Updated January 2019
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 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 the strollers reviewed below have legitimate pros and cons, so you should choose based on your specific needs…
Also, please note that there are currently no tandem umbrella strollers being made anymore (as of the publish date). Not sure if the Kinderwagon Hop will return on the market or not, but will let you know if it does.
Double Umbrella Stroller Lineup
$ – Delta Children LX Double Umbrella ~ MSRP: $99/$66 on sale: “Cheapie Pick” – a straightforward, ultra-light, compact double umbrella… very cheap and bare bones
$$ – Chicco Echo Twin ~ $189: a sturdy but HEAVY double umbrella stroller with good maneuverability, taller handles and good features
$$ – Joovy Twin Groove Ultralight ~ $299: Review Pending
$$$ – Maclaren Twin Triumph ~ $400: “Editor’s Pick” – a top-notch, everyday, mid-weight umbrella with many desirable features (minus irritating buckles)
$$$ – 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 ~ $495: “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
1. Delta Children LX Double Umbrella — No Frills Budget Pick
Price: MSRP $99/$66 on sale
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 cheap, but 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 the children get heavier. The Delta Double folds up quickly and easily and has decent storage space (for an umbrella, at least). It also has 5-point harnesses (compared to just 3 of the Kolcraft, below), so it’s good for those squirmy worms. It comes with sun canopies, but they’re very skimpy. There’s even an (apt-to-fall-off) cup holder! Also, the handlebars are short and don’t extend, so normal to tall parents might 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. Yep, even tall people agree: all things considered, this stroller is definitely worth owning, even if only for a very short period of time or a specific trip.
Technically, this is the ONLY double stroller you’re allowed to check on American Airlines (under 20 lbs – what?) (yes, they do weigh it at the gate!!!)
Runner-Up Economy Pick: Kolcraft Cloud Side by Side Stroller
Price: MSRP $119/$72 on sale
Weight: 21 lbs
The Kolcraft Cloud is also a simple, bare bones double umbrella stroller that’s a close second to the Delta.
This is another decent economy double umbrella stroller with a slightly better build quality than the Delta (maybe). For the money, people generally like it.
This one’s also very lightweight, folds easily and compactly, and has seats that recline (a little bit). Upside: the canopies on this are 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, which isn’t great for squirmy kids.
Bottom line: This is another lightweight option if canopies are more important to you — and if you’re okay with no storage and the 3-pt harnesses.
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 trunk, as any good umbrella should.
Tall parents love this stroller, as tall handles are really hard to find on umbrella strollers.
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? This is NOT the stroller for parents who have to carry it up the stairs every time or heave it in and out of the trunk a lot.
The weight limit is 40 lbs per seat and at 31” wide, it fits through any standard door frame.
- The build quality is decent (Chicco makes good stuff). It’s like Honda.
- 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
- Very heavy for an umbrella (31 lbs). Whhhyyyy is it so heavy?
- Small(ish) 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 31 lbs into your trunk. For big, strong, tall parents… sure. If you’re looking for a more manageable day-to-day stroller, spend the money on a Maclaren or UPPAbaby, even if you have to buy used.
Weight: 26 lbs
4. Maclaren Twin Triumph — Editor’s Pick
Price: MSRP $400/$219 on sale
Weight: 30 lbs (stripped down)
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. You can find the latest version (2017) at AlbeeBaby in New York (many reviews there as well). You can also find this same one on Amazon.
Note: Maclaren is refreshing their whole line for 2019. Stay tuned for details….
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.
- Folds easily, though not very flip-flop friendly
- 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 in the 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
- These clasps are tricky, HOWEVER…. you have to know the trick: you just have to push the front and back at the same time (note to self…)
- Tall parents report kicking the rear/middle set of wheels (not a problem for the G-Link (below))
- Harness height is hard to adjust (say that three times fast)
- Folding mechanism is not flip-flop/summer shoe friendly
- Doesn’t come with a 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 clasps/buckles that take a bit of learning). Many people I know keep it in their trunk for outings, knowing it won’t eat up all of the trunk space.
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: $399 grey/$429 black
Weight: 24.5 lbs
Ain’t nuthin but a G-thang, baby.
NOTE: UPPAbaby will be releasing the UPPAbaby G-Link 2 Double Stroller in April, 2019 (estimated). Among other updates, the new model will be lighter (22 lbs), more compact, easier to maneuver through doorways, will have a larger three-panel canopy to better shield kids from the sun, and a bigger, more accessible under-seat basket. The 2019 G-Link 2 will be available in Jake (black) and Jordan (Grey). Stay tuned!
For now, however, let’s discuss the 2018 model (below). If you love the G-Luxe, you might like the G-Link, though there are some complaints to 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.].
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 big complaint. It is unclear whether this issue will be fixed on the G-Link 2, but I suspect it will be better in this regard.
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.
Check out the video that we shot at the 2015 ABC Baby Show (note – this is an older model of the G-Link, but the main points still apply):
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 (vs. 6) 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.
Price: MSRP $495/Amazon ~ $469
Weight: 26.2 lbs (stripped down)
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.
- 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!
Again, 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.
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