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If you have more than one child, and your family loves to travel, a lightweight double stroller is a necessity! As a twin parent, we have always needed a double stroller, and let me tell you, we do NOT like the size of most double strollers.
But there are so many truly amazing double strollers out there now. Strollers that are light on … well.. weight, and heavy on features. They are easy to push, easy to fold, but with all the features you’d expect even in a regular stroller. In fact, for many families, a double umbrella stroller end up being the only stroller you ever need (IF you pick the right one)! And we have found some lightweight double strollers we KNOW will be amazing for your family!
What We Were Looking For
This one is obvious, right? If you want a light weight stroller, you want it to REALLY be lightweight.
While traveling, the strictest stroller limit we’ve encountered is American Airlines 20 lb limit policy. Strollers over 20 lbs should be checked at the ticket counter. And you aren’t going to want to limit which airline you can fly on, or end up buying ANOTHER stroller, we aimed to find strollers under that 20 lb weight limit.
Truth be told, there are not a lot of double strollers out there that are under 20 lbs. So, we will recommend some that are over. BUT our top picks are under 20 lbs because we feel that weight limit is important.
Weight Capacity and Range
The truth is double strollers are expensive. So if you are going to invest in one, you’ll want it to LAST. We love strollers that can be used from birth all the way until you DEFINITELY don’t need one anymore.
Though it’s rare to find a double umbrella stroller that can be used from birth, we found the next best thing. And we even found a few that will work from birth, just in case that is a sticking point for you.
And don’t forget about the other extreme – years into the future. When your kids are big and still need a stroller!
For our family, a lightweight, umbrella stroller is used primarily for travel. And even now that my boys are 4.5 years old, we STILL use a stroller for travel periodically even though we haven’t used one at home in ages.
With Disney trips, long airport treks, or red-eye flights where the kids really need to be sleeping, strollers can really come in handy for travel.
Weight capacity, on the low end AND on the high end are HUGE when it comes to picking a double travel stroller. You don’t want to end up buying a SECOND lightweight travel stroller when your kids outgrow the first, and you realize there is no end in sight.
For many parents, a Disney-friendly stroller is on their must-have list. Since double strollers can be SO massive, we were sure to consider Disney limitations. Every stroller we recommend is perfect for Disney parks!
While traveling, you might wind up pushing your double lightweight stroller for full days, as you stroll through tourist attractions, and theme parks. The stroller becomes a coat rack, a water bottle and purse holder, a nap space and more.
For my frequent-traveling family, we find that we use our travel stroller, and each of it’s features, WAY more than our heavier, at-home stroller. And the great thing about a lightweight stroller – there is no reason NOT to use it at home, as well as on the road.
Size When Folded
One of the main issues we’ve had with double strollers is that they take up SO much space! If you don’t drive an SUV or a minivan, it can be tough to find a stroller that’ll even fit. Even when looking at lightweight double strollers, the folded up size can be massive!
Ease of Folding Up
When you have twins, or two young children, you just don’t have time to fight with your stroller every time you need to open it up, or fold it away. So a stroller that can be folded up, or opened up one-handed, or in one quick step is a huge advantage!
Our first travel stroller was hard to open, and after trying to open it in the jetway, with two sleeping babies, and line of people waiting for us to move, we learned the hard way JUST how important it is to have an easy to open and easy-to-fold stroller. Learn from our mistakes. Get a great double umbrella stroller that you can fold up, or open up in a SNAP!
A double stroller can be a beast to push around. The best lightweight double strollers should go through all standard-sized doorways, and be reasonably easy to push, turn, and maneuver. We were looking for something you won’t hate pushing around, even when your kids are bigger, and heavier.
One common problem with double tandem strollers is that the standard 6-wheel design means you have the center wheel right in front of you when you are walking. Often, you’ll end up stepping on the wheel, or tripping on it a lot while walking. Because of this issue, we find that tandem strollers with a 4 -wheel design are easier and more comfortable to push.
One thing we wanted to mention is that these stroller are all amazing strollers that can be used for travel and for everyday use around your neighborhood, or WHATEVER. But really none of them are great for trails, gravel, or kind-of off-roading. It’s sort of an unfortunate reality of a lightweight stroller. There are, however, many that have higher-end tires, and a minimal amount of suspension, and we’ll point that out where it applies.
The Zoe Twin+ is the clear winner when it comes to double lightweight strollers. This stroller is packed with more features than any other double umbrella stroller out there. And at only 19 lbs, it weighs less than essentially every other double as well!
This twin stroller really is a game-changer! It folds up small enough to fit in the trunk of most cars, or it can even be carried in a backpack! This stroller also has tons of high end features, so you will totally forget you are using a lightweight stroller.
One HUGE bonus of this stroller: it’s one of the only double strollers out there that meets American Airlines super strict 20 lb limit policy. As a twin parent, you KNOW that checking the stroller at the ticket counter can be a deal breaker. Trekking through the airport with two babies and ALL the gear can feel close to IMPOSSIBLE. So you probably won’t want to take any chances on the limit and will want to make sure you are under it, if you ever fly American.
I do have one SLIGHTY nitpicking complaint about the Zoe Twin+. My kiddos are big. Bigger than average kiddos, and as Disney lovers, we really need a stroller even at age 4 (and probably at age 5, maybe even age 6. Pretty much I want one as long as I can find one my kids’ butts will fit in). This stroller has a generous weight capacity of 45 lbs per seat, but my 4-year-olds are already too big. The UPPAbaby double, for example, goes up to 55 lbs per seat, which really extends the life of our travel stroller for things like Disney.
The Jeep Scout Double stroller is a great options for families needing a budget pick. This stroller is the lightest stroller we found, even beating out the Zoe Twin+! This stroller easily meets American Airlines super strict 20 lb limit policy, making it a great stroller for flying.
It’s super lightweight and easy to push. However, you’ll notice while the stroller does have all the features you need, including storage, a cupholder, and sun canopies, you won’t get as many features as you’ll find on the Zoe Twin+. BUT you also pay less than HALF the price of the Zoe.
Again, we don’t LOVE that the weight limit is only 35 lbs per seat. The average child will hit 35 lbs around age 3, and big kids could reach it by age 2, so this stroller might not last as long as you hope.
The UPPAbaby is a beautiful, and functional stroller with tons of bells and whistles you’ll love. One of the biggest reasons we love this stroller is because it can be used for babies as young as 3 months old, and all the way up to 55 lbs per seat! Even big kids likely won’t hit the upper limit of this stroller until after their 5th birthday.
This stroller has tons of higher-end features, like a fantastic under-seat storage basket, a large canopy with UV protection, adjustable foot rests, and adjustable 5-point harness. It’s a great choice for families who need a great balance of features and weight, and won’t compromise on higher weight capacity!
For many parents, finding a stroller that can be used FROM BIRTH is a sticking point. And I get it. No one wants to buy gear, then end up replacing a couple of months in. Yes, baby-wearing can help but not all parents/babies tolerate it (and baby wearing twins can be tricky!)
We love that this stroller reclines all the way flat, and the leg rests lift up completely so even a brand-new baby can ride. In fact, this stroller can carry TWO brand-new babies (HELLO twin parents) without car seats. It does NOT have a way to clip in your car seats, but if your babies hate car seats as much as mine did, having a safe spot that is not the car seat is a huge bonus.
At 26 lbs, this stroller can’t compete with some of the lightest weight strollers, but we felt it was a good balance of weight and features
This stroller has so much going for it. Like many of the lightweight double strollers we’ve recommended here, it has WAY more features than you really expect in an umbrella stroller.
Most moms really want a stroller they can click their infant car seat into, and this one delivers! However, there are two important notes here: 1. It only works with Graco SnugRide Click Connect, Chicco KeyFit 30. Chicco Fit2, and Baby Trend Secure Snap Gear 35. And 2, this stroller can only accommodate one car seat, and one without a car seat, so it may not be a great option for twin parents. But great for parents of a newborn baby, and a toddler or preschooler.
The stroller also folds up really small, and though it is above our 20lb limit, it’s still really lightweight at 23lbs. It can be folded up one-handed, and opens just as easy. Plus it folds up the short way, which, to me, is easier to manage.
Tell us in the comments which double umbrella stroller you chose!