As the family grows, you might just find yourself in the market for a double stroller. There are so many options to choose from out there, it can be hard to determine what your exact needs are. If you’re looking for a double stroller that doesn’t feel like a Mac Truck on the sidewalk but still holds 2 kids plus stuff, then check out Phil & Teds Dash Buggy with the doubles kit. It’s a solid, versatile, easy to maneuver stroller for two.
For starters, the Phil and Ted’s Dash has the profile of a single stroller, whether or not you have the double kit attached. The wheel base is 25″ and will fit through a door frame quite easily. Many double strollers have such wide profiles that they can’t be easily taken into a grocery store or even down a narrow sidewalk. Not so with the Dash.
But single stroller it’s not. In fact, it’s actually 4 strollers in 1. The Dash can be configured as an infant stroller with the seat reclined to make a bed for the baby, a single toddler seat, a toddler seat and a reclined seat for your infant or two seats for two toddlers. Now, that’s a lot of stroller!
The turning radius is like what you would expect from a single stroller. It’s a tight turning radius and easy to maneuver from straight to turning then back to straight again. There is only one wheel in the front that can either lock in the straight position or be unlocked to handle quick turns.
The wheels are tubed tires (like a bike) offering a smooth ride. Unfortunately, as with any tubed tire, they can puncture and you’re left with a stroller in need of fixing. Luckily, it’s an easy fix but when that tire pops, it is very frustrating to have to stop and get it fixed.
Phil and Teds Dash Double Stroller comes with a large under carriage basket that holds quite a lot of stuff. However, the basket serves as leg room for the back seat when the stroller is configured to carry two toddlers, so in that position the stroller has virtually no storage.
There is a hand brake which, unfortunately, is not the best design. To set the brake you need to push in with your thumbs then push the handle all the way down. For this, you need strong thumbs. Plus, most parents find themselves carrying extra stuff (think keys, cups, snack traps) so having to use two hands to put the brake on isn’t ideal. For those moms who have stroller strap bags, the hand brake sits right where the straps for the bag goes, so again, not the best design.
The Phil and Teds Dash double buggy is a collapsable stroller that is easy to fold when you pull up on the release levers located on either side of the stroller. Even if you don’t think you know how to fold the stroller (or, more accurately, don’t remember), all you need to do is pull and the stroller folds into the closed position by itself.
For a stroller, it is heavy and bulky, especially for loading and un-loading. That said, it is a double stroller so by its very nature it’s bound to be bigger than other strollers.
And lastly, there is a leash attached to the handle of the stroller so for those of us who live in the hills. It’s a godsend to have the extra assurance that the baby (or babies) aren’t going to go barreling down a steep hill, unless of course you want them to (just kidding!).
There are so many options out there for double strollers. We’ve found that the Phil and Ted’s Dash hits a good balance between affordability, functionality and versatility.