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 for 2021. New on the scene this year is Mockingbird’s new “single to double” addition and the Baby Jogger City Select 2.
Although you can technically use a side-by-side double stroller for one child — it’s unwieldy. Plus it’s just a teeeensy bit awkward. Convertibles give you options. And because they’re so versatile, convertible double 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 Picks for Families with Infants and Toddlers
$$ ~ Graco Uno2Duo Double Stroller ~ Affordable and Versatile ~ $409 as a double: a good but heavy (SUPER HEAVY) option, very versatile, most affordable. Note: This stroller is being discontinued.
$$$ ~ Mockingbird Single-to-Double ~ Best Economy Convertible ~ $495 as double: attractive stroller with same size toddler and 2nd, seat making it great for twins, and can be folded with both seats attached.
$$$ ~ Phil & Teds Sport ~ Best Inline Convertible ~ $619 as a double: sporty, highly maneuverable (2nd seat goes in rear), has a small footprint, but almost no storage.
$$$$ ~ Baby Jogger City Select 2 ~ Best Convertible for Bigger Kids ~ $678 as a Base Model double & ~ $749 as Eco Collection double: roomy convertible with lots of seating versatility, slightly less maneuverable (2nd seat goes in front, making it long and harder to steer), not good on hills!
$$$$ ~ Nuna Demi Grow ~ Best for Urban/Tight Spaces, Superior Maneuverability ~ $699 as double: luxe convertible stroller with stacked design that maneuvers great over hilly terrain. Lack of under-seat storage space when used in doubles mode.
$$$$ ~ UPPAbaby Vista V2 ~ Best Luxury Convertible ~ $1,199 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 — $123, 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 $377), 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.
Excerpt of Review:
“We were so stoked to be introduced to this stroller at a recent baby show. We couldn’t believe how well engineered it was – and for such an incredibly attainable price.
This incredibly versatile stroller can easily grow and morph to meet the needs of your changing family over the years. You can purchase it as a single stroller for one baby or as a bundle for two (the travel system comes with the stroller frame, toddler seat, Evenflo SafeMax infant car seat and base, built-in upper and lower adapters and one expandable cup holder!). You can even add on a rider board to accommodate an older third child.
The two kid’s seats can be turned around to rear-face (ideal for the baby phase) or to face outward, and each seat holds up to 55 lb.”
- Price: $285 (single), $409 (double) ; 2nd seat ~ $79
- 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 to get the regular stroller with the doubles seat, or opt for the travel system that comes with a Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 car seat instead of the additional stroller seat. If you opt for the travel system, you can get a second toddler seat when you need it.
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!
3. Mockingbird Single to Double — Best Economy Convertible
- Price as a single: $395; 2nd Seat Kit (to make it a double): $120; Bundle price for both the stroller and 2nd seat kit: ~ $495
- Stroller Weight: 26.5 lbs without 2nd Seat; 35 lbs with two seats
- Weight Limit: 45 lbs per seat
The Mockingbird Single-to-Double stroller is relatively new on the scene, and we’re totally here for it. This convertible stroller can easily accommodate two kids, with the use of the 2nd seat kit, purchased separately — note: it won’t be long until this stroller is also able to hold three kiddos — making it good pick for big families — with the addition of a glider board, debuting soon.
Both the toddler seat and the 2nd seat are exactly the same — there’s no big kid/little kid seat situation, like on some convertible strollers. Both seats can accommodate children up to 45 lbs, which definitely isn’t as much as the Nuna Demi Grow (50 lbs) or the Evenflo Pivot Xpand (55lbs), but should get you to your kids’ 3rd (and maybe even 4th??) birthdays.
With its latest seating configuration (infant car seat up and facing parents, toddler seat down and facing out — a seating placement that was requested by a lot of parents and that Mockingbird delivered), the stroller offers 18+ seat arrangements.
The Mockingbird Single-to-Double accepts two infant car seats, and both stroller seats lay perfectly flat. With the purchase of the infant insert ($35, sold separately), you can place your babe(s) directly in the stroller seats from the getgo.
Bonus: You can fold the Mockingbird Single-to-Double with both seats attached (and it’s a super simple one-handed fold, too — woohoo!).
Excerpt of Review:
“A couple of years back, a colleague in the business told me the Mockingbird Stroller is “the UPPABaby Vista, but for much less!” Naturally, we were intrigued and eager to give you our honest take of it.
Mockingbird made its grand debut in the baby aisle with the Mockingbird single stroller, which is now more like the UPPABaby Cruz v2, but they recently launched their new double stroller (which is technically a convertible stroller). Though very similar to its big sis’, the single to double stroller stole the spotlight with a few smart adjustments to allow for room and accommodate for expandability.
The UPPABaby Vista V2 has been THE top full-size/convertible stroller in the luxury stroller category for about 10+ years now, but does the more affordable direct-to-consumer version actually compete? We think it does! Especially now that both strollers can be used as doubles/convertibles.
The Mockingbird double stroller has all the basics of a high-end stroller: a suspension system with substantial wheels, a kick-ass canopy, a good brake, an adjustable handlebar, generous storage, and a high weight capacity. Plus, the single-to-double conversion process is as easy as it gets (more on that later). For a convertible stroller that only costs $395 (for comparison, the UPPAbaby Vista is $899), it’s an impressive accomplishment.
Let’s have a closer look…”
>> KEEP READING about the Mockingbird Stroller
- Price as Single: MSRP $449; Doubles kit: ~ $169
- Price as Double: $619
- Price as a Travel System (includes Doubles Kit Accessory & Alpha Infant Car Seat): ~ $892
- 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.
Excerpt of Review:
“Founded by a father and son team in 1994, Phil & Teds is a fun-loving juvenile products company based in New Zealand (and who doesn’t love the Kay-ways!). Phil & Teds makes high chairs, car seats and travel gear, but are most known for their inline (aka tandem) double strollers.
To make a stroller into a double, you add the second seat attachment, which goes over the rear wheels, thereby creating a reverse stadium seating configuration.
Phil & Teds makes several popular inline convertibles. We’ll review their bread & butter, the Sport (which used to be called the Navigator), and then discuss their other models. Quality-wise, Phil & Teds is right in the middle: better than the economy brands like Graco, but not quite as well made as the luxury brands.”
5. Baby Jogger City Select 2 ~ Top Pick for Bigger Kids
- Price as Single — Base Model: ~ $499 & Eco Collection: $599; Price as a Double – Base Model: ~ $678 & Eco Collection: ~ $749
- Base Model 2nd Seat Kit: ~ $179 & Eco Collection 2nd Seat Kit (comes with belly bar): ~ $209
- 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. The City Select 2 replaces the Baby Jogger City Select and City Select Lux, combining the best features of both strollers.
Excerpt of Review:
Are you in the market for a convertible, all-terrain luxury stroller that can easily accommodate one, two, or — with a glider board (sold separately) — even three kids? Take a peek at our Baby Jogger City Select review. This stroller can be purchased as a single or double. If you buy the single first and down the road need a double for baby #2, you can purchase the second seat accessory to transform your single into a double. Cool! In addition, this stroller boasts 16 different seating configurations — it’s really versatile and durable and truly could be the only stroller your family needs.
We’ll say at the start that we love the build quality of Baby Jogger strollers — they have a high-end “feel” without the luxury price. This is one of the reasons Baby Jogger strollers, such as the City Select, are such crowd favorites.
6. Nuna Demi Grow — Top Pick for Urban/Tight Spaces
- Price as a single: ~ $899; Price as a double: ~ $699 — available exclusively at Dillards
- Price for second stroller seat: $249
- 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
Excerpt of Review:
If you’ve been eyeing this stroller on looks alone (who hasn’t?), good news: this baby has beauty and brains. It’s an incredibly well-designed piece of equipment, both aesthetically and functionally.
The Demi Grow is the only luxury stroller with a stacked seat design, similar to Phil & Teds and the now discontinued Britax B-Ready. The stacked seat design shortens the length of the stroller, making it easier to maneuver than its closest competitors, including the Thule Sleek and the UPPABaby Vista; the “cost” is the loss of the storage basket when used in doubles mode. More on that later.
Overall, we love this stroller and think it may be the best in its class of luxury convertible strollers (with caveats).
>> KEEP READING about the Nuna Demi Grow
7. UPPAbaby Vista V2 – Top Luxury Pick
- Price as a single: $999; Price as a double: ~ $1,199
- 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.)
Excerpt of Review:
“The UPPAbaby Vista, one of the top strollers of all time, got a much-needed facelift in early 2020, and is now called the UPPAbaby Vista “V2”.
Like the City Select, this stroller can convert from a single to a double, using the Rumble Seat, and even carry an older 3rd child with the addition of the Piggyback Ride-Along Board. Loved by parents of singletons, twins, and two or three kids of differing ages, the UPPAbaby Vista V2 is a solid, luxury pick (as you would hope for the price — HA!).
Note that you can still get the older version of the UPPAbaby Vista for ~ $799. FYI — Many of the same accessories, car seats, adapters, etc. work on the Vista and V2.”
And there it is, dear friends, a quick and dirty of the top convertible strollers. Please click on any one of them for a deep-down review. Good luck! – Meg and Marissa