) with a price and size that are both lower than similar competitors.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double
The Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double is a full-size double inline stroller with much in common with some higher-end award winners. This versatile stroller works with two infant car seats, two toddler seats and two modified seats that act as bassinets. You can face these seats back or forward and use any variety of seating you need to meet your needs for twins or children of multiple ages. We love the versatility of this double and how similar it is to more expensive options that could be outside the budget of many growing families.
The Evenflo isn't the highest quality, and while not bad, it is a little wobbly compared to more expensive options. It is also on the heavier side, but certainly not the heaviest in the group and not prohibitive compared to some of the competition. Despite some minor hiccups, we think most families will appreciate what the Pivot has to offer and how much it resembles the competition in looks and functionality, but with a significantly lower price that brings this style of stroller into the realm of possibility for every family.
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Best Value on a Budget
Baby Trend Expedition Double
The Baby Trend Expedition Double is the least expensive double option with an above-average performance at an affordable price point. The Expedition is marketed as a jogging stroller and has rubber air-filled tires, padded seats, easy to use recline, and impressive maneuverability. While the Expedition doesn't have the same attention to detail or use the same quality components as much of the competition, it offers what we believe is a reliable double stroller that gets the job done for a reasonable price that matches almost any budget. It even has a few extra features like a parent tray, cup holders and cinch pockets on the back of each seat.
Unfortunately, the Expedition Double does not accept infant car seats, so it isn't a good choice for little ones under six months, and you can't jog with a baby until eight to twelve months. However, if the price is a factor, and you want the freedom of moving off-road with the occasional jog, then the Expedition Double is one to consider with the bonus of having a budget-friendly list price.
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Budget-friendly Adventure Pod
The Hamax Outback is a wallet-friendly bike trailer you can use for strolling, jogging, or cross country skiing (with the right attachments). This stroller has an enclosed seating area, large storage bin, and simple attachment changes. We like the easy to turn front swivel wheel that negotiates tight spaces with ease, and we think the adjustable suspension and padded seating make for a comfortable ride for passengers. This trailer is a high-quality choice made with durable materials that will keep you moving for years to come for a variety of adventures.
The Outback may be more difficult to use than some of the competition, and its size and weight make it more difficult to lift and stow. But, we think the significant savings over the Thule Chariot Cross 2 will intrigue any parents looking for a stroller of this type who have already considered the weight restrictions.
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Best for All-Terrain
BOB Revolution Flex Duallie
The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie is a 3-wheel jogging stroller that has everything parents want for two kids with the bonus of all-terrain tires and adjustable suspension for comfort. The BOB has a high score for maneuverability and impressive results for quality and ease of use. While it doesn't accept two car seats, so it isn't a great option for twins, it does work for children up to 50 pounds in each seat and will take one car seat with an adapter (sold separately).
The car seat adapter for the BOB requires a strap attachment which isn't our favorite, but using the adapter buys you eight months additional strolling time with the BOB (you should not jog with children under eight months old, and you should check with your pediatrician before starting new adventures). The BOB is also awkward to carry with no real handle. But, overall, it is a good choice for everyday use and getting off the beaten path with rugged tires and durable long-lasting quality.
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Best for Outdoor Adventures
Thule Chariot Cross 2
The Thule Chariot Cross 2 is a unique product designed for outdoor adventures with strolling and bike trailer kits included. The Cross 2 does not disappoint because it isn't an ordinary stroller but an adventure wagon with versatile adventure options. Though it isn't a traditional double stroller, it is a great choice for parents that like being outdoors and want to include their children in every fun adventure. This product has a lower weight, better storage, and reclining seats not found on the previous model. If you want to stroll, bike, ski, or jog, this product will not disappoint and is the only one in this review that can do it all.
The Cross 2 may not be a true contender for most families, as it wasn't designed to stroll through city streets or the local mall. It also takes up more space when moving it and it won't fit on public transportation. But, if you love the great outdoors, there may not be a better stroller for the adventurous family.
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Best Frame Stroller for Twins
The Joovy Twin Roo+ is a frame stroller that is designed for two infant car seats of almost any brand. This product wasn't included in testing because it was unlikely that it would do well compared to products that offer more (like canopies and seats). However, that doesn't mean it doesn't have a place in your gear line up if you are expecting twins. Many of the double strollers only accept one infant car seat, and some don't accept any, the Joovy Twin Roo+ fills a gap with its two car seat capability. This product is easy to use, lightweight, compact when folded, with storage, and four cup holders. The Twin Roo+ allows babies to face either direction and the carriers sit low enough for parents to see both babies. This stroller is silly cheap, which means you can save some cash by purchasing the Roo+ instead of the more expensive products that don't accept two car seats. The Twin Roo+ bridges the gap between birth and the end of infant car seat use so you can make a more informed decision on the best stroller for you without being tied to only the options that accept two car seats.
This is only a stroller for infant twins and the design and intention mean it has a short lifespan of about 9 months. But, if you are expecting twins or your budget is tight, or you aren't sure what kind of stroller is best for twins, then the Twin Roo+ can meet your needs without the big expense.
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Best Sit and Stand Lightweight Stroller
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is somewhat different from the other options we tested because it doesn't come with two traditional seats. This stroller is the lightest option in the group, has a back seat you can purchase, and offers a cover for the back seat rider. The Caboose is easy to fold and lift and has everything a parent of two would need for a fun outing, without the hassle of a heavier ride.
At first blush, this option didn't score well compared to the competition. But the more we learned about it, the more we liked it. With a very low list price, it is one of the cheaper options we tested, and it has enough functionality and features to keep most parents and passengers happy on fun or quick trips out and about. It is not the best choice for parents with two babies or little ones that might fight over seating arrangments. And it may not be the best stroller for all-day adventures or shopping. But, if you have children of different ages, with one that seems to be always on the go, then this sit and stand style may be a good fit.
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Why You Should Trust Us
We've been buying and testing strollers for 8 years of every style and price point. For double strollers, we've performed hands-n testing of over 77 products including the 20 in this review. This process is led by our founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier. Dr. Spurrier is a mother of 2 and a board-certified pediatrician. She is joined by our Senior Review Analyst, Bob Wofford, father of 7. Bob tests each stroller side-by-side in our lab for a true comparison process. Wendy Schmitz, a Senior Review Editor and mother of 2, also helped during testing and helps analyze the test results and works with the team to select award winners and ranking of competitors. Our newest team member, Molly Bradoc, got her stroller testing feet wet in this update of the double stroller review. The team's combined experience is over 18 years of stroller testing.
We purchased over 20 popular strollers for two to narrow down through diligent testing which products are the best on the market. We use each stroller for several months in the real world and in our in-house lab. Overall scores and ranks were determined using individual metric results with more emphasis on the ease of use and maneuverability results. Each stroller is tested for quality, weight and folded size, maneuverability, and ease of use both in-house and in the real world.
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Analysis and Test Results
Finding the best double stroller for your needs could be more challenging than juggling the tots you need to push. With so many potential choices, each with varying designs and features, it can be a struggle to determine what matters or how one product compares to the competition. Throw in deciphering which options are best for twins versus children of different ages, and you have a convoluted comparison process that could be impossible to sort through. In this review, we discovered big differences and determined that a hands-on comparison is absolutely necessary to sort out which doubles work well and which only look good on paper.
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Double strollers can be pretty expensive and many parents will be looking for a budget-friendly choice or an option that gives them the most stroller for the lowest price possible without buying a dud. The Best Value winners, the Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double and the Baby Trend Expedition Double, both impressed testers and sport low prices, which is rare for a double product. Each option comes with popular features that provide comfort and convenience for passengers and pushers. Even the top-ranked stroller, Thule Urban Glide 2 Double has a reasonable price compared to the competition. While you can bet that double the size can lead to double the price, we found that some of the best options offer a lot of value with top performance and lower prices. The Joovy Scooter X2 with trays is also an impressive low price option that just missed award-winner status in this review update.
Ease of Use
An easy to use stroller needs features that work well and benefit daily use. Products with limited features, or are difficult to use, will likely cause regular frustration for parents.
The features and functionality of each product were tested, noted, and compared to determine which are easy to use and which lacked intuitive design or useful features for the real world.
Fold and Unfold
Some of the products have an intuitive folding operation with a few steps. Some offer self-standing and automatic locking features. However, only a few manage to be easy to operate. We prefer products with few steps that fold smoothly without awkward complications that result in banging body parts, sliding, or pinching. The Peg Perego Book for Two performed well in this test, because it is super easy with only one step, and it self-stands and auto-locks. However, you can't fold it with car seat adapters on.
All of the strollers have storage. However, storage is a bit open to interpretation with the size and weight allowance varying widely across products. Depending on how you plan to use your stroller, the lack of storage space could be a big deal as time goes on. While no one has ever complained of too much storage, not enough means limited ability to run errands or carry supplies. For example, the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite offers a small storage bin with questionable access under a sliding seat, while the UPPAbaby Vista DOuble sports a large, easy to access basket that holds up to 30 lbs. The Joovy ScooterX2 with Tray has additional zip pockets and cup holders on the canopy back, and interior mesh pockets for passengers with dual child trays. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, Thule Chariot Cross 2, Hamax Outback, Thule Sleek, and the Thule Urban Glide 2 also have passenger stow pockets and larger storage bins, but can't carry as much weight as the UPPAbaby Vista Double. The Sleek even comes with a zippered cover for its bin.
These photos show some of the storage features found on some of the strollers. The Joovy ScooterX2's bottle holders and zippered pockets (above left) and the zippered pocket of the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double covered storage bin (above right).
Every stroller in this review has a sunshade for both passengers. Some have smaller shades for rear passengers, while some have a single shared canopy like the Joovy ScooterX2 with Tray. Some canopies are small, like the Graco Ready2Grow LX with limited coverage, while others offer giant shades like the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie that covers passengers 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 Double scored 10s. Most of the canopies provide adequate coverage. The inline options often skimped on at least one canopy and some side-by-side options, like the Joovy Scooter X2 and the Baby Trend Expedition Double, have a single canopy for both passengers, which could cause issues between siblings who may want different coverage.
All of the options in this review have 5-point harnesses with some offering padding or safety buckles that require two hands to operate. Others have an adjustable crotch strap and shoulder height strap adjustment with some non-rethread harness, and the rest rethread. While the rethread options aren't as hard to operate as those found on car seats, and you won't need to adjust them very often, it is more difficult than the non-rethread options. The Chicco Cortina Together and the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand only have two shoulder strap positions, while the rest have more than two height options.
The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie earned the highest score for harness adjustment. While the Thule Sleek Double is more convoluted requiring that all four straps be inserted in the buckles separately. We assume parents are more likely to use harnesses regularly according to the manufacturer's directions if they are simple, straightforward, and easy to fit.
Several of the products offer adjustable leg rests, and almost all of them had some degree of a reclining seat. Finding a comfortable napping position can be of the utmost importance to keeping little ones happy on the go. You shouldn't overlook these features when choosing which product to buy as they impact every outing, especially the longer ones.
The photos above show different recline options including a plastic toggle for the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double (above left) and a button push on the UPPAbaby Vista Double (above right).
Some of the strollers offer 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 (and most inline strollers) have different recline options for each seat, with one reclining further than the second that remains almost upright even when reclined. This disparity seems like a design flaw, and while it might work for children of different ages, it could potentially cause a fight over who gets the more comfortable seat with a better view. This kind of position disparity is only found with the inline products and means you'll be sacrificing functionality for the convenience of a narrower stroller. Depending on the age of the siblings, and whether or not they are twins, this type of unequal arrangement may end up being more headache than it is worth. The UPPAbaby Vista Double, Thule Sleek Double, and Baby Jogger City Select Double have the most equal seating in the inline tandem lineup.
Car Seat Compatibility and Attachment
This metric doesn't carry a lot of weight in the overall score because of the limited lifespan of this portion of a stroller's life (9-12 months out of a possible four years). However, knowing more about car seat attachment can help you determine which strollers have the easiest attachments. If car seat attachment is something you are looking for, you should consider the attachment scores for the strollers you are most interested in.
Another consideration would be finding a stroller that works with two car seats if you have twins. Working with two car seats is something only half of the strollers can do. The top scoring options that accept two infant car seats are the Thule Sleek Double and the UPPAbaby Vista Double.
Finding a great double stroller that turns on a dime and is easy to push can be a challenging task. However, after repeated pushing, turning, and tight negotiations, we discovered that some strollers are significantly better than others, and some are genuinely hard 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 (which only gets heavier with little ones onboard). However, the kind of tires, wheels, and suspension can have a huge impact on how easy the products are to move. Overall, the side-by-side strollers performed better and were easier to maneuver than the longer inline options, which had trouble turning and moving in smaller spaces.
The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, Thule Urban Glide 2 Double, and Thule Chariot 2 are some of the easiest to push in the bunch with a score of 9 of 10. These strollers earned the high score and proved that it is possible for a wider stroller to be easy to maneuver. The 3-wheel design and pneumatic tires make the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, and Thule Urban Glide 2 Double a breeze to push, and the large back wheels and inset front wheels make the Chariot Cross 2 smooth to move. Add on their great suspension systems, and they are as comfortable to be in as they are easy to push. Alternatively, the average product in this review only scored a 5. The UPPAbaby Vista Double, Thule Sleek Double, and the Baby Trend Expedition Double earned 8s.
Many of the products are difficult to push because they have flexing frames or wide-set wheels. Some were tough because of wobbly plastic wheels or dual front wheel designs (4 wheels on two front legs).
This design makes pushing near impossible over uneven terrains and transitions. The suspension is also crucial because pushing is more laborious and your baby will feel every little bump in the road without nice shocks on at least two wheels.
The photos above show the locking front wheel of the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie (left), and the dual front wheels of the Joovy Scooter X2 (right).
Weight and Folded Size
There are multiple factors to consider when choosing a double stroller, which could result in overlooking the weight and folded size. However, we feel this is an important metric as multiple passengers mean twice the work and twice the passenger weight. The last thing you need is a stroller too heavy to move, or too large to store. Nothing is more disappointing than purchasing your dream stroller only to discover it doesn't fit in your car. If you consider that each passenger might weigh up to 40 lbs, and the product could weigh over 30 lbs, this means the final pushing weight can easily be over 100 lbs with supplies for two! This potential means weight should play a role in choosing a stroller for two, especially if you live near steep inclines or an up and down terrain like San Francisco.
Unfortunately, none of the double products are lightweight, so the goal is finding the right choice for you with the lowest weight. The heaviest stroller in the group is the Baby Trend Navigator weighing in at 39.7 lbs. The lightest is the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite at close to 23 lbs, which is one of the reasons it earned an honorable mention. The average is about 32 lbs shared by the Peg Perego Book for Two and the Mountain Buggy Duet. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie came in close with a weight near 34 lbs, while the Baby Jogger City Mini Double is closer to 27 lbs making it a good option if weight is a concern.
We weighed and measured all products in the same way with the same equipment, so the comparison is apples-to-apples. Unfortunately, we've discovered that not all manufacturers provide accurate measurements, so we weigh and measure the products ourselves for consistency and accuracy.
The smallest folded product is the Baby Jogger City Mini Double at under 10,700 cubic inches. The largest option is the UPPAbaby Vista at 28,264 cubic inches (down about 1000 cubic inches from the previous version). The similar Thule Sleek Double is significantly smaller with a size of 19,373 cubic inches. Smaller options include the Joovy Scoot X2 at 18,188, while the honorable mention Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is around 11,000 cubic inches. Some of the strollers can fold smaller by removing wheels, which isn't a large hassle if they are quick release like those found on the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double and you don't need to carry them.
The strollers for two prove that quality is possible in almost every price range from a variety of different brands. However, it somewhat holds true that you get what you pay for, and in general, many of the cheaper options scored lower in our tests for quality. With the exception of the Joovy ScooterX2 with Trays and the Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double, the cheaper products (below two hundred and fifty) scored a 4 or below. The ScooterX2 and the Evenflo Pivot Xpand are both inexpensive for a double product and managed a quality score of 6.
The high score for quality is a 9 for the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double, the Hamax Outback, and the Thule Chariot Cross 2 all with higher than average price tags. While the Urban Glide 2 Double is on the pricier end, it is by no means the most expensive in the group (or on the market), with several strollers costing the same or more with lower quality scores. While a higher price might indicate better quality, there seems to be a price break where this is no longer the case, and higher cost doesn't seem to correlate to a measurable increase in quality.
The photos above show the interior of the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double (left) and Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand (right), the high and low end of the quality scale respectively.
The average stroller earned a score of 6 of 10 for quality in this review. The UPPAbaby Vista Double, Thule Sleek Double, and the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie tied with 8s; these strollers use quality materials designed to be functional and pleasing to the eye. The top products stand out with attention to detail and features that are thoughtfully placed and skillfully assembled. We consider how well the products were designed, the materials used, and how well the final products tolerate our testing process and ordinary use over several months. If they can't survive our testing, they aren't likely to make it through your strolling years. We consider frames, fabric, connections, parts, comfort, and design when rating quality and the options with the highest scores offer better materials, solid connections, limited flexing, and durable stitching.
Twins vs. Multiples of Different Ages
The primary consideration that makes these two situations different is that parents of twins will need the same or similar seating arrangements for both babies, while parents with children of different ages can often manage with different seating styles and features. For instance, a sit and stand stroller won't work for infant twins as neither can stand. Alternatively, less than half of the strollers will work with two car seats at the same time; something infant twins will likely need, while parents of different aged children probably won't.
The options we tested that accept two car seats are the Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double, UPPAbaby Vista Double, Thule Sleek Double, Mountain Buggy Duet, Baby Jogger City Select 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 competitors accept only one infant car seat or none at all.
There are some things to consider when using two car seats with your stroller. Some brands only accept their native brand car seat, which limits your choices of car seats or strollers. The Peg Perego Book for Two, both Graco strollers, and Chicco Cortina Together only accept their brand 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 problem if you are prepared to choose these seats. However, the Graco car seats didn't score that well in this review, and many of the native brands were hard to install on their brand stroller.
We prefer strollers that are compatible with a variety of infant car seat brands, so you have a broader selection of options and are not locked into a particular brand or price point. The Thule Sleek Double accepts some seats from Chicco, Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, Nuna, and B-Safe. The UPPAbaby Vista Double accepts the UPPAbaby Mesa (an award-winning seat), but with the right adapters, several other brands will also work; the same is true of the Baby Jogger City Select Double. The Thule Sleek Double and the UPPAbaby Vista Double also work with two bassinets, which makes them a versatile choice for infant twins; the Vista comes standard with one bassinet and the Thule bassinet is sold separately. The Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double is a newer competitor with a low price and accepts two infant car seat carriers or two toddler seats that can convert to basinet style seating making it an economical choice for twins from birth well into toddlerhood.
We considered more than 80 double strollers before selecting our finalists. A notable popular product that didn't make the cut for hands-on testing is described below. We reviewed this option in previous iterations of our double review, and it didn't fare well enough to test again. Other doubles we didn't consider, received a significantly high number of negative reviews and comments online, leaving us to assume they wouldn't be able to keep up with the competition.
Bugaboo Donkey Twin- Money, Money, Money
As a high-end luxury side-by-side competitor, the Donkey Duo (1 bassinet) and Donkey Twin (2 bassinets) are significantly more expensive than the Editors' Choice UPPAbaby Vista Double and the Editors' Choice Thule Sleek Double. Similar to the Donkey Twin, the Vista and Sleek with the second seat can take twins from newborn through childhood for about 40% of the cost. In comparison, the Sleek and Vista's inline system is narrower and lighter than the Donkey. Plus, the Sleek and 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 stroller 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 compete with the competition given the price and what it offers.
Over time, we've purchased more than 70 of the top double strollers and tested each one extensively to help parents find the right product for their growing family. In this section, we share everything we learned comparing all the details and functions side-by-side during testing, with a keen eye for what makes each unique, similar, and better or worse. This article breaks down what is most important to consider when narrowing down your purchase options, and which variables you should consider making your final decision.
Why Buy a Double Stroller?
Double seat strollers are a staple of many multi-child households. Parents find that the convenience of having a double helps with the day-to-day activities from running errands to trips to the park. Sometimes having the ability to strap two children into one space is just what you need to get through a moment of craziness or a must-do errand. However, most of the time it is nice to have one stroller to transport two kids so they can both enjoy the same activity at the same time. We think the double stroller is an excellent addition to any house with more than one child of strolling age. Be it twins or regular siblings, the strollers with awesome sun shades, large storage bins, adjustable leg rests and reclining seatbacks can make a trip on the town a delight, as opposed to a lesson in patience.
There are so many things to consider from budget to quality, to features and functionality, that it can leave your head spinning. You might have some questions and concerns about buying a product of this type. How big? Which style? What features do you need? Which features are just for show? This article should help it all make sense.
Types of Double Strollers
Double products come in two basic types, side-by-side (where the seats are next to one another), and inline or tandem (where the seats are one in front of the other). Both types have benefits and drawbacks. The choice of which style is right for your children depends on what you are hoping for and what your children require.
The double products with the seats next to one another are one of the more common styles. These strollers usually offer identical experiences for both passengers with seats and canopies with similar properties and adjustability. Both passengers have equal sized seats, recline options, stow pockets (some models), and protection from the elements. Many have two canopies, so each rider has custom coverage, but even the Joovy Scooter X2 with a single canopy for both, still offers ample protection for both passengers. Side-by-side products are relatively wide and can be harder to navigate through narrow spaces and some doorways. They often create a wider folded package and can be a little tricky to lift and store with their awkward size, especially if they have a 3-wheel design. Even though these products can be tricky in a tight spot, they did score higher for maneuverability than the inline models.
The inline models have one seat located in front of the other which is sometimes called tandem seating. The problem with the inline models is the two seats rarely offer the same kind of features. Most of the products have one seat that can recline further than another. Some have only one seat with adjustable leg rest. A few of the models even offer features like snack trays and a cup holder for one passenger, but not for the other. This kind of disparity could an be a problem waiting to happen for parents with children of a similar age or with competitive natures. With a few of the products not offering dual sunshades, inline models seem like a better fit for siblings with an age gap than twins. However, the plus of this style is it fits better in narrow spaces given the smaller width. However, they are often harder to push and turn thanks either to longer lengths and small plastic wheels.
The photos above show some of the side-by-side strollers. The photos below show some of the inline products. Together they give perspective on the differences between the two primary types of double products.
While our full review explains how the products were tested and rated, you'll also want to consider the performance metrics of how the stroller functions, and how easy they are to use. Sorting through the products by their performance and features is just as important as how the products scored in each test, especially if certain features are non-negotiable in your mind. This kind of information can help narrow the field for finding the final winner for your family.
How well each product functions, or how easy their features are to use, varies. However, there are similarities between types and commonalities within the group that could be useful to know and may not be part of the discussion in how well the products performed during testing.
How Many Wheels?
Many of the products in this review had the dual front wheel design of four wheels in the front with two wheels on each front leg. Unfortunately, this conventional wheel design never equates to a high score in our tests for maneuverability. One of the dual wheels usually gets caught on bumps or stray items in the road, and it can make staying on course challenging. The products that performed the best in maneuverability were those that had fewer wheels. Most of the highest scoring products in our review had just one wheel in the front, and the second-highest had two. Our test results make us wonder why so many of the products continue to sport dual front wheel designs when they are the most difficult to push and turn.
While the Joovy Scooter X2 with Trays demonstrate that the dual wheel design can work "well enough", they couldn't compete with the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, Thule Chariot Cross 2, and Thule Urban Glide 2 Double with scores of 9. All of these options were easier to push and turn on all surfaces than the dual front wheel products. Also, all sport rubber tires indicating there is an advantage to rubber over plastic no matter how many wheels there are.
Not all double strollers can manage two infant car seats or are good for two children of the same age. If you are purchasing for twins, you may be looking for a product that can attach two car seat carriers so those little ones can stay snoozing from car to stroller. Considering a car seat frame stroller for the first few months might solve the problem, or you might be looking for a stroller that works straight out of the gate.
Many of the products can accept one infant carrier, but not all of them work with two. If you have siblings of various ages, where one is still in a carrier, and one is toddling around, then just about any product in the review can work. But only half can operate with multiple carriers and babies of the same age.
Other strollers that work with two seats include the Graco FastAction Fold Duo (above left), Chicco Cortina Together (above right), Graco Ready2Grow LX, Evenflo Xpand Pivot Double, and Baby Trend Sit N' Stand.
While we certainly understand the compulsion to get one product and forget it (who has the energy to think about two different strollers?), it may not be the best idea given that some of the products that work with two car seats did not perform well in most of the test metrics. While many award winners will not function with two carriers, they are probably still the better choice, even if you are going to have twins.
Purchasing a double stroller and a car seat frame stroller or a wearable baby carrier might be a good option. More than one product solves multiple problems, you can still move two little ones from the car with ease onto the frame stroller, or you can use this as an opportunity to bond with one baby wearing them in a front baby carrier while the other snoozes away in the adapter on your award-winning stroller. Once little ones can sit in the stroller on their own, you can ditch the frame stroller and still come out on top with an award-winning product that works for twins that can sit upright.
The photos above show a possible combination of strollers that will meet all your needs without breaking the bank and for less money than many products that "do it all"; the Joovy Twin Roo+ (above left) and the Joovy Scooter X2 with Trays (above right).
Purchasing two different strollers may feel overwhelming and outside the scope of what you were planning on doing, but we feel that for the lifetime of your strolling years, you may be happier heading down this path. The breakdown is something like this: a frame stroller like the Joovy Twin Roo+ with a low price and will get you from birth to 6-12 months depending on the size of your little ones. Next, add to this the cost of our Best Value winner in double strollers the Joovy Scooter X2 with Trays which is very budget-friendly and cheaper than many full-size strollers. The total cost of this combo option is less than the cost of some of the high-end options. What you get are two strollers that scored well and are cheaper than the high-ranking products that accept two infant carriers and work for older children.
Compare this to one of the double products that can accommodate two infant carriers and seats for older kids. The products that scored well start at around going from six hundred to fifteen hundred, depending on what options and accessories you purchase to use the stroller for infants and older children. When you look at it this way, getting what you want is easier than you think, and often cheaper when you select a specific product for each stage, instead of the one product that happens to work for multiple stages.
What the other thing parents of twins should consider is that some of the stroller's seating options offer different experiences for each passenger. The inline products have front and back seat options that are often very different. Even if both seats manage to recline or offer some kind of sunshade, none offer the exact same features. Whether it is just the limited front view of the rear seat or the lack of leg rest and canopy on some options, you need to consider that the inline models do not offer equal features for both passengers. This disparity may not be a big deal for siblings of different ages who might benefit from having different riding options, but it could be difficult with twins who usually want the same things at the same time.
It can be hard for a product made for two to be versatile. Certainly just having two seats and nice wheels is a tall order, so the idea of one or even two of these products being able to do more than getting little ones from Point A to B is a feat. The fact that a few of them do it with style and with a price and performance that outmaneuvers the competition is pretty stinking cool.
The Thule Chariot Cross 2 (shown above) is the most versatile product in our review with the ability to be used for biking, skiing, jogging, and hiking.
The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double and the Thule Chariot Cross 2 are products that stood out in the double category for offering more than the ability to stroll. While most of the products are just for the casual user who needs them for everyday activities, these options are good for getting off the beaten path and running over various terrains of the outdoor world. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie is great for exploring all trails of life (winning our Top Pick for All-Terrain) as is the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double, while the strolling Thule Chariot Cross 2 can ski cross country, tag along behind a bike, and still be ready to run. If you enjoy the great wide open, you won't be happy with any of the other products in our review, and you are likely to feel stifled by the non-adventurous features of the standard stroller. Lucky for the adventurers, the number one and three scoring products just happen to be three-wheel jogging strollers with rubber tires, so there is no need to compromise on performance to have more fun.
The Thule Sleek Double, Evenflo Xpand Pivot Double, and the UPPAbaby Vista Double have the most versatile seating arrangements including the possibility of two infant car seats, two bassinets, two toddler seats, or any combination of the three. Also, the seats can face out toward the world or back toward the stroller pusher. With the addition of the riding scooter platform, you can even maneuver up to three kids.
Narrowing the Field
When you are ready to plunge into the pool of double strollers, take a look at the following considerations to narrow the choices to a few that will meet your needs.
Stages and Ages
First, consider the ages of the children who will be using the stroller. What is the age difference between passengers? Are they twins? Does one of the passengers lack the ability to sit up? Will one prefer to stand and have some mobility? Are your children still young enough to nap on the go?
Taking children on a journey in a stroller can be a great experience or a lesson in patience. One of the most important considerations when choosing a product is the age range of the children that will be using it. As previously stated, twins of infant age might do better in a frame stroller, while siblings of different ages might have a pleasant experience in an inline model. Other siblings might be so close they will want to share giggles and jokes giving sideways glances at their cohort in the seat next door. The exact age of your children is not important, but the age difference between them is. Most of the side-by-side products will be suitable for children no matter what their age or separation in years. These models offer passengers the same kind of ride and the same experience. This style can work for young passengers and older siblings alike. It can work for children that are the same age or vastly different ages. As long as children conform to the weight and age suggested by the manufacturer, then this kind of stroller works well for just about everyone.
Alternatively, the inline models usually offer very different riding features for each passenger. Some of the products have a low riding back seat that protects little ones from lots of exposure and allows many of them to recline and relax without a lot of distractions. Some have front seats that give passengers snack trays, and adjustable leg rests, while the back seats have neither. These products might be better suited for children of different ages and needs. If you have a baby who still likes naps in a cozy environment with an older sibling who wants to see the world, then an inline model might be nice. The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite has a front seat that is good for older babies and a sit and stand back seat suitable for older children who may need time on and off the ride. These options might not be as suitable for children of a similar age. Arguments over who gets the riding option, who gets to nap, or who gets a snack tray, might become more of an issue than you want.
The next consideration is the duration of your typical journey. If you just plan to go around the block or want to make it through the airport, then one of the more simple rides will probably work. You won't need large storage or stow pockets for childhood treasures. Just getting from one location to another for a quick trip requires a lot fewer features for passenger comfort or parent convenience than if you plan to use your stroller for longer events or whole day trips. The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite might be a nice economical choice if your trip is short, siblings are vastly different in age, and the older one likes to walk some. With little storage and not many nods for comfort, little ones can enjoy this minimal ride and parents might enjoy the minimal price and lighter weight.
Alternatively, if you plan to use your stroller regularly, for every trip from groceries to museums, you may need little ones to have access to snacks or a cozy place to nap. Some of the products in our review have nice sized pockets for passenger cups and toys, as well as giant sunshades and reclining seat backs with adjustable leg rests for napping after a long day on the town. Our Best Value winner, the Joovy Scooter X2 with Trays has everything parents or passengers might require for a full day of sun and fun or napping. There isn't anything the Joovy doesn't have for just about every trip you can imagine. Giant under-seat storage can keep supplies nearby and is still large enough for any impulse buys from tourist shops. The cup holders accommodate bottles and cups to keep everyone hydrated, and the zippered convenience pockets hold wallet, phone, and keys at your fingertips. Passengers will love the comfy seats and personal stow pockets, as well as the privacy offered from the canopy and reclining seats. Each passenger can sit in any way they want without impacting their partner, and parents can keep an eye on both with a great peek-a-boo window.
If you plan to use the stroller on a regular basis, as opposed to the occasional trip, then you really might want to consider purchasing one with more features. Even if those trips will only be short jaunts, there is a good chance you will want to have more options or versatility with your stroller. As you become more comfortable taking trips and running errands with multiple children, you are likely to increase the frequency with which you do it. As soon as you realize how easy it can be to go strolling when you own the right product, it will become less daunting, and you'll be looking for reasons to leave the house.
If you're making regular trips you'll want your stroller to have the bells and whistles that might have seemed unnecessary in an infrequently used item; nice napping space will seem more important, and extra storage will feel like a necessity. Luckily, even if you aren't sure or you haven't decided how you will use it, you can still purchase a great product with lots of features for a great price. The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double has lots of features for parents and passengers, which means you can have it all at a reasonable cost with excellent maneuverability. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie has everything you need, can be taken off the beaten path with ease, and has cool stow pockets for little ones to take their treasures on the road. All of these products are reasonably priced, and they offer more versatility and features than some options at twice the price. So even if your stroller is only coming out of the closet occasionally, there is no need to compromise features or performance to get the best.
Buying a product for two that doesn't break the bank isn't as difficult as you'd think with many of the top performers coming in around or under six hundred and fifty. Five of the top seven products are at or under this price. This category is one of the few where we can say that one of the nicer products in the review is also budget-friendly. The Joovy Scooter X2 with Trays has one of the cheaper price tags, but it is a nice stroller with lots of features. The same can be said about the Evenflo Xpand Pivot Double. While there were a few products cheaper than the Joovy and Evenflo, none of them offer as many features or similar performance. The quality of the Joovy put it much higher than the cheaper options and almost made them feel outdated and under-designed.
If you have considered how often you will use the stroller, decided whether or not you need side-by-side or inline, and determined if you want a frame stroller for infants, you will have narrowed your search down to a few options. If your budget is also a factor, then you likely only have a couple of strollers in the running. However, unless you plan only to use them rarely, they may not have enough features and attributes to get through the possible trials of regular outings. It is important when considering the cheaper strollers not to be lulled in by a low price. Yes, you may save some money upfront, but it may not function as well or offer as many features as a higher ranking and more expensive stroller. Plus, it may not be a product you can quickly resell.
If your budget feels too tight for the Evenflo Xpand Pivot Double, Joovy Scooter X2 with Trays, or the Baby Trend Expedition Double (the cheapest option in the review), there are a few things you can do to get the stroller of your dreams that will match your desires and expectations. First, if you have infants, you might consider our earlier advice of buying the inexpensive frame stroller and then waiting and saving for the right stroller for older babies. You can use the saved money, in addition to money earned selling your used frame stroller, to buy the product you really want. We think it is better to wait and save for the right product than to buy a subpar option for a lower price that will no doubt disappoint you and be a hassle to use. Being patient might be the best choice in this scenario, while the impulse to get out might be strong, we think you'll be happier waiting for the right option.
We put the double strollers to the test in various locations to see how they compared to each other and how they managed daily use. The hands-on tests provided ample information for ranking products against one another in how well they performed, what features they had to offer, and how well these features worked. To create a complete picture of each product, we also did various in-house tests in a more controlled environment for detailed, side-by-side, repeatable results.
To assess specific performance factors for each stroller, we created quantifiable tests. These tests included everything from a table tilt test, to indoor and outdoor courses over various terrains. The compiled information gave us what we needed to offer a fair comparison of products using detailed analysis of their actual performance and the specifications provided by the manufacturer.
Testing Ease of Use
We compared the features and convenience items that came standard with each product or were part of the purchased products that helped make the stroller a product for two. Some features considered were cup holders, accessory trays, storage bins, adjustable leg rests, and reclining seat backs.
Some products offered more than others for this metric. Products were rated side-by-side so users can see how the function of the options compare as opposed to simply whether or not they have them. Detailed information on how the features perform help to differentiate between the products and widens the gap in scores, which helps delineate clear standouts in each category.
We also folded and unfolded all strollers and recorded how many steps, how difficult it was, if you had to bend all the way to the ground, and whether or not it has a self-standing option with automatic or manual fold lock.
We also tested the harnesses, brakes, and fold and unfold process of each stroller and ranked them in order of ease of use for these features.
All products were put through a series of courses and real life pushing tests to determine how well they maneuver in different scenarios. Specific detours, obstacles and narrow spaces were intentionally created to assess the agility and overall function of the product while weighted to simulate actual passengers. Different surfaces and environments were used to get a complete picture of performance and abilities. We rated the products on how well they performed over each kind of surface, and whether or not they were able to manage stairs and curbs. The products that offered the best performance and were easy to use earned higher marks than other products. Those that offered versatility over various terrain also scored higher. Products that had trouble with narrow spaces or trouble turning scored lower.
Quality is determined by our overall experience with the products and how well they performed during testing and real world use. We compared fabric weave, density, stain or water repellent properties snags, stitching, and was it was fitted to the frame well. We reviewed the frame materials, connection points, possible flex, and handlebar function. We researched what the wheels were made of, considered if they wore well over the course of testing, and did they offer a smooth or vibrating ride. Quality scores were determined by how well the products withstood the testing procedures and how they compared to one another after testing was complete.
Testing Weight and Folded Size
For weight and folded size we took our own measurements to ensure that all products were measured using the same techniques and equipment for a true one for one comparison. Products were weighed fully assembled and measured with the same device and person. Their final weights and measurements were compared to determine overall scores.
Testing Ease of Car Seat Attachment
We tested each stroller with several of the infant car seats that were compatible. This included the native brand car seat and at least one other when possible. We compared how easy it was to use adapters and how easy the car seats attached to the stroller. We considered whether or not the seats required additional pressure to connect and whether or not they could be installed incorrectly or incompletely. Strollers earned more points if the seats clicked in place easily and had only one step. Strollers received lower scores for having a 2 step installation process that included straps, or didn't accept car seats at all. Strollers also lost points if the adapter needed to be removed to fold the stroller or they only took their own brand of seat.
With so many two-seaters on the market, there is likely a perfect double for every family. Whether your tiny passengers include twins or siblings of different ages, there is a competitor in this lineup that can manage whatever your little ones dish out. Despite somewhat stiff competition, we discovered products deserving of special recognition. As a result, we offer an impressive and extensive group of award-winners to provide features and functionality we think many families will love.
No matter what your double stroller budget or goals, at least one of the products we've tested should fit the bill. Our goal is to help you "crack the code," so you can find the perfect fit without the time and legwork it takes to get there. Whether you want a stroller to move off the beaten path, or one for running errands, we are confident this review can help steer you in the right direction to find the double of your dreams.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team