For anyone who has two children close together it is a challenging task trying to pick the right double stroller. I looked at many in the store and at parents and out and about and I really couldn’t find anything I liked in the lower price ranges.
Why? One child was always left unsupported, or I had to remove so many things to fold the stroller and it still wouldn’t fold flat to fit in my trunk and they were heavy!
Now some of you may be surprised that I am not recommending the Duette. Don’t get me wrong I love the stroller but I would have had to buy a bigger vehicle to use that, and I would have left the house a lot less; as I believe the Duette requires that you have to detach the seats each time before you put it in the vehicle.
I am 5’2 and have a small frame so I loved that the Tender weighs only 28 lbs.
It also folds flat and could fit in my trunk. I also loved that my little girl could lie in the back in virtually her own basinet and our son could have a good nap up front and I didn’t have to worry about him falling out.
It did take me a little while to find a diaper bag I liked to use with this one, as my hubby didn’t think $80 was a good price for the Peg diaper bag. With the new S hooks I think you could attach almost any diaper bag.
Here are some of the other things I love about this stroller:
The only negative for this stroller (I had the 2005 model) is that I think the back wheels wear out a little too fast/unevenly on cobble stones/pavers. This could be due to the insane speed my husband walks and his crazy steering as well. That being said, it was only around $25 to get replacement rear wheels when I checked with Peg. If you live in a town with pavers/cobblestones you might want to consider the Duette or a stroller with air filled tires.
Our kids are 20 months apart and we got a good 2 years out of this stroller, and the fabric washed extremely well. We could have gotten a little longer out of it, but our oldest is a climber and was always climbing over the front bar.
If you live where there is a lot of rain and/or wind I highly recommend using the Protect-A-Bub rain and wind cover with this stroller. Folds up much smaller and doesn’t sweat like than those plastic ones. We tested it in a downpour and it worked!
Of the 5 strollers we have owned in the past 5 years that has got to be the most versatile of them all.
When we had our first child I wanted a stroller where he would face me. There were not a lot of options so we got a Graco with a reversible bassinet. It took up almost our whole trunk and that was OK I loved to see my baby when out walking, that was until our first vacation. All of a sudden the folded size of the stroller became an issue when we had to take taxis and we had our luggage.
As soon as we got home I started looking for a better alternative as we were going on another vacation in just 4 months.
After much searching we decided on the Peg Perego – Pliko P3. I would describe it as the luxury umbrella stroller. Sure there are lighter and more compact umbrella strollers but I didn’t see why we had to give up stroller features to get something the folded more compact.
Here are some of the things I love about this stroller:
The only features this stroller didn’t have that my full-size stroller had where an oversized basket, a parent console and it didn’t allow baby to face me but I was willing to sacrifice those things.
The stroller has clips that allow you to attach their diaper bag to it, so the basket size issue was resolved. It also comes with a large removable parent cup holder. Just remember to take it off before you gate check it.
Peg Perego does make another version of the Pliko that allows baby to face the parent. Unfortunately it was not available in the US at the time and I was concerned about having warranty issues in another country. I believe it is called the Pliko Switch Completo and has a reversible seat.
There have been some improvements to this stroller since we bought it in 2003 and I think it only continues to get better. We are still using ours and it works well and still looks great. You have to remember that the manufacturer recommends regular maintenance. So if you are having problems with steering or folding, do the recommended maintenance.
Our City Series swivel wheel strollers have quickly become the envy of the stroller industry. It’s the only swivel wheel stroller on the market that utilizes our patented Quick-Fold Technology, making the city Series the only strollers you’ll ever need. Sleek alloy wheels with true 12″ inflatable tires allow the stroller to go places most other strollers only dream of going. Combine that with all of the features that make your life easier, such as an adjustable handle, one-step recline system, multi-position canopy, machine washable fabric, and the City Series can truly take your child from birth and beyond.
We have tried many strollers over the past 5 years and this one is great for older kids for walks and for those long days at an amusement park. With it’s higher weight limit and all round larger seat our 4 year old can still lay down and take a rest. Being a jogger stroller it is very easy to steer and light to push. I think the best thing about this stroller is the way it folds. Just pick it up using the handle in the seat of the stroller and it folds flat. The only minor negative I have found is that when we were on a cruise the wheels were too wide to fit thru the cabin door. We gate checked it on our last flight and put it in one of the new GATE CHECK car seat carry bags. It took a bit of manouvering but it just fit. We got this when our oldest was 3 so I don’t have any experience using this with younger children.