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Double pram product review

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

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