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March 2, 2017

the 9 best double strollers by budget

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City Mini Double Stroller

The hardest part of preparing for baby number was choosing the right double stroller.

There are SO many options. And they’re all heavier than I thought they would be. They’re giant. And expensive. The stores closest to my house just didn’t have quite the assortment I was looking for when it came to choosing the best double stroller for us. They each had between four or five options, and neither had the few I had actually heard good things about. So I was really excited when Buy Buy Baby said they’d be happy to help me find the right stroller for our family. The best part? They want to help you, too!

The day we bought our double stroller, I spent two and a half hours in a Buy Buy Baby store, with a saint of a man named Dex. He was more than patient with my million questions and my “I just can’t make up my mind” 8-months-pregnant self. In our time together, I was able to narrow down a list of top double strollers, the best double strollers for each budget and need, in hopes you might not have to spend as many hours researching. 

Let me say, I had ZERO intention of even trying a side-by-side. To me, the tandem options seemed more compact, which I figured meant they’d be easier to fold and load into my car. #nottrue Dex talked me in to trying both and I’m so happy I did!

Under $200

Graco® RoomFor2™ Stroller | $149.99

Pros
1. Compatible with both Graco SnugRide Classic Connect & Click Connect Infant Car Seats.
2. It’s only 26.5 lbs, making it light on the double stroller scale.
3. The price!
4. Four cup holders in total: Two cup holders on parent tray and the snack bar for child in seat has an additional two cup holders.

Cons
1. There is only one seat, and one standing platform – so only one child can sit – the other must stand. Ideal with siblings with larger age gaps.
2. Each area (the seat and the standing platform) supports up to 50lbs. 

Baby Trend® Sit ‘N Stand® Double Stroller | $179.99

Pros
1. Accepts most Baby Trend carseats without an additional adapter. 
2. Folds up fairly easily. 
3. The storage basket is a large and easy to access from the back or sides.

Cons
1. There is only one seat, and one standing platform – so only one child can sit – the other must stand. Ideal with siblings with larger age gaps.
2. Each area (the seat and the standing platform) only supports up to 40lbs. 
3. The front seat is not compatible with other car seat brands other than Zobo. 
4. Rear child trays are compatible with infant car seats from most major brands with the use of adaptors. The adapters are hard to find online. A con because they adapters are difficult to find online. 

Under $400

Graco® Modes Duo™ Duo Stroller | $349.99

Pros
1. Compatible with Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ Infant Car Seats.
2. There are a ton of cup holders! 4 to be exact.
3. Lots of various riding positions.
4. The storage under the seats is giant.
5. Easy to push, handles well.
6. The price!

Cons
1. You can only use the standing platform if you remove the back seat and leave it behind.
2. Each seat supports up to 50lbs — which means it may not last as long when you have siblings that aren’t twins.
3. The foot rest for the front seat only has one position.
4. The front seat can only recline in two positions, which doesn’t include laying flat, since there’s a bar with two cup holders separating the two seats.
5. It’s 42 lbs, which doesn’t make it easy to lift in and out of your vehicle. 

Contours® 2016 Options® Elite Tandem Stroller in GraphiteContours® Options® Elite Tandem Stroller | $399.99

Pros
1. It moves well.
2. Lots of storage space in the bottom.
3. It’s pretty!
4. The foot rest for the front seat has multiple positions.
5. Neither of the seats can fold all the way flat. 

Cons
1. Each seat supports up to 40lbs — which means it may not last as long when you have siblings that aren’t twins.
2. It was REALLY hard for me to fold. You have to have the front wheels turned to the side for it to be able to fold flat. And maybe my pregnant belly was in the way, but I had the toughest time trying to get those darn wheels to sit sideways at all.
3. At 34lbs it isn’t light, and not being able to fold it flat, I found it really hard to lift.
4. It only comes standard with one cup holder, to have a snack tray/cup holder for either of the child seats, you have to purchase it separately. ($29.99)
5. You have to purchase an adapter to make your infant car seat compatible. They sell adapters for Chicco, Britax, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, Cybex and Nuna car seats. (Between $29.99-$39.99)

BRITAX® B-Lively Double Stroller in Raven | $399.99

Pros
1. TONS of storage in the basket underneath – you can access the basket from the front (where your child’s legs would rest).
2. Weighs 29lbs – SO light for a double stroller. 
3. Never-flat plastic wheels
4. Both seats can fully recline. 
5. Large zippered pockets behind eat seat. 
6. Height/angle adjustable handlebar
7. Infant car seat compatible when paired with a double infant car seat adapter kit (sold separately)

Cons
1. Each seat supports up to 50lbs — which means it may not last as long when you have siblings that aren’t twins.
2. You have to buy an adapter even to use a BRITAX infant seat. The Double Infant Seat Adapter is $59.99.
3. Not compatible with other infant seats.

Under $500

Baby Jogger® City Mini® Double Stroller in Black/Grey

Baby Jogger® City Mini® Double Stroller | $449.99

Pros
1. Super easy to fold.
2. (Only) 26.5 lbs, which made it WAY easier to lift into the car than the others.
3. Can buy glider board to attach to stroller for toddler to catch a ride on. ($79.95)
4. Lots of storage that is easier to access than the storage under the tandem strollers.
5. Seats can recline all the way flat.
6. Pushes really easily.

Cons
1. Foot break (instead of the hand break like the GT version).
2. Must purchase both a Belly Bar Double ($39.95) and a snack tray/cup holder ($29.99) separately, if you want your toddler to have a place for snacks/a drink. 
3. Must purchase adult’s cup holder(s) separately ($24.95/each) or you can purchase the parent console ($29.95).
4. Must have an adapter to fit an infant seat. They sell adapters for Graco, Maxi Cosi and Cybex. ($49.95)

Under $600

Baby Jogger® City Mini® GT Double Stroller in Black/Black

Baby Jogger® City Mini® GT Double Stroller | $579.99

Pros
1. The never-flat, all-terrain rubber tires make for a really smooth ride.
2. The handle bar adjusts to three different heights.
3. The weight limit is for the entire stroller (100 lbs) instead of an amount split between the two seats.
4. SO easy to fold down.
5. Lots of storage that is easier to access than the storage under the tandem strollers.
6. Hand break (vs. foot break) makes it easier on your shoes (or your toes if you’re wearing sandals!).
7. Seats can recline all the way back.
8. Can buy glider board to attach to stroller for toddler to catch a ride on. ($79.95)

Cons
1. It weighs 34lbs, so it was still really heavy for me, which made it hard to lift.
2. While I found it easy to fold down, I didn’t necessarily find it easy to actually get it to lock shut. This made it hard to lift.
3. Must purchase both a Belly Bar Double ($39.95) and a snack tray/cup holder ($29.99) separately, if you want your toddler to have a place for snacks/a drink. 
4. Must purchase adult’s cup holder(s) separately ($24.95/each) or you can purchase the parent console ($29.95).
5. Must have an adapter to fit an infant seat. They sell adapters for Graco, Maxi Cosi and Cybex. ($49.95)

Under $700

Joovy® Qool™ Stroller | $499.99 + Second Seat | $159.99 + Second Seat Adapters | $21.99 (Total: $681.97) 

Pros
1. So versatile – offers over 50 seating configurations, including single, double and triple stroller. 
2. Each stroller seat fits child up to 55lbs for a total of 110lbs for the entire stroller.
3. Easy to fold!
4. Machine washable fabric
5. HUGE storage basket accommodates up to 25 lbs and is easy to access.

Cons
1. The single stroller weighs 30lbs, the second seat weighs just over 6lbs (36lbs total) making it heavier than most side-by-side strollers, but lighter than many of the other tandem options. 

Under $800

Baby Jogger® City Select Single Stroller | $559.99 + Second Seat Kit | $179.99 (Total: $739.98)

Pros
1. It’s SO versatile. You can use it as a single stroller, add the second seat to make it a double and add the glider board to accommodate a third child. 
2. 16 possible stroller configurations to suit a growing family’s needs.
3. Never flat tires
4. Convenient seat-back storage compartment
5. Large under-seat basket can be accessed from all sides
6. Hand-operated rear wheel parking brakes
7. Extendable head height

Cons
1. The single stroller weighs 28lbs, the second seat weighs just over 9lbs (37lbs total) making it heavier than most side-by-side strollers, but lighter than many of the other tandem options. 
2. Each seat supports child up to 45 lbs. 

There you have it. The best double strollers.

We went with the City Mini Double Stroller. And that’s that. We love it and we definitely made the right choice for us.

Let’s recap my takeaways from double stroller shopping:

1| They’re all giant. It’s going to take up your entire trunk space.
2| They’re all heavy. The average single stroller weighs between 17-24 lbs. (Double strollers are anywhere from 5-15lbs more)
3| You’ll decide you don’t need one. At some point in your research, you’re going to tell yourself you can just wear one and push the other in your single stroller.  But don’t give up… you can find one that meets your family’s needs!

Do you have any pros/cons to add to my lists for these double strollers?

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This post was originally published in March 2017. It was updated in July 2019.

  • Reply
    ceglutenfreefoodie
    March 2, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The city mini is great and maneuver really well!

  • Reply
    Angela Amores
    March 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Loved this post!! We have the Uppa Baby Vista because I’m a petite short lady, and thought I’d accidentally take door ways out. I thankfully just added another chair, and was good. I’ve heard great things about the City Mini Double as well!! It looks really comfy!!
    Angela

  • Reply
    Tiffany Ching Bean
    March 3, 2017 at 11:53 am

    A double stroller is so important! We use ours constantly. Well worth the investment

  • Reply
    Virjinia
    March 3, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Double strollers seem so intense. I’m glad you were able to find a good one for you! :)

  • Reply
    The Ashmores Blog
    March 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Love this post!!! I went with the uppa vista!!!!!!

  • Reply
    Dawn Darnell
    March 5, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Great review. Glad you were able to gain the help you needed for your decision.

  • Reply
    Larissa
    March 6, 2017 at 2:23 am

    I’m currently looking for a double :) great post!

  • Reply
    TamaraG
    March 6, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    It truly comes down to finding one in your price point. I love our UppaBaby Vista, we can even put three kids on it thanks to the rumble board. I truly feel that strollers should also be considered an investment piece so you get one your truly love and that is built to last.

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      Trista | www.shopaholicandababy.com
      March 7, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Definitely! I liked the City Select since it’s so versatile (although still heavy! Lol) but it was just so expensive. And I’ve heard GREAT things about the UppaBaby Vista! I wish I would’ve thought of the need for a double with our first… it would’ve made it easier to plan for something that was more of an investment that we could build on to. Hindsight, I guess! ?

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      Trista | www.shopaholicandababy.com
      March 7, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Definitely! I liked the City Select since it’s so versatile (although still heavy! Lol) but it was just so expensive. And I’ve heard GREAT things about the UppaBaby Vista! I wish I would’ve thought of the need for a double with our first… it would’ve made it easier to plan for something that was more of an investment. Hindsight, I guess! ?

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    Cherry Crumble
    December 31, 2018 at 12:18 am

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