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Once you add more than one little kiddo to the traveling equation — there’s a logistical issue likely to bubble up: Is it time to bite the bullet and invest in a double stroller? (If you’re still in the market for a single stroller that works for travel, don’t miss TPG‘s list of the best strollers for travel and how strollers and car seats can make traveling easier.)
Double strollers can be a lifesaver, or downright inconvenient, depending on the conditions in which you’re using them But there’s no doubt that when you’re hitting the road with two toddlers — or those even younger — a double stroller can really save the day.
We’ve rounded up the best options out there for getting a double stroller to go.
If you’re already familiar with Chicco’s Bravo and Mini Bravo strollers — popular for their relative affordability and ease of popping open and breaking down — upgrading to the brand’s BravoFor2 double stroller is a natural next step when baby No. 2 arrives. The stroller can accommodate Chicco car seats for infants, and has a rear bench-seat for older siblings, with the option of a ride-along platform hooked near the rear wheels where older kids can stand up for the ride, too. The large storage basket under the stroller is especially easy to access for all the extras you’ll no doubt be toting along. And the stroller is light enough (though not super light at 26.5 pounds), so you likely won’t have to check it until you arrive planeside to board.
A double stroller that can be broken down to fit into the overhead bin in your airplane sounds like the stuff of parenting fantasies. But you can do just that with this ingenious tandem stroller from ZOE that can split in half to be used as a single or double stroller and weighs just 19 pounds. The two separate folding pieces of the stroller fold down instantly with a tug on the handles of each. And you can even transport both pieces in a backpack carrier or carry them separately when you’re not strolling in style. While car seats can’t be accommodated, the stroller works well for children 3 months and older.
“Breeze through with two,” is the brand’s motto for this favorite side-by-side stroller with an all-aluminum frame that you can break down with one, swift action. And whether you’re pushing through a crowded airport or breaking the 24.5 pound G-Link down to hop on the busy London Underground, the stroller’s convenient design seems meant to keep travel stress to a minimum. With the included plush head inserts, newborns can even be accommodated in the independently reclining seats that can be laid back nearly to flat. And while most side-by-side strollers rely on six wheels for smooth navigating, the G-Link gets the job done with just four, so the stroller moves along right with you with ease. The extra-large sun canopies have UPF 50+ for travels to sunny climates. And be sure to register your stroller for UPPAbaby’s awesome TravelSafe program so that any damage during air travel will be fixed on the company’s dime.
When opting for a side-by-side stroller that travels well, it’s important to make sure that the width is narrow enough to push through standard-size doors. And it’s go-through-all-doors maneuverability is just one of the things we like about MacLaren’s Twin Triumph double. Much sturdier than the usual umbrella stroller, this one has fully padded seats that recline independently and can support a combined kiddie weight of 110 pounds. Do note that the stroller is recommended for kids 6 months and older. The one-hand compact umbrella fold makes it easy to break down in a hurry. And we love that the MacLaren comes with a rain cover — after all, places like Ireland and New Zealand are that green for a reason.
At first glance based on its size and design, and the Veer Cruiser Stroller Wagon doesn’t exactly scream travels well. But for many reasons, this veritable hybrid of a stroller and wagon makes perfect sense as a family’s travel companion — especially if you see your gang heading out on a hiking trail or beach walk. The stroller can be pulled like a wagon or pushed like a stroller everywhere from city streets to cobbled village backroads. It rolls smoothly across rough terrain, too. And it’s possible to configure it for two kids riding wagon-style. At. 32.5 pounds, it’s not as heavy as it looks. And the stroller folds down to flat for easy storage and transport.
At just 26 pounds and agile indeed, this side-by-side stroller from the reliable Britax brand accommodates car seats and is a good pick for families traveling with newborns on up. All-wheel suspension ensures a smooth ride while babies stay secure (and out of one another’s hair) with the five-point harness system designed to minimize thrashing about. Kids up to 50 pounds can be accommodated in each seat, so this is a stroller that can grow with your gang. When it’s time to fold it up, a quick push of a button on the side and a tug on the seat handle breaks it right down.
Joovy is a pro at compact strollers and has more than one double stroller we love. But the Caboose Ultralight is our favorite for its graphite frame (just under 22 pounds total weight), stadium-style seating and sit and stand option. Kids weighing a combined total of 90 pounds can be accommodated onboard and there’s even a car seat adapter, so you can use this ride from your baby’s earliest days. It basically pushes like a single stroller, but functions as well as any double.
It’s on the pricier end of the spectrum, often at $500+, but for a Rolls-Royce of double strollers that also travels exceptionally well, Phil & Ted’s Sport Stroller with Double Kit is the epitome of smooth sailing with two. The “double kit” is an extra seat that can be attached right below the upper one, with a total baby weight of 88 pounds between the two. Newborns can be accommodated in the upper seat, which reclines to flat, and the stroller has a hands-free auto-stop feature that will cause it to break in a potential runaway situation (the rolling streets of San Francisco come to mind).
Depending on your family’s age and travel habits, a double stroller may be the way to go. Be sure to try some of the models out in the store so you can determine what may work best for your precious cargo. But, if you make the purchase online, don’t forget to go through a shopping portal to stack your rewards earning potential. We’d also pay with a credit card that offers solid built-in purchase protections. What’s your favorite double stroller? We’d love to hear about it.
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