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Top 5 Best Single to Double Stroller | 2017 Reviews

December 23, 2016
Top 5 Best Single to Double Stroller

Top 5 Best Single to Double Stroller | 2017 Reviews

When you are a parent, it is always a good thing to have options when it comes to your baby’s needs, including strollers. Convertible strollers, for example, provide parents with the option to use it as a single stroller for just one child or a double stroller when baby number two comes a year or two later. Then you can go back to single stroller again for when the older kid starts to hate stroller rides.

However, it should be pointed out that these types of strollers tend to be much heavier than the regular single strollers as they are designed to accommodate a total of 100 pounds of baby weight. If you plan on using it as a single stroller instead of the regular ones, which means that you will have to lug around a few additional pounds which can really feel a lot in the long run.

Convertibles are often used by parents who plan to have two kids for the next two to three years. It gives them the option to not look silly with having just one kid in a side-by-side stroller (while waiting for second baby) and it also is a more economical choice than buying two separate single strollers for the kids.

Because they are extremely durable, versatile, flexible and adaptable, they are considered as among the best stroller options for families with multiple kids.

Now, without further ado, let us give you your options when it comes to the best single to double strollers available in the market:

Quick Comparison Table

UPPABaby Vista Stroller

Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller

Britax 2017 B-Ready Stroller

Phil&Teds Dash Inline Stroller

Phil&Teds Dot Inline Stroller with Second Seat

UPPABaby Vista Stroller
Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller
Britax 2017 B-Ready Stroller
Phil&Teds Dash Inline Stroller
Phil&Teds Dot Inline Stroller with Second Seat

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48 pounds

35 pounds

28 pounds

25 pounds

26 pounds

UPPABaby Vista Stroller

UPPABaby Vista Stroller

Among the strollers that are able to convert from single to double, this modern double stroller from UPPABaby is our favorite – and the favorite of most other parents with two and even three kids (we’ll get to that later).

The UPPABaby Vista got a major redesign back in 2014 and we loved all the changes that came with it. So, where do we start? Let’s talk first about it being a single stroller. First of all, the package comes with a bassinet (whether you like it or not) that comes with a bug shield and a rain shield. The bassinet itself is a very beautiful part of the whole system which can be used even for overnight sleeping. The base is vented and the mattress pad comes with a breathable design. You can purchase a separate stand to take the bassinet off of the floor. Did we mention that this one also comes with a sun canopy? Cool, right?

Now, as a double stroller, there are many things to discuss about but, in summary, you can get nine different configurations through a combination of two bassinets, two infant car seats (can use the UPPABaby Mesa without an adapter) and two rumble seats. What we love most about the rumble seat is that it can now face either backward or forward and can even recline. Plus, it goes to the front of the stroller so it does not pose a problem for tall parents with long strides. Of course, the telescopic handles help provide better comfort for parents of differing heights.

Another awesome feature for the Vista is its huge storage basket which can hold up to 30 pounds of load. That is seriously huge! Now that’s enough to carry all your kids’ items plus a few grocery bags, too. Even its folding mechanism is much easier compared to the old version and you can still do it very easily even with the second seat on. You can also install the Piggy Back for a third older sibling.

Clearly, the Vista has no match in its category so we are placing it at the very top of our list.

Details of the UPPABaby Vista Stroller

Weight

48 pounds

Dimensions

33.5 x 24 x 20.5 inches

Colors

Marine Blue, Denny, Jake, Lindsey, Pascal, Taylor

Recommend Weight

4 to 50 pounds

Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller

Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller

Coming in on second place for the best convertible stroller is the Baby Jogger City Select, which is a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Vista. This kit already comes with the second seat but you can also get bassinets and car seats and come up with 16 different configurations to suit the needs of your family. You can even attach the glider for an older kid.

As a single stroller, you can use it with a bassinet or any of the several compatible car seat brands. We love the two-handed fold which allows it to go more compact than the Vista or B-Ready below. Unlike the two though, the second seat needs to be removed before you can fold the stroller which can prove to be a bit of a hassle with two kids. Other things we love about the City Select are the hand-operated brakes, huge canopy with peek-a-boo window, 4-position seat recline, telescopic handles and 12-inch forever air tires – makes it easy to handle plus you do not have to pump air, too.

As a double stroller, the weight of the City Select is about the same as regular double strollers. The second seat is installed on top of the front wheels so it does not impede the stride of tall parents. Additionally, it means that there is more room for each of the stroller’s passengers. The only disadvantage to this set up is that it makes pushing around, especially on hilly terrains, a lot more difficult because of the added weight in front. Most often, positioning the heavier kid in the rear wheels is used as a work around.

We highly recommend this to parents who are on a lower budget and also those who do not have to worry about walking along hilly terrains. Otherwise, you will really have a hard time even getting it up the curb. For this, we are placing the stroller on second position.

Details of the Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller

Weight

35 pounds

Dimensions

30.7 x 21.5 x 11.4 inches

Colors

Onyx, Ruby

Recommend Weight

Up to 45 pounds per seat

Britax 2017 B-Ready Stroller

Britax 2017 B-Ready Stroller

It is really hard to find and rank the best single to double stroller that have been added into this list and the Britax 2017 B-Ready Stroller only got pushed down to the middle of this list because of a very minor reason.

As a single stroller, it performs quite well. Parents might actually love the fact that they can configure the seat to be rear- or forward-facing depending on what is convenient for them or the baby. It also comes with a huge UPF 50+ sun canopy that has a peek-a-boo window. The adjustable handlebars are the tallest among all listed here and it also comes with an expandable storage basket that can be accessed from all four sides (cool huh?)! Of course, it should not be forgotten that this stroller comes with 11-inch rear and 8-inch front tires making it perfectly capable of taking on uneven terrains and rough surfaces.

Now, as you turn it into a double stroller, it still works great except for the power striders who might tend to kick the back of the stroller. The second seat attaches at the back, below the handlebar, and the kid sitting there may be in a much lower and rather awkward position. The primary seat holds around 55 pounds of weight while the second one can take up to 35 pounds which means that the younger child will have to take the lower seating. The seat configurations are not as flexible as that of the City Select with just 12 different mix-and-match positions.

The Britax B-Ready Stroller is definitely a great stroller to use especially for families of kids with different ages. They are also more convenient to use when you constantly have to face hilly terrains because the seating positions make it easier to maneuver even over curbs. The only problem is the awkward second seat position which can be problematic for the younger kid and for the parent who has a long stride.

Because of this, we will have to place it in the middle of the list.

Details of the Britax 2017 B-Ready Stroller

Weight

28 pounds

Dimensions

44 x 24 x 43.2 inches

Colors

Capri, Black, Mist, Poppy, Peridot

Recommend Weight

5 to 55 pounds

Phil&Teds Dash Inline Stroller

Phil&Teds Dash Inline Stroller

The Dash is perhaps the lightest and best convertible stroller ever in the Phil&Teds line up of convertible strollers. It weighs 25 pounds as a single (the lightest among different models) and just 29 pounds as a double stroller. It is much like the Dot (see review below) but comes with better features which is why this has been positioned in the fourth place.

Now, let us start with the pros. We certainly love the marl fabrics being used in the Dash (same with the Dot) as it looks very stylish and luxurious. The sun canopy is huge and has a zippered storage pocket at the side for small essentials such as keys and a phone. No need for huge pouches that can just bulk up the stroller!

This package comes with just the main seat which can hold up to 55 pounds. You can also attach the second seat (sold separately) which can hold up to 33 pounds of weight. If you have a smaller kid, you can get the separate adapter so it becomes compatible with several infant car seat brands. We do love that the stroller can be used with just one kid and you won’t really need a lot of other seats from there. The main seat can be made to sit upright or on full recline so it easily adjusts to the comfort of your kid. You can also use the second seat for a smaller kid, instead of the infant car seat, but both can be positioned to face the parent. If you plan on using it with just one kid, you can enjoy a huge storage basket at the bottom!

Other awesome features that the Dash comes with include the 12-inch aeromaxx puncture-proof tires that are perfect for strolling around uneven surfaces and rough terrains. It also has a hand operated parking brake located at the side of the handlebar and a huge sun canopy for extra protection against the sun. We also love the design of this stroller as it makes going up and over curbs a whole lot easier.

What’s a great improvement to this stroller? Well, the main reason it’s been ranked higher than the Dot here in our list is that it allows for a compact stand fold without having to remove the second seat. That is certainly a huge improvement to the limitation of the Dot.

Details of the Phil&Teds Dash Inline Stroller

Weight

25 pounds (single)

Dimensions

44.9 x 25.2 x 59.4 inches

Colors

Black

Recommend Weight

4 to 55 pounds

Phil&Teds Dot Inline Stroller with Second Seat

Phil&Teds Dot Inline Stroller with Second Seat

If you are looking for a single stroller that converts to double stroller and yet still looks very stylish and even sporty, consider getting the Dot from Phil&Teds. At just 26 pounds and with a width of 23 inches, it is actually much smaller than the Sport model and is perfect for use in narrow streets and urban jungles.

Parents love this package as it already comes with a second seat and can be used by families with two toddlers, without the need for any additional purchase. You can then configure the seats in different ways. The main seat holds up to 44 pounds while the second seat can hold the same weight if placed in front or only up to 33 pounds when attached on the rear. The second seat may be configured to face rear or forward. If you do have smaller kiddos, you will have get an adapter separately so it becomes compatible with infant car seats from phil&teds, Mountain Buggy, Maxi Cosi, Graco, Cybex, Peg Perego or Chicco.

Safety features worth noting in the Dot include dual foot pedal brakes, a 5-point harness and a puncture proof ride so you do not ever have to worry about pumping tires or making the ride too bouncy for your kiddos. Did we mention that the seating positions also make it much easier to Click to replace anchor textpop up and over curbs? The center of gravity is kept at the middle of the stroller so it becomes easier to push no matter what the terrain. Another thing to love about the Dot is that it comes with a multi-height adjustable handlebar and a compact one-hand fold, making it very convenient for parents who are constantly out and about.

The only sad news about this convertible stroller is that it does not allow folding with the second seat attached. This means that you will have to take both kids out first then detach the second seat before you can finally fold the entire stroller and transport or store. This can definitely be a huge hassle for parents especially if you are out with the kids on your own.

For this, we will have to push down the Dot to the bottom spot in our list.

Details of the Phil&Teds Dot Inline Stroller with Second Seat

Weight

26 pounds (single)

Dimensions

24 x 44 x 44 inches

Colors

Graphite

Recommend Weight

4 to 44 pounds

Having a baby can be a surprise and having another one on the way can leave parents in shock. Fortunately, they can worry a lot less with the use of a convertible stroller as they can go from single to double with just a few configurations – and then back to single again as the older kid grows.

Convertible strollers are well loved by parents because of its flexibility compared to the regular double strollers. Just remember to look for the features that you really need and disregard the rest as you will be paying more for it in terms of price and weight. Good luck in your hunt!



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