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Double stroller review

We tested 37 double strollers in the CHOICE labs including models from Baby Jogger, Steelcraft, Valco and more.
 
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01.Introduction

Double strollers review

We tested 37 double strollers priced from $230 to $1098 in the CHOICE labs, along with 11 toddler platforms that attach to the rear of the stroller. 

Our testing can help you to:

Why buy a double stroller?

If you have twins, or a baby and toddler close in age, a two-seat stroller could be just what you need for getting the kids from A to B. There are three main options: side-by-side, tandem (with front and rear seats), and single-seaters with a toddler seat added. We've tested several of each type.

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Video: How we test strollers

See how we put our strollers through their paces. Not all of them make it out alive.

Safety first

As with our testing of single-seat strollers, we test double strollers to the 2013 version of the Australian standard AS/NZS 2088, the most recent version. We think it's the safest.  For this reason these results aren't directly comparable with our previous double stroller test which was based on the 2000 version.

However, you don't need to stop using strollers that we've previously recommended based on the older standard. Mandatory requirements are still based on the 2000 version, but we believe the 2013 standard improves on safety, and we hope by basing our recommendations on this version, we'll encourage the industry to do likewise and encourage the regulatory bodies to update the mandatory requirements to the latest standard.

For more information on Kids' travel products, see our Babies and kids section.

Brands and models tested to the 2013 version of the standard

  • Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double
  • Baby Jogger City Select
  • Bob Revolution Se Duallie
  • Chicco Cortina Together
  • Chicco Echo Twin
  • Childcare Twin Rover XT
  • Childcare Two Up
  • Love n Care Twingo BP 9760
  • Love n Care Tango + toddler seat #
  • Mothercare Vesta Twin (A)
  • Mothers Choice Deux Diamond (A)
  • Mountain Buggy Duet
  • Phil & Teds Dot with Inline double kit for Dot #
  • Phil & Teds Navigator + Inline Double Kit
  • Steelcraft Strider Compact + Second Seat
  • Steelcraft Strider Plus (3-wheel) with second seat #
  • Steelcraft Agile Twin
  • Valco Baby Evo 2 for two
  • Valco Baby Zee with Valco Joey toddler seat #

# Newly tested
(A) Discontinued

Toddler platforms tested

  • Baby Jogger Glider Board # 
  • Bugaboo Wheeled Board (with adapter) #
  • Joolz Footboard # 
  • Kid-Sit 151003 
  • Lascal Buggy Board Basic 
  • Lascal Maxi Buggy Board # 
  • Mountain Buggy Freerider (with connector 1) # 
  • Phil & Teds Freerider (with connector 2) # 
  • Silver Cross Surf Board # 
  • Valco Baby EZ Rider # 
  • Valco Baby Hitch Hiker

# Newly tested models.

Previously tested (to 2000 version of the standard):

  • Baby Jogger City Mini Double
  • Babylove Twin Odyssey
  • Bootiq Ruby Duo
  • Childcare Twin Rover
  • Joovy Caboose
  • Love N Care Europa
  • Maclaren Twin Techno
  • Marco Sky L
  • Mother’s Choice Twin Le Xross
  • Mountain Buggy Duo
  • Peg Perego Aria Twin
  • Phil & Teds Sport Buggy and Inline Double Kit
  • Steelcraft Strider Plus
  • Valco Double Delight
  • Zuzu Evolution

How we test

Safety Our test is based on the Australian standard for strollers, AS/NZS 2088:2013. Our testers check that:

  • harness straps are adjustable and of adequate length
  • the child is securely restrained
  • folding mechanisms are safe and secure  
  • there are no sharp edges or possible entrapment points for fingers or limbs.

They also test the stability of the stroller and that the brakes work well. 

Durability They put the strollers on our “rolling road” rig for 64 hours at a speed of 5km/h, as per the Australian standard. All the strollers are also attached to a machine that continuously simulates the action of mounting a kerb. These tests show whether anything breaks, falls off or stops working properly after regular use. 

Ease of use They check adjustments, such as reclining functions and the safety harness, and various activities such as loading and unloading the basket, using the brakes and locking the front wheel. They fold and unfold the strollers, push them over rough terrain, up and down stairs and through doorways, and even test how easily they fit into the boot of a family car.

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