How To Select a Double Stroller: Side-by-Side vs. Tandem
- The biggest difference between the a tandem double and a side-by-side double is the width. Tandem strollers are in-line strollers and thus are easier to maneuver through doorways or while you are shopping. Perfect for the mall crawler.
- Tandems tend to fold up smaller, giving you more space in the trunk of your car.
- Most tandem's have multiple configurations. The Baby Jogger City Select stroller in particular has the most configurations, boasting 16+ between the second seat, the bassinet, or a car seat using their car seat adapters.
- Tandem strollers are able to be used as a simple single stroller for when you only have one child with you.
- Tandem strollers like the UPPABaby Vista stroller grow with your family! They can go from a single stroller, to a tandem, to a tandem with a glider board like the UPPABaby Piggyback board. Hence, you buy a tandem stroller, you may not have to buy another full stroller again.
UPPAbaby Vista Stroller – Georgie
- Depending on the configurations you employ, both seats may not be able to recline fully.
- Tandems like the UPPABaby Vista or the Britax B-Ready have a smaller "rumble seat" as their second seat. This usually only has a 35lb weight capacity, making it so that only smaller children can fit in the second seat. This can create a problem for when you are trying out different configurations.
- Tandems can sometimes be quite front heavy, depending on which configuration you use. As long as you can put a smaller child on the front, you should be fine.
- For most models you do need to remove the second seat in order to fold the stroller (one exception is the Britax B-Ready). This does give the stroller a smaller fold, however it is good to keep in mind you will need to take that extra step.
- Side-by-side strollers have high weight limits for both seats. This means you will not ever need to worry about which child needs to sit in which seat!
- Both children are "on the same plane" in a lot of ways. Their seats can always recline fully, they always have adequate leg room, and they will always have the shade where they need it.
- Side-by-sides are often jogging or all-terrain strollers. This makes them perfect for the park, hiking, or areas where you may need that extra suspension.
- Many, like the Baby Jogger City Mini Double or City Mini GT Double have one-point folds. Literally, all you have to do is pull a strap and lift and the stroller folds itself! Super simple and easy!
- Depending on which stroller you get, the fold may not be very compact. Jogging or all-terrain strollers will have a larger fold but provide better suspension and more versatility. Other side-by-sides will fold flatter but may have less features. If you are going for a jogger, I would definitely take a look at the Bumbleride Indie Twin. It has a ton of features and is a super smooth ride! For more information on the Bumbleride, check out our previous blog post "5 Best Baby Strollers for Summer."
- Because most side-by-sides tend to be more heavy-duty strollers, they also tend to be heavier. Granted, you are only lifting it for a short period of time, but it is something you will want to think about.
- Because they are so wide (usually about one-and-a-half of the width of single stroller), it is definitely more difficult to maneuver through small spaces. Not ideal for the mall crawler, definitely great for you outdoorsy adventuring family's though!
Phew! That was a lot of info, but I knew you could make it! So, the question you really need to ask yourself: are you a Mall Crawler, an Adventurer, or a "Jane" of All Trades? Below, I have listed my favorites per lifestyle. I hope that this helped you and you will be able to get the stroller that will make your life just a little easier! Mall Crawler:
- Baby Jogger City Select
- UPPABaby Vista
- Britax B-Ready
- Baby Jogger City Mini Double
- Valco Baby Snap Duo (perfect for traveling)