If you’re expecting twins, or have baby number two on the way, entering the world of double buggies can seem daunting. Whether you’re worried about fitting the buggy through the doors of the bus, how heavy it’s going to be to push, or how bulky it’s going to look, we’ve got it covered with this handy guide.
Like always, you’ve got plenty of options on offer. Most double pushchairs will have independently reclining seats which is crucial if you’re pushing a baby who needs to lie flat and a toddler who wants to watch the world go by. There’s also the seat positioning – do you want your little ones sitting side by side or facing different directions? Whatever your preference and budget, we’re sure one of our top picks will work for you.
Uppababy Vista, £849, John Lewis
Designed with the growing family in mind, this pushchair can be adjusted to push one, two or even three children. The basic price includes a carrycot and seat unit, whilst the second toddler seat is an additional £219.99. Although being slightly on the heavy side, the Uppababy Vista handles with ease over all terrain and looks and feels expensive. With plenty of handy features to make it worth it’s price tag, our mums loved the freestanding fold, making it easy to get this rather large double buggy into a small car boot and the carrycot which is built for overnight sleeping. Read more real mum reviews of this pushchair and find out why it picked up a gold Mother & Baby award here.
iCandy Peach Blossom, £1003, Mothercare
With a few (apparently one-handed) clicks, this pushchair can transform from a single to a tandem double buggy – a good option if you want the option to take trips out with a smaller pushchair. With elevators to allow the carrycot to be moved higher and closer to you, this eye-catching push chair is also a double buggy that doesn’t, well, look like a double buggy! Unlike other tandems on the market, our mum (and dad) testers found the iCandy buggy compact and easy to manoeuvre. We also found a lot of mums preferred to have their newborn sat up near them, rather than underneath, which seems to be a common design on the market. Read more reviews of this pushchair here.
Out ‘n’ About Little Nipper Double, £429.95, Amazon
Half the price tag of some of the other pushchairs on this list, the Little Nipper Double is a lightweight, side-by-side buggy that can have either one or two carrycots attached. Weighing just 11kg, it is one of the lightest double buggies on the market and our panel of mum testers agreed it was definitely easy to push around. That said, despite being a lot narrower than other side by side prams, the buggy is still pretty bulky when folded, so it’s worth checking the dimensions to ensure it will fit in your car boot. Read more reviews of the Little Nipper Double here.
Out ‘n’ About Nipper Double V4 Pushchair, £449.95, Amazon
The slightly more advanced version of the Little Nipper Double, the V4 version is still remarkably light, only weighing 12.8kg. At 72cm wide, you’ll still be able to fit this side-by-side pushchair through most doorways. Available in a number of different colours, with independently reclining seats, this buggy has the option to attach either one or two carrycots. With handy storage pockets, a shopping pouch and rear wheel suspension, our mum testers agreed this pushchair was definitely easy to get around with. Read more reviews of the Nipper Double V4 here.
ABC Design Zoom Tandem Double Buggy, £500, Mothercare
A long but slim double buggy that allows your tots to sit at the same height. With a range of different seating positions to choose from, you can face your little ones’ inwards, outwards, forwards or backwards. The quick release system allows you to change the seats and optional carrycots easily, and the Zoom can accommodate Maxi-Cosi, Cybex and Kiddy Group 0+ cat seats. Our mums loved how easy the buggy was to adapt and how small it folded down, fitting in the smallest of car boots. The downsides to this buggy are that it’s pretty heavy, but also rather long, which can be a bit of a nightmare on public transport. Read more real mum reviews of the Zoom buggy here.
Mothercare Genie, £424, Mothercare
This adaptable double-buggy converts into a lie-flat pram mode for smaller babies, whilst alow allowing older babies to sit in a forward-facing position. Giving you the option to switch between a single and a double, the basket unit can also be pulled out to extend storage space. A lot cheaper than other models on the market, our mum (and dad) testers loved how easy the pushchair was to adapt and fold up and down. Read more reviews and find out why our panel of testers gave this buggy four stars out of five here.
Bugaboo Donkey, £1255, Mama&Papas
This buggy can be used as a single or a double from birth, so is a great option if you’re expecting twins. The seats can be forward or rear facing and can recline independently. It’s eye catching design makes it one of the most popular double buggies on the market, and the amazing quality and superb flexibility makes it worth it’s price tag. That said, the pushchair is incredibly wide, so getting through narrow doorways can be tricky. Moreover, the Bugaboo Donkey is pretty bulky even when folded, which makes transportation and storage complicated.
Britax B-Ready Tandem, £520, Mothercare
With a huge range of configurations to choose from, this is one pushchair that can adapt to nearly every seating situation imaginable. Similar to other models, the seats on the B-Ready can be used from six months, but you can also add a carrycot underneath, which is sold separately for £105. The downside with this pushchair is that in order to turn it into a tandem double, you’ll need to buy an extra seat (£105), as the standard seat cannot fit on the lower adaptor.
Phil & Ted’s Dash Tandem, £648, Mothercare
This stylish looking tandem is a lightweight 13.3kg and can be folded down with both seats attached. Easy to convert from a single to a double and with a one-hand operated break, Phil & Ted’s really have thought of everything. That said, the second seat unit is not very structured and the carrycot is tricky to assemble, but overall, this is a good pushchair that’s easy to move around.
Baby Jogger City Mini Double, £449.99, Amazon
Allowing you little ones to sit side by side and watch the world go by, at just 76cm wide and weighing 11.8kg, you won't feel like you're weighed down. With SPF 50+ hood canopies, front suspension and a compact fold, the Baby Jogger is a great quality pus chair. That said, the pushchair doesn’t come with any extras – a rain cover, for example, is sorely missed. Also, the handle is not adjustable and the ‘popper system’ is fiddly.
BabyStyle Hybrid Edge Tandem, £678, UberKids
The first thing you’ll notice is the incredibly modern design, which specially designed wheels to avoid punctures and make manoeuvring your brood around easier. The buggy’s seats are suitable from six months, yet the Hybrid can be used from birth with a matching carrycot (£149), or any BeSafe, Kiddy or Maxi-Cosi car seat. With a super easy design, you can simply swap the rear axle when you want to transform from a single to a double. One thing that sets this buggy apart from the rest is the compact fold.