What are the Best Lightweight Double Strollers for Travel in 2020?
If you are flying with twins or two little ones, a compact double stroller is probably on your essential list and if you like to explore frequently you may be wondering “What is the lightest weight double stroller for travel?”
Not only are lightweight strollers easier to lift in and out of cars, but they are also easier to manage when lifting on and off airport baggage belts, train carriages and buses making them a practical choice of travel stroller. Airplane wise, double strollers are unlikely to fit in the overhead stowage bins, but will be permitted to go in the hold.
This guide will take you through the lightest travel strollers currently available and compare all the features they have so you can make an informed choice over which lightweight double stroller for travel is best for your family’s needs.
- If you are looking for the best single travel strollers, see here
- If you are specifically looking for cabin sized strollers see here.
Things to Consider When Buying a Double Travel Stroller
Here are some of the most important things to think about when looking for the best twin travel stroller.
1. Size and Weight
The main differences between a regular double stroller and a travel double stroller are the size and weight. The best double strollers for travel are considerably lighter and usually smaller than their heavier counterparts. Compact double strollers will make it a lot easier to pass through doorways and negotiate small spaces such as local transport.
A lightweight double stroller may have less features and comfort but that is the tradeoff for the other practical features. The best traveling double strollers for long days out are those that are lightweight and small enough to lug around and store, yet feature extras such as recline, independent sun canopies and decent storage underneath. Something a double umbrella stroller is unlikely to offer.
I found for me after the weight, the recline and sun canopy were the most important features for deciding on the best double stroller for traveling.
2. Your Travel Needs
What sort of travel will you be doing can impact the type of double pushchair you need. Can it manage cobblestones in Europe? Will it be used for short distances and to help transport your bags or will you need it for long day trips and naps during the day?
Do you travel by plane regularly -is it the best travel double stroller for flying and for the airport? Who is it for – will you need a double stroller for slightly older kids if heading out to Disney World or one that is suitable for a younger baby – if so does it need an additional insert?
Double strollers are also allowed as hold luggage (for free), in addition to your normal baggage allowance. But be aware that with American Airlines you will not be able to gate check it if it weighs over 20lbs.
3. Recline And Other Features
As mentioned above, several double lightweight strollers offer a recline function and a fairly decent sun canopy, but you may need to compromise on the storage basket. For instance, you could forego a large storage basket for a comfortable backpack.
Often you can buy accessories like cup holders, bag clips/ stroller purse clip hooks, or a double stroller organiser to make the stroller more convenient. (I found mine invaluable, especially if the storage basket was small). Decide which features are an absolute must for you, and ones you could compromise on.
4. Ease of Folding
If you are flying or travelling solo, then an easy folding function is a must when you are looking for the best compact double stroller. Some of the best foldable strollers for travel can quickly and easily be folded up using just one hand.
There are some all singing/all dancing travel strollers out there – but these do come with a higher price tag.
Check if companies offer price match – often if you cut the middle man out you can find a better deal too. Also look into second hand strollers, or perhaps borrow a friends?
6. Type of double stroller
Do you prefer a lightweight double tandem or side-by-side buggy or stroller? Is it for twins or a baby and toddler, do you need it to recline fully for a newborn?
IN A HURRY?
- Want to know what the narrowest double stroller is? Take a peek at the Joovy Caboose tandem double stroller with a width 53.98cm/21.25″, closely followed by the City Tour 2 Double at 26.1″
- Want to know what the lightest double stroller is? Try the Zoe XL2 double travel stroller, which weighs in at just over 19lbs.
What is the best double stroller for travel?
Below are 7 of the lightest and most reliable double strollers we have found. After the table is a more in-depth review of each double stroller.
|Image of stroller||Name of stroller||Weight of stroller||Weight limit||Width of stroller (unfolded)||Canopy Protection|
|Zoe XL2 Double Stroller||19lbs||45lbs per seat||29"||SPF 50. Canopies move independently|
|Mountain Buggy Nano Duo||20lbs/9kg||33lbs/15kg per seat||73cm/28.7"||SPF 50. Canopies move independently|
|Evenflo Aero Ultralight||23lbs||50lbs per seat||30"||SPF/UV 50. Canopies move independently|
|Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double||23.2lbs/10.5kg||33lbs per seat||26.1"||UV 50+ Canopies move independently with extension panels and peek-a-boo windows|
|Joovy Caboose Ultralight||23.5kgs||45lbs per seat/20.4kg||21.25"/54cm||The large canopy provides ample coverage, and the new rear canopy extension covers the rear rider when seated|
|Joovy Twin Groove Ultra||26lbs||50lbs per seat||30"||Canopies move independently of each other|
|Baby Jogger City Mini Double||28lbs||50lbs per seat||30"76cm||UV 50+ Canopies move independently|
The Zoe XL2 double travel stroller is popular in the USA, but it is sadly not available in the UK, which is a shame as it’s not only a practical double travel stroller, but a super lightweight twin stroller for travel too.
Weighing in at just at 19lbs, meaning it can even be gate checked on American Airlines! It’s easy to fold and to open. Each seat reclines separately, but not completely flat, and capacity wise, each seat has been tested to 45 lbs. The sun canopy is generous for a travel stroller plus it comes with lots of other accessories including a snack cup, child cup holders, parent cup holder, independent 4 panel expandable canopy and more. For more information & latest prices see here
Open Dimensions: 40.25″ (height) x 29″ (width) x 33″ (depth)
Closed Dimensions: 28″ (height) x 29″ (width) x 9″ (depth)
The Mountain Buggy Nano Duo original version weighs in at only 20lbs/9kg and has an extra large gear tray with 8kg / 17.6lb capacity plus a very convenient carry handle and shoulder strap, making it a very portable buggy.
The maximum weight this popular double pram can take is 15kg / 33lbs per seat which is at the lower end compared to others. It’s surprisingly narrow too, with the seat measurements being only – 66cm / 26″.
- unfolded dimensions (H x W x D) – 100 x 73 x 84cm / 39.3 x 28.7 x 33″
- folded dimensions (H x W x D) – 51.5 x 73 x 28cm / 20 x 28.7 x 11″
It’s car seat compatible with not only car seats from Mountain Buggy but also, Phil & Teds, Graco, Peg Perego, Cybex, Nuna, and Maxi Cosi (with adaptor purchase)
At only 30” wide and weighing under 23 lbs, the Evenflo Aero² is one of the best narrow & small double strollers as it still ﬁts through standard doorways. The Evenflo Aero combines a lightweight frame with extended storage. Large canopies with ﬂip-out visors and UPF 50+ sun protection help shield your babies from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
The Evenﬂo® Aero² Ultra-Lightweight Double Stroller features an additional basket for when you are only traveling with one child, which can be attached to the front of either seat, and stores under the seat when not in use. Each seat can hold up to 50 lbs. For more information and latest prices see here.
Width: 30″ wide
This newest City Tour 2 Double is lightweight compact twin stroller at 10.5 kg/23.2lbs and features an ultra-compact one-hand fold. Its lightweight, compact slim design fits through any standard doorways making it easier to get around town with 2 kids. compact twin stroller
The City Tour 2 Double pushchair can be used from birth with additional carry cot attachments allowing a flat surface.
The fully featured stroller includes multiple recline positions, adjustable calf supports, UV 50+ canopies and two comfortable padded seats which can hold up to 33 lbs per seat. For more information and latest prices see here.
- Unfolded Width: 26.1″
- Folded up it measures 25cm/9.8″ x 66.5cm/26.2″ (W) x 63cm/24.8″(L)
The Joovy Caboose is currently the lightest tandem stroller on the market, at 23.5lbs, and one of the most compact double strollers around. A tandem stroller has a similar width as a single stroller. However, this type of a double stroller is much longer.
- Front seat accommodates a child from 3 months to 45 lbs. and reclines to 3-positions
- Rear bench seat and standing platform holds child 2.5 years and up to 45 lbs., rear seat canopy extension protects the rear child when seated.
- Width: 53.98cm/21.25″
For more information and latest prices see here.
At 26lbs this double travel stroller is still light and portable. It comes with 3 cup holders and each seat individually reclines.
It’s narrow width means it can fit through normal size doorways which makes it an easy stroller for travelling. For more information and latest prices see here.
- Open dimensions: 32” L x 30” W x 42.75” H
- Folded dimensions: 41.75” L x 22” W x 16” H
Like it’s popular single stroller model, the seats recline to near flat position and the adjustable canopy hoods offer peek through flaps.
This travel buggy is slightly heavier at 28lbs but can still be folded single handedly and is a good option if you are looking for a lightweight stroller for toddlers. It’s definitely a good contender for the best twin stroller for travel. For more information and latest prices, see here.
Uppa Baby Vista
Another contender is the Uppa Baby Vista. Whilst it comes with one bassinet or toddler seat as standard, there is the option to fit another for twin babies, or twin toddlers or a baby and a toddler. With the standard one seat weighing, (includes canopy, wheels, and basket) Frame + Seat: 12.4 kg – the extra seat weighs 3.3 kg and the carrycot 4 kg
- Q: Can you gate check a double stroller?
- A: Yes, you can. You will usually be given a luggage tag at check in and then hand your stroller to staff at the gate or on the airbridge, just before you board your flight.
- Q: Do you need a bag to check a stroller?
- A: Whilst you don’t a bag to check a stroller, it is a good idea to use one to help keep all the bits securely together and help keep the stroller dry and clean. A padded stroller bag, is the best for added protection and yes you can buy a double stroller gate check bag. For more information on the best gate check stroller bags see here.
- Q: Can you take a double stroller through airport security?
- A: Most of the above travel double strollers are pretty narrow, and would fit through most airport security machines. If it won’t fit, then security personnel will need to conduct a personal check, using hand-held electromagnetic wands and sometimes swabs.