Why We Love the Graco DuoGlider Double Stroller

Every now and then, I buy something that I absolutely love and appreciate so much, and I want everyone else to have one so that they can love and appreciate it too. That’s the reason for today’s review of the Graco DuoGlider Click Connect Double Stroller! If you have two small children and a spending budget, you’re going to want to read this…

I bought this double stroller a few weeks ago. I wanted to break it in before my review, so I went out and put some miles on this baby. I’ll start by saying that this product is worth purchasing for any parent that has two small kids. Here are the deets!

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DETAILS:

This is a double stroller with two reclining seats and two safety belts. It’s compatible with any Graco SnugRide Click Connect car seat, and the car seat can be placed in the front or rear position. The car seat clicks right into the seat as a safety feature, and can only be removed by lifting the latch on the back of the car seat, just as you would when connecting it to its base in your car.

The stroller folds and unfolds using a small latch on the handle. There is a folding sun shade over each seat and a large mesh storage basket under the seats. The stroller holds two children, up to 40 pounds each. The measurements, according to Graco’s website, are below:

Folded: 42″ x 20.5″ x 29.5″ (L x W x H)
Open: 36″ x 20.5″ x 41″ (L x W x H)

PROS FOR THIS DOUBLE STROLLER:

1) It’s inexpensive. Even a mom on a tight spending budget could cut out her coffee habit for a month and purchase this thing. I spent $129 on mine, and I think it’s one of my favorite purchases since having a second baby.

2) It has two actual seats with safety belts. I prefer this over the “sit and stand” double strollers, because my young toddler is still small and sleepy. If we are out for more than a few hours, she is going to need a place to lie back and snooze. The reclining seats are perfect for all-day adventures, like the zoo and Disneyland.

3) It folds up easily. I can fold and unfold this thing with one hand, which is super important for busy moms with full hands! You don’t have to take anything off or apart in order to fold up the stroller. You can just take your kiddos out, click the button on the handle, and fold down in one motion. Seriously, it is no hassle at all.

4) It is super compact. I actually measured my old single folding stroller to compare, and they are almost the same width when they folded up, so it’s super compact for storage. My single stroller is about an inch smaller when folded, which is like nothing! This fits perfectly in the back of my Toyota 4Runner with some room to spare. Now, it is considered to have “stadium seating” because the rear seat sits a bit higher than the front seat. Because of this feature, when it is folded up and lying flat, the length from one side to the other is a bit longer than the average single stroller. This means it might be a bit snug when trying to store in a smaller vehicle, so be sure to refer to the “folded up” measurements before buying. Here is a picture of the stroller in my trunk.

CONS FOR THIS DOUBLE STROLLER:

1) It’s inexpensive. This is a pro and a con, because the stroller is a great price, but it doesn’t have any bells and whistles. They say, “you get what you pay for” and this is always true. In this case, you’re paying for a simple double stroller with full, reclining seats, that is easy to fold up and move around. And that’s it. I love it for exactly what it is and would recommend it to anyone, but if you’re looking for something fancy and frilly, then this is probably not the double stroller for you.

2) The sun shades don’t provide adequate protection from the sun because they’re on the shorter side. Just be sure to bring along a blanket or a car seat cover on sunny days to protect your kiddos from the sun.

3) The latch that keeps the stroller folded up doesn’t stay latched. The same latch that gave me trouble when putting the stroller together, is the latch that doesn’t actually work very well when you’re trying to fold up and store the stroller. It is cheap plastic, and easily comes unlatched if you lift the stroller the wrong way. That said, if you lift and store the stroller gently, the latch will stay put, but that’s a little bit annoying to deal with.

4) You can’t move very fast, because the wheels start to shake. This isn’t a jogging stroller. You can walk briskly while pushing this stroller, but that is all. If you try to trot, the wheels start to shake and you will lose control of the stroller. This didn’t bother me at first, because I just use the stroller for leisure walks. But I tried to hurry across the street one day, and the wheels started to shake uncontrollably and I felt like they might fall off. They didn’t, and we tested the stroller a few times and made sure everything was put together correctly. Simply put, it’s not a jogging stroller, so don’t try to jog with it.

STROLLER ASSEMBLY:

Okay, so the stroller comes in a few pieces and needs to be assembled. It doesn’t require any tools, but the instructions are fairly vague and YouTube videos for this product are scarce. I did manage to put it together with just a little help from my husband, and it took about 15 minutes. There are a few things to note that will make the assembly much easier on you.

Step one:

The instructions say to open the stroller by releasing the storage latch, but the steps are unclear and the latch is not really in an obvious place. So, let me make it easy for you: if you’re standing behind the stroller handle, there is a little latch on the LEFT side, in the middle of the stroller. This latch needs to be unhooked before you can open the stroller, so you’ll cut the zip ties and unlatch the stroller, and it will pop right open. Here is a picture…

 

The rest is super easy and self-explanatory, you just snap the basket in place, snap the wheels into place, and snap the visors and trays into place. Everything is plastic, and again, it’s not a super expensive or high-quality product, so be gentle. My husband banged it around a little trying to figure out the car seat latch, and he didn’t do any damage, but I still recommend being gentle to make this thing last.

Attaching the car seat:

The instructions say to remove the child’s tray before clicking the car seat into the stroller, and if you pay close attention to the instructions, you will see that it is possible to take the TOP off the child’s tray. The part with the cup holder is actually a snap-in tray, and it sits on top of the bar that your baby’s car seat clicks into. This is a bit confusing because if you take the whole tray off of the stroller, the car seat won’t latch properly.  So, there is actually a tray inside attached to a handle bar! Here’s a picture to show you exactly what I mean:

 

Simply put, you can only attach the car seat to the stroller if you remove the little cup holder tray from the handle bar itself. Once you know that, it’s super quick and easy to install.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

In all honesty, double strollers are bigger and bulkier than average strollers, and they take some getting used to. They are still a must-have if you have two small children, because it’s important to have a safe, comfortable spot for both kids when you’re out of the house for longer periods of time. I personally only use our double stroller for all-day outings at the zoo, theme parks, swap meet, or farmers markets.

If you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself, my affiliate link is below. You can read my affiliate disclosure here

All-in-all, the Graco Duoglider Double Stroller is definitely a top pick on my “two under two” must-have list! I love that it’s easy to push, easy to fold, compact, and safe for two babies to sit or sleep comfortably. Every mama of two or more should have one!

Featured photo by Ali Art and Photography


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