We've said before that we don't believe there can be just one perfect double stroller, since your needs change as your kids grow. But if you're going to buy one, you might as well get as close to "perfect" as possible. Go back and ask yourself the 12 questions to ask before you purchase. Then remember to consider a few other things like: could you buy a second hand stroller or borrow one for a while to get you through a certain period.
Now we're going to look at your options. Rather than going the tradition way of tandem, twin, umbrella, etc., we're going to look at this like you would a car. After all, it is the mode of your kids' transportation, right?
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Consider these strollers as your "city car." They will get you in and out of places quickly like a Honda Civic. We define these as easy to lift, light (under 25 pounds) and fairly simple to manage. Note that these may not be as easy to maneuver once you have two kids of different sizes in the seats. We both found that a 30-40 pound kid on one side often made driving the stroller difficult if the other side is holding a much lighter squirmy toddler. So while it may be perfect for one phase, it may not down the road.
This is your Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata. These strollers are reliable, still easy to "park" and wiggle through most places. Again, they all come with their own pros and cons so you need to figure out what works best for your own situation and which ones have the best extras for you.
Just like an SUV with four-wheel drive, these strollers take you where you need to go in any kind of weather or terrain--beach, snow, gravel, trails. They are still small enough to handle well in most places, but it's got a bit more weight on it because of the shocks and all-terrain wheels. Pros for most of these is their maneuverability. Cons tend to be the weight.
These "machines" were made for hauling--kids, drinks, groceries, coats and additional siblings. These are the Chevy Suburban of strollers. They are harder to maneuver and park, but when you got to get everyone there, this is your stroller.
***As always, let us know what you like/don't like about your current/past stroller.