When my wife and I found out we were having twins and I started researching twin baby strollers, I couldn’t believe how much information was available for people having one baby vs how little there was for people expecting twins.
With this in mind, I’ve put together some of the things that will make you more savvy when purchasing a stroller whether that be changing the orientation of the seats to important things to note when it comes to safety.
Our preference was for the Bugaboo Donkey Duo stroller which is quite expensive however has great bang for buck being great from when they are a baby all the way up to being a small infant. We love ours and would strongly recommend!
What to Look for When Buying a Twin Stroller
Buying a twin baby stroller shouldn’t be hard but it can be quite overwhelming when you begin researching for the first time. There are many things to consider when looking at twin baby strollers from size of the stroller, your lifestyle, practicality and cost.
Do you plan on pushing around two babies or perhaps a baby and an infant? If you’re planing to push a baby and an infant, be sure to check the stroller’s weight limits, compatibility with different car seats and whether the stroller includes a standing board for your eldest.
You have two options when it comes to strollers – tandem and side-by-side strollers. My wife and I didn’t like with tandem strollers that one baby would sit at the front and have a great view while the other would be stuck behind looking at the back of the other one’s seat. We decided to get a side-by-side stroller but its double the size of a tandem stroller. The extra size of the side-by-side stroller means it requires more space in your car boot and sometimes it can be challenging getting it through narrow doorways and busy shopping aisles. No option is best and it all comes down to what suits you.
Are you someone that plans to run with your stroller? Perhaps you’re looking to buy a stroller for some upcoming travel or perhaps just for something to get you and your babies from point a to b. Be sure to factor in your lifestyle when looking at stroller’s. My wife wanted a pram that would suit her active lifestyle of running and walking which quickly ruled out strollers with small wheels that would wear quickly and provide an uncomfortable ride for the babies.
Considering how often you will use a stroller, it’s important to consider what the stroller will be like when its just you or your partner using the stroller on there own. Will it be easy to pack up the stroller and put it in your boot? What will it be like to push and manoeuvre around? I remember when my wife and I went looking at prams and I was pushing around the strollers getting funny stares as I was trying the manoeuvrability of the stroller. It was worth it as I love our stroller!
Not all strollers are created equal when it comes to safety and there’s a few things to watch out for including making sure the stroller includes a five-point safety harness, safety and brake and importantly is sturdy so your stroller won’t tip over once one of your little ones get out of the stroller. The most important thing when it comes to safety is to make sure the stroller is compliant with the safety laws in your country.
Do you want a stroller which will allow you to change the orientation of the seats? My wife and I wanted a stroller which would allow us to have the babies facing us when they were young but then wanted something where we could change the orientation so they are facing forwards once they got a bit older. We also noticed some stroller’s on the market don’t allow you to dock a car seat onto the stroller. We liked the idea of being able to go straight from the car to the stroller but this might be less important for you.
Unfortunately twin baby strollers aren’t cheap and often double the cost of a single baby stroller. Ultimately it all comes down to your requirements and what you’re willing to budge on. For us, there were certain things that we needed such as being able to go jogging, be a side-by-side stroller and easily pack up into the boot which made us decide to go the more expensive Bugaboo Donkey Duo.
Bugaboo Donkey Duo
The Bugaboo Donkey Duo is a premium stroller ($1600~) that comes with some great features even if it does have a heavy price tag! We purchased the Bugaboo Donkey Duo ourselves for our twins after quickly falling in love with it in store. Things we loved about the Bugaboon Donkey Duo include:
- Change the seat direction – Ability to change the orientation of the seats. We have our babies facing us for the first few months but will eventually change the orientation so they are facing forwards.
- Car seat compatibility – Compatible with our car seats (through an adaptor) which allows us to quickly move the twins from the car to the stroller with a few quick clicks.
- Suitable from babies to infants – The Donkey is capable of carrying from 0-17 kg or 37.5 lbs.
- Slims down to one stroller – Stroller condenses down to a single stroller for when you just have one kid with you and don’t want the bulk. When made a ‘mono stroller’ the stroller measures down to 60 cm vs 74 cm when in the normal side-by-side orientation.
- Protection from the elements – Sun and rain canopies to help keep your babies protected in the different conditions.
- Change the colours – Customiseable with different fabric colours from olive green to sunrise yellow to ruby red. There’s something for everyone!
- Sturdy and strong wheels – All terrain wheels that are able to cope with the demands of taking the stroller off-road on dirt tracks
- Sleep monitoring – We love that the Bugaboo comes with the ability to peak through a little window and check whether your little one is still asleep without them noticing.
Bumbleride Indie Twin
Coming in at $739.00, the Bumbleride Indie Twin provides a lot of value for money. This was number two on our list when we were looking at strollers to buy for our twins. We really loved some of the below features:
- From babies to infants – The seats work for when your little one’s are babies all the way up to when they are infants.
- Great ride – Most strollers come with air filled wheels but we didn’t see a lot that also came with suspension. the Bumbleride Indie Twin comes with both which is a huge plus for a comfortable ride.
- Car seat compatibility – Go from your car to the stroller with a few easy clicks.
- Protection from the elements – The sun shade provides full coverage over your baby from the sun and wind.
- Plenty of storage options – Whether it be on pockets on the back of the seats or on the basket underneath, the Bumbleride Indie Twin comes with some great storage options.
- Peak on your little ones – Wondering whether your little one are asleep? The Bumbleride Indie Twin comes with the ability to peak through a small window at the top or unzip the back tot ake
iCandy Orange Double Stroller
Coming in at the same price point as the Bugaboo at $1600, the iCandy Orange Double Stroller was appealing but unfortunately wasn’t in stock at the time of us buying our stroller. Some of the things we liked included:
- Storage – Like other twin baby strollers, the iCandy Orange double stroller comes with plenty of storage underneath the seats.
- Integrated footboard – The integrated footboard is perfect for when your baby is asleep and your eldest child needs somewhere to stand. The footboard is capable of supporting children of ages 5-6 years of old.
- Long lifespan – Capable of holding your child up to 25 kg, the iCandy Orange double stroller works well to carry your baby all the way up until they are a small infant
- Includes overnight bassinet – The lie flat carrycot doubles up as an overnight bassinet
- Visor includes various modes – Extend, visor, sleep mode and ventalisation modes providing plenty of options depending on the conditions.
- Change seat orientation – Similar to the Bugaboo, the iCandy Orange’s ‘cinema mode’ allows you to set the seat orientation so your babies are facing you or quickly change so they are facing forward.
- Protection from the elements – The iCandy includes covers from the rain and wind ensuring that your little one’s remain protected.
- Not super heavy – The iCandy Orange weighs in at 12.25 kg which is a lot lighter than others on the market
- Car adaptors – Includes adaptors to fit the Maxi Cosi brand
- Different colour options – Not happy with the orange canopy? Take your pick from 8 different colour options
Mountain Buggy Duet
Coming in at almost half the price to the Bugaboo and the iCandy at $679.95, the Mountain Buggy Duet has some great features including:
Compact size – Comes down to the same width as a normal size buggy and lacks the width of other twin baby strollers in this article. This is great for narrow door ways where others may have issues.
Great manoeuvrability – Moving the the Mountain Buggy Duet around is a breeze thanks to the large and robust wheels
Rain cover comes as an extra – When budgeting to buy this stroller, be sure to also include some of the optional extras such as the rain cover in your budget calculations
Modify the wheels – Many reviewers point out that the wheels could be better on the Mountain Buggy Duet. To avoid issues, buy the ‘aerotech’ for greater durability.
Adjustable handle – The adjustable handle makes this one easy to quickly adjust for the taller parents out there who don’t want to walk around with a sore back all day.
Bit bulky – Compared to other strollers, the Mountain Buggy Duet is getting up there when it comes to bulk which can make it difficult to fit in more smaller cars
Easy to clean – The stroller liner option makes this one easy to clean
Limited lifespan – Compared to other stroller’s reviewed in this article, your little one may be struggling for room after 2 years with the seat straps having limited length. There are extensions available but these are an optional ($) extra
Storage could be better – Lack of storage on the back of seats for your basics (wallet, phone, etc) means you will need to put everything under the seats.
Baby Jogger City Select
The Baby Jogger City Select was one of the few tandem twin baby strollers we looked at. The design wasn’t for us but the price $650~ sure was! We loved some of the below features:
Great storage options – The below seat storage of the Baby Joggy City Select comes with one of the more spacious strollers available in this review article
Easy to fold down – Folding down the Baby Jogger City Select is a breeze when your own
Narrow design – Thanks to the narrow tandem design, you won’t have issues in trying to fit through narrow doors and shop aisles.
Comfortable ride – The stroller comes with air tyres and suspension which provides a comfortable ride for your little ones.
Change seat direction – Ability to change the seat direction so your little ones are either facing you or facing forwards
Great price – The Baby Jogger City Select is a great price compared to some of the more expensive strollers reviewed in this article
Great for different ages – The stroller comes with the option of being able to put a capsule in facing you whilst having a second seat at the front for your older child
Compact when folded – Compared to other strollers in this article, the stroller folds down to a compact size making it perfect for people with smaller cars
Valco Baby Snap Ultra Duo
Coming in at $699.95, the Valco Baby Snap Ultra was one of the cheaper strollers we looked at. We love lightweight nature of this stroller but there were a few other issues that put us off which included:
Lightweight – Compared to other strollers in this article, the Valco Baby Snap Ultra Duo is super lightweight coming in at 9.7 kg. Quite the difference to others which are around the 16 kg mark.
Limited lifespan – Reviews have highlighted that the Snap Ultra Duo is only good for little ones up to 2 years of old on average. This is pretty low compared to other strollers reviewed in this article.
Handlebar doesn’t adjust – This was one of the few strollers that didn’t have an adjustable handlebar. I’m a lot taller than my wife so for me, this was a no deal but may be less of an issue for couples who are of a similar height.
Big canopy – The canopy provides full body protection from the sun and rain.
Buy a pump – Reviews highlight that the tyres on this stroller can lose their air quickly.
Limited storage – Due to the size of other stroller, you don’t get the great storage options which other strollers in this article have.
Narrow – Due to the compact size of the Valco Baby Snap Ultra Duo, this makes it a bit more narrower than other strollers revieed in this article.
Great price – Coming in at $599~, the stroller is far more cheaper than others reviewed in this article.
Sturdiness – With the lighter weight of the stroller compared to others in this article, some people have highlighted that they felt uneasy about how unbalanced and flimsy they felt the stroller felt compared to others
Steelcraft Agile Twin
Coming at $350~, the Steelcraft Agile Twin (also known as the Britax) was the cheapest stroller we looked at. Ultimately we found you get what you pay for and decided not to purchase this one due to the below reasons:
Lightweight – The Steelcraft Agile Twin is one of the more lighter strollers reviewed in this article coming in at 11 kg. Pretty lightweight compared to others coming in at 16-18 kg.
Storage options are OK – Compared to other strollers reviewed in this article, the Steelcraft Agile Twin doesn’t have the best below seat storage options.
Easy to fold and unfold – The stroller comes with a great one button push to fold the stroller away. A lot easier than others reviewed.
Great price – Coming in at $350~, this is far cheaper than other strollers reviewed in this article
Build quality – Other people have highlighted that the durability of the Agile Twin stroller isn’t the best with wheels becoming loose and the harness clips being flimsy. You get what you pay for I guess!
Seats only face forwards – Compared to other seats reviewed in this article, the Agile Twin is one of the only strollers where you cannot change the direction of the seats.
Adjustable handle – The handle is adjustable making it easy to quickly adjust for your taller partner.