Best double buggies

After putting the UK’s top 10 double buggies through weeks of testing, the Out n About Nipper Double 360 V4 (£339.95 from Uber Kids) came out on top and was awarded Best Double Buggy 2019. This twin pushchair is suitable for newborns and its slimline design makes it ideal for use on public transport. It offers good longevity and – at a reasonable price – great value for money for most parents. Here are our double buggy reviews.

First things first – will you need a double buggy?

If you are expecting twins or a second baby to an older sibling spaced just a few years apart, a double pram may well be your go-to when wading through the inevitable parenting minefield.

While double pushchairs come in all shapes and sizes, with a number of different features and accessories to boot, when it comes down to it there are actually only two types:

  • Twin – allows your children to sit next to one another, side-by-side, and is typically (although not always) used for twins
  • Tandem – a more slimline option that positions one child above or in front of the other and may be used for a toddler and a newborn

Take a look at our Buyer's Guide for more top tips on what to look for when buying a double pushchair.

Here are the 11 best double buggies for twins, toddlers and newborns

  1. Out n About Nipper Double 360 V4 (£340 from Uber Kids)
  2. Bugaboo Donkey2 (£1,402 from Amazon)
  3. iCandy Orange (£750 from Uber Kids)
  4. Nuna Demi Grow (£600 from John Lewis & Partners)
  5. Mountain Buggy Nano Duo (£349 from Uber Kids)
  6. phil&teds Dash (£469 from Amazon)
  7. Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double (£650 from Mothercare)
  8. Britax Römer B-Agile (£255 from Mothercare)
  9. Joie Aire Twin (£140 from Argos)
  10. Thule Sleek (£750 from Uber Kids)
  11. Mountain Buggy Duet (£599 from John Lewis & Partners)

There are options to suit every budget with prices ranging from around £140 to over £1,000.

Overall, we think that the Out n About Nipper Double 360 V4 is the best double buggy for most parents.



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Best Overall Double Buggy 2019

Out n About Nipper Double 360 V4

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • A dream to push
  • Will fit neatly onto the bus thanks to its slimline design
  • Suitable for urban or country dwellers and handles bumpy terrain with ease
  • Great for the school run – it's easy to fold and unfold

The Out n About Nipper Double is a side-by-side, three-wheel model with two reclining seats, both of which have an almost lie-flat newborn recline.

It is not only suitable from birth, but offers good longevity with a maximum weight limit per seat of 22kg, which is the equivalent of a child's weight at approximately four years of age.

Pros

  • Effortless steering
  • One-handed fold and unfold
  • Sturdy seats with newborn reclines – each seat reclines independently
  • Five-point harness and padded bumper bar
  • Three wheels, including a lockable swivel front wheel
  • Compact when folded and relatively narrow which means it fits through most doorways, on public transport and in the average car boot
  • Suitable for twins or a toddler and newborn
  • Comes with a rain cover
  • Available in seven colours, including classic black
  • Five-minute, no-tool assembly

Cons

  • It isn't a travel system so there is no option to use it with a baby car seat
  • Not parent-facing
  • Footmuffs and carrycots sold separately

What Mumsnetters say

“I have bought other buggies and got rid of them quite quickly because they just weren't as good.”

“I had the Nipper – fantastic and very reasonably priced too.”

“I totally love mine. I can push it around one-fingered, fully loaded – that's my playground party trick!”

“Best pushchair I've owned, and I've owned a fair few.”

How real-life comparative testing makes Mumsnet Reviews unique

In our mission to find the best double buggies, we spent three months researching and testing products based on recommendations from the Mumsnet Talk boards, experts and bestseller lists.

In approximately 77 days of testing, our parent tester, Amy (a busy mum of three), put each buggy through its paces, pushing it over 80km and scoring it based on six key areas:

  • Safety and stability
  • Assembly
  • Day-to-day use
  • Cleanliness
  • Aesthetics
  • Value for money

At Mumsnet, we believe that one parent or expert should test every product in the running. It would be quicker and cheaper to send each product out to a different tester, but we believe that consistent scoring and like-for-like comparisons are crucial.

Five pushchairs were awarded a Mumsnet Best Badge, which represents the products that we feel reflect the best value for most families.

How we tested

With far fewer variables in the testing process than other sites, we are absolutely confident in our recommendations. We tested for:

Safety and stability

  • We conducted a topple test, hanging heavy changing and shopping bags from the handle, with and without children in the seats
  • We also assessed the stability of the pushchair, both in motion and on sloping ground, making sure it wouldn't unexpectedly tip over, and looked for five-point harnesses, recline mechanisms, bumper bars and the functionality of brake pedals

Assembly

  • We studied what was included in the box and, if it needed assembly, how easy each product was to put together
  • Were extra conversion kits needed to convert the product from a single to double buggy?
  • Did the manufacturers list specifications, including weight? And did it come with a warranty?

Day-to-day usage

  • Our tester put each model through its paces in a variety of day-to-day scenarios: the school run, supermarket shop, trips to town and park outings
  • We analysed whether the storage basket provided enough room for toddler and newborn essentials)
  • How easily it was to lift, bump up kerbs, fold and unfold, and fit on the bus or in the boot of the car?
  • We also assessed comfort, recline positions and accessories, such as rain covers and sun hoods

Cleanliness

  • At the end of the test, we assessed how the materials had worn, checking to see if there was any damage to the wheels, and deliberately dirtying the fabrics to see how they fared in the washing machine

Aesthetics

  • How did it look?
  • Was the design sleek and modern and were there any extra features that made it stand out from the crowd?

Value for money

  • Because double pushchairs can be a serious investment, we measured how long each model could be used for and whether it warranted its price tag
  • Were many extras and accessories included and did it come with a carrycot as standard?

Having scored each product on the above criteria, we then added into the equation their resale value to work out which model was the best of the best and which deserved honourable mentions.

All prices on this page correct at time of writing

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Best Double Buggy for Twins 2019

Bugaboo Donkey2

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • Multi-purpose buggy that can be bought as a Twin, Duo or Mono – we think it's a particularly great option for twins
  • At the luxury end of the market
  • Earns its hefty price tag with its exceptional flexibility and intuitive design

A dream to push on all terrains, with a tight turning circle and fairly compact fold, the Bugaboo Donkey2 (£1,402 from Amazon) is as stylish as it is functional, combining the effortless push of a side-by-side model with the flexible seat options of a tandem.

Its chassis is convertible, which means that it can be used either as a single or a double pushchair. This is especially useful if you have two children of different ages but only one in tow at a particular time.

Pros

  • Suitable from birth up to 36 months
  • Carrycots (included) convert into full seats – both seats also offer parent- and world-facing positions
  • Everything except car seats and car seat adaptors are included in the box
  • Customisable and available in eight colours
  • Luxury detailing and stylish design

Cons

  • Bulky to store
  • Tricky to assemble
  • The most expensive model we tested

In terms of flexibility, the Bugaboo Donkey2 comes up trumps, but is a big investment for a product with limited longevity.

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Best Tandem Double Buggy 2019

iCandy Orange

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • A versatile and convertible tandem pushchair and travel system with a whopping 30 seat combinations
  • Ideal for a growing family – offers good longevity, but is a bit bulky

iCandy advertise this pushchair as “future-proof” and it's a claim that definitely holds up – this pushchair is suitable from birth to 25kg, which is approximately a child's weight aged four to five.

The iCandy Orange (£750 from Uber Kids) scored highly in all testing categories, with versatile seating (30 possible combinations in total!), a three-position recline and a large storage basket to hold a changing bag and groceries. The frame itself is sturdy and the folding mechanism is both smooth and simple. Job done.

Pros

  • Configurations includes parent-facing, forward-facing and ‘cinema seating’
  • Carrycot (included) is designed for overnight sleeping – saves on buying a newborn bed
  • Spacious 64-litre storage basket
  • Eye-catching design

Cons

  • Quite wide and seats may need to be removed for storage and when transporting in the car boot
  • Less adept on rough terrain
  • A bit pricey

While this model may sit at the higher end of the market, its flexibility and longevity make the investment more than worthwhile.

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Best Double Buggy for Toddler and Newborn 2019

Nuna Demi Grow

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • A well-thought-out tandem that easily converts from a single pushchair to a double or twin model
  • Particularly ideal for a toddler and newborn
  • Main criticism is that the carrycot and extra seat inserts aren't included in the price

When it comes to pushchairs for a toddler and newborn, there's none better than the Nuna Demi Grow (£600 from John Lewis & Partners).

It offers a number of configurations – 33, in fact – that will grow with your children, while seamlessly switching to carrycot and car seat modes to operate as a travel system.

Pros

  • Large, padded all-weather seats with a three-position recline, including a lie-flat position, and one-hand adjustable calf support
  • Suitable from birth (with a carrycot) up to 20kg per seat (around age four)
  • Foam-filled tyres offer a smooth ride, even on bumpy ground
  • Stylish, eye-catching design
  • Foam-filled tyres and rear suspension
  • Forward- and rear-facing
  • Removable and extendable UPF 50+ sun canopy with eye shade

Cons

  • Bulky and a little heavy
  • In tandem mode, storage basket is filled by the second seat
  • Carrycots and sibling seats sold separately

As one of the newer products on the market, this cleverly designed pushchair is both versatile and stylish while being less expensive (bonus) than some of the other models we tested.

Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

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Best Lightweight Double Buggy 2019

Mountain Buggy Nano Duo

Verdict in 10 seconds

  • Extremely lightweight and the best double buggy for travelling, whether at home or abroad
  • The compact fold is ideal for smaller cars, city living and travelling by bus, train or plane
  • Roomy seats leave space for your child grow, but the weight limit per seat is fairly low at 15kg

As double prams go, the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo (£349 from Uber Kids) ticks most, if not all, the boxes. It's light, compact and easy to push, but also sturdy and comfortable when in use.

It was also one of the narrowest and smallest folding models we tested, and weighed as much as 4kgs lighter than its closest competitor.

Pros

  • Lightweight and easy to use, whether it's on public transport or bouncing up kerbs on the school run
  • Exceptionally compact fold with a handle and shoulder strap
  • Tall, individually reclining seats that fit older and younger children
  • Car seat adaptable
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Suitable from birth (only with a newborn cocoon, though) to approximately three years
  • Six colour options
  • Rear wheel suspension and swivel front wheels

Cons

  • Small plastic wheels don't fare too well when off-roading
  • No parent-facing mode
  • Cocoons, rain cover and sun cover sold separately

This model can't be beaten if you're looking for a pushchair to match a busy and travel-filled lifestyle. Overall, it's a well-designed piece of kit that should go the distance – quite literally.

Buy now from Uber Kids

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How we test

When it comes to finding the ideal double pushchair, there is (surprise, surprise) a lot to consider. Here's how we tested the top products to find the best of the best.

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