Double stroller buying guide: How to find the best ride for your bubs
We'll help you choose the perfect double stroller to meet your babies' needs.
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Quick facts about double stroller:
- Double strollers are designed for twins or a baby and a toddler that are close in age. Having one set of wheels for two kids can save you time and hassle and often costs less than buying two separate strollers.
- When you have two to look after and half the time, it's important to pick a stroller that fits and is comfortable, safe and easy for you to maneuver.
Double strollers have three seating options: side-by-side, tandem and a single seat with a toddler add-on. Sit-and-stand strollers are also available for those with a baby and a child old enough to stand for the duration of the journey.
The right seating option for you depends on the age gap between your kids.
- If you have twins or kids less than one year apart: Side-by-side or tandem stroller.
- If your kids are more than one year apart: Side-by-side, tandem, single seat with toddler add-on or sit-and-stand stroller.
|Tandem (or inline)|
|Single seat with toddler add-on|
Once you have chosen your seating style, you need to decide which type of double stroller suits your needs and lifestyle best.
How to compare double strollers
Double strollers typically cost between $280 and $2,400, depending on the brand and model. And while price is obviously a huge factor when deciding which model you should go with, here are the key features that you should consider:
Weight and size
Check that your stroller can fit into your car boot easily without removing the wheels. Ensure that you can lift it up and down stairs and kerbs as some are quite heavy. If you plan to take public transport, check that it's not too bulky to maneuver.
Front swivel wheels make the stroller easier to maneuver and large wheels are better for navigating kerbs, stairs and uneven terrain. However, models with large and front swivel wheels may cost more.
Look for brakes that are easy to reach via foot pedal or handle, and that are linked by a single lever on both rear wheels. Make sure the brakes safely lock into position.
Babies under six months need a seat that reclines more than 130 degrees. If you have two kids of different ages, look for a double stroller with reclining seats that can be adjusted separately.
Strollers should have child-resistant locks, be sturdy enough to prevent tipping over and have wheels and brakes that are inaccessible to kids. Look for products certified to Safety Standard AS/NZS 2088 and check that the model has not been recalled.
Double strollers can typically suit kids up to four or five years old. Some tandem strollers convert to sit-and-stand models to give your toddler more room to grow.
Strollers that can be adjusted to semi and full-recline positions are more versatile (and better for sleeping). If your baby is under six months, make sure that the stroller is fully reclinable.
Your kids are less likely to get injured if their feet aren't touching the ground or stuck in the front wheels.
Some strollers include removable capsules that convert to car seats, so your kids can be easily transported to the car without waking them.
Strollers that come with a basket or tray can help you store baby food, nappies, spare clothing and your personal items. Keep in mind, baskets typically have a weight limit of around 5kg.
Rain cover, sun canopy, mosquito cover
These extra attachments can help your kids stay dry, out of the sun and protect against bug bites.
Kids under five should wear a five-point harness that includes two shoulder straps and waist and crotch straps. Check that the harness has easily adjustable straps and user-friendly buckles that don't leave closed loops when undone.
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