There are less double strollers than single strollers so that should make your choice easier right? Ummm NO. Simply putting this post together was challenging. Not because there are so many great ones out there but moreso because everyone buying a double stroller is at a different point – meaning some have twins, some have a 18 month old and a newborn, some have a two year old and a newborn, etc – you get the idea. So there is a lot of variation in what works best for certain people given their specific situation. On top of that there is the side by side seat or inline seat debate. Today we are taking a look at side by side options and we’ll have the inline double stroller review coming up next week.
I’ve got three options for you – featured them from heaviest weight to lightest weight. We own one of these and have extesivley tested the other two at our local Buy Buy Baby. I have structured this review differently and more high level with bullet points. Let me know if you like this style over the more typcical coversatioal, paragraph style. As with all baby gear purchases you know what is best for your lifestyle and our goal is to present you with “real mom” review and information so you can make the best choice for YOU.
Bugaboo Donkey Duo / Twin
Stroller Weight: 33.4 pounds
Stroller Width: 29 inches
Great for: twins; children of all ages; urban environments; long walks
Not so great for: tight spaces; travel
- The Donkey can be used from newborn up to each child weighing 33.4 pounds. This one really IS for a newborn because it can be used in bassinet format OR a car seat adapter can be used. The Donkey can be used in “duo” format meaning two children of different ages or “twin” meaning two children of the same age (that probably didn’t warrant an explanation…). That being said you can use two car seat adapters side by side which is a great feature.
- Each individual seat whether in bassinet or “grown up” mode can face forward or towards you. Or one can face each way meaning fun playtime for the kiddos! Or a big brother looking out to the world while mom keeps an eye on the newborn facing her in the bassinet. This is truly a unique feature of a side by side double stroller. In grown up mode, the seat easily reclines to three different positions which is a nice feature.
- As all stroller should, the Donkey has a five point harness safety belt as well as two carry handles which are great for clipping toys to.
- For its size, the maneuverability of this stroller is amazing. Seriously, you can turn on a dime and in the smallest of spaces.
- The ride (and push) of the Donkey is incredible. It is super smooth and great for the bumpy sidewalks of the city or the grassy parks of the ‘burbs. I have used this stroller in grass, gravel and sand and never had a problem pushing it and Eloise has always seemed comfy.
- The handlebar is adjustable which comes in handy for varying heights but also for pulling the stroller up close to the table at a restaurant.
- With all these bells and whistles does come some downside. The Donkey does not fold as easily as the other double strollers we mention however, it does fold pretty compactly into one piece.
- This Donkey is the heaviest of the bunch and the most expensive. Cost is a serious downfall here. Speaking personally for a moment, we made the choice to opt for this as our Mono stroller so we didn’t have to buy another whenever baby #2 came along and we are very happy with our choice.
Bottom line, this is a super smooth, bells-and-whistles packed double stroller that is a great, safe option for children of all ages.
City Mini Double
Stoller Weight: 30.4 pounds
Stroller Width: 29.75 inches
Great for: all ages because of ability to use infant car seat; urban environments; long walks; basically anywhere!
Not so great for: tight spaces; travel, stroller is heavier than others;
- The City Mini Double has the ability to be used from newborn and up. The padded seats independently recline (ie, one seat position for a newborn another for a two year old OR two newborns, etc). However, I am not sure I would put a newborn in the seat even if fully reclined. I would feel more comfortable doing it than with the next stroller on the list but I still feel like its just not supportive enough. However, you can buy an infant car seat adapter and use your infant seat – great! Some parent reviews don’t care for the adapter though and say it messes with the center of gravity of the stroller as well as impedes the easy fold (which we will get to next). The adapter does have to be removed before the stroller can be folded.
- The easy fold! The easy, one handed fold is something I love so much about the City Mini and Mini GT and the double has the same easy fold. However, the stroller is heavier so requires more muscle but still it is so easy. And the Double fold pretty compactly and would likely fit in even small trunk spaces.
- The double front wheels swivel which makes the City Mini Double super maneuverable but they also lock in to place for increased stability on those longer strolls.
- The front wheels also have a full suspension system making the ride super smooth for your little ones even in more rough terrain.
- The canopies are independently adjustable and ample. Like seriously, these canopies put most others to shame. They are great and sturdy.
- Each seat has a five point harness.
- The City Mini Double has an ample storage basket below the seats and could hold a diaper bag, beach bag, groceries, etc.
- If your kids feel like chatting with one another they can’t turn their heads and see one another. Conversing or playing requires each to lean forward (eek!). Some parents strike this as a negative while other parents like that the two can’t bug each other! You be the judge. 🙂
- The stroller is one (non adjustable) handlebar. It was a good height for me (5’6″ and my hubs 5’11”) and other reviewers say that it works well for even taller folk. I appreciate the fact it is a bar like the Bugaboo so you can steer with one hand if necessary.
Bottom line, the City Mini Double is a great option for those looking for a little less than the Bugaboo Donkey and a little more than the Maclaren Twin Triumph. It balances practicality with comfort and is one of the best double stroller options out there.
Maclaren Twin Triumph
Stroller Weight: 23.4 pounds
Stroller width: 28.7 inches (easily fits through a standard doorway)
Great for: amusement parks, travel, public transportation, malls or any other crowded space; older children;
Not so great for: long walks, terrain other than hard, solid ground; newborns
- The Maclaren Twin Triumph can be used from newborn and up. The stroller can hold 110 pounds and works with newborns because each seat separately reclines. While I appreciate that Maclaren advertises this for newborns I would not put a newborn in this strolller. The seat and support just don’t seem strong enough to lend the support I think a newborn needs. Not to fault anyone for putting the newborn in this stroller. I just wouldn’t and feel like you guys should know if you are considering it for a newborn. I would be comfortable putting a 6-8 week old in this stroller.
- The Twin Triumph also has an adjustable five point harness for added safety.
- Independently adjustable hoods to shield sun. I appreciate that the hoods operate independently although not a distinctly unique feature an important one. The Twin Triumph also comes with a rain cover which is nice that you don’t have to buy it as an accessory.
- While the handles are ergonomically designed and relatively comfortable they are two separate handles which means it is really tough to steer one handed. Not that you ever intentionally steer a stroller one handed but it would be hard to be on the phone or do anything else that required you remove a hand from the stroller. Probably not a deal breaker but something worth considering.
- For the size and weight of the stroller there is ample storage. I would think enough to put a few toys, blankets, towels or whatever else you may need for the fun adventure you’re on in this stroller.
- Same issue here as above with the kids ability to chat. Not super easy but maybe that is a good thing?!?
- Because this stroller is so lightweight the ride is nowhere near as smooth as other double strollers. When on asphalt this isn’t the end of the world but a long walk down a city sidewalk or any rough terrain…. well that is another story. Your little ones would be more comfortable in other strollers but it is just a trade off for the other features.
- The Twin Triumph is super lightweight and easy to maneuver and fold (probably its best feature). The front wheels can lock for added stability.
Bottom line, this is a great, lightweight, maneuverable, easy fold double stroller that is manageable in a crowd.