10 Best Baby Double Stroller 2013 - 2014
Double Strollers for Babies and Toddlers
When I found out we were having baby number two, as I started to think about what new gear we would need, one of the first things I started researching was a double stroller. One of the first things I found is there is no one perfect double stroller for everyone. My friend who was having twins was looking for very different things in a double stroller than I was.
Some double strollers can be very bulky and difficult to maneuver, which will leave you never want to pull it out and use it. So no matter what type of double stroller you are looking for, you want to get something that is easy to steer as well as sturdy, but not so heavy that getting it in and out of your car gives you a hernia.
There are a couple of different types of double strollers, and your needs will determine which is right for you. A twin, or side-by-side, stroller is two identical seats next to each other. These are very wide, which can make some doorways difficult or sometimes impossible, but for twins or children that are close to the same age these are sometimes the best choice.
With a tandem stroller you have one seat in front of the other. I like that they are narrower than a twin, but if they aren't well designed they can still be hard to steer because of how long they are. Also, some of them the child seated in back has their view obstructed by the front seat, so some children may not like that.
Double jogging strollers are best for if you are active, and want a stroller to use primarily outdoors and for running. The large wheels make for a smooth ride for those little passengers and easier pushing for you, but these strollers are often very hard to turn and navigate in tight spaces.
Last you have convertible strollers, which are a single stroller that has a second seat that can be attached. These are generally the smallest and easiest to maneuver, so if you want something that can be used around town this may be the right style for you. The disadvantage is when you are using it with both seats storage may be very limited, and the child seated in the second seat may have a pretty limited view because of being right in back of the front seat.
If you need more information to help in choosing the right type of double stroller for you, I found this article to be helpful.
Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller
Now, let's get right down to the stroller reviews. My first choice for a side-by-side double stroller is the Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller. Not only does this stroller get great reviews, it is a great value. It is also not as wide as some twin strollers, at 30" wide you can still fit through many doorways with this one, which means you can still use it in the mall or on city sidewalks.
I also like that you can adjust the recliner and the footrests individually, so if you have two different aged children you can keep them both comfortable. Also because the seats recline back so far and have an adjustable 5 point harness, you can even use this stroller for very young babies, which is good, because this stroller doesn't have an attachment available to use with an infant car seat. I also like the large sun canopy; it provides great coverage for long days in the sun.
At 28 pounds, this is one of the lighter twin double strollers, and I like how easily it folds, and that it takes up a comparatively small amount of room for a twin stroller. The huge storage basket underneath is also great, even with an over-stuffed over-sized diaper bag in there you still have room for a blanket and a couple jackets. I also like the small zipper pockets that I can put my phone and keys in to keep them easily accessible so I'm not digging through my diaper bag every time I need my phone. One thing to note with this stroller, the handle is not adjustable, so if you are short or tall, that may be an issue for you.
Britax B-Agile Double Stroller
If you do want an adjustable handle in a twin double stroller, consider the Britax B-Agile Double Stroller. This stroller includes a car seat receiver so you can attach an infant car seat on one side. This is another stroller that has great storage, it has a huge basket underneath, and my favorite part of this one is that you can access the basket from the back, front, and side.
The large rear wheels really make for easy pushing and a smooth ride, and I really liked the well-padded seats and easily-adjustable 5-point harness. On most strollers every time I need to change the straps I have to un-thread and re-thread them, which is a pain, so I avoid doing it as much as possible, but it is SO easy on this stroller, I love it.
Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double Stroller
For a tandem stroller, I like the versatile Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double Stroller. I was impressed how many different ways this stroller can be used. For twins, you can attach two infant car seats, and then when they grow out of those, you have two seats both with 5 point harnesses, both with snack trays, and both can recline, although the back seat can recline back farther than the front.
The snack trays can be removed or swung open from one side to make it easier to get your little ones in and out. The back seat can also be converted to a jump seat where an older child can either sit or stand, and easily hop on and off. This was perfect for me, because my first two boys were 3 years apart, and my oldest always wanted to start off walking, but then when he started to get tired he could quickly jump on without having to stop and rearrange or buckle anything.
For me, I liked the parent tray with 2 cup holders and a covered compartment for my phone or other small items I want to keep close at hand. The foot brake on the back was also easy to use and unlock, and the one hand fold is easy and smooth.
Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogging Stroller
If you have decided a double jogging stroller is right for you, look at the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogging Stroller. Most jogging strollers have a front wheel that is locked in place, which is great when you are running along long jogging trails, but whenever you need to turn a tight corner you basically have to lift the stroller to turn it.
The Baby Trend Expedition stroller has the front swivel wheel that can be locked in place for running or jogging, or unlocked so it can swivel and make for easier turns when around town. The pneumatic bicycle tires make for a very smooth ride, and it is very easy to push, even with one hand.
The seats are nicely padded, and individually adjustable, and the canopy adjusts from on top to almost straight in front, and I liked the little window in the back so you can easily check in on your kids when the canopy is down. I also really like storage on this stroller, it has a large basket underneath, 2 mesh pockets on the inside of the stroller so children can keep snacks or a toy where they can reach them, as well as a parent console up top with 2 cup holders.
One thing to note, some people have had trouble with the front wheel wobbling too much, but if you experience that there is a nut that holds the front fork on the stroller and if you tighten that it should take care of the wobble.
Baby Jogger City Select Stroller with 2nd Seat
Last, for a convertible stroller, check out the Baby Jogger City Select Stroller with 2nd Seat. My favorite thing about convertible strollers is that if you don't have twins, it is very likely that you will at some point outgrow a double stroller and want to go back to a single stroller.
So even though you may pay more up front for a convertible stroller, you can buy the single stroller with your first, then add the second seat when need that, and then go back to the single stroller. The City Select has many different seating combinations, so no matter what phase your kids are in you can find one that works for you.
You can position your children so they are both facing front, facing each other, both facing you, or back to back. It is narrow so you can easily navigate crowded sidewalks and doorways when you are out and about. The push height bar is adjustable, which is great if you are taller. The only things I didn't really love were that when you have both seat attached you can't recline the seats or fold the stroller.