Friday, February 8, 2013

Double strollers

I am expecting a second baby and hence will need to re-evaluate my stroller needs. I did consider all options

1. Two strollers, one for each.
2. Double strollers, duo (side-by-side)
3. Double strollers, tandem (inline)

The first option is the most cost effective as we just need to buy another stroller but that means we will not be able to bring both kids out alone. So this option is out.

For double strollers, a duo is not practical here in Singapore. It will be a nightmare to go shopping with a one due to it being too wide for most places here.

So in the end, looks like a tandem stroller should suit us the best.

There are many types of tandems as well but it all boils down to how versatile the seat configurations are. Standard tandems will have both seats face front. Some allows the seats to face each other. Some allows both seats to face the back. Some have one seat higher than the other. Some allows one or two car seats to be fixed making it a travel system. So it boils down to what you need.

For us, we need one that is able to adapt an infant car seat and at least one seat can recline fully making it suitable for infants. It also have to affordable.

The two requirements of ours automatically strikes many tandem strollers out of our list. For example the Kinderwagon, weighing at only 10kg, making it the lightest tandem out there, is not able to recline either seat fully therefore not suitable for infants.

Another issue is that most stadium or back to back tandem strollers are a lot longer than normal to accommodate the two seats comfortably. Due to this, it can be difficult to maneuver the strollers around. This is another reason why I prefer one with the back seat at the bottom as this means it would not be that long hence easier to maneuver.

So basically I need a tandem stroller that can

- adapt at least one infant car seat
- at least one seat able to recline fully.
- back seat are at the bottom

There are many manufacturers out there that make tandem double strollers with price range that is the like the earth and sky - from affordable to ridiculously expensive.

Phil & Ted are supposedly the pioneers of such strollers and they have a couple of different similar models. The 'Classic' model is what they are popular for. Since then many manufacturers have followed suit.


As usual, options in Singapore is limited. Distributors here will only bring in those that can sell rather than providing choices. They also usually price the strollers much higher than what it really cost.


The following are the available models out there, as far as I know so far.

1. Phil & Ted Classic


2. Hauck Freerider


3. Graco Trekko Duo


4. Obaby Xi


5. Jane Twone

The above models varies in cost, weight and flexibility but they all share a similar common traits such as

- removable rear seat to convert it into a single stroller
- rear seat needs to be removed to fold the stroller.
- can adapt an infant car seat.
- basket acts as the foot rest for the child in the rear seats.
- removable rear wheels
- adjustable height handle

Below are the specification matrix. Take note that some information are based on what is provided on the manufacturers website and may be incorrect

Brand/Model
 Product Weight
Dimensions
Maximum Load
Folded
Unfolded
Front
Rear
Obaby Xi
14.45 kg
98 x 62 x 34 cm
116 x 62 x 121 cm
unkown
unknown
Hauck Freerider
12.5kg
95 x 61 x 38 cm
128 x 61 x 112 cm
15 kg
15 kg
Phil & Teds Classic
11.5 kg (w/o 2nd seat)
76 x 61 x 30 cm
unknown
20 kg
15 kg
Jane Twone
7.5 kg
72 x 62 x 30 cm
79/108 x 98 x 62 cm
15 kg
15 kg
Graco Trekko Duo
13.9 kg
55 x 66 x 125 cm
125 x 66 x 108 cm
15 kg
15 kg


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jane Twone chassis' weight is 7.5 kg, the total weight inclusive of 2 seat units is more.

azacamis said...

Hi there,

Thanks for the info! Is there any online links to it?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

A good research you have done regarding double strollers. I'm expecting a second child too & thinking about this matter. There's one more you might have missed - Baby Jogger City Select double stroller.

azacamis said...

Hi,

Thanks for the comment. Will add the stroller later.

Just an advice, weight really matters if you drive. If you take public transport then the fixed up size matters.

Anonymous said...

Some full specifications on jane twone:

http://www.which.co.uk/baby-and-child/baby-transport/reviews/pushchairs/jane-twone/specifications/

http://www.bestbuggy.co.uk/category/tandem-pushchairs/jane-twone/

Anonymous said...

Can consider Britax B-ready too!

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