Just like their single-stroller counterparts, which we cover in our separate report on strollers, double jogging strollers can keep your children comfortable and safe at higher speeds. Built with stability in mind, these strollers are anything but flimsy, but the trade-off means they can be some of the heaviest models on the market -- and the hardest to fit in your trunk.
Occasional joggers or outdoorsy parents who need a versatile double stroller should check out the BOB Revolution SE Duallie (Est. $540). As with most BOB strollers, owners rave about its durability, smooth ride and off-road ability. Some find the stroller heavy at 34 pounds, but that's about the norm for a double jogger. It 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 using a car seat adapter. For jogging, 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 BOB also specifies a height limit of 44 inches.
At just over 30 inches wide, the Revolution SE Duallie can fit through standard doorways. It offers a smooth ride regardless of terrain, and owners rave about its adjustable shocks. The stroller is also easy to push -- some reviewers say they can move it with one finger on flat ground. Like many other jogging strollers, it has a front swivel wheel that can be fixed for a more stable ride, but serious runners may want to consider a dedicated fixed-wheel model. Reviewers say the Revolution is easy to fold and unfold, though some would like to see an automatic lock. It does not stand while folded, and parents say the stroller is bulky and hard to fit in some trunks. The handlebar is not adjustable; if you're very short or tall, the BOB Revolution PRO (Est. $570) or BOB Revolution Flex (Est. $555) Duallies offer this feature.
Parents love the independently adjustable canopies on the Revolution SE Duallie, 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. Reviewers particularly dislike the lack of included accessories, such as a cup holder or parent or child trays. The stroller will accommodate only one car seat at a time using one of the optional car seat adapters; there are versions to accommodate Britax, Chicco, Graco and Peg Perego seats. Other optional accessories include a weather shield (Est. $80), parent console (Est. $30) and child snack tray (Est. $50). A full list of accessories is available on the BOB stroller website.
The 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, some reviewers warn. A front-wheel knob allows users to easily adjust tracking and stay on a straight path. 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.
If you want a few more luxuries with your jogging stroller, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double (Est. $650) could be worth a look. Like the BOB Revolution SE Duallie, this stroller has a front swivel wheel that makes it more maneuverable in tight spots, but the wheel can be fixed for the occasional jog. At more than 36 pounds, the stroller is a bit heavier than the Revolution SE Duallie. It has the same combined 100-pound weight capacity and 44-inch height limit. Baby Jogger says the stroller can accommodate newborns, but, while the seats do recline almost flat, you definitely won't want to jog until they're older -- Baby Jogger's recommendation is 6 months.
At 32 inches, the Summit X3 Double can squeak through most large exterior doorways, but maybe not smaller interior ones. Meg Collins of LuciesList.com says it's even easier to turn than the Revolution SE Duallie, but notes that it feels more back-heavy. Still, most reviewers say the stroller is easy to push, with independent all-wheel suspension that eliminates the bumps. If you want to fix the swivel front wheel and go for a run, it's easy to do with the flip of a switch on the handle. The Summit X3 Double also boasts an extremely easy fold, though it still takes up a fair amount of space. The handlebar is not adjustable, so take note if you're very short or tall.
Reviewers say the Summit X3 Double's independent sunshades are a generous size, and Collins says they're even a bit better ventilated than the ones on the Revolution SE Duallie. There is a peek-a-boo window on the top of both canopies. The under-seat storage basket is about the same size as the Duallie's, and mesh pockets on the seatbacks provide additional storage for parents' essentials. There is a wide range of optional accessories, including a compact pram (Est. $170), belly bar (Est. $45), child tray (Est. $25), parent console (Est. $35) and cup holder (Est. $25), which can be purchased from the Baby Jogger website. Notably absent is a car seat adapter -- the Summit X3 Double is not car-seat compatible. You'll need to pony up for two prams if you want a more secure option for newborns than the reclining seats.
The Summit X3 Double has a foot-operated one-touch parking brake as well as a nice bonus: a hand brake to help slow the stroller at higher speeds, something typically found only on fixed-wheel jogging strollers like the BOB Ironman Duallie. It also has padded five-point harnesses that are easy to buckle and adjust. A wrist strap helps keep the stroller close at higher speeds, and since it's attached to the bottom of the stroller frame, it lessens the risk of a parent topping the stroller during a fall.
If you plan on running frequently, or over long distances, with your stroller, the BOB Ironman Duallie (Est. $460) will probably provide the smoothest ride, reviewers say. At 34 pounds, it weighs the same as the BOB Revolution SE Duallie. It also has the same lifespan, accommodating babies from 8 weeks with a car-seat adapter, with a maximum weight limit of 100 pounds and a 44-inch height limit. The crucial difference: In order to provide greater stability at higher speeds, the Ironman's front wheel does not swivel, so it does not make a very good every day stroller.
Like the Revolution SE Duallie, the Ironman Duallie is just over 30 inches wide and can fit through standard doorways. Because the front wheel doesn't swivel, it's not nearly as maneuverable in tight spaces -- you'll have to press down on the handle to pick up the front wheel slightly to make a turn. However, reviewers say the bright side is a rock-solid ride, even on the speediest of runs. The stroller also has adjustable all-wheel suspension to keep bumps and jolts to a minimum. The two-step fold is easy, and a manual lock keeps the stroller folded for easier storage. Still, the Ironman Duallie is not exactly compact when folded, but you can fit it into tighter spots by popping off the front wheel. While the handlebar is not adjustable, reviewers report few complaints about the height.
The Ironman Duallie has large, independently operated sunshades with peek-a-boo windows on top. Reviewers say the under-seat storage basket is roomy and most easily accessed from the back. There are also large mesh pockets on the back of the seats for parents' essentials, as well as small mesh interior seat pockets for snacks and small toys. There is no cup holder. The stroller uses the same car seat adapter (Est. $100) as the Revolution SE Duallie, so it can accommodate only one Britax, Chicco, Graco or Peg Perego car seat. It also has the same optional accessories, including a parent console (Est. $30) and child snack tray (Est. $50).
As for safety, the Ironman Duallie has one important feature that the Revolution SE Duallie lacks: a hand-operated brake that can help slow the stroller more easily, especially on hills. It also has an aluminum frame, adjustable tracking, five-point harnesses and a parking brake parents can operate with one foot. A wrist strap helps prevent the stroller from rolling away, but as with the Revolution SE Duallie, it's attached to the handlebar and parents could tip the stroller if they take a spill while wearing it.
If you like the idea of a double jogging stroller but simply can't spare $400 or more, reviewers say the Baby Trend Expedition Double (Est. $200) is a budget-friendly option that's easy to steer, especially considering it's half the price of the competition. At 32½ pounds, it's actually a touch lighter than our other picks. Baby Trend recommends the stroller for babies as young as 6 months; there is a 50-pound weight capacity for each seat and a 42-inch height limit. While the seats do recline nearly flat for naps, there is no way to attach a car seat or bassinet.
At 31½ inches wide, the Expedition Double will fit through most larger doors, but it might be tight. Like the BOB Revolution SE Duallie, it has a front swivel wheel that can be locked for added stability on jogs. The reason many opt to pay more for a BOB or similar stroller: the Expedition's wheel may wobble or shake even in the locked position, which doesn't exactly inspire confidence on a run. The stroller also lacks the suspension system that its pricier competitors have. On the bright side, Collins of Lucie's List says the "enormous" 16-inch rear wheels make for easy steering and says the stroller is easy to fold. Still, it's quite bulky when folded and might not fit in the trunk of a smaller sedan. The handlebar is not adjustable.
The Expedition Double comes with a parent console that has integrated cup holders and a compartment for phones or other small items, a feature that costs extra on our pricier picks. The under-seat storage basket is about the same size as others, but a touch easier to access. The sunshade doesn't get quite the same raves: It's one piece, so you can't adjust it separately for each child, and it is somewhat skimpy. It can be rotated to a different angle, however, and has a peek-a-boo window on top. The only optional accessory is a rain cover (Est. $50). There is no car seat adapter, but the heavier four-wheel Baby Trend Navigator Double (Est. $230) will accept two Baby Trend car seats.
The Expedition Double has 5-point harnesses that are easy to buckle and adjust, but they don't have the padding you'll find on pricier strollers. The one-touch foot-operated parking brake is easy to set, but there is no additional hand brake to help slow the stroller. A wrist strap helps prevent rollaways, and it is connected to the bottom of the stroller frame to reduce the risk of tipping.