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Double Stroller Reviews

By: Saundra Latham on March 17, 2017

Editor's note:
Our favorite double stroller is the Baby Jogger City Mini Double, which wows parents with its lightweight frame, generous sun shades, effortless maneuverability and versatility. Buyers who need something even lighter will want to look at our umbrella pick, the Maclaren Twin Triumph, while joggers will love the easy-to-push Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double.

Baby Jogger City Mini Double Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Weight: 26 lbs. Capacity: 50 lbs. per seat Fold: Two hand, standing

Best double stroller

The Baby Jogger City Mini is a versatile side-by-side stroller that checks all the important boxes: It's relatively light for a fully featured stroller, it's easy to maneuver, and it boasts ample storage and generous sunshades. Independent, near-flat reclines make it a good choice even for small babies, while the 50-pound weight limit on each seat means even preschoolers will still be able to catch a ride. An easy fold and top-notch steering make it simple to use for any parent.

Buy for $430.96
Joovy Scooter X2 Review
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Specs that Matter Weight: 32 lbs. Capacity: 45 lbs. per seat Fold: One hand, manual lock

Best cheap double stroller

Unlike many double strollers, the easy-to-fold Joovy Scooter X2 can fit even in smaller trunks, reviewers say. Recently enlarged wheels promise a smoother ride, and babies as young as a few months can ride in the independently reclining seats. A massive storage basket, roomy storage pockets, cup holders, and a large sunshade are among parents' favorite features. An included belly bar helps keep wiggly toddlers in check, and experts say the stroller resists backwards tipping better than almost any stroller in its class.

Buy for $199.99
Maclaren Twin Triumph Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Weight: 23 lbs. Capacity: 55 lbs. per seat Fold: Two hand, auto lock

Best double umbrella stroller

Reviewers say Maclaren makes some of the most durable umbrella strollers on the market, and the Maclaren Twin Triumph is no exception. Though it's solidly built, the Twin Triumph is still among the lightest double strollers you can buy at 23 pounds. A compact fold, automatic lock and included carry handle are among the other features that make it ideal for hoisting into trunks or onto busses. The combined 110-pound weight limit means even big kids can still ride along when they get tired.

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Delta Children LX Review
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Specs that Matter Weight: 21 lbs. Capacity: 35 lbs. per seat Fold: Two hand, manual lock

Best cheap double umbrella stroller

The Delta Children LX Side by Side Stroller doesn't have a lot of extras, but parents who want a cheap, streamlined double umbrella stroller for occasional use say they don't mind. It's very light at 21 pounds, and shock-absorbing front wheels help provide a smoother ride than you might expect at this price. A compact fold and manual lock make it easy to stash in trunks. Other features include roomy storage bags and well-padded, easy-to-operate five-point harnesses to keep kids in place.

Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Weight: 36 lbs. Capacity: 50 lbs. per seat Fold: Two hand, manual lock

Best double jogging stroller

Parents say you just can't beat the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double if you want a stable, durable, easy-to-push double jogging stroller. The Baby Jogger Summit has a swivel front wheel that can maneuver through tight spots in the mall, but can also be fixed for greater stability during a run. The independent, all wheel suspension keep kids comfy even on bumpy terrain. Large sunshades, an easy fold, and great maneuverability also win raves. This stroller is not car seat compatible, however.

Baby Trend Expedition Double Review
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Specs that Matter Weight: 32.5 lbs. Capacity: 50 lbs. per seat Fold: Two hand, manual lock

Best cheap double jogging stroller

Though you tend to get what you pay for with jogging strollers, the Baby Trend Expedition Double is beloved by many a parent for its blend of performance, features and value. A swivel front wheel makes it easy to maneuver, but it can also be fixed for stability during a casual jog. Experts say the enormous rear tires help make the stroller easy to steer, too. Other standout features include a near-flat seat recline and an included parent console with integrated cup holders.

Buy for $189.99

Types of Double Strollers

Traditional Double Strollers

These are the most versatile, so give parents of two the most options. While there are many traditional side-by-side double strollers, this category also includes tandem strollers and single strollers that convert into doubles. The first type is great for children who are close in age and size, but they're also wider and may not fit through some doorways. Tandem strollers position one child in front of the other, so are narrower. Many can also be used in various configurations, usually by adding extra accessories such as ride-on boards to accommodate a third child as well. Some single strollers, which we cover in a separate report, have optional accessories that can make them accommodate another child -- at least while one is an infant and one old enough to sit upright.

Double Umbrella Strollers

Double umbrella strollers usually lack features like full-coverage sunshades, child snack trays and parent consoles that make traditional double strollers so convenient. You also won't typically be able to use a car seat with a double umbrella stroller. However, the fact that these strollers are stripped to the basics also make them light and compact -- particularly good news in the world of heavy, bulky doubles. They're usually a go-to for parents who travel frequently or who may need to carry their stroller onto public transportation.

Double Jogging Strollers

While double umbrella strollers are as light as possible, double jogging strollers are some of the heaviest around -- most are well over 30 pounds. So while these bulky beasts may not be best for urban dwellers who are short on space or anyone who needs to frequently carry their stroller, they have plenty of fans among parents who want to squeeze in a workout with their kids in tow. Large, air-filled tires and shock absorption make for a smoother ride, and some models have a front wheel that can either swivel for greater maneuverability or be fixed for running.

A word about optional accessories

Most strollers, even those that are originally bare bones, have optional accessories available such as rain covers, cup holders, child trays, parent organizers, prams or bassinets, and other convenience items available as an additional purchase. However, many of these are sold at ridiculously inflated prices by third party sellers on many online retail sites, and these are often older versions of the accessory that has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Because of this, rather than linking to specific products in this report, we often just refer you to the accessories section of the manufacturer's website, where you can buy the most current product at true retail.

Even if the stroller you choose does not have the option of adding accessories, or if you don't like the specific accessory offered by your stroller manufacturer, generic accessories are available for virtually every stroller made. Often, these off-market products get much better reviews than the manufacturer's version, so we recommend you check those out as well.

Finding The Best Double Strollers
Our Sources
"Strollers, Diaper Bags, and Other Gear to Go"
"The Test to Find the Best Double Stroller"
"Double Strollers & Multiples Ratings"

Though there aren't as many expert tests and reviews of double strollers as there are for single strollers, sites like BabyGearLab.com, ConsumerReports.org and TheNightLight.com offer helpful hands-on tests. BabyCenter.com's Mom Picks Awards also provide a quick snapshot of the double strollers most parents prefer. Amazon.com is the most helpful site for owner feedback, offering hundreds of parents' perspectives on how their double strollers stand up to day-to-day use and abuse. To pick the best double strollers, we evaluated these reviews by focusing on ease of use, lifestyle considerations and safety.

The best double strollers

The Baby Jogger City Mini Double (Est. $450) is an excellent side-by-side stroller that's versatile, easy to use, and lighter than many competing doubles at only 26 pounds. Each seat can accommodate up to 50 pounds, and they're roomy, with some reviewers saying their 5-year-olds fit comfortably. The independent, near-flat reclines mean newborns can ride safely, too.

Though it can fit through standard doorways, many reviewers report difficulty getting the City Mini Double through narrower doors and halls. The stroller is easy to steer and turn, and BabyCenter.com editors say they could push it with one hand. Front-wheel suspension absorbs bumps. It performs best on fairly level surfaces, though reviewers have no trouble wheeling through playground mulch or gravel. The quick two-hand fold earns praise, though some smaller women find it cumbersome to manage. The stroller doesn't lock automatically, but it does stand when folded, and fits into most car trunks. The handle is not adjustable, so this may not be a good choice for very short or tall parents. Some parents say the seats can be hard to recline at first, but are mastered with practice. 

Parents love the great sun protection provided by the City Mini Double's individual canopies. Praise is more muted for the stroller's storage: While parents like the seat-back storage pockets, they say the under-seat basket is small and hard to access. Optional accessories include a compact pram (Est. $170), belly bar (Est. $45), child tray (Est. $25), weather shield (Est. $65), glider board (Est. $85), cup holder (Est. $25) and parent console (Est. $35). The stroller accepts only one infant car seat at time. You'll have to shell out extra money for the adapter (Est. $100), which accepts seats from Britax, Chicco, Cybex, Graco, Maxi Cosi, Nuna, Peg Perego and UPPAbaby. You can view the full line of accessories at the Baby Jogger website.

The City Mini Double has two fully adjustable, five-point, no-rethread padded harnesses that buckle securely. The linked rear foot brakes lock with one touch. The front swivel wheels can also be locked for more stable strolling. There have been no reports of tipping. However, many reviewers cite problems with front wheels locking spontaneously, requiring replacement wheels. There are no recalls, but be aware that this could be an issue, especially on rough surfaces.

If you'd prefer a tandem double stroller instead of a side-by-side, reviewers say the Baby Jogger City Select with Second Seat (Est. $700) shines because of its extreme versatility: It can be arranged in 16 different seating configurations with the purchase of optional accessories. It can be used for twins or two children of different ages, and it has the ability to accommodate two car seats or two bassinets. Depending on how it's configured, the stroller weighs from 28 to 34 pounds. Each seat accommodates children up to 45 pounds, but they don't fully recline, so newborns should be in an attached car seat or bassinet. The "high canopies, wide seats and plenty of leg room" are particularly good for older toddlers, says Katie Parsons of TheNightLight.com.

The City Select has a narrow profile, so it easily fits through doors, store aisles and between parked cars. However, the stroller isn't the easiest to lug on public transportation, and it may not fit in smaller car trunks. Maneuverability isn't always a breeze, either, which is the case for most tandem strollers. It can be quite heavy to push when carrying two children, and one Amazon reviewer says it takes "super human" effort to lift and get up and down curbs, which can be remedied somewhat by putting the bigger child in the seat closer to you. A button reclines the seats to four positions fairly easily with one hand. The Forever Air tires never go flat and can handle varied terrain like snow, grass and mud, although it is not an all-terrain stroller. The stroller has a one-hand fold, but doesn't self-lock or stand. A telescoping handlebar accommodates both short and tall parents.

Getting the most versatility out of the City Select requires purchasing optional accessories, including the Second Seat Kit (Est. $180) one or more car seat adapters (Est. $25 to $70), and one or two Bassinet Kits (Est. $100). With all of that, there are 16 different ways to position the kids. They can face you, the world or each other in a number of combinations, and the stadium seating gives each child a good view. Reviewers rave about the large storage basket that can be accessed from all sides, but say the fabric is flimsy. The large, multi-position canopies provide plenty of sun protection. As a bonus, the peek-a-boo windows on the canopy close quietly with magnets, instead of noisy Velcro. Other accessories include a belly bar (Est. $30), child tray (Est. $25), parent console (Est. $35), glider board (Est. $85) and cup holder (Est. $25).You can view the full range of accessories at Baby Jogger's City Select page.

The City Select has a convenient hand-operated parking brake on the handle, something that sets it apart from other strollers with foot-operated brake pedals. Its front swivel wheels lock for greater stability on rough terrain. Reviewers say the five-point, no-rethread harnesses are nicely padded and easy to buckle and adjust. The stroller earns high marks in experts' safety tests, requiring a greater angle for sideways tipping and nearly 29 pounds on the handlebar before falling backward.

Double strollers tend to be an expensive bunch, but the Joovy Scooter X2 (Est. $250) manages to pack in loads of features at a very reasonable price, reviewers say. This recently updated side-by-side stroller isn't the lightest ride at 32 pounds, but it accommodates children up to 45 pounds in each seat. The independently reclining seats are recommended for babies as young as 3 months.

Joovy's newest version of the Scooter X2 features bigger wheels than its predecessors, "a significant improvement" over the older model that should help with maneuverability, note experts with BabyGearLab.com. Still, reviewers recommend sticking to flat, smooth surfaces and say you'll need two hands to stay in control. The stroller should fit through standard doorways, and parents say it's easy to fold with one hand. It's also relatively flat when folded, making for a compact package that Meg Collins of LuciesList.com says will fit in the trunk of a small sedan. The Scooter X2 has a manual lock and will not stand when folded, however. The handlebar is not adjustable, and some reviewers warn that it's a bit on the short side. They also say taller parents may accidentally kick the brake while walking.

The Scooter X2's major strength is ample storage. Parents love the very large, easy-to-access storage basket under the seats. There are also two roomy zippered pockets on the back of the stroller, and two mesh cup holders that are big enough for sizeable water bottles. Interior mesh pockets offer kids space for small toys or snacks. The sunshade is large, with ventilation and a peek-a-boo window. However, it is one piece and doesn't independently adjust for each seat. The leg rests are adjustable. There are no optional accessories available for the Scooter X2, although you can probably find some generic cup holders or child trays, and parents say the biggest disappointment is that there's no adapter to make the stroller compatible with infant car seats.

The Scooter X2 has padded five-point harnesses and a belly bar that offers an additional measure of security for antsy toddlers. Parents say the linked one-touch parking brakes are easy to engage, but a few find the harness straps tricky to adjust. The stroller aced expert safety tests, with BabyGearLab.com testers saying it was particularly hard to tip backwards, requiring 86 pounds of pressure on the handle before toppling.

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