Like everyone else, we're looking for a super awesome twin stroller that won't break the bank. What do I mean by "super awesome"? Okay, you know the drill. It wheels easily on all sorts of terrain, fits through doors, can be easily folded up and unfolded, can handle newborns/infants, will last us through age 4, does not require any kind of second stroller purchase, and costs less than our mortgage payment. Does not exist. I know. One nonnegotiable for sure is nonplastic wheels. We live in the real 'burby 'burbs (bleh) so this is a stroller that I will need to fold, stick in the car, and unfold constantly. We don't have a garage, so this stroller is going to be stored either in my (roomy) station wagon trunk or the main room in our townhouse. First world problem, I know.
Our price point is max ~$400. We could be compelled to go up if we could add needed parts/accessories over time.
After reading a zillion reviews I was pretty set on the Baby Trend Expedition Double (http://www.babytrend.com/joggers_double/DJ96045.html) - it's the one with three wheels/front swivel wheel. It's fairly lightweight for a jogging double, is 31.5" wide, and the seats lie flat so I could put newborns in them with a support. Some reviewers said it fits through doors no problem, others said not so much (maybe 60/40% respectively). Very reasonably priced and many reviewers noted they liked it as much or better than the BOB. Okay, good. Then I started thinking about the reality of removing two newborns from their car seats every.single.time I need to get out of the house. And hence, maybe getting one of those annoying clip and go frames secondhand to use in the beginning. Which, as you can tell, I don't want to do.
Then I spotted the 2012 Britax b-Ready (which has real wheels as opposed to the 2011) - http://www.britaxusa.com/strollers/2012-b-ready/image-gallery. It is sort of a lower-priced Baby Jogger City Select. I love that this thing can take two infant buckets in a reasonable configuration, and that they don't have to be Britax brand. What I don't love is the toddler configuration. I have seen a zillion people using these inline two-seaters (usually with a toddler and a baby) in Major Metropolis Near Me and it just seems like the kid in the lower seat rides so close to the grime on the sidewalk. And is smushed down there. Meanwhile the top seat is too high for a kid to climb into independently. But the b-Ready was positively reviewed by Twiniversity specifically for twin families, and having read lots of positive reviews of it...I am being seduced by this setup. If you have toddler twins, do you think this configuration would work for them? Would they be okay being inline? (They can sort of face each other but not really.) Would there be constant fighting over the top/bottom seat? Do YOU prefer them to be next to one another?
Everyone else - what do you think??? How did you make your stroller desicion.
Thank you! I need opinions!