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After a new round of testing in 2023, the Chicco BravoFor2 remains our tandem sit-and-stand double stroller pick, and the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller is the best side-by-side. Compact Double Stroller

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We also recommend Uppababy’s Vista V2 and Thule’s Urban Glide 2 double stroller.

Double strollers are often much more expensive than single models. But if a double stroller makes life with kids easier or allows you to go running or to take long walks without hiring a babysitter, it may be worth the investment.

After spending 100-plus hours testing 17 double strollers—including recruiting four families to try the top contenders at the zoo, in stroller-enabled exercise classes, during a day of errands, and out trick-or-treating—we found that the compact, convenient, and easy-to-push Chicco BravoFor2 is the best tandem sit-and-stand double stroller, and that the sturdily built Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller is the best side-by-side option for most families.

We recommend the Uppababy Vista V2 for those who are willing to pay more for durable materials, a smoother ride, and extensive adaptability, and we like the double version of the Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller for runners or for people who frequently stroll off-pavement.

A compact, lightweight design and thoughtful features make this model the best option for families with a baby and a toddler who’s at least 2½ years old.

This is the same stroller but with an extra pad insert for the front seat and a seat pad for the bench seat, making for a more comfortable ride.

This stroller excels in maneuverability as the narrowest side-by-side model we tested. It puts the kids in equal-size seats, lets them both recline, and has a notably simple fold.

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This high-end model can convert from a single stroller to a sit-and-stand to a tandem double with seats in multiple configurations. And it can hold two infant car seats.

This side-by-side double jogger is the easiest to push and maneuver of our picks. It’s also heavier and bulkier, though it’s light and streamlined compared with other double joggers.

A double stroller needs to be sturdy so that it doesn’t tip. It should have comfortable harnesses for seated kids and easy-to-grasp handles for toddlers who stand.

These strollers should grow with your family. Some of them can accommodate up to three kids at a time.

Everyone should find the stroller pleasant to use. No meltdowns, please!

Double strollers are often huge. The best ones are maneuverable and have high-quality wheels.

A compact, lightweight design and thoughtful features make this model the best option for families with a baby and a toddler who’s at least 2½ years old.

This is the same stroller but with an extra pad insert for the front seat and a seat pad for the bench seat, making for a more comfortable ride.

The Chicco BravoFor2, which has a tandem frame that’s the same width as a single stroller, is the easiest double stroller to fold, store, and carry of all the models we tested. It offers the best combination of seats for children who are two and a half (or more) years apart, while still being a breeze to push and turn. We were especially impressed with the handles designed for the big kid to grip while standing and riding, a feature that makes the BravoFor2 a much safer and more hassle-free stroller to use than any other sit-and-stand model we tested. Some of the other tandem strollers we looked at are more versatile (our pick can work only with Chicco infant car seats, for example), are made of higher-quality materials, or are designed to accommodate twins. But the relatively inexpensive BravoFor2 can make life easier for families with a baby and a toddler.

This stroller excels in maneuverability as the narrowest side-by-side model we tested. It puts the kids in equal-size seats, lets them both recline, and has a notably simple fold.

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Parents who want a double stroller that seats two kids side by side should get the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller, which we found to be one of the easiest double strollers to push and maneuver. Like all side-by-side models, the City Mini GT2 offers equal seats for the two kids and has more room for deep reclines and extra storage than tandem strollers typically do. It’s the narrowest side-by-side model we tested, so it’s ideal for squeezing into stores, and it has an excellent combination of features, including a quick fold and a ride that’s comfortable and smooth for both caregiver and kids. It accommodates only one infant car seat at a time, however, so it isn’t the best option for infant twins (though you can use the seats from birth if you recline them fully). Some people may find the divided storage basket and complicated buckles annoying to deal with.

This high-end model can convert from a single stroller to a sit-and-stand to a tandem double with seats in multiple configurations. And it can hold two infant car seats.

The Uppababy Vista V2 is a well-built, convertible tandem stroller that can adapt to a family’s changing needs. It has removable seats that you can install facing forward or backward, so you can use it as a single stroller, a sit-and-stand stroller with one seat and an add-on riding board, or a double stroller with two seats facing either direction. (To do so, though, you need to buy the second seat, called the RumbleSeat, as well as the PiggyBack riding board, separately.) Because it can take two infant car seats, it can accommodate twins from the beginning; however, it doesn’t have as much space between the seats as the Contours Options Elite V2 Double Stroller, which parents of twins may prefer. The Vista V2 is expensive, but it has a long stroll life—and it’s easy to resell once you’re done with it.

This side-by-side double jogger is the easiest to push and maneuver of our picks. It’s also heavier and bulkier, though it’s light and streamlined compared with other double joggers.

Parents who love spending time exploring or exercising outdoors with their kids in tow are likely to be happiest with the double Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller. It outperformed nearly all other strollers in our maneuverability course, and it’s lighter, smaller, and easier to fold and carry than other double joggers. But it takes up more space on the sidewalk and is heavier than any of our other picks in this guide, and it’s one of the few double strollers in our test group that don’t fit in the trunk of a compact car. The Urban Glide 2 double jogger can accommodate only one car seat at a time, so it isn’t ideal for twins under 6 months, but it is compatible with car seats from many brands.

We spent 10 hours researching double strollers for the first iteration of this guide in 2017, including interviewing Laura Ostrem, a child-passenger safety technician and the director of sales at Baby Grand in Hopkins, Minnesota. We researched double stroller safety online, reviewing safety guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In 2023, Jenni Gritters tested updated versions of our stroller picks, plus several new strollers, with her 1- and 3½-year-old children. Jenni was formerly an editor on Wirecutter’s outdoors team and has a decade of experience writing about parenting, purchasing, and psychology for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Guardian, Slate, and beyond.

Erica Pearson, the previous writer of this guide, is a former newspaper reporter with more than 20 years of experience interviewing experts in countless fields, including health, parenting, and safety. At the time she worked on this guide, she had two girls, ages 1 and 3.

Double strollers are usually heavier, bulkier, and more expensive than their single counterparts. Still, parents with two kids who are close enough in age to both ride in a stroller (generally, this means two kids under age 4) may find that a double stroller is the easiest way to get around.

Some parents opt to buy an adaptable, single-to-double stroller when they have their first kid. But after surveying parents, including those who did just that, we recommend buying what you need at the time, versus trying to imagine what you might need in the future. A second child may not arrive on the timeline you imagine. Or, that first kid may not cooperate with your plan. For example, Jenni’s 3½-year-old has always preferred walking, so she still uses a single stroller for her 1-year-old more often than not due to its lighter weight and ease of use.

If you do decide to swap out a single for a double, Facebook Marketplace and other secondhand-goods websites often have used double strollers for a decent price. Make sure to check out the stroller before you buy it, scanning for rust and checking for loose screws, and looking up possible recalls. Often, with a bit of cleaning, used strollers can look brand-new.

Parents who have or are expecting twins will get the most use out of a double stroller, but they often have different needs than parents with kids of different ages. Parents of twins can opt for one stroller that can accommodate two infant car seats at once but also has regular seats and all the necessary features of a stroller they’ll use for years, or they may choose a simple, inexpensive frame that carries only two car seats and then buy a separate double stroller for when the twins are 6 months and older.

The world of double strollers is quite diverse, but you can divide it into two main categories:

Side-by-side double strollers have two seats next to each other. They’re about twice as wide as tandem strollers, so they take up more space and can be difficult to fit through smaller-than-average doorways and crowded store aisles. But they give both kids an equal spot in the stroller, allow both children to stretch out their legs, and generally maneuver much better than tandem models, which are typically longer and more difficult to turn.

A side-by-side stroller is likely a better choice if you do most of your strolling outside and cover longer distances. You can find general-purpose double models as well as other types:

Tandem (also called in-line) double strollers have one seat in front of the other, a design that is generally easier for navigating stores or crowded sidewalks. Many tandem models have a stadium seating build, putting one seat higher than the other so that both kids can see. Sometimes, though, the child in front has all the legroom in the world, while the backseat rider gets crunched.

Among tandem double strollers, you can find standard models with two seats, as well as other variants:

Neither style is foolproof, as far as sibling squabbles are concerned. Kids in a side-by-side can punch or poke each other, but a rider in a tandem can still kick or grab the other passenger. The different seat heights in a tandem can also lead to more fights about who gets to ride in which seat. Of course, if your little angels love holding hands and conversing, double strollers that are either side-by-side or designed to allow the seats to face each other are worth considering.

No one double stroller will work well for the majority of families. Each model has to be big enough and heavy enough to carry two kids safely, and that means sacrifices in ease of use, maneuverability, and more. Still, the best double strollers all have some features in common:

Safe to use: A double stroller needs to be sturdy, with a wide enough base that it won’t tip when one kid gets out while the other child is still seated. If you’re shopping for a sit-stand stroller, look for added safety points such as easy-to-grip handles for your older child.

Comfortable for both kids: Some double strollers have one seat that is clearly inferior to the other, with a blocked view or cramped legroom. The best strollers are comfortable for both passengers. They also have generous canopies that can shade one or both kids.

Not too wide: Many parents hesitate to even consider side-by-side strollers because of their greater width. The standard size of exterior doorways is 36 inches, which all double strollers can clear. But interior doorways can range from 28 to 36 inches, so some side-by-side strollers simply don’t fit.

Relatively easy to push and maneuver: The size, material, and style of the wheels all make a difference in how much effort you need to put in simply to move a stroller forward.

Reasonably easy to fold and carry: The best double models have a one- or two-step folding process and are small enough to fit in even a compact car’s trunk. Some of the strollers we tested were much simpler to carry than others because they had a clear, easy place to grip.

Versatile: Many of the best strollers offer versatility by allowing parents to convert them from one seat to two or to use them with a riding board. If your stroller can accommodate an infant car seat, you don’t have to wake the baby up when bringing an older kid to an activity; you can just click in the car seat and keep moving.

Combined, Erica and Jenni spent 100-plus hours testing 17 double strollers. We timed how long each stroller took to assemble, and we put them through real-world testing with our 1- and 3-year-olds, using each model as an everyday stroller and taking it on at least one outing, from zoo trips to spins around the local park to trick-or-treating excursions. We also tried fitting each stroller into the trunks of our cars (a Subaru Forester, a Toyota Prius, and a Honda CRV), and we lugged them up and down flights of stairs. We took the strollers to restaurants and shops to see if they fit through the doors. Erica also ran each model through a maneuverability course in front of her house, and Jenni took each stroller off-roading in her rural neighborhood.

A compact, lightweight design and thoughtful features make this model the best option for families with a baby and a toddler who’s at least 2½ years old.

This is the same stroller but with an extra pad insert for the front seat and a seat pad for the bench seat, making for a more comfortable ride.

The zippy, streamlined Chicco BravoFor2 sit-and-stand stroller is the best of all the double strollers we tested for kids at least two and a half years apart. It’s one of the most inexpensive strollers we tried, and overall it’s well-designed for kids’ comfort and safety despite a minimal recline in the front seat.

The BravoFor2 comes in a standard version and an LE version; we tested the latter, which has an extra pad insert for the front seat and a seat pad for the bench seat and usually costs $30 more. While those add-ons are not necessary, they do make the riding experience a little more comfortable, the padded backrest for the standing child especially.

It’s easy to push and use. The BravoFor2 is no wider than a single stroller, and the design manages to tuck the bench seat and riding platform into the frame so that it is relatively short compared with other tandem models, making it one of the easiest to push and maneuver among the non-jogging double strollers in our test group.

In our tests, its 7-inch front wheels and 9-inch rear wheels helped it roll over bumps and sidewalk cracks with ease. The brake is foot activated but requires just one step instead of two, as on many other models.

It offers the best ride for an older kid who wants to hop on and off. The back offers comfortable handles for the child to grip while standing, as well as a bench seat with an optional lap belt. Many stroller manuals caution that older kids should hold on to the stroller frame with two hands when standing; this was easy for Erica’s daughter to do with the BravoFor2 because the handles were in the exact right place for her to grip them easily, even while wearing mittens. The handles also make this stroller safer than many of its sit-and-stand competitors. According to a Chicco spokesperson, the BravoFor2’s designers used anthropometric data and worked with kids to figure out both the placement and the size and shape of this stroller’s handles. Many parents have posted online that this stroller offers a comfortable ride for the older child even when they’re using an infant car seat in front, something that is not true of many other sit-and-stand strollers.

It offers decent versatility for a low price. The BravoFor2 is one of the least expensive double strollers we tested. It works well for the time that the older child is a preschooler and the younger child is a baby, about two years (or until the older kid reaches 40 pounds), and it will still work if you want to push only one child once your older child outgrows the stroller. The bench seat folds out of the way to allow caregivers to access the decent-size storage area, and the stroller has an optional snack tray for the front seat.

It’s easy to fold and store. The BravoFor2 is quicker and simpler to fold than most of the double strollers we tested, and it is the easiest of all of them—apart from the Jeep Destination stroller—to carry, store in a closet, or lift into a trunk. It has a designated carry bar that is comfortable to grip and hold, and its compact folded form is not awkward to lift, unlike that of most double strollers. At 26.5 pounds, it’s 10 pounds lighter than the heaviest double strollers we tried. It can stand on its own when folded.

The buckles are some of the simplest to use among the strollers we tested. The shoulder and waist components on the front seat come apart so that you can quickly get the child out, and if you want, you can use the waist belt alone.

The BravoFor2 is widely available in gray and black. It comes with a one-year warranty.

The bench seat is designed for a “big kid.” Because that seat is limited to a child who’s at least 2½ years old, this stroller is not for families whose older child is younger than that—or for twins.

This stroller isn’t great for naps during long walks. The front seat, where a baby might decide to nap, does not recline far—if it were to tip back further, it would bump into the big kid. And if the big kid is still of napping age, it won’t work for them, either, since the bench seat isn’t nap friendly at all.

It accommodates only a Chicco-brand infant car seat. Using one (such as any of the Chicco seats we recommend in our guide to infant car seats) is convenient, however—you simply fold the front seat forward, and the car seat clicks in securely, with no extra car-seat adapter to buy or to struggle to install.

It’s a bit lacking in extras. The BravoFor2 comes with a parent console that includes a nice zippered pocket, but its two cup holders are so shallow that they’re best suited for use with spill-proof vessels. This stroller forgoes the extras that some of the most expensive models have, such as an adjustable handlebar or a hand brake. It has no shade for the big kid, either.

Assembly time: 25 minutes Weight: 32.7 pounds Frame dimensions: 45 by 23.25 by 42 inches (LWH) Folded size: 18 by 23.25 by 35 inches (LWH) Child weight, height limit of front seat: 40 pounds, 43 inches Child weight, height limit of bench seat: 40 pounds, 43 inches Car-seat compatibility without adapter: all Chicco infant car seats Wheel diameter: 7 inches front, 9 inches rear Included accessories: parent tray with cup holder, child tray with cup holder, standing platform

This stroller excels in maneuverability as the narrowest side-by-side model we tested. It puts the kids in equal-size seats, lets them both recline, and has a notably simple fold.

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The simple but effective Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller basically takes one of our full-size stroller picks, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 All-Terrain Stroller, and doubles it. This safe, sturdy stroller is one of the most comfortable double models for both kids, with deep, reclining seats and generous, separate canopies.

It’s easy to push and use. The double City Mini GT2 is the narrowest (slightly less than 30 inches) and lightest (27.8 pounds) side-by-side stroller we tried. Narrower models exist, but we found that they had low weight limits or uncomfortable seats. Most side-by-sides seem to come close to the 30-inch mark, and while all of them fit through standard exterior doorways in our tests, we found that even a quarter inch could make the difference between fitting through an interior doorway easily or having to shove or wiggle our way in.

The City Mini GT2 Double Stroller can hold up to 100 pounds of combined kid weight, so it should carry both kids well into school age. In our maneuverability course, only the true jogging doubles, with their bigger, air-filled tires and more robust suspension, offered easier pushing and turning and handled uneven terrain better than the double City Mini GT2, which felt smoother and more effortless to push compared with other regular side-by-sides. Its four 8-inch EVA tire wheels are comparable to those of our tandem pick, the Chicco BravoFor2, but unlike that stroller, it has front-wheel suspension.

Both seats are comfortable and adjustable, and they offer versatile configuration options. Because the side-by-side seats give each child an equal position with lots of legroom, the double City Mini GT2 is comfortable for both kids, including older twins. With the pull of a buckle, the seats easily recline separately to near-flat plus any of three intermediate positions; to bring them back up, you use both hands to pull on the strap ends. The seat backs are made of recently updated materials that feel softer than those of the original. And they each have a canopy, so little nappers won’t get too hot in warm weather and can stay protected from the wind when it’s cold out. Each seat has its own UPF 50+ canopy, which extends far enough to provide real shade and includes a peekaboo window. One child can lean back, shaded for a nap, while the other can sit up and look out at the world.

The double City Mini GT2 can accommodate one infant car seat of many brands—though just one—and you can attach the Baby Jogger Glider Board for a third, standing passenger. You can also use this stroller from birth with the seat reclined and without a car seat, which means you could technically use this stroller with twins; if you wanted to move your sleeping twins from the car to the stroller without waking them, however, that would be possible for only one child.

Baby Jogger makes two car seat adapters, sold separately, so make sure to read the product details carefully and check the company’s compatibility chart (PDF) to confirm that you’re getting the right adapter for the kind of car seat you have.

This stroller offers an awesomely quick one-step fold, much like that of its single sibling. To collapse it, you just grab the straps in the middle of the seats with both hands and pull up. It folds quite flat and locks automatically in that position, and we found that it could stand on its own when folded if the wheels were facing the right way. In our tests it fit in both an SUV trunk with lots of room to spare and a compact hatchback with space for other bags and gear. It was also the easiest model to assemble of all the double strollers we tested, taking only four minutes.

The City Mini GT2 Double Stroller comes in four colors: black, green, red, and blue. Its frame has a lifetime warranty, while the other parts have a one-year warranty. It’s the only stroller among our picks here whose fabric you can easily remove and machine-wash.

Like all side-by-side models, this stroller is wide. We tried and failed to use it in a shoe store where the aisles were crowded with piled-up boxes. We also had to park the stroller when touring a 1908 historic Minneapolis mansion because the doorways were too small to get through without scraping.

Its storage basket is divided by a bar. During a beach day, we found ourselves fighting to pull towels and blankets out of the base, nearly knocking the whole stroller over in the process, and even a large backpack was hard to fit.

It doesn’t accept infant car seats from all of the major brands. Notably, it doesn’t work with most Chicco and Graco infant car seats, including our picks. Though Baby Jogger says that the double City Mini GT2 is suitable for use from birth, parents often wait to use a stroller like this without a car seat attached until the baby is at least able to hold their head up, generally around 6 months old. The manual also warns caregivers not to use the seats in the upright position until the kids are at least 6 months old.

The buckles are some of the hardest to fasten among the double strollers we tested. Even so, they were still easier to attach than those on the tandem Contours Options Elite V2 Double Stroller. Both strollers have harness components that you must carefully thread together before you can buckle them. Baby Jogger, which now shares a parent company with Graco, changed the design of its restraint buckles after a 2009 recall, so if you’re purchasing one of these strollers secondhand, be sure to check the year.

Assembly time: 10 minutes Weight: 22.4 pounds Frame dimensions: 48 by 32.7 by 44.3 inches (LWH) Folded size: 30.1 by 30.5 by 12.6 inches (LWH) Child weight, height limit: 50 pounds, 19.5 inches Car-seat compatibility without adapter: variable but limited; view chart (PDF) Wheel diameter: 8.5 inches Add-on accessories: Glider Board, Belly Bar, car seat adapters

This high-end model can convert from a single stroller to a sit-and-stand to a tandem double with seats in multiple configurations. And it can hold two infant car seats.

The Uppababy Vista V2 is a big, beautiful tandem stroller made with high-quality materials that can convert quickly and easily from a single to a double and back again. It costs three times more than our main tandem pick—but it can often serve a family for years without showing much wear and tear, retaining its resale value. If you choose to use the Vista V2 with two kids, you also need to buy a second seat, called the RumbleSeat.

Mix-and-match parts give it unsurpassed versatility. The Vista V2 can grow with your family, from one kid to three, handling a trio of kids with both seats and the add-on PiggyBack riding board or ferrying two kids with either two seats or just one seat and the riding board on the back.

When you set it up as a double, you can install the two seats in four ways—both seats facing forward, both seats facing toward the parent, both seats facing in toward each other, or one facing forward with the other looking back at the parent. The Vista V2 can even accommodate two car seats of different brands (including the Chicco models we recommend in our guide to infant car seats) or two bassinets (though you have to buy the second), so it can be an excellent option for twins from the start.

But you’re likely to need add-ons, which increase the total cost. The Vista V2 comes with the stroller frame, wheels, a bassinet, a toddler seat, a rain and bug shield, and a storage bag. If you want a second seat (the RumbleSeat), you need to buy it separately for an extra couple hundred dollars. You also need adapters for most car seats. And the cost of all those adapters and accessories—including a riding board for an older kid—adds up. Getting the stroller, a second seat, and both adapters costs about $1,115 at the time of publication, and it’s about $120 more for the riding board. Figuring out what you need for each phase can be a little complicated. Uppababy’s simple-to-use Vista configuration tool is helpful for explaining which accessories work for each combination.

We really liked being able to just pop off one of the seats (by pressing the two gray buttons on the side of each seat frame) when we headed out with only one child. The seats do have different weight limits—the included seat holds up to 50 pounds and the RumbleSeat holds up to 35 pounds—so it’s important to read the manual and make sure that you have the big kid in the right spot.

It has comfortable seats and straps. Both the included toddler seat and the add-on RumbleSeat are padded and comfortable, with built-in adjustable leg and foot rests and generous UPF 50+ canopies with peekaboo windows. You recline either seat to multiple positions by squeezing a button on the seat back with one hand. The shoulder and waist components stay attached when you’re using the buckles, so they are easy and quick to fasten and unfasten; the buckles are also some of the easiest to adjust for height among those on the double strollers we tested.

It’s extremely sturdy and even a little tank-like. To fold the Vista V2, you pull up on the frame with two hands and bend over to collapse it. This task is easy enough, and the stroller stands up on its own when folded. But even when it’s folded, this model is one of the bulkiest strollers we tested. You can’t easily fit it in the trunk of a car—even an SUV. It’s also awkward to carry because it lacks an obvious handhold and is heavier than our tandem and side-by-side picks.

It wasn’t one of the top performers in our maneuverability course. Its standard 36-inch length made it harder to take around turns than many of the side-by-side strollers we tested, and it gets even more wonky if you add the PiggyBack riding board or the RumbleSeat. If you go too fast with two kids, it can feel a bit tippy. The Vista V2’s four foam-filled rubber tires make it easy to push in general, although the results are less smooth than the ride of our all-terrain double pick, the Thule Urban Glide 2. You activate the brake with one foot by stepping on it, and the indicator changes from green to red when it is engaged. The handlebar is adjustable.

But the benefit of this stroller’s large size is an easy-to-access storage basket with a rain cover. During a trip to the beach, this stroller earned top marks because it held a lot of gear without spilling over.

The Vista V2 comes with a two-year warranty, and you can extend that coverage another year if you register yours online within three months of purchase. It comes in 10 colors.

Assembly time: 15 minutes Weight: frame 20 pounds, seat 7 pounds, bassinet 8.8 pounds Frame dimensions: 36 by 25.7 by 39.5 inches (LWH) Folded size with seat attached: 17.3 by 25.7 by 33.3 inches (LWH) Folded size without seat attached: 13 by 25.7 by 32 inches (LWH) Child weight, height limit for original seat: 50 pounds, 36 inches Child weight, height limit for add-on RumbleSeat: 35 pounds, 36 inches Bassinet child weight: suitable from birth to 20 pounds, or until infant can push up on hands and knees Car-seat compatibility: Uppababy, Chicco, Cybex, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna Wheel diameter: 8 inches front, 11.5 inches rear Included accessories: stroller frame, wheels, bassinet, toddler seat bug and rain shield, bassinet bug shield, storage bag Add-on accessories: upper and lower car seat adapters, RumbleSeat, bassinet stand, cup holder, parent organizer, snack tray

This side-by-side double jogger is the easiest to push and maneuver of our picks. It’s also heavier and bulkier, though it’s light and streamlined compared with other double joggers.

The double version of the Thule Urban Glide 2 is a nice-looking, streamlined, all-terrain side-by-side stroller that is comfortable enough for kids and parents to take on longer walks and runs but isn’t as bulky or heavy as comparable jogging strollers we’ve tested. It typically costs about $200 more than our side-by-side pick, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller, but overall it has a higher build quality, as well as better resale value. Parents who want to spend time outside as a family or to go on long runs without hiring a babysitter are likely find that it’s a good value.

It’s remarkably comfortable for both caregivers and kids. And that applies whether you’re running or not. The adjustable handlebar is ergonomic and makes jogging along with a big stroller in front of you feel effortless (the rear suspension and the three air-filled tires help). The separate canopies are large, with well-placed peekaboo windows that have magnetic closures, and the seats recline to near flat when you release the buckle, although you do need two hands to put them back up again. Each seat has mesh pockets inside for kids to stow things, as well as on the back for parents to tuck in items such as smaller water bottles or snacks.

It has easy-to-adjust straps. The shoulder straps are the easiest to lengthen or shorten among all the strollers we tested, and the harness buckles are simple to secure though a little tricky to open. The harness also has a wide waistband, keeping kids secure and comfy as the stroller goes up and down hills. The storage basket is generous but not huge—our upgrade pick from Uppababy has a much bigger storage space and can hold 20 more pounds—but it has a water-resistant cover that you can zip closed, plus an extra zippered pocket on the front.

This stroller is excellent outside—but less so in stores. In our maneuverability tests, the double Urban Glide 2 was one of the easiest strollers to push and turn, gliding effortlessly over a large uneven patch on the sidewalk that stopped nearly every other stroller we tried. But it’s not great indoors: Erica got (nicely) called a “wide load” when trying to navigate a toy store’s aisles. If you aren’t planning on jogging, the air-filled tires on a stroller like this may not be worth the extra maintenance. They need to be kept pumped up, like bike tires, and you always run the risk of getting a flat when you’re out and about.

It’s easy to fold but heavy and large. Like our tandem pick, the Chicco BravoFor2, this model has a bar that you turn to fold it; that bar also serves as a place for you to grab and carry the stroller, making the Urban Glide 2 less awkward to lug around than many other double strollers we tested. But it was one of two strollers we tested that didn’t fit in Erica’s Honda Fit hatchback trunk.

It’s somewhat adaptable. You can jog with the double Urban Glide 2 with one or two kids on board, and Thule makes a buckle-on universal car seat adapter that allows you to have one kid in a regular seat and another in a car seat. Many pediatricians recommend waiting until babies are 6 months old to run with them, and until they are 1 year old before taking them on rough terrain—but it’s a good idea to ask your own pediatrician when you can start. Because this stroller takes only one car seat, it won’t work for twins until they reach 6 months old.

The double Thule Urban Glide 2 comes in three colors (bright blue, red, or gray) and has a limited lifetime warranty.

Assembly time: 5.5 minutes Weight: 33 pounds Frame dimensions: 41.1 by 31.5 by 40 inches (LWH) Folded size: 34.2 by 31.5 by 16.1 inches (LWH) Child weight, height limit of seats: 49 pounds, 53 inches; max stroller weight 75 pounds Car-seat compatibility: many options (PDF) Wheel diameter: 16 inches Included accessories: none Add-on accessories: parent console

If you want a less expensive double stroller that folds up small for travel: The Jeep Destination Side x Side Double Ultralight Stroller was a surprise favorite in our 2023 testing lineup. It’s under $250 at this writing, and it offers many of the features we like in the BabyJogger City Mini GT2 Double Stroller, such as a narrower width (less than 30 inches). But we especially like the fact that it’s relatively light at 29 pounds and is quite easy to fold and carry. It was also by far the easiest stroller to assemble, requiring a total of two minutes. That said, the double City Mini GT2 offers a smoother ride, more durable-feeling materials, and better suspension. In addition, this Jeep-branded stroller does not work with car seats, so it cannot accommodate infant twins.

If you want a more affordable tandem double stroller that’s ideal for twins: The Contours Options Elite V2 Double Stroller offers many of the same features as our upgrade pick, the Uppababy Vista V2, including removable and convertible seats and the ability to accommodate two infant car seats with a universal adapter. It’s less than half the price of the Uppababy model and has more space between the seats, providing more legroom for toddler twins. But it’s no match for the higher-quality materials, cushier ride, or extra versatility of our upgrade pick.

Baby Jogger’s City Select Lux Stroller is a versatile, convertible tandem stroller that has many similarities to our upgrade pick but costs about $400 less. It also has a dealbreaking flaw. In our tests, at times the folding mechanism seemed to stick, and Erica had to try to fold it again and again to close it. Our twin-family testers had the same trouble, and other parents have posted online about this issue, some saying that they had difficulty from the beginning and others noting that the problem developed after extensive use. The City Select Lux Stroller is very heavy at 37.8 pounds, too, though Erica found that it was actually easier to carry than some lighter strollers because the fold is compact and has an obvious handhold. We decided to test the Lux version instead of the standard Baby Jogger City Select Stroller because it offers additional features and has a tighter fold. The two versions fold the same way.

Baby Jogger recently updated the double City Mini, our side-by-side pick, to the GT2 version, which has softer and more textured fabric than its predecessor. But if you can find the original GTX version, it’s still great.

We initially considered testing the Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand Ultra Stroller since Baby Trend is credited with inventing the sit-and-stand stroller concept. BabyGearLab, however, said it is “not a stroller we would recommend, no matter what your goal or budget.” And Lucie’s List writes that it is longer and more front heavy than the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Sit And Stand Tandem Double Stroller and not as high quality as the Graco RoomFor2 (now discontinued), two strollers that we tested but didn’t find to be top performers.

The single Britax B-Lively stroller has been a longtime pick in our guide to full-size strollers, so we decided to give the Britax B-Lively Double Stroller a spin in 2023. It was quick to assemble, taking just five minutes, and certain features such as the seat reclines were the easiest to use in the mix. Unfortunately, its hard-plastic tires felt lower-quality than those of the other strollers we liked in our double stroller lineup, and it lacked suspension, so our toddler complained about a less-comfortable ride, especially on uneven surfaces. The harness was one of the hardest to fasten of any of the strollers we tested for this guide, and the shallow bucket under the seats was stiff—even when we walked fairly slowly, things fell out.

The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Sit And Stand Tandem Double Stroller is less expensive and more versatile than our tandem pick, but it’s harder to carry, push, and turn, and it’s less comfortable for a big kid to stand on and ride. It does have some appealing features that the Chicco BravoFor2 doesn’t: The front seat reclines much further, making it better for napping babies. It also allows parents to snap on a second seat (sold separately) so that it can accommodate a baby and a younger toddler who isn’t yet ready to sit on a bench seat or to ride standing. It comes with a universal car-seat adapter and is the lightest double stroller we tested at 21.8 pounds.

The Joovy ScooterX2 With Child Tray Side By Side Double Stroller is a notably inexpensive side-by-side double stroller that gets the job done, with all of the features you need plus excellent storage underneath. Still, it’s heavier, more difficult to push and turn, harder to fold, and harder to carry than our side-by-side pick, and it has just a single big canopy instead of one for each seat. It also doesn’t accept any infant car seats at all, unlike our picks, so it’s an option only for babies 3 months and up.

In 2023, Jenni also tried the popular Mockingbird Single-to-Double Stroller, which mimics the Uppababy Vista V2 in nearly every way but has less-durable materials. In short, it was a little more than half as nice, for half the price of the Vista V2. The Mockingbird stroller took longer to assemble because none of the pieces came attached. We also found it tough to turn, and we could feel the reduced suspension (in comparison with the Vista V2) and the less bouncy wheels when we tried to move quickly. The chairs felt wobbly, too, especially when we used this stroller on gravel. And the storage basket is a bit small for an outing when you’re shuttling two kids around. Overall, though, this isn’t a bad stroller at all. It’s popular for a reason—like the Vista V2, it can accommodate two infant car seats (though not two bassinets), as well as an attachable riding board. And unlike the Vista V2, its two seats can hold the same amount of weight. But if you want the setup of the Vista V2, you really want the Vista V2. And finding a used Vista model would likely be a better choice than purchasing a Single-to-Double stroller.

We also considered several in-line “sport” doubles with three wheels made by Phil&Teds. The company’s online materials say that these strollers can work for “light jogging,” but they aren’t built with suspension as robust as that of the double Thule Urban Glide 2 and similar side-by-sides. In the end, we dismissed them before testing because of reviews noting blocked views and very unequal seating options.

We tested the Thule Urban Glide 2 instead of the pricier two-seat Thule Chariot Cross, which can serve as a double stroller, a jogging stroller, a bicycle trailer, or even a cross-country ski trailer. Cyclists and skiers who don’t already have a trailer might want to consider it.

The Valco Baby Tri Mode Duo X accepts a toddler seat attached in front and is advertised as a triple stroller. Erica checked out this stroller in person at the Baby Grand store in Hopkins, Minnesota and found it appealing in many ways. Eventually she decided that because this model has air-filled tires—which are too much of a hassle for many parents to maintain without the benefit of being able to take the stroller jogging—she would forgo testing it.

This article was edited by Rachel Hurn and Kalee Thompson.

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