Everyone complains that this buggy is heavy. Guess what, it has 2 kids in it!!!! It also has a really sturdy frame, you would struggle to break it. Graco and Britax always have the best frames which means they are slightly heavier.
The shopping basket is enormous, you could sleep in it! The hoods are good, the aprons are ok,easy to push, quite easy to steer for a tandem.Also has playtrays which are great as the kids get older. A little difficult going up kerbs as it's so long you have to balance it out, usually by jumping on the back. The raincover is ok but didn't cover the front childs feet and was difficult to fasten on. It also doesn't fasten on at the sides so when it's windy it blows about.
It's cheap and for the price it's a great buggy especially when you see what else is on offer for the price. I got mine when my youngest was newborn and had it until he was around 6 months, eldest was around 18 months. Once they're getting older than this it gets too heavy. I switched to a twin 3 wheeler and then an Obaby XI which i still have. These are better options with older children.
When I was expecting my second child I started to look for a double pushchair as my daughter would only be 22 months when my son was born and whilst she was already walking most places and not using a pushchair much, I wanted to have one so she had the option. As it would only be for if we were going somewhere where it would be too much walking for my daughter and not used very often, I didn't want to spend a lot. I decided I didn't want a tandem pushchair as they all seemed to be far too long. I DEFINITELY wanted a side by side one. This pushchair changed my mind.
I went to have a look round kiddicare to see what my options were. First thoughts: "wow!! I'd forgotten how expensive Prams and Pushchairs were!!"
After being put off by the ridiculously overpriced pushchairs I came across the graco stadium duo in black. My little girl climbed right in the display one....a good start!!
I was shocked that it didn't look too long at all like all others I'd seen. Some of the others I'd tried my daughter seemed to be miles in front (...ok maybe exaggerating a teeny bit...) but this one was different. It looked smart in black and unisex, a must when having a girl and a boy!! I had a quick test drive and it was really easy to push. I was impressed!!
As I was going to be using this pushchair for a newborn and a nearly 2 year old, the most important part for me was that one seat played flat and was suitable from birth. The back seat reclines fully and has a full harness to keep baby safe. Graco states that the back seat is suitable from birth to 3 years and is ok for children up to 15kg. The seat can also sit up too for as the child gets older. There is a little pull up handle on the back of each seat that when lifted up moves the seat to the position you want it in.
The front seat also reclines in the same way but only slightly. Graco say that the front seat is suitable for children from 6 months to 3 years or again up to 15kg.
The double pushchair comes with two trays, one for each seat. I personally think this is fab!! It is an amazing way to keep my children entertained. They are great for them to have toys on there to play easier on the move or to be able to have a snack on the go. There is also a little cup or bottle holder space on the trays. Amazing!
There is also detachable hoods. The back one has a little window on it so you can keep an eye on baby even with the hood pulled over
There is also a rain over included. The rain cover fits well and is easy to put on. It also stays out of the kids way unlike some Pushchairs I've used in the past and the rain over just seems to hang down on them. This one is much better!
The shopping basket, this is one of the best bits! The shopping basket is huge! It comfortably fits loads and loads of bits. The opening of the basket is just behind the back seat with a kind of slope so you just drop down whatever you want to put in and it slides right down.
Pushing this pushchair is also good. It seems to hold the weight really well and evenly so it doesn't feel too heavy even with two chunky monkeys and loads of shopping. The one joint handle helps to make it easier to steer and manoeuvre too. It has lockable swivel wheels and is so easy to push even one handed.
Folding it down and putting up again is pretty straight forward. Both seats must be sitting up, then on the handle there is a little red button that needs pushing to the side and then up, then the pushchair just collapses down. It is the most compact folded double pushchair I have found and folds so flat.
The only problem I have with it is that when folding down you have to take the hoods and trays off. I don't think this is always practical and a bit awkward getting them back on again when the pushchair is back up.
Putting it back up again is just as straight forward. The pushchair is clicked into place to lock it together so you just have to unclip a little clip on the side. Then back to the red button on the handle, push it up and to the side again, pull the whole thing up and the pushchair just flicks out. Simple!
This was the bit that completely sold it for me. I bought this from kiddicare and it was reduced to just £100. Now this was nearly two years ago and the price has gone up a bit. But if you shop around a bit I believe you can get it for £130-£145 and remember that kiddicare will price match the cheapest you can find with free delivery and a decent guarentee.
I think this is so so so cheap for a double pushchair and especially for one this good!!
This pushchair was an absolute bargain and a has been a god send for me at times. The only negative I can think of for it is that you have to take off the hoods to fold up which can be a bit of a pain. Doesn't matter to me though, I still think it's a fantastic pushchair and gets 5/5 for me.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope it was useful
xx Mrs K xx
I had the Maclaren twin teckno but found it too unwieldy so wanted a double buggy instead of a tandem. I originally bought a smaller tandem but my son although only 2 months old was on the 99.8th percentile and wouldn't fit laying down! So although this buggy looks and feels a bit like a train I had to buy it to accomodate his length.
I am a childminder who doesn't drive so this buggy has really been put through its paces and I would definately buy one again. Unlike a lot of doubles it can fit accessories like a buggypod and a buggy board. And yes the frame can withstand both at the same time and I have managed to relatively comfortable push 4 children this way, even if my arms are now like swarzeniger's!
Being in the back the baby was sheltered by the both his canopy and the child in fronts canopy so no wind right in his face, and it is still really roomy with a rain cover attached.
This has a huge area underneath and with the use of some buggy clips I have done a whole weekly shop and attched the bags on the handle. With the weight of the largest child at the front there is no chance of it tipping.
Much as it was heavy when we had all that snow last year I had 2 children aged 3 and one 18 months. I put the youngest in the front and lay back the back seat. One 3 year old then sat at the front of the seat and one cross legged behind. Although hard to push I could at least get all 3 in when they were tired from nursery, and if the back two's legs went over the side they even had room to sleep. Even used this way I could still push and steer it one handed and get it on and off the bus easily. You do have to jump to put weight on the buggy to get it up curbs though! It will however go up all dropped curbs even the really high ones without being tipped.
I also use a phil and teds double but got one of these Graco doubles to use on days when I want to transfer my sleeping baby from the carseat straight to the buggy to go around shops or in and out of the school etc or when I want her to be somewhere comfy that she can sleep in. Its not at all suitable for pushing outside as its really heavy and I get twinges in my back pushing it with a heavy toddler in front. I keep the phil and teds for outdoor use and walks. Its also heavy getting in and out of car and takes up a lot of space.Good storage area although hard to access when seat reclined.But for what I needed its great and a good price.
A few years ago, I felt very relieved when I sold my bulky double buggy to a friend. I had downsized to a stroller, with a buggy board on the back, glad I wasn't going to have to huff and puff with a big pushchair ever again. Or so I thought. Within a short time of getting rid of the double pushchair, the inevitable happened. I got pregnant again.
When the baby arrived, my oldest son was 4 and my daughter was 2, so I definitely needed a double pushchair for the new baby and my daughter. I didn't like the idea of a side by side pushchair, as I knew it would be impractical getting the pushchair in through the narrow doorways of the local shops and library, as well as on the bus, which I used regularly to get to town. In the end, we settled on the stylish Graco Stadium Duo, which was on offer for an amazing £70 from a local independent retailer. This was about half of what these pushchairs usually cost.
The pushchair is a tandem style, with the front seat designed for the older child/toddler and the back seat for the baby, as it reclines completely, and has four recline settings. It would not suit newborn twins, as the front seat is only suitable for a child who is old enough to sit up unaided, and has only two recline settings. You can buy a raincover for the pushchair, which will set you back £20. Be warned, the raincover is prone to catch on things and rips very easily, so you may get through more than one over the lifetime of the pushchair.
The pushchair is as narrow as a regular pushchair, which means that it is really easy to get through doorways. When you are pushing very young children in the pushchair, it is easy to manouevre. However, when the kids get older, it can be really tricky to get the pushchair up kerbs and steps and I found that when you get to this point it is usually best to put the lighter child at the front and the heavier, older child at the back, so that the front of the pushchair is easier to lift.
The puchchair has a HUGE basket underneath, which is really practical to store your shopping and changing bag/accessories. There is also a bar that you can put on the front of the pushchair to put food and drinks, although I found it more practical to remove the bar. The two seats have their own individual hoods, which you can adjust as necessary. The back hood completely shades the baby when the weather is sunny.
The pushchair is easy to keep clean and maintain, and I had mine for about two years, before downgrading back to a stroller again. In that time, I had no problems at all with the pushchair and nothing broke or needed oiling during that time. When I sold it at the end, it was still in really good condition, as it was well made and excellent quality.
The only problem I had with this pushchair, and it was my fault really, is that I forgot how to fold it! The lady in the shop did show me, but the chair was in constant use and I never needed to fold it until one day, when I went to town and my husband came to pick me up in the car and I realised I hadn't got a clue how to fold the thing and didn't have the manual on me at the time! As I say, that was MY fault, and I would recommend that anyone using the pushchair thoroughly familiarises themselves with the working of the chair if they need to fold it down regularly!
This pushchair is really practical and perfect for anyone with a young child who is expecting a new baby. I recommend it and give it a deserved five star rating.
I absolutely love this pram, I bought the Graco stadium duo as I am a childminder and I needed a double pram. I have tried the side by side double buggys before but they are alot heavier than this one.
I like this pram because it is no wider than a single pram so you dont struggle to fit it through doors. It has a very large shopping basket which is great for when you pop to the shops. Both the seats have a play tray with cup holders. The back seat can be used with a Graco car seat, its a bit more money to get it with the car seat but I think its well worth it if you have a newborn using it. The rear seat has 3 reclining positions and the front seat has 2 reclining positions.
I find that having the wheels on swivel makes it very easy to push. It is very easy to fold and it folds just a bit bigger than a single pram. The only disadvantage is that you have to take the front hood off before you fold it up or the metal gets twisted
After purchasing the graco quattro deluxe tsb in black and gold, when i fell pregnant so quickly after i knew i had to start looking at double pushchairs, and found that Graco did the same style pushchair in the same colors but double and i immediately fell in love with it.
It had so many different features and wasn't too bulky and big at the same time, i found it on the graco website and waited a couple of months before buying it.
To my shock when i went back to buy two months later it had been discontinued, and everywhere i went they didn't stock it neither, so me being a trusty ebayer went on there and found one straight away, used once and a bargain.
I sort of got the impression that these pushchairs weren't that common mainly due to the size, weight etc and that alot people didn't like them.....
Am i the only person that does??
I picked this pushchair for many reasons and it was my childrens safety and comfort that came first
* the front seat is designed for babies 6months plus and has a reclining seat, 4 point safety harness, foot rest, a hood, and playtray/ safety bar with a cup holder.
* the back seat is designed to comply with the graco car seat which clicks into the specially designed tray so that baby is facing you, and with the hood from the car seat and the hood off the pram they meet together so you can protect baby from wind, rain etc.
* As your baby grows older the seat at the back does fully recline backwards and there is four different positions it fits into to adjust with your baby, it to has a four point safety harness which is fully adjustable and easy to use.
* There is a very large shopping basket underneath which is very handy to as there are no handles to put bags on etc.
*Also they have swivel wheels and suspension which is great for off roading too
Like i said before i chose this pushchair because it is a comfort to my children and it does grow with them i still currently use it, please don't slate me for saying this but some of the newer pushchairs that have been designed just don't look that safe having one child on top of the other and there's no proper sturdiness about them.
The pushchair folds flat and easily fitted into our vectra
It's very rare i see these pushchairs around these days which is a shame because they are great value, and i always get nice comments about the color too
The unique stadium seating design keeps your newborn closer to you, and as he or she grows - they get a great view of the world. Suitable for a newborn plus toddler or twin toddlers - up to around 3 years. Rear seat lies flat for a newborn and is raised slightly higher - keeping your baby close to you. For older babies, the raised rear seat gives them a great view on the world. The front seat reclines & is suitable from 6 months. Features: 5-Point Harness / Reclining Back (2 Positions)