Advantages of double strollers
If you have baby twins or have two children that are a couple of years apart in age, then there are plenty of reasons to purchase a double stroller. The most obvious one is that you can accommodate another child in the stroller on those long walks in the park or jogs in the morning. Another benefit of having a double stroller is that a potential sibling rivalry can be avoided, and you don’t have to force one of your children to walk and the other to sit in the stroller. With a double stroller, both of the kids will be able to lift a load off of their feet, and both be cruised around in the comfortable seat. Lastly, because a double stroller is obviously much larger in size than a regular single stroller, it will naturally have more storage space. This is great because it allows parents to take any extra useful items they may wish to pack, including the toys which kids choose to bring along for the ride.
Things to consider before purchasing a double stroller
There are a few important considerations to make when deciding which double stroller you want to buy. Perhaps, the biggest choice you’ll need to make is the type of double stroller itself. They come in either a side-by-side or a tandem configuration. A side-by-side double stroller will be much wider than a tandem, and thus, it may be more cumbersome to get it through doors. Another consideration is weight capacity. Some double strollers only have a limit of up to 40 pounds per seat, while other double stroller models can accommodate up to 50 pounds per seat. Apart from that, we will discuss the safety features, ease of use, design, and more!
As we mentioned briefly in the previous section, there are two main types of double strollers that you can find today. A side-by-side double stroller is exactly what it sounds: it is where your children will sit directly next to each other. As such, this setup is much wider, and it will likely take up the majority of any sidewalk you walk on. It also is a bit harder to get through doors because of its width. Still, this construction is durable and reliable.
On the other hand, you could opt for the tandem (convertible) type of double strollers, such as the Chicco BravoFor2 Double Stroller. A tandem stroller’s configuration is one where the seats are directly in front of each other (as opposed to directly beside each other). This type of stroller is easier to get through doors since the width is virtually that of a single stroller type. The downside to this stroller is that the child may feel a bit isolated from their sibling and their parent in the back.
Child weight limit
The child weight limit is a very important consideration for any parent looking to purchase a double stroller. It basically means you must know in advance how much each of your children weighs. This is because each double stroller has different weight limits per seat. Like the Thule Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller, some models only have a 37.5-pound weight limit per seat, while something like our Editor’s Choice, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller, can withstand up to 50 pounds per seat. It’s crucial to know which double stroller is right for you based on your child’s weight and how quickly they are expected to gain weight.
Any double stroller’s safety features are of utmost importance because you obviously don’t want to buy unsafe ones. Many of the double strollers have excellent safety features designed to keep your babies safe inside. One of these safety features is the harness. The harness usually comes in a three or five-point type, and the more points it has, the tighter it will be. For a five-point harness, like with the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller, you’ll have a buckle that attaches to a crotch-strap, to go along with two waist straps and two shoulder straps. This five-point harness helps to ensure your baby is 100% completely secure in their seat. The brake on a double stroller is also important, and most of them come with a foot brake, while some other strollers also come with a hand-operated parking brake (think of an emergency brake in a car).
The dimensions can be another important feature when deciding which double stroller to buy. As we mentioned earlier, the dimensions can significantly be different depending on the type of double stroller you buy.
For side-by-side models, you can reasonably expect dimensions of roughly 40 inches wide, 40 inches tall, and a depth of 25 inches. On the other hand, if you opt to buy a tandem double stroller, you’re looking at dimensions of 25 inches wide, 40 inches tall, and a depth of 45 inches. Couple that with the fact that all of the double strollers on our list are foldable, and this should give you a clear idea of where to store it.
The weight of a double stroller can be an influential factor, but for the most part, they are fairly light, and their maneuverability can make them easy to handle. Parents looking to purchase a double stroller can expect them to weigh anywhere between 25 and 45 pounds. While this difference might scare some, parents will be happy to know that these strollers are made to last and are very durable. For example, the lightest model on our list is the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller, which weighs only 22 pounds and is incredibly easy to use.
Color and design
Apart from the overall functionality of the stroller, you can find various colors and designs. Fortunately, there is a wide range of options you can choose from.
If you want to get a model that is resistant to stains, go for darker tones. On the other hand, brighter designs might look more attractive.
That being said, parents should have no problem finding a double stroller that suits their color preference. For instance, the premium UPPAbaby Vista V2 Stroller is available in 6 colors, so it makes it easier to get a suitable one.
One of the biggest selling features of a double stroller is its foldable construction, which is meant to add convenience to any parent’s life. What’s best about these double strollers that can fold is the ease and simplicity with which parents can do so. For most of the double strollers on our list, in one swift and fell motion, you can easily fold your stroller in half and carry it into your house, to your car, or elsewhere. When it is unfolded and in use, the double stroller does an excellent job of keeping its sturdy design so that your children are comfortable and secure inside.
Suspension and wheels
One of the best ways to make sure that you can easily maneuver around with your stroller is a suspension. If all of the wheels on the stroller have some form of suspension, such as the all-wheel suspension on the Britax B-Lively Double Stroller, it’s really going to make it simpler for parents to push the stroller on any terrain. As for the wheels, on a double stroller, they are fairly large and durable. They usually have air rubber tires that can withstand almost anything.
With the proper suspension and wheels, you can choose any route you want because it will be easy to push the stroller.
When you’re out and about with your babies in your double stroller, there’s a good chance you’re going to need to bring some extra stuff with you. Fortunately, you’ll be able to store these items, like diapers, snacks, and toys, in the basket compartment. This compartment is usually located below the seats. Apart from the baskets, some strollers, including the Peg Perego Book for Two Baby Stroller, have extra pockets for your smaller items.
What else can be important?
There are a few other excellent features in a double stroller that may not all come with it. Seat reclining mechanism is a great function to have because it means the seat can go into a lie-flat or an upright position.
Strollers that have an independent seat recline mechanisms are convenient as you can adjust the angle for individual seats.
Some strollers also come with a parent tray and cup holder, and this is a really nice function to have as you can hold your child’s drink or even your coffee mug in this holder. Unfortunately, a few strollers don’t come with extra features, so you’ll have to purchase needed accessories separately.