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Cheap Double Strollers Buying Guide

Stroller selection can be an overwhelming process, especially when this particular mode of transportation must accommodate the needs of two children. Regardless whether you're buying a cheap double stroller for twins or tots of different ages, there's no need to spend more than $250.

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We identified several commendable low-cost models that don't stint on quality, usability, convenience, or even good looks.

Our best cheap double stroller picks include side-by-side and tandem models. Among the former, we chose the Combi Twin Sport (starting at $215) as our top choice due to its slim profile, safety features, and excellent mobility. The Maclaren Twin Triumph (starting at $220) follows in the runner-up slot for its quality ride and generous carrying capacity despite limited features and a design that precludes infant car seats. In the tandem category, our first choice is the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand Double (starting at $163), which is lauded for its multiple configurations for kids of different ages. We then honed in on the Graco Quattro Tour Duo (starting at $170) for its array of features and overall ease of use. We were put off the Safety 1st Two Way Tandem (starting at $150) by user reviews that assert this buggy is a bear to maneuver even as it garners favorable notice for its feature set and passenger comfort.

Safety 1st and Jeep offer some of the cheapest double strollers, but these models earn mixed reviews from both experts and users. Double stroller reviews for Combi, Graco, and Baby Trend are more consistently positive even for their relatively inexpensive models. Several traditionally high-end stroller manufacturers, such as Joovy and Maclaren, also make some well-regarded double strollers that sit near the top of the low-cost price range.

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As you begin shopping for a cheap double stroller, there's a lot to consider. Do you prefer a side-by-side stroller, a tandem stroller, or an umbrella-style stroller? Side-by-side strollers are sometimes too wide to pass through doorways and narrow store aisles, but both seats afford an unobstructed view and easy access and there's no chance of unwanted kicking from behind. Tandem strollers take up less horizontal space, but infant car seats sometimes snap into the front seat only, placing the baby beyond arm's reach. They're also quite long, which might create problems holding open a door while pushing the stroller through, and the rear passenger only has sidelong views of his/her surroundings. Umbrella strollers are the least bulky of the bunch and tend to be the most user-friendly. That said, they generally don't accommodate infant carriers and they offer fewer frills than their more substantial counterparts.

Do you own a car or take public transportation? If you'll be transporting the cheap double stroller from place to place, you'll want to be sure you can lift it in and out of the car trunk without difficulty. Just as important, you should check that the stroller fits into the trunk; we read numerous reviews from parents commenting about how little space is left for groceries and other items once the stroller is placed inside. Parents and caregivers who rely on busses and subways will need a buggy that's compact and light enough to carry while wrangling two children.

How old are the children who will ride in the stroller? If you have one or more newborns, you probably want a cheap double stroller that accommodates an infant carrier, or two. If you have a toddler or preschooler, you may want a model with a jump seat option. Also think about how long you expect to use the stroller. As children age, they gain weight. Among the models we researched, the maximum weight capacity ranges from a total 70 pounds (35 pounds per seat) up to a maximum 110 pounds (55 pounds per seat).

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In short, there's a cheap double stroller for every lifestyle. But ultimately, ease of use for parents and caregivers and comfort for the passengers are the factors that distinguish the best cheap double strollers from the also-rans; that is, from the strollers that are quickly returned to the vendor or consigned to a resale shop before the kids outgrow them. The four models that made our list all satisfy these two basic requirements.

One important note: Safety standards and product design and engineering continuously evolve. For that reason, experts recommend buying a new model rather purchasing a second-hand stroller or accepting a hand-me-down that's more than a few years old. Thrifty parents who do opt for a pre-owned stroller should know its history -- where it's been and how it's been used -- and whether it's been subject to a recall. (Check cpsc.gov for up-to-date information.)

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Best Cheap Double Strollers

Combi Twin Sport
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Combi Twin Sport

This side-by-side stroller is compatible with one Combi Shuttle 33 infant car seat and accommodates up to 45 pounds in each seat. Experts rate this stroller a best buy for its light weight and ease of use. Users like that it fits through doorways and shopping aisles despite its seating configuration.

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Baby Trend Sit N' Stand Double
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Baby Trend Sit N' Stand Double

An updated version of the Sit N' Stand Plus, the Double includes a child tray in the front and rear seats. It accommodates two infant seats (certain models from the Baby Trend, Evenflo, or Britax lines) and the rear seat converts to a jump seat or standing platform. Parents purchase this stroller for its versatile seating options despite limited foot room and a hard-to-access storage basket.

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Good Cheap Double Strollers

Graco Quattro Tour Duo Stroller
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Graco Quattro Tour Duo Stroller

A tandem stroller with elevated rear seat that fully reclines, a front seat that holds up to 50 pounds, and 3- and 5-point harnesses in both seats, the Quattro Tour Duo accepts two infant carriers (Graco brand only). Purchasers appreciate that the infant seat rides rear-facing and they value the overall ease of use.

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Maclaren Twin Triumph
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Maclaren Twin Triumph

This side-by-side umbrella stroller comes with a carrying strap and rain cover, two under seat storage baskets, and 5-point harnesses in both seats. It accommodates children up to 55 pounds in each seat but does not accept infant car seats. Users like the compact profile and super easy handling.

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Don't Bother

Safety 1st Two Way Tandem

The front seat on this stroller and can be turned to face the back seat and the company's Designer Infant Car Seat fits in either or both seats. The seating arrangements win kudos but reviewers pan this tandem stroller's poor maneuverability.

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