From umbrellas to joggers, side-by-sides to front-to-backs, we evaluated the hottest double strollers on the market to help you find the best one for your duo. We subjected each of the latest models to two rounds of rigorous, real-life testing -- one by an expert tester, one by a real-life parent who put it through the daily grind of parenthood: running errands, squeezing through crowded grocery aisles, stuffing it into closets and trunks, and loading it down with everything from kids to purses to toys. Here’s how they fared.
BOB Duallie Revolution BEST HANDLING/MANEUVERING Expert Rating: Stroller Stats Weight capacity: 100 lbs. Stroller weight: 32 lbs. Dimensions: Assembled - 40.7” x 30.8” x 51.4” (swivel mode) / 57.3” (jogging mode) Folded - 40.9” (swivel) / 44.8” (jog) x 30.8” x 20” (swivel) / 21” (jog) Note: All folded dimension for this review are with wheels on unless otherwise noted Type: side-by-side, jogging stroller Car seats: Can accommodate one infant car seat with the optional Duallie car seat adaptor Price: $569; no accessories included
Expert review: Whether you pound the pavement daily, take leisurely strolls on the weekend, or just want a stroller that’s easy to maneuver, the BOB Duallie Revolution won’t disappoint. It’s all about simplicity. Assembly takes just minutes -- simply unfold the frame and pop on the wheels. Canopies are large, provide excellent coverage, are free of frills and have a big peekaboo window. Seats offer minimal padding and might not be comfy for long rides, but they recline easily and have webbed straps on either side. The underseat basket is big (think room for four gallons of milk with space to spare), and each seat has two mesh pockets to hold kids’ drinks or toys. But the highlight of the Duallie Revolution is its maneuvering. A combination of 16-inch rear wheels, three inches of adjustable shock absorbers and a lightweight, 32-pound aluminum frame make the stroller an easy one-handed steer. It gives equally smooth rides on neighborhoods walks and Target trips as it does on dirt trails and beaches. If you’ll be jogging with your babies, the Revolution has a fine-tune adjustment knob on the front wheel to ensure that when the wheel is locked for running, you can make minute changes to adjust it to track straight -- an invaluable feature for anyone who has had a locked-wheel stroller that pulled to one side. Some downsides? Even in their most upright position, the seats only incline to 70 degrees, meaning curious kids will spend time sitting forward to get a good look around. The fold, though simple, isn’t compact: Plan on it taking up the majority of a sedan trunk or at least half of the room in an SUV. Other drawbacks: It’s pricey, only comes in two color options (blue/grey and orange/brown) and has no included accessories – cup holders, rain shields, extra seat padding are all extra. Unparalleled maneuverability, however, comes standard.
Why we love it: Easy to maneuver; ample storage space; canopy coverage; ease of pushing; quality; durability.
What we wish it had: Some accessories included in the price; easier way to lock stroller when folded; more color options.
Great for: Serious runners, weekend walkers, trail traversers or anyone who just wants a stroller with great maneuverability; tight turns; smooth and rough terrains including dirt, cobblestone and snow.
Bottom line: From the grocery store to a trail run, the rugged BOB Duallie Revolution provides praise-worthy maneuvering on a variety of terrains. But you’ll have to throw down extra cash for any accessories.
What Our Parent Tester Thought: “Assembling the stroller literally took three minutes. The only real assembly needed was to insert the wheels into their quick-release housings.”
“We love the range of the canopy -- it offers multiple positions and is adjustable to pretty much any desired setting. The canopy can be lowered down far enough so it protects the children from both wind and sun. There are also windows (and covers) that allow you to see down into the seating area while pushing the stroller so you can check on the kids without having to walk around to the front.”
“We took the stroller through a small grocery store and were able to maneuver it through the aisles without a problem. We also took it for a jaunt on the beach and it actually moved pretty well through the soft sand, which was quite a surprise to us. The stroller is excellent for taking walks or jogs around the neighborhood and the park. The shocks absorb much of the vibrations caused by going over cobblestone and the stroller itself glides up and down driveway inclines.”
“The large wheels make this stroller incredibly easy to push. The maneuverability is excellent. It’s easy to control with just one hand. Conversely, if you are going down a hill, be sure to keep a hand on the handlebar -- the stroller practically pulls you down the hill. ”
“As long as the front swivel wheel is locked, the stroller performs exceptionally while jogging. The stroller itself takes limited effort to push and provides very little resistance.”
- Amanda and her twin 6-months-olds, from Oxnard, Calif.