Updated June 2018
Looking for the best stroller for twins? In this article we discuss the various types of twin strollers and our favorites of each.
In a nutshell, there are three types of twin strollers.
For newborn and infant twins, there’s your basic double frame stroller, which is used solely to cart around babes in their car seats. Next are your full-featured double strollers, which can be used from infancy well into toddlerhood. Last are the double umbrella strollers, which are lightweight(ish) and indispensable for travel with your 6+ month old twinnies. For those, please see the double umbrella stroller guide (separate article).
For triplets or [twins + a singleton], please go here.
Newborns and Infants
For newborn twins, there are two routes you can take in the stroller department:
- Get a double frame stroller for the first 9 months or so, then get your “real stroller” later in the first year.
Frame strollers are built specifically to hold babies in their car seats – and nothing else (i.e., they don’t have “seats” of their own). Thus, they only last for as long as your babes are in their infant car seats, which is roughly a year (or less). Realistically, most twin parents use them for about 9 months. After 9 months (give or take), the babies are too heavy to carry around in their car seats.
The main reason people use frame strollers is because they are extremely lightweight (compared to their full-sized counterparts), easy to use, and easy to get in and out of the car. Read the full Double Frame Stroller Guide for more.
- Buy your full-featured double stroller right off the bat
If you live in a rural area, or any area where you will encounter non-paved or uneven surfaces (cobblestones, uneven sidewalks, etc.) on a daily basis, or you live in a place with snow/ice, etc., the frame stroller won’t work very well for you. Thus, an all-terrain twin stroller is more appropriate.
Most parents of multiples stick with strategy number one to start with, the simple twin car seat stroller frame, because it’s so lightweight and convenient (with the caveat that frame strollers don’t work well on rough terrain), and then later upgrade to their full-featured stroller.
If you drive a lot, some parents keep their frame stroller in their car at all times and keep their nice double stroller at home in the garage.
As you can see, there are many ways of skinning this cat! It all depends on the needs of your lifestyle.
Ok, let’s drill down a little deeper….
Best Twin Infant Stroller Frames
Please read the full article here. Here’s the short version:
- Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go ~ MSRP $99, Economy Pick
- Joovy TwinRoo+ ~ MSRP $139, Editor’s Choice
- Maxi Cosi Dana for 2 ~ MSRP $339
Again, read the pros and cons of all of these strollers here.
Most twin parents also get a full-sized stroller that can do more and will last until your kiddos are too big (or too cool) to ride in a stroller, usually around age 3-4ish, which leads us to…
Best Full-Featured Twin Strollers
The synopsis (in order of price) –
- Contours Options Elite – $399 – Economy Pick
- Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double – $579 – Best Compact All-Terrain
- Valco Baby Neo Twin – $649 – Best if Weight is Top Concern
- Baby Jogger City Select – $699 – Best Tandem for Twins
- Valco Baby Tri Mode Duo X – $699 – Best for Twins + a Singleton
- Mountain Buggy Duet V3 – $729 – Best for Tight Spaces
- Bumbleride Indie Twin – $769 – Luxury Pick – Side by Side
- UPPAbaby Vista – $1,109 – Luxury Pick – Tandem
- Bugaboo Donkey2 – $1,804 – Only side-by-side stroller with a double rear-facing feature
Best Strollers for Twins – In Depth
While writing the complete Double Stroller Guide, we made special note of those strollers that would be especially awesome for twins. We vetted this list with our twin parent friends, and voila.
Some of these are tandems and some are side-by-sides (SBS). Which type is right for you? Please read the introduction in our double stroller guide to learn more about the pros and cons of each kind.
The pickings for twin strollers are somewhat slim because:
1. Few double strollers take two infant car seats (or two bassinets) at the same time. Those that do typically stagger the car seats in a stadium-seating configuration to allow room for both, and also to balance the stroller so it doesn’t tip over.
2. Many double strollers (tandems, especially) have a “big kid seat” and a “little kid seat.” While these can work for twins, it’s much better to have two identical seats. The Britax B-Ready, for example, is an awesome double stroller that can take two car seats, but has the big/little seats (one 55 lb seat and one 35 lb seat), so it’s not ideal for twins.
Furthermore, strollers with two big seats (40-45 lb limit seats) can be used for longer (vs. other strollers where the max weight of the little kid seat is 30 lbs or so).
Want some straight talk about the best double strollers out there? Check out this awesome podcast from Meg and Natalie Diaz, from Twiniversity (our good pal and partner-in-crime in the twin space) called The Great Double Stroller Debate. Enjoy!
Without further ado, here are our favorite twin strollers:
- Price: $399
- Stroller Weight: 34 lbs
- Weight Limit: 40 lbs per seat (80 lbs combined)
Read our full review here.
This tandem stroller is one of the more affordable “good for twins” double strollers. We call it the “poor man’s City Select” because it offers many of the same features, but for a lower price tag.
It accommodates two infant car seats at the same time – yay! – and comes (standard) with one car seat adapter; for your twins, you’ll need to purchase an additional adapter.
The universal adapter fits the following seats:
- Baby Trend Inertia
- Chicco KeyFit 30
- Cybex Aton Q and Platinum
- Evenflo Embrace
- Graco SnugRide Classic Connect, Classic Connect 30, and Classic Connect 35
- Maxi Cosi Mico 30, Mico AP and Mico Max 30
- Orbit Baby G2
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio30/30 and Primo Viaggio 4/35
- Safety 1st onBoard35, onBoard 35 AIR and Comfy Carry Elite
After the car seat days are over, you’ll enjoy the seven seating configurations. Again, many of these configurations are for a big kid/little kid situation, but many of them work well for twins, including the “face to face” position and the “eyes on you” (both rear-facing) position, which is really hard to find in the stroller world.
My favorite feature of this stroller is that it folds with both seats (i.e., you don’t have to remove the seats to fold the stroller, as you do with most others). This makes getting in into and out of the car muuuuuuch easier.
Because it’s a tandem stroller, it will easily fit through any doorway.
Also, this is not an all-terrain stroller like it’s cooler cousin the Baby Jogger City Select. Nay, this stroller has regular wheels and does best on smooth, paved surfaces. If you need an all-terrain stroller for your twins, please keep reading…
We have reviewed this stroller in greater depth in the Best Tandem Stroller guide. Get all the deets there!
- Price: MSRP $579
- Stroller Weight: 32.5 lbs
- Weight Limit: 100 lbs combined
Read our full review here.
The City Mini GT Double is a super popular side-by-side double stroller – and it’s also great for twins! This is the all-terrain version of the “regular” City Mini double, which is also very similar to the Britax B-Agile double (these two strollers are also good for twins, but we prefer the GT).
The City Mini GT Double is a compact, easy-to-fold stroller with all-terrain wheels. While most all-terrain strollers have large 16″ air-filled tires, this stroller takes a middle ground with slightly smaller “forever air” tires that won’t ever need to be re-inflated (which is SOOO much better). It’s also more compact and has taller seats than many other double all-terrains, which will allow you to use it for longer. I feel like this stroller is the best of all worlds (assuming your twins are 6 months or older).
The big downside to this stroller for twins is that you can only use it with one car seat at a time, which won’t help much for newborn twins; however, you can buy two compact prams (below, right) for use in infancy (0-6 months only). This is especially great for those in urban areas who don’t own a car or drive a lot, and thus, aren’t using car seats very frequently.
Also, both stroller seats lie [almost] flat, so you can use it for your 3 month+ babies in the regular stroller seat (yes, without a car seat or bassinet).
Our favorite thing about the City Mini GT double is the amazing quick fold, which can easily be done with one hand—and in one quick motion. This stroller weighs 32.5 lbs, which is fairly average for a full-featured double stroller (but still somewhat heavy).
To summarize, this is a great option for twin parents who need a compact-ish all-terrain stroller. It works for infant twins (in compact prams) or for 3 month+ twins in the regular seats.
*Note: Not meant for running or jogging, despite the highly-confusing brand name.
Again, please read our full review of the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double.
- Price: MSRP: $649
- Weight: 27 lbs
- Weight Limit: 90 lbs combined
Read our full review here.
Valco Baby’s newest addition is the Neo Twin. They basically took the Snap Duo and pimped it out to be a lightweight, all-terrain version.
Much like the City Mini GT, the Neo Twin is compact, lightweight and all-terrain. At 29.5″ wide, it fits through standard doorways. Each seat holds up to 45 lbs, giving it a nice, long lifespan for your twinnies. Like the City Mini GT, this stroller can only take one car seat, but each seat reclines (independently) fully flat, which means you can put the youngest of babes directly in the seats (without car seats).
This stroller has huge canopies that are individually operated for each kid, each with a magnetic “peek-a-boo” window and a back pocket to store your keys and phone. It has a (somewhat) rare adjustable-height handlebar, which is great for parents who are particularly short or tall.
While full-sized all-terrain strollers have giant 16″ tires, the Neo Twin (and the City Mini GT, for that matter) take a middle ground with 10″ air-filled tires (rear) and 8″ in the front. This will still give you that sweet, air-filled ride but without the bulk of giant full-size tires.
Note that unlike the City Mini GT, the tires on the Neo Twin are air-filled, which means they’ll have to be re-inflated occasionally. You also run the risk of getting a flat. As a practical consideration, the City Mini GT is less of a hassle in the tire department (translation: pumping up stroller tires—all 4 of them, no less—is a major hassle).
The big bragging right of this stroller is the 27 lbs weight. That’s a good 5 lbs less than the City Mini GT. Yes, that’s a considerable difference!
Like its predecessor, the Snap Duo, we love everything else about this stroller. It has a standing fold, which is very convenient (and easy on the back) and the “clamshell” fold helps keep the fabrics clean. It comes with nice bumper bars that toddlers seem to love. Yes, we like that Valco Baby gives you some nice accessories right off the bat, whereas others nickel and dime you for every little thing.
Hopefully Valco Baby can keep this stroller in stock, as sometimes they have production issues.
Bottom Line: The Neo Twin is an awesome lightweight all-terrain stroller. It’s 5 lbs lighter than the City Mini GT, but has inflatable tires which may be more burdensome. They nailed all of the other features on this stroller, including the adjustable handlebar, the awesome canopies and the simple standing fold. This and the CMGT are top picks for parents looking for a highly functional (but not too heavy) all-terrain twin stroller.
Read our full review here.
- Price as a Double: MSRP: $699
- Stroller Weight as a Double: 35 lbs
- Weight Limit: 45 lbs per seat (90 lbs combined)
Read our full review here.
The Baby Jogger City Select is the most popular tandem twin stroller – and one of my favorites as well.
The City Select is a convertible stroller, which means it can be used as a single or as a double. For twins, you can buy the whole thing as a double – and hey, it’s good to know you can use it for a singleton should you have another [single] baby (never say never! Haha).
The City Select is an all-terrain stroller with fairly rugged tires that don’t ever need to be re-inflated. While true air-filled tires afford the smoothest ride, the “forever air” tires offers a happy medium (because re-inflating tires and dealing with flats is a huge pain!).
The City Select has two identical seats – one over the front wheels and one over the back. Furthermore, it happily accepts two infant car seats or two bassinets. In fact, there are 16 possible seating configurations, but many of them are more appropriate for a big kid/little kid (i.e., non-twins) scenario.
This stroller is compatible with the following car seats (yes, two of them!):
- Britax/BOB B-Safe (not the 35!) and Chaperone
- Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit 30
- Cybex Aton
- Evenflo Discovery and Serenade
- Graco SnugRide Classic Connect, 22, 30, 32, and 35
- Graco Click Connect
- Maxi-Cosi Cabrio, Mico, Mico Nxt, and Mico AP
- Nuna Pipa
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
- UPPAbaby Mesa
The three main seating configurations for the “post car seat” phase are “facing each other” (below),
both facing forward
Here’s the big thing about the City Select: it’s very lonnnng, which makes it incredibly roomy for your twins. The downside is that it’s a little harder to steer, and if you live in a hilly area it can really get away from you (meaning, the front wheels will start pulling you downhill when you are turning, especially as your twins get older and heavier). For this reason, I don’t recommend this stroller for people who live in the hills.
At the time I was demo’ing this stroller, we lived in Piedmont, CA, which is VERY hilly. It didn’t work well for me. Now, we live in a flat area and I think it would have been ideal.
Also, because of the front-heavy nature of this stroller, it’s harder (than most) to pop it up onto curbs and such, so consider these factors carefully when looking at this stroller.
Also note that you have to take the front seat off to fold the stroller (but not the rear one). Hence, it’s a little more cumbersome to fold than, say, a side-by-side.
*This stroller is not meant for running or jogging, despite the name.
My demo video is below. Mind you – this is for the 2014 model, but not a lot has changed.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for a comfortable, roomy, all-terrain tandem stroller for your twins and you live in a flat area, the Baby Jogger City Select is tough to beat. The two identical seats with a 45 lb weight limit each will serve you well for a VERY long time!
The City Select Lux retails for $828 and weighs 35.2 lbs. It has the most riding options of any single-to-double stroller, with over 20 seating configurations. Seats are also reversible so babies can sit facing you, facing forward or facing each other. Read our full review here.
- Price: MSRP: $699
- Stroller Weight: 34 lbs
- Weight Limit: 90 lbs combined
One of the unique features of many Valco Baby strollers is that you can add a third seat (the toddler seat) for a third child to ride along in the stroller. We discuss this in depth in the Best Stroller for 3 babies or toddlers.
If you are pregnant with triplets (god bless you), check it out! You can even add the Hitchhiker Board on the back for four kids. YEAH.
Back to twins.
With four 12″ tires (just like the Bumbleride Indie), the Valco Baby Tri Mode Duo X is another fab 4-wheeled side-by-side, all-terrain stroller.
With real air-filled tires, these puppies will roll over anything: grass, mulch, gravel – whatever. This is a great stroller for parents in rural areas.
What does Tri Mode mean? The term is a little confusing. It doesn’t mean it holds three kids (but it can with the Toddler seat), it means the front wheels have three positions: fixed mode, swivel and 45-degree (limited). The 45-degree mode limits the range of motion so the tires don’t get stuck or start spinning out of control.
Like the City Mini GT and Neo Twin, the Tri Mode Duo X only accepts one car seat at a time. Alternatively, because the seats lie flat, you could put your infant twins directly in the fully-reclined seats.
People who own this stroller love it. The thing I love about Valco Baby strollers is that they come with a ton of great accessories that you don’t have to purchase separately. In this case, it comes with a rain cover, bumper bars (the kids LOVE these things) and infant head huggers.
The recline is super easy and can be done with one hand.
This stroller has a two-step fold, much like the BOB Duallie. It’s not difficult, but it’s definitely a two-handed fold. More time consuming than, say, the City Mini GT, or its little brother, the Neo Twin.
This stroller just comes in black (in the US). Every few years, they make a “boy meets girl” edition of this for girl/boy twins (one seat pink and one seat blue). They have promised to tell me if they’re going to do it again because it’s super cool.
Bottom line: Like the Bumbleride Indie Twin and Mountain Buggy Duet, this stroller is a rugged, 4-wheeled, all-terrain stroller that will ride over anything. While it doesn’t take two car seats at a time, it has tons of great features, including the ability to add a third seat. Unlike the Indie Twin and Duet, this stroller has taller, wider seats (vs. the Duet only) that will last you a little longer. It may not be as fashionable as the Indie Twin, but it comes with some great accessories.
- Price: MSRP $729
- Stroller Weight: 34 lbs as a double
- Weight Limit: 79 lbs combined
Read our full review here.
The Mountain Buggy Duet is an awesome side-by-side stroller for those needing heavy-duty, all-terrain capabilities. And yes, it takes two car seats (w000mp) – though not very gracefully!
The Duet is a side-by-side stroller that was designed to be extremely narrow (25” – the same width as their single Urban Jungle stroller, to be specific). For comparison sake, most side-by-side strollers are 29″-32″ wide, which makes it much harder (but not impossible) to get through doorways.
The price you pay for this is that the seats are somewhat narrow (11″ each – same as the Bugaboo Donkey). Because of the narrow seats, you won’t be able to use it for older, wider (translation: heavier) kiddos.
Again, this is one of the few strollers that takes two infant car seats or two infant carrycots at the same time; if you’re looking for something to use from birth, this is one you should definitely consider. The Duet accepts car seats from nearly any brand. The seats are staggered on the frame (one up and one down).
After your kiddos are out of the car seat phase, simply reattach the seat fabric to use it as a regular side-by-side stroller.
Because it’s an all-terrain stroller, it’s pretty heavy at 34 lbs, but this is fairly typical of an all-terrain side-by-side.
All in all, this is a great stroller for twin parents who need rugged, heavy-duty tires (all 10″ air-filled, which make for a smooth, comfortable ride). It’s also good for urban settings (getting through doorways and such) because of the narrow width.
Please read FULL review here for more info.
- Price: $769
- Stroller Weight: 36 lbs
- Weight Limits: 90 lbs combined
*Note: The 2018 model of the Bumbleride Indie Twin has been released, but due to high demand is currently out of stock in many colors. Sign up here to be notified when the 2018 Indie Twin of your choice is back in stock.
Read our full review here.
Higher up the food chain is the beloved Bumbleride Indie Twin; if you can afford it, many twin parents say it’s a “must-have”. Yes, I feel like this stroller was specifically designed with twins in mind.
The Indie Twin is an all-terrain, side-by-side stroller with four (12″) air-filled tires (pump included) that ride like a dream.
For comparison sake, remember that the City Mini GT and Valco Baby New Twin have smallish 8-10″ tires, and the largest of all-terrain strollers have 16″ tires. These 12″ are smack dab in the middle.
Here’s what’s new on the 2018 model:
- Ergonomic fold levers make the fold process even easier
- Improved canopies create more head space for kiddos so they have room to grow (2018 model = 23″ vs. 2017 model = 21.5″ open or closed)
- Upgraded seat fabric and back canopy extension create a more tailored look
- 2018 version made of more eco-friendly materials
- More color choices: Dawn Grey Mint, Dawn Grey Coral, Tourmaline Wave, Matte Black (all black), Maritime Blue and Camp Green
Not only is the Indie Twin utilitarian, it’s also very beautiful and eco-friendly. If you can splurge on one pricier item for your twins, this would probably be my vote. Please read the FULL review of this stroller here.
The Bumbleride Indie Twin can take two car seats at the same time as well as two carrycots. Your choice!
For car seats, it uses a dual car seat adapter system.
For the 2016-2018 model
- Purchase adapter set for Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, and Nuna here (note that this adapter set is not compatible with 2015 or prior models of the Bumbleride Indie Twin).
- Note: 2015 adapters are not compatible with 2016-2018 models of the Bumbleride Indie Twin.
Note also that these car seat adapters must be removed to fold the stroller, which is mehhh. They are easy to remove, but still. A slight pain.
A unique feature of the Indie Twin is that you can jog with it, although I would not buy this stroller as a serious running stroller. For hard core double jogging strollers, please go here.
Other favorite features include ample storage for your gear (x2), amazing UPF 45+ canopies including a pop-out extension, luxurious fabrics, and an adjustable handle for tall or shorter than normal parents. This is one of the few side-by-side strollers that doesn’t have a bar bisecting the storage basket, so you can actually fit quite a large bag down there.
The folding on this stroller was updated on the 2016 and is now much better!
Bottom line: The Bumbleride Indie Twin is a beautiful stroller with a super smooth ride. Unlike most, it takes two infant car seats or two bassinets, so you can use it from birth. The fabrics are luxurious, the storage is amazing, and the canopies are large. Yes, the Indie Twin is a cult favorite among twin parents.
- Price: $1,109
- Stroller Weight: 35 lbs
- Weight Limit: 50 lbs per seat (100 lbs combined)
Read our full review here.
Note: Updates on the 2018 version of the UPPAbaby Vista include: full-grain leather covers on the handlebars and bumper bars, updated front tire and tread pattern to match the rear tire, and the bassinet mattress pad is 2.5″ longer and .5″ wider (with no impact to double configurations). Oh, and it’s more expensive (shocking)!
The UPPAbaby Vista’s multiple configurations make this stroller very versatile: it accepts two bassinets or two infant car seats at the same time. It can also be used later on as a single stroller should you have another singleton.
Admittedly, the Vista is a big seat/little seat stroller. The little seat (called the “Rumble Seat”) only goes up to 35 lbs, which is about a 3-year-old. I know – I said I wouldn’t recommend strollers with a big seat/little seat situation, but the double bassinet and double car seat situation make this stroller an exception. We just wish the Rumble Seat held a little more weight.
The Rumble seat now reclines, whereas it did not on previous models. Also in the newer versions is the ability to fold the stroller with both seats attached. This is also VERY handy when it comes to getting two kids into the car or whatnot.
The Vista is a luxury stroller with an amazing ride. Given that it’s a “stadium seating” tandem, the weight distribution (front to back) is much better than, say, the City Select. Thus, it will do better in the hills than other tandems.
We love all the features: the telescoping handlebar, the HUGE storage basket, the amazing canopies and the sweet all-terrain wheels. Another favorite feature is that both twins car rear face, which is extremely popular (shown by the incredible Carrie Bradshaw [ahem], above).
Ok, backing up a bit – the double version of this stroller comes standard with two seats and a bassinet.
If you’re sold on the Vista for your twins, make your life easy and get the UPPAbaby Mesa car seats to go along with it, which happens to be one of our favorite seats for multiples. You can buy them all together and it’s an easy (though not cheap) slam dunk.
UPPAbaby also has one of our favorite riding boards called the “Piggy Back“, so if you already have an older toddler or a preschooler, this might suit you very nicely.
Bottom line: if you’re in the market for a tandem and have the money for a higher-end stroller, this highly versatile twin strollers is one of our faves. Please see full review here.
9. Bugaboo Donkey2
Mono (single) version: $1,299+
Duo (double) version: $1,800+
Twin (two carrycots) version: $1,804+
- Stroller Weights: 29.3 lbs (Mono) and 33.7 lbs (Duo & Twin)
- Weight Limit: 37.5 lbs per seat (75 lbs combined)
Read our full review here.
The Donkey2 (the 2018 version of the Bugaboo Donkey) is an uber-luxury double stroller with some awesome features as well as some interesting deficiencies.
Bugaboo makes a version (a package, rather) of the Donkey2 that is specifically for twins. With the Twin version, here is what you get:
- The frame, two bassinets, two seats, two rain covers, two canopies, a side luggage basket and a basket cover.
It’s a complete package, but you won’t get out the door for less than $2k.
So you get the two bassinets in the “twins” package. It can also take two car seats at a time.
You can buy a double adapter for the following car seats: The Chicco KeyFit, Chicco Keyfit 30, Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 and Maxi Cosi Mico NXT. Rumor has it that the Maxi Cosi adapter also works for the Nuna Pipa and Cybex Aton 2, although I cannot guarantee it works in all cases.
The Donkey is a unique side-by-side convertible stroller, of sorts. You can use it in singles mode (at 23.6″ width), or expand the stroller by pulling it out width-wise for doubles mode (29″). Like the City Select and Mountain Buggy Duet, the fact that you can use it in either mode is pretty cool. Should you have another singleton down the line, you could, in theory, use it again.
The luxury features that you will enjoy on this stroller are the smooth ride (thanks to the new foam-filled tires that will never go flat—this is an upgrade on all Bugaboo Donkey2 strollers), the signature telescoping handlebar with a faux leather handlebar option, color customization for the frame, sun canopies, seats, bassinets, side luggage basket, and the side luggage basket cover, and the overall high-end luxury fabrics.
The truly unique feature of the Donkey is the double rear-facing feature. You won’t find this in any other side-by-side stroller.
Bugaboo is a brand name that carries a lot of cache, hence the steep price tag. Read my diatribe here.
On the downside, the Donkey is not particularly compact when folded. No, this stroller is not built for the suburban mom who needs to heave it in and out of the trunk to run errands. Neither is it good for moms who have to schlep it up the stairs in an urban environment. BUT – if you don’t need to fold it or schlep it, this could be the twin stroller of your dreams.