2012 Best Double Jogger/Stroller for Everyday Use?

Discussion in 'Pregnancy Help' started by msterling, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. msterling

    msterling Active Member

    I can't seem to find anything on recent reviews of double strollers on this forum so I'm hoping you all can help me. I'm just starting my research as my sis and friend are planning my baby shower and we want to know what is the best 2012 double stroller? While shopping at IKEA my DH and I spoke to a couple who had a City Mini double and raved about it. They let us try it out in the store! LOL It seemed so light, seats recline, and it's compact to fit through any standard doorway. However, this is not recommended as a jogger stroller. Why they have "jogger" in the title of the stroller is beyond me and very deceiving. the storage compartments are small and you have to buy accessories for everything (parent cup holders, kids snack tray, car seat adapters, etc) - so I feel they rig ya on this! We already have a Double Snap & Go I got for $50 from Craigslist I plan to use in the first early months. So easy & light! So, we are looking for a stroller that we probably won't even need car seat adapters. I also read through another site that some highly recommend the Combi Twin side by side stroller. It's very light, again compact to fit thru doorways, and has reclining seats. But again, tiny storage area, no cup holders, tiny sun shades, and not as all-terrain as the City Mini.

    We def know we do not want the Graco Dual Glider. I've heard awful things (bulky, monsterous, heavy, ect.) Plus, we really want a side by side that is compact so the twins can feed off each other for company.

    A little about me: I am pretty active so I would LOVE to find something that is all-terrain (like a jogger) that can be used for every day use and that is compact with storage. I don't mind buying some accessories but I'm hoping there is something, ANYTHING out there that can meet everything on our wish list. I'd hate to get a double stroller and then a double jogger.

    So....any feedback for an all purpose (even good for jogging), all-terrain, every day use double side by side strollers?!! :) Thank you all!
  2. daisies

    daisies Well-Known Member

    i LOVE our bob double stroller!
    it was not cheap.. my MIL bought it for us :)

    We live on a horse farm. Without it I would be completely house bound. Since I am frequently 'off road' with it, i needed something that pushes easily and has a smooth ride for the kids.
    It fits through our doorway but it is a close fit. I don't take it shopping or anywhere inside. I have a cheap double stroller that was a hand me down for that.

    This is the link if you want to check it out.
  3. Trishandthegirls

    Trishandthegirls Well-Known Member

    I loved loved loved loved our Bob Duallie Jogging Stroller. We had the 2008 model and each year they've just gotten better. It's perfect for jogging and using about town. It was the only stroller I had (after the double Snap N Go) and I never had a problem getting through doors or aisles in stores. The recline is good -- not totally flat, which I thought would be a problem, but my kids were perfectly happy to sleep at a slight angle. Sunshades are awesome. There are even little plastic "windows" in the top of the shade so you can peek in at your kids from above. It turns on a dime and any height person can push it. I'm 5'4" and our nanny was 6'3". We both thought it was comfortable. My husband even ran a 1/2 marathon with the kids in it and they slept part of the time! Storage is so-so, but I didn't want to compromise handling for extra pockets. Before twins you think you'll be lugging tons of stuff but once they're here you realize you can get away with just a small diaper bag and purse. I could fit both of those in the bottom compartment and then a few bags from the store.

    This is the model I recommend: http://www.rei.com/product/798584/bob-revolution-se-duallie-stroller
    If you are planning to buy in the next couple of months, and can afford it, buy now! REI has it for 15% off, and Bob is offering a free snack tray and handlebar console with purchase before September 3rd. Those are the only two accessories I would think you'd need.

    They are not cheap, but resale is fantastic. I spent $450 on ours in 2008 and sold it in 2011 for $300. So I really only spent $150! I don't think there's another stroller out there that resales for as much as a Bob.
  4. marikaclare

    marikaclare Well-Known Member

    We also had the Bob Dualie Revolution Stroller - which I got off craigslist and has been an awesome jogging stroller for us. The one drawback is that it is heavy, so if you are bringing it in and our of the car often, thismay not be the stroller for you! We also have a jeep side by side stroller (basically an umbrella stroller) that we used for quick trips shopping and it worked well enough. good luck!!
  5. 3under2!

    3under2! Well-Known Member

    I have and LOVE my City Mini double. I actually have the 2011 and am considering reselling mine and upgrading to the 2012, the basket is supposed to be much easier to access. There is really nothing better as far as fold and if you take your stroller in and out of the car a lot, like we do, the fold is super important. The reason it's called a jogger is because you can lock the front wheels in place so they don't rotate, but it's definitely not a true jogging stroller. Hope this helps, feel free to ask me any more questions :)
  6. MarchI

    MarchI Well-Known Member

    I love my Bob for jogging and being outdoors, not so much for shopping. I think the stroller is too big and too heavy to be used every day and taken in and out of the car. I have the bumbleride indie twin which is a lot like the city mini. I am not sure if I would recommend it for jogging but the manufacturer does.
  7. DannyT

    DannyT Well-Known Member

    I joined our local multiple group. They swear by the Bob and the Bumbleride. I got a used Bumbleride to use once I'm done with the snap and go.
  8. aquickworld

    aquickworld Well-Known Member

    I agree with the Bob! I used the double snap and go with my girls in the beginning after getting rid of the Graco tandem and it was a beast so you made a good choice with that one. Good luck!!!!
  9. amymc72

    amymc72 Well-Known Member

    I have the Baby Jogger City Elite and love it - I chose it over the City Mini because of the higher weight limit and the fact that the footwell of the Mini is nylon vs. plastic on the Elite. It still fits through standard doors, etc. Has an awesome, easy fold that I liked better than the BOB. Fantastic shade. Lots of storage. True, it's not a true jogger - but I would never use a serious jogging stroller for everyday use (fixed wheel, bicycle tires - I have a Baby Jogger with 20" wheels that is a true Jogger and it's just a different kind of buggy).

    I also "drive" a Maclaren Techno XT, which I love as well. Different application. It's much easier to use for quick trips to the store.

    Oh - and you'll love your Snap n Go - it's the greatest invention ever! I used mine exclusively until my twins were nine months old.

    Good luck with your decision!
  10. msterling

    msterling Active Member


    So I've been doing some more research. I need to look into the Bumbleride though. I don't think I want to go towards the BOB only b/c I have heard numerous reports that it is 1) bulky/heavy and 2) hard to manuever through doorways and/or certain aisles. Plus, we are looking for something that is a little less pricey. With 2 coming now, we need 2 of certain items and we really need to keep our budget in mind.

    I really liked the Citi Mini but the drawback is that it is NOT a jogger. So now that one is out of the question. With all the expenses we will have with doubling many purchases, I really am looking for something that is good for everyday (lightweight, goes thru doors) as well as a jogger and to avoid having to get 2 different strollers. Do they seriously not make any out there that is a dual??!!

    If there are any other recommendations other than the BOB and Citi Mini that can do both please please let me know! :)
  11. MarchI

    MarchI Well-Known Member

    You need to buy used or wait for a good sale. In the future (when I am done with it) am going to list my Bumbleride for #300. It normally retails for $700 so someone is going to get a deal. I would figure out the stroller you want and wait for it to go on sale or look for it on craigslist and you will save a lot of money.
  12. Trishandthegirls

    Trishandthegirls Well-Known Member

    Nope... really and truly, there isn't a single stroller that fits all these criteria. If there was, trust me, the other women on this board would have found it. Part of the reason why there isn't a lightweight jogger is that you need a heavier stroller to hold up to the stresses of off-road terrain.

    Whenever you're ready to buy a stroller, you have to decide which factors you're willing to compromise on slightly. For me, it was easy. The Bob isn't lightweight, but I only had to put it into the back of an SUV (rather than down into a trunk and then pull it back out) so the weight didn't really matter. And I never met a door we couldn't go through. Other people need more lightweight, and realize they won't do any actual running with the stroller, so they can eliminate the serious jogger strollers.

    Oh - for what it's worth, here are the weights:

    Bob Revolution: 34
    Baby Jogger City Elite: 41
    Baby Jogger City Mini: 27
    Bumbleride Indie: 34
    Maclaren Twin Techno XT: 27

    Good luck with your pick!
  13. Danibell

    Danibell Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    I'm cheap, and not willing to spend so much on a stroller. ;) We also used the double snap n go at first. Then I bought a Combi Twin Sport for every day use. Lightweight, folds up small. But has no parent tray and small baskets underneath. When I needed something for "off roading" to my big kids soccer games, I went with a Baby Trend double jogger. It had a parent tray, big canopy, big baskets underneath, turned on a dime....I would push it and pull a buggy to do my grocery shopping every week. It's 31.5 inches wide and fits through any wheelchair accessible doorway. The only place it didn't fit was my dentists office, which is in a really old building with skinny doorways. This quickly became my every day stroller and it's been everywhere, to the beach, over all terrain....I loved it, and I loved that it wasn't insanely expensive.

    My twins are 3.5 and I'm just now debating whether to sell it or not, since we don't use it much anymore. ;)
  14. Mom2VLS

    Mom2VLS Well-Known Member

    Just wanted to chime in on the Graco Duo Glider - I don't know if I have a different model or what but I really like mine. It will not work for jogging and it isn't side-by-side but it maneuvers really well for me. I have no problem getting it in or out of the van myself and I can easily steer it with one hand. I have pushed that stroller with one hand while carrying my toddler in my other arm. It fits my needs really well though it doesn't fulfill all of your requirements. If you end up needing to get 2 strollers to meet all of your needs instead of one really nice one, you may reconsider the Duo Glider.
  15. lilybay

    lilybay Well-Known Member

    We love our Baby Trend Navigator! It can be tricky to fit through some doorways but we haven't found many that it won't fit through at all. It is heavy and pretty tricky to get in and out of the trunk of my car. We use it mainly outside (at the park, zoo, etc) and I run with it all the time. We couldn't afford a Bob which is why we went with Baby Trend. I would reccomend this stroller to anyone.
    For trips to the store and other "inside" places, I use our Maclaren Twin Triumph. So light and easy to get in and out of the car, fits easily through doorways.
    I also used the Double Snap N Go until the boys were 8 months old.
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