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Double Umbrella Stroller Buying Guide

Double Umbrella Stroller Buying Guide
The Nano Duo is a double lightweight stroller with heavy allowable storage and quality materials.
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Monday December 20, 2021
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After extensive use and months of testing double umbrella strollers, we have compiled all the information and insider details you need to choose a lightweight stroller for two. This article will provide you with all the details necessary to make your decision. We purchased over 13 (including now discontinued options tested in the past) of the top double lightweight products to test and compare, so you can make an informed decision about what is most important to you for this kind of stroller and your family needs.

You may also want to read the The Best Double Umbrella Strollers to see how the competitors fared against one another in our side-by-side comparison tests. Also, the our review of impressive double strollers might be more what you need than a traditional umbrella. After testing, we wonder if some families might find a better option outside the lightweight selection.

some of the competing products that made the cut for the double...
Some of the competing products that made the cut for the double umbrella stroller review.
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Why Buy an Umbrella Stroller?


Lightweight umbrella products are designed to be a secondary stroller good for travel thanks to a lighter weight and a smaller folded size. This type of stroller should provide parents with a simple, compact product that is easy to fold, lift, carry, and stow to use when bringing your standard stroller is not an option. Most of the lightweight products collapse like an umbrella, making them relatively small compared to other kinds of strollers. This makes them an ideal gear choice for commuting, tourist adventures, grandma's house, or navigating airports.

Unlike the lightweight single strollers, none of the double options offer enough features to double as your primary stroller. In fact, all of the strollers were harder to maneuver, and this left us wondering if the lighter weight was worth the pushing frustration. If you don't absolutely need an umbrella stroller, you might be able to skip this piece of gear by choosing a nice lighter-weight standard stroller instead. Yes, it will be larger and harder to manage while traveling, but it will be less frustrating to push and turn and save you money by requiring one purchase over two.

Check out our favorite strollers across categories for other high-ranking options that might be just what you need.

the delta children lx side by side (left) and the zoe xl2 deluxe...
The Delta Children LX Side by Side (left) and the ZOE XL2 Deluxe (right) performed very well during testing, but the Deluxe has since been replaced with the ZOE XL2 BEST v2.
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Types of Double Lightweight Strollers


There are two general styles of lightweight double strollers: the basic umbrella with few features and the lightweight product that offers more features for comfort and convenience. The latter type is often (but not always) heavier, as it places more importance on features than weight and folded size.

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.
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A double umbrella stroller should be small, easy to fold, and easy to transport. This stroller type has few features and focuses more on getting children from A to B without the troubles of a heavy, bulky stroller that may not fit where you want it to go. This kind of stroller can reduce the hassle of traveling with little ones, but its lack of features could cause problems if the trip is long.

uppababy traditionally creates higher end products and the g-link 2...
UPPAbaby traditionally creates higher end products and the G-link 2 is no exception with higher quality materials than the competition.
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The lightweight products are not as heavy as a standard stroller or jogger, but they tend to be heavier than the pared-down umbrella options. Lightweight options usually include larger canopies and storage, reclining seatbacks, and occasionally adjustable leg rests. In general, this stroller style sacrifices some weight for comfort and convenience. However, the lightweight strollers are still easy and quick to fold, compact when folded, and should fit where a larger stroller can't. These products often, but not always, take up more space than their umbrella counterparts, making them harder to transport and store.

Inline vs. Side-by-side
Doubles come in a side-by-side seating design and an inline style where the second seat is behind the first. The inline style is better for negotiating doorways and crowded walkways, but they often have a huge disparity between seating features that could cause children to fight over who gets the better seat. Side-by-side strollers can be more difficult in doorways, but they have identical seating and traditionally perform better in our tests.

double umbrella products come in an in-line style with the second...
Double umbrella products come in an in-line style with the second seat behind the first (3 strollers on the left) and side-by-side styles (6 strollers on the right), and each varies in value.
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Performance Considerations


While you can see how the products rank and compare in our full review, it is also important to consider how well they performed during testing. Just because a stroller has a certain feature doesn't mean that feature works well or is truly an asset. On the contrary, some features seem to be nothing more than the manufacturer's way of making the product look more impressive in a comparison chart instead of a beneficial component that increases usability. Our testing process and review are designed to reveal how well each product performs compared to the competition so parents can narrow their potential buying choices to the best option for their family.

While performance can vary from product to product, we did find some general consistencies you will want to know before making your final purchase. These are factors to consider whether you choose one of the products we tested or another option we didn't review.

though heavier than the stroller it replaces, the zoe xl2 best v2 is...
Though heavier than the stroller it replaces, the ZOE XL2 BEST v2 is still one of the lightest in the group and the second smallest.
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Size Matters


This stroller style was created to solve a size problem for parents on the go, so size is important. If a lightweight option is too large or heavy, it fails to meet the basic goal and won't be good for travel. If it is too small, it might be lacking features that render it virtually unusable.

The Delta has a small, easy to stow folded size.
The Delta has a small, easy to stow folded size.
The Duo folds smaller than any other option in the review making it...
The Duo folds smaller than any other option in the review making it a good choice for those with smaller vehicles.
The two smallest folded double strollers in the group, Delta Children LX Side by Side (above left) at 8,211 cubic inches, and the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo (above right) at 7,484 cubic inches. The largest folded options are the UPPAbaby G-Link 2 (below left) at 13,133 cubic inches and the Zoe Twin+ (below right) at 10,420 cubic inches. Knowing how big the folded strollers are can help you determine if they fit in your car or other transportation. While smaller is better, you need to make sure your small choice can still perform well.

The G-Link 2 has a carry handle and two close locks.
The G-Link 2 has a carry handle and two close locks.
While larger and heavier than previous versions of the double Zoe...
While larger and heavier than previous versions of the double Zoe, the Twin+ is still smaller and lighter than much of the competition.

The products have weight ranges from 18.5 lbs to 23.9 lbs. This range is a large disparity for one product group. Still, the differences are more substantial when considering that most standard double strollers weigh over 30 lbs, demonstrating how much you save by going lightweight for travel. Like Goldilocks, the key is finding the right size for your needs without sacrificing the features you require.

the number of wheels can influence how easy a stroller is to...
The number of wheels can influence how easy a stroller is to maneuver. The ZOE XL2 BEST v2 has 6 wheels.
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How Many Wheels?


All of the products in this review have a dual-wheel design with two wheels on each leg except for the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo. For double products, this means they could have anywhere between 4 and 6 wheels in the front and just as many in the back. This design generally translates to poor performance in our maneuverability tests, and this group was no exception. This design struggles with changes in terrain and veering off course when one wheel gets pulled by small objects in the pathway. As a result, none of the products offer impressive maneuverability, and most were difficult to push and turn, especially when compared to the full-size double options.

The G-Link is one of the easiest lightweight options to push and...
The G-Link is one of the easiest lightweight options to push and turn, but still hard to manage compared to full-size double strollers.
The 6 front wheels of the Cloud make it hard to keep the stroller on...
The 6 front wheels of the Cloud make it hard to keep the stroller on course.
These photos show the front wheel structure of the easier to push UPPAbaby G-Link (above left) that earned the high of 5 of 10 for maneuverability, and the wheels of the Kolcraft Cloud Double (above right), now discontinued.

In our single umbrella review, the strollers with only one wheel per leg performed much better than those with the dual wheel design. Therefore, it is unfortunate that none of the double products offered the single wheel per leg design. As a general rule, the pushing performance of strollers seems to increase as the number of wheels decreases. When looking at strollers, keep in mind that fewer wheels are better.

Brakes


While each product obviously comes with brakes, they are not all created equal. Some strollers have a single action brake with one pedal or bar to engage, while others have up to 3 pedals to push or can be unfriendly to sandaled feet. Discovering which is which is hard to do without actually using them.

Single pedal options are easier to use. We worry that double and triple action brakes will result in errors over time as parents forget or become complacent about engaging all the pedals every time they park. While we like to believe that users will religiously set brakes as the manufacturer intends, we also know that if something is hard to use, human nature could potentially kick in and lead to mistakes and misuse. Brakes should be quick and easy to operate.

with better features for comfort and convenience than most umbrella...
With better features for comfort and convenience than most umbrella products, the Twin+ is more versatile than some of the competition.
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Versatility


Most of the double umbrella options do not offer much in the way of versatility. They do only one job, get baby from A to B in a seat with wheels. These strollers offer the bare minimum to get the job done, so they can remain light, small, and easy to carry. Unfortunately, this means that some miss the mark of being practical. Features must work the way you assume they will; otherwise, having them does nothing for usability. Canopies are a good example of this; while every model in the review has sunshades, some are very small and offer virtually no protection, like those found on the Delta Children LX Side by Side (below left), while the Zoe Twin+ canopies (below right) are very large.

The Delta has a shallow recline and no leg rests.
The Delta has a shallow recline and no leg rests.
The canopies on the Twin+ are some of the largest on any double...
The canopies on the Twin+ are some of the largest on any double umbrella we've seen.

It isn't helpful to compare features, or the number of features, without considering whether or not they perform as expected. If a stroller has a feature you want, but that feature fails to meet expectations, then your experience with the stroller will likely be frustrating.

Lightweight strollers do not offer enough support or protection for babies under six months of age without head and neck muscle control. BabyGearLab feels that parents should avoid using lightweight products with babies under six months old unless they are in an approved infant car seat carrier designed to attach to the stroller. While some manufacturers claim their stroller is appropriate for infants, we don't feel they offer enough design and features to protect children under six months from potential injuries related to jostling around over uneven terrain. Without proper suspension and body support, a baby could be exposed to forces their small bodies are not equipped to handle. Parents should consider babywearing or standard strollers as the more appropriate baby moving alternatives until the baby has the full head, neck, and trunk control.

Narrowing the Field


There are a few things to consider when narrowing your lightweight options down to the best stroller for you. Keeping your goals in mind will go a long way in getting the stroller you need without going over budget or buying more than you need. While features are important, we feel that how you plan to use this kind of gear is more important and will give you the features you need by default. In the long run, it will save you time, money, and possible frustration if you know your goals before you buy.

having child snack trays and large canopies, like those found on the...
Having child snack trays and large canopies, like those found on the ZOE XL2 BEST v2, can be good for longer trips or if you plan to use your lightweight stroller regularly.
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Where are you going?


The first thing to consider is where will you be using this stroller, and why do you need a lightweight product? Is this for semi-regular commuting in an urban environment, or is it a tourist helper for museum strolling? How you plan to use your stroller, where you plan to go, and the kind of surfaces you cover should influence your buying decision.

If you need an option strictly for travel, then the smallest, lightest option with fewer features may be all you need. If you plan to use the stroller for trips to the park or a full day at the zoo, then you may need features for carrying supplies or sun protection. If you plan to stroll mainly indoors, then the canopies may not concern you; if you hope to find a place to stow it traveling on a bus, size will be your limiting factor.

Knowing how your stroller will be used can be the difference between buying a product that fails to meet your needs and finding the perfect fit. Being honest about how you plan to use your stroller will go a long way in determining which style will meet your needs the best.

the g-link 2 has some useful features not found on all of the...
The G-Link 2 has some useful features not found on all of the umbrella competition.
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How long will it take?


The next question to ask is how long your usual trips will be. Will you use the stroller from gate to gate in the airport? Or will the baby be sitting in it for hours as you stroll the city sidewalks taking in the sights? How long your baby will be expected to sit in the seat will influence which comfort features you want. The number of supplies you will need could also influence your choice based on the storage options the product features. If little ones sit for hours, you will want a deeper reclining seat, possible adjustable leg rests, and nice canopies. In short, the longer your trip, the more features for comfort and convenience you are likely to need. Alternatively, shorter trips require less and finding a budget-friendly, lighter-weight product will be the winner.

the adjustable leg rests, and snack cups on the zoe can make longer...
The adjustable leg rests, and snack cups on the ZOE can make longer trips more comfortable for little ones.
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How often?


You know where you are going, you know how long you will be gone, now you need to know how often you plan to go. If your plans include regular use weekly, you will probably want a quality stroller with more features, and you won't mind paying a little more to get more. If you think you are only using it for one trip to Disneyland, then finding an inexpensive option might be a better fit.

It can be difficult to justify a higher-priced item if you only need it for a few occasions. You may be able to "make do" with fewer features if the stroller use is infrequent. However, if you plan to use your lightweight stroller semi-regularly, then it might be worth spending extra to get a higher quality item with more features or better performance. How often you use this kind of gear can help you decide how much stroller you really need and how much you want to spend to get it.

delta children xl side by side
Delta Children XL Side by Side
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Buying the less expensive, high-ranking Delta Children LX Side by Side may be all you need for the family vacation. Given that the stroller scored fairly well in our testing, it is likely to meet your needs without serious frustration. However, if you plan to use your stroller semi-regularly, then it will need more bells and whistles to get the job done without frustration and inconvenience, so you may want to choose a stroller with more features to avoid disappointment.

while the nano duo performed well and earned a high rank in our...
While the Nano Duo performed well and earned a high rank in our tests, it is one of the most expensive options in the review, making it a poor choice for those on a budget.
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Budget


For some families, the budget will be their first consideration. For others, it may be further down on their list of priorities. Either way, it is hard to ignore budget for some baby gear items. Luckily, this type of gear offers options at a large variety of price points. Once you've answered the questions above, you will likely be looking at only a few choices. Narrowing it down from here could be achieved by looking at price, overall performance score, or both.

here are some of the double umbrella stroller competition that we...
Here are some of the double umbrella stroller competition that we tested in this review. Updated strollers and new additions are not pictured.
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Conclusion


Choosing a double umbrella stroller can be difficult as many strollers claim similar features and functionality. However, it is worth the effort to learn more about each option, as features and performance vary greatly from one product to another, making it nearly impossible to compare based on a list alone. While the differences between products may seem subtle, the impact on everyday use may be significant. Staying focused on how you intend to use your stroller will go a long way in finding the best option for your family. We feel the performance and features of our award winners offer parents options that meet the needs of every budget and just about every kind of use or user.

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