Stroller Decision: Back-to-front, Side-to-side?

One of the things Ms. Kaz and I discussed when discussing a new stroller when the baby comes is whether to get side-by-side (which I like), or front-and-back (Ms. Kaz).

I like the look of side-by-side, and I think it is easier to access children in.

Ms. Kaz thinks front-to-back would be easier to handle.

Basically, we don’t know who is right.

Phil & Ted’s Sport - doubleI did, however, get advice from someone who’s opinion on gear I trust. And he recommended the front-to-back Phil & Ted’s (Sport).

Personally, I think this is a little strange looking, in that the kid in back doesn’t have a whole lot to look at. But, it does seems very flexible, accomodating babies (including lying totally flat), toddler and baby, toddler only, and two toddlers. It even appears that the second seat is easily added and removed, if need be.

Hmm… I think maybe I am liking the Phil & Ted’s a little better. Although I still think their side-by-side (E3) is a little nicer looking. I need to find a place to check it out in person; see how it handles, how it looks, how it folds, etc.

Looking around on-line, they seem to get pretty decent reviews, too.

The Sport is available for around $400, plus $90 for the second seat add on.

Anyone have any opinion..?

[Kaz: p.s. thanks to everyone who mentioned the standing board option on many strollers. I will have to research and review these as part of my quest for the perfect stroller!]

14 Responses to Stroller Decision: Back-to-front, Side-to-side?

  1. T. Carter says:

    We have B.O.B Dualie side-by-side and it’s a big of a monster. There are some tight doorways and it takes most of the entire sidewalk. Other than that, it’s fairly easy to push around; a little tippy, but not too bad.

    That said, if the kids are far enough apart, the standing board option looks pretty good. I’ve seen one or two of those out and about and it looks like it’s easy to handle and you don’t get the obstructed view that comes with the front-back two seaters.

  2. BookGirl says:

    I see a lot of the Phil & Ted’s front-to-back around our neighborhood in Boston. It seems to be one of the more reasonable double strollers around these parts, where space is always at a premium. Not sure how much of an issue that is for you, though.

  3. I can’t imagine having a side by side and using it to go anywhere meaningful. Perhaps we just go to more crowded places than you.

    The font and back one we have (link in the earlier post) has the kid in the back looking the opposite direction (at the patent), so they’ve got more to look at (or they could stand and look over the top of the stroller). It’s probably considerably longer than the one you have pictured there, which makes going around tight turns a pain sometimes.

  4. planet3rry says:

    The double that we have is a Dream Designer side by side. WE like ours and recently used it during our trip to Louisville. Some doorways are tricky but I think it’s a matter of preference.

  5. PJ says:

    We have the Marco Skye which is a decent compromise. It’s smallish, foldable, narrow, one seat fully lies down and both kids can see out as the back seat is higher than the front –

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  7. Brianna says:

    We went for the Graco Quattro Duo Stroller (tandem). It looks nice. The handles are high which works great for me being 5’8. It’s not as long as some of the other contenders. The front seat reclines which allows my 2 year old daughter to take a nap. This stroller turns and manuevers easily. A side by side stroller was out of the question for me. It would limit where I would be able to take the stroller. How many aisles or walkways in stores do you know of that are that wide?

    [Kaz: Yeah, I think that is really where our issue will be – stores. Outside, we don’t really have an much need for maneuverability, but inside…]

  8. Phil & Ted’s Sport is a convenient option in theory but in reality, once we had two toddlers, we had issues with who got to ride in which seat. Tandems ARE easier to handle in some respects and more challenging in others. We pretty much break it down in this article:

  9. hutaigy says:

    It is present just enoughly.Thank.I like this.

  10. jennifer says:

    I have to admit the side to side is a bit of a monster and honestly, they take up the WHOLE sidewalk which I find frustrating when coming from the opposite direction. It just seems inpolite to hog the whole sidewalk if in an urban setting

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  12. Julie says:

    If you want to thinking to buy stroller for your baby,you make right decision while buying.and you have to proper knowledge of this.

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