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How We Tested Double Strollers

By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
Tuesday June 29, 2021
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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 a detailed analysis of their actual performance and the specifications provided by the manufacturer.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only stroller in this review with...
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only stroller in this review with covered storage that is both zippered and velcro for easy, secure closing. The cover is weather resistant and helps keep items clean and dry.
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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 seatbacks.

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 helps 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 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 unfolding process of each stroller and ranked them in order of ease of use for these features.

The tires on the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie are air filled rubber...
The tires on the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie are air filled rubber and helped the stroller earn a high score in our tests for maneuverability. This stroller will easily roam over almost any terrain.
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Testing Maneuverability

All products went through a series of courses and real-life pushing tests to determine how well they maneuver in different scenarios. We create specific detours, obstacles, and narrow spaces to assess the agility and overall function of the product while weighted to simulate actual passengers. We use different surfaces and environments 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 provided versatility over various terrain also scored higher. The products that encountered trouble with narrow spaces or had trouble turning scored lower.

The parent tray on the Baby Trend Expedition  Double is the nicest...
The parent tray on the Baby Trend Expedition Double is the nicest one in the review with a large covered storage tray and dual cup holders. However, we caution parents about using cup holders while strolling as testing reveals that items can and often do fall from holders on most strollers.
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Testing Quality

We evaluate quality 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 throughout 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.

The BOB 3.0 folds in half, but it is still large and unwieldy with...
The BOB 3.0 folds in half, but it is still large and unwieldy with no carry strap or self-standing feature.
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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. We compare their final weights and measurements to determine overall scores.

The Vista works well with up to two infant car seat carriers while...
The Vista works well with up to two infant car seat carriers while maintaining easy access to the storage bin.
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Testing Ease of Car Seat Attachment

We tested each stroller with several of the infant car seats that were compatible. This testing 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 were attached to the stroller. We considered whether or not the seats required additional pressure to connect and whether or not you can install them 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 needs removal to fold the stroller, or they only took their brand of seat.