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Double strollers: Which one is right for you?

Christina Holt is a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Southern California with her husband and three boys. Christina uses her love of design, adventures in parenting and teaching background as inspiration for her writing on numer...

The double stroller showdown

Picking a double stroller can be harder than it sounds. There are many factors to consider when buying a double stroller: Do you have twins? Do you have a toddler and a newborn? Perhaps you have an infant and you are planning a second child in the near future. Maybe you want a double stroller that can grow and change with your family or maybe you prefer the simplicity (and sometimes bulk) of a side-by-side double stroller. Compare some of our favorites to see which double stroller is right for you, your family and your budget.

Maclaren Twin Techno

The Maclaren Twin Techno is built for comfort and performance of two children that can be used from birth — even though it doesn't accommodate an infant car seat. Instead, you get simplicity and style mixed with an impressive umbrella-style fold with ample space for two children.

Price: $445
Stroller weight: 27 pounds
Weight capacity per seat: 55 pounds
Max weight capacity: 110 pounds

Stroller details

  • Handlebar: Non-adjustable
  • Wheels: Plastic, front-wheel suspension
  • Lockable front wheel: Yes, three
  • Footrest: Extendable leg rest
  • Storage: Large under seat basket, elastic pockets, pockets on the back of each canopy
  • Infant car seat compatibility: No
  • Recline: Five-position recline, reclines flat for use with newborns

Parent favorites: umbrella fold, travelability, functionality

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double

The new Baby Jogger City Mini GT offers great new features for parents and children. The tires are now forever-air filled tires, which give this redesigned side-by-side stroller a smoother ride. The new padded seats accommodate taller and heavier children while the adjustable handlebar makes strolling even easier for parents of all heights.

Price: $580
Stroller weight: 33 pounds
Weight capacity per seat: 50 pounds
Max weight capacity: 100 pounds

Stroller details

  • Handlebar: Rubber, height-adjustable
  • Wheels: Forever-air foam tires
  • Lockable front swivel wheel: Yes, two
  • Footrest: Fixed
  • Storage: Large under basket, mesh pockets behind each seat
  • Infant car seat compatibility: Yes
  • Recline: Infinite recline, flat for newborns

Parent favorites: extra large individual canopies, quick fold

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BOB Revolution SE Dualie

The new BOB Revolution SE Dualie has enhanced features on the same well-known and well-loved do-it-all double stroller. The new and improved five-point harness is simple to use and adjust, the luxurious padded seat gives your child even more comfort and the easy accessory system makes adding an optional infant car seat adapter or snack tray quick and easy.

Price: $660
Stroller weight: 32 pounds
Weight capacity per seat: 50 pounds
Max weight capacity: 100 pounds

Stroller details

  • Handlebar: Foam padded, non-adjustable
  • Wheels: Air-filled, rear-wheel suspension
  • Lockable front swivel wheel: Yes
  • Footrest: Fixed
  • Storage: Large under basket, mesh pockets behind each seat, two small "sippy cup" pockets inside the seat
  • Infant car seat compatibility: Yes
  • Recline: Infinite recline, flat for newborns

Parent favorites: quick fold, suspension system, large individual canopies

Bumbleride Indy Twin

The Bumbleride Indy Twin is well known for its maneuverability and comfort. The key features on the Indy Twin are the independent SPF 45 full coverage sun canopies and the adjustable footrest. The large, air-filled tires help absorb any bumps in the road, giving your children a smooth and comfortable ride.

Price: $700
Stroller weight: 33 pounds
Weight capacity per seat: 45 pounds
Max weight capacity: 90 pounds

Stroller details

  • Handlebar: Foam padded, adjustable
  • Wheels: Air-filled
  • Lockable front swivel wheels: Yes, two
  • Footrest: Adjustable
  • Storage: Large under basket
  • Infant car seat compatibility: Yes, one side at a time
  • Recline: Four-position recline, flat for newborns

Parent favorites: maneuverability, adjustable footrest, large SPF 45 sun canopy

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Britax B-Ready

The new and improved 2012 Britax B-Ready continues to wow parents with an even more upright seated position and a deeper storage basket, which can be accessed from the back, sides and front of the stroller. The 14 different configurations also allow parents to use this double stroller with two infant car seats — perfect for twins!

Price: $650
Stroller weight: 32 pounds
Weight capacity per seat: 55 pounds
Max weight capacity: 110 pounds

Stroller details

  • Handlebar: Foam padded, adjustable
  • Wheels: Foam
  • Lockable front swivel wheel: Yes
  • Footrest: Adjustable
  • Storage: Large under basket accessible from the back, sides and front
  • Infant car seat compatibility: Yes
  • Recline: Four-position recline

Parent favorites: automatic lock, slim profile, 14 seating configurations, no-rethread five-point harness

Valco Baby Twin Tri Mode EX

The Valco Baby Twin Tri Mode EX has all the bells and whistles: It even comes with its own tire pump! With extendable sun canopies — complete with two mesh windows — this side-by-side all-terrain stroller keeps your children cool and comfortable no matter where you go. This is a double stroller that truly grows with your family. By adding the optional toddler seat, you can customize your Twin Tri Mode to accommodate a third child without compromising the maneuverability.

Price: $700
Stroller weight: 33 pounds
Weight capacity per seat: 45 pounds
Max weight capacity: 90 pounds

Stroller details

  • Handlebar: Rubber, adjustable
  • Wheels: Air-filled
  • Lockable front swivel wheel: Yes, two
  • Footrest: Fixed
  • Storage: Large under basket, side pockets on the under basket, zip-off storage bag on the back of the canopy
  • Infant car seat compatibility: Yes
  • Recline: Infinite recline, flat for newborns

Parent favorites: lots of storage space, maneuverability, adaptability

Phil and Teds Explorer

With seven different options, this Phil and Teds Explorer all-terrain stroller adapts to your growing family's lifestyle with quick and easy changes. Add the Doubles kit to create an inline double stroller and never compromise your strolling width. The Explorer also allows the use of an infant car seat in the front seat (with the optional car seat adapter) while using the Doubles Kit in the back for a toddler.

Price: $600
Stroller weight: 33 pounds
Weight capacity for the main seat: 45 pounds
Weight capacity for the Doubles Kit seat: 44 pounds in the front position, 33 pounds in the rear position

Stroller details

  • Handlebar: Rubber, adjustable
  • Wheels: Air-filled
  • Lockable front swivel wheel: Yes
  • Footrest: Fixed
  • Storage: Under basket
  • Infant car seat compatibility: Yes, front seat only with or without the Doubles Kit attached
  • Recline: Infinite recline, flat for newborns

Parent favorites: inline seating, adaptability

Bugaboo Donkey

Some say you get what you pay for, and with the name Bugaboo, it's true! The maneuverability and high-end features of the Bugaboo Donkey make strolling fashionable and functional. The Donkey comes in three separate modes: the Mono, Duo and Twin. The Mono is ideal for one child (with room for growth), the Duo is for two children of different ages and the Twin is for two children of the same age.

Price: $1,200 to $1,660
Stroller weight: 29 to 33 pounds
Weight capacity per seat: 37.5 pounds
Max weight capacity: 75 pounds

Stroller details

  • Handlebar: Foam padded, height-adjustable
  • Wheels: Foam
  • Lockable front swivel wheel: Yes, two
  • Footrest: Fixed
  • Storage: Large under basket, side luggage basket when in Mono mode
  • Infant car seat compatibility: Yes
  • Recline: Yes, six months and up. Use the bassinet or infant car seat adapter for newborns and infants

Parent favorites: style, maneuverability, functionality

Baby Jogger City Select

Adding a second child to your stroller is as easy as adding a second seat! With multiple seating configurations, the Baby Jogger City Select adapts to your family's needs without compromising the key features of the stroller: storage, sun coverage and adjustability.

Price: $670
Stroller weight: 28 to 36 pounds
Weight capacity per seat: 45 pounds
Max weight capacity: 90 pounds

Stroller details

  • Handlebar: Rubber, adjustable
  • Wheels: Foam
  • Lockable front swivel wheel: Yes, two
  • Footrest: Adjustable
  • Storage: Large under basket accessible from all sides
  • Infant car seat compatibility: Yes
  • Recline: Four-position recline

Parent favorites: storage, functional and customizable seating configurations

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