When my second son was born, I found myself in the market for a double stroller. With so many options out there, I was overwhelmed with deciding which stroller to invest in. Do I go with a tandem, or a side by side? Do I get one that’s light and easily transportable? Should I splurge on a luxury stroller or go with something more reasonable?
In order to save you from getting overwhelmed with choices, I tested 12 of the top-rated double strollers on the market to find out which one was the best. I put each stroller to real-life use with my two kids, and after two months of testing, I can say without a doubt that the one that performed the best was the Zoe Luxe Twin+(available at Amazon for $359.95).
Here are the best double strollers we tested, ranked in order:
Zoe LUXE Twin+
J is for Jeep Destination Ultralight Double Stroller
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double
Thule Urban Glide 2
Baby Jogger City Mini Tour 2
Joovy Kooper 2
Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Double
BOB 2020 Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie Double Jogging Stroller
BRITAX B-Lively Double Stroller
Silver Cross Wave Stroller
Uppa Baby Vista
Graco Duo Modes
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Zoe The Twin+ Luxe
Jeep Destination Side x Side Double Ultralight by Delta Children
I first learned about the Zoe Twin Stroller from one of my favorite bloggers. When it arrived, I quickly saw why it was so highly recommended. The Zoe Luxe Twin is a fantastic option for those looking for an everyday double stroller that’s lightweight and compact.
Setting up the Zoe was super easy which gets big points in my book. It’s pretty much ready right out of the box aside from putting on the wheels. At just 19 pounds, the Zoe wins at being the most lightweight stroller and also very compact. If you have any travel plans in your post Covid-19 future, this is a dream to travel with, because it fits in the overhead compartment.
At first glance, I loved the look of the stroller. It is one quarter of the price of others on the market yet has the sleek, modern look of a luxury stroller. The canopy can be extended, providing extra coverage from the sun, and there’s also plenty of storage room in the under basket. I love that it comes with a cup holder for both mom and the kids, and the foot rests are also adjustable for both kids. It was a smooth ride on pavement, however I wouldn’t recommend it for a walk on rough terrain. I also like that it’s safe for babies as young as three months, while other strollers are recommended for six months and older.
If you are an active family looking for a double stroller for everyday use that’s both compact and reasonable in price, the Zoe Twin will definitely not disappoint.
Car seat info: The Zoe Luxe Twin is not compatible with infant car seats, however you can use it when your baby is three months. The weight limit for each seat is 50 pounds.
Jeep Destination Side x Side Double Ultralight by Delta Children
The Jeep Destination Double Stroller is a solid choice for a mom looking for an everyday stroller that’s both easy to travel with and reasonably priced. The Jeep Double arrived in a thin box and was easy to assemble. I love how sleek it looks and it’s also extremely sturdy compared to other strollers in this price range.
My favorite part about the Jeep Double is how easy it is to fold and the fact it comes with a shoulder strap where many strollers do not. In one swift movement, you are able to fold up the stroller and be on your way. I imagine this would be so convenient if you were going to a sporting event, on a plane, or to a theme park. You could carry the stroller in one hand and bags in the other and it won’t take up much room in your trunk. The Jeep lost points, however, because babies need to be at least 6 months old to ride in it, and it does not allow you to use an infant car seat adapter.
There are a lot of pros to the Jeep Stroller. I was impressed by the ample storage under the seats compared to other strollers. I also liked how the foot rests can be moved up and down, which my toddler loved. There are two individual swivel bars for each seat allowing for easy in and out rather than one bar straight across. The stroller can handle many types of terrain and makes for an easy ride. There’s also plenty of coverage in the canopies to protect your children from the sun.
Car seat info: The Jeep Destination Double does not allow for a car seat adapter. Each seat holds up to 40 pounds.
Hi! My name is Michaela Crimmins and I live in Wakefield, Rhode Island with my husband, Matt, and two boys, Ryder (22 months) and Teddy (4 months). I work full time as a Program Manager for the University of Rhode Island Alumni Engagement team and am currently trying to balance work from home life with both kids at home due to the pandemic. Living in the Ocean State allowed me to test out the twelve double strollers in beautiful areas right by the water. My true passion lies in connecting with other moms and sharing my favorite products, which is what brought me to start my blog, Ocean State Mama. I love to share a real, inside look at what it’s like as a busy mom with two kids under two, and share my favorite products, tips, and anything mom-related with others who can relate.
Getting the chance to test double strollers was a dream come true. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when the FedEx truck would pull up and deliver a new model. My husband is a trooper for helping me assemble each and every one (and you should see what our garage looks like!) Once we put each stroller together, the first test was how easy it was to get the kids in and out. I then took each one out for a walk around my neighborhood or in different locations around Rhode Island, which allowed me to see how easy they were to maneuver on different terrains such as pavement and off-road trails. I tested how each one went on and off a curb, and how it felt pushing up or going down a hill, as well as how the brakes worked. I also tested how easy it was to put in my car, how much space it took up, and how easy it was to travel with.
Things to Consider When Buying a Double Stroller
Ages and Weights of your children
This is the most important factor when deciding which double stroller to purchase, as you want to choose one that will grow with your family and last you for years. Typically when you buy a stroller for your first child, it’s right around the time your baby is born. When you add a second to the mix, it throws you for a loop, as you now have to buy a double stroller that works for two different ages. If you are purchasing a stroller for a newborn and a toddler, we suggest purchasing one that can be used with a car seat adapter so you can use it right from the very start instead of having to wait to reach that 3 or 6 month age approved mark. If you have an older second child, you also want to make sure that he/she is well under the weight limit so it will get a lot of use, or look into additional accessories like a ride-on-stand.
How You Plan to Use It
When buying a double stroller, it’s important to be practical and consider how you will be using it in your everyday life.
Will you be using it to go on just walks or runs as well?
Will you be going on different terrains like the beach and trails or just casual walks around town?
Will you need to navigate in tight areas like a city?
Will you need it to be compact enough to travel with?
You Might Want to Purchase Two
Although it’s an added expense, you might want to consider purchasing two double strollers to help meet your everyday needs. For example, when testing out the strollers, I loved using the BOB on walks in the neighborhood where I’d go off-roading, the Silver Cross Wave on narrow sidewalks in the busy streets of Newport, and the Zoe when traveling and needing something compact to fit in the trunk. It’s convenient to have a choice of which stroller to use based on your needs, as it’s hard to find one that checks off every single box.
When looking at a double stroller, it’s important to consider its size and heaviness. Lifting a single stroller is one thing, but a double stroller can weigh over 30 pounds. Will you be able to lift this in and out of your car each time you use it? If you plan to use it for travel, you’ll want to make sure that it’s compact enough and that you can fit through doorways. Many of the double strollers in this review are Disney approved which can be an important factor for those who have theme park travel plans in their future.
Tandem? Or Side-by-Side?
Again, choosing a double stroller is all based on the ages of your children and how you plan to use it. The tandem double strollers allow for multiple configurations, are narrow, and certainly grow with your family, but they require a lot of accessories which can be overwhelming, and they’re not nearly as compact as many side-by-side strollers. Side-by-side strollers are easy to set up and have great maneuverability yet many are extremely heavy and take up a lot of room.
Different Types of Double Strollers
Here's a basic primer on the differences:
Standard double stroller: This covers most double strollers, including almost everything in this guide. They are average in size, typically weigh 25 pounds or more, and hold one child from about 6 months until he or she is about 50 to 60 pounds.
Jogging double stroller: These models typically have large wheels, often filled with air (like bike tires) and locking front wheels. They're designed for safely running with up to two children. Locking the front wheel is essential because it helps prevent tip-overs if the front wheel were to hit a snag while you're running at full speed. Though Baby Jogger makes a jogging stroller (the Summit X3), it's worth noting most Baby Jogger strollers are not designed for jogging.
Lightweight/Compact double stroller: Though new designs mean that many standard strollers are only slightly heavier than these models, the more compact double strollers typically weigh 20 pounds or less and have a more compact fold than others on the market. These models are great for travel and typically less expensive but usually don't hold as much or have as many features.
Other Double Strollers We Tested
Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double
I love Baby Jogger products so I was excited to test out the City Mini GT2 Double. It’s more sturdy and durable than a compact double stroller but not as heavy-duty as some of the other strollers on the market, as it can still fit through a standard doorway. The all-terrain 8.5” forever-air wheels allow you to take this stroller almost anywhere, which elevates it among other strollers on the market. The stroller has a hand operated parking brake which is easy to use and different from the usual push pedals on other strollers.
The thing that makes Baby Jogger strollers stand out is how easy they are to fold—just one pull at the back of the children’s seats allows you to collapse the stroller instantly. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double seats are also plush padded with additional support, and they recline to a nearly flat position. There is also ample canopy coverage for those sunny days and a lot of storage in the basket underneath as well as behind the seats. One negative is that I did have trouble with the buckles: the five point safety harness made it a little challenging when my toddler was moving and would get impatient. It gave my parent’s some trouble on the times they used it, but once your child is in the seat, they are secure and safe, which is ultimately the most important.
Car seat info: The City Mini GT2 Double can be used with car seat adapters for Baby Jogger and Graco car seats. Accommodates a weight of 50 pounds per seat.
If you’re a jogger, like I am, the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller is a great option. It’s very easy to maneuver with the swivel front wheel that can lock into place for jogging, and the large rear wheels. I found it very easy to fold with just one hand and it was more compact than the BOB when placed in the trunk of my car. This stroller can handle any type of terrain and was a smooth ride whether I was on a bumpy trail or grass.
The only thing I did not like about this stroller is the seat size; I felt that my almost-two-year-old did not have as much room compared to other strollers. On the plus side, the stroller features reclining seats, and multi-position canopies with side-ventilation windows to ensure the kids are comfortable. I used this stroller with an infant adapter and it was so easy to assemble, allowing my infant to face me and my toddler to face forward. The included cup holder attachment for parents was one of my favorite things about this stroller, as it gave me two cup holders and a zippered pocket for my belongings.
Overall, I truly love the Thule Urban Glide. Aside from being one of the larger strollers and a little harder to travel with, I love that every ride was smooth and it’s so easy to use. It’s a great stroller for an active family who is looking for a double jogging stroller.
Car seat info: The Thule Urban Glide can accommodate Chicco and Maxi Cosi car seats with the purchase of car seat adapters. Weight limit is 50 pounds per seat.
The new Baby Jogger City Mini Tour 2 was a dream to use. At just 22.7 pounds, it is one of the lighter double strollers I tested but still durable. The all-new lightweight design fits through a standard doorway and has an ultra-compact fold. It’s noticeably smaller than the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 and also lower in cost at $399.99. It’s easy to get around places and also travel with it on the go with the one-hand fold. I love how easy Baby Jogger strollers are to fold—features like this make life so much easier for busy parents on the go. Not only that, but it folds flat, which is huge when you need to fit other items in your trunk. It also has a side lock feature which is a nice touch compared to a foot break.
The stroller has durable—yet lightweight—rubber composite tires and locking front swivel wheels, so it provides an especially a smooth ride for the kids. I had no trouble testing it out on different terrains. One thing that impressed me right away is how comfortable the padded seats are and how sharp looking it is. Some other features are the multiple recline positions, adjustable calf supports, and UV50+ canopies.
One negative is the weight limit, which is 33 pounds. for each seat, whereas many of the other double strollers hold children up to 50 pounds (or more). The stroller is compatible with infant bassinets and a new Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double Carry Cot. With that being said, this stroller would be perfect for a family with an infant and a 1 to 2 year old. Overall, I love how durable—yet compact—it is.
Car seat info: The Baby Jogger City Mini Tour 2 is compatible with Baby Jogger and Graco Car Seats as well as the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double Carry Cot. Accommodates children up to 33 pounds per seat.
There are so many great things about the Joovy Kooper 2 Double Stroller! This stroller has a unique three-part fold making it super compact and easy to travel with. I also like that for a compact stroller it’s able to hold two kids up to 50 pounds each. It’s hard to find a compact stroller that’s also sturdy and well put-together, and it’s the only compact stroller on the market with two snack trays that fold with it. I felt there was plenty of storage even with it being so small.
Overall the Joovy provides a smooth ride for the kids, and it's easy to push for the parents. I wouldn’t recommend it on rough terrain, but it can handle pretty much anything else. It’s also Disney-approved which is a plus, making it easy to navigate when traveling. I felt the canopy provided plenty of sun protection for the riders, and the canopy is a nylon material, which was unique. One of the best things about the Joovy is that you can use the stroller when your baby is only 3 months, unlike other strollers which require that babies be at least 6 months old. It can also be used with infant car seat adapters, unlike many other compact strollers on the market.
The only drawbacks are that it's expensive for a compact stroller, and I often found myself accidentally hitting the break when pushing it, which made it come to a screeching halt.
Car seat info: The Joovy Kooper 2 is compatible with over 30 different car seats with the purchase of a separate adapter. The seats can hold children up to 50 pounds.
Baby Jogger recently came out with the City Mini 2 Double and I was so happy to test it out. Not as big as a side-by-side jogging stroller, but not as small as a compact stroller, the new City Mini 2 Double is just the right size for an everyday double stroller. The City Mini 2 Double has a redesigned frame and updated fabric, and I found it incredibly easy to maneuver on different terrains. The stroller also features the signature one-handed fold, making it convenient to quickly collapse and perfect for travel. Something I love about the Baby Jogger strollers is the ample amount of canopy coverage to protect kids from the sun.
The City Mini 2 Double also has amazing adjustable calf support and a near-flat recline which ensures your kids will be comfortable for naps on the go. If you want to use it with an infant carseat, adaptors can be purchased for a number of different brands, and it can also be used with the City Mini 2 Double Pram. The reason it scored lower than the City Mini GT2 Double is that it does not have the same all-terrain wheels that allow you to maneuver as easily, it has less suspension, and the handle bar is not adjustable like it is on the City Mini GT2 Double.
Car seat info: The City Mini 2 Double can be used with Baby Jogger, Britex, Graco, and Maxi Cosi car seats, with the purchase of the correct adaptor. It can accommodate a weight of 50 pounds for each seat.
There are so many wonderful things about the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogging Stroller. First up, I loved how easy it was to assemble: It took my husband under five minutes to set-up before I was taking both kids for a ride. I also love how I could use it immediately with my infant and toddler simply by using the car seat adapter. The adapter is a cool concept where one side acts as the infant carrier and the other becomes a snack tray and cup holder for your toddler.
I am a big runner so the fact that the BOB is one of the top jogging strollers out there was a win-win (babies must be 8 months and up to safely sit in stroller for a jog). Just using it makes me want to sign up for a 5k! This stroller is great on any terrain—whether you are on a trail, on pavement, or walking on the beach. It is sturdy and great quality, yet I could push it up hills with ease. I loved that the seats can go from fully-upright to near flat on a recline with the push of a button. The seats are also ultra padded and look comfy for the kids.
A negative to this stroller would be its size: it doesn't easily fit through a doorway. I wouldn’t recommend using it in a crowded place where you have to navigate through tight areas, and it would not be your go-to stroller for traveling by plane or train. It’s on the heavier side and not as compact as other strollers, so it’s a bit harder to get into and out of your car. However, If you are an active family who wants a stroller that can handle all types of terrain, be used for exercise, and last you years on end, the BOB will not disappoint.
Car seat info: Compatible with Britax, BOB, Graco, Baby Jogger, Peg Perego, and Chicco car seats with purchase of a separate adapter. Can accommodate up to 50 pounds for each seat.
The Britax B-Lively Double Stroller is a lightweight, everyday stroller. It features a quick fold design with all-wheel suspension. Two things I truly liked about this stroller are how lightweight and compact it is when folded. You can easily store it in your trunk with plenty of room to spare, which makes it a great option if you are traveling.
The seats are spacious, and my toddler fit in it with plenty of room to grow. The two canopies provide a lot of coverage from the sun which is an important feature. Despite being a side by side stroller, I was still able to easily maneuver and navigate with ease through doorways.
One thing I didn’t like was that the storage basket did not have an effective closure, so if you had to lift the stroller up to get over a curb, your items often rolled right out. Another negative is that it is only compatible with Britax infant seats, so unless your carseat is a Britax, you have to wait to use the B-Lively until your little one is at least six months old. It has a pull fold option to collapse it, but I did have a bit of trouble with it on occasion.
Car seat info: The B-Lively only accommodates Britax car seats. Can hold up to 50 pounds per seat.
The Silver Cross Wave is as luxurious as strollers get. Very similar in design to the UppaBaby, the Silver Cross Wave comes with both the seat and the bassinet, allowing for seven configurations right out of the box—and up to 30 modes in total with the purchase of additional accessories. The Silver Cross Wave is the only stroller on the market that allows for the configuration of having the bassinet face the parent and the tandem seat face forward—an absolute must during the newborn phase. I enjoyed taking my boys for walks in it, and I was able to navigate with ease in narrow spots like walking on a sidewalk and needing to pass someone. If you frequently walk in busy areas with lots of foot traffic, you’ll be so pleased with this stroller.
One thing I noticed right away when using the Silver Cross is the quality. It features a platinum chassis which is the highest quality magnesium alloy for maximum strength. Both the bassinet and the seat come with a cover to keep the kids warm, and the stroller is very easy to fold and much lighter than I anticipated. When it folds, you can nest the seat within it, so it’s very compact when storing in your trunk. The stroller also comes with two rain covers and two mosquito nets, which I appreciated having at the ready and not having to purchase separately.
Out of all the strollers I tested, the Silver Cross bassinet provided the most coverage from the sun and any outside elements. While I can’t find many drawbacks to this stroller, the main one is definitely the steep price tag. In addition to the base price of over $1000, you would need to spend additional money for the second seat (which I highly recommend so you can use when both kids are 6 months and over). If money is no object and you are someone who is going to use a double stroller frequently for years to come, the Silver Cross Wave is a worthwhile investment.
Car seat info: Compatible with Maxi Cosi, Nuna Pipa, and Cybex Aton car seats with the purchase of separate adapters. Included in your purchase is the bassinet. The main seat holds up to 55 pounds, the tandem seat holds up to 45 pounds, and the bassinet holds up to 33 pounds.
I’ve never owned an UppaBaby stroller so I was very excited to test out the UppaBaby Vista. My first thought after setting it up was how it’s visually appealing and ultra sleek looking. The tandem design of the seats makes it easy to fit through doorways and navigate with ease. The stroller has excellent quality and the material of the seats is top notch. I felt like the stroller was sturdy and durable, yet it never felt too heavy for me to push, even going up-hill. Folding the stroller was super easy, as was putting it into and out of the car, although it does take up quite a lot of room and is a bit heavy.
One thing I did not like about the UppaBaby was that it was daunting to set up. The stroller arrived in multiple boxes, and it was confusing figuring out which adapter went with which configuration. The stroller offers versatility with so many options, but it can be overwhelming and take extra planning and preparation. Using the bassinet/seat combination, the bassinet goes on the bottom and the seat faces you. My 19 month old didn’t love this configuration as he could only stare up at me when he is used to seeing all the interesting sights facing forward. It was a pain having to check that my newborn was okay in the bassinet as you can’t see them without peeking around the seat. On the positive side, I did love the bassinet. My newborn looked so comfy and content and I also loved the zip around cover to keep him extra warm on chilly days. There’s also a feature on the bassinet where you can pull down the canopy to provide extra protection from the sun.
While it can be a little tricky using this stroller as a double during the newborn stage, when both kids are at least six months old and can use the forward-facing seats, the Uppa Baby is a great option. You can have both of your kids face forward, or they can face each other. It’s also a fantastic choice for parents who have twins, as it can be used with both double bassinets and double seats.
Car seat info: The Uppa Baby is compatible with the MESA infant car seat natively, and the Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Chicco infant car seats with the purchase of a separate adapter. The toddler seat holds up to 50 pounds, Rumble Seat holds up to 35 pounds, and the bassinet holds up to 20 pounds.
The Graco Modes2Grow Double Stroller is actually four strollers in one: starting as a single stroller and adapting to become a double as you grow your family. You can use it with any Graco infant car sear, and the adapters are built-in, which makes it super easy to use. The reclining seat converts to an infant bassinet, which was useful for my newborn. The tandem design makes it easy to navigate in tight spaces, and it can hold children up to 50 pounds.
The biggest drawback to the Modes2Grow stroller is the seating arrangements when set up as a double. I did not like that my toddler was on the bottom and felt that he didn't have enough space to ride comfortably. Plus, when you use both seats, you lose the ample storage space.
Car seat info: The Graco Modes2Grow is compatible with Graco car seats natively, and holds up to 50 pounds per seat.
Michaela Crimmins is a native Rhode Islander and graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire. Working in Marketing her whole career, she was a Digital Marketing Specialist at Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski for five years before becoming a Program Manager for the University of Rhode Island Foundation & Alumni Engagement. Michaela currently resides in Wakefield, Rhode Island with her husband and two boys under age two, along with their golden retriever, Swagger. She has a true passion for connecting with other moms and sharing her favorite products. Follow her Instagram page and blog, Ocean State Mama for an inside look of her family's daily adventures and parenting resources.
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