Our tried and tested selection of the best lightweight double strollers for travel by plane, car, train – 2020 edition.
A lightweight double stroller is a lifesaver when traveling with two young kids.
Despite being rather large objects, double travel strollers really come into their won when you are out and about all day in unfamiliar surroundings and, in most cases, are really worth the slight hassle of lugging them around on planes and in and out of the car trunk.
We learn this at our own expense.
When our second baby arrived, our firstborn was less than 2 years old and we decided we could travel with one stroller only, leave our big double stroller at home and let him and his sister share.
Wow, how much we regretted it!
Despite being an amazing walker, we realized that not having a seat for him meant double the work for us (a lot of shoulder carrying happened on that trip!) and we also suddenly found us without the option of letting him nap, should his sister being down already, or strap both of them in for lunch or when tired.
When we came back home, ou decision was made: we would never travel with toddlers again without a good double travel stroller!
The quest for the best lightweight double stroller commenced and we finally found a few that’s seemed to tick all the boxes.
These are ou favorite lightweight double strollers for travel.
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How to choose the best lightweight double stroller
When shopping for a double stroller that was lightweight and portable, we used the same criteria we used for selectin our favorite single travel stroller, plus a couple more.
In particular, we though the best double stroller for travel had to be:
Age-appropriate – like all baby and toddler gear, a double; stroller needs to be appropriate to the age of the children it needs to carry.
Depending on the model you can find strollers that are better suited for 2 babies, one baby and one toddler or two toddlers.
Lightweight – when it comes to double strollers, lightweight is always relative however, we wanted to make sure that a lightweight double stroller was indeed lighter than the one we had already at home.
This is one of the most important things to look at, when choosing a twin stroller, especially if you expect to move around a lot, for instance in and out of the car trunk or on and off trains.
Easy to maneuver – all strollers need to be easy to maneuver however this becomes paramount when traveling, when you often may find yourself pushing the stroller with one hand only while carrying other stuff or you may find yourself in more awkward spaces.
The best double strollers for travel solve this problem with swivel wheels.
Personally, I find those with a single wheel at the front the easiest of all, but some 4 wheeled double lightweight strollers are also great (see below).
With good wheels – Double strollers, especially those built to accommodation older toddlers as well as babies, take a significant amount of weight and this can put a strain on small, fiddly wheels.
If the wheels of your pushchair are too small, they can break and even id they don’t, they can easily catch on uneven terrain or even small bumps hurting both your back and your child.
Bigger wheels might look bulker but often do not add much to the overall weight of the double stroller and can be a life saver in terms of comfort
An easy folding mechanism – Bad folding mechanisms are a deal breaker for me. especially when traveling you simply need your compact stroller to fold and come back up easily so you can get on with your plans.
Especially if getting in and out of the car or visiting museums or hotels, you want to be able to fold your stroller compactly and easily without causing a scene (yes, been there, done that!)
With good storage – when traveling, it is super handy to have some extra storage, for your baby gear and for everything else!
A large basket is a great accessory for a good double travel stroller.
With large sun canopy – large sun canopies are essentials on travel and so are good accessories for rain and, depending on the destination, stroller mosquito net. we used the one that came with our stroller extensively!
A style that suits your children – double strollers come in several styles. Side by side strollers have two seats beside one another.
These are a little larger than tandem strollers however, they are excellent double strollers if you have children of similar age that require the same type of seat.
Usually, the two seats on a tandem stroller are equivalent to each other.
Tandem strollers, on the other hand, see children in line with one another, either looking to each other or sitting one behind the other.
Depending on the model, tandem double strollers can offer seats that are identical in specs or have one smaller seat and a bigger one or even allow for one seat for baby and one for toddler (Our Phil n Teds was like that and it was very handy)
The choice between tandem stroller and side by side is personal and we didn’t find one style won over the other.
If you go for a side by side stroller, just make sure you go for a narrow one to you may have difficulties in some travel destinations where you may find more cramped spaces (I am thinking about when we were in Rome with a baby and toddler or in Paris’ restaurants!)
The best lightweights strollers for travel: our selection
Uppa Baby G-Link
The Uppababy G-Link double stroller is a side by side double lightweight stroller with a light aluminum frame.
It has 4 sets of wheels, unlike other double strollers in this list and while they are rather small, they make the pushing pretty smooth and comparable to that of a single stroller.
The one action fold system ticks the box for easy folding mechanism and this double buggy also comes with nice accessories such as sun canopies, a good basket.
The 5 point harness mechanism keeps the children safe.
This is an excellent side by side lightweight double stroller for travel and comes with handy extras such as portable cup holder, travel carrier bag and stroller organizer.
These are its main official specs:
- Suitable from 3 months up to 55 lbs per seat
- Weight: (with canopies, wheels, and basket): 22.3 lbs
- Size: Unfolded: 27.5″ L x 28.5″ W x 42″ H, Folded: 40″ L x 20″ W x 14.5″ H
Baby Jogger City Mini Double
I love the Baby Jogger City Mini double stroller. It is a side by side, lightweight double stroller and has 4 big-ish wheels that are a lifesaver when dealing with less than smooth terrain.
It is also surprisingly easy to stir with one hand.
The two seats recline independently to almost flat, it has a handy folding mechanism and it stands flat when closed, which we found invaluable in restaurants for instance or when you need to leave the stroller at certain attractions.
while not the lightest double stroller on this list, this is a good twin lightweight stroller for travel, with large canopies and generous storage.
- Weight: 36.5 pounds
- Stroller size 40″ x 40″ x 29.75″
- Stroller size when folded: 15.25″ x 30.5″ x 29.75″
- Adjustable handlebar
- Adjustable calf support
- Full-coverage UV 50 canopies
JOOVY Twin Groove Ultralight Umbrella Stroller
The Joovy Twin Groove ultralight umbrella stroller is a well priced double stroller with side by side, independently reclining seat.
Lightweight and compact, it handles well doorways and has a handy shoulder strap that means you can easily fold it and carry when hopping in and out of trains or the city metro.
This was a detail we learned to love in our single stroller too!
This double umbrella stroller is suitable from birth (it reclines flat), has big canopies that are both sun and water resistance, lots of storage for both parent and children.
The official specs also say it meets the standard Disneyland® / Disney® World stroller size requirements, an extra plus if Dinsey is in your plans!
Mountain Buggy Duo Nano Double stroller
Mountain Buggy Nano made a name for themselves with their standard travel stroller and they did it again with their double lightweight stroller.
Another side by side compact double stroller, this is a winner for travel as it is super light, folds really small and it can even be used as a travel system.
The Nano Double stroller has small wheels however, they do hols up pretty wells on cobbles, which are always a hard one for any stroller!
It has a 5 point safety harness, two full size seats and can lie flat to accommodate newborns.
Several accessories are avaaible including newborn and car seat adaptor.
- Age: from birth (with cocoon) to 3 years
- Fold dimention: 51 x 73 x 28cm / 20 x 29 x 12″
- Product weight: 9kg / 20lbs
- HOlds: up to 30kg (15 per seat)
Phil & Teds inline double stroller
The Phil and Teds inline double stroller was our main double stroller and we loved it.
It is suitable for birth (if used with the baby carrycot), car seat compatible and you can use it easily with one baby and a toddler.
The two seats are one on top of the other but there is sufficient space for both children not to feel cramped and you still have some space in the carry basket.
A 3 wheel stroller, we loved how easy it was to push and the only gripe we had with it was that it was a bit of a pain when passing security in airports as it tends to fold a little large.
Aside from this, we found it an excellent all-round double stroller for home and car journeys and road trips in particular.
I find it one of the best infant and toddler double strollers of all.
I hope you enjoyed this overview of the best compact double strollers for travel and it helped you pick the one that suits you best!