Updated January 2017
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.
With a couple of exceptions, double umbrella strollers also lack the bells and whistles of 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 it will fit in your trunk!
Double Umbrella Stroller: The Best of the Best
Side by Side
- Kolcraft Cloud
- Chicco Echo Twin
- Maclaren Twin Triumph
- Maxi-Cosi Dana for 2
- Maclaren Twin Techno
- UPPAbaby G-LINK
Weight: 21 lbs
Kolcraft is a brand that’s been in the juvenile product space for a long time. One of the few budget double umbrellas that’s worth a darn, the Kolcraft Cloud is a simple, bare bones double umbrella stroller that’s VERY good at doing what umbrella strollers are supposed to do: transporting your children over smooth surfaces, then folding COMPACTLY and easily with no fuss.
Mind you: this is an economy stroller. For the money, people generally like it. If you are used to pushing a luxury umbrella stroller, like the UPPABaby G-Link, you will think it’s a POS. Thus, this is our favorite in the POS category. Make sense? Ok good.
- Folds very compactly, especially for a double
- VERY lightweight (21 lbs)!!
- Good price
- Seat backs open for ventilation in the heat (see below)
- The seats recline, although the mechanism is clunky
- If this won’t fit into your trunk, no double stroller will…
- The wheels are a bit more rugged than most umbrellas (just a bit…)
- Expandable canopies with visor extensions
- A cup holder
- Build quality: mediocre, at best
- No bottom storage basket – yikes!
- 3-point harnesses (vs. 5) – squirmy babes may break out
- Low weight limit – 35 lbs each seat: 70 lbs total
Bottom line: This is not your everyday double, but it’s super easy to get in and out of the car. Great for travel, fits well into any trunk, and easy to gate-check on a plane trip.
* Note: Moms also love the Delta LX Side by Side. Similar to the Kolcraft, it’s extremely lightweight and folds compactly. Unlike the Kolcraft, the Delta has a 5-point-harness and two hanging storage bags on the back. It’s great for travel, or to keep in your car.
Weight: 35.7 lbs
The new Echo Twin is super popular in Europe – and accidentally made its way to the US, due to extraordinary demand (specifically from Target).
It 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.
The weight limit is 40 lbs per seat and at 31” wide, it fits through any standard door frame.
- The build quality is decent. I would categorize it as better than a POS, more like so-so.
- Sturdy, 5-point harnesses
- Compact umbrella fold, will fit into [almost] any truck
- Pushes better than most umbrellas out there
- Tall handles!!
- Seats recline independently nearly flat (6 months +) — about 140 degrees [pictured below]
- Average-size storage baskets for an umbrella
- Adjustable leg/calf support
- Rear canopy panels provides added protection in the wind — or can zip off for ventilation
- Nice carry handle
- Very heavy for an umbrella (35.7 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)…
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 36 lbs into your trunk. For big, strong, tall men… sure. If you’re looking for a 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: MSRP $325
Weight: 24 lbs
Now we’re into quality territory, here, with Maclaren.
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 2016/2017 model is even better.
- Folds easily, though not very flip-flop friendly
- Pretty darn lightweight for how sturdy it is (24 lbs all inclusive) – that’s over 12 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
- Two deep storage pockets in the back
- Storage baskets are average
- Seats recline independently and 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 Guarantee
- 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 many bad things to say about this tried and true friend. Many people I know keep it in their trunk for outings, knowing it won’t eat up all of the trunk space.
Bottom line: 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. 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 in the twin umbrella category. Value-wise, I would pick this over the G-Link, but the G-Link over the Techno (keep reading…).
Weight: 28 lbs
Ideal for twins. Very narrow but will take two infant car seats simultaneously, and comes with Maxi-Cosi car seat adapters! You can also fully recline both stroller seats to use as a pram if you don’t want to use with car seats.
Check out our quick review of this stroller here. Full review pending.
Price: MSRP $495
Weight: 29 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 29lb (true weight) stroller is a super heavy-duty version of the aforementioned Triumph with bells and whistles galore, though the Techno did not get the big update the Triumph got in 2016 with the oversized canopies and all.
- 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
- Four recline positions, with easy one-handed adjustment
- UPF 50+ protected canopies with viewing windows
- Extendable handles — great for super tall parents!
- A carry handle
- A custom-fit rain and wind cover
- Maclaren Sovereign Lifetime Warranty.
The Maclaren Twin Techno is great for parents looking for a full-featured umbrella stroller that still folds compactly, though is quite heavy. You can get the matching footmuffs, which are great for colder climates.
Price: MSRP $399
Weight: 24.5 lbs
Ain’t nuthin but a G-thang, baby.
If you love the G-LUXE, you’ll love the new(ish) double umbrella G-LINK, though there are some complaints we will discuss…
At 24 lbs, it’s one of the easiest double strollers to schlep up and down the stairs [like. we. do.].
The width is a narrow 30″, so it’s sure to fit through any doorway. The weight limit is 50 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.
The canopies on UPPABabys are awesome, as you know, and these are no different. 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 that stays on relatively well (depending on who you ask).
The stroller stands by itself after being folded — for all of those times you are squeezed into those tiny, urban cafes and restaurants that we love so much. Furthermore, the compact umbrella fold will allow it to fit into the smallest of trunks.
Like all umbrellas, it’s perfect for airline travel. 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!
It 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.
Check out the video that we shot at the 2015 ABC Baby Show:
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 perhaps harder to maneuver. Thus, this stroller is ideal for parents whose top concern is weight and perhaps whose babies are lighter/younger. It’s also great for newborns.
Tandem Double Umbrellas
These are tandem (front to back strollers) with a compact umbrella fold ~
Weight: 21.5 lbs
The Kinderwagon Hop is a nifty tandem double stroller that folds like an umbrella – what!? So cool.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weight: 18 lbs
Summer Infant brought another tandem umbrella stroller to the game. The 3Dtwo “Double Convenience Stroller” has a narrow profile and is extremely light weight, though the build quality is not great. Read our full review here.
- Lightweight – only 18lbs
- 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.
- 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.
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 will 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 perhaps not as well made. The only other downside is that it can’t be used with young infants. – Annette
Read the full review here.
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