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 Twin+ (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. The big trade-off for having this compact fold: because there are two separate handles, you’ll always have to use two hands to push and steer them. It’s just the nature of the beast.
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 all but one of these are side by side umbrellas. The Kinderwagon Hop is unique because it is a tandem umbrella stroller. It was off the market for a while, but is back in production and better than ever (see below).
Double Umbrella Stroller for Babies and Toddlers: The Lineup
$ – Delta Children LX Double Umbrella ~ $74: “Cheapie Pick” – a straightforward, ultra-light, compact double umbrella… very cheap and bare bones.
$$ – Chicco Echo Twin ~ $169: “Sturdy Pick” – a sturdy but HEAVY double umbrella stroller with good maneuverability, taller handles and good features.
$$ – Kinderwagon Hop ~ $295: “Tandem Pick” – a super narrow, lightweight double umbrella stroller; great for small spaces.
$$$ – Maclaren Twin Triumph ~ $349: “Editor’s Pick — Best Double Umbrella for Older, Heavier Kids” – a top-notch, everyday, mid-weight umbrella with many desirable features (minus irritating buckles).
$$$ – UPPAbaby G-Link2 ~ $349: “Editor’s Pick — Best Double Umbrella for Younger, Smaller Kids” – an upscale stroller with nice features, canopies, recline, etc., though less-than-expected maneuverability and quality compared to UPPAbaby’s typical output.
Easy Folding? Yes!
1. Delta Children LX Double Umbrella — No Frills Budget Pick
Price: ~ $74
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 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. Note that it meets Disney size requirements.
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!!!)
2. Chicco Echo Twin — Sturdy Pick
Price: ~ $169
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.
Parents like this stroller for several reasons. As mentioned, the build quality is great — Chicco makes good stuff (it’s like Honda). Kids ride safely: it has a sturdy, 5-point harness which keeps squirmy kids secure. The fold is nice and compact and fits into (almost) any trunk. It pushes pretty well, too — better than most other double umbrellas on the market. Another nice perk is that the seats recline independently and to a near flat position — about 140 degrees; this is awesome for when one child wants to nap and the other wants to sit up and be part of the action. The storage baskets are average-sized for an umbrella (hey, at least it has ’em!), and canopy panels in the rear provide additional protection from the wind (and — bonus — can zip off for ventilation).
But… not everyone loves the Chicco Echo Twin. The most common complaint about it is that it’s very heavy for an umbrella (31 lbs). Whhhyyyy is it so heavy? Users also don’t love that the sun canopies are on the smaller side and don’t provide much protection from the sun or other elements (unfortunate, but typical for umbrellas). An annoying feature is that you must push all three brakes separately to engage the brakes (not a deal-breaker, but just FYI). Also — the Chicco Echo Twin only comes in gray (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.
3. Kinderwagon Hop — Tandem Pick
Price: ~ $295
Weight: 21.5 lbs
Almost all double umbrella strollers on the market are side-by-sides — but not this one. If you’re worried about getting through tight spaces with your duo, you may want to take a look at the newly released Kinderwagon Hop.
Weighing in at only 21.5 lbs, the Hop is super lightweight, and is a good pick for twins or siblings close in age who are 45 lbs or less. The rear seat can hold babies 3+ months to 45 lbs, and the front seat is suitable for babies 6+ months to 45 lbs. If you have a newborn, the Hop can be used with one infant car seat, and comes equipped with built-in adaptor straps so you don’t need to purchase an additional adapter. (Woohoo!)
The Hop is super easy to fold and pop back open, and due to its compact size fits easily in most trunks and/or storage spaces.
Some notable features on the Kinderwagon Hop include: front and rear suspension, a removable canopy with two viewing windows, an underseat storage basket and an included rain cover and removable cup holder.
We put it to the test with a reader in Florida who has twin 2-year-olds and a 4-year-old. She says she loves how much coverage the canopy offers (something that’s essential in the hot, Florida sun).
She also notes that the stroller’s material is really easy to clean. “That’s super important to me since anything my twins sit in gets covered with crumbs, snot… and who knows what else!”
That said, her main complaint about the Hop is that the seats don’t recline far enough back for her kids to take naps while on the go. Note that the back seat reclines slightly farther than the front seat (this isn’t too atypical of tandem strollers).
Overall, she still highly recommends this stroller. If you’re in the market for a super lightweight, tandem double umbrella stroller, you should definitely consider the Kinderwagon Hop.
4. Maclaren Twin Triumph — Editor’s Pick for Older, Heavier Kids
Price: ~ $349
Weight: 21 lbs
Maclaren is a wonderful but elusive British brand that has trouble keeping strollers in stock in the US (especially during the pandemic!). But when people find them… they buy them.
Excerpt of Review:
“Looking for a lightweight stroller to take your duo around town? You should definitely check out the Maclaren Twin Triumph; in fact, it’s our top pick in the twin umbrella stroller category.
Maclaren is a wonderful, yet elusive British brand that has trouble keeping strollers in stock — at least in the US. But when people find them, they buy them. Right now, you can find the Twin Triumph on Amazon — and hopefully at your local children’s gear store.
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 that could be folded compactly and taken up the stairs at the end of the day. The Twin Triumph was perfect. And now, the updated model is even better.”
5. UPPAbaby G-LINK 2 — Editor’s Pick for Smaller, Younger Kids
Price: ~ $349
Weight: 21 lbs
The G-Link 2 has been out for a couple of years, now. Among other updates, the most recent model is lighter (22 lbs), more compact, easier to maneuver through doorways, has a larger three-panel canopy to better shield kids from the sun, and a bigger, more accessible under-seat basket that can hold up to 10 lbs! The G-Link 2 is available in Jake (black) and Jordan (Grey).
Excerpt of Review:
“After losing a couple of pounds and a couple of inches, the newest version of the G-Link double umbrella, the G-Link 2, is out. We like the lighter weight, design, and ease of use, but there are still some flaws to discuss. That’s why we wanted to get this UPPAbaby G-Link 2 review out to you. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Compared to the previous model, the G-Link 2 is lighter by about 2.5 lbs (now weighing 22 lbs) and narrower by 2 inches. It may not sound like a lot, but every pound matters when it comes to lugging these things around — and this stroller wins in the weight department. And yes, it’s Disney-approved for their parks.
The G-Link 2 also has an updated look, a larger three-panel canopy to better shield kids from the sun, and a bigger, more accessible under-seat basket that can hold up to 10 lbs.”
And there you have it, that is everything we know about double umbrella strollers. We hope you found something you like!