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 URBAN | Valco Baby Ion for 2
This was, without a doubt, one of our favorite double strollers. without a doubt. Not only does it look cool with its egg-like shape (we really haven’t seen another stroller that looks so cozy), it has absolutely everything that an urban mom would need: It’s extremely lightweight at 17 lbs.; it’s maneuverable; it has the best storage out of all the strollers we tested; and it’s much more compact than most wide-load, side-by-side strollers or tandems. It’s perfect for crowded sidewalks and tight spaces, and it’s also quite roomy and comfortable for the kids, whether you’re toting around a newborn or a 3-year-old. The circular handle could be a hit or miss (we were a little unsure, but everyone else who tried it liked it), but our hesitations weren’t enough to cancel out its advantageous features. If you’re in the market for a double stroller, no matter the age difference of your kids, this is one you should definitely try out.
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