Well, this post has been a long time coming! We have been through quite a few strollers in our parenting journey thus far and it’s something you guys ask about often so I am excited to share this post today. First, some history. We started out with an Uppababy Vista stroller when Grayson was born and loved it. It was a gift from my parents and it always served us well. I figured that when the time came around for us to shop for a double, I would just get the rumble seat attachment and be set. But then Grayson and I were in a pretty bad car accident last year and we lost the stroller. I didn’t care at all because WE were fine. It could have been a lot worse. Stuff is stuff. Anyway, I was pregnant at the time so we figured “since we’re buying a new stroller anyway, we might as well buy a double since we will need in a few months”. We bought a City Mini Double. I really liked the City Mini when it was just me and Grayson. The moment Luke came along and I put him in the back with the car seat attachment and had Grayson all the way in the front, I couldn’t stand it. I felt like that stroller was SO LONG. I was constantly knocking into things and bumping into people. It was sort of a disaster. But let me just say, for the record, I have many friends who have the City Select and love it. Love it. I’m probably the only one who didn’t like it! Who knows. Anyway, when we moved from our old house last winter, we sold it. At the time, I was wearing Luke in a wrap and not really using a stroller too much so we decided to just get an affordable Joovy X2 Scooter. It’s lightweight, has a huge storage compartment underneath and the boys rode side by side, which I liked because I thought it was cute (sidenote: it was cute until it wasn’t. If you have two kids close in age you know what I mean). I really liked the Joovy until I brought it to our regional park and almost broke it because it couldn’t handle ANYTHING other than cement. The weather was getting nicer here finally and Luke was getting heavier and heavier. I wanted something I could take on the trails near our house that wasn’t a back breaker. I thought about a double Bob for about five seconds before saying no way….it’s just way too much stroller for us. I like a smaller footprint.
Okay. All that is the Beaugh stroller history. Then comes Phil & Teds. We were already very familiar with the brand because we own a Lobster High Chair and love it. It’s been our favorite piece of baby gear for years and something we always keep with us. A restaurant we ate at in Sweden had one and we just thought it was the most genius thing ever so we ordered one right when we got home from our trip.
Back to the stroller.
We ended up with a Phil & Teds Sport stroller (with the double kit) and we absolutely love it. We actually got this stroller a few months ago but I wanted to use it for awhile before posting about it to make sure I gave you guys the most honest review. So honestly? It’s pretty darn great. It’s not perfect but what double stroller is? This is, hands down, the best stroller I have tried and Adam would agree.
- SLEEK. Like, sleek. See above photos. I can fit through any door I want to and every single time I take it out, I have people comment “oh! I can’t believe there’s another baby down there! I almost didn’t see him!” She’s sleek.
- Breaks down easily and I can lift it into the trunk of my car no problem.
- Turns on a dime and I can push it one handed while holding a coffee with my other hand (mom multi-tasking at it’s finest)
- Can handle gravel, trails, sand…whatever. I know because I tried all of it! And it’s a winner.
- Has a unique auto-stop brake that I find very useful because where we live it’s extremely hilly.
- Love the design. I love, love, love the design of this stroller. I just think it’s good looking. We got a coral seat liner for a pop of color, which I really like a lot.
- Really not much underneath storage.
- It *can be* hard to get the double attachment out to break the stroller down. Mine sometimes seems to get a little stuck.
That’s it! It was a bit of an adjustment to get used to the lack of storage but I still can put items near Luke’s feet when he’s in the double attachment. The other day I was able to fit in the lobster high chair and a couple extra sweaters for the kids. That’s it though. Now when I just have one kiddo and Luke is in the front seat, I like to keep the double attachment in because I can load the bottom down with groceries that way. I can mange to get in quite a lot actually! The storage issue is really only an “issue” when I have both kids in the stroller. My diaper bag converts to a backpack so that works. And to be honest, since the rest of the stroller’s qualities are so great I don’t even mind the lack of storage. It’s not really a big deal to me.
Phew! I hope I didn’t lose anyone there. I guess I just had a lot to say about strollers! 😉 I know that when I was pregnant with Luke I would love going online and just researching reviews on double strollers (thanks, pregnancy insomnia) and I loved reading what real moms were saying. I really hope this helps someone out there! Do I think it’s perfect? No. Do I think it’s a pretty wonderful double stroller? Yes. It’s the best I have tried and when I had a bit of difficult few months adjusting after our move this past winter, it really helped to get me out of the house with the boys. Anyway, I hope this helped. We really love our stroller!