As any parent of more than one child knows, having multiples is exponentially more challenging. For starters, there’s the matter of getting them—and all their stuff—from here to there. That’s why parents typically stash the single stroller and trade up to a double. Side-by-side strollers are the most popular but tandems, in which one child sits in front of the other, also have their advantages. To choose, consider your lifestyle. A side-by-side can be easier to fold and hoist into the trunk of a car while a tandem may be the best choice for navigating narrow hallways, doors, and sidewalks. Consumer Reports tests both. Here are the details.
In Consumer Reports stroller tests, we found that side-by-side strollers are easier to push and maneuver. Because of this, the best side-by-sides outperformed the tandems overall. If space is not an issue, any of the four recommended models will do, but if you want a more compact, lightweight side-by-side, consider an umbrella-style model.
The recommended Graco FastAction Fold Duo Click Connect, $280, is a CR Best Buy, thanks to its reasonable price and very good scores in our ease of use, maneuverability, and safety tests. It has a sturdy feel and a one-handed fold function that’s a cinch to use. Since both seats are car-seat compatible, you can push two infants—a plus if you have twins. The stroller has easy-to-adjust five-point harnesses, which we recommend. It’s made to accept Graco’s Snugride Click Connect infant car seats.
New to our recommended list is the brightly colored Joovy Scooter X2, $230, which had good maneuverability, easy folding (even with the grab bar in place), five-point harnesses, and a large, one-step foot brake. It has a generous storage basket, but does not accept car seats so it can’t accommodate a child younger than 3 months, according to the manufacturer.
At just 24 pounds, the Maclaren Twin Triumph, $265, is the lightest side-by-side stroller on the recommended list. The trade-off is you give up some storage space.