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!
If you can find a stroller that has a movable front wheel(s), but also locks in place for jogging, you'd get the best of both worlds. I have one like that called a tyke teck 360, but I havent' seen them available for awhile. As a bonus, it folds up pretty small for a double stroller.
so i know what you say about cost, but i want to put out there that a great stroller is something that will make being a MOM better every day of your life for the next few years, the freedom and convenance should not be undervalued.
and my stroller that i rave about all the time (so much so that i won't again unless you have a question, you can see my other posts on the subject all over)
is the City Select and the basic set up works out the $3.02 bucks a week for the 4 years. so even with the various add ons one rate years, i would do it again in a heart beat and we often comment on the reality that the cost over the life of our twins is pretty amazingly good for what it gives us.
Adaline's Mama - are you kidding? That was super helpful! I can't find that Baby Trend jogger to try out in person anywhere, so I am really glad to have that input. I was sort of getting a "too good to be true" vibe about it. Also, according to the doctorate I have recently completed about twin strollers (seems you have the same degree!), the consensus seems to be the Baby Trend customer service is abysmal. And definitely, that is what my gut was telling me about the top vs. bottom seats on the Britax b-Ready - I mean, I do realize that they probably can and will bicker about every conceivable thing, but that seems like it has the potential to cause unneccessary headaches. I have heard a ton of raves about the double City Mini, but I just can't get over the plastic wheels. They look to be the same type that DS's (single) Peg Perego Aria has, and those really suck. We have friends who loved their City Mini but they did say the wheels were worn down pretty badly after 3 years of use. I know the the next model up (City Mini GT double, I think?) solves that problem, but the price point jumps enough that I'm then considering other options as well. Plus the City Mini only takes 1 car seat so I'd still have to use that clip n go frame in the beginning, which if I don't find it used adds $100 to the stroller purchase price, essentially. I am starting to get comfortable with a higher price point (seems like for what we need it really is a worthwhile investment), but it's sort of weird for me because we live on a fairly tight budget. The stroller is actually going to be a gift from family, but I still feel guilty asking for something so pricey. (I think we'll offer to contribute.) So it does seem like the City Mini with the rubber wheels is at the top of my side-by-side list...
Red Pajama, I've just started seeing those around recently! I'll have to check them out. I'm glad to hear a good experience with them.
Adorkable, I was hoping you'd weigh in! And I am extra glad you did because you inspired me to check out the City Select again and...wow, it really seems incredible. I mean, I knew that already, but seeing that 1) it completely solves the one thing that really bugs me about the b-Ready: the two seats are "equal," not one top and one bottom, and 2) it's in the range of what we'll likely end up spending anyway, has kind of put me over the edge. And it really does help to think of it in terms of a $3/week investment. Also, its car seat adaptor works with the one infant car seat that we already own, not the case for any other stroller I've found thus far. I've been trying to find some deals without any luck yet. I did spot a 2011 base model for $399, but it's got white (discontinued) upholstery. Yikes. And let me tell you, the people on my local Craigslist are completely nuts. They want more than the retail price for a brand new stroller, for their used one! Not sure I'd feel comfortable shelling out hundreds for a used stroller anyway though, this is an item that seems worth it to buy new. DH is all for it so I may be the newest member of the City Select fan club. Do your twins mind not sitting next to one another? What is your favorite toddler configuration (or do you change it out all the time?) Any recs on where to buy it?
I have a Phil and Teds stroller that I love! I have the Dash model but all models seem great. They are expensive to buy new, but i found mine on craigslist for around $300 and she had only used it about 10 times. My girls are 17 months apart and it has worked great for us. Here is a link to their site http://philandteds.com/us .
Just chiming in with another vote for the City Select. (Long time lurker; I never post but I'm strangely compelled to share the City Select love...)
The thought of spending that much cash on a stroller made me sick. But, I just couldn't find another solution that was a)significantly cheaper AND b)I still loved. So, we just did it. It was a ridiculous splurge, but I will tell you that I have not regretted the purchase once in the few short months we've had it. My twins are 7 months old, and we got it when they were ~5 months. We started with the snap and go, but I got it used for $30, so it was a negligible expense.
Things I love:
-Pushes like a DREAM. With DD1, I had a Peg Perego P3, which isn't a cheap stroller by any stretch of the imagination, but compared to the City Select, the P3 feels cheap. Listen-I can easily push the stroller with one hand, while pulling DD1 and a huge cart of groceries behind me. Incredible.
-Love the different configurations. Right now, I mainly put them facing each other, because then they amuse each other. Bonus.
-Very decent storage space. A little tough to get to when the seats are facing each other, but still plenty of room.
-Super, super, super easy to fold/unfold. It can't be folded with the second seat attached, but it is such a simple install, it doesn't even matter. My only complaint is that the "natural" way it unfolds puts the handle facing down, and I don't want to be scuffing it up. My DH says he doesn't notice it, but he sort of unfolds it in midair, if that makes sense. It is heavy, so I'm not able to do that.
-Good recline. Even with seats facing in, both can be reclined almost all the way.
So, all in all, worth every penny. :)
We are not getting a double stroller but we used a baby jogger in Disney and it was wonderful. It made non-stroller people LOVE a stroller. It was so fabulous that it was the first place I looked for a triplet stroller.
can i ask i totally honest question? how the heck to you se yourself doing anything without at least a double stroller? i hear folks say this, but frankly simple can not see how you could ever leave the house for a second. i am really honestly asking
LOL! Oh, we're absolutely getting a stroller. We are getting an ABC Buggy (should arrive in a few more weeks). We are not anti-stroller in that I refuse to use one but more that our stroller that we currently have has gotten very little mileage as a stroller through two infanthoods. When we found out we were having triplets, I started stroller hunting. It was heavily suggested that I get a double stroller to compliment the single but I want an independent unit. I just did not know if my opinion was as valuable towards the purchase of a double stroller since technically I have only rented a double stroller for a week, barely used my single stroller, and will own a triple stroller. But for what it was worth, boy did we love that stroller that week. I was kinda sorry to see it go as it served us so well. Even more sorry that they stopped making their triplet stroller :lol:
ok that makes soooo much more sense, thank for setting me straight. yeah i saw a ABC stroller with a young set of triplets at a festival this somer and it looks amazing, hardly any stroller can make me jelous and that one did. what et up are you getting?
We are getting the triple buggy with the Everest:
The neat thing is that you can add a fourth seat and we did purchase the bar to allow the use of a ride on or two. Admittedly, I cannot fathom the idea of us pushing all 5 kids on this getup at once but I also never fathomed triplets !!! I guess be prepared. For anyone considering this stroller contact the owner of the company. They have such excellent customer service and the price is much fairer.
It is strange thinking that we were excited about the price in the end because it is the most $ baby item we have ever bought. However, the price of triplet strollers is horrendous. Add in that most of them do not fit in one's car or barely fit with after pulling the thing apart. We are thrilled that we can find a way to move our girls about and still fit in our family vehicle. Tightly, but fit.
Thank you so much everyone for all the info and continued encouragement! adorkable, even more points for our top contender - I didn't even think of the advantage of just rolling it up to a cafe table/park bench and feeding them in it, that is brilliant. I'll PM you but thank you so much for the offer, it is so kind! Now you've got me contemplating a bassinet. (My mom is always saying she doesn't understand why US strollers rarely have them...) rblakley, thanks for the rec - as far as I can tell though all the P&T's are specifically designed for an infant + toddler rather than two infants/two toddlers. I didn't see one that could accept 2 car seats. Did I miss it? Glad you have a ride you love! Nov02 I am really glad you came out of lurkerdom - it really does help to know that there are more moms like me for whom this really was an unusual purchase, that was well worth it. marsupial mom, I'm with ya. We went to our local baby mega box to see what floor models they had and wow, are those joggers big. We're not runners so we wouldn't be using it that way. We tried out the double City Mini and while it wheels really nicely (and our almost-5yo could sit in it comfortably), we both agreed we like the tandem style better. They didn't have the City Select so we tried the Chicco (?) Cortina (?) which we wouldn't get (loooong wheel base, seats don't move) and just liked the experience of long/narrow over short/wide. I finally found a local store that has a floor model of the City Select but I have to drive out there to see it...maybe next week. 13pumpkins, that is a great tip about calling the company - I never would have thought of it. That looks like an amazing ride for your situation. (Triplets!!)
For those who have the City Select Double Stroller....do you find that it is still useful for toddlers? Or if your children are not toddlers yet, do you imagine it will be useful for toddlers? Will they still have room? Is it top heavy? Do you have to put the bottom child in first and take them out last?
When the children are facing each other, is there still the ability to use the basket under neath? It seems from the pictures that the bottom child's feet are in the basket when facing the handlebars.
We are wanting a stroller we can use until the twins are about 3ish, and maybe even a little older for all day festival type events.
We are hoping to just buy one stroller to do us for the whole 3 years.
Is this a feasible wish/hope?
Can the city select, or any stroller do this?
Also, is this stroller good in snow? On grass (at parks)? In sand?
Mostly we go on grass...and we have to deal with snow a few times throughout the winter. Sometimes quite wet snow.
my twins are now 19 months, and around 30in tall and fit wonderfully, the footrest is still adjusted to the shorter position and they are just starting to bed their legs slightly. i feel like they will fit for a good long while. though maybe not withth snack tray in the low normal position.
it is VERY stable, even the top seat is well forward of the large rear wheels so no worries about who comes out first, we do it both way all the time. i actually wish the top seat were i bit higher on the bar, I'm thinking of moving the center attachment point (used for when you are in single stroller mode, which we frankly never are) to a slightly higher position, this would give a bit more room between the snack tray of the lower kid and the foot rest of the upper kids when they are both facing in, our favorite position.
i set up this all the time and use the based a ton, yes the feet go in a bit, specially if rotated all the way downward. but the re isa nice spot behind the footwell for rarely used things like a spare coat or a large picnic blanket, which is what is usually in ours. and then i can but a full size loaded backpack in the rest of it and then plenty of other things.
i think this is totally feasible and I'm sure i will still be using mine in a year as the ground the corner towards 3 with no problem, maybe not hopping curbs as fast as i do now.
I've been on tons of grass, mild gravel, tons of dirt trails and wooded trains with roots and puddles, all handled with grace and ease.
been in only a little snow and had no problem sept for the one time it kept hitting up on the cross bars with some crusty built up drifts.
i do wish baby jogger would sell a big tire kit, it would be so easy to do since both sets of wheels come off so well and could be bigger and still not bump anything (at least when open)
Thank you so much for your reply Adorkable!
I am pretty sure that this is the stroller we are going to go and buy. Just those last questions knawing at me. Now I feel much better purchasing this stroller.