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.
Newborns and Infants: your twin stroller options
For newborn twins, there are two routes you can take in the stroller department:
1. 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.
2. 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 Full-Featured Twin Strollers
The synopsis (in order of price) –
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. Our twins editor (Marissa) and I compared notes 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 of our stringent criteria for a good twin stroller:
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 G3, 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).
Without further ado, here are our favorite twin strollers:
1. Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Double stroller— Economy Pick
- Price: $159
- Stroller Weight: 23 lbs
- Weight Limit: 40 lbs per seat (80 lbs combined)
If you’re looking for a budget stroller that isn’t a POS and has plenty of solid features, definitely check out the Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Double Stroller.
Reviewers really seem to like this pick. At only 23 lbs, it’s really lightweight (as the title implies…), especially for a double. It also has an awesome extended three-tier canopy (with peek-a-boo windows to check on the babies) that users say really shields kids from the sun.
Also nice is that this stroller has actual usable storage: there are two storage baskets under the stroller that, depending on its size may fit your diaper bag, as well as some other smaller items such as blankets, sun hats, toys, snacks, diapers and wipes, etc.; and the stroller also comes with a parent tray which includes two drink holders (mama needs her coffee, people!), and removable child trays with sippy cup and juice box holders.
People also appreciate the stroller’s self-standing fold, which, along with it’s lightness, make this a great choice for taking on vacations.
Something to note, however, is that the seats only recline slightly. So, if you’re hoping your younger twins will nap comfortably in this stroller while you’re out and about…it may not happen. Just ‘sayin.
- Price: $399
- Stroller Weight: 34 lbs
- Weight Limit: 40 lbs per seat (80 lbs combined)
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, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, 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…
Again, this is a heavier, full-size stroller that will take up lots of space in your trunk when folded, but this is typical for most (if not all) of the full-sized strollers in this piece.
Contours Curve Tandem Double Stroller ~ $699 (~ $499 at Amazon)
You may also want to take a peek at the Contours Curve Tandem Double Stroller. This version of the Contours has a 3rd set of rear wheels make what is the normal regular rear wheels a natural pivot point, which means this stroller turns on a dime (seriously, I demo’d it at the last baby show and I was shocked!).
This is significant because tandems are notoriously difficult to steer (especially on hills) and difficult to turn. It also has “curb assist” which makes popping it up onto a curb super easy (another problem area for tandems). Reviewers say its maneuverability and curb assist feature make pushing this stroller — even with two kids — a dream. Like the Contours Options Elite, the Contours Curve also offers multiple seating arrangements, and takes two infant car seats (adapters sold separately).
Note that the Curve is much pricier — about the same as the Baby Jogger City Select, though many think the maneuverability is well worth the extra dollars.
The City Mini GT Double is a super popular side-by-side double stroller that’s also great for twins! This is the all-terrain version of the “regular” City Mini double.
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 for use in infancy (0-6 months only), or for 3 month+ twins in the regular seats.
Valco Baby’s newest addition is the Neo Twin. They basically took the beloved Snap Duo and pimped it out to be a lightweight, all-terrain version.
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).
- Price as a Double: MSRP: $699 / on sale at Amazon for ~$649
- Stroller Weight as a Double: 35 lbs
- Weight Limit: 45 lbs per seat (90 lbs combined)
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),
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 brand name.
My demo video is below. Mind you – this is for an older 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!
- 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 Strollers 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, though.
With four 12″ tires (just like the Bumbleride Indie Twin), 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. Yes, this stroller is big and beefy.
What does Tri Mode mean? The term is a little confusing. It doesn’t mean it holds three kids (though 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.
Thus, it excels in rough terrain, though very few people are actually in the position to use this little-known 45 degree mode.
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. The fact that you an add a third seat and even a riding board is super unique.
- Price: MSRP $699
- Stroller Weight: 34 lbs as a double
- Weight Limit: 79 lbs combined
- Price: $769
- Stroller Weight: 36 lbs
- Weight Limits: 90 lbs combined
10. UPPAbaby Vista
- Price: $899 – $959 (if you want the entire bundle — stroller, bassinet and rumble seat — you can find it for ~ $1,179 on Amazon)
- Stroller Weight: Frame: 19.3 lb., seat: 7.3 lb., bassinet: 8.8 lb.
- Weight Limit: 50 lbs per seat (100 lbs combined); included bassinet up to 30 lbs
Note: Updates on the 2018 version of the UPPAbaby Vista include full-grain leather covers on the handlebars and bumper bars and the bassinet mattress pad is 2.5″ longer and .5″ wider (with no impact to double configurations).
No functional changes were made to the 2019 version, but three new color options were introduced: William, a chambray blue oxford with navy blue leather and off-white contrast stitching; Spenser, a gray and yellow tartan plaid with moss leather and yellow contrast stitching; and Bryce, a white marl with chestnut leather.
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 and 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.
For twins, just purchase an additional bassinet and adapter. Like we mentioned, you can also use it with your UPPAbaby Mesa (no adapter needed), Chicco KeyFit, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna or Cybex car seats (adapters needed).
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 car 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.
- Stroller Weights: 29.3 lbs (Mono) and 33.7 lbs (Duo & Twin)
- Weight Limit: 37.5 lbs per seat (75 lbs combined)
- Twin (two carrycots) version: $2,059+
The Donkey2 (the latest version of the Bugaboo Donkey) is an uber-luxury double stroller with some awesome features as well as some interesting deficiencies. New Yorkers will say this is the best stroller for twins, but I think they (for the most part) only consider the luxury brands.
Bugaboo makes a version (a package, rather) of the Donkey2 that is specifically for twins. The two colors offered in the twins version are a gray melange and a dark navy color.
With the Twin version, here is what you get:
- The stroller chassis, 2 seat frames, 2 toddler seat fabric sets, 2 bassinet fabric sets, 2 sun canopies, rain covers, side luggage basket, and side luggage basket cover.
It’s a complete package, but you won’t get out the door for less than $2k.
Again, you get the two bassinets with the “twins” package. One cool feature is that the bassinet and “seat” use the same frame, so essentially you are just switching out the fabric (to convert from one to the other). This is nice because you don’t have to store away a whole separate piece (or in the case of twins, two pieces). Another nice thing is that the fabrics and removable and machine washable.
Note that the bassinets themselves are approved for overnight sleeping when used with the bassinet stand. The stand is collapsible and very easy to transport. This is super cool!
It can also take two car seats at a time. You can buy a double adapter for the Chicco KeyFit, Maxi Cosi (various seats) and the Nuna Pipa seats. Rumor has it that the Maxi Cosi adapter also works for the Cybex Aton, 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, beach mode capabilities, 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. For those with an older singleton, you can also purchase a wheel board, which snaps onto the back of the stroller. The older child can ride seated or standing.
Bugaboo is a brand name that carries a lot of cache, hence the steep price tag. Read my diatribe here.
It’s all fun and games until it comes time to fold this stroller… You do not have to remove the seats to fold the stroller (though you do have to remove bassinets), but it is a giant if you do not. For a more compact fold, it’s better to remove the seats, but then you’re left with three separate pieces floating about. Try checking that on an airplane! Yes, you’d have to tag all three pieces separately.
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, the Bugaboo Donkey2 is still a super slick stroller for twins that gives you many cool, unique features — not to mention a high-end look and feel.
Ok friends, that covers our favorite twin strollers! I hope you found something you like. Is there one we missed? Please leave a comment below. Cheers!