Occasional joggers or outdoorsy parents who need a versatile double stroller should check out the BOB Revolution SE Duallie. As with most BOB strollers, owners rave about its durability, smooth ride and off-road ability. While kids get a comfy ride, parents should note that they don't even get a cupholder -- all accessories are sold separately.
Small issues. The BOB Revolution SE Duallie has an aluminum frame, a five-point harness and a parking brake parents can operate with one foot. An older toddler may be able to undo the one-touch harness buckle. The stroller has a wrist strap for added security, but because it is attached to the stroller's handle, parents may tip the stroller if they fall while using the strap -- a particular concern for joggers. The stroller also has a seat-retention strap that anchors the seats to the frame in case of an accident.
All BOB strollers, including the Revolution SE Duallie, have been the subject of two recent recalls. In February, 2011, 337,000 strollers were recalled due to a strangulation hazard with the drawstring on the rear of the canopy. There were no reports of death or injury, and BOB has since changed the design. In October, 2011, 411,700 strollers were recalled due to a choking hazard from chidren mouthing the stroller canopy's embroidered logo patch. There were no reported deaths or injuries, other than gagging -- it was also only a hazard for children in the attached infant car seat. More information as well as details on fixes and product updates are on the BOB website.
Smooth ride, and fits through doorways. The BOB Revolution SE Duallie offers a smooth ride regardless of terrain, and owners rave about its adjustable shocks. It's also easy to push -- some reviewers say they can move it with one finger on flat ground. At just over 30 inches wide, it can fit through standard doorways, unlike some other doubles. The stroller is easy to fold and unfold, though some reviewers would like to see an automatic lock. It does not stand when folded. The fabric wipes clean easily, and reviewers say the seat recline and harness are easy to adjust. Parents can adjust the canopies and recline seats independently of one another. Some find the stroller heavy at 34 pounds, but the weight is about the norm for a double all-terrain model.
Good for light jogging. While it is primarily an all-terrain stroller, the BOB Revolution SE Duallie is a good choice for parents who will do some jogging, too, reviewers say. Like other all-terrain strollers, the SE Duallie has a front swivel wheel that can be fixed for a more stable ride. A front-wheel knob allows users to easily adjust tracking. However, dedicated runners still recommend a fixed-wheel jogging stroller. Reviewers say the stroller is bulky when folded and hard to fit in some trunks.
Parents love the canopies, which offer generous coverage and large peek-a-boo windows. While most owners say the storage basket is big enough, many say it is hard to access. The handle is not adjustable. Reviewers particularly dislike the lack of included accessories, such as parent or child trays.
The Revolution SE Duallie does not offer a flat recline, so BOB recommends parents wait until their children are 8 weeks old to use the stroller unless they're in a car seat using the car-seat adapter (*Est. $85). The stroller will accommodate only one car seat at a time, and the adapter accepts only Graco seats -- adapters for other brands are forthcoming. For jogging and off-road use, BOB says parents should wait until their children are 8 months old to ensure full head control. The stroller accommodates children up to 100 pounds, but many parents complain the canopy doesn't give taller children enough headroom. Optional accessories include a rain shield (*Est. $69), sun shield (*Est. $75) and parent console (*Est. $29).
Solid warranty and reputation. The BOB Revolution SE Duallie comes with a limited five-year warranty on the frame and a one-year warranty on fabric and components. BOB has a good reputation for customer service, and owners report few complaints.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org recommends the BOB Revolution SE Duallie and Bumbleride Indie Twin as side-by-side double stroller Best Buys after testing 11 models. The Revolution SE Duallie fares well in expert testing, with a Good rating for ease of use and Very Good ratings for maneuverability and safety. Editors say the stroller's restraints are easy to adjust and the handle is comfortable. They also like the one-touch brake and storage, but say the stroller is heavy and bulky when folded and the seat is difficult to recline. They dislike the lack of parent and child trays.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings: Double Side-by-Side Strollers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Excellent Horton names a number of top double strollers for every lifestyle after testing several models with several moms in real-life use. The BOB Revolution SE Duallie gets her nod as one of the best doubles for all-terrain and jogging. She says the stroller is an "across-the-board parent favorite," with a smooth ride and easy maneuverability. She recommends it for joggers because more compact strollers are better picks for general all-terrain use.
Review: Babble Blogger Favorites: Top Double Strollers of 2012, Michelle Horton, Dec. 3, 2012
3. Stroller Envy
Review Credibility: Excellent The BOB Revolution SE Duallie gets Stroller-Envy.com's nod as one of the five best all-terrain double strollers, edging out the Baby Jogger City Elite and phil&teds Explorer, among others. In an in-depth review, editors praise the SE Duallie's versatility, maneuverability, padded seat, durable fabric, adjustable suspension, large sun canopy and generous storage. Only price and the fact that two car seats cannot be used at once are noted as cons.
Review: Introducing the Top Rated All Terrain Double Stroller Models, Editors of Stroller-Envy.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Excellent After expert and parent tests, Bayless gives the BOB Revolution SE Duallie a nod as one of iVillage.com's best double strollers of 2012. It scores 5 stars, along with the Bumbleride Indie Twin and Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double. Bayless praises its "amazing suspension," accessory adapter, large basket, mesh pockets and maneuverability. She also likes the tracking knob for jogging, large canopy and easy-to-clean fabric. However, the stroller is a "beast" to lift, and she wishes it had more accessories and colors.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Double Strollers of 2012, Kate Bayless, June 14, 2012
5. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including a variety of strollers, and top rankings of all-terrain strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. They discuss the BOB brand in general and the Revolution SE and SE Duallie specifically.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
Review Credibility: Very Good Luff picks the BOB Revolution SE Duallie as one of her top five double jogging strollers, though her methodology is unclear. She likes that the stroller can fit through standard doorways and also praises the recline, padded seats, large basket and individual sun canopies. The stroller maneuvers well and has great shocks, she says. However, the Duallie is pricey and doesn't come with many accessories. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: BOB Revolution Duallie Jogging Stroller, Christine Luff, July 18, 2012
7. The Review House
Review Credibility: Very Good "Kelly" shows off the BOB Revolution SE Duallie in an in-depth video review. She says it's one of the easiest strollers to push and likes the suspension, redesigned seat, large canopy with big window and durability. The bulky fold makes it somewhat awkward to carry, and the Duallie is "too much stroller for the mall," she says.
Review: 2011 BOB Revolution SE Duallie by TheReviewHouse.com, "Kelly with OC Tykes", April 4, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The BOB Revolution SE Duallie gets an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 100 reviews on Amazon.com. It wins praise for maneuverability, sturdiness, easy fold and big canopies with large windows. Reviewers dislike the bulky fold and lack of accessories. They say the basket is hard to access. One reviewer who does lots of jogging still recommends an Ironman for stability. Another says her taller children do not fit comfortably in the stroller.
Review: BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The BOB Revolution SE Duallie gets an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in more than 180 reviews on Buzzillions.com. It gets high marks for durability, ease of assembly, comfort, maneuverability and smooth ride. However, reviewers say it is heavy and bulky when folded. Some say the basket is small and dislike the lack of included accessories.
Review: BOB Revolution Duallie Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good This double stroller roundup looks at the BOB Revolution SE Duallie and seven other doubles, including several all-terrain models. However, it does not compare them or note any cons. Holt praises the Duallie's improved five-point harness, comfortable seat and accessory system.
Review: The Double Stroller Showdown, Christina Holt, April 23, 2012