The Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem does something that Graco tandem strollers can't do: Its seats are reversible, so your children can both face you or away from you, or face each other or away from each other. Some parents really like this feature, and they say it's easy to accomplish. The Kolcraft also includes adjustable leg rests and a full recline on both seats (only one seat reclines fully on the Gracos), and reviews also find the Kolcraft more stylish than the Graco strollers. However, the Kolcraft does have its drawbacks. At 46 pounds, it's heavier than the 30-pound Graco DuoGlider (*Est. $150) or the 39-pound Graco Quattro Tour Duo (*Est. $250). Like the Gracos, the Kolcraft can hold two infant car seats, but you must buy separate adapters (*Est. $30 each) -- no adapters are required on the Gracos. Some reviews find the Kolcraft harder to push (especially on grass) and less maneuverable than the Graco Quattro Tour Duo.
Both "Baby Bargains" and ConsumerReports.org include the Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem in their expert, unbiased stroller reviews. SheKnows.com also conducts a complete test, but it compares the Kolcraft with fewer rival strollers than "Baby Bargains" and ConsumerReports.org do. About.com recommends the Kolcraft in an expert review, but no testing is mentioned. We found plenty of parent feedback on this stroller at Amazon.com, Viewpoints.com and Epinions.com.
ConsumerReports.org rates the Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem alongside the similar Graco Quattro Tour Duo and other tandem and side-by-side double strollers. Editors judge each model on its safety, ease of use and maneuverability.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" discusses the Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem stroller briefly here, and there's also a longer section on the Kolcraft brand in general. Editors' opinions are based on their own testing and parent feedback.
Review: Double Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition, 2009
This test pits the Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem against a side-by-side twin stroller (the Graco Twin Ipo) and a convertible model (phil&teds Classic with doubles kit). The Kolcraft wins, thanks to its configurable seating and ease of use.
Review: Double Stroller Showdown, Abbi Perets
Pamela Prindle Fierro, About.com's guide to twins and multiples, says the Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem Stroller is very configurable, can hold kids until they reach 40 pounds and comes with a large storage basket and removable child bar to make it easier for toddlers to enter and exit. However, Kolcraft does charge extra for its infant car seat adapters. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 10 Tandem Double Strollers for Twins, Pamela Prindle Fierro
With more than 120 owner-written reviews, the Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem averages 4 stars (out of 5). One parent review here is extremely thorough, comparing the Kolcraft point-for-point (steering, folding, comfort, etc.) with the Graco Quattro Tour Duo after testing both with a 17-month-old.
Review: Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem plus Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
Owners posting here give the Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem 4.11 stars (out of 5) in 28 reviews -- a slightly lower rating (and with far fewer reviews) than the Graco Quattro Tour Duo or Graco DuoGlider. Editors summarize parent comments at the top of the page.
Review: Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
The Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem maintains a 4.5-star average rating (out of 5) with almost 40 user reviews posted. Reviews here tend to be thorough and each includes a list of pros and cons.
Review: Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem Standard Stroller, Contributors to Epinions.com