When you are expecting twins or your second baby, getting a double stroller to help you get around places is probably something you should seriously consider. However, there are also a lot of factors to think about before making any final decision.
Back then, double strollers used to be massive and bulky pieces of baby equipment that parents would rather not bring during trips to the groceries or even down the sidewalk. These days, however, double strollers are not just made from materials of the best quality but they are also lighter, less bulky and easier to maneuver. Plus, they also come with lots of bells and whistles that parents may have never known that they actually need.
Here is a rundown of the basic types of double strollers that you will definitely encounter in your next trip to the baby gear store.
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Overview of Types
1. Side-By-Side Double Strollers
Side-by-side double strollers are basically two regular strollers that are attached to each other at the side. Among all types of double strollers, they are the easiest to maneuver. Their seats can also be reclined independently without obstructing or taking away leg room from the other passenger.
This model is perfect for twins, Irish twins or even siblings who are a few years apart, as they allow the passengers to sit next to each other. Children are allowed the same arm and leg room whichever they decide to sit on and they can see their surroundings much more clearly. There might be a lot of storage for these strollers but they are often obstructed by a support bar in the middle and stuffing huge diaper bags underneath can become a bit of a problem.
These stroller models tend to be wide so passing through narrow spaces can be a bit of a problem. It is also extremely rare to find a side by side that can accommodate two infant car seats at the same time. Letting infant twins ride may be a bit of a problem unless the seats allow for a fully-flat recline to allow younger passengers. Because of this, it may be best to use these types of strollers when twins are already about six months or older.
Folded side-by-side double strollers are, naturally, much bigger compared to the folded size of the regular ones.
2. In-Line/Tandem Double Strollers
Tandem strollers are usually recommended for families who have an infant and a toddler. The age gap between the passengers allows the seating arrangement not to become an issue.
Compared to their side by side counterparts, navigating along narrow passageways and aisles in malls and grocery stores is much easier with this double stroller model. Some of these models have seats that can be configured to face each other but most of them offer stadium seating where the rear seat is much higher than the front ones. These double strollers also have a huge amount of easy-to-access storage baskets that can be found underneath the seats.
Unfortunately, navigating a corner might be a little difficult because of the length that these types of double strollers come in. A lot of parents also complain about how heavy tandem double strollers can become especially if you have to get over curbs. Just imagine all the weight that you will have to deal with.
Newer models for double tandem strollers usually come with various seating arrangements to accommodate passengers of all ages and combinations. However, the usual seating that it offers often comes with very little leg room for the rear passenger and even more so if the front seat is reclined to accommodate a sleeping kid.
3. Tandem Umbrella Strollers
Double umbrella strollers are perfect for families with multiple children who do not regularly stroll outdoors or who simply want to use a more lightweight option.
Families who often go on trips on an airplane also love these types of strollers because they are easy to gate-check and can be folded very quickly like an umbrella. Parents with petite frames and those who drive compact cars will love the fact that these strollers are extremely easy to set up and pack for storage.
The only downside is that double umbrella strollers are not suitable for newborn babies since it will usually not allow a flat recline. Parents will have to wait until their children are at least six months old to be able to use these types of strollers. Those with older kids may find this very convenient to use. Umbrella strollers also offer very little amount of storage because they are usually just designed for running quick errands or going on short walks that do not require a lot of stuff to pack.
4. Sit and Stand Double Strollers
Parents who have toddlers who do not like being strapped in their stroller seats for a long time and who have infants who need strollers will find the sit and stand double stroller a great option.
Younger kids can stay strapped in their seats for the entire ride and older kids can get in and out or even stand or sit without them getting in the parents’ way. These types of strollers are perfect for parents who have to run errands but do not have to worry about holding an older kid while pushing a stroller around the parking area or across the street.
The rear seat can also be used as a temporary storage area when not in use so it is still a popular choice even for parents who have only one child especially during shopping and grocery trips.
These seats do not offer the most comfortable napping options for older kids so it is not advisable for longer trips. Its design is, obviously, not designed for parents of twins – even Irish twins – but some new double stroller models can be configured to allow the rear seat to be changed from an infant to a bench seat if one of the passengers are already old enough to ride at the back.
5. All-Terrain Double Strollers
For parents who do not just love jogging but also going on long walks off the road or even on paved trails, the all-terrain stroller – or the sport stroller – is the most ideal option.
These stroller models come with three wheels that can lock in straight in order to provide more stability along different types of surfaces, even while jogging or running. They also come with built-in suspensions, brake systems and five-point harnesses to increase stability, safety and comfort during rides. Most all-terrain double strollers are designed to seat passengers beside each other so they are great for siblings with any age difference.
Unfortunately, most of these jogger strollers can only accommodate one infant car seat at a time so it might not be best for twins until after they are more than six months old. The three-wheel design is also less stable especially when going around regular walks, such as getting over a curb, for example. These models also tend to be heavy and may even require you to remove the wheels to allow it to fit into the car trunk.
Most all-terrain double strollers also come with air-filled tires. When you get one, you may have to deal with pumping the tires every so often so you will have to anticipate that and have pumps or air compressors ready every time.
6. Double Fixed-Wheel Jogger Strollers
Active families will love that there are jogging strollers that use bicycle-style racing wheels are made just for these types of activities. These double jogging strollers allow families not just to go for a jog but also to go walking or even biking along rougher terrains with uneven surfaces.
Just like the all-terrain models, these jogger strollers come with hand brakes, front wheels that can be fixed or lockable. Having the freedom to let the wheels swivel will mean easier maneuverability along smooth surfaces while fixed ones are great for running and walking on rougher terrains.
These double strollers often come with huge air-filled wheels to offer a more comfortable ride to its passengers. They are also designed to have a higher total weight limits so they are great for heavier children.
Some of these jogger strollers have fixed wheels – these are great for running and jogging but not for regular walks around the neighborhood. Consider this one carefully if you are planning to use this type of stroller as your only stroller.
These types of jogger strollers are also pretty much the same as the all-terrain models in that you will have to pump the tires every so often. They are also just as heavy and huge for storing in the trunk requiring the removal of one or all of its wheels.
Choosing a double stroller is a huge undertaking so you have to make sure that you decide carefully based on various factors such as the kids’ age, where you will use it, the frequency of using it, pricing and many more. If you need more help, you can also check out our guide on how to choose the best double stroller.