Babble Best Picks:
Raising children close in age sounds good in theory (built-in playmates and the ability to get through the baby stage in one chunk), but once the realization sets in that you somehow have to get around town with this crew, it's a different story. Suddenly you're in the market for every parent's worst nightmare - a double stroller - and you're clueless about what you're supposed to be shopping for.
Double strollers are notorious for being over-priced, hard-to-maneuver monstrosities, but stress not. We tested a slew of different double strollers in order to find the very best for each particular lifestyle and budget. And, delightfully, we came across quite a few strollers we could not only tolerate but actually really loved. Once you decide which features are most important to your particular needs (like whether you need a convert from one stroller to two or one that can accommodate as many kids as possible), read through our picks for the best of the best. Don't forget to check our Reader's Picks as well, since some of them might be better for your unique priorities.
Each stroller was tested with a 5-month-old, 18-month-old and 3-year-old. Besides testing the basics (ease of assembly, use, break-down and storage), we also tested each stroller in as many environments as we could: urban sidewalks, rural trails, hills and parks. Also note that we had our tester climb into the attachable second seat for each convertible stroller, just to check if any would tip; none did. We only tested them with the accessories that came with the stroller (we were sent second seats with the convertible strollers), so we didn't test any of them with infant car seats or bassinet attachments. No strollers were tested with newborns.
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT/DAILY USE | Maclaren Twin Triumph
While most double strollers require extensive assembly and directions, the Maclaren Twin Triumph is a simple, open-snap-and-go stroller. It’s surprisingly small, lightweight and easy to maneuver, plus it folds and stores without much effort. If you’re looking for something easy to take on afternoon walks or errand runs, the compact width (it easily glides through a standard doorway better than any other we tested) and reclinable seats make it extremely convenient to shop and stroll just about anywhere. Just keep in mind that there aren’t cup holders or a full-coverage sun canopy as others might have, and some testers complained that the undercarriage doesn’t provide enough storage. (But Maclaren does make a universal stroller organizer to hang on the back.) When it comes down to it, we haven’t seen a double stroller that’s easier to use. If the funds allow, it should be in everyone’s trunk for daily trips.
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