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Mumsnet Best Double Buggy

Best Overall Double Buggy 2019

After putting the UK’s top 10 double buggies through weeks of testing, the Out n About Nipper Double 360 V4 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.

Out n About Nipper Double 360 V4

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 (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

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

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

What you need to know about double pushchairs

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

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

  1. Out n About Nipper Double 360 V4
  2. Bugaboo Donkey2
  3. iCandy Orange
  4. Nuna Demi Grow
  5. Mountain Buggy Nano Duo
  6. phil&teds Dash
  7. Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double
  8. Britax Römer B-Agile
  9. Joie Aire Twin
  10. Thule Sleek
  11. Mountain Buggy Duet

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

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

Why is the Out n About Nipper Double the best for 2019?

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 we tested

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.

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