Phil & Ted’s Inline Double Strollers: Sporty, easy to maneuver and versatile.
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 (below).
Because the storage basically vanishes once you add a second seat (with child) in the rear, I highly recommend you get a Pannier bag with any of these strollers. The panniers attach to the side of the stroller and give you some much-needed storage space for smaller items. You can also hang your diaper bag from the handlebar.
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.
*No compensation was given for this review. These opinions are all my own, as always!
Phil & Teds Sport ~ $499 Single; $649 Double
As mentioned previously, Phil & Teds came out with the Navigator a couple of years ago as an upgrade from their previous model, the Explorer, and is NOW called the Sport. Please stop changing the name, people! LOL
Weight Limits: 44 lbs front seat; 33 lbs rear seat
By adding the second child in the back, the advantage is that you aren’t increasing the overall footprint or length of the stroller, thus maintaining the maneuverability of a single (for the most part) AND the ability to pop it up onto curbs and whatnot (as opposed to the City Select, where the weight of the second child goes over the front wheels).
Inline (tandem) strollers are much more narrow than side-by-sides, so you can get them through any door frame (left). The Sport is 23” wide, which is quite narrow indeed.
The big downside to this configuration, as passersby will comment, is that “the poor second child sitting in the back is just staring at the back of the front child. He can’t see! The poor dear, will he be damaged for life??” Honestly, I don’t think the child sitting in the back really cares that much (especially if they are under 2), but IF THEY DO, this stroller definitely isn’t for you.
The Sport has TONS of seating positions (26 to be specific), including the somewhat rare ability to take two infant car seats at the same time (below). If you’re looking for a well-balanced all-terrain stroller to use for infant twins, check it out.
That said, I don’t find stadium-seating configurations to be ideal when twins get older because of the seating inequality situation, which in reality can cause fighting over who gets to sit where (the ol’ top bunk vs. bottom bunk fight). Also, the front seat has a 44 lb weight limit (a 5 y/o), while the rear seat has a 33 lb limit (a 3 y/o), so it’s really better for kids of differing ages. [Best strollers for Twins]
The weight as a single is 27 lbs, which is very typical for convertibles (in singles mode), and 31 lbs as a double, which is actually a bit lighter than other convertibles in doubles mode. Yes, I’ve read a lot of reviews that say it’s too heavy, but remember that all convertibles are heavy; that particular criticism is out of context unless you are comparing it to other single (only) strollers.
The Sport is a 3-wheeled stroller (as opposed to the four-wheeled B-Ready, City Select, and Vista), which means it turns on a dime and maneuvers more like a BOB (i.e., a bit more maneuverable, but a bit more tippy as well). Think of the Sport as an inline BOB with inferior suspension—thus not really for jogging, but nice for a brisk walk.
The Sport has a quick, one-hand fold and folds down fairly compactly, especially for a double chassis. It fits into almost any trunk, which is a difficult claim for the larger doubles and convertibles. You do have to remove the second seat in order to fold it in doubles mode, but this is the case with most convertibles, except for the Britax B-Ready, UPPAbaby Vista and Phil & Teds Dash and Voyager (mentioned below).
It does not have a standing fold, so be careful that you don’t damage the handlebar by scraping it on the ground when folding or carrying it.
The fully adjustable follow-the-sun canopy isn’t super huge, but it does pivot to cover your kid wherever the sun is hitting him. The canopy does not cover the second child, but often the second child is in the shadow of the bigger seat. The canopy cleverly includes pockets for extra storage, which you can use for small items like sunglasses and sippy cups. There’s also a large(ish) underseat basket, but it can be a little difficult to access with kid #2 in the back, which is a very typical problem with double strollers.
Unique to the Sport is Auto Stop, an innovative feature which stops the stroller automatically if Mom lets go of the bar – very similar to the handlebar kill switch on a lawn mower or jet ski. If it bothers you, you can also clamp it down.
For those of you who live in hilly places, this is SUPER, super valuable; those of you in Kansas and Florida will find it less useful.
We lived in San Francisco for the first two years as parents and I would have LOVED a feature like this for the steep, scary hills in the City. In fact, a friend and I made our own poor-man’s runaway strap for our strollers using a bungee cord and Velcro. I look back now and laugh, but the Auto Stop feature would have been a godsend for us (I’m a fan, can you tell?).
The 12” air-filled tires ride really well, but do run the risk of becoming flat and will need to be pumped up periodically, unlike the “forever-air” tires of their upscale models such as the Dash and Voyager (read more below). Like the B-Ready, the handlebar rotates up or down to adjust for height.
Bottom line: The Sport is a nice little compact, all-terrain stroller that serves parents looking for a sportier, three-wheeled tandem stroller. The weight distribution makes it super maneuverable and easy to pop up onto curbs and such.
Phil & Teds Dot ~ $499 (2015 version, on sale for $399)
- Compact and affordable
Designed to be 15 percent smaller than the Sport, the Dot weighs a mere 26 pounds and has a 23-inch width, making it compact enough for busy malls, city streets, subway platforms, and narrow spaces.
Dot is compatible with Graco SnugRide (Classic and Click Connect Models), Chicco Keyfit, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, and Maxi-Cosi Mico (Including AP) infant car seats with use of a travel system (sold separately).
The main seat accommodates a child up to 44 pounds, while the double kits (sold separately) holds up to 33 pounds in the rear-load position.
At $499, it comes standard with a second seat and has 10” puncture-free tires instead of 12” air-filled tires. Great for people who need a double, but are very space constrained, both in the car and at home. People who own the Dot love the Dot 🙂
Phil & Teds Dash ~ $550 Single ($499 on sale)/$699 Double ($599 on sale)
- Modern and uber light
The Dash is their lightest inline (at 25 lbs single, 29 lbs double) stroller with 12″ puncture-free Aeromaxx tires. One of their luxury offerings, the Dash comes in gorgeous “marl” fabrics (gray or blue) and can fold with both seats attached — yeeha!
The main seat can hold up to 55 lbs and second seat (sold separately) can hold up to 33 lbs (roughly, a 3-year-old).
I’ve been using this stroller for several months now and have enjoyed it greatly. It has nice little luxury touches, like a wonderful hand brake and canopy.
Again, Phil & Teds pays lots of attention to practical matters, such as popping the weight of two kids up onto a curb; these strollers are designed to do that with relative ease.
It’s car seat compatible with Phil & Teds Alpha, Mountain Buggy Protect, Maxi-Cosi Mico, Cybex Aton, Graco Classic & Click Connect, Chicco Keyfit, and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30. Yes, it can even take two of your infant twins – or for a nannyshare.
Just a general note: you can use the doubles version for one child and the second (empty) seat gives you TONS of storage space!! This comes in handy when picking up two kids from school (on foot) and loading it up with one child and ALL their backpacks, jackets, etc.
Bottom line: The Dash is a great-looking, lightweight stroller that folds without having to remove the second seat. Squeee!
Phil & Teds Voyager ~ $499 Single/$650 Double
- The Modular in-line
At the top of the Phil & Teds food chain is the Voyager, a new and exciting 4-wheel stroller that is extremely versatile and well-engineered. Comes in charcoal marl, blue marl, black and red.
The Voyager has a “modular” primary seat for parents who want the option to have your child parent-facing (i.e., rear-facing) or forward-facing, much like the City Select or UPPAbaby Vista. It’s also their priciest offering (I would add that all modular strollers are quite pricey).
The great thing about the Voyager is that it folds in ANY mode with BOTH seats attached – including parent-facing. This is truly unique! Yes, it does take some extra steps to fold down the second seat, but it’s very cool for situations like gate-checking it on an airplane, where you REALLY don’t want a bunch of untagged, separate pieces floating about. I promise you won’t ever get those back! Yes, keeping everything together is definitely beneficial.
The other VERY COOL thing about the Voyager is that the primary seat morphs into a bassinet, with a few snaps and zips. This is so cool because you don’t have to buy a separate piece (which you then have to store away, etc.). I have a Bumbleride Indie that has a separate bassinet, but after being stored in my garage for several years, has now become so dusty and dirty (I think something laid eggs in there as well, gross), it’s unusable.
The bassinet can face either way. In doubles mode, make your bassinet rear-facing to give the bottom child more space.
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The Voyager also has many of the luxury features of the Dash, including an amazing canopy that works both for the seat and as a true bassinet canopy, an adjustable handlebar, a nice hand brake, etc. The second seat even comes with a decent canopy – AND it reclines, which is really hard to find in the tandem stroller-sphere.
There are two 8-inch wheels in the front (with shocks), and two 12″ Aeromaxx tires in the rear that will never need to be re-inflated and cannot go flat.
Bottom Line: The Phil & Teds Voyager is an exciting, versatile double stroller that does everything you could want. The primary seat can face forward or rear, turns into a bassinet, and has an amazing canopy. The second seat also reclines and has a sun canopy, which is hard to find in the tandem stroller world. The stroller folds with both seats attached, which is SUPER convenient. The tires ride well and never need to be pumped (and cannot pop) and there is more room in the storage basket than most. Yes, I believe Phil & Teds thought of everything on this one!
Phil & Teds Verve/Vibe ~ $599 single (Verve on sale for $386) + $199 second seat
- These have been discontinued but may be still available for sale
The Verve and Vibe are luxury inline offerings from Phil & Teds – the only difference between them is that the Vibe has 3 wheels and the Verve has 4. These strollers have a sleek urban design, an aluminum frame, and luxury fabrics, while still offering the utilitarian features of a Phil & Teds inline and almost as many riding options (23) as the Sport (26).
Both of these strollers fold down very compactly (even with the second seat on!) and stand on their own. Because of the tall primary seat, these are also good for special needs children who may need to be in a stroller at an older age (5 yrs or so).
If you’re looking for an inline stroller with a luxury look and feel, check these out.
That is all, folks! Good luck on your double stroller hunt.
P.S. See the Complete Double Stroller Guide here!