We've found just one double stroller that passes our safety and durability tests, but several others with only minor failures are worth considering. The rest failed at least one important safety test. We assess the strollers for:
If you have twins, or a baby and toddler close in age, a two-seater 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.
You might also try an additional platform (either standing only or with a seat built-in) clipped to the back of the stroller.
Video: How we test strollers
See how we put our strollers through their paces. Not all of them make it out alive.
Australian safety standards
As with our latest tests of single-seat strollers, this test uses the 2013 version of the Australian standard AS/NZS 2088, the most current version, though many manufacturers still refer to previous versions from 2009 or 2000. For this reason these results aren't directly comparable with our previous double stroller test (online in 2010,) 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. While mandatory requirements are still based on the 2000 version we believe the 2013 standard improves on safety. We hope that by basing our recommendations on this version, we'll encourage the industry to do likewise.
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Brands and models tested
- # 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
- Mothercare Vesta Twin
- Mothers Choice Deux Diamond
- Mountain Buggy Duet
- # Phil & Teds Navigator + Inline Double Kit
- # Steelcraft Strider Compact + Second Seat
- SteelcraftAgile Twin
- Valco Baby Evo 2 for two
# Newly tested
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
Plus three platforms that attach to the rear of a stroller:
- Kid-Sit 151003
- Lascal Buggy Board Basic
- Valco Hitch Hiker
How we test
Safety Our test is based on the Australian standard for strollers, AS/NZS 2088:2013. Our testers, Antonio Bonacruz and Matthew Tung, check various aspects, including: harness straps that are adjustable and of adequate length; that the child is securely restrained; that folding mechanisms are safe and secure; and that 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 test how easily they fit into the boot of a family car.