Convertible strollers…convert from a single to a double stroller – and back again. It’s stroller magic, people. That’s why we’re running down the best convertible strollers on the market.
Although you can technically use a side-by-side double stroller as a single (duh) — it’s unwieldy. Plus it’s just a teeeensy bit awkward. Convertibles give you options. And because they’re so versatile, convertible strollers are a great value. If you’re the “getting your money’s worth” type of parent, you’re in the right place.
On the downside, convertibles are generally big and heavy, since they ultimately have to hold 90-100 lbs. Of course this is to be expected with any double stroller, but it also means that convertibles used in singles mode are larger and heavier (about ten pounds or so heavier) than “regular”/non-convertible single strollers.
Don’t underestimate how much an extra 10 lbs (or so) adds to the agony factor of a stroller! Weight matters a lot.
Top Convertible Strollers ~ Overview
$$ ~ Graco Uno2Duo Double Stroller ~ $409 as a double: a good but heavy (SUPER HEAVY) option, very versatile, most affordable
$$$ ~ Britax B-Ready G3 ~ Most Compact/Maneuverable/Easy to Fold ~ $495 as a double: excellent maneuverability because 2nd seat goes in rear, folds the easiest of all these (and with both seats on)
$$$ ~ Phil & Teds Sport ~ $599 as a double: sporty, highly maneuverable (2nd seat goes in rear), has a small footprint, but almost no storage
$$$$ ~ Baby Jogger City Select ~ Most Roomy ~ $719 as a double: roomy convertible with lots of seating versatility, slightly less maneuverable (2nd seat goes in front, making it long and harder to steer), not good on hills!
$$$$ ~ Nuna Demi Grow ~ Like a luxury B-Ready; drives/maneuvers like a single ~ $979 as double: luxe convertible stroller with stacked design that maneuvers great over hilly terrain. Lack of under-seat storage space when used in doubles mode.
$$$$ ~ UPPAbaby Vista V2 ~ Best Luxury Convertible ~ $1,169 as a double: top notch product with exceptional features and functionality, very maneuverable and fairly roomy, both seats have good recline, 2nd seat (“Rumble seat”) goes in front
They are all great picks and have a lot in common with one another (the P&T Sport is the most different, being a 3-wheeler).
1. Evenflo Xpand ~ Economy Pick
- Price: Single Stroller — $279, Second seat — $119, Travel System (includes stroller frame, toddler/carriage seat, SafeMax infant car seat with base, built-in upper and lower adapters and one cup holder) — ~ $399 (on sale at Amazon for $359), Rider Board — $59
- Weight: 28 lbs (single), 31.1 lbs (travel system)
- Weight Limits: 55 lbs per seat
I was blown away by this economy convertible stroller when I first encountered it at JPMA. It’s way cheaper than anything like it – and is extremely well engineered, with a top seat that can slide up or down the frame to better accommodate the 2nd seat (if/when you add it). This gives you better maneuverability because it pushes the center of gravity to the rear of the stroller. It also allows you to be closer (height-wise) to your rear-most child.
- Price: $269 (single), $409 (double)
- Stroller Weight: 36.2 lbs (as a double)
- Weight Limits: 50 lbs per seat
Leave it to Graco to offer families a convertible stroller at a reasonable price — and the really nice thing with this stroller is that you don’t have to buy a ton of separate add-on parts to make it into a double. It already comes with everything you need: you can either buy the double stroller ($409) to get the regular stroller with the doubles seat, or opt for the travel system ($399) that comes with a Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 car seat instead of the additional stroller seat.
As a single, you can use this stroller with its standard stroller seat, a car seat, or in bassinet mode — yes, the seat converts to a bassinet! — so it’s nice that you can use it with a newborn without necessarily needing a car seat. It’s also nice not to have an extra piece of gear to keep track of. (If you do want to use a car seat, the Graco Uno2Duo is compatible with Graco seats.)
To go from uno to duo (chuckle), you pull the back of the stroller out to extend the base, and from here, you can use the double as either a “standing stroller” (cool for older kids!) or a tandem double.
Without purchasing a second stroller seat, your older child can stand in the back (shown above). If you do purchase a second seat, you get four more riding options (below). Note that none of these allow for the holy grail of riding positions: double rear-facing (as seen in the City Select or UPPAbaby VISTA). But still, not too shabby.
You simply fasten the second seat at the bottom (note: the car seat can only fit on the primary seat with this one). The handlebars also extend to grow with the stroller. The second seat can be a little tricky to attach and detach at first, but most parents say they get the hang of it after several uses.
In single mode, the Uno2Duo has tons of super-accessible storage space at the base of the stroller, but all of it practically vanishes when you switch to doubles mode. It comes with a parent cup holder and a separate phone holder — convenient! — as well as a removable tray with cup holders for the primary child’s seat.
And the Uno2Duo folds up quickly and easily with one hand (you have to remove the second seat first, FYI). The fold is very cool, in fact! You don’t have to manhandle it.
The BIG downside with this stroller is its weight… no, 36.2 pounds was not a typo. This monster actually weighs that much. If this means nothing to you, just know that 36 pounds is craaazy heavy, even for a double. This is not the kind of thing you want to be hauling in and out of your car all the time — unless you want to use it as your strength training exercise…it’s a heavy duty vessel, indeed. *Despite its heft and size, though, parents who’ve used this stroller still really like it. So don’t let it scare you off!
Bottom Line: Convertibles are expensive by their very nature, but the Graco Uno2Duo is a more affordable option in this category. It’s easy to use, very versatile, and while it may not be the fanciest product or highest build quality, it gets the job done and performs quite admirably, especially given its low price, but be prepared for heavy lifting!
- Price as Single: MSRP ~ $399; Doubles kit ~ MSRP $169
- Stroller Weight: 30 lbs (single) and 34.9 lbs (double)
- Weight Limits: 55 lbs for primary seat and 35 lbs for the second seat (roughly your average 3-year-old)
- Price as Single: MSRP $449; Doubles kit: ~ $169
- Price as Double: $599
- Stroller Weight: 27 lbs (single), which is pretty light for convertibles (in singles mode), and 31 lbs (double)
- Weight Limits: 44 lbs (a 5 y/o) for primary seat and 33 lbs (a 3 y/o) for the second seat
All in all, this is a compact, sporty, maneuverable, 3-wheeled double stroller.
3. Baby Jogger City Select ~ Top Pick
- Price as Single: MSRP ~ $539 (~ $399 on sale); Price as a Double: ~ $678
- Doubles kit ~$179
- Stroller Weight as a single: 29.5 lbs; Stroller Weight as a Double: 37.8 lbs
- Weight Limit: 45 lbs per seat (90 lbs combined)
We’ll say at the start that we love the build quality of Baby Jogger strollers — they have a luxury “feel” without the luxury price.
- Price as a single: $799; Price as a double: ~$979
- Price for second stroller seat: $179
- Stroller Weight: 27.4 lbs (singles) and 35.6 (doubles)
- Weight Limit: 50 lbs per seat
- Parents who want a luxury, stacked stroller (and don’t want a Phil and Ted’s – ha!)
- Those who live in hilly terrain — good steerage and maneuverability
- Especially good for shorter parents who have trouble seeing over longer strollers
Not good for:
- Families on a tight budget
- Parents who value under-seat storage while in doubles mode
- Those who desire double rear-facing mode
7. UPPAbaby Vista V2 – Top Luxury Pick
- Price as a single: $929 – $969; Price as a double: ~ $1,669
- Stroller Weight: 26.6 lbs (single) and 32.6 lbs (double)
- Weight Limit: The Toddler Seat can hold up to 50 lbs, and the Rumble Seat can accommodate children up to 35 lbs. Therefore, with both seats attached, the stroller can hold up to 85 lbs. (Note that the bassinet can hold up to 20 lbs.)