Choosing a double stroller
On a roll ... During testing, prams are put on a “rolling road” rig for 64 hours at a speed of 5km/h, as per the Australian standard.
If you have twins, or a baby and toddler close in age, a two-seater stroller could be just what you need for getting the kids from A to B. There are a range of options: side-by-side, tandem (with front and rear seats), and single-seaters with a toddler seat added.
You might also try an additional platform (either standing only or with a seat built-in) clipped to the back of the stroller.
CHOICE tested two tandems, six side-by-sides and one single seater with toddler seat added, checking their safety, durability and ease of use.
As with CHOICE's latest tests of single-seat strollers, this test uses the 2009 version of the Australian standard AS/NZS 2088, the most current version, though many manufacturers still refer to the previous version from 2000.
While mandatory requirements are still based on the 2000 version, the new 2009 standard improves on safety. CHOICE hopes that by basing recommendations on this version, it will encourage the industry to do likewise.
CHOICE double pram review
The CHOICE test is based on the Australian standard for strollers, AS/NZS 2088:2009.
Staff testers, Antonio Bonacruz and Matthew Tung, checked various aspects, including harness straps that are adjustable and of adequate length, that the child is securely restrained, that folding mechanisms are safe and secure, and that there are no sharp edges or possible entrapment points for fingers or limbs. They also tested the stability of the stroller and that the brakes work well.
The prams were also tested for durability, and were put on the CHOICE “rolling road” rig for 64 hours at a speed of 5km/h, as per the Australian standard. All strollers were also attached to a machine that continuously simulates the action of mounting a curb. These tests show whether anything breaks, falls off or stops working properly after regular use.
They prams were also checked for ease of use, looking at reclining functions, and activities such as loading and unloading the basket, using the brakes and locking the front wheel. Testers folded and unfolded the strollers, pushed them over rough terrain, up and down stairs and through doorways, and tested how easily they fit into the boot of a family car.
In total, nine double strollers, priced $299 to $1098, were tested. CHOICE found one double stroller to recommend and another worth considering. The rest failed safety tests.
The following models and brands were tested:
• Chicco Echo Twin
• Lovencare Twingo Bp 9760
• Mothercare Vesta Twin
• Mountain Buggy Duet
• Steelcraft Agile Twin
• Valco Baby Evo 2 For Two
• Childcare Two Up Tandem
• Mothers Choice Deux Diamond
Single seat stroller with toddler seat:
• Baby Jogger City Select
Previously tested models
• Baby Jogger City Mini Double
• Babylove Twin Odyssey
• Childcare Twin Rover
• Maclaren Twin Techno
• Mother’s Choice Twin Le Xross
• Mountain Buggy Duo
• Peg Perego Aria Twin
• Valco Double Delight
• Bootiq Ruby Duo
• Marco Sky L
• Zuzu Evolution
Single seat strollers with toddler seat:
• Love N Care Europa
• Phil & Teds Sport Buggy and Inline Double Kit
• Steelcraft Strider Plus
Strollers with extra built-in platform/seat at rear:
• Joovy Caboose
• Kid-Sit 151003
• Lascal Buggy Board Basic
• Valco Hitch Hiker
For the results of the double stroller test, you can get the full report from the CHOICE website.