Finding the perfect double stroller for your family is a daunting task. Some parents may find the process of picking a double pram when they are expecting their second baby harder than purchasing their very first stroller because now that they are experienced parents, their expectations are higher. And parents expecting twins are in a whole other realm of fun!
Luckily there are brands out there that make fantastic double strollers whether it is for siblings of different ages or twins. StrollAir is one of those companies. This year’s 2013 model of the My Duo is better than ever. They have made some great changes to make it better suitable for taller children.
Our favorite features of the stroller that makes it different than many others on the market are still the independently reversible seats and the ability to accept two infant car seats at once. Yeah, those are two very special features you won’t find many places. Well, you technically won’t find both these features on any other double stroller available in the US. Plus, the My Duo sports two full-reclining seats on a narrow frame, adjustable handle and footrests, gigantic basket, front and back suspension and large rear wheels.
The My Duo is a slim (in the world of doubles!) 29 inches wide, making it glide easily through standard doorways. Skinny frame means a bit skinnier seats at 11″ across but we were able to easily fit our average 3 1/2 year old who is 36 lbs in the seat. If you have a bigger or huskier child, you may want to check the seat dimensions first. Even though the seats are narrow, they can be great for taller, slimmer children especially since Stroll-Air made the seat backs taller to 21″ and the leg drop longer 11″ to accommodate taller, long-legged kids. The seat back to canopy measurement is 24″.
The seats sport a padded 5-point, adjustable harness for safety, adjustable/removable baby bumper bar and adjustable footrest with 3 positions for comfort. Each seat is padded with unlimited recline positions, including flat which is great for newborns. Even though we usually aren’t the biggest fans of strap reclines, we think the strap recline on the My Duo is one of the easiest to do that we’ve seen.
One of the best features of the seats is the fact that the seats can be reversed. That’s right, a side-by-side stroller that has independently reversible seats! That is a very unique feature in the world of double strollers! You can face your baby toward you, while your toddler looks out at the world. Or have your twins both face you or out? We love this feature! Plus, if you face your baby toward you and the toddler out – the toddler can’t reach the baby! Yeah!
I don’t care what anyone tells you, size matters when it comes to canopies. Good thing the My Duo sports two gigantic ones! They are independent (you can have one open and one closed!), sport an extra pop-out sun visor for an additional 10″ of coverage and feature two peek-a-boo windows that close with magnetic closures!
When the seats are reclined, the fabric on the back of the canopies can also be lifted up to expose mesh netting around the top of the seat! We love this feature as it opens up the entire seat and not only allows our babies to look out but allows air to circulate through the stroller to keep them cool on a warm day.
The stroller sports an adjustable handle bar that is great for taller and shorter parents. It doesn’t telescope out but it does adjust up and down in four positions (from 35″- 44″) and prevents taller parents from kicking the frame of the stroller with a long stride.
Size matters when it comes to baskets too! No one wants a tiny basket! Good thing there is a gigantic basket underneath the seats that is easily accessible from the front or back of the stroller and can easily fit two extra large diaper bags along with other baby essentials. There are also three pockets in the basket to keep loose items in place.
The My Duo has two 12-inch foam tires in back, two 8-inch foam tires in front and rear and front suspension that offer a wonderful, smooth ride for your little riders. The front wheels pivot a full 360 degrees, making it very easy to maneuver, even fully loaded with one hand. Without air-filled tires, we wouldn’t classify the stroller as an “all-terrain” but it does handle minor off-roading (“mommy terrain”) such as grass, playground mulch and small rocks. The front wheels also lock for a bit rougher terrain. If you are looking for air-filled tires, StrollAir offers a set that are sold separately for the My Duo if all-terrain is your thing.
The My Duo folds in half in two easy steps. (And yes, the seats can stay on the frame when folding!) It even has a standing fold if the handlebar is in the right place. If you fold back the footrests and baby bumper bars and fold the handlebar all the way up to the seats, it’s a rather compact package for a side-by-side double when folded. All four wheels also pop off quickly for an even more compact package. When folded properly, we were able to get the My Duo in a sedan trunk easily.
A new feature on the 2013 model is the auto locks! The manual strap is gone and we have two beautiful auto locks to keep the stroller locked into place.
Our other favorite feature (besides the reversible seats!!) is that the My Duo accepts two infant car seats AT THE SAME TIME! A side-by-side double that accepts TWO car seats is a rare find! There is only one other one (side-by-side) sold in the US that does this. Time for parents of twins to celebrate!! The universal car seat adapters are sold separately as a “high” and a “low” adapter and when you use them together you can stagger two infant car seats at once making it a double travel system.
It can also take one or two bassinets that are sold separately making it a double pram. Another feature we love of the My Duo is that it comes as a full package. It comes with a matching diaper bag, 2 mosquito nets, 2 rain covers and 2 foot covers. (The rain covers and the mosquito nets will also fit on the bassinets.)
The My Duo is available in black, red and green and has some fabulous, stand-out features that make it unique in the world of double strollers. With gigantic canopies and basket, independently reversible seats, adjustable handlebar, great maneuverability and ability to take two infant seats, this is a fabulous double stroller!