Double strollers can be pricey! And bulky! My mom told me about a co-worker with twins who complained that his side-by-side double stroller was so hard to maneuver. I didn’t want to break the bank, or my back trying to turn or lift the thing.
When we were considering stroller options, I was advised by a dad of twins to purchase an inexpensive double stroller frame for the first six months, and a double umbrella stroller afterward. I’m so glad I took his advice.
We purchased a Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame for about $80. It’s light-weight and collapses down to about 8 inches. We coordinated this purchase with our choice of Britax B Safe 35 Infant Seats, to make sure they would work. It is so easy to take the car seats out of the minivan and sit them right into the stroller frame! You never had to disturb sleeping infants. It maneuvers well and fits in elevators, so we pushed this stroller everywhere we went, and our twins loved it. It can also double as a luggage cart, when you need it to! And we had no problem getting it through security and gate-checking it for a flight.
When the twins started sitting up and wanting to see everything, we purchased a Jeep Brand Scout Double Stroller. It’s a really light-weight umbrella stroller that collapses super compact, and it only costs around $90. The twins like being beside each other in it – they sometimes hold hands!, and it easily fits through doors and down hallways. (We were in love with Jeep Brand Umbrella Strollers after we purchased one for our second daughter – they are built to last!)
So for about $170, we had smooth strolling with light-weight, compact strollers!
Here’s what other parents of multiples suggest for double strollers:
- We have the Chicco Cortina Together Double Stroller and my boys are 5 months. It is a little long, we call it the limo ofstrollers. But I love it, I consider myself pretty weak and I can lift it in and out of our van. I love how the car seats just snap into it like they snap into the bases and I can see both boys at the same time. Elevators are our biggest obstacles but other than that I can’t complain. Also, when they outgrow the carriers the seats just fold back up.
- I have three that I love: Maclaren Twin Techno Stroller, which is what I use everyday in/out of daycare. It’s no frills, easy & folds small. Also great for travel. Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller with 2nd Seat had limitless options. Amazing in small spaces (tandem), and places with flat surfaces (like the mall, museums, etc). Also turns like a dream & has a huge basket. However, my favorite & most used stroller is the Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini GT Double Stroller (side-by-side). First, it folds in half & can fit in the trunk of my Accord. It steers awesome & handles any terrain. It’s amazing for outdoor activities. Seats recline nearly flat & it’s a super comfy ride. Even though it looks kinda like a jogging stroller, it’s much less bulky!
- I have a City Select which I love but I LOVE my Kinderwagon Hop for everyday, quick outings. The base is seriously the size of a single.
- Baby Jogger City Select. Expensive but, SO worth it! They have adapters so you can click and put the car seats in and something to sit them in when they are older. So easy to assemble and disassemble for your car. We’ve had ours since our girls were born 8 months ago and still holding up great!
- CONTOUR OPTIONS! Looks very comparable to the City Select and is half the price! We LOVE ours!
- joovy twin roo…. It worked amazing for us!
- We have the cortina together and I love how the carriers snap in without any adapters. Plus the seats just fold down so when we stop using the carriers there’s nothing to install or put together. It’s a little long but that’s only an issue in some elevators.
Here’s what other parents of multiples suggest for double umbrella strollers:
- I have heard good things about kinderwagon it is tandem. I prefer tandem for indoors personally. My friend has a side by side Jeep umbrella she loves.
- Delta lx side by side fits through all doors and lightweight. Used it for past 2.5 years. Love it.
- I bought one that is amoroso brand. I love how lightweight and compact it is (never have issues with fitting through doors). Plus it was super cheap ($55ish off amazon). However, I haven’t had it for long so I’m not sure how durable it will be, but no issues so far and I definitely toss it around…
- We have the side by side Jeep one and the front to back dream on me one. Love both!
- Summer infant! Easy, compact and light weight. We love it!
- We have a Kinderwagon. Similar to the Summer Infant, although it is more expensive and just has a single canopy on the top (which I don’t have on the stroller)
- We love the McClaren umbrella stroller. It folds up small enough to fit in a small car and fits through doorways.
- I hated the Delta Children Side by Side, mostly because each of my kids weighed 30 lbs and it was hard to maneuver. Even though my City Select was bigger, it was MUCH easier to push around. And I still found this umbrella side by side to be obnoxious with the width. I gave it away after a day of use! It’s very hard to like anything when your point of comparison is the City Select though…