Updated July 2018

The job of an umbrella stroller is to be lightweight and fold compactly. A double umbrella stroller is no different, except that even the lightest ones are still quite heavy compared to their single-sized counterparts.

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Oh-so-slim profile of a double umbrella – folded

With a couple of exceptions, double umbrella strollers also lack the bells and whistles that come with full-size strollers (such as accessories, large canopies, large storage baskets, and all-terrain wheels), but they are awesome for travel – both car and airplane – and you never have to worry about whether they will fit in your trunk!

Even though my oldest is five, there is nothing worse than landing late after a cross-country flight and forcing your already-asleep child to march a mile down to baggage claim, then stand there for an eternity waiting for luggage, etc. No thank you. Bring a double umbrella and let them sleep!

Remember also: there are a couple of “lightweight travel strollers,” like the Zoe Best V2 (read more in General Purpose side by sides) that may suit your needs as well, but they won’t have the slim umbrella fold you see above. Downside to umbrellas: because there are two separate handles, you’ll always have to use two hands to push and steer them —  that’s the big trade-off.

Gang — there is no clear winner in this category. All of these strollers have legitimate pros and cons. You should choose based on your specific needs…

Double Umbrella Stroller: The Best of the Best

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$ – Delta Children LX Double Umbrella ~ MSRP: $99 / Amazon: ~ $89: “Cheapie Pick” a straightforward, ultra-light, compact double umbrella… very cheap and bare bones

$$ – Chicco Echo Twin  ~ $190 – a sturdy but HEAVY double umbrella stroller with good maneuverability, taller handles and good features

$$$ – Maclaren Twin Triumph ~ $350: “Editor’s Pick” a top-notch everyday mid-weight umbrella with many desirable features (minus irritating buckles)

$$$ – UPPAbaby G-Link ~ $399 – an upscale stroller with nice features, canopies, recline, etc., though less-than-expected maneuverability and quality compared to UPPAbaby’s typical output

$$$ – Maclaren Twin Techno ~ $450: “If it’s your only stroller” a heavier-duty (and heavier), full-featured version of the Triumph; has suspension, fully reclines for infants and has a bassinet option; rain cover included; very maneuverable (has 6 wheels compared to G-Link’s 4), though taller parents may kick the back wheels

Tandems

$ – Summer Infant 3Dtwo ~ $200 – a “quick and dirty” tandem double umbrella; very maneuverable and great for quick outings; not suitable for use with infants

$$ – Kinderwagon HOP ~ $300 – another lightweight tandem umbrella that folds tiny, drives nicely, and carries easily; best for younger/smaller children (seats are quite small)

1. Delta Children LX Umbrella Stroller — No Frills Budget Pick

Price: MSRP $99 / Amazon ~$89
Weight: 18.3 pounds

The Delta Double Umbrella is an excellent, uber-lightweight, cheapie double umbrella. Parents love it for exactly what it is: a no-frills, affordable, easy-to-fold, easy-to-drive, compact double. It’s in the POS category, if you know what I mean. It’s cheap, but it gets the job done. You won’t cry if the airline loses or damages it. 

Each seat holds up to 35 pounds and does recline, although not very far. It’s a nice ride, but maneuverability declines as you approach the weight limits. The Delta folds up quickly and easily and has decent storage space (for an umbrella, at least). It also has 5-point harnesses (compared to just 3of the Kolcraft, below).

It does have sun canopies, but they’re pretty skimpy. Also, the handlebars are short and don’t extend, so normal to tall parents will be slouching over to push it. For the price (it’s cheaper to buy this stroller for a trip, say, than to rent one daily at a park), you can’t complain. There’s even an (apt-to-fall-off) cup holder! Yep, even the giants agree: all things considered, this stroller is definitely worth owning, even if only for a very short period of time.

Technically, this is the ONLY double stroller you’re allowed to check on American Airlines (under 20 lbs)!

Runner-Up Economy Pick: Kolcraft Cloud Side by Side Stroller

Price: $112
Weight: 21 lbs

The Kolcraft Cloud is also a simple, bare bones double umbrella stroller that’s a close second to the Delta.

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Kolcraft Cloud

This is another decent economy stroller with a slightly better build quality than the Delta. For the money, people generally like it. It’s an honorable mention in the POS category. Make sense? Ok, good.

This one’s also very lightweight, folds easily and compactly, and has seats that recline (a bit). The canopies on this are much larger than on the aforementioned Delta. Big con: NO BOTTOM STORAGE BASKET, though many people hang their diaper bag on the back. Another neg: it has a 3-pt harness instead of 5. Not great for squirmy kids.

Bottom line:This is a good lightweight option if weight and canopies are your most important considerations — and you’re okay with no storage and the 3-pt harnesses.

2. Chicco Echo Twin

Price: $189
Weight: 31 lbs

The Echo Twin fills an important niche for those looking for an affordable, yet STURDY, well-made double umbrella stroller that still folds compactly and fits into (nearly) any truck, as any good umbrella should.

Yes, the Chicco Echo Twin is heavy for a double umbrella stroller, but slim and ergonomically easy to carry.

Did I mention it’s heavy?

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This is NOT the stroller for parents who have to carry it up stairs or heave it into the trunk a lot.

The weight limit is 40 lbs per seat and at 31” wide, it fits through any standard door frame.

The good:

  • The build quality is decent. I would categorize it as better than a POS — more so-so in quality.
  • Sturdy, 5-point harnesses
  • Compact umbrella fold, will fit into [almost] any trunk
  • Pushes better than most umbrellas out there
  • Tall handles!!
  • Seats recline independently and nearly flat (6 months +) — about 140 degrees [pictured below]
  • Average-sized storage baskets for an umbrella
  • Adjustable leg/calf support
  • Rear canopy panels provide added protection in the wind — or can zip off for ventilation
  • Nice carry handle
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One seat reclined

The bad:

  • Very heavy for an umbrella (30 lbs). Whhhyyyy is it so heavy?
  • Small sun canopies don’t provide much sun protection (unfortunate, but typical for umbrellas)
  • Must push all 3 brakes separately to engage brakes
  • Only comes in Grey (for now)…
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Chicco Echo Twin Folded

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Bottom line: This could be a day-to-day stroller for those tight on space and short on cash. DON’T BUY if you are petite and can’t heave 30 lbs into your trunk. For big, strong, tall individuals… sure. If you’re looking for an even better day-to-day stroller, spend the money on a Maclaren or UPPABaby, even if you have to buy used.

3. Maclaren Twin Triumph – Editor’s Pick

Price: $350
Weight: 24 lbs

Maclaren is a wonderful but elusive British brand that has trouble keeping strollers in stock in the US. But when people find them… they buy them. Our partner, Magic Beans, has been doing a pretty good job of keeping them in stock. You can also find them at AlbeeBaby in New York (many reviews there as well).

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We used a Maclaren Twin Triumph for our nanny-share stroller when Lucie was a baby. It was ideal for us because we had a small, walk-up apartment in San Francisco with no outdoor storage (and little space inside as well!). We needed a high-quality, day-to-day double stroller for our nanny that could be folded compactly and taken up the stairs at the end of the day. The Twin Triumph was perfect. And now, the 2017/2018 model is even better.

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The good:

    • Folds easily, though not very flip-flop friendly
    • Pretty darn lightweight for how sturdy it is (24 lbs all inclusive) – that’s over 6-7 pounds lighter than the Chicco Echo, sheesh
    • Independently operated sun canopies with a peek through window in the back
    • Incredible extendable UPF 50+ sun canopy and built-in sun visor (left) — “it’s Yooge” and seriously amazing!!
    • Padded, ergonomic handles
    • Handles very well with 6 wheels vs. UPPABbaby’s 4 (this is HUGE)
    • Two deep storage pockets seat backs
    • Seats recline independently to  lay nearly flat, thus can be used from 3+ months (although they say 6+ months)
    • Extra security netting on the bottom of the seat so small babies can’t fall out
    • 5-point harnesses with three height positions
    • Comes with a custom rain-and-wind cover
    • Very high weight limit of 110 total pounds
    • Comes with a Sovereign Lifetime Warranty

The bad:

  • These buckles are tricky, people. Prepare to be annoyed. (But hey, at least your kid won’t escape easily…)
  • Harness height is hard to adjust (say that three times fast)
  • Folding mechanism is not flip flop/summer shoe friendly
  • Doesn’t come with cup holder, though you can buy one

That said, there aren’t too many bad things to say about this tried and true friend (excepting the annoying buckles). Many people I know keep it in their trunk for outings, knowing it won’t eat up all of the trunk space.

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Bottom line: The Triumph is a great day-to-day stroller for city dwellers and for those who have to carry a stroller up the stairs and/or are space constrained. It’s also great for car use and airline travel. With good steering, an easy fold, amazing canopies, and reclining seats, the Twin Triumph is our top pick (though not by much) in the twin umbrella category.

Price: MSRP $399
Weight: 24.5 lbs

Ain’t nuthin but a G-thang, baby.

If you love the G-LUXE, you might like the G-LINK, though there are some complaints we will discuss… people tend to either love it or hate it.

At 24 lbs, it’s one of the easiest double strollers to schlep up and down the stairs [like. we. do.].

UPPAbaby G-Link Stairs - double umbrella stroller

The width is a narrow 30″, so it’s sure to fit through any doorway. The weight limit is 55 lbs per seat, which is very generous, and each seat operates and reclines independently. However, I would say if your kids are older/heavier, it may not be the easiest stroller to push due to the fact that there are 4 wheels instead of 6. In fact, the difficulty of pushing this stroller is a huge complaint.

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The canopies on UPPABabys are awesome, as you know, and these are no exception. However, now the canopies on the Maclaren Twin Triumph are equally as awesome, so… there’s that. There’s a peekaboo window and a pocket behind each seat for your essentials. There’s even a cup holder, though MANY reviewers complain it pops off very easily.

The stroller stands by itself after being folded — for all of those times you are squeezed into those tiny, urban cafes and restaurants we love so much.

UPPAbaby G-Link Fold - double umbrella strollerIt has a single, linked parking brake which is flip-flop friendly, though there are a multitude of complaints about the brake jamming. Hopefully they will fix this issue with the next release.

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Check out the video that we shot at the 2015 ABC Baby Show:

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Bottom line: The weight is great and the features are there, but all in all, I don’t think the quality is on par with other UPPABaby strollers. The 4 wheels make it lightweight, yes, but you sacrifice maneuverability. However, tall parents will appreciate there being no middle wheel to kick in the back (as in Maclarens). Thus, this stroller is ideal for taller parents whose top concern is weight and perhaps whose babies are lighter/younger. It’s also great for newborns.

5. Maclaren Twin Techno

Price: MSRP $495
Weight: 26.2 lbs

Maclaren also makes the Twin Techno, which has many of the features of a full-sized stroller, yet delivered in an umbrella package. This 29 lb (true weight) stroller is a super heavy-duty version of the aforementioned Triumph with bells and whistles galore.

It’s also great for infants because the seats lie flat — you can even get an infant carry cot, which is not found in any other double umbrella.

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Features:

  • A suspension system for handling bigger bumps in the road
  • Adjustable and extendable leg rests, head huggers, and shoulder pads
  • Reclines fully to accommodate newborns and babies under 6 months
  • **A carry cot (bassinet) option — this is UNIQUE among the umbrellas
  • Four recline positions, with easy one-handed adjustment
  • UPF 50+ protected super-extendable canopies with viewing windows (and they’re waterproof)
  • A carry handle
  • A custom-fit rain and wind cover — comes with it!
  • Maclaren Sovereign Lifetime Warranty
  • Holds up to 110 pounds of baby weight

Check out this video showcasing our favorite features!

Note that even moderately tall parents (5’9″+), or parents with a longer stride, report kicking the rear, middle wheel. This is the trade-off of having 6 wheels instead of 4 (as found on the G-Link); these 6 wheels are much more maneuverable, but… it might get in your way. Many say you adjust your stride (to be wider) and “get used to it” after a couple of days, but this is a big FYI. 

The Maclaren Twin Techno is great for parents looking for a full-featured umbrella stroller that still folds compactly, though due to all the features, it is quite heavy. You can get the matching foot muffs, which are great for colder climates.

Tandem Double Umbrellas

These are tandem (front to back strollers) with a compact umbrella fold ~

1. Summer Infant 3Dtwo

Price: $142
Weight: <25 lbs

The Summer Infant 3Dtwo Double Convenience Stroller has been discontinued; however we will leave this review up for a while longer for those who currently own a 3Dtwo, as well as those who may be able to find one used, or on clearance.

The 3Dtwo “Double Convenience Stroller” has a narrow profile and is extremely lightweight, though the build quality is not great. It holds a combined 75 pounds (max of 40 lbs in the back and 50 in the front).

Read more: our full review of the Summer Infant 3Dtwo

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The Good:

  • Lightweight – only 22 lbs
  • Easy to maneuver – only ONE inch longer than a single umbrella stroller
  • Compact fold with shoulder strap
  • AMAZING canopies (they cover everything but the front legs)
  • One handed close
  • Mesh side pocket for easy access to necessities.
  • Parent cup holder included
  • Higher handles – great for taller parents
  • Flip flop friendly back locks and optional locks for front wheels.

 The Bad:

  • Not good for bigger kids (best for the 3 & under crowd)
  • Hardly reclines
  • Not for infants (must have head/neck control – approx. 6 months)
  • No front foot rest – only a calf rest (best for younger kids)
  • Storage basket is ehh (as for all umbrellas, though)
  • Higher handles – not so great for parents 5’4 and under
  • Not an everyday stroller – better for travel, tight spaces, and errands.

 

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Bottom Line: For $200 ($156 on sale), this stroller is perfect for narrow aisles and quick errands. Truth be told, this stroller is exactly as advertised: a convenience stroller. I don’t think it would be my go-to, every day stroller, but I love keeping it in the car. It’s also great for travel. Compared to the Kinderwagon Hop, it is lighter, less expensive, has better canopies, but is perhaps not as well made. The only other downside is that it can’t be used with young infants.

Read the full review here.

 

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2. Kinderwagon HOP

Price: $299
Weight: 21.5 lbs

The Kinderwagon Hop is another nifty tandem double stroller with an umbrella fold.

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The Hop holds two children, ideally those who are close in age. It will take one car seat (Combi Shuttle or Graco SR Classic Connect— not compatible with Graco SR Click Connect), so it can’t be used for infant twins, but is GREAT for Irish twins!

hop - infant seat - double umbrella stroller

The Hop has stadium seating for two children less than 50 lbs (each), although the seats are shallower than you might expect, so many have found it too small for their 4-year-old or larger 3-year-old.

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Both seats have padded, 5-point harnesses. The front seat has a bumper bar, an adjustable leg rest, and reclines ever so slightly; the rear seat sits up higher and reclines nearly flat to accommodate a 3+ month-old infant. * The napping child needs to sit in the back.

hop with hood - double umbrella stroller

The Hop comes with a rain cover and a cup holder. The canopy is average (maybe a little larger than most) for an umbrella stroller and has two peekaboo windows to see what’s going on below decks.

It has tall handlebars, although long striders may find themselves kicking the back of the stroller. As with most umbrellas, the underbelly storage is a small/medium-sized basket that can only be accessed from the side. And as with all umbrellas, you won’t be able to fit a large diaper bag back there.

The Hop has 6” wheels and (wait for it…) front AND rear wheel suspension. Yeah, you heard me. While it’s not going to get you over rough terrain (it IS an umbrella, after all), it will do better than others of its ilk.

The brake only requires one step, and the folding mechanism is flip-flop friendly. Best of all!?! The Hop’s folded size is only slightly larger than a single umbrella. And that, my friends? Is awesome.

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The Kinderwagon Hop – folded

There’s no carry strap, but you can easily pull the stroller by using the belly bar.

The most frequent complaint is the seats are not deep enough, so unstrapped children can slide down. So if your children have large tushies, look elsewhere. Thus, despite the 50 lb (ea) weight limit, this stroller is really better for younger children under 4 or for kids who are small for their age.

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Bottom line: At 21.5 lbs light and with a folded size just slightly bigger than a large single umbrella, this stroller is SPECIAL. Perfect for air travel. Perfect for Europe and tight, city living. Perfect for your car. Perfect for two under 2. Not great for older, larger kids.


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