Searching for the best double umbrella stroller of 2020? We researched more than 25 contenders, before purchasing the top 9 competitors for rigorous side-by-side testing to find the best options for different uses. Finding the right lightweight option for your growing family can be confusing with so many options available. We understand. We tested important factors like weight and folded size, ease of use, maneuverability, quality, and more. Each stroller was tested in-house at BabyGearLab and in the real world to get all the details you need to make a decision that best fits your family and wallet.
The Best Double Umbrella Strollers
Best Overall Double Umbrella Stroller
ZOE XL2 BEST v2
The ZOE XL2 BEST v2 is a functional, side-by-side lightweight stroller, outshining others with additional features. Among the competition, it is one of the lightest and is fairly small when folded, making it a good choice if storage space is limited or you have trouble lifting heavier gear. It sports a large storage bin with a high maximum weight allowance, plus it has additional pockets and cup holders for added convenience. The BEST has adjustable leg rests and padded seats for child comfort, along with some of the largest and most versatile canopies in the group.
The BEST isn't the easiest to push off-road, and its width can make it hard to maneuver in small spaces or narrow doorways. We also worry that the mesh storage bin may not be as durable as canvas competitors despite the larger maximum weight limit. However, we think the BEST is a great lightweight stroller for two and makes up for any potential frustrations by sporting a reasonable price and more bells and whistles than the majority of the competition.
Read review: ZOE XL2 BEST v2
High-end Stylish Double
Mountain Buggy Nano Duo
The Mountain Buggy Nano Duo is a sleek and stylish side-by-side umbrella stroller. This stroller is one of the smallest when folded, which helps it fit in spaces where other double options can't go, and this is where the Nano truly outshines most of the competition. Also, this stroller is relatively light, has a nice size storage bin, and adjustable leg rests for passenger comfort.
Some drawbacks of the Nano include the lack of peek-a-boo windows, its canopies are only medium in size, and the storage basket has a bar across the back, which limits access. Also, the price is on the higher end when compared to the competition. However, this stroller is an excellent quality choice that could be the only option for parents with smaller cars. While the Nano Duo misses the mark to work well as a primary stroller, it has enough of what you need for a travel-friendly stroller.
Read review: Mountain Buggy Nano Duo
Best on a Budget
Delta Children LX Side by Side
The Delta Children LX Side by Side earned an eye-catching score for its weight and folded size, and it has one of the lowest price tags in the review. This little option is basic and bare-bones, with no fancy frills, making it a good option for those on a budget who require a travel stroller for occasional use or where space might be limited.
Since the Delta offers hardly any features, it may be challenging to use this stroller on longer adventures. There is no under-seat storage, just storage pockets, and they are not generous in size. So, it is very likely you will need to carry a supply bag, especially with two kids. As for its canopies, they are tiny and offer minimal coverage; in fact, they are one of the smallest in the review. While the Delta won't work well as a primary stroller, it can transport children from place to place for a budget-friendly price, in a total package you can easily carry, which makes it ideal for occasional use or public transportation.
Read review: Delta Children LX Side by Side
The UPPAbaby G-Link is an excellent looking double umbrella stroller that impresses with its attention to detail and well-manufactured parts. This stroller goes together nicely and is sturdy in a way not often seen in umbrella style products. We appreciate its large canopies, easy-access storage bin, and its carry handle that all function as they should without any hiccups.
This product is heavy and larger than most of the competition, making it a poor choice for parents who may need to carry it upstairs or over long distances. It is also one of the most expensive in this review, so parents on a tight budget or those who may only use a lightweight stroller occasionally might want to look elsewhere. However, the quality of this product may justify the higher price if your budget can stretch. Parents who may favor a lightweight stroller for two over a full-size option will find the G-Link can get the job done without sacrificing features or functionality with a weight lower than the full-size competition.
Read review: UPPAbaby G-Link
Why You Should Trust Us
The BabyGearLab team has tested all categories of strollers since the beginning, and our years of experience and dedication provide unique expertise and understanding regarding a top-performing stroller with more than 219 hands-on stroller tests under our belts. Leading our team is Dr. Juliet Spurrier, a Board Certified Pediatrician and mother of two. Dr. Spurrier uses her education, background, and experience as a mom to develop BabyGearLab safety standards. Next up is our Senior Research Analyst Bob Wofford, who is a father of seven and a dynamic tester in our stroller reviews. Bob has been conducting testing since 2013. Our team also includes Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz, who is a mother of two and a stroller evaluator since 2014, as well as Senior Review Editor Abriah Wofford who joined BabyGearLab's stroller team in 2015.
Our team searches the market for top products before selecting impressive competitors. BabyGearLab purchases each stroller and puts them through rigorous testing in-house and in the real world. With high-standards and testing protocols, we challenge each stroller to learn its abilities and limitations. We also complete side-by-side comparisons and examine extra features, or, in some cases, lack of features to help you find the right stroller for your needs.
Analysis and Test Results
Finding the right umbrella stroller for two comes down to priorities and making concessions. Several of the products look alike and have similar features, but how well they perform can be vastly different when you get your hands on them.
To avoid frustration, you'll need to outline your strolling expectations, which features you want, and your budget. Once you know these answers, you can sort through which of the options best match your plans and needs. The selection of double stroller options isn't as varied as single strollers, but it still requires thoughtful consideration as the prices vary widely. We believe there is a lightweight stroller that can work for most families, and our hands-on testing and review is here to help you find the right one for you.
Finding a high performing double lightweight stroller that is a great value is relatively easy compared to other gear categories. In this review, a few of the top-performing products are reasonably priced, including the Best Value winner, the Delta Children LX Side by Side, with an above-average rank and one of the lowest prices in the group. Even better, if your budget is somewhat larger, you can choose the ZOE XL2 BEST v2, which has a lower price than other top contenders but performed significantly better. Plus, it comes with bells and whistles you won't find on most of the competition.
Why Get a Double Umbrella Stroller?
After testing this type of stroller, we aren't entirely convinced that you need a lightweight double stroller. Whether the stroller of choice is basic or has additional features, a lightweight stroller can make travel simpler, but not if it is frustrating to use. We found this type of gear so challenging to maneuver, in comparison to their single counterparts and full-size double strollers, that we think that many parents should skip this type of gear in favor of a lighter or smaller full-size double option. However, if you are traveling and must have a smaller or lighter stroller for sightseeing or visits to Grandma's, then finding a double umbrella stroller will provide freedom and can make day trips or tourist activities more fun. These strollers can help you round up little ones and get them where you need to go without the heft and size of a larger stroller. They are more compact than standard or jogging strollers, which can be useful on city sidewalks or crowded spaces.
Criteria for Evaluation
During testing, we emphasized weight and folded size as having the most impact on the final score; finding the lightest, easiest to carry stroller is the main goal of purchasing this type of gear. The overall scores come from a combination of in-house tests and everyday use. We rate the competition in a side-by-side comparison.
Weight and Folded Size
How much a stroller weighs and how small it is when folded is the heart of what makes one product stand out from the rest. Parents need a stroller that is compact to fit in small spaces and easy to carry or take on public transportation.
Some of the doubles we tested are relatively heavy, which makes them harder to carry and not a good trade-off for the lack of features compared to the full-size doubles. Some are lighter but were longer than average when folded thanks to the accordion fold, which is common in umbrella products. This longer length makes them hard to fit in smaller trunks. This metric could be a make or break metric for parents with minimum space or limited strength.
The top-performing products in the review for weight and folded size are the ZOE XL2 BEST v2 (above left) and the Delta Children LX Side by Side (above right). The Delta has one of the lightest weight in the group at 18.5 lbs, while the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo has one of the smallest fold at 7,484 cubic inches. The ZOE has a winning combination of being relatively small and lightweight, measuring 9,145 cubic inches and 19.7 lbs. Many of the strollers fail to be light or small, with measurements over 23 lbs and 11,000 cubic inches.
Ease of Use
Ease of use considers the regularly used stroller features that make a stroller easier to use or add additional versatility for convenience or comfort.
The higher ranking products typically have more features, so parents may be able to use them for longer adventures. Larger canopies or easy to access storage bins translates to a stroller that can carry more supplies and keep passengers comfortable for longer.
Fold and Unfold
Lightweight options should be easy to fold and compact for traveling. Folding small is essential, but folding easily and quickly is also important. Strollers with straightforward folds and few steps earned better scores. Automatic locks and standing when folded also earned more points. The ZOE XL2 BEST v2 and the UPPAbaby G-Link are the easiest options to fold; both self-stand and have automatic locks. The most difficult to fold is the Peg Perego Pliko Mini Twin, which requires two hands and multiple steps and has three levers to unlock before folded. It isn't difficult, but it is convoluted and time-consuming when the competition proves it doesn't need to be.
Several of the double umbrella products have double or even triple action brakes that require multiple pedal engagement before the brake is appropriately set. We worry parents could grow complacent and either forget to set all of the pedals or will choose not to. These decisions could result in unnecessary injuries. For this reason, we prefer single action brakes that require only one pedal push. Good brakes are easy to set and release, without stiffness, do not disengage on their own, and don't hurt sandaled feet to release. The best brakes are on the ZOE XL2 BEST v2. This stroller has a wide bar that can be pressed anywhere or on the pedal near the wheel to set. The Kinderwagon HOP has the worst brakes. In our experience, the brakes disengage on their own. Once set, the brakes pop out of place if you bump the stroller or if the rear wheels lift slightly and then drop back down. In both instances, the brakes release without warning, and the stroller rolls. For us, this problem got worse over time, which made the Kinderwagon HOP an option we don't recommend for safety reasons.
Storage is essential; storage for two is even more critical. If a stroller lacks adequate room, you'll be packing a bag someone has to carry. Most of the strollers offer storage, but how much, where, and if it is accessible or even useful varies. Most options have a storage bin under the seats, but many of these were cut in two by a crossbar that prevents putting a larger diaper bag inside. Some have no bin and rely on small pockets or nothing at all. Of those that provide a bin, not all are easy to access, and some are very difficult to use. The ZOE XL2 BEST v2 has a good basket that is easy to access, even when you recline the seatbacks. It is one bin with no crossbar, but the design will limit you to only a large diaper bag. The Kolcraft Cloud Double and the Delta Children LX Side by Side do not have storage bins, and the Delta relies on pockets, while the Kolcraft has none.
The photos above show some additional storage features, from left to right they are the back pockets on Delta Children LX Side by Side, the child snack holders on the ZOE XL2 BEST v2 and child tray on the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite with Rear Seat.
All of the double strollers offer a sunshade, though the coverage of the shade varies widely from barely there to cocoon coverage. The more basic strollers had smaller shades, with the Delta Children LX Side by Side sporting one of the smallest with a simple, direct, overhead canopy and no peek-a-boo windows. The strollers with more features generally have larger sun shades. The ZOE XL2 BEST v2 has one of the biggest canopies with shades that curve around with multiple panels, including a pop-out visor and a zippered panel. The ZOE canopies have a useful mesh peek-a-boo window with a cover that has a silent magnetic closure. The UPPAbaby G-Link canopies are also large, yet lack the cocoon effect of the ZOE.
These photos show the various sizes of canopies found on the double products; from left to right the shades are the small Delta Children LX Side by Side, the medium size shades on the Maclaren, and the giant canopies on the ZOE XL2 BEST v2.
All of the double strollers in this review have 5-point harnesses, except one, the Kolcraft Cloud Double, which has a 3-point harness. Five points are much safer than three with two extra straps on the shoulders that help keep little ones from falling or climbing out. We assessed how difficult the straps are to adjust for length and height, and the level of difficulty to use the buckles. Products earn more points for adjustable crotch straps, easy rethread, and buckles that only require one hand to operate.
We think parents are more likely to routinely use harnesses without skipping it on shorter strolls if the harness is easy to use. The UPPAbaby G-Link (above left) is the easiest harness and buckle combination to use, while the Maclaren Twin Triumph (above right) has the most challenging buckle that requires two hands to operate. The ZOE XL 2 BEST v2 is also easy to adjust and buckle with a score slightly below the UPPAbaby G-Link.
Having a seat comfortable enough for napping earns products better scores. A reclining seatback and adjustable leg rest go a long way in making passengers comfortable. Some of the double options offer reclining backs, while the in-line options have seats with different recline angles and levels of comfort.
Depending on the strolling you plan to do, a product with few features for comfort may work, but if your adventure may last longer, the trip will be more successful in a stroller that offers features for comfortable napping. The UPPAbaby G-Link has adjustable leg rests, creating additional comfort options.
The UPPAbaby G-Link and the ZOE XL2 BEST v2 have the most comfortable seats in the group, with the G-Link offering the deepest recline, something most of the competition doesn't provide. The Kolcraft Cloud Double and the Delta Children LX Side by Side are the most uncomfortable with almost upright seating, little recline, and limited leg rest.
Lightweight strollers provide the bare minimum for support and protection from bouncing and jostling over uneven terrain. They sacrifice some features and design for the sake of achieving a lower overall weight and a smaller footprint. Because babies younger than six months lack muscle control, they can't support their head and neck and could potentially suffer injuries related to the lack of adequate support from the stroller. The only exceptions are products that accept the attachment of an infant car seat, like the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite with Second Seat, where the car seat provides the support lacking in the lightweight stroller.
Car Seat Compatibility
Only the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite with Second Seat and the Kinderwagon HOP accept infant car seats. The Joovy comes with a universal car seat adapter that works with a variety of infant car seat manufacturers, including the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and the Chicco Keyfit 30. The Kinderwagon HOP works with Graco Classic Connect models and the Combi Shuttle only. Both strollers only accept one infant car seat, making them a poor choice for infant twins. Plus, as we've already stated above, we do not recommend the HOP thanks to brake problems. In general, a lightweight product is not the best gear choice if you want to combine your infant car seat with a stroller, and we suggest you consider a frame stroller or full-size option instead.
Ease of Setup
Most of the double strollers are relatively easy to put together and have manuals that get the job done even if they are frustrating to use. The ZOE XL2BEST v2 and UPPAbaby G-Link manuals are simple and easy to follow. The components requiring assembly usually consist of attaching wheels, canopies, and storage features to the frame. None of the products require complete construction, and only the Joovy Caboose needs a tool. The Caboose took the longest to assemble, with a time of almost 11 minutes. The Delta Children LX Side by Side took under 3 minutes and was super easy to assemble.
None of the lightweight double products performed well in our tests for maneuverability, with only one stroller earning a high, yet average score. A few strollers came in close behind, and all others scored low.
Pushing and turning can make or break your experience with a stroller. Depending on the terrain you plan to cover, which stroller you choose will make a big difference in getting where you want to go frustration-free. The UPPAbaby G-Link earned one of the highest scores in the group, yet, only average on the scale. The ZOE XL2 BEST v2 and the Delta Children LX Side by Side both came in close behind. These strollers struggle to turn quickly, have difficulty through doorways, or have dual front wheels that get caught on small bumps.
We knew most of the strollers might struggle on the grass and gravel, but we were surprised that several of them were also challenging to use on flat surfaces. These strollers all have relatively small plastic wheels, many with a fake tread pattern, and a dual-wheel design (2 wheels on each leg that equal 4 to 6 wheels in front). These kinds of wheels and this double wheel design, in our tests, historically equals challenging to maneuver strollers. The hardest doubles to push are the Kolcraft Cloud Double and the Peg Perego Pliko Mini Twin. Both options are hard to push on smooth hardwood and more challenging to turn with weight in the seat.
Quality encompasses how well a product is built, along with the materials used to create the entire package.
Many of these products have flimsy frames and loose wheels, lots of exposed fasteners, and connection points with construction that feels cheap and uninspired. Other elements we test are frame flex, wheel wobble, rough edges, loose connections, and unfriendly fabric.
We can't say there is one best stroller for everyone and their specific needs, especially in a gear category where the majority of competition leaves us feeling disappointed. Since parent and passenger needs vary, there could be an option here that works for your family, even if it didn't win an award. However, our testing reveals some real-world problems and considerations that we think can make this decision easier, so you know what you can expect before you open your wallet.
Whether you are looking for an inexpensive, bare-bones double seater or a higher-end buggy with features for convenience or comfort, you can find an option that fulfills your needs. Our goal is to complete the hands-on testing and provide you with information so that you can make the best decision for your family.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz