Exactly one year ago, I sold my Maclaren Twin Triumph stroller because I thought I needed snack trays in the front since I had newborn twins. I traded in the Maclaren and thought I was upgrading to a Peg Perego Aria Twin stroller. Huge mistake!
A month into this purchase, I thought if we could merge the Maclaren twin stroller with the Peg Perego, we would have the perfect stroller. Now I find myself tossing my Peg across the parking lot every time I use it! This is the deal. The features that you must consider when buying a double stroller are as follows. First off, don’t even look at a traditional tandem (front/back) stroller unless it’s a free hand-me-down or you’re leaving it at Grandma’s house. These things are tanks and you just can’t drive them anywhere. Side-by-side strollers are the only way to go in my opinion. The most important feature is how the stroller drives, especially one-handed and with uneven weight distribution. No, not everybody has twins – I know it seems like it in this town. Must be in the water:-) The second most important feature is does it fit in a standard doorway – most of the strollers on the market do but you should check before you purchase. Along these lines, how heavy is your stroller? You will be lifting this thing up and down and all around. You don’t want a 30-pounder in your trunk. Another feature is how does it fold down – does it fold like an umbrella or does it take up your whole trunk? Most moms in the market for double strollers have obviously at least two kids, many times more. So your trunk space is limited and this can be critical for you to maximize every square inch of your car space. The most common misconception is to obsess over the storage basket in your stroller. More than likely you are not going to be lugging your whole family through the mall once you have two or more. You will really want a big basket during the holidays but the rest of the time you can make do. Yes, a huge basket would be nice, but I’ll take the other amenities over this one any day. A tray would be nice too, but I made a big mistake in thinking this was the most important factor in my purchase. Must have been my abundance of hormones during my twins pregnancy!
So here is why I really wish I had a Maclaren Techno Twin stroller:
- Easy to drive one-handed, even with uneven weight distribution (toddler in one side, infant in other) – SUPER IMPORTANT!
- Lightweight at 25 lbs.
- Sturdy 5-point-harness, 3-way reclining seats
- Folds small since it’s an umbrella stroller (even fits through security at airports)
- Fits through any door I have come across
- Removable fabric – dries quickly
- Cons – no snack tray and be careful with what you hang on the back. It will flip in a skinny minute if you have too much weight on the back handles, ie. diaper bag.
This is why I kick my Peg Perego every time I use it (not even going to provide you with a link on this one!):
- The straps are a joke – where is the 5-point harness on this overpriced beast? There is a reason why it’s on sale for $195 now – it was $350 when I bought it!
- This stroller has a mind of its own when it comes to steering. Every single time I drive it, my twins get whip-lashed because the wheels turn at the last second when I approach any given doorway.
- The trays are a joke too – my little houdinis whipped those things off the second they learned to sit up.
- The stroller folded down takes up my ENTIRE Sequoia! My blood pressure is rising as I type!
- The only advantage this stroller has is the roomy storage basket but I can’t ever last that long in a mall to add anything to it. So this defeats the whole purpose.
If you are in the market for something groovy, you may want to consider the Joovy Caboose Tandem stroller. This is a good concept but personally, I think the novelty will wear off and the older child may only last in the stroller for a few minutes at a time. Remember, once a child is free, she is large and in charge! If they are old enough to stand on your stroller, then they are old enough to walk with you and hold onto the stroller. That’s just my opinion and I’ve never used one so I could be way off on this one.
So what are your thoughts on double strollers? Anyone want to trade? Stay tuned for more of my crazy tips on single strollers…