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Double pram product review

When I found out I was pregnant and was soon to be a mother of two under two, I immediately started researching my double pram options. I become a little obsessive when I have a new task. So, as always, I dove in head first and did a lot of web searching, talking with other parents and in-store testing.

Here are my top picks in no particular order, except that number 1 is the pram I chose so, not wanting to plagiarise, it is the only one I have a photo of:

1) Baby Jogger City Mini Double

Seen here with a valco baby cocoon attached for newborns (I wouldnt bother with this having used it, would be just as good to buy a head hugger support and lay baby flat in pram itself)

Pros:

  • One-step fold (just pull the fold straps on each seat and pram collapses)
  • Lightweight (12kg, easy to get in and out of the car)
  • Easy to maneuver (can steer with one hand)
  • Good all-terrain pram (even though front wheels are smaller, still manages quite well over rough surfaces)
  • Fits through standard doorways
  • Separate sunshades with excellent coverage (more than any other brand)
  • Each seat fully reclines (suitable from newborn)
  • 22.5kg capacity per seat
  • Reasonably priced (rrp $849)

Cons:

  • Storage basket very hard to access (though can be accessed via small area on side of pram more easily)
  • Side-by-side design (even though it fits through standard doorways, it is hard to move in small shops and through some supermarket isles)

2) Baby Jogger City Select

Pros:

  • 16 seat configurations (2 bassinet/capsule/seat facing both forward, both backwards or towards each other, plus many more combinations)
  • Can also be used as a single pram
  • 20kg per seat weight capacity

Cons:

  • Feels long (like a tandem pram) when steering
  • Heavy 15kg as a double
  • Expensive (about $1200)

3) Steelcraft Strider Plus

Pros:

  • Can be used as a single or double pram
  • Compatible with Strider car seat and bassinet (purchase separately)
  • Second seat fully reclines and has a sunshade
  • Front load 20kg, rear load 15kg
  • 3 wheel and 4 wheel options
  • Can be folded with both seats

Cons:

  • Quite wide for a double decker pram (only a few centimetres smaller than Baby Jogger City Mini Double)
  • Heavy (with both seats attached: 3 wheel 17kg, 4 wheel 16.3kg)
  • One/both seats need to be removed to make picking up to put in the car manageable
  • Feels long when steering

4) Phil & Teds Explorer

Pros:

  • Easy to maneuver
  • Lightweight (around 12kg)
  • One-step fold
  • Pneumatic tyres (excellent for all-terrain)
  • Both seats have sunshades
  • Front load 20kg, rear load 15kg
  • Converts from inline double to single
  • Compatible with Phil & Ted’s car seat and bassinet (purchase separately, bassinet can not be used in double mode)

Cons:

  • Three wheeler (this is just my personal dislike because of instability)
  • Second seat does not fully recline
  • Second seat does not have a sunshade

5) Mountain Buggy Double

Pros:

  • Easy to maneuver
  • Each seat fully reclines (suitable from newborn)
  • Pneumatic tyres (excellent for all-terrain)

Cons:

  • Extremely heavy (about 17kg, I couldn’t even lift it once folded)
  • Very bulky and space hungry when folded

6) Valco Double Delight

Pros:

  • Lightweight (about 12kg)
  • Most inexpensive double on the market (about $200)

Cons:

  • Poor maneuverability (like a shopping trolley)
  • Side-by-side design
  • Single sunshade

7) Valco Ion For Two

Pros:

  • Lightweight (about 12kgs)
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Easy fold
  • Bassinet attachment for newborn available for seperate purchase
  • Adjustable handle height
  • Maximum 18kg per seat

Cons:

  • Single sunshade for both seats
  • Rounded design reduces head height for both children (even though website claims it’s more spacious, I tested it with an average 18 month old and it’s short)
  • Although it fits through standard doorways it is still a side by side design which can be hard to manage in smaller shops etc.

There are many more prams on the market but I can’t review them all so I’ve just mentioned the most popular ones. Anything Maclaren is over priced, but I do believe they are quite maneuverable and not too heavy. There are many 3 wheelers that have toddler seats available. I’m not a fan because they could tip more easily and the toddler seats don’t recline, don’t have sunshades and aren’t tall enough. Tandem prams are woeful to navigate around the shops and the back seat occupant has no leg room once they’re about 6 months old.

If you’d like me to review any other specific brands/prams let me know and I’ll post more reviews.

Click below to check out more details of each pram I’ve reviewed:

Baby Jogger

Stider

Mountain Buggy

Phil and Teds

Valco

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6 Responses to “Double pram product review”

  1. Bec says:

    I’m not in the need for a double as yet… but been looking at getting a strider plus anyway so we can have the option of the second seat on the back. Tim and I were in a baby shop this week and the sales woman (who may have just been trying to make sure we buy multiple prams) suggested that every year or 2 they change the attachments for the second seats so if you just buy the pram with the intent of possibly getting the second seat there’s a chance it will have changed and you’ll not be able to find it… The Strider has apparently been the best at staying with the design. I think we’ll go the strider plus and just keep an eye open for a good deal on a second seat on ebay :)

    • Naomi says:

      There is a few excellent websites that have majorly cheap deals. Check out babyzonedirect.com.au (based in wollongong) and pramwarehouse.com.au (based in toowoomba from memory). They have great package deals if you want to buy everything together. Strider has changed pretty consistently over the past few years but I really think the “plus” is here to stay!

  2. Tina says:

    Hi Naomi,
    Great information thanks! i am actually stuck between the strider plus and the city mini double. I already have a plus but the newer model feels so much easier and the seat isnt broken (mine was slightly crushed travelling between countries grrrrrr)….i was wondering how your finding ur BJCMD???
    I found it really light weight at the shops and easy to fold compared to the strider….if you had the choice all over again would you go the same?

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Tina,
      Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply, been on a bit of a hiatus. I really love the BJCMD! Its soooo easy to use, lightweight, folds easily, comfortable, fully reclines. It can be a little annoying having to find the wide aisles at the supermarket and not being able to manoeuvre in a small shop or even a big shop if its busy. Though mostly the shops I go in are fine (Target, kmart, Big W etc.). Now that my oldest is getting bigger he is starting to not enjoy being in the pram so I have been considering using a single with a skateboard attachment. But that’s a whole other game because then he’s not restrained. I also tried the Stider Plus in the shops and if you’re getting it purely on the fact that its a single and therefore supposedly not as wide, don’t do it. There is only about 5cm difference between that and the BJCMD. What did you end up getting? How old and how far apart are your children?

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