The Best Double Strollers of 2017
Worried about finding the best double stroller? We have the details to help! We considered over 70 potential strollers for review and purchased 19 of the top double strollers to test in our intensive side-by-side process over two months. Our hope is to provide you with high-quality, detailed information designed to help you choose the right double stroller for your needs and your wallet. In this review, you'll see first hand how the strollers measure up in useful ways like ease-of-use, features, maneuverability off-road and tight spaces, weight and folded size and car seat attachment. Choosing the best double stroller can be frustrating and confusing, let us help you find the perfect product for your growing family.
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Test Results and Ratings
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Analysis and Award Winners
Editors' Choice: Best Side-by-Side
Thule Urban Glide 2
The Thule Urban Glide 2 earned the highest score in this comparative double stroller review and an Editors' Choice award impressing us with the overall quality, maneuverability, and ease of use. This option has a 3-wheel jogger design, is easy to fold, and has a bonus self-standing feature. The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver through doorways, around corners, and over rough terrain. You can jog with it and take it up and over curbs with relative ease. The passenger seats have inside storage pockets, large canopies, independent recline, and padded 5-point harnesses. This option isn't the best choice for parents expecting twins as it only accepts one infant car seat. It is also somewhat heavy, but it is the lightest in the top 3 scoring strollers, and it is lighter than the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie. Overall, the Urban Glide 2 is a great everyday stroller packed with features that let you run and take adventures off-road when the mood strikes while keeping baby cozy and protected from the sun.
Easy to push over any terrain
Easy to use
Only works with one car seat
Read full review: Thule Urban Glide 2
Editors' Choice: Best Inline Double
UPPAbaby Vista Double
The UPPAbaby Vista Double is a standout stroller that earned a 2nd place rank and quickly became the stroller of choice with testers, earning it an Editors' Choice award. This stylish, easy to use option offers a variety of seating configurations including two infant car seat options making it great for twins, multiples, or even a single rider. This stroller sports foam filled rubber tires, the biggest storage bin in the review with the largest maximum allowable weight (30lbs), a telescoping handlebar, and easy fold. While the Vista is not an all-terrain stroller, it does manage uneven terrain better than much of the competition thanks to all-wheel suspension and larger wheels. This stroller may not be the best choice for parents with limited funds. The Vista has a higher than average price, but we think it is worth the money if you can afford it.
Easy to use and push
Compatible with two infant car seats
Versatile seating options
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Best Bang for the Buck
The Joovy Scooter X2 walks away with a Best Value award thanks to a great combination of higher score and lower price. This stroller is a user-friendly product that draws you in with bright colors, fun features, and functionality in a way you didn't think possible for a product with a price this low. The Scooter is a quality product suitable for multiple ages or older twins, as it does not accept any infant car seats. This side-by-side design with inset front wheels helps it negotiate corners and narrow doorways with ease. The large shared canopy, inside mesh stow pockets, giant storage bin and dual pockets hanging off the back provide all-day comfort and convenience. The Scooter has deep reclining seats with adjustable leg rests, all-wheel suspension, belly bar, and easy to use brakes. Given its overall value and plethora of features, it's easy to see why testers liked the Joovy Scooter.
Easy to use
Harder to push and turn
Doesn't take any car seats
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Best Value on a Budget
Baby Trend Expedition Double
The Baby Trend Expedition Double is the least expensive double in this review which helped it earn a Best Value award with above average performance at an affordable price point. The Expedition is technically sold as a jogging stroller and sports rubber pneumatic tires, padded seats, easy to use recline, and the second highest score for maneuverability. While the Expedition may not have the same attention to detail, or use the same level quality components as much of the competition, for the price, it offers what we believe is a reliable double stroller that gets the job done. It even has a few extra features like a parent tray, cup holders and cinch pockets on the back of each seat. Unfortunately, the Expedition Double is not compatible with any infant car seats so it isn't a good choice for babies under 6 months and you can't jog with a baby until 8-12 months. However, if gear price is a concern, and you want the freedom of moving off-road with the occasional jog, then the Expedition Double is one to consider.
Easy to push and turn
Harder to use
Read full review: Baby Trend Expedition Double
Top Pick for All-Terrain
BOB Revolution Flex Duallie
The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie is another 3-wheel jogging stroller that happens to have everything parents need for multiple children with the bonus of all-terrain tires and adjustable suspension. This stroller earned a second place rank in this review and received an Editors' Choice award. The BOB has a high score for maneuverability and impressive scores for quality and ease of use. While it doesn't accept two car seats, so it isn't a great option for twins, it does work for children up to 50 pounds in each seat and will take one car seat with an adapter sold separately.
Excellent over rough terrain
Higher priced double jogger
Heavy and large
Read full review: BOB Revolution Flex Duallie
Top Pick for Outdoor Adventure
Thule Chariot Cross 2
The Thule Chariot Cross 2 is a unique product designed for outdoor adventures with included strolling and bike trailer kits standard. The Cross 2 does not disappoint because it isn't an ordinary stroller. Though it isn't a traditional double stroller, it is a great buy for parents that like being outdoors and want to include their children on every fun adventure. This product replaces the Thule Chariot Cougar 2 with some impressive upgrades like lower weight, better storage, and reclining seats. If you want to stroll, bike, ski, or jog, this product will not disappoint and is the only one in our review that can do it all. The Cross 2 may not be a true contender for the traditional family, but it wasn't designed to stroll through city streets or the local mall.
Versatile outdoor adventures
Easy to push and turn
No car seat compatibility
Read full review: Thule Chariot Cross 2
Best Frame Stroller for Twins
The Joovy Twin Roo+ is a dedicated frame stroller that accepts two infant car seats of almost any brand. This product wasn't included in this review because it was unlikely that it would manage to do well compared to strollers that offer more (like canopies and seats). However, that doesn't mean this stroller doesn't have a place in the baby gear line up of parents expecting twins. Because many of the double strollers only accept one infant car seat, and some don't accept any, the Joovy Twin Roo+ fills a gap in the product line-up. This product is easy to use, lightweight, compact when folded, with storage and 4 cup holders. It allows babies to face either direction and the seats sit low enough for parents to see both. This stroller has a $130 price, which means new parents can save some cash by purchasing the Roo+ over the more expensive products that won't accept two car seats. The Twin bridges the gap between birth and the end of infant car seat use when parents can make a more informed decision on their remaining strolling years. If you are expecting twins and money is tight, or you aren't sure what kind of stroller is best for twins, then the Twin Roo+ can meet your needs without the big expense.
Accepts two car seats of different brands
Light and compact
Limited lifespan of 6-9 months
Read full review: Joovy Twin Roo+
Best Sit and Stand Lightweight Stroller
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is a little different than anything else we tested. This stroller is the lightest option in the group, has an available back seat for purchase, and offers a cover for the back seat rider. The Caboose is easy to fold and lift, and it has everything a parent of multiples would need for a fun day out, without the hassle of a heavy, clunky ride. At first blush, this option didn't score well in comparison to much of the competition. But the more we used it and learned about it, the more we liked it. With a list price of $250, it is one of the cheaper options in the review, and it has enough functionality and features to keep most parents and passengers happy on fun or quick trips out and about. If you have children of different ages, with one that seems always to be moving, then this sit and stand style is a good fit.
Light and compact
Hard to push and turn
Harder to use
Read full review: Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
Analysis and Test Results
Selecting the right double stroller for your family might be a bigger struggle than juggling the two children you want to put in it. With so many options, each with such varied features and designs, it can be difficult to figure out what matters and how one product compares to another. Add in which options are best for twins versus children of different ages, and you have a complex comparison process. In our review, we found that the differences are big, and a comparison is necessary to sort out which products worked well and which just looked good on paper.
We purchased and tested 19 highly-regarded, double strollers to determine which products are the best. We used each stroller for several months in both the real world and our in-house lab. The table above shows a comparison of the overall scores for all the strollers in this review. Overall scores were computed using the individual metric scores with an emphasis on ease of use and maneuverability scores.
The sections below provide additional details on how the products performed during testing compared to one another.
Ease of Use
For a product to be easy to use it has to have enough features that execute well. Products without certain features, or those with difficult to use features, will invariably be frustrating for parents on a daily basis.
The goal is that features make life easier, not harder. For example, folding and unfolding a stroller is a process that has left more than one parent crying or cursing in public. The features and functionality of each product were noted, tested, and compared to the other products to determine scores.
Fold and Unfold
Many of the products have an intuitive folding operation with only a few steps. Some offer self-standing and automatic locking features, but even if they didn't, a few managed to be easy to operate. We preferred products with the least amount of steps that folded smoothly and without awkward complications that resulted in banging shins, sliding, or pinching. The Peg Perego Book for Two earned the high in this test, because it is super easy, has one step, self-stands, and auto-locks, but you can't fold it with car seat adapters on.
All of the products claim some feature(s) for storage. This feature is a bit open to interpretation with the size and allowable weight of storage varying widely across products. For instance, the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite offers a small under seat bin with questionable access under a sliding seat, while the UPPAbaby Vista offers a large easy to access one. The Joovy Scooter X2 has additional storage pockets and cup holders on the canopy back, and interior mesh pockets for passenger treasures and snacks. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, Thule Chariot Cross 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 also have passengers stow pockets and larger storage bins.
Every product in our review offered a sunshade for both passengers. Some have smaller shades for rear passengers, like the Phil and Teds Dot, while some have a single shared canopy like the Joovy Scooter 2X. Some shades are relatively small, like the Graco Ready2Grow LX with a shade that covers only a little, while others offer giant canopies like the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie that covers most passengers from head to past the knee. The Graco Ready2Grow LX shade earned the lowest score in our tests with a 3 of 10, while the canopies on the BOB and the UPPAbaby Vista scored 10s. Most of the canopies fell somewhere between the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie and the Graco Ready2Grow, offering adequate coverage for both passengers. The inline models often skimped on one canopy and the Joovy Scooter X2 and the Baby Trend Expedition Double both had a single canopy for both passengers, which can cause problems between siblings who want different things.
All of the products have 5-point harnesses with some offering padding and/or safety buckles that require two hands to remove. Some of the products have an adjustable crotch strap and shoulder height strap adjustment. Several offer a non-rethread harness, and some require rethreading. However, even the rethread options aren't as hard to operate as the rethread on the car seats. The Chicco Cortina Together, Mountain Buggy Duet, and Phil and Teds Dot do not have adjustable crotch straps. The Chicco Cortina Together and the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand only have two shoulder strap positions, while most have more than two height options. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie earned the highest score for harness adjustment.
Products that are both easy to use and adjust scored better than those that were difficult. We assume that parents are more likely to use harnesses that are simple, straightforward, and easy to fit.
Several of the products offered adjustable leg rests, and almost all of them had some degree of reclining seat. Napping and finding a comfortable position to sit in can be of the utmost importance to little ones on the go. These features shouldn't be overlooked when making a choice between products to buy.
The photos above show different recline options. From left to right they are a plastic toggle for the Thule Urban Glide 2, a button push on the UPPAbaby Vista, and a metal bar that sits in grooves on the front seat of the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand.
Some of the strollers offered a near flat recline and leg rest adjustment like the front seat of the UPPAbaby Vista Double that came close to flat. Other products like the Chicco Cortina Together, had different recline options for each seat, with one reclining further than the other that remains almost upright when fully reclined. This disparity seems like a design flaw, and while it might work for children of vastly different ages, it may also end up in a fight for who gets the more comfortable seat. This kind of position disparity is found only with the inline products. Depending on the age of the siblings, and whether or not they are twins, this type of seat arrangement may end up being more headache than it is worth.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
This metric doesn't carry a lot of weight in the overall score, thanks to the limited life span of this portion of stroller life (9-12 months out of a possible 4 years), but the information can help parents determine which strollers offer the easiest attachments or work the best with award winning car seats. If this is something you are looking for when shopping for strollers, you may want to check out the individual scores for the strollers you like the best. The other consideration would be finding a stroller that works with two car seats if you have twins, something that only half in the group can manage.
Finding a good double stroller that turns on a dime and is a pleasure to push can be a daunting and possibly impossible task. However, after much testing, pushing, turning, and narrow negotiations we found that some products are better than others, and some are a pleasure to use. Moving a double wide or super long stroller can be a struggle, and there is little that can be done to decrease the size or weight of the average double product. However, the kind of tires, wheels, and suspension did impact how easily the products were to use.
The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, Thule Urban Glide 2, and Thule Chariot 2 are some of the easiest to push in the bunch with a score of 9 of 10. These strollers have the high score and prove that it is possible for a wide stroller to be easy to push. The 3-wheel design and pneumatic tires make the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, and Thule Urban Glide 2 a breeze to move, and the large back wheels and inset front wheels make the Chariot Cross 2 smooth to move. Alternatively, the average product in our review only scored a 5. The UPPAbaby Vista and the Baby Trend Expedition both earned a second place with 8s.
Many of the products are difficult to push because they have flexing frames or wide-set wheels. Some were hard due to wobbly plastic wheels or dual front wheel designs (4 wheels on two legs). These kinds of difficulties make pushing frustrating or impossible over various terrains and transitions.
The products in our review endure a course of twists and turns, narrow doorways, and tight corridors. They go through the paces over hard floors, concrete, asphalt, grass, and gravel, then dragged up and down curbs. We assumed that some of the products would have trouble on gravel or grass, given that most are not meant for this kind of use, but some of them had difficulty on hard flat floors. Products were scored side-by-side on how well they performed in each part of the course.
The photos above show the locking front wheel of the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie (left), and the dual front wheels of the Britax B-Agile Double (right).
The double products proved that quality could be found in almost every price range from different brands. Unfortunately, it does somewhat hold true that you get what you pay for, and in general many of the cheaper options, also scored lower for quality in our tests, with the exception of the Joovy Scooter X2 the cheaper products scored a 4 or below. These products were in the $250 and under range. The Scooter is $280 and managed a quality score of 6, the highest for any product with a price tag under $300. The Chicco Cortina Together and the Graco FastAction Fold both had a list price of $300 and scored lower than the Scooter, showing money isn't the only factor when it comes to quality, even if it is an indicator.
The high score for quality is a 9 earned by the Thule Urban Glide 2 with a list price of $650 and the Thule Chariot Cross 2 with a price of $1000. While the Urban Glide 2 is on the pricier end, it is by no means the most expensive in the group, with five other strollers costing the same or more with lower quality scores. While a higher price might indicate better quality, there seems to be a price break where this is no longer the case, and larger cost doesn't necessarily correlate to an increase in quality.
The photos above show the interior of the Thule Urban Glide 2 (left) and Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand (right), the high and low end of the quality scale respectively.
The average product in our review scored a 6 of 10 for quality. The UPPAbaby Vista and the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie tied for second place with 8s; these strollers use quality materials that are put together in a design that is both functional and pleasing to the eye. The 4 top scoring products stood out from the competition with attention to detail and features that were thoughtfully placed and skillfully put together. We reviewed how well the products were put together, what kind of materials they use, and how well they withstood our testing process over several months. We considered frames, fabric, comfort, and design when rating quality and the products with the highest scores offered better materials, quality connection, less flex, and durable stitching.
Weight and Folded Size
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a double stroller, which might lead some parents to overlook the weight and folded size. However, we feel this metric is pretty pertinent considering that multiple passengers mean twice the work and twice the weight. The last thing any parent needs is a product too heavy to move from place to place, or too large to store when not in use. If you consider that each passenger might weigh up to 40 pounds, and the product could weigh over 30 pounds, this creates a final weight that might be 100 plus pounds! This makes weight a potential driving factor behind which product you choose, especially if you live in a location with steep inclines or an up and down terrain like San Francisco.
Unfortunately, none of the double products are truly lightweight, so it is a battle of finding the right option for you with the lowest weight. The heaviest stroller in the group is the Baby Trend Navigator weighing in at 39.7 pounds. The lightest is the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite at close to 23, which is one of the reasons it won an honorable mention. The average is about 32 pounds and is shared by the Peg Perego Book for Two, Thule Urban Glide 2 and theMountain Buggy Duet. The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie came in close with a weight near 34 pounds, while the Baby Jogger City Mini Double and the Britax B-Agile Double are both close to 27 pounds making them good options if weight is a concern.
For this metric, we weighed and measured all products in the same way with the same equipment, so the comparison is truly apples to apples. Unfortunately, we've discovered that not all manufacturers offer accurate measurements and weights. We'll assume this is in error and not an intentional deception, but we weighed and measured the products ourselves for consistency across products.
The smallest folded products in this metric were the Britax B-Agile Double and Baby Jogger City Mini Double at under 10,700 cubic inches. The largest option is the UPPAbaby Vista at 29,382.36 cubic inches. The smallest award winner is the Joovy Scoot X2 at 18,188, while the honorable mention Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is around 11,000 cubic inches.
Twins vs. Multiples of Different Ages
The primary consideration that makes these two options different is that parents of twins will need the same or at least similar seating arrangements for both babies, while parents with children of different ages can manage with different seating features. For instance, a sit and stand style isn't going to work for infant twins as one of them clearly cannot stand. Alternatively, only half of the strollers offer the ability to carry two car seats, something infant twins will likely need, while parents of different aged children probably won't mind. The double strollers we tested that accept two car seats are the UPPAbaby Vista, Mountain Buggy Duet, Baby Jogger City Select Double, Britax B-Ready Double, Peg Perego Book for Two, Chicco Cortina Together, Graco FastAction Fold Duo, Graco Ready2Grow LX, and the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand. The remaining half accept only one infant car seat or none at all.
There are some things to consider when using two car seats. Some brands will only accept their native brand car seat, which will limit your choices of seat or stroller. The Peg Perego Book for Two, both Graco options, and Chicco Cortina Together strollers will only accept their brand of car seat. Given that the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and the Chicco Keyfit 30 both won awards in our Infant Car Seat Review, this may not be a big deal if you are prepared to commit to these seats. However, the Graco car seats didn't score that well in our review. Also, many of the native brands were hard to install in their brand stroller.
We prefer strollers that adapt to a variety of infant car seats, so you have a broader selection of options and are not locked into a particular brand or price. The UPPAbaby Vista will accept the UPPAbaby Mesa (also an award-winning seat), but with the right adapters, several other options are possibilities as well. The same is true of the Britax B-Ready Double and the Baby Jogger City Select Double.
We considered more than 70 double strollers before narrowing our selection down to 19 finalists. A notable product that didn't make the cut for hands-on testing is described below, along with our take on why it didn't make our selection. We reviewed this option in previous incarnations of our double review, and it didn't fare well enough to test again. Other products received a significantly high number of negative reviews and comments on Amazon, leaving us to assume they wouldn't do well in this review.
Bugaboo Donkey Twin- $1885
As a luxury side-by-side system, the Donkey Duo (1 bassinet, $1719) and Donkey Twin (2 bassinets, $1885) are $620 to $785 more expensive than the Editors' Choice UPPAbaby Vista Double (the most expensive option in the review). Like the Donkey Twin, the Vista with the second seat can take twins from newborn through childhood for about 40% of the cost. In comparison, the Vista's inline system is around 3" less in width and about 10 lbs lighter. Plus, the Vista can be folded without removing the second seat, while the Donkey's seats must be taken off before folding the frame. For those looking for a luxury stroller with pneumatic wheels, the Donkey certainly has its place among the top-of-the-line elite, but for this review, it didn't feel like it could truly compete with the competition given the price and what it offers.
With so many products to choose from, there is a stroller for everyone. Whether the passengers are twins or siblings of a different age, there is a product in our review that can handle the daily duty that comes with multiple children. With competition this solid, we found many products deserving of special recognition. As such, there are many award-winners in this lineup.
No matter what the budget or need, at least one of the strollers in our review should be able to fit the bill. Above all else, our constant goal at BabyGearLab is to help parents "crack the code," so to speak, so they can find the perfect fit without doing any of the legwork to get there. Whether you are looking for a stroller to take off the beaten path, or one to go around the block, we feel confident this review and our article on How to Pick the Right Double Stroller can steer you in the right direction to the stroller of your dreams.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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