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Best Double Strollers of 2024
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June 26, 2024

Best Double Strollers of 2024

By Jen LaBracio | Medically Reviewed by Holly Peretz OT | Fact Checked by Shannon Vestal Robson
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A double stroller is an investment, but it’s also crucial to getting out when you have two (or more) kids close in age or if you’re having twins

After countless hours of testing double strollers in the real world and considering feedback from experts and thousands of Babylist parents, we narrowed down the competition to recommend two top picks: the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller as the best side-by-side double stroller and UPPAbaby’s Vista V2 Stroller as the best tandem double. Which style you’ll prefer will likely come down to a mix of your family’s particular needs + your personal preferences, since side-by-sides and tandems—strollers with front-to-back seating— are both great options. (You can read more on the pros and cons of each later in this guide.)

We also chose five other best-of picks in case you’re looking for something more specific, like a double stroller for twins or a double jogger.

Why Trust Babylist?

Babylist is the expert in baby; we know baby gear inside and out. We talk with parents face-to-face in our showroom and on our user panels and hear from thousands annually via our Best Baby Products survey. We know what items millions of expecting parents are adding to their baby registries. 

I’ve tested dozens of double strollers over the years both in my roles as Babylist’s gear editor and as a mom to two young boys. I drew from both of those experiences as I made this best-of list. I analyzed double stroller feedback from thousands of Babylist parents via our annual Best Baby Products survey of over 6,000 users and talked to parents at Babylist for their input. 

I also spoke with several experts. Lois Kaye Lee, MD MPH FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics Chairperson of Executive Committee, and Courtney English, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, talked to me about double stroller safety. Tatyanna Hunter Jones is a Babylist Showroom Registry Consultant and part of a trained team of experts who work at Babylist Beverly Hills. She interacts with parents-to-be daily, answering questions about baby gear and helping them build their baby registries. 

The Best Double Strollers

How We Judged

  • Suspension and maneuverability. A smooth, easy-to-turn stroller is a better experience for everyone, especially when you’re pushing two children. Our picks make strolling with multiple kids as effortless as possible.

  • Ease of use. All the double strollers on our list are easy and intuitive to use. We zeroed in on fold, width and weight when choosing our best doubles because we know from our own experience—and from what we’ve heard from thousands of Babylist parents of multiple kids—that folks prioritize these features when choosing a double stroller. 

  • Features. All of our picks have thoughtfully designed features, like large, independent canopies, lots of storage and recline options, to make you and your little ones the most comfortable while you’re on the go.

  • Value. Double strollers range from a few hundred dollars to well over a thousand. We didn’t limit our best-of picks by price, but we did factor it in so you can be sure you’re spending your money wisely.

Best Double Strollers of 2024

Best Side-By-Side Double Stroller Overall

Pros:
  • Quick, easy fold
  • Easy to push and maneuver even at maximum weight (two 50-lb children)
  • Can handle all types of terrain, including snow and ice
Cons:
  • Limited accessories available (no snack tray, weather protection or parent console)
  • Only fits one infant car seat (won’t work for twins under 6 months old)
  • Not compatible with Nuna or Chicco infant car seats

Babylist parents love Baby Jogger strollers for their quick, easy one-handed folds. (The brand’s single GT2 holds the top spot in our Best Strollers guide.) This double version is just as easy to break down as the single stroller—extra praiseworthy considering it’s twice the size.

“This stroller folds up in one step! Can you ask for anything better?!” said one Babylist mom, and I couldn’t agree more.

Maneuverability-wise, the GT2 Double is very easy to push and steer, even with two kids on board. (This is a big reason why many parents choose a side-by-side double stroller. Tandem doubles have their pros, but maneuverability generally isn’t one of them—side-by-side doubles are easier to manage than tandems.)

Another big perk of this stroller is size. The GT2 is fairly narrow and fits through standard-sized doorways (interior doorways in the US are usually around 32” wide, while exterior doorways measure 36”), which isn’t the case with all doubles and can be extra helpful if you’re a city family navigating tighter spaces. I also love that each seat and canopy operates independently in case one kiddo wants to chill while the other wants to see the world.

The GT2 Double isn’t ideal for twins since it only accepts one infant car seat. (There used to be a bassinet add-on option, but the brand has unfortunately discontinued it.) And speaking of car seats, many parents complain that the stroller isn’t compatible with Nuna or Chicco car seats, two popular brands, which is something to keep in mind. There’s also no snack tray or parent console available, which is frustrating if you have kids who like to snack on the go or like to stash your phone or a drink in your stroller.

Real Parent Reviews

“I have had my GT2 for three years now. It still looks brand new, despite using it 3-5 times a week. My 5yo still fits in it! I can’t say enough about the easy fold-up, how simple it is to get in and out of our car, the rubber tires make pushing on gravel a dream, and the HANDBRAKE is something I never thought I would use as much as I do. I haven’t found a door that the double GT won’t fit through. And the side-by-side seats make it easy for my older children to climb in and out of effortlessly. The Double GT is worth every.single.penny. I wouldn’t hesitate to click “buy” again. City Mini truly makes the best strollers I have ever used.” — Ambernehne

“I got this stroller and overall like the ease of pushing it and getting it out and up from my car. The thing I dislike the most is that if you’re going to make a stroller for two kids you should have someplace to put a snack or drink for one if not both.” — Stace

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 36.5 lbs
Child Weight Limit 50 lbs per seat
Dimensions 42.25”H x 29.25”W x 40.7”L
Best Double Strollers of 2024

Best Convertible Stroller Overall

Pros:
  • Can hold up to 3 kids (with attachments; sold separately)
  • All-wheel suspension + lots of storage
  • 30% of Babylist parents voted for this as their favorite stroller
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Bulky fold
  • Harder to push and steer with 2+ kids

Some parents prefer a tandem double stroller (also called an in-line or front-to-back stroller) because of the more streamlined design, making it easier to maneuver through crowds and doorways than a side-by-side. If that’s you, the Vista V2 should be your go-to. You won’t find another tandem with the same quality, durability or convenience features.

The Vista is a convertible stroller, which means it converts from a single to a double with the addition of a second seat.

“If you know for sure you want to expand your family soon, then a convertible stroller might be the right choice for you,” says Hunter Jones. It’s one of the most popular strollers used (and loved) by Babylist parents; almost 30% of the 6,000+ Babylist users who completed our Best Baby Products survey voted the Vista V2 as their favorite, describing the quality as “unmatched,” and many telling us it was the best product they added to their entire baby registry.

The Vista is built to accommodate up to three kids with the addition of the Rumble Seat and Ride-Along Board. It’s twin-friendly, as it works with two bassinets, two car seats or two toddler seats at the same time. It’s pricey, but it comes with a lot: a bassinet, a rain/bug shield, more than ample storage space in the basket for up to 30 pounds of stuff and a toddler seat for kids up to 50 pounds. It’s beautifully designed and boasts an impressive suspension system for a smooth ride, even over uneven surfaces. And it’s sturdy enough to withstand years of use with multiple kids. “The Vista is my go-to ride for both my kids,” Babylist parent Michela said. “I’ve used the bassinet, car seat, main seat and the Rumbleseat over the years. Wheels tackle anything and it glides so smooth.”

Like any tandem double, the biggest con is steering—the Vista can feel unwieldy to push and turn when it’s loaded up with two kids, which I think is the stroller’s biggest fault. It’s especially tough to steer if there’s a toddler in the bottom seat because of how front-heavy the stroller feels. It’s also not the easiest to break down in double mode.

Real Parent Reviews

“Ideal stroller for our twins. They did all their sleeping right in the bassinet (one was included with the Vista, had to buy another one). SUPER easy to click them both into the stroller and be on our way. Our nanny was super appreciative of the ease of use as well so she was always out and about with the twins. Overall extremely happy!” — Bob

“Bought it for our first baby. We found a deal where they discontinued our color and they put them on sale for 20% off…We loved the possibility of extending it for up to 3 children. The bassinet is great for the first few months — we used it till she was about 4 months old, [but] could have possibly used it a little longer. The stroller is HUGE and HEAVY. It fills our trunk completely (Ford Edge). It is especially a lot when you have to take the bassinet off to collapse the stroller or reposition the toddler seat to collapse it with the seat.” — Sandra W.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 27 lbs (without second seat)
Child Weight Limit Bassinet: up to 20 lbs or until infant can push up on hands and knees, whichever comes first; Toddler seat: up to 50 lbs; Rumble Seat: up to 35 lbs
Dimensions 39.5”H x 25.7”W x 36”L (in single mode); 39.5.5”H x 25.7”W x 44”L (in double mode)
Best Double Strollers of 2024

Best Affordable Double Stroller

Pros:
  • Luxury features at an affordable price
  • 22+ different seat configurations, including bassinet, riding board (sold separately) and 2 infant car seats at once
  • Compatible with 10+ different infant car seat brands (adapters sold separately)
Cons:
  • Can be tough to maneuver as weight increases (especially with 2 kids)
  • Not great for rougher terrain
  • All seats and attachments need to be removed to get a compact fold

Direct-to-consumer brand Mockingbird skips the retail markups so they can offer a luxury convertible stroller for a lot less than many competitors. “Looks and feels high-end for a reasonable price” and “best bang for the buck” are just some of the feedback Babylist parents gave us when we asked about the Mockingbird in our Best Baby Products survey. They also called out all the different features, highlighted the importance of the ride-along board for families with 3+ kids and loved the brand’s lifetime warranty.

The Mockingbird costs less than half of what you’ll pay for a Vista. Both seats are the same size and can be switched to either forward- or parent-facing. You can also use it from birth with the addition of a car seat (it’s compatible with almost every brand—just remember you’ll need adapters), or add the Mockingbird Bassinet, Infant Seat Stroller Insert or Riding Board, for a total of 22+ configurations.

Some parents told us that their overall impression of the Mockingbird was that it wasn’t quite as sturdy and didn’t offer as smooth of a ride as the Vista. I agree somewhat with that feedback, but I think the updated suspension in the 2.0 version goes a long way in improving how the stroller handles. (And considering the price tag, that’s a really big deal.) If you’re taller, you may sometimes kick the crossbar between the stroller’s back wheels. (I did, and I’m 5’10”, but other tall folks I spoke with haven’t had this experience.) And, like the Vista—and all tandems—it’s not effortless to push in double mode with two larger kids.

Real Parent Reviews

“At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like this stroller. It is pretty heavy and you have to take off the 2nd seat for it to fit in your car. It takes some time to load/unload and put together. But that being said, it’s a great stroller. It is heavy-duty, it just feels like great quality. The basket is huge for a lot of storage, the canopies are large and I love the blue color I ordered. It is easy to remove and rearrange the seats however you need them to be. The infant insert is really nice, I love not having to carry around the car seat with us. I love that the stroller is easy to fold and locks into place for easy maneuvering into your trunk. It takes some time to get used to how it works and how it is easiest to fit into your car with two seats, but now that I have it down I love it!” — Samantha A.

“I had higher hopes for this stroller, and maybe my hopes were too high. Best parts first: I love the extended canopies that allow for total sun coverage of my babies’/kids’ faces. I love that it fits in the back of our car (an Ascent with the 3rd-row seat in use). It does have to have all seats removed but it fits which is a big win (the BOB double does not—and our biggest reason for purchasing this stroller). The buckles are easy…The seat cover also seems to be easy to remove for cleaning. The less than great [stuff]: I was really surprised that as this is the updated one that it is still kind of wobbly (almost to the degree of my old double umbrella kinderwagon). Unsure the best way to describe it but with two children (a 12 lb 4-month-old and a 22-lb 2-year-old) with the double seat configurations the side-to-side motion of the frame is quite noticeable at times. Not to the point of it feeling unsafe, but surprising. This is also a sidewalk /in-store-only stroller. There is no grass, gravel, etc use happening with any child configuration in my personal opinion.” — Michelle R.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 26.5 lbs; 35 lbs with two seats
Child Weight Limit 6+ mos, up to 50 lbs (or 42”) for the stroller seat; up to 45 lbs in each toddler seat
Dimensions 40”H x 25.5”W x 33”L
Best Double Strollers of 2024

Best Double Stroller for Travel

Pros:
  • Slim frame while still feeling roomy and comfortable (fits Disney size requirements)
  • Easily converts to a triple or quadruple stroller with additional seats
  • Huge sunshade and storage basket
Cons:
  • Doesn’t roll well on uneven ground or rougher terrain
  • Can’t use from birth (doesn’t accept car seats or bassinets)
  • Fold isn’t compact

One of the first things I noticed when testing out Zoe’s Twin stroller was how easy it was to open, close and get in and out of my trunk. Maneuverability in general is so easy with this double stroller, and that makes it ideal for travel with two+ kids or for those times when you don’t want or need a full-size double stroller.

I was able to open and close the stroller in seconds thanks to the one-handed fold. (And I didn’t even have to crack the instruction manual to learn how!) I also appreciate that it comes with a child snack holder and parent cup holder right out of the box. At only 19 pounds and 29 inches wide, it fits through standard doorways easily and is Disney-approved. There’s even an option to turn it into a stroller for three (or four!) by adding a triple or a quad seat, something you don’t see often with any type of stroller, but especially in a travel stroller.

If you need a double that can tackle off-road terrain or bumpy sidewalks, I wouldn’t recommend this one; it shines on smooth surfaces but doesn’t handle well on rougher surfaces like cobblestone streets or especially uneven city sidewalks. It also doesn’t accept car seats or bassinets (and doesn’t recline flat), so it’s not a good choice for newborns.

Real Parent Reviews

“We got this double stroller to use for traveling since it’s lightweight and our other double stroller is too bulky to take with us. I love the large canopies and the seats seem really comfortable. I like that I can lay them all the way down if my toddlers need to take a nap while we’re out and about. They seem to like sitting next to each other (as opposed to tandem) and ask to ride in this one when we take walks around the neighborhood. The only thing I wish is that the wheels were a tiny bit bigger and better able to navigate pumps and cracks, otherwise it’s pretty smooth!” — B

“This stroller is everything! It is lightweight, allowing me to easily get it out of the SUV, glides so smoothly across the ground and folds practically flat! Hands down the best stroller we’ve owned!” — Amy

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 23 lbs
Child Weight Limit 45 lbs per seat
Dimensions 43”H x 30”W x 33”L
Best Double Strollers of 2024

Best Stroller Wagon

Pros:
  • Stroller + wagon combo; works for both pushing and pulling
  • Open seats give kids a 360-degree view and more freedom to move, plus face each other
  • Rides smoothly on all types of terrain, including sand
Cons:
  • Can only accommodate 1 car seat at a time, and only works with Evenflo infant car seats
  • Shared footwell is small and flimsy; may be a tight fit for two bigger kids
  • Handlebar only has 3 height settings, and could feel too low for taller parents

Are you thinking, “This isn’t a double stroller?” Technically, you’re correct. But wait! The Pivot Xplore is a wagon + stroller hybrid and a super fun way to transport two kids when you’re on the go. Stroller wagons are a great alternative for pushing around multiple little ones, especially when on adventures like the beach or park, and I always recommend parents consider them in their research.

With one quick flip of the handle, the Xplore transforms from a wagon into a stroller suitable for kids from six months up to five years old. (You can get even more versatility by adding in a toddler seat and a car seat adapter, sold separately.) It pushes and turns very similarly to a traditional stroller, something many stroller wagons struggle with. It also features a telescoping handle to accommodate caregivers of different heights. While the all-terrain wheels can handle many types of surfaces, like bumpy sidewalks or short stretches of sandy or gravel paths, I do find it shines on smoother ones; for a more rugged option (but also more expensive), check out the Veer All-Terrain Cruiser Wagon.

Real Parent Reviews

“We used the stroller/wagon on paved, graveled and small stretches of bumpy surfaces and all were fine to handle. The wagon does great with single or double use. Depending on the surface of the ground I do recommend having a single rider sit above the bigger wheels for easier handling. I do love that this stroller/wagon has the option of additional attachments to even cater to an infants’ sitting needs within the first year and still accommodate the older sibling down below. If I could change/wish for a few things, I would wish for a more compact fold as it appears still a little on the bulky side while it is folded down, it would also be nice if it had the ability to stand up on its own while folded…It definitely seems heavier than any of my strollers, but that was to be expected, as it appears more rugged, too.” — Lisa

“My 17-month-old twin daughters have been loving this wagon as soon as they could sit up! It makes going on walks so fun and easy, even when the terrain is a little bit bumpy. The large wheels hop down curbs easily, and the adjustable handle makes the wagon easy to maneuver. The sunshades are especially helpful for when it gets a little bit bright or breezy, and the detachable basket is great for holding the diaper bag when I don’t want to! We love this wagon and will continue to use it regularly as long as our kids will fit in it!” — Jenna

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 34 lbs
Child Weight Limit Holds two children up to 55 lbs each (120 lbs total with storage)
Dimensions 39”H x 27”W x 45”L
Best Double Strollers of 2024

Best Double Jogging Stroller

Pros:
  • Top-rated suspension + maneuverability = perfect for jogging
  • Twist hand brake for faster, safer stopping
  • Lots of storage space + zip-top basket
Cons:
  • Only works with 1 car seat/bassinet attachment at a time
  • Seats are shallow and don’t sit fully upright
  • Frame scratches easily

I’d never describe a double jogging stroller as small, but the Thule Urban Glide 3 Double is one of the sleeker around. It’s just as great whether you’re an avid runner logging multiple miles a week or someone who walks a lot over uneven terrain. It can even work for urban environments, assuming you have space to store it.

The Urban Glide is long front to back, but ergonomically it’s comfortable to push while jogging and easy to steer. You’ll immediately notice the huge shocks on this stroller’s frame. Those combined with the large rear wheels make for an incredibly smooth ride both on and off-road. The twist break is comfortably positioned and easy to operate and control, even downhill. Improvements to the V3 model include a built-in legrest (a really nice feature for kid comfort), bigger, full-coverage canopies and an even larger storage basket.

The fold on this stroller is intuitive, but know that it’s big and bulky when folded. It weighs over 35 pounds, which is comparable to other double joggers but much heavier than an average double. (This isn’t the stroller I’d choose if I were also planning on using it day-to-day and had to load it in and out of my car regularly.) It’s also important to know that the tires are air-filled. While this is great from a suspension standpoint, it means they can pop or deflate over time.

The Urban Glide 3 Double is compatible with infant car seats from many major brands, and can be paired with a bassinet. (But it can only hold one car seat or bassinet, so it’s not twin-friendly.) And remember that it’s not safe to jog with your baby until they have good head and neck control, usually around six to nine months of age.

Real Parent Reviews

“I purchased this stroller over a month ago and it’s the best investment I’ve made when it comes to children’s equipment. I have very tall/large children, thus I need a well-built stroller that can handle a lot of weight and accommodate taller kids, all while providing an enjoyable ride for mom/dad and kids. We use this as an everyday stroller and a jogging stroller and it works great. My only caution is that this is a bulky stroller but it’s more lightweight and easier to collapse/move compared to its competitors. This will not fit in every car, it does require an oversized trunk.” — Momof3under5

“This stroller is awesome. I did some research on almost all brands and came down to this from previous reviews and I am so glad I did…I used it on snow and it pushed so nicely, hopefully [it] does the same with sand (haven’t used it yet on sand). It’s pretty easy to fold and it stands up. I did watch a few review videos and some people complained about folding it and putting it in your car, taking the wheels off, but I have not had to do that yet—this stroller has gone in the back of a pickup truck and Escape and fits fine with wheels on…I have a 3.5-year-old and 11 month old and both sit comfortably in it. I actually prefer this stroller over a wagon.” — Alex K.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 35.3 lbs
Child Weight Limit 49 lbs per seat
Dimensions 44.5”H x 31.1”W x 48.8”L
Best Double Strollers of 2024

Best Double Stroller for Twins

Pros:
  • Best overall double for suspension and maneuverability
  • 8 different configurations with included attachments (30 configurations with attachments sold separately)
  • Easily converts from single to double stroller and back again
Cons:
  • Very pricey
  • Requires additional attachments (sold separately) to use for twins
  • Fold isn’t intuitive

Not all double strollers are created equally, especially for twins. If you’re shopping for a twin stroller, you’ll want to make sure it accommodates two bassinets and/or two infant car seats simultaneously. You should also be conscious of storage, maneuverability and the stroller’s width. Bugaboo’s Donkey5 gets an A++ in all of these categories. It’s one of the narrowest side-by-side doubles on the market, so fitting through standard doorways and other crowded spaces won’t be an issue. I’m amazed by how well it handles every time I push it, even with two kids in tow—no other side-by-side double compares. There’s an incredible suspension system for a smooth ride even over bumpy terrain (it can even curb hop!) and an adjustable handlebar for strollers of different heights. It even turns easily, making you (almost) forget you’re hauling around twice the weight as many parents.

The elephant in the room is this stroller’s price tag, especially once you start adding on twin must-haves like the Duo Extension Set and the twin bassinet. But if your double stroller is your main mode of transportation each day, I do think it’s worth the high price tag if you can swing it. Check out the Valco Trend Duo for a more affordable (and still very much loved) twin option.

PS—you don’t have to use this stroller just for twins. It works just as well for kids of different ages, too.

Real Parent Reviews

“I’m a mother of two little ones and I’ve had a slew of different strollers in trying to find our perfect fit for our family’s needs. This is HANDS DOWN the best one. I had the double stroller from UppaBaby and I sold it to get this one and couldn’t be happier that I did. It’s more compact, the seats are more comfortable (they’re the same size) there are a multitude more configurations that you can do with it and it’s even adjustable when you’re with one or two kids. My two-year-old used to hate to go in the stroller with her baby brother…she was far away from me up front and didn’t fit in the tiny extra seat. Now they’re comfortably side by side, close to me and she loves it! I never write reviews, but this has changed our lives and I wanted to share the experience. STRONGLY recommend this product.” — Morgan D

“We have two boys that are 18 months apart and I really wanted a stroller that I could have them side by side, and this seemed like the best (and best looking) option. Things we love: the look of it…feels and looks high end in my opinion, very smooth ride, never really had a problem getting through doors (in the USA at least) since it’s only as wide as a wheelchair, it collapses fairly well width-wise. Things that aren’t my favorite: it is a little bit of a pain to get in and out of my car, so many pieces and it doesn’t collapse as compactly as other double strollers, it takes up the entire trunk of my Audi Q5, I’m hoping this will be less of a problem when we no longer need the bassinet seat.” — Miriam

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 32.8 lbs in twin configuration
Child Weight Limit 50 lbs per seat, up to 4 years old
Dimensions 33.5”H x 29”W x 43.7”L

How We Chose Our Best Strollers

  • We analyzed results from Babylist’s Best Baby Products survey, which polled 6,000 Babylist users and asked them to share the baby products they love the most and why.

  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including me, Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including many double strollers.

  • We spoke to Lois Kaye Lee, MD MPH FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics Chairperson of Executive Committee and Courtney English, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. 

  • We also talked with Tatyanna Hunter Jones, a Babylist Showroom Registry Consultant at the Beverly Hills showroom.

  • We read customer reviews from hundreds of Babylist users and spoke to parents on our Babylist staff about their real-life product experiences.

Types of Double Strollers

There are three types of double strollers: side-by-side, tandem and convertible. Each option has pros and cons, and choosing the one that’s best for your family will depend on your lifestyle, needs and preferences.

Side-by-side double strollers

Side-by-side double strollers have seats that are positioned next to each other.

Pros:
  • Seats have same amount of space between them

  • Seats have same amenities (recline, cup holders etc.)

  • Usually easier to fold and turn

  • Easier for children to interact

  • Most accommodate twins

Cons:
  • Hard to get through narrow spaces

  • Tough to steer through crowds

  • Easier for kids to bug each other

Tandem double strollers

Also called in-line strollers, tandem strollers are single-file seats with one seat in front of the other. The two seats can be the same height, but tandems often have “stadium seating” with the back seat raised higher than the front for better viewing.

Pros:
  • Fit more easily through narrow doors and aisles

  • Fold more compactly

  • More configurations

Cons:
  • Seats don’t have same amenities (one may recline more, have more/less leg room etc.)

  • Harder to maneuver, especially when turning

  • Long, front-heavy

There’s no “best” type of double stroller. For some families, a side-by-side may be the best choice, while for others, a tandem or a convertible makes the most sense. The most important thing is to think about your needs and personal preferences.

What about stroller wagons?

The stroller wagon—a stroller + wagon hybrid with the push and maneuverability of a stroller combined with the fun and functionality of a wagon—has gained popularity over the last few years. Stroller wagons can handle a variety of different terrains, hold anywhere from two to four children of different ages and come with lots of accessories. They’re also, simply put, pretty fun. But there are a few things you need to think through if you’re considering one in place of a double stroller.

  • Stroller wagons feature both pull and push functionality, but even the highest-end ones aren’t as easy to maneuver as a traditional double stroller. They’re also bulky, very heavy and often tricky to break down. If you’re looking for something to use for walks around the neighborhood or quick trips to the park, then a stroller wagon can be a solid choice. But they’re not ideal for consistent, everyday use, if you’re trying to navigate city streets or tight spaces or if you’re getting in and out of a car all day.

  • Not all stroller wagons accommodate infants, and the ones that do require separate (and often brand-specific) infant car seats and adapters. If you need to transport an infant and a toddler, you’ll need to be sure the stroller wagon you choose can accomplish that.

How to Choose the Best Double Stroller

While it’s sometimes possible to skip the double stroller and use a single stroller with a ride-along board or a baby carrier instead, most parents with multiple kids close in age do choose to purchase a double stroller.

“I cannot live without my double jogger,” says Amanda, a Babylist team member. “It makes it so easy to get out for neighborhood walks with my two kids —and going on walks saves my sanity as a mom.” 

Briana, an editor on the Babylist team, agreed. “Having a double stroller was essential to getting out of the house with my two kids,” she stressed. “They each have a place to sit when they're tired of walking, or when I need them safely contained (like in a crowd or parking lot), and it helped us lug around all of the things we needed while out with them. Even now that my oldest is phasing out of the stroller, we're thankful for our ride on board!”

We often hear from parents expressing confusion about the type of double stroller to choose and the features they should be prioritizing. These are the factors to consider and the questions you should be asking yourself.

Size and maneuverability 

Double strollers aren’t known for being compact—but some are smaller and more streamlined than others. Consider how you’ll use your double stroller and where you’ll be storing it. Do you need a double that fits through narrow doorways? Will you keep it in your car, an apartment, a mudroom or in a garage? Will you need to lift the stroller often, or break it down for storage? You’ll want an answer to all of these questions before you make your decision. 

You should also think through maneuverability. A city family in an elevator building using a stroller day in and day out needs a double that’s easy to steer and push, whereas a family who plans to use a double more infrequently (or in a different living environment) doesn’t need to be as focused on maneuverability.

Features

Things like stroller configuration, modular seating, fabric, canopy size, basket storage, an adjustable handlebar, reclining seats, cupholders and suspension are just some of the things to consider as you shop. Also think about configuration. Do you need a double stroller that accommodates infant car seats or bassinets—and if so, how many, and in what setups? Don’t forget about a stroller’s maximum weight limits, both for each seat individually and for the stroller overall.

“Stroller weight limits are based on the manufacturer’s design and how the stroller is tested for safety and use,” says Lee. “Parents should follow the weight limit to avoid any injuries related to breakage of parts or failure of the brakes.”

Safety

“Strollers should have a five-point harness system and brakes that are easy to use,” stresses Lee. If you’ll be using an infant car seat with your double stroller, remember the two-hour rule: limit car seat use to no more than two hours in a 24-hour period. “This is because research shows that when a baby is positioned in a semi-upright position for longer durations, it can restrict airflow to baby's lungs resulting in breathing issues,” says English. 

Oftentimes, younger babies especially will fall asleep in a stroller. While this isn’t a safe place for routine sleep, says Lee, it’s okay as long as you move them as soon as possible. “When you reach your destination, it’s best to move baby to a crib, bassinet or portable playard to finish napping,” she says. If you’re using a bassinet with your double stroller, be sure it allows baby to lie flat while sleeping and that the space is “free of blankets or other soft objects which might cover their face and obstruct their breathing.”

If you’re planning to add a stroller board to your double stroller, be sure it’s approved for use by the stroller’s manufacturer and that it’s sturdy and secure. “Parents should have extra caution when their toddler is on a ride-on board to make sure the child is positioned appropriately and doesn’t fall off,” says Lee.

Cost

Double strollers are an investment. While pricier strollers tend to have more features like higher-end fabrics, modular seats and better suspension, many affordable doubles are still high-quality. Consider how often and for how many years you’ll be using your double stroller and what features are important to you (and what you think you can skip) when setting your budget.


Jen LaBracio

Senior Gear Editor

Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s Senior Gear Editor, a role that perfectly combines her love of all things baby gear with her love of (obsessive) research. When she’s not testing out a new high chair or pushing the latest stroller model around her neighborhood, she likes to run, spin, listen to podcasts, read and spend time at the beach. In her past life, she worked for over a decade in children’s publishing. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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