Weight: 28 lbs
Car seat and double stroller combo that accepts two car seats
Looking for a car seat and double stroller combo? The Maxi-Cosi Dana for 2 is unique because, when used in travel system mode, it is the only double umbrella stroller that accepts two Maxi-Cosi infant car seats at the same time — pretty awesome and convenient for parents of twins or kiddos who are close in age and still in infant car seats.
While the Dana for 2 only takes Maxi-Cosi car seats (and, FYI, the stroller comes with car seat adapters…yay!), if you don’t have Maxi-Cosi car seats, don’t worry: the stroller seats on the Dana for 2 recline to a nearly flat position, so infants can lie comfortably, pram-style.
In fact, there are a lot of ways to use this stroller (see below) — use it as a travel system with two car seats, or use it with one car seat and one regular stroller seat, or as a simple double umbrella stroller with two regular stroller seats. As a mom with multiple kids, I appreciate options!
Now let’s dig a little deeper….
There are some sticking points, though (quite literally… some report that the stroller is difficult to open). Let’s start with the positive:
- Can be used as a double travel system from birth with the included Maxi-Cosi infant car seat adapters
- Maneuvers easily through standard size doorways and other narrow spaces
- Near full recline for infants (pram-style)
- Extra large canopy with peek-a-boo window
- Car seats are rear-facing and high up making it easy to check on babies and attend to their needs
- Comes with parent cup-holder (though many say it’s worthless)
- Reversible and machine-washable seat inserts so you can “customize” the stroller’s look
- Stands on its own when folded
- People love the water-resistant canopies and high-end seat fabrics
- At 28 lbs, it’s heavy! (Heavier than other double umbrellas, at least…)
- Many quality complaints. These include:
- many say the stroller does not open easily (they had to use force to jerk it open)
- flimsy cup holder
- Squeaking/defective tires and brakes
- Given location of the handles, some moms say you need to walk extra close to the stroller
- To insert the car seat(s), you need to remove the hood and place the car seat adapters in its place (so hopefully you don’t need to do this often)
- Baskets under the seats are difficult to access, and too small to fit diaper bags or other bigger items
The Maxi Cosi Dana for 2 is a nice alternative to a tandem twin car seat frame (caveat: you must use Maxi Cosi car seats). For starters, both of your babies are up high and facing you (right where you want them). This stroller (and any side-by-side, for that matter) is much easier to steer than a tandem twin car seat frame. Better yet, you can use it as a regular umbrella stroller after the car seat days are over (about 9 months of age or so).
People who are space-constrained and don’t have much storage (either at their home or in their trunk) will also appreciate the umbrella-fold. People also like the water resistant canopies, the upmarket seat fabrics and the general look of the stroller. It fits through standard doorways, has a compact fold (and self-stands when folded) and fits in most trunks (though test if it fits in yours before taking the tags off).
On the downside, at 28 lbs it’s on the heavier end (for a double umbrella stroller), and there are several major and minor complaints about the Dana for 2 (such as the difficulty of unfolding, defective tires and brakes, the unusable cup holder, etc.).
Overall, if you’re in the market for a multi-use double umbrella stroller, and you already own or are planning to purchase Maxi-Cosi car seats, the Maxi-Cosi Dana for 2 just may be the ideal pick for you.