The most comprehensive guide to double strollers you’ll find anywhere on the web.
You’re looking for a double stroller, you’re not sure what you need, and there are just So. Many. Options. Way too many. Every single stroller company seems to have at least two double strollers, half of them look identical, and none of the reviews you’ve read give you enough iumnformation.
I know exactly how you feel.
In this article, we’ll go over fourteen double strollers: seven in-line (tandem) strollers, and seven side-by-side (twin) strollers.
We’ll talk about what each one offers, how you can use it, what its shortcomings are, and everything else you need to know. Here, you’ll find information about the strollers’ warranties, weight limits, care, and so much more.
To make it easier to read, this article is divided into two sections: twin and tandem. In each group, you’ll find information on the seven best double strollers of that type. If you already know which type you want, feel free to skip to that section and choose your favorite.
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“Twin strollers” are often understood to seat two children side-by-side, whereas “tandem” strollers seat one child behind, and/or slightly above, the other. Since both terms are often used for both types, in this article we’ve called the two types “side-by-side” and “in-line.”
Twin, or side-by-side strollers, allow parents to view both children at once and access both children with ease. Since there’s no “front” or “back” seat, there’s less to fight over when the children get older.
When it comes to maneuverability, side-by-side strollers are often easier to push and offer better control and stability than in-line strollers. This is because the weight is more evenly distributed, and the stroller itself is shallower.
However, some side-by-side models may not fit through every doorway or supermarket aisle, or on every narrow sidewalk.
Offering exactly what so many parents of twins need, Peg Perego’s Book for Two is a good quality, narrow double stroller with an easy one-hand fold.It can be used for babies and toddlers from birth to age two or three, and can hold two car seats. Be aware that there are two types of adapters: single, and double.
The good: You can use Peg Perego’s Book for Two from birth, and it’s narrow (29″), folds easily, has great storage and has an adjustable handlebar. Also, the Book for Two reclines to approximately 170 degrees and it folds in, not out, so the seats stay clean.
The not-so-good: You’ll need to buy car seat adapters before you can use the Book for Two as a travel system. Also, the fabric can’t be washed in the washing machine.
The best: The Book for Two can fit two car seats, has large canopies, and its extra-large basket has pocket dividers for storing smaller items. It also has two adjustable footrests, a vented seat top for better airflow while your baby naps, and a canopy window.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a narrow double stroller that can be used from birth, fit two car seats, recline nearly fully, and is easy to fold, this is the double stroller for you.
The Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller is meant for babies and toddlers from age three months and up. Easily foldable, this stroller comes in several colors, has a removable bumper bar, and reclines nearly flat.
The good: The Joovy Scooter X2 folds easily and has a large canopy window and a one-hand fold, two-year warranty, and adjustable footrests.
The not-so-good: This stroller has a single canopy for both seats (the seats themselves are separate and recline individually), and it isn’t compatible with car seats. Also, it folds out, not in, and isn’t meant for babies under three months of age.
The best: The Scooter X2’s basket is probably the largest on the market, and it has a drink holder and zippered pocket behind each seat, as well as mesh pockets beside the seats so each child has a place to put bottles, sippy cups, and other little items.
It’s worth mentioning – though this isn’t a feature of the stroller – that visiting Joovy’s site, I was pleasantly surprised to find that their chat offered a helpful and very responsive human customer service agent. My question was resolved within about thirty seconds, and it was amazingly refreshing to chat with a representative in real time. Also, the rep said Joovy “prides itself on great customer service.”
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a double stroller with lots of storage space, a low price tag, and don’t need car seat compatibility, this is the double stroller for you.
Two pounds lighter than Peg Perego’s Book For Two, Baby Jogger’s City Mini Double Stroller is a popular choice among parents, offering a one-hand fold, near-flat recline, and an adjustable handlebar.
It’s important to note that despite the company’s name, this stroller is *not* meant for jogging.
The good: The City Mini Double is relatively narrow and can be used from birth. It has an easy one-hand fold, large canopies, vented seat tops, and canopy windows.
The not-so-good: This stroller folds out, not in, so the material may get dirty if you leave your folded stroller on a bus, on the floor, or in storage. Also, the City Mini Double can hold only one car seat, not two, and its footrests aren’t adjustable.
The best: This stroller doesn’t need to be wiped down or hand washed – just wash it in cold water, with gentle detergent, in your machine.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a double stroller that’s easy to maneuver, relatively inexpensive, and can be used from birth, and you don’t need it to fit two car seats, the Baby Jogger City Mini Double is the one for you.
For many parents of twins, the Bugaboo 2015 Donkey2 Twin Stroller is nearly a dream come true: It can hold two car seats, has an adjustable handlebar, comes in severalbright colors, and converts easily from single stroller to double stroller and back.
It’s important to note that the Bugaboo doesn’t narrow to fit a single seat exactly. Instead, the seat in use remains on one side, and a narrow storage basket takes the place of the second seat.
The good: The 2015 Donkey2 Twin can be used with twins or two children of the same age, and offers an adjustable telescoping handlebar, flexibility, storage, super-large canopies and two options for folding. Also, you can purchase bassinets to use instead of the stroller seats or car seats.
The not-so-good: The Twin Donkey2 is not cheap, so if you’re strapped for cash, it may be better to choose another of the great strollers on this list. Its weight limit is relatively low – 37.5 lbs (17 kg) per seat, andthe width varies depending on how the stroller is configured. Also,the seats don’t recline fully when facing forward (they recline fully when facing backwards, towards the parent).
The best: Bugaboo’s Donkey2 Twin can be used as a single stroller or as a double stroller, and converting it from single to double or vice versa is relatively easy. Plus, the seats are reversible, so they can face you, face each other, or face forwards.
Is it for you? If you have twins, car seat compatibility is important to you, and you want something which can be used as a single stroller, the Bugaboo Donkey2 Twin is the double stroller for you.
A sturdy double stroller that can be used from birth, the Bumbleride Indie Twin offers car seat compatibility (you’ll need to buy adapters) and comes in several colors. Its footrest can fold up to make a “bassinet” for newborns, and the handle adjusts to accommodate parents of varying heights.
Though the Indie Twin has four wheels, not three, its front wheels can be locked into place for jogging, and the stroller offers a parent wrist strap.
The good: The Bumbleride Indie Twin has an adjustable handle and footrests, lots of storage space, adjustable bumper bars, a zippered pocket behind each canopy, and a large storage basket. In addition, the Indie Twin offers air vents in the back of each seat, for better airflow during naps.
The not-so-good: The Indie Twin is a full three pounds heavier than most of the other strollers, so if you have a lot of stairs or take public transportation, this might not be the best fit for you.
The best: The Indie Twin has a 3-year warranty, and a pocket for sippy cups and bottles beside each seat. Its fabric is recycled, and PVC- and phthalate-free. Also, the Indie Twin’s canopy is large and extendable, able to cover nearly the entire “bassinet.”
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a double stroller with lots of storage space, a long warranty, and won’t need to lift your stroller too often, this is the double stroller for you.
MountainBuggy’s Duet 2016 is much like the Bugaboo Donkey2 Twin: It can be used as a single stroller or double stroller, with any combination of car seats, bassinets, and stroller seats. When used as a single stroller, a basket takes the place of the second seat.
The major differences between the Mountain Buggy and Bugaboo? Firstly, the price tag – Mountain Buggy’s Duet is significantly cheaper. Secondly, unlike the Donkey2 Twin, the Duet doesn’t become more compact when used as a single stroller.
The good: The Mountain Buggy Duet 2016’s seats are reversible, and the stroller offers extendable canopies, hand-operated brakes, and an adjustable footrest.
The not-so-good: Though the Duet can hold two car seats, it can’t hold them side by side. Instead, one car seat sits significantly higher than the other. Also, even though Mountain Buggy advertises a “one-hand fold,” in reality, there are several steps required before the stroller can actually be folded. Unfolding it, by the way, is indeed one-step.
The best: The Mountain Buggy Duet 2016 offers a lot of versatility, for an incredibly sane price. Plus, at 25″ and 25 lbs, this is probably the slimmest, lightest, double stroller on the market.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for an extremely versatile double stroller, but don’t have the money for a Bugaboo, the Mountain Buggy Duet is the stroller for you.
An umbrella stroller at heart, the Maclaren Twin Techno Stroller is a lightweight double stroller suitable for babies and children from birth to 55 lbs. Though it runs slightly more than other umbrella strollers, the Twin Techno makes up the difference in its versatility, offering a “bassinet” option, as well as compatibility with a real bassinet, and the ability to remove both the stroller’s fabric and its wheels.
The good: Maclaren’s Twin Techno offers four reclining positions, an option to create a “bassinet” for a newborn or attach a real bassinet, and an easy fold. It also has a large storage basket and an adjustable footrest.
The not-so-good: This stroller isn’t compatible with car seats, and its built-in “bassinet” option isn’t as good as other companies’.
The best: The Twin Techno has a large extendable canopy, is lightweight, folds like an umbrella stroller, and has a carrying handle for easy lifting. Also, its handles can be extended, offering the perfect solution for taller parents.
Maclaren also offers both a limited lifetime warranty and the option to purchase “self-service parts” so you can replace any worn out components. Plus, the stroller comes with a rain cover and newborn “head hugger” included – no need to pay extra.
Is it for you? If you were wishing for a slim, lightweight umbrella stroller, but knew you needed something suitable for newborns, this is the double stroller for you.
Tandem, or in-line, strollers are popular with parents of two children of different ages, and parents who seek a narrower fit.
The downside? It’s harder to see (and access) one of the children, and when they get older there may be arguments about who sits where. Models with non-identical seats may not offer the choice of where to put each child.
Depending on the length of the stroller, in-line strollers can be more difficult to maneuver and harder to control than side-by-sides. However, since in-line strollers are slimmer, they may sometimes be easier to turn than side-by-side strollers.
Some in-line strollers have “stadium-style” seating, where one seat is above and behind the other. The advantage? The child in the rear seat has a better view, and these are usually easier to maneuver than regular in-line strollers.
The disadvantage? When facing reverse, the child in the lower seat has a worse view. Also, unless both seats are reclined, at least one child will be more difficult to view and access than with regular in-line strollers.
Like the Bugaboo and Mountain Buggy, Peg Perego’s Duette Piroet can be configured with the seats facing forwards, facing backwards, or facing each other. Unlike the other two, this model is in-line, not tandem.
The good: Peg Perego’s Duette Piroet has adjustable footrests, a narrow footprint, and can be used in a variety of different positions. Plus, it’s not going to break the bank.
The not-so-good: To use this stroller with two bassinets, you’ll need to buy an adapter. Also, in order to allow both seats to recline, the seats have to face each other. This stroller doesn’t fold very compactly, and its handle isn’t adjustable.
The best: Peg Perego’s Duette Piroet Stroller unzips to allow the seats to recline, and you don’t need an adapter for the car seats.It’s easy to use the Duette Piroet with two car seats, or with one bassinet and a seat or car seat.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a versatile in-line double stroller that can be used from birth, the Duette Piroet is the one for you.
Contour’s 2017 Option Elite Tandem Double Stroller offers parents of twins and siblings close in age the option of facing the seats towards each other, forwards, or backwards.
Unlike many similar in-line strollers, this stroller doesn’t stack the seats on top of each other, creating a slightly longer and roomier frame.
The good: The 2017 Contours Option Elite Tandem Double Stroller has an easy opening and folding mechanism (not one hand, but very easy and no need to bend down), a large storage basket, and fully reclining seats. Both seats are reversible, and the stroller can hold two car seats. Also, it’s on the lower end of the price range.
The not-so-good: One seat will “dip” into the basket, and to use this stroller with car seats, you’ll need to purchase adapters. Also, the seats leave your child in a “sitting” position, even when fully reclined, and the handle isn’t extendable.
The best: The 2017 Contours Options Elite has a zipper on the side of its storage basket, allowing easy access even when the seats are reclined or the basket is full. Plus, its large canopies unzip to reveal an additional mesh panel, offering full protection from the sun. Each seat has a mesh pocket for snacks, bottles, or sippy cups.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for an in-line stroller that will pop open, let you access the basket easily no matter what, take two infant car seats,offer reversible seats, and can be used from birth, this is the double stroller for you.
Intended for babies ages six months to five years, Baby Jogger’s 2016 City Select Double Stroller is an in-line stroller with one seat placed higher than the other. It can be used as a single stroller or double stroller, with your choice of seats, car seats, or bassinets.
For infants under 6 months of age, the stroller can be used with an infant seat adapter, or with a bassinet.
Essentially, Baby Jogger’s 2016 model is the same as their 2015 model, except for the updated folding mechanism and a handlebar 2.75″ longer.
It’s important to note that despite the company name, Baby Jogger’s 2016 City Select Double Stroller is not intended for use as a jogging stroller.
The good: The 2016 City Select Double has a large storage basket, large extendable canopies with canopy windows, and storage pockets on the back of each seat. With adjustable handlebars and footrests, this stroller offers four recline positions, and the stroller seats can be used facing forward, facing each other, or facing backwards.
The not-so-good: This stroller is only intended for babies over the age of six months, and while it does recline fully, the child can’t lie flat – he’ll remain in a “sitting” position, except on his back. Also, the car seats can’t be placed facing forward, and when the seats are used facing backwards, the upper seat blocks the lower child’s field of vision.
The best: The 2016 City Select Double has a hand brake, and its seats can be “extended” to adapt to a taller child.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a versatile double stroller that can convert to a true single stroller with no extra space, and you’re okay with one seat being higher than the other, this is the double stroller for you.
The Chicco Cortina Together Double Stroller is a good, no-frills in-line stroller offering the option to make a “bassinet” out of the rear seat. Perfect for twins or siblings close in age, the Cortina Together can be used with one car seat, two, or none at all. Though the canopies aren’t large, they can be rotated forward slightly to offer protection from the sun at different hours of the day.
The good: The Chicco Cortina can hold two infant car seats and has an adjustable handle and an easy folding mechanism. Also, you can remove the canopies.
The not-so-good: The front seat doesn’t lean back all the way (the rear seat leans back most of the way), and it’s not clear whether there’s a warranty if you don’t opt to purchase one. Also, while the rear seat has an adjustable footrest, the front seat doesn’t.
The best: The back of the Cortina Together’s basket unzips for easy access even when the rear seat is reclined, and the rear seat’s footrest is directly above the basket – perfect for babies and toddlers who constantly remove their shoes. Also, the fabric is machine washable, the stroller folds relatively compactly, and its price is on the lower end.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for an in-line double stroller that can hold two car seats without any extra equipment, or if you’re looking for a classic in-line stroller for your newborn and toddler, the Chicco Cortina Together is the double stroller for you.
UPPAbaby’s 2017 VISTA Stroller with RumbleSeat comes with two stroller seats (the second seat is called a RumbleSeat), and can be used with one or two stroller seats, car seats, or bassinets.Though technically an in-line stroller, the VISTA seats one baby above and behind the other, offering a compact frame but making it difficult to watch both children at once while walking.
The VISTA’s bassinet can be used from birth, and the stroller seat can be used from three months of age.
The good: The 2017 Vista Stroller with RumbleSeat has a large mesh-lined canopy window and an adjustable footrest. It also offers an easy one-step fold, a telescoping adjustable handlebar, and a large storage basket.
The not-so-good: When the bottom seat faces backwards, it takes up part of the storage basket. Also, this stroller isn’t cheap, and though the seat reclines fully, the child remains in a “sitting” position instead of lying flat. It’s worth noting that if the handle isn’t extended, the top seat will be higher than it is.
It’s not clear if UPPAbaby offers a warranty if you choose not to purchase their 3-year extended warranty.
The best: Both seats are reversible, and the 2017 VISTA can easily convert to a single stroller. Also, the canopy is huge and extendable, and the basket can hold up to 30 lbs.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a double stroller with lots of storage space, don’t mind using only the bassinets from birth till three months, and don’t mind that one seat is higher than the other, the 2017 VISTA is the double stroller for you.
A good pick for parents of two children spaced over a year apart, the Graco Ready2Grow Click Connect LX Stroller’s rear seat can be removed to allow an older child to stand or sit on a “bench” seat. This in-line stroller can hold two car seats, but very obviously isn’t intended for long-term use with two children of the same age.
Also, it’s neither good nor bad, but the seats are configured so that the children always sit with one child facing the parent and one child facing forward.
The good: The Graco Ready2Grow Click Connect LX Stroller can be used with two car seats, two seats, or just one seat or car seat. In addition, the bench can be lifted to allow easier access to the storage basket.
The not-so-good: The rear seat cannot be faced forwards, and when used with two car seats, the second seat is nearly invisible, since the seat closer to the parent sits higher up. Also, only the front seat can recline, and not all the way.The storage basket is accessible, but not easily, when both seats are in place.
Keep in mind that even when you take out the second seat, this stroller cannot be compacted – there will be a large space between the parent and the child sitting in the front seat.
The best: The front wheels can be locked, and the Ready2Grow Click Connect has Graco’s trademark one-hand fold. Plus, this stroller can be used with kids who are old enough to want to stand instead of sit, and kids who may be too large to fit comfortably into a stroller seat.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for an in-line stroller from a trusted brand that will grow with your toddler and baby and is relatively cheap, this is the double stroller for you.
Like Graco’s Ready2Grow, Baby Trend’s Sit and stand Double Stroller is an in-line stroller with a removable rear seat that allows your older child to sit or stand. Unlike the Graco, Baby Trend’s Sit and Stand’s rear seat is nearly identical to its front seat, allowing the child in the rear seat to face either forwards (in the seat) or backwards (on the bench).
The good: The Baby Trend Sit and Stand Double Stroller can hold two infant car seats without any adapters, both trays are removable (but necessary if you want to use the stroller with car seats), and the stroller can be used with most brands of infant car seats.
The not-so-good: Though I’d assume the front seat reclines, it’s not at all clear – either from the product descriptions or from the two videos I watched – that this is the case. In addition, the rear seat doesn’t recline all the way. Also, the warranty is relatively short, the footrests aren’t adjustable, and it’s not clear if 2.5 years is the minimum or maximum for the bench seat.
The best: The Sit and Stand has an easy, one-hand fold, and unlike with the Graco, a toddler can sit forward-facing in the rear seat. Plus, the Sit and Stand sells for a relatively low price.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a stroller that will allow your toddler to choose whether he stands or sits and which way he faces, and you want car seat compatibility without adapters at a reasonable price, this is the double stroller for you.
Once upon a time, some double strollers had a shared canopy or seat recline. This wasn’t popular, ever, but it existed. Today, it’s rare to find a double stroller that doesn’t allow each seat to recline separately. Once in a while, you’ll find a double stroller with a single canopy for both seats. But for the most part, ignore articles (and strollers) that “brag” about allowing each seat to recline separately, or offer a “bonus” of two individual canopies.
More important is whether the footrest’s position can be changed,how far back the seats can recline, and whether you’ll need adapters for car seats or bassinets.
Bassinets are an attractive option for many parents, since they allow babies to lie completely flat and unencumbered, and the babies can continue sleeping in them at home. Plus, some parents use the bassinet as the baby’s bed for the first few months.
However, not every bassinet has a seatbelt, so any stairs, unpaved hills, or quick stops and turns on public transportation may send the baby jumping, if not flying. Also, even though cribs and playpens aren’t padded, bassinets sometimes are.
Any place where a baby sleeps needs to be safe: Do not allow a fluffy mattress, ruffles, long strings (for mobiles or other toys), or anything else you wouldn’t use in a crib, into your baby’s bassinet. And when your baby begins to roll over or sit up, immediately stop using the bassinet.
Even though many of these strollers are car seat compatible, that doesn’t mean they’re compatible with every car seat. If car seat compatibility is important to you, you have two main options: Either buy a car seat and choose a compatible stroller, or buy a stroller and choose a compatible car seat.
There is, however, a third option, which may be worth it depending on your lifestyle, your stroller’s weight, and whether you live on a hill or need to climb stairs: Buy a double stroller, and then search for a car seat frame to hold your car seats.
Essentially, this will allow you to transport four babies at once – two in the car seats on their frame, and two in your double stroller. The advantage to this? You can buy your favorite double stroller, without compromising on one to fit your car seats.
This may not be financially worthwhile if your main mode of transportation is a private car; however, it may be the best route if you (like me) rely walk or mostly on public transportation.
It’s important to note that car seat compatibility is only an option if you buy an infant car seat with a carrying handle. The larger, convertible car seats aren’t compatible (to my knowledge, to this date) with any strollers.
Several of these strollers are compatible with a ride-on board, which can attach to the rear of the stroller (next to the parent), allowing an older child to stand and ride.
Keep in mind that except in the case of the Graco, most of these boards will force the parent to stand slightly back from the handlebar. It’s not the most comfortable position, but it’s certainly better than dragging a tired preschooler who wants to replace one of the kids in the stroller.
If you’re interested in a ride-on board, check if the company itself sells one made for that stroller. Otherwise, there are general ride-on boards compatible with many, if not most, strollers.
Before you buy a double stroller, decide if you need car seat compatibility, bassinet compatibility, or an option to use the stroller’s seat as a bassinet. Also, try to decide if you prefer side-by-side or in-line: Once you’ve made that decision, you cut the number of options in half.
It’s also smart to measure your front (and back, if you have one) doorway, as well as the doorway into the children’s room and your own room. You won’t necessarily need to bring the stroller into the bedrooms, but it’s always better to decide what you’re interested in than to find you wish you’d chosen something else.
If you have a car, measure the trunk; and if you don’t have a car, choose something which is lightweight and can be easily brought on and off buses and trains.
Make a list of what you need, what you’d like, and what you can’t stand, then go through the list again, choosing the best candidate.
Do you have one of these strollers? Did we miss a great one? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!