As any parent of a toddler and a baby can tell you, there comes a point in your child’s life when you find yourself toting both a kid and a stroller around at the same time. If you’re the type who prefers to walk whenever possible and aren’t a fan of the double-stroller life, you might be looking for a sit-and-stand stroller, also called a tandem stroller. We spent more than 150 hours researching and testing 22 sit-and-stand strollers, talking to fellow parents and experts, and pushing our kids through parks, streets, and boardwalks to find the best sit-and-stand stroller for Disney (or any other stroll).
|1||Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Stroller||9.6|
|2||Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller||9.1|
|3||Baby Trend Sit and Stand Double Stroller||9.1|
|4||Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand 5-in-1 Shopper Plus Stroller||8.6|
|5||Joovy Caboose Too Graphite Stand-On Tandem Stroller||8.4|
Methods We Used to Analyze
We ran a series of tests with the sit and stand strollers, beginning with our basic crash-testing procedures. We observed how easy it was to unfold and close the products. We took note of storage compartments, cup holders, and other features.
For the sit and stand strollers, we also did a series of evaluations with a group of parents and children. We asked the parents (with kids ranging in age from 1 to 6 years) to perform three basic tasks: folding, unfolding, and moving the stroller through an obstacle course with their children inside.
To test how easy they were to fold up, we did our normal procedure: We held each stroller at the handlebar and pulled it taut against a wall, standing on the taut handlebar with my feet. Then we pulled the handlebar in the opposite direction until the wheels were flat against the wall.
We determined how easy the strollers were to unfold by following the manufacturer’s instructions. In some cases, we used a two-handed technique, but in others, we used a one-handed technique.
For moving the strollers through an obstacle course with children inside them, we had parents go through two different courses with their children. The first was a straight run through a hallway; the second was a zigzagging path through a living room/dining room/kitchen area. We had parents perform these maneuvers with a 1-year-old in a harnessed car seat and a 3-year-old standing between their legs.
Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Stroller is a great choice if you’re looking to have one stroller seat for your younger child and one stroller seat for your older child. It’s one of the cheapest sit and stand strollers you’ll find, and it’s been a top pick at our family-oriented testing events since 2013.
The Sit N Stand has a removable cup holder for each child, and it’s one of the few strollers in this price range that can accommodate two car seats, allowing you to create a travel system.
It folds down small enough that you should be able to fit it in any trunk, but it’s too big to shove in the back of a closet. In addition, it’s easy to steer and rolls smoothly over most surfaces.
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller has a unique design that allows your older child to sit or stand on a rear bench seat or platform, and it’s the lightest weight, most compact, and maneuverable double stroller we tested.
And it’s less expensive than the other double strollers we tested, too. It comes with a parent organizer and a universal car seat adapter that fits most major brands. The stroller has a maximum total weight capacity of 45 pounds per seat and 90 pounds total.
Although it’s not as sturdy as the other strollers we tested and doesn’t offer a lot of storage space, it’s an excellent option for parents who want a simple, basic stroller that’s easy to fold and carry, and who don’t plan to use a car seat adapter.
We’ve tested this stroller on multiple Disney vacations and found it to be the most maneuverable of the strollers we tried, as well as the easiest to fold. This stroller has a rear-facing bench seat, so your older child has a clear view of the world around her.
The bench seat can be reclined, and the canopy is large, covering the back-facing rider almost completely. As with most other strollers, we don’t recommend that you use the canopy as a handhold, since it’s easy for the seat occupant to tip the stroller over.
The newest version of this stroller has a canopy extension on the back-facing bench seat that offers extra protection for the rider. This stroller has an extra-wide wheelbase, so it can easily maneuver over most obstacles in the way, and it fits through a standard 36-inch door.
This stroller is also compatible with the Joovy Caboose Rear Seat, which adds a full-size, forward-facing rear seat that can fit older children who are still too young to stand.
Older kids love riding in the Caboose because it makes them feel more grown up, and they can step on and off the stroller on their own.
Baby Trend Sit and Stand Double Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Baby Trend Sit and Stand Double Stroller is the least expensive stroller we tested, but it offers pretty good bang for your buck. We think it’s the simplest stroller to fold and unfold, and it has the most useful storage space, thanks to a large basket, rear seat, and parent tray.
However, it’s not the best choice for very tall parents or multi-floor travel, since it lacks an easy-to-use handle adjustment and has a steeply inclined front wheel. The rear seat also doesn’t recline, so it’s best for shorter trips.
All told, we think this stroller is a great choice for parents on a tight budget who are planning mostly short trips on flat terrain.
Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand 5-in-1 Shopper Plus Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Baby Trend Sit ‘n Stand is a versatile stroller that can accommodate two children of different ages or sizes. It’s one of the least expensive models we tested and one of the lightest—it’s easier to lift and maneuver than strollers that weigh more.
In addition to the standard stroller features, it has an extra-large, easy-access storage basket, and it accepts a car seat. Its most unique feature is its MagneTec basket, which has a magical magnetic latch that securely holds your keys or diaper bag without risking a runaway stroller.
This stroller also comes with the lovely Bench Tote, which is a spacious parent organizer that attaches to the handlebar and has multiple pockets for your essentials. With the Bench Tote and MagneTec basket, parents can hold up to 50 pounds of necessities (30 pounds for the MagneTec basket, 20 pounds for the Bench Tote).
The Sit ‘n Stand has a comfortable, reclining seat with a removable, extra-long canopy that can be adjusted for multiple passengers and a premium, machine-washable fabric. Its interior is also the most cushy of all the strollers we tested, and it offers the most thoughtful details, such as a built-in cup holder in the back of the seat and a parent console with a removable tray, extra-deep cup holders, and a cell phone pocket.
What’s more, the canopy on this stroller is the largest and most robust of the models we tested, and it has a one-handed lock that makes it simple to secure, even when you’re wearing a coat. In our testing, the stroller was easy to push and steer, even through tight city streets. And unlike other strollers, this one is fairly compact when folded.
Joovy Caboose Too Graphite Stand-On Tandem Stroller
Why We Loved It
The Joovy Caboose Too is the most compact and nimble full-size double stroller we’ve ever tested. Despite its larger size, it’s easier to steer and lift than competitors that are smaller and more compact.
The Caboose Too has a removable rear seat that reclines for newborns and children up to 45 pounds, and it has a removable and reclining front seat that accommodates a child from 3 months to 45 pounds.
The rear bench seat and standing platform holds a child from 2.5 years and up to 45 pounds. The stroller also has a universal car seat adapter that fits most major brands and passes the Disney standards for strollers.
Still Confused? No Worries! Go Through These to Decide Better
We looked for strollers that are easy to use, lightweight and compact, have a large basket for carrying stuff, recline enough for napping babies, and offer protection from the sun. Here’s how we evaluated each stroller during our research:
Ease of Use
It should be easy to open and close the stroller with one hand, especially if you’re holding a large bag or a diaper bag. It should also be easy to steer and maneuver through crowds.
Weight and Folded Size
The lighter the stroller is, the easier it is to carry up steps or manage on rides; it will also be less tiring to lug around Disney parks before and after your trip. The smallest folded sizes are best for getting through crowded theme-park queues (and for storing at home) because they take up less trunk space.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much does a sit and stand stroller weigh?
A sit and stand stroller typically weighs about 20 pounds.
2. What is the difference between a sit and stand stroller and a tandem stroller?
A sit and stand stroller is a stroller that has a seat in the front for the child to sit in and a platform in the back for another child to stand on. A tandem stroller is a stroller that has two seats, one in front of the other.
3. Are sit and stand strollers allowed in Disney World?
Yes, sit and stand strollers are allowed in Disney World.
4. Is a sit and stand stroller good for twins?
A sit and stand stroller is not good for twins. Twins would be too close together in the stroller, and it would be difficult to push.
5. How much does a sit and stand stroller weigh?
A sit and stand stroller typically weighs around 25 pounds.