Double Side-by-Side Strollers

The side-by-side has two seats attached to a single frame or a unit resembling two strollers bolted together. The features on side-by-side strollers are often similar to those on single-passenger models. This type of stroller is easiest to maneuver with children of about the same height and weight, such as twins. For models with reclining seatbacks, each seat can be adjusted separately.

Pros: When transporting two children, a side-by-side model can negotiate curbs more easily than a tandem. Some side-by-side models accept an infant car seat, though some brands are limited to only one seat. That works if you’ve got a newborn and an older child. Some models allow you to attach infant car seats side by side as well. If you’re shopping for infant twins and you want a side-by-side, look for one in which both seats recline, and use the infant foot enclosure or boot that comes with the stroller for both seats.

Cons: If children of different weights ride in the stroller, it can pull to one side. A folded side-by-side stroller may require twice as much space as the equivalent single-occupant version. Although manufacturers might claim that their stroller will fit through a standard doorway, it can still be a tight squeeze. Some strollers might not fit through all doorways or elevator openings.

Double/Tandem Strollers

These strollers have one seat directly behind the other. They’re the same width as single-passenger strollers and fit through doorways and store aisles. But while the rear seat can recline on some models, the front seat usually can’t without limiting the space of the child in back. On some tandems, you can set the seats so the passengers face each other. Others have a “stadium seat” that allows the child in back to see over the one in front. There are also models that let one child sit in the front and another in a lower rear seat. You can even find tandem strollers that will hold triplets.

Pros: Tandems fit through standard doorways and elevator doors more easily than side-by-side doubles. A folded tandem takes up just a little more space than a folded standard midsized stroller. Some tandem models accept an infant car seat in one or both stroller seats (but check which brands of car seats are compatible before you buy).

Cons: Steering can be quite difficult, and it can be tricky getting over curbs, since the parent typically would step on the back to lift the front; here you’ll be lifting a heavier weight with about twice the length of a single stroller. Some models have limited leg support and very little legroom for the child in back. They’re often quite heavy, which can make them difficult to manage if you’re small.

Jogging Strollers

Dedicated jogging/running strollers are designed with three wheels, the front wheel usually fixed. They have a hand brake, a foot-operated parking brake, and larger, air-filled tires. Newer models have a lockable swivel front wheel; the swivel allows for maneuverability on smoother surfaces, and the fixed setting is best for running and/or walking on rougher surfaces. The long, high handlebar is designed to prevent runners from bumping into the stroller’s frame. A tethered strap keeps the stroller from rolling away in case you lose your grip or fall.

Pros: Can be used for off-road walks and running, but unless they have a swivel option on the front wheel, they can be limiting. Large, air-cushioned tires offer a comfortable ride and make them easy to push. Many jogging strollers may have a longer useful life than traditional strollers because they can accommodate heavier children. Double or triple jogging strollers can have a total weight limit of up to 150 pounds.

Cons: Consider carefully before buying a jogging stroller as your only stroller. A fixed (non-swiveling) front wheel can make maneuvering in everyday situations difficult. Large and sometimes heavy, they might not fit into your car trunk. Bicycle-type, air-filled tires can go flat and the tire locking lever must be installed correctly.