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.
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 of the Phil & Ted’s inline double strollers are all my own, as always!
Phil & Teds Sport ~ $449 Single (~ $169 for double’s kit)
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. The 2019+ version of the Sport has some really fun, punchy seat liner colors, such as: Apple, Blush, Butterscotch, Chilli, Rust and Sky.
Stroller Weight: 27 lbs single; 31 lbs double
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. [If you have twins — check out 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 Mockingbird, UPPAbaby Vista and Phil & Teds Dash and Voyager (mentioned below).
The Sport has an extendable canopy that isn’t super huge, but it does offer UPF50+ sun protection, and has a silent peek-a-boo window to check on your little one.
The canopy does not cover the second child, but often the second child is in the shadow of the bigger seat. Cleverly, the canopy includes pockets for extra storage, which you can use for small items like sunglasses, your phone 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.
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). The front wheel can lock and swivel, and the all-wheel suspension ensures a comfortable ride over all kinds of terrain.
Like the Mockingbird and UPPAbaby Vista, 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. People who own this stroller tend to love it.
- 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 $569, 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 🙂
- 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 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 (older model) 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 ~$557 as Single / $669 as Double
- The Modular in-line
At the top of the Phil & Teds food chain is the Voyager, a newer and exciting 4-wheel stroller that is extremely versatile, sleek and well-engineered. It comes in a wide variety of liner colors, such as: Chilli, Blush, Rust, Apple, Sky, Butterscotch, Black and Charcoal.
Note that the Voyager is their priciest offering (I would add that all modular strollers are quite pricey).
The Voyager has a lot of different seating modes for both one and two kiddos, which makes it quite a versatile stroller. The primary seat is “modular”, meaning your child can sit parent-facing (i.e., rear-facing) or forward-facing (much like the City Select or UPPAbaby Vista). If you have two kids, you can add the double’s kit seat accessory and your kids can ride inline, stadium seating-style, tandem or in “high-five mode” (i.e. kids facing each other).
If you have a newborn you can purchase the snug carrycot accessory, or use the Voyager as a travel system with the alpha infant car seat (the Voyager accepts other car seat brands too, which the use of an adapter — sold separately). If you have twins, the Voyager does accept two carrycots or carseats at the same time! Woohoo!
The bassinet can face either way. In doubles mode, make your bassinet rear-facing to give the bottom child more space.
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.
Once it’s folded the Voyager has a self-standing feature to keep the interior fabrics off the ground and clean.
The Voyager also has many of the luxury features of the Dash, including an amazing extendable UPF50+ canopy with a mesh peek-a-boo window, an adjustable handlebar, an easy-to-use footbrake, lockable front swivel wheels, a removable bumper bar that opens from either side and a one-touch release 5-point safety harness. The second seat even comes with a decent canopy – AND it reclines, which is really hard to find in the tandem stroller-sphere.
The Voyager has all-wheel suspension, plus two 8-inch wheels in the front and two 12″ Aeromaxx tires in the rear that will never need to be re-inflated and cannot go flat. These wheels are a cinch to pop up on curbs and maneuver through all kinds of terrain.
To see it in action, check out this cute little video from Phil & Ted’s that show’s the versatility of the Voyager.
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 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!
- Verve ~ $299 single / ~ $379 double
- Vibe ~ Single currently unavailable / $749 double
- Second Seat for both ~ $199
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 for the Phil & Ted’s inline double strollers, folks! Good luck on your double stroller hunt.
P.S. See the Complete Double Stroller Guide here!