We tested the most interesting duos. A duo is a pushchair that consists of a chassis, wheels and a separate carrycot and seat unit that can be directly attached to the chassis. The carrycot means the duo can be used from birth, with the seat unit working until the child has become too heavy or in some other way grown out of the pushchair – about 2 or 3 years of age. Often both the seat unit and carrycot are included in the package when you buy a duo, which makes it an investment that last a long time. Many people confuse duos with combination prams. While duos have both a seat unit and carrycot, a combination pram only has a seat unit to which you can add a removable soft or hard carrycot. The carrycot in a duo is normally more spacious for the child.
Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our test of duos, we asked normal families and experts in the area to use the pushchairs. The pushchairs were used with both a carrycot and seat unit. They were used on different types of terrain to see how well they worked in urban environments and in the countryside. All of the functions have been reviewed and tested. The duos have all been used for longer periods to get an impartial assessment of the quality.
We included all models of pushchair intended to be used from birth, first with a separate carrycot or with a hard or soft carrycot in the seat unit, and after that with the seat unit alone. Because families all have different daily routines, no one pushchair suits everyone best. It’s important to make your own choice based on your own needs. Our test aims to provide a general assessment and description of each pushchair. The test focused on the following characteristics:
Characteristics: Is it a duo or combination pram, can the seat unit be reversed, what’s the pushchair like folded and what does it include?
Functions: Can the handle be height adjusted, is it convenient to fold the pushchair, are buttons and levers easy to use?
Use: What’s the pushchair like to push, does the chassis have suspension and does it roll well? Is the child comfortable and does the pushchair make life easier or more difficult for the parents?
As well as characteristics and functions, our final score also takes into account the buggy design and whether it’s good value for money. We then name test winners in several different categories divided into different price classes, so there’s a buying recommendation that suits all budgets.
Very good value duo with full carrycot on the seat unit and very spacious basket
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/22 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 13 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 90 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 57 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 40 cm Wheels: Pneumatic wheels Type of seat unit: Reversible, normal Rain cover/apron included: No/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Knee-joint
The Britax Smile III is the updated version of the Britax Smile 2. The buggy has changed significantly while still being the same. The carrycot is higher up and very cosy, with nicely sewn upholstery. The cover of the carrycot has silent magnetic clasps on the sides and can be attached to the hood with press studs. You can easily remove the carrycot from the chassis with one hand using the clever memory buttons. The carrycot can also be folded flat for storage or transport.
But most of the changes are in the seat unit. The Smile III has a reversible, normal seat unit with a backrest that can be folded down to a flat lying position. Compared to the Smile 2, the backrest is almost 10 cm taller. The maximum weight has been increased to 22 kg, and these factors give the Smile III a significantly longer period of use. The hood on the seat unit can be extended, has a foldout sun visor and a large ventilation hatch. In its longest position, the hood covers the child from head to knees, which is very good.
The seat unit feels spacious and fits children up to 2.5-3 years. The harness can easily be separated into five straps, and the position on the backrest can be adjusted with just one hand. The Britax Smile III has an efficient swing-away safety bar. The crotch strap is attached with Velcro, which means that it can come undone if you haven’t put it on straight and the child leans on the strap. Of course you should always use the harness to secure the child in the buggy.
The Britax Smile III is a narrow pushchair that measures only 57 cm across the rear wheels. And yet it has a surprisingly spacious basket that holds everything you need and a bit more beside. The buggy has four good sized pneumatic wheels. The front wheels can be locked in fixed position if you want to make better progress over things like snow or uneven terrain. The Smile III can be folded in one piece with the seat unit on it, but it’s more compact if you fold the chassis separately. The knee-joint handle can be set to many different positions. This, together with the fact that there’s plenty of legroom for the person pushing it, means that the Britax Smile III is ideal for even tall parents.
If you’ve used a Britax Smile 2, you’ll quickly recognise the Smile III – but also realise that everything is a bit better here. The fact that the seat unit is significantly larger while the maximum weight has also been increased gives a much longer period of use. And it’s even better to push because the Smile III has been given better suspension. This is a buggy that is easy to push and steer. Of course the price is high. But the significantly improved functions and the more attractive design on areas such as the upholstery mean that it’s still just as good value. If there is a duo that can take over from the enormously popular Smile 2, it’s undoubtedly the Britax Smile III.
Price: Premium Maximum weight: 1,4/3,5 st Weight of pushchair: 1,9 st Folded size incl. wheels: 34,6 x 23,6 x 18,1 in Wheels: Puncture-free foam wheels Type of seat: Reversible, ergonomic includes rain cover: yes/no Adapter for car seat: Yes Handle: Telescope
Bugaboo's popular pushchair Fox comes in a third version with a refreshed range of colours on the upholstery, convertible top and on the chassis. Bugaboo is now leaving a long era with cheaper chassis in aluminium colours or a more expensive black one. On Fox 3, aluminium is replaced with graphite grey, and the price level is the same as for black chassis.
Bugaboo Fox 3 can be used from when the baby is born, with the included reclining part or with a car seat, and adapters can be purchased separately. The assembly of the pram requires a peek at the manual, but it is very straightforward how all parts are connected. The reclining part is spacious and feels comfortable for the baby. Fox 3 gets a plus because the reclining part can be very easily folded down and stored in the car or taken on a trip.
Fox 3 has a new Breezy reclining part, which means that the fabric at the upper end of the pram can be folded up. Below is a mesh net, which lets air flow to the baby and cools down in hot weather. Alongside the long convertible top, this makes the Fox 3 an excellent pram even for summer babies. The mesh net also allows a baby that’s awake to look out. Folded down, the upholstery is kept in place with a magnetic lock so that the cold doesn’t blow in during the winter.
Compared to the popular predecessor Bugaboo Fox 2, the new Fox 3 has an upgraded harness on the seat. The harness is softer with more padding but still just as smart with its separate straps that click into the buckle individually. The maximum weight for the seat is 3,5 st. Fox 3 has a spacious backrest and seating area, but the somewhat short footrest means that the pram works best up to about 2,5 years of age.
The ergonomic seat can easily switch between the forward and backward position, as well as switch between a sitting, resting and lying position. The extendable convertible top has a viewing and ventilation hatch in the middle and provides excellent sun protection. Fox 3 has a large and easily accessible shopping cart. The foot brake at the left rear wheel can be comfortably found with your foot, and the length of the handle can be effortlessly adjusted.
What is most characteristic of the Bugaboo Fox 3, however, is the brilliant driving feel. The easy-to-turn pram rolls quickly on its puncture-free wheels. Fox 3 is perceived to be a little too light to cope with rough terrain but is perfect for asphalt and in the city. Fox 3 is easy to fold and lift into the car. The pram is most compact if you first click off the seat and then fold the chassis separately.
It’s impressive how Bugaboo constantly works to improve already popular prams. The new fabrics for Fox 3 are more resilient, including against sun-bleaching, which is a long-awaited update. Although the price for Fox 3 is high, Bugaboo definitely provides premium value for money.
Attractively designed duo that’s nice to push with well-designed carrycot
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/15 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 12.7 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 83 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 61 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 42 cm Wheels: Puncture-free foam wheels Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: No/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic Recommended rain cover: Elodie Details Universal Rain Cover from: Babyland.se
The Joolz Day3 is the successor to the Joolz Day 2, and there isn’t much that distinguishes the two buggies. In comparison with the Day 2, the Day3 now has an integrated bracket for the baby changing bag, an improved foot brake, more scratch-resistant surfaces, a bigger harness for the seat unit and a frame that’s easier to click into the chassis.
The Joolz Day3 is a duo with modern functions and a design that’s perfect for today. The carrycot works all year round but is particularly suitable for the summer. The hood and the carrycot fabric can be opened up at the front. Beneath this is mesh fabric that lets in the air and creates good circulation in the carrycot. The Day3 is cosy for the newborn, with a soft mattress and a good carrycot cover that protects against wind and weather. You can easily remove the carrycot from the chassis and carry it with the safety bar, for babies up to 9 kg.
When it’s time to change to the seat unit, you remove the carrycot fabric from the frame and install the seat unit fabric instead. This involves a number of steps but the instruction book is clear so it isn’t a difficult process. The seat unit is ergonomic and reversible. It can be inclined from sitting position to reclined position and down to a lying position. A unique function for the Day3 is that the footrest can be extended, which means you can easily create more legroom for the growing child.
The hood for the seat unit is the same as for the carrycot. At the front there’s a fold out sun visor, and as we’ve already mentioned the hood can be opened up for better ventilation. In lying position, the hood feels a little short, but in sitting position it works very well. The safety bar is of the swing-away type. The harness on the seat unit can easily be separated into separate straps, which makes things easier when you’re adding a footmuff or seat cushion to the pushchair. The seat unit is neither particularly small nor very spacious, and works for most children up to 2-3 years of age – which matches the maximum weight of 15 kg.
If you like walking, you’ll love the Joolz Day3. The stroller is very nice to push. The chassis has some springiness and the pushchair rolls quickly and easily. The front wheel can be replaced with larger rough terrain wheels if you want, and then the pushchair copes better with the snow. But this is more a pushchair for an urban environment and for countryside walks. The Day3 is ideal for tall parents. The handle can be adjusted to a very high setting. And the carrycot and seat unit are both quite high up.
The Day3 can be folded with the seat unit but is more compact if you fold the chassis separately. The pushchair basket is not ideal if you want to buy lots of shopping. The folding rear edge makes it easier to add things to the basket, but it's difficult to carry large objects under the Joolz Day3. Other than that, this is a pushchair with lots of positives and few negatives, and for the comparatively reasonable price tag you get a lot of buggy for your money with the Joolz Day3.
Adaptable and attractive duo that’s nice to push, has a long hood and low weight
Price class: Premium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/22 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 9.9 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 88 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 60 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 46 cm Wheels: Puncture-free foam wheels Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: Yes/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic
The Bugaboo Fox 2 is a wonderfully convenient duo with a high level of adaptability. It’s not just that you can easily personalise the appearance of the stroller. Bugaboo also offer a wide range of practical accessories – everything from a wheeled board for larger siblings to specific summer and winter accessories. If you want to use the Fox 2 with a baby car seat, there are adapters for several different brands of car seat.
When you use the Bugaboo Fox 2 from birth, it starts with a spacious carrycot with a well-ventilated mattress. You can easily fold the carrycot flat for packing into the car boot or for storage when it’s no longer used. The carrycot cover is sturdy and on the outside of the foot end is a practical storage pocket.
On the Bugaboo Fox 2, you use the same hood for the carrycot as for the seat unit. The hood can be extended and has a hatch with mesh fabric. If you have the hatch open you can make the buggy a little cooler in warm weather. It can also be used as a peephole to see the child. Fully extended, the hood gives very good cover to almost the entire sitting and lying area.
When your child grows out of the carrycot you install the seat unit cover on the Fox 2. The seat unit is ergonomic and can be inclined to provide a sitting position, reclining position and lying position using the white lever on the back of the backrest. The seat unit is reversible and provides plenty of space, with a good height backrest. The footrest is a bit short, which is a shame as it reduces the length of time you can use the buggy. But most children will be comfortable in the Fox 2 up to at least the age of 2, and possibly even 3 years of age.
The Bugaboo Fox 2 is a pushchair with plenty of clever details. The telescopic handle can be height adjusted, so both tall and short parents can push it comfortably. The chassis has built in brackets for a cup holder and parasol. Underneath is a sturdy and easily accessible basket. The Fox 2 has puncture-free tyres that can cope with some uneven terrain and snow. In urban environments and on flat surfaces, the Fox 2 rolls very smoothly and can be steered with just one hand.
In comparison with its predecessor, the Bugaboo Fox, the Fox 2 has a safety bar that’s easy to open and close, together with a much more convenient folding mechanism. The lightness of the stroller makes it easy to handle when folded, and it can be folded with the seat unit on it. You always have to remove the carrycot first. The Fox 2 is most compact in your car if you fold the chassis separately.
If you want to take the buggy on walks in the countryside, but perhaps not into the wilderness, and be able to visit the shopping centre with your pushchair, the Bugaboo Fox 2 offers the kind of versatility that makes it a very convenient duo. The price is high, but this is reflected in the second-hand value. If you want a duo with a wide range of attractive colours that’s also pleasant to push, the Bugaboo Fox 2 is the right pushchair for many families.
Easy-to-push stroller with good lying position, long hood and substantial wheels
Max. weight seat unit: 22 kg Weight of stroller with seat unit: 14.2 kg Folded size: 79 x 60 x 48 cm Reversible: Yes Carrycot: Yes Rain cover: Not included Backrest: 3 positions, normal seat unit Sleeping position: Lying position Handle: Adjustable, fully telescopic handle Adapter for baby car seat: Available separately
The Cybex Talos S Lux är is a reversible pushchair that can be used from birth with the included carrycot, or by attaching a baby car seat to the chassis. But it’s with the seat unit on the stroller that it really stands out.
The Cybex Talos S Lux has a normal seat unit with a backrest that can be reclined from sitting to reclining or lying position by bending the white catch on the back of the backrest upwards. The lying position slopes slightly rather than being entirely flat, but it still works very well.
The child can lie comfortably in the Talos S Lux and if you fold the footrest up, the sleeping area is extended. A normal-sized three-year-old fits well in the stroller, but when they reach 1 m tall the footrest is likely to feel too short.
The Cybex Talos S Lux has a substantial hood which can be extended. The hood has plastic windows in the sides, which we feel are a meaningless detail that Cybex could easily have skipped. Because the plastic windows have black mesh in, it’s still really dark in the stroller. At the back of the hood is an openable ventilation hatch.
The Talos S Lux has a swing-away safety bar and an extremely convenient harness that makes it easy to use a footmuff or seat cushion. The stroller folds up in a single piece with the seat unit on, regardless of which way the seat unit is facing. The folding process is straightforward and takes just ten seconds once you've got the hang of it. The built-in carrying handle under the seat makes it easy to pack the Talos S Lux into the car.
With the Talos S Lux, Cybex have put a bit more focus on the wheels, resulting in efficient, foam-filled tyres that roll easily and a tyre surface that stones don’t get stuck in. Both the swivel front wheels and the larger back wheels have suspension. This makes the stroller pleasant to push. The front wheels occasionally tend to feel a little too soft when you're pushing it over an uneven surface, so even if it copes fine with gravel and grass, you can’t take it on forest paths with lots of roots.
Compared with other models by Cybex, there’s no doubt that the Talos S Lux is the best choice just now for anyone who wants a convenient Cybex stroller that’s easy to pack into the car but simultaneously has a hood and wheels that can cope with more than sunny walks on asphalt.
Very convenient and easy to push duo that can easily be adapted to your taste and needs
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/22 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: Approx. 14 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 85 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 58 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 25 cm Wheels: Pneumatic wheels or puncture-free Type of seat unit: Reversible, normal or ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: No/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Knee-joint and telescopic
The Emmaljunga NXT60 has been updated in several different ways since the first version appeared in 2017. The stroller now has better ball joints in the front wheels, a larger seat unit, a handle that’s more comfortable to grip and a simplified folding mechanism. Compared to the popular Emmaljunga NXT90, it’s only the chassis that are different. The seat unit and carrycot are the same. These can also be attached to the NXT Twin sibling stroller.
Emmaljunga offer a great deal of freedom of choice for their NXT60. The buggy is available in several different designs, with different styles and colours on the covers. You can also choose between sturdy pneumatic wheels and slightly more convenient puncture-free tyres. But the main thing that stands out about the NXT60 is that you can choose between different types of seat unit – both a standard flat seat unit and an ergonomic one.
Both seat units have several inclined positions and a good lying position. The footrest can be angled to several different positions too and the seat units have swing-out safety bars, which makes things easier when you’re putting your child into or removing them from the buggy. The extending hoods give good shade and are also equipped with mesh fabric hatches that let in the air and can act as peepholes.
The Emmaljunga NXT60 is small and compact and has both a telescopic and knee-joint function on the handle. The handle can be set to many different heights and can be pushed in right down to the chassis. This makes the NXT60 very short so it’ll fit into even small lifts. The handle is quite narrow, not in circumference but in width, which is a negative point if you’d prefer to hold your hands further apart.
The Emmaljunga NXT60 is nice to push. The suspension in the chassis means that there’s no jerkiness. The NXT60 is very easy to control, pretty much rolls on its own and can easily be steered around corners or inside shops. The stroller is perhaps best in an urban environment, but it doesn’t struggle with a bit of gravel or snow either. The basket is very spacious given the size of the buggy, and easy to pack things in.
The stroller can be used from birth with the NXT carrycot, which gives a cosy impression and has ventilation in the hood. You can also attach a baby car seat to the Emmaljunga NXT60. For car journeys, the chassis of the NXT60 can be folded up to a very flat package. The folding process involves a number of steps but is quick. The seat unit and carrycot must first be removed before the chassis can be folded.
The Emmaljunga NXT60 is a very good value duo characterised by high quality both in the small details and in the overall experience as a parent. This is a duo that works in most situations and for most families. The NXT60 is a stroller that deserves to be discovered by more parents.
Spacious and convenient duo with gigantic basket and excellent long hood
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/22 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 9.8 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 84 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 58 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 42 cm Wheels: Puncture-free Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: Yes/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic
One thing needs to be clear from the start. Apart from the name, there’s pretty much no similarity at all between the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 and the older UPPAbaby Cruz version. Unfortunately it’s the latest version that’s clearly the better one of the two. The Cruz V2 is a convenient little buggy, which together with the carrycot makes a duo to reckon with.
UPPAbaby are known for spacious seat units with a high maximum weight, and for even more spacious baskets which also have a high capacity. And the Cruz V2 is no exception. The sturdy chassis feels strong and convenient at the same time. And the basket is nothing less than enormous, with a maximum weight of a full 13.6 kg, and is also very easily accessible. Popping a couple of shopping bags into it whole is no problem at all.
The chassis has good suspension, which makes it a soft and smooth ride for your child. The telescopic handle can be adjusted to different heights, and together with the lack of a strut between the rear wheels this means there’s plenty of space for the parent to walk. Even very tall parents can walk comfortably behind the UPPAbaby Cruz V2.
The buggy has puncture-free wheels that are very large. The Cruz V2 isn’t the perfect choice for deep snow or rougher terrain. But for use on mixed surfaces in terms it works very well and even if the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 does best on tarmac and pavements, it doesn’t do too badly on gravel paths. The stroller is very easy to steer and can easily be turned with one hand.
It can be folded with the seat unit on, provided it’s facing the front. If you remove the seat unit first and pack it on top of the folded chassis, the Cruz V2 is quite compact and easy to get into the car boot. You can use adapters to attach a baby car seat to the chassis. The Cruz V2 has a cosy carrycot with a long hood and convenient carrying handle.
The Cruz V2 has a reversible, ergonomic seat unit that can be angled into five different positions. The seat unit has every function you’d want. The swing-out safety bar is easy to operate, the footrest is adjustable and the harness easy to adjust the height. The hood is impressively well constructed and very long when it’s extended to the maximum. It also has a good peephole that can provide ventilation to the seat unit.
In forward facing position, with the built-in footrest as support for the child’s legs, children up to 5-6 years of age can travel in the UPPAbaby Cruz V2. And a 2-3 year old will be very comfortable, with plenty of space even for a footmuff or winter clothes. UPPAbaby may not yet have made a breakthrough outside the USA, but the Cruz V2 may be the well-deserved pioneer for the brand.
Luxurious, well-designed duo with excellent carrycot and spacious, comfortable seat unit
Price class: Premium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/17 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 12.6 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels: 92 x 60 x 38 cm Wheels: Puncture-free foam wheels Type of seat unit: Reversible, normal Rain cover/apron included: Yes/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic Recommended rain cover: Elodie Details Universal Rain Cover from: Babyland.se
After four years on the market, a new version of the Cybex Priam was released in spring 2019. The foundation – the actual chassis – is the same. But otherwise the Priam has undergone several major changes. The chassis is available in several different colours, with the handle, safety bar and various other parts in imitation leather. The Priam is now only available with one type of wheel, although you can replace the front wheels with skis, which is useful if you live in an area with a lot of snow.
The spacious carrycot on the Priam is incredibly well-designed and works equally well on a cold winter's day as it does for a sunny summer walk. The inside has a soft lining and the carrycot cover has a good edge that protects your child well when folded up. The hood and carrycot fabric can both be opened up at the head end. Beneath this is a layer of mesh fabric. This means that you can create good ventilation in the carrycot, and also means that your child can lie on their tummy and look out. The carrycot has built-in carrying handles in the hood, and a small foldout sun visor that gives excellent shade. This is a carrycot you’re happy to put your newborn baby in.
The Cybex Priam's seat unit has a simple, removable cover, although the manual for how to install it could be clearer. The cover is shiny and the hood of the seat unit is lined with a fabric in the same colour but slightly lighter. It feels high-quality, and even if shiny fabric sometimes feels brittle, this one turns out to be quite robust. The lower part of the foot end is clad in a slightly tougher material. The seat unit has a swing-away safety bar that can also be removed completely.
The seat unit is more spacious on the new Priam compared to models before 2019 – and above all the footrest has been made bigger. But the fact that the seat cushion is now removable also means that the Priam has a longer period of use in terms of seat unit space. This combined with the maximum weight means that you can easily use the Priam for your child’s first three years or even longer. The backrest can be angled from upright sitting position down to full lying position – and even the footrest is adjustable. You simply can’t complain about the child’s comfort in the Cybex Priam. Although the hood can be extended, it's a little short in lying position, which is perhaps the only negative point about the seat unit.
The Cybex Priam has an attractively designed chassis and a telescopic handle that you can height adjust. Both the carrycot and seat unit are high up, and the Priam works well even for taller parents. The basket can either be closed at the back or use open – which makes it possible to carry more. You can easily shop for dinner on the way home with the Priam.
Earlier versions of the Priam have had suspension in the chassis, but now the front wheels too have suspension and this makes for a much softer ride. The Priam is easy to steer, easy to use on public transport because the handle can be pressed right into the chassis, and is convenient to fold. The chassis itself is very compact when folded. If you want to fold the stroller with the seat unit on, it has to be forward-facing.
It isn’t only when you list its functions that the Cybex Priam performs well. The experience you have when you push it has also gone from good to fantastic. But the price has also increased, and the Priam is now one of the most expensive strollers on the market. But if you have the budget for it you’ll be rewarded with a real luxury experience.
Narrow duo with good suspension, very nice to push and spacious, reversible seat unit
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/15 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 11.7/12.5 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 85 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 52 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 50 cm Wheels: Pneumatic wheels/puncture-free Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: No/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Knee-joint Recommended rain cover: Elodie Details Universal Rain Cover from: Babyland.se
The Emmaljunga Viking succeeds very well at combining small and strong. The stroller is light and has a narrow chassis – the Viking only measures 52 cm across the back wheels. But it still feels robust, as if it would tolerate much more than it appears. You can purchase the Viking in several different versions, with different styles of chassis and upholstery, and different wheels. The puncture-free ECCO wheels are a bit lighter, and the pneumatic tyres do a good job in snow and on rougher terrain. The basket is easy to access from several directions. The Viking’s handle has a comfortable shape and the knee-joint means you can set it to different angles depending on the height of the person pushing the stroller. If you want to take up less space on the bus, you can fold the handle right in.
Emmaljunga are known for high levels of comfort, and the Viking is no exception. The carrycot is cosy, with a soft and comfortable mattress. The hood has an integrated carrying handle, and can even be pulled forward one extra step for a little more shade. The seat unit is extremely spacious for its size. The harness can be set to several heights and is easy to adapt to the child. The backrest is tall and the space between the seat and hood is also good. The stroller has an adjustable footrest. The ergonomic seat unit can be angled between sitting position, reclining position and lying position. You adjust the angle with a strap on the back of the backrest. When the pushchair is new, this can be stiff to pull out, but over time it becomes easier to use. It’s easy to change direction on the seat unit. If you have several children and want to be both economical and practical, it’s worth knowing that the Viking’s seat unit and carrycot also work on Emmaljunga’s Double Viking and Double Viking 735 sibling chassis.
It’s easy to fold the stroller up, and can be done with the seat unit on. It becomes a flat and convenient package but not enormously compact. It feels more like the Viking is folded together rather than folded up. The chassis has no automatic locking, but there’s a catch that holds it together so it’s easier to lift. Where the Viking really shines is how it feels to push. The fact that the buggy is so narrow makes it very convenient in an urban environment or inside shops. But the chassis suspension means that the stroller works well on slightly uneven terrain, and even a few centimetres of snow are no match for the Viking. This buggy ticks off all the most important things you look for in a duo and tops it off by being really nice to push. You only have to take it for one walk to see why the Emmaljunga Viking is so popular.
Stylish duo that’s nice to push and has a well-designed carrycot and spacious seat unit
Price class: Premium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/22 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 13.3 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels: 101 x 60 x 49 cm Wheels: Puncture-free foam wheels Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: No/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic
The Joolz Day+ is the fourth version of the manufacturer's stylish duo, and the updates it's received really lift it up to the next level. The Day+ is as attractive as it is easy to push, with an appealing design on everything from small details to upholstery and accessories.
The Day+ can be used straight from birth, either with a carrycot or by attaching a baby car seat to the chassis with an adapter. The carrycot is cosy and has a comfortable mattress with raised edges around the child’s head. For a winter baby, a carrycot cover with an edge that can be folded up provides excellent protection against icy winds. And for a summer child there’s a large ventilation hatch in both the hood and in the head end of the carry cot fabric.
The stroller rolls really well, turns easily and is a sheer pleasure to push when you're out for a walk. The foam-filled tyres deal with uneven surfaces well. The front wheels are very small, but Joolz sell larger, swivel wheels you can replace them with if you’ll often be using the stroller on rougher ground. Why the large wheels aren’t standard isn’t clear. Both the seat unit and carrycot are positioned relatively high on the chassis. Together with the high telescopic handle, this makes the Joolz Day+ a good choice for taller parents.
The seat unit is ergonomic and can be turned to face both forwards and backwards. The Joolz Day+ has a catch on the back, which means that you can easily alter the seat unit between sitting, reclined and lying positions, using just one hand. The seat unit also has a practical, extendable footrest. The Day+ is very spacious. It will comfortably fit a normal-sized three-year-old.
The hood gives good shade in both sitting and reclined position, but in lying position it's far too short. But the ventilation is good. The seat unit hood has a substantial ventilation hatch, just like the carrycot. The harness on the Day+ has been improved and consists of four straps that click separately into a buckle. The seat unit also has a swing-away safety bar that can be removed completely.
The Joolz Day+ has a clever basket that’s also been made bigger since the Joolz Day3. The back can be folded down to make it easier to load and unload. There are small LED lamps that run on AA batteries on the front and back of the basket. You turn these on with a button and can see better in dark conditions.
The Day+ is easy to fold, but you can only keep the seat unit on when it’s folded if it’s facing forward. In any case, the stroller is most compact if you fold the chassis separately. The Joolz Day+ still isn’t perfect. But the improvements mean the Joolz Day+ is clearly a very good duo, and one that deserves more attention.
Large and sturdy duo with unusually wide range of choices when it comes to function and design
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/22 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: Approx. 16 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 100 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 59 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 30 cm Wheels: Pneumatic wheels or puncture-free Type of seat unit: Reversible, normal or ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: No/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Knee-joint and telescopic
The Emmaljunga NXT90 was released in 2016 and has been updated since then with each new year model. Improvements since launch include more convenient front wheels and a larger seat unit. The NXT90 is a duo but you can expand it into a sibling stroller with an adapter allowing you to attach a second seat unit on the front of the chassis.
The NXT90 offers a robust ride with a bit of spring. You can buy the duo both with sturdy pneumatic wheels in the Outdoor series and with slightly more convenient puncture-free wheels in the Lounge version. Otherwise it’s primarily the design that distinguishes the different versions. Which wheels are best is largely a matter of taste, but for maximum accessibility in snow and on uneven terrain the pneumatic wheels are preferable. One relatively unique function in the Emmaljunga NXT90 is the fact that the stroller has a handle that’s both telescopic and has a knee-joint. This means it’s easy to adjust the handle to exactly the height you want. The basket underneath is spacious and can be accessed from several directions. You can fold the NXT90 with the seat unit on. But if you want to make the stroller as compact as possible, it’s better to first remove the seat unit and then fold the chassis, and to pack the pieces separately in the car.
In terms of seat unit for the NXT90, you can choose between ergonomic and normal (what Emmaljunga call “Flat”). The normal seat unit has a flat lying position and can be used with a soft carrycot. The ergonomic seat unit is dished and can be inclined to four different positions, from sitting position to lying position. In sitting position, the Flat seat unit gives more space in the backrest, but lying position they're the same size. One advantage of the ergonomic seat unit is that our testers found it to be easier to remove from the chassis.
Both seat units have a harness that offers some adjustment, together with an adjustable foot rest, swing out safety bar and a crotch strap that attaches around the safety bar. The hoods are extendable and give good protection against the sun, even in lying position. On hot summer’s days you can open the ventilation hatch and let in more air.
For the small baby, there’s a carrycot that can easily be clicked onto the NXT90. The carrycot is very cosy with a thick mattress, large ventilation hatch in the hood and comfortable carrying handle. You can also use an adapter to attach a baby car seat directly to the chassis.
The NXT90 is a large stroller that can feel unnecessarily clumsy in a narrow hall or in an urban environment. But if you need a stroller for more mixed areas or uneven terrain and you want to be able to push your child around as easily over winter snow as hot summer pavements, the Emmaljunga NXT90 offers good all-round abilities and a wide range of choices, both in terms of function and design.
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/15 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 12.7 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 83 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 61 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 42 cm Recommended rain cover: Elodie Details Universal Rain Cover from: Babyland.se
The Thule Sleek is a duo that can be converted to a sibling stroller by attaching a carrycot or seat unit on the front of the chassis. The Sleek is Thule’s first traditional, four-wheeled stroller, but the fact that the brand has a history of jogging strollers and bicycle trailers is quite obvious. The stroller is very easy to push and pretty much rolls by itself. The Sleek has four foam-filled wheels. The front two swivel but can easily be locked in a fixed position. The basket is spacious and can be adapted to the amount of stuff you have in it – the cover can be folded out of the way and the back edge can be folded down. The stroller has a telescopic handle that can be set to many different positions. The angle of the handle is relatively steep, which means that it’s more difficult to lift up the front of the stroller by pushing down on the handle – particularly if you’re short and you want the handle low down.
The carrycot is cosy with good wind and sun protection from the hood. The reversible seat unit is ergonomic and has an adjustable footrest. However, you can’t set the footrest horizontal. The seat unit is very spacious, both widthways and lengthways. Even older children can travel comfortably in the Thule Sleek, and taller children won’t hit their heads on the hood, as it can be moved upwards on the frame. The hood can be opened and extended with a zip. Underneath this is a ventilation hatch to let in more air. On the top is a normal peephole in clear plastic. The Sleek also has a fold-out sun visor, but with the seat unit in lying position the hood could still have been a tiny bit longer. The seat unit has Thule’s normal, smart harness with plenty of padding and can be divided into five separate straps. You only need to use one hand to incline the seat unit, and it’s easy to remove it from the chassis to reverse it.
All of the functions in the Thule Sleek are very high quality. The swing-away safety bar works every time and the brake is easy to find with your foot. You can fold the stroller up into a compact package, but if you want to fold the Sleek in one piece, the seat unit must be facing forward. But if you fold the chassis and seat unit separately, they can be neatly stacked on top of each other in the car boot. The Sleek is a sturdily built stroller and you never doubt for a second that it can cope with carrying two children in sibling configuration. This is above all a stroller for the active parent, which has always been Thule’s target group. If you’re life as a parent revolves around the stroller as a constant companion when shopping for food, collecting your children from preschool, power walks and forest excursions, the Thule Sleek will be perfect for you.
Duo with a gigantic basket, sturdy wheels and many clever accessories
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/15 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 12.7 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels: 83x61x42 cm Wheels: Puncture-free foam wheels Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: No/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic Recommended rain cover: Tullsa Universal Rain Cover from:
The Quinny Hubb is a modular stroller that can be transformed from a single stroller to a twin or sibling stroller. The chassis has five different attachment options, and fortunately a clear manual explaining how to use these is included. The Hubb’s carrycot is spacious and uses the same hood and safety bar as the seat unit. You attach this to the chassis with its own adapters, which are included. You can also attach a baby car seat to the Hubb.
As a single stroller, the Quinny Hubb has a reversible and ergonomic seat unit with an adjustable footrest. The seat unit on the Hubb can be inclined from an upright sitting position down to a lying position by releasing a catch on the back of the backrest. The hood can be extended, and in lying position it would have been nice if it had a sun visor too – but it actually provides good enough shade anyway. The safety bar is a swing-away one and very easy to open and move to one side. Overall, the Hubb’s buttons and catches are high quality and easy to use.
The Hubb has an adjustable telescopic handle, but the difference between the highest and lowest positions is small. It would have been nice if they handle could have gone a little higher for tall people or those who want plenty of room to walk behind the stroller. But the rear axle height above the ground means that it’s not likely you’re going to kick the stroller. In the middle of the handle is the button to set the height and to fold the chassis. This is intended to work equally well regardless of whether you use your right or left hand – a unique and very welcome function.
Something you notice about the Quinny Hubb immediately is the gigantic basket that can hold vast quantities of shopping. At the back there’s also a large storage pocket with an elasticated opening. This is perfect for the things you want near to hand but which mustn’t fall out. You quickly get the hang of folding the Quinny Hubb with just one hand, and the stroller can be folded with the seat unit on it. It stays on its wheels when it’s folded, which is very practical on a slushy winter day in the supermarket car park. But the Hubb is very large when it's folded. It actually only gets flatter, and it’s definitely not suitable for a small car.
Quinny have developed a number of clever accessories for the Hubb. As a sibling stroller it works fine, even though you unfortunately can’t have both children facing backwards. The best accessory is the Hop On Board – a cross between a standing board and a sibling seat unit. A larger child, up to 25 kg, can sit here. Unfortunately the seat unit has to be facing forwards. But if you don’t mind that, the Quinny Hubb is an extremely good stroller solution for the sibling duo where the older child can often walk but sometimes needs to sit down – and where the parent can walk normally behind the stroller regardless.
The four large wheels are puncture-free and covered with sturdy rubber. The Hubb can cope with more snow and uneven terrain than it looks, and rarely gets stuck. In an urban environment it’s very easy to steer. Quinny have also succeeded in balancing the chassis well and the stroller doesn’t feel heavy to get up onto pavements and so on. It’s a nice stroller to push and the Hubb delivers well even over longer walks.
The Hubb is a stroller that stands out from the crowd and it’s great that Quinny are pushing the boundaries for what a stroller should cope with and what it should look like. As it stands, it works best as a single stroller or together with the Hop On the Board. If there had been more opportunities to have a rear-facing seat unit in the sibling version, it would have got a higher overall score. But this is very promising and there’s every reason to keep track of future developments in the already very good stroller the Quinny Hubb is.
Convenient, lightweight and easy to steer duo that folds up compactly to go in the car
Price class: Premium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/17 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 9.6 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 90 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 60 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 31 cm Wheels: Puncture-free Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: Yes/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic
The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus is the updated version of the Bugaboo Cameleon3. The major change to the stroller is in the design. The frame to which you attach the seat unit and carrycot fabric is no longer clad in foam, which is it a more attractive silhouette. The Cameleon3 Plus is also available in the same colours of cover and hood as other stroller models from Bugaboo. The most obvious difference is the new basket, which is now open and significantly easier to put things in and see into. The stroller has small swivel wheels at the front and large foam-filled rear tyres. The handle can be height regulated in several steps. You can also fold it over the stroller so it’s temporarily running with the back wheels first – a kind of off-road mode. On the right-hand side of the handle is an easy to use handbrake. You always have to take the stroller apart into two pieces before folding it, which is an extra job when you’re packing it into the car. But the advantage is that the Cameleon3 Plus is very flat when it’s stacked with the seat unit above the chassis.
Both the carrycot and seat unit on the Cameleon3 Plus are low down. The carrycot is spacious and cosy, and the carrycot cover is attached with a zip. When it’s time for the child to change to the seat unit, you remove the carrycot fabric from the frame and install the seat unit fabric instead. You always use the same hood. The hood can be opened up with a zip and extended, so it gives very good shade from the sun. The ergonomic seat unit is spacious widthways, and in terms of length it works for a child up to about 1 m tall. Regardless of the direction, the seat unit can be inclined to a sitting, resting or lying position. However, this requires two hands and some strength, as the seat unit is adjusted by pressing in the two round white buttons on the sides of the frame at the same time that you alter the angle. A single-handed solution would have been better. The Cameleon3 Plus has a convenient swing-away safety bar, which you can also remove completely, together with a five-point harness that can be divided into separate straps. This makes it easy to put a footmuff in the stroller.
Even though Bugaboo market the Cameleon3 Plus as a stroller that you can take on walks in woods or fields, it obviously works best in an urban environment. Here, the stroller is very convenient and easy to steer. The low weight makes it suitable if you live in a block of flats without a lift and you have to carry the stroller up to your flat. The fact that you can fold the handle up over the stroller makes the Cameleon3 Plus temporarily shorter, and ideal to get into small lifts. If you live or mostly move around in a town, the small wheels aren’t a problem and the other functions of the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus make it a very useful companion for walking and shopping, and one that’s very cosy for the child.
Tough and sturdy duo with large wheels and reversible seat unit which folds flat
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/23 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 12.8 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 81 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 63 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 34 cm Wheels: Puncture-free Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: No/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic Recommended rain cover: Elodie Details Universal Rain Cover from: Babyland.se
The City Premier is a reversible single stroller from Baby Jogger based on the City Versa GT – an older model from the same brand. Baby Jogger are known for their tough, spacious strollers that are still compact when folded. And the Premier is no exception. The stroller has four reasonably bouncy puncture-free wheels. The front wheels swivel but can be locked in a fixed position. The wheels are large and can cope with both an urban environment and more uneven terrain. The Premier has suspension – not loads but sufficient to prevent it from being a bumpy ride. The City Premier has a telescopic handle that can be set in two positions. Fully extended, there’s plenty of space for long strides behind the stroller, which makes the Premier suitable for parents of all heights. The basket gets top marks. Not only because it’s so spacious, it’s also easy to access. Just like the majority of Baby Jogger's other strollers, the Premier also has a handbrake on the right-hand side of the handle.
If you want to use the stroller from birth, a carrycot is available for purchase separately. The City Premier’s seat unit is ergonomic and can be set to sitting, reclining and lying positions by releasing the catch on the back of the backrest. Also on the back of the backrest is a large mesh storage pocket. The seat unit is spacious both widthways and lengthways, and the Premier’s maximum weight means you can use the stroller for a long time. The seat unit can also grow with the child as the footrest can be extended. The footrest can also be angled to several different positions. The cover on the Premier is both wear and dirt resistant, but still provides a cosy feeling. The seat unit has a five-point harness that can be divided into separate straps, making it easier to insert a footmuff or seat cushion. The hood is a normal length, with two peepholes in clear plastic.
Many other strollers of the same size and stability as the City Premier are still odd even when folded, or can’t even be folded in one piece and have to be split up first. The Premier can be folded with the seat unit on it, regardless of direction, and the entire folding procedure can be done with one hand. When the seat unit is folded and the safety bar removed by pressing the red button, you simply lift up the stroller by the folding straps. The stroller folds up very flat and can easily be packed into the boot of your car. The Baby Jogger City Premier is nice to push, easy to steer and comfortable for the child both to sit and sleep in. It’s a sturdy and tough stroller that can still be folded conveniently into a compact package. With so many well-designed and useful properties in a single stroller, we think the City Premier will be popular with many families.
Duo with sturdy pneumatic wheels, large basket and high up seat unit and carrycot
Price class: Premium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/15 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 13.6 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 95 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 62 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 50 cm Wheels: Pneumatic wheels Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: Yes/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Knee-joint Recommended rain cover: Tullsa Universal Rain Cover from:
The Stokke Trailz is Stokke’s latest stroller model and a significant step up in terms of functions from its predecessor, the Crusi. The Trailz is a duo with a separate seat unit and carrycot. The carrycot is enormous with thick, padded edges, a clever cover and other practical details such as loops for hanging pram toys. The seat unit is reversible and can be set to lying, reclining and sitting positions. It’s ergonomic, which means that the entire seat unit is angled and not just the back support. The Trailz has an unusual solution for this, as the catch for the seat unit is a button on the side of the seat unit, level with the footrest. You normally find this catch somewhere on the back of the backrest. But once you've got used to it, the Trailz solution works just as well.
The seat unit has a removable safety bar that’s a little flexible but can’t be moved to one side like a swing-away bar. The footrest on the Trailz is separate from the seat unit, and can be set to different length positions and even removed completely. Just like the carrycot, the seat unit is also spacious and very cosy. The hood on the Stokke Trailz has a substantial sun visor in hard material and can be opened at the back for better ventilation. The five-point harness is easy to adjust and both the seat unit and carrycot have brackets for Stokke’s own stroller parasol, which is available separately. One of the strongest sides of the Stokke Trailz is the basket, which is among the biggest on the stroller market. It’s spacious and open, easy to put a shopping bag in. It can also hold a full 10 kg and you can fold the rear edge in to make the basket smaller if you don’t need so much space.
The Trailz has four sturdy pneumatic wheels and a chassis with a bit of give, which means the stroller works very well on uneven surfaces and snow – even if there are better strollers for very rough terrain. When you want to fold the stroller, you first have to remove the seat unit or carrycot and then fold the chassis separately, which forms a very compact package. The advantages of the Stokke Trailz are that it’s nice to push and has plenty of space both for the child and for shopping. The disadvantage is that the external dimensions of the stroller are rather large. A short parent can find it difficult to see in front of the stroller when the hood on the Trailz is up. It’s also a shame that the seat unit can easily hold a four-year-old but only has a maximum weight of 15 kg. The Trailz is undoubtedly Stokke's very best stroller model and after you’ve used it you can easily understand why it’s so popular.
Sturdy and stable duo with spacious seat unit, cosy carrycot and sibling adapters
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/15 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 13.6 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels: 93x57x56 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 93 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 57 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 56 cm Wheels: Puncture-free/pneumatic wheels Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Knee-joint Recommended rain cover: Elodie Details Universal Rain Cover from: Babyland.se
The Super Viking is Emmaljunga's strongest duo with the capacity to be converted into a sibling stroller using adapters to attach an additional seat unit or carrycot. This becomes instantly obvious from the length of the chassis. The Super Viking is intended to allow the owner to adapt both appearance and function to their own requirements. The stroller basket is large and easily accessible from three directions. The stroller has swivel front wheels and you can choose between puncture-free or pneumatic tyres. The stroller is nice to push and easy to steer with a very good turn radius.
The chassis is 57 cm wide, which makes the Super Viking perfect for urban environments, public transport and shopping centres. It’s easy to fold the stroller, which can be folded with the seat unit on regardless of which direction it’s facing. You have to remove the carrycot before you can fold it. But the stroller is rather large when folded, which you should take into account if you have a car with limited boot space. The knee-joint handle can be adjusted to a high or low position and has a slightly larger circumference, making it comfortable to hold even for those with larger hands. The stroller works very well for the taller parent, as both carrycot and seat unit are high up.
The Super Viking’s seat unit is ergonomic and has a full sitting position, reclining position and a slightly inclined lying position. You fold it using a strap on the back of the backrest, and the stroller can be very stiff to fold when it’s new. The hood is cleverly designed and Velcro attachments keep it in place nicely even in its intermediate position. The safety bar is of swing-away type with a crotch strap, and the footrest can be adjusted to several different positions. The footrest is a normal length but quite shallow. The seat unit back is long and even large children fit in the Super Viking very well. The carrycot is also spacious. It’s easy to click on and off the chassis and has a hood with an integrated carrying handle and a very soft and cosy inside with a comfortable mattress. The carrycot cover together with the hood provides good protection against wind and rain. If you’re looking for a sturdy duo that you can expand for an additional child, the Emmaljunga Super Viking is a stable and reliable option.
Functional duo with pneumatic wheels, suitable for those who want a cheap pushchair
Price class: Budget Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/22 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 16.3 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels: 90 x 60 x 35 cm Wheels: Pneumatic wheels Type of seat: Reversible, normal Rain cover/apron included: Yes/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Knee-joint
Prams are becoming an increasingly expensive business. But becoming a parent doesn't have to mean getting into debt. There are duos that offer good functionality for an extremely reasonable cost. The Petite Chérie isn’t a big pram brand but has an extensive range that changes frequently. As the name suggests, the Heritage 2 is the second version of this duo.
The Heritage 2 is sold as a complete duo. For the baby’s first six months, the carrycot is used. The base of the carrycot is made of hard cardboard, which may not scream quality. But once it’s installed with the upholstery on, the sleeping area is quite normal in terms of comfort and spaciousness. The hood’s folding sun visor provides good shade and there is also a ventilation hatch.
The Petite Chérie Heritage 2 has a standard seat unit that can be attached to the chassis facing forwards or backwards. The backrest can be set in three different positions. The lying position is flat, which means that the duo can be used with a soft carrycot if you prefer. The seat is approved for a weight of 22 kg and is spacious enough for a three-year-old. The belly bar is removable, but can't be opened and swung to the side.
The seat unit hood is impressive in terms of functionality. In terms of the design, all of the seams and zips mean it isn’t a particularly beautiful sight. However, when fully extended, it provides a very good sunshade. There’s a peephole in clear plastic in the middle of the hood. The rear part can be opened up completely and underneath there is mesh, which is ideal for increasing air flow in the duo on warm summer days.
The four pneumatic wheels mean the duo can go most places. The Heritage 2 rolls well on asphalt, and can deal without problems with gravel roads, snow and other terrain. But you can’t ignore that this pushchair is very heavy. It isn’t noticeable on ordinary walks, but on steep slopes the Heritage 2 can feel heavy.
The Heritage 2 can be folded with the seat unit on provided it’s facing the front. However, the pushchair is smallest if the chassis and the seat are folded and packed into the vehicle separately. From a parent’s perspective, this duo is a reasonable choice. The handle can be angled to many different positions and the basket can hold all the important things you want to bring with you.
One disadvantage of buying a duo from a small brand is that the availability of spare parts is often very poor, and the resale value is low. The quality over time is also questionable. On the Heritage 2, the rear axle is fixed to the chassis with only two small pegs, the seat unit often resists when removed from the chassis, and the plastic parts on the front wheels feel fragile. But if you bear this in mind when purchasing, you can still be satisfied with your choice of the Petite Chérie Heritage 2.
Sturdy duo with cosy seat unit and option to convert into a sibling stroller
Price class: Premium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/25 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 9.9 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 88 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 60 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 46 cm Wheels: Foam wheels Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: Yes/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic Recommended rain cover: Elodie Details Universal Rain Cover from: Babyland.se
The Silver Cross Wave is a flexible model. You buy it in duo version, which includes the chassis, seat unit and carrycot. It also includes adapters so you can use the seat unit and carrycot on the chassis at the same time. This makes it very easy to continue using the Wave even after your second child has arrived. You can also use the Wave with two seat units, but in this case you have to buy a sibling seat that can be attached on the front of the stroller. The Wave is supplied complete with accessories such as an apron, baby car seat adapter, cup holder, rain cover and mosquito net. The stroller is sturdy and stable. You can set the handle to several different positions using just one hand on the button in the centre of the handle. The wheels are large and puncture-free. The front wheels can be locked in a fixed position. All of the wheels have suspension, but walking on gravel paths still feels rather bumpy. On smooth surfaces, the Wave rolls along nicely – just like a wave, in fact. The basket is a normal size and very easy to access from all directions.
The Wave’s seat unit is cosy, and the same applies to the well ventilated carrycot that can also be used as an extra bed. The seat unit is ergonomic and can be inclined to sitting, reclining and lying positions. You do this by releasing the catch on the back of the backrest. The footrest can also be adjusted to several different positions. This feels rather short given that the maximum weight is 25 kg, which would indicate that larger children should also be able to travel in the stroller. But there’s plenty of space in the backrest. The harness is easy to use and the seat unit also has a practical swing-away safety bar. You can’t extend the hood, but it has two different sunshades that can be unfolded; first a smaller and then, inside that, a longer one. In other words you can create good shade for the child even if the hood could have been still longer when the seat unit is in lying position.
When you want to fold the stroller, you do this by pulling the two catches on the handle towards yourself. If the seat unit is facing backwards, the stroller becomes large and clumsy if you fold it with the seat unit on, but the result is better when the seat unit is facing forwards. The chassis becomes flat but quite long, and it automatically locks itself when you've folded it. The brake is both practical and clear, with a red pedal that you press down to brake and a green but a new press in with your foot when you want the stroller to roll again. Another nice detail is that the bracket for the seat unit/carrycot can be set to two different positions, which means you can have your child higher up if you prefer. This allows space to use the stroller with two children. The weight and rather bumpy ride on this stroller aren’t entirely satisfactory, but the practical functions work really well and the Silver Cross Wave is attractively designed.
Duo with carrycot that can be converted to a seat unit, long hood and large basket
Price class: Medium Max. weight lying/sitting: 9/22 kg Weight of buggy with seat unit: 14.3 kg Dimensions, folded with wheels (length): 80 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (width): 61 cm Dimensions, folded with wheels (height): 33 cm Wheels: Rear wheels pneumatic, front wheels puncture-free Type of seat unit: Reversible, ergonomic Rain cover/apron included: Yes/no Adapter for baby car seat: Yes Handle: Telescopic Recommended rain cover: Tullsa Universal Rain Cover from:
Diono's strollers are available in two versions – the Quantum and Quantum Classic, with the latter being the slightly higher quality model. The Quantum Classic has a carrycot that can be converted to a seat unit with just a few clicks. In other words you don’t need to store one while you’re using the other. The carrycot is very spacious. The inner lining is inserted with a zip so it can easily be removed for washing. The carrycot cover is attached on the frame in the same way and provides good wind protection. When it’s time to change from the carrycot, you stretch straps underneath it to make it into a seat unit in just a couple of minutes. The straps are otherwise attractively concealed in hidden pockets in the cover.
The ergonomic seat unit is broad and spacious enough even for larger children, with a high maximum weight of a full 22 kg. On the top of the frame is a catch to incline the seat unit, and this can be reclined from sitting position to lying position. The footrest has knee-joints which mean it can be inclined, and the safety bar is of the swing-away type. The harness is easy to adjust in terms of length and can be separated into five different straps. To reverse the seat unit, you press in two catches on the underside of the frame and then lift straight up. The hood on the Diono Quantum Classic is nothing short of exceptional. It isn’t only long, with three broad panels – it also has a fold-out sun visor which means the child can be protected from the sun from head to toe. There’s a peephole in clear plastic in the hood. Behind the back of the hood is a layer of mesh fabric, which means you can create good ventilation when it’s warm.
The back wheels on the Diono Quantum Classic are large and air-filled, but unfortunately the front wheels aren’t up to the job. They feel under-sized for the stroller and easily get stuck on pavement edges and uneven surfaces. The handle on the stroller is also quite broad. But you can adjust it to quite a high height, which is great for tall parents. The basket is spacious and you can easily fold the chassis with a catch in the centre of the handle. With the seat unit on, the Quantum Classic is quite clumsy, but the chassis on its own can be folded into a compact package. The stroller is OK to push on flat surfaces, but it’s not at all good on uneven terrain, and it’s hard to get enough pressure on the handle to lift the stroller onto pavements if the handle isn’t in the highest position. Unfortunately it also tends to veer towards any slope, which becomes tiring to have to correct over long walks. The seat unit on the Diono Quantum Classic is high quality, while the front wheels haven’t quite caught up in terms of product development – and unfortunately this affects the overall impression of the stroller.
The most important thing when it comes to choosing a duo is your own lifestyle. Start by identifying the properties of the pushchair that are most important and then match the models available to your own needs. If more than one person will be pushing the buggy, for example, it’s useful if both people can set the handle to a comfortable height. If you have a car with limited space and you’re going to be travelling by car with the buggy a lot, it’s worth spending time on checking whether the buggy is small enough when it’s folded. And if you live high up in a block of flats with a small lift, the width of the pushchair can be the most important thing.
Will you need a spacious and easily accessible basket so you can go shopping with the pushchair, or will you take the car often so you need a buggy that’s easy to fold? And for duos in particular you also need to think about the size of the carrycot. For longer children, it’s a good idea to choose a buggy with a spacious carrycot so you don’t have to change the seat unit earlier than you intended
Although different buggies can vary in how well-designed and fun they are to push, no pushchair is best at everything. But there’s definitely a pushchair with functions that suit your family better than those in other buggies. If you’re expecting your first child, it can be difficult to understand when and how often you’ll use a pushchair. So it can be a good idea to ask other people with children who live in the same area, or who have similar habits in terms of travel and leisure interests, how they approached choosing a pushchair and why they chose that particular model.
It’s also a good idea to bear in mind that even if, as a future first-time parent, you primarily visualise a newborn baby in the carrycot, you rarely use this for more than six months. But you’ll use the seat unit for several years. If you want a pushchair that’s going to work for a longer period, it’s a good idea to make sure you choose one that can grow with the child and be modified as the child develops.
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