There are two main types of double strollers. These include tandem, where your kids sit back to back, and side-by-side strollers. Neither one is perfect for any scenario, but understanding the advantages and disadvantages to each can help you pick the right stroller for your lifestyle.
Tandem Stroller Advantages and Disadvantages:
- Easy to Fold and More Compact than most side-by-side.
- Fits Through Any Doorway or Entrance.
- Allows the baby to recline and sleep while the older child can stretch out his feet in the front.
- Can be very difficult to maneuver, turn, or take over curbs.
Side-by-Side Stroller Advantages and Disadvantages:
- Easier to Maneuver.
- More comfortable for your younger child as he/she grows older. Ideal for Twins over 1.
- Wide and difficult to get through high traffic areas – (Manufacturers have now started to make double strollers narrower.)
- Not as Compact. (Some double strollers remedy this by folding up and in.)
Which one do you use? Both. I have a tandem stroller for super high traffic areas and a side-by-side for pretty much every other situation.
Which do you use more often? I generally use side-by-side when I’m going out because it’s so much easier to maneuver. Also, it’s better for the younger child once they aren’t in that “newborn baby” stage anymore.
Best Double Stroller Reviews 2020
Graco Ready2Grow Stand and Ride Stroller
I lovingly refer to my Ready2Grow Stand and Ride Stroller as the Cadillac of all strollers. Yes it is big and heavy, but it is well made, sturdy, and provides a smooth ride. I find this stroller to be perfect for walking to the grocery store, library, or even the doctor’s office. Weighing in at 39 pounds, this stroller isn’t something you’d necessarily want to be lifting in and out of a car all day. But opening it up and getting it through the front door is easy enough. The one hand fold up/fold down system makes using this behemoth incredibly easy. Even with a child in one arm, you can open or close this stroller in about two seconds.
The Graco Ready2Grow Stand and Ride Stroller is perfect for parents of twins as it can hold two Graco carseats. The best thing about the Ready2Grow is that the enormous underside basket has a latch to make it accessible even when the back seat is fully reclined. That way if a child is sleeping in the back, you won’t have to wake them by raising the seat so you can access the basket.
With stadium seating, the child in the back can still see everything going on around him. I would like to point out that the front to back seating makes it easier to get through doors than side-by-side seating. Both seats have a five-point harness so you can rest assured your kids are secure. This is the best stroller for a new born and 3 year old.
Joovy Caboose Stand-on Tandem Stroller – The Best Preschooler / Toddler Tandem Stroller Option
The Joovy Caboose lightweight tandem stroller is perfect when you have a preschooler and a baby (6+ months). The preschooler has the option to sit or stand on the back of the stroller or get off and walk next to you. I wouldn’t recommend this stroller for a two year old (or an unreliable preschooler) as the instant you turn your back they could get down and take off.
The front seat comes with a removable snack tray and a removable car seat adapter. The front seat also features two reclining positions. The seat in the back is the cover for the storage basket. It slides to reveal the hidden compartment and locks into place when the preschooler is sitting on it. It could potentially be annoying to have to move the child every time you want to access the basket, but I don’t think it’s a deal breaker. Most kids that age are constantly on the go anyway.
The smaller footprint of this stroller makes it easier to maneuver than most other front to back strollers. It folds and unfolds easily and fits in your car trunk with no problem. This stroller is best suited for indoors, shopping, or in crowded spaces.Continue Reading