Venturing out with young children is an opportunity for exploration, wonder and, unfortunately, worry.
Whether it’s a trip to the airport, playground or grocery store, keeping track of more than one kid in a crowd can be tricky. How can you stay on task when you’re watching every move your young ones make? The answer is: use a twin umbrella stroller!
Besides securing two kids right in front of your eyes and allowing you to go about your business, the main draw of an umbrella stroller is just as the name suggests – it’s easy to fold up like a portable umbrella.
A double umbrella stroller has either two seats side by side or two seats one in front of the other. Both designs are collapsible. But how do you find the best double umbrella stroller for your needs?
Before you start shopping, list the features you’d like your double stroller to have and then check out some reviews like ours below. To begin, here’s a list of features to consider:
Many twin strollers can hold up to 35 lbs. in each seat, yet still be lightweight and weigh around 20 lbs. The best designs are easy to fold using just one hand (in case you have luggage or groceries in the other) and have a carrying handle or strap. As for safety, the seatbelts or harnesses have 3 to 5 points of closure to hold even the squirmiest child in her seat.
There are very few drawbacks to investing in a double stroller. If you have twins, chances are they’ll outgrow the stroller at the same time. However, a downside could be if an older child exceeds the weight capacity but a younger child still fits comfortably. Many customers solved this dilemma by using the empty seat as a “basket” to hold any manner of items, from extra coats, books, shopping bags and more.
Before we dig into the details, let's take a quick look at our favorite models.
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- Very inexpensive
Delta LX Side by Side
- Easy to assemble
Kolcraft Cloud Side-by-Side Umbrella Stroller
- Good price point
Chicco Echo Twin Stroller
Zoe XL Double Lightweight Stroller
McLaren Twin Triumph
- Fits through standard doorways
McLaren Twin Techno
- Oversized storage
And now, for an in-depth look at some of the best double umbrella strollers on the market today...
Although it’s one of the smallest designs, it’s a great option for quick trips or travel. It’s a superlight 16 lbs. that folds easily to fit in a trunk of a car, the backseat of a taxi, or on an airplane.
The side-by-side seats each have 3-point safety harnesses and can hold up to 19 lbs. There are two mesh bags behind the seats for storing items likes wipes, snacks or toys.
The low price point reflects the AmorosO double stroller’s simplicity. Indeed, it’s pretty bare bones – no extra padding or reclining seats. However, for this price, it’s enough to know that your young kids will be safe and secure on brief outings.
We love how easy this is to collapse and toss into a trunk! Without any extra gadgets (cup holders, storage baskets, expandable canopies etc.), it was so manageable, even when we were juggling two toddlers and shopping bags!
This stroller is perfect for running quick errands or going places where the kids will be getting up and out of their seats multiple times to stretch their legs (Disney, for example!). Since there isn’t any padding on the seat, this isn’t the stroller to take on an leisurely adventure.
We imagine keeping this stroller by the front door, ready to use at a moment’s notice (to make a quick jaunt to the grocery store or dash to a friend’s house). Given the very low price point, it could be a good compliment to a second more durable stroller that’s used for longer excursions.
The Delta LX stroller was created with comfort in mind – for both the kids and the parents.
Special features include wheels with shock absorbers for a smooth ride, padded seats and shoulder straps, adjustable footrests, cup holder (for parents) and ample storage space. This model is also extremely safe, with a 5-point harness and locking front wheels.
If the mood hits, the seats can fully recline so the kids can enjoy a comfy and secure nap. While they’re sleeping, you’ll know that the front wheels (with a 360 degree swivel) will easily navigate different terrains and the trim frame will fit through standard doorways without any hassle.
This Delta LX comes in different colors.
We appreciate the versatile harness belt. When we were in a rush or planning to travel just a short distance, we chose the 3-point safety snaps. In this way, we’d have our kids safe and secure in a heartbeat – they never even had time to fuss!
This probably isn’t the best choice for families planning to travel by airplane since the stroller can be cumbersome when it’s folded up (there’s isn’t any handle). However, it would work well for a family planning to enjoy outdoor adventures that might require traveling over a variety of terrain – pavement to gravel to grass.
The Delta LX double stroller is inexpensive, only a bit more than the AmorosO (review above), but it has multiple features – reclining seats and footrests, padded seats and shoulder straps etc. -- that may appeal to families planning to take longer leisurely outings.
The Kolcraft Cloud double stroller is all about traveling light. Weighing in at just 21 lbs., the trim, maneuverable design is a breeze to control.
Your children can relax under an expandable sun canopy and choose from multiple reclining positions (each seat reclines independently). The seat backs roll up so air can flow through for an even more enjoyable ride. A 3-point safety harness will keep your precious cargo in place.
One thing to know: in this case, traveling light also means no extra storage pockets or baskets.
Since we used this stroller over the summer in the city, we loved the way the backs of the seats rolled up to allow air to flow through. The kids appreciated the cool down!
This is a perfect city stroller since it’s not too bulky or heavy and the kids are comfortable and secure. It’s great for running errands as long as you have another way to store items that you buy (since this stroller doesn’t have any storage solutions).
There’s a lot to recommend this stroller, but we found the lack of storage a real problem since our kids always travel with snacks, and small items like sunglasses, wipes, books or toys. Although it’s not over-priced, for the money we feel we could find a stroller that’s equally well designed with the space for storing what we need.
The Chicco Echo Twin Stroller is a significantly heavier model than the strollers we’ve reviewed above, almost 36 lbs. with a 40 lb. max weight in each seat. That said, this is an easy to maneuver stroller with features for both baby and you.
In terms of comfort, the cushioned seats recline independently and the safety straps are padded. You can reposition the leg/foot supports and adjust the canopy for more or less protection (from the sun, wind or rain). The 5-point safety harness offers the maximum protection and the tall handlebars accommodate parents up to 6’ tall.
Conveniently located under the seats, there’s an average-sized storage basket. And when the stroller is folded up, there’s a handle to help you carry it around.
We love that this is such a dream to maneuver, even though it’s one of the heavier models. Whether we used it on a bumpy dirt road or over the curbs on city streets, we had no problem staying in control of the stroller’s movement.
We imagine this as a real workhorse of a stroller, used for running lots of errands or treks over tricky terrain (like a country road).
Because this is a heavier model, we don’t think this is best for a parent who will be clambering on and off of public transportation (taxis, buses or down subway stairs).
There are two versions of the Zoe XL Double Lightweight Stroller: the “Best” version and the “Deluxe.” The Deluxe model seems to have three things that the Best does not: a 4-panel canopy (as opposed to a 3-panel); removable, padded seat cushions; and removable harness pads. The difference in price is about $20.
This design is pretty ingenious in that it has lots of features yet it’s extremely lightweight – 16 lbs.! What’s more, the maximum weight per seat is a whopping 50 lbs., so this stroller may last longer than any of the others we’ve reviewed.
The Zoe double stroller has safety in mind too, with front locking wheels plus a step-on rear brake (as well as individual back brakes), a 5-point harness with a “quick release,” and a generous canopy for protection from weather during all seasons.
The tall handles make this a favorite choice for taller parents, and the parent cup holders and kids’ snack cups are thoughtful additions.
Since we’re a bit of a klutz, especially when keeping an eye trained on two kids, we love how easy it is to fold up this stroller! The “on the go” design feels like it was made just for us because it’s simple to use – every time. What’s more, if the wheels are locked, the collapsed stroller will stand in place until you’re ready to take it out for another spin.
This is for the family looking for an everyday double stroller that delivers in terms of comfort, safety, and ease of use and for the family that will not balk at a higher price point.
McLaren is a highly respected, recognizable name when it comes to strollers and perhaps the makers of the best twin umbrella strollers.
Considering this, we weren’t surprised to see the high price point attached to the Twin Triumph. This sleek 23 lb. design is packed with features including a one-hand folding system, waterproof/UV protected canopies, washable seats, one-step rear brake, and more.
It’s the only stroller company we reviewed that offers a lifetime product guarantee (just register online 60 days after purchase).
Since our kids have yet to master snacking without spilling, we love that we can remove the seat material and give it a whirl in our washing machine! We hung the material to dry and it came out great. We haven’t found any other stroller with washable material.
This stroller is perfect for the growing family. Even if you’re pinching your pennies, you could justify this splurge knowing it will last for a long time. Since there’s a lifetime guarantee, you know your Twin Triumph will be around for as long as you need it. The fact that it’s only 23 lbs. makes it a good choice for travel as well.
We found this to be a worry-free choice. It’s durable and satisfying in a bunch of ways (Extra storage! Washable!) and we knew if we had any problems the company’s customer service would sort us out.
McLaren’s Techno Twin is like a pumped up version of its Twin Triumph. The additional features make this a heavier model, around 46 lbs., but it promises performance!
A major difference is the Newborn Safety System that includes a covering for the babies’ heads and feet. In addition, the viewing windows and air vents are larger, and reflective material has been added for nighttime safety. A second lock has been added for when the stroller is folded. All of the other awesome features you expect with a McLaren are included.
Since we tend to worry (even when we don’t need to), the fact that McLaren products have a lifetime guarantee was a welcome surprise. What’s more, when we had a problem with a stroller part, we received prompt and courteous customer service.
Like the McLaren Twin Triumph, the Techno is ideal for a growing family that plans to use the stroller a lot and for a long time. This may be a better choice for a family that doesn’t travel or plan to lug this heavier model up stairs or onto public transportation of any kind.
There’s a reason we see so many McLaren strollers on the streets these days. They are expertly crafted and the company stands behind their products 100%.
Since you can’t beat the professionalism and craftsmanship behind the McLaren name, in many ways, we saved the top examples of the best double umbrella strollers for last. However, the hefty price tag of the McLaren models may be off-putting.
From our research, we’ve learned about numerous models available, from pared down designs to styles with all the bells and whistles.
If you think that a double jogging stroller is more your speed, check out our article on the best models right here, or if you want to look into sit and stand strollers for your twosome, we have some suggestions for those as well.
We’re confident that there’s a model suitable for your family and its particular needs from among our list of the best double umbrella strollers.
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