by Amy Venzke October 29, 2016

When you're shopping for your first stroller, you're naturally thinking about your first baby—not necessarily your second. Then, in seemingly no time, Baby #2 is on the way, but Baby #1 still needs the stroller, too. Now what?

Many families purchase a double stroller with side-by-side seats, which works well for a period of time (and works great for twins). But when the older child graduates from stroller travel, you’re either back to where you started with the single stroller, or you’re pushing a double stroller with only one kid in it (resulting in unnecessary bulkiness, uneven weight distribution—and a couple of weird looks).

The solution? A convertible stroller—one that can be both a single and a double.  A convertible stroller allows you to attach a second stroller seat, infant car seat or, in some cases, a bassinet in order to transform a single stroller into a ride for two.

When your older child insists she’s too grown-up for a stroller, you can detach the second seat to convert it back to a single stroller. And when it turns out that she’s not quite grown-up enough for long walks, after all, you can add a glider board so she can ride along.

Another pro: Most convertible strollers offer multiple seat configurations so that your kids can face you, face the world or face each other, helping you attempt to keep two kids happy at the same time.

The cons: Given their size and complexity, convertible strollers can be both heavy and expensive. But because it endures for years as your family expands, a high-quality convertible stroller can be a wise investment for new parents.

Here’s a look at nine, high-quality convertible strollers that grow with your family (listed by ascending price):

  • Baby Jogger City Select
  • Baby Jogger City Select LUX
  • Nuna Demi Grow
  • Thule Sleek
  • Austlen Entourage
  • UPPAbaby VISTA
  • Peg-Perego Team
  • Silver Cross Wave
  • Bugaboo Donkey2

Baby Jogger City Select

convertible strollers that grow with your family

The versatile Baby Jogger City Select was one of the first convertible strollers on the market—and remains one of the most popular, too. The stroller offers 16 different seating combinations, using up to two stroller seats, infant car seats and bassinets. Kids in equal-sized seats can face forward, backward or each other. The City Select is one of the more affordable convertible strollers available.

City Select Price

  • Single price: $529.99
  • Double price: $699.94 (includes single stroller and second seat kit)

Save 15% on the City Select and City Select LUX through Sept. 30, 2018!

City Select Weight and Dimensions

  • Open: 43.5"L x 25.75"W x 38.5"H
  • Folded: 12.5"L x 25.75"W x 32.75"H
  • Stroller weight: 28 pounds
  • Weight limit: 45 pounds per seat
  • Warranty: 1 year for parts; lifetime for frame

City Select Configurations

convertible strollers that grow with your family 

  • Offers 16 configurations, including those with two infant car seats, two bassinets, two stroller seats, or any combination
  • Both stroller seats are removable and can face either direction or face each other
  • Bassinet can be used in upper position in double mode
  • Can be used with Baby Jogger glider board 

    Car seats compatible with City Select

    • Baby Jogger City GO 
    • Britax B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite and BOB B-Safe
    • Chicco KeyFit30
    • Cybex Aton, Aton 3S and Aton Q
    • Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX and 40
    • Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico AP, Pebble, Cabrio Fix and Pebble Plus
    • Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX
    • Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and Nido

    City Select Fold

    City Select Benefits 

    • One of the best-priced convertible strollers on the market
    • Stroller seats can face each other
    • Stroller seats are interchangeable and accommodate children up to 45 points
    • Compatible with infant car seats from many manufacturers

    City Select Drawbacks

    • Requires the purchase of adapters for any infant car seats, including the Baby Jogger City GO
    • Stroller seat can’t be used until baby is 6 months old
    • Suspension is front-wheel only, with plastic front wheels
    • Stroller does not include belly bars or any other accessories
    • One-year warranty for parts (lifetime warranty for frame)
    • Folding mechanism can get sticky

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    Baby Jogger City Select LUX

    convertible strollers that grow with your famiily

    The Baby Jogger City Select LUX builds on the popularity of the original City Select. For an additional $100, the City Select LUX offers all-wheel suspension, upgraded fabrics, a 30 percent smaller fold thanks to folding seats, a decelerating hand brake and new accessories. The bench seat, exclusive to the City Select LUX, seats kids up to 65 pounds, extending the life of the stroller for older kids.

    See all the differences between the two City Select versions in this Baby Jogger City Select vs. City Select LUX comparison.

    City Select LUX Price

    • Single price: $629.99
    • Double price with two stroller seats: $829.98 (includes single stroller and second seat kit)
    • Double price with bench seat: $719.98

    Save 15% on the City Select and City Select LUX through Sept. 30, 2018!

    City Select LUX Weight and Dimensions

    • Open: 44.8"L x 23.6"W x 42.5"H
    • Folded: 30.5"L x 21.4"W x 10"H
    • Single stroller weight: 30.4 pounds
    • Double stroller weight: 37.5 pounds
    • Weight limit: 45 pounds per seat
    • Warranty: 1 year for parts; lifetime for frame

    City Select LUX Configurations

    convertible strollers that grow with your family

    • Offers 20 configurations—four more than the original City Select, thanks to the bench seat accessory
    • Can be used with two infant car seats, two bassinets, two stroller seats, or any combination
    • Both stroller seats can face either direction or face each other
    • Bassinet can be used in upper position in double mode
    • Can be used with Baby Jogger glider board 

      Car seats compatible with City Select Lux

      • Baby Jogger City GO 
      • Britax B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite and BOB B-Safe
      • Chicco KeyFit30
      • Cybex Aton, Aton 3S and Aton Q
      • Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX and 40
      • Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico AP, Pebble, Cabrio Fix and Pebble Plus
      • Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX
      • Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and Nido

      City Select LUX Fold

      City Select LUX Benefits 

      • Better at accommodating older kids than other convertible strollers, thanks to the bench seat accessory with a 65-pound weight capacity
      • Stroller seats can face each other
      • Stroller seats are interchangeable and accommodate children up to 45 points
      • Compatible with infant car seats from many manufacturers
      • Hand brake allows for decelerating on hills
      • All-wheel suspension

      City Select LUX Drawbacks

      • Requires the purchase of adapters for any infant car seats, including the Baby Jogger City GO
      • Stroller seat can’t be used until baby is 6 months old
      • Stroller does not include belly bars or any other accessories
      • One-year warranty for parts (lifetime warranty for frame)
      • Folding mechanism can get sticky

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      Nuna Demi Grow

      convertible strollers that grow with your family

      The Demi Grow launched in 2018 as the first convertible stroller from Nuna, the stylish Dutch brand known for its strollers and ultra-popular Nuna PIPA infant car seat. Unlike other convertible strollers in which one seat sits in front of the other, the two seats on the Demi Grow are stacked. With the weight of both kids on the rear axle, the stroller becomes easier to maneuver and can accommodate a higher weight capacity of 50 pounds per seat.

      Nuna Demi Grow Price

      • Single price: $799.95
      • Double price with two stroller seats: $979.90 (includes single stroller and sibling seat)

      Nuna Demi Grow Weight and Dimensions

      • Dimensions: 39.5"L x 24"W x 43.5"H
      • Folded dimensions: 23.5"L x 24"W x 35"W
      • Product weight: 27.4 pounds (excludes winter seat, canopy and arm bar)
      • Recommended use: Birth to 50 pounds for each seat
      • Warranty: 2 years

      Nuna Demi Grow Configurations

      • 23 configurations with two infant car seats, two bassinets, two stroller seats, or any combination
      • Upper seat can face either direction; lower seat only faces forward
      • Bassinet can be used in upper position in double mode
      • Does not offer ride-along board attachment (although third-party brands may fit)

      Car Seats Compatible with Nuna Demi Grow

      • Nuna PIPA
      • Nuna PIPA Lite
      • Nuna PIPA Lite LX

      Nuna Demi Grow Fold

      Nuna Demi Grow Benefits

      • With both seats positioned over rear wheels, front wheels are more maneuverable, making stroller easier and lighter to push
      • Length as a double stroller is several inches shorter than most competitors
      • Both seats accommodate 50 pounds and are interchangeable
      • Adjustable, all-wheel suspension and sturdy wheels provide a smooth ride
      • Stroller seat lining zips out for an all-mesh summer seat
      • Includes two sets of car seat adapters for Nuna PIPA/Lite/Lite LX car seats

      Nuna Demi Grow Drawbacks

      • Some kids may not enjoy positioning of lower seat inside storage basket
      • When stroller seat is in the lower position, much of storage basket is occupied by second seat
      • Lower seat is not reversible
      • Only accommodates Nuna car seats
      • Few accessories (including ride-along board) are available

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      Thule Sleek

      convertible strollers that grow with your family

      You may recognize the name Thule from the road: The Swedish manufacturer may be best-known for its top-quality roof racks and carriers, but Thule has also made jogging strollers for years. In August 2018, the company introduced the Thule Sleek, a sturdy convertible stroller that can accommodate up to two stroller seats, car seats or bassinets.

      Thule Sleek Price

      • Single price: $799.95
      • Double price: $1,049.95 (includes single stroller, sibling seat and adapter kit)

      Thule Sleek Weight and Dimensions

      • Stroller weight: 27.9 pounds
      • Weight limit: 48.5 pounds
      • Dimensions: 24"W x 33.5"D x 38.1-42.9"H
      • Folded dimensions: 24"W x 32.7"D x 16.5H
      • Warranty: Limited lifetime

      Thule Sleek Configurations

      convertible strollers that grow with your family

      • Can be used with up to two stroller seats, two car seats or two bassinets
      • Both seats can face either direction
      • Bassinet only fits on lower position when in double mode
      • Upper and lower adapters (sold separately) needed to create double stroller
      • Can be used with Thule Sleek glider board

      Car Seats Compatible with Thule Sleek

      • Chicco
      • Cybex
      • Maxi-Cosi
      • Nuna

      Thule Sleek Fold

      Thule Sleek Benefits

      • Frame has lifetime warranty
      • Folds compactly with seat facing either direction and stands when folded
      • All-wheel suspension with thick rear wheels provide a smooth ride on rough surfaces
      • No-rethread harness and height-adjustable canopy help you adjust the stroller for a growing child

      Thule Sleek Drawbacks

      • Secondary sibling seat is smaller than primary stroller seat and holds only 35 pounds, sometimes requiring younger child to sit in lower position
      • Requires adapter kit ($49.95) for any double configurations, as well as a car seat adapter ($59.95) for any configurations involving a car seat

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      Austlen Entourage

      convertible strollers that grow with your family 

      The Austlen Entourage was created by a mom who invented the stroller she wished she had: one that hauled absolutely everything. With a 150-pound weight capacity, the stroller can hold up to two kids and cargo from a cooler to a suitcase, making it a family workhorse for the beach, soccer field or airport. The only stroller with three different lengths, the Entourage becomes a double stroller with the addition of a second seat or Sit+Stand jump seat/platform rider accessory.

      Austlen Entourage Price

      • Single price: $849.99
      • Double price with two stroller seats: $1,019.98
      • Double price with Sit+Stand: $1,029.98

      Austlen Entourage Weight and Dimensions

      • In most compact position: 38.5"L x 24.5"W x 41"H
      • In intermediate position: 44.5"L x 24.5"W x 41"H
      • In most expanded position: 50.5"L x 24.5"W x 41"H
      • Folded: 32.5"L x 21"W x 17.75"H
      • Stroller weight: 32 pounds
      • Stroller weight limit: 150 pounds (kids and cargo); 50 pounds per child
      • Warranty: 1 year

      Austlen Entourage Configurations

      convertible strollers that grow with your family

      • 30 configurations with stroller seats, infant car seats, Sit+Stand accessory and cargo carriers (but seats are not reversible)
      • Becomes double stroller with either second seat or Sit+Stand
      • No bassinet option

      Car seats compatible with Austlen Entourage

      • Britax B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
      • Chicco Keyfit, Keyfit30, Fit2
      • Cybex Cloud Q, Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q 
      • Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX
      • Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT 

      Austlen Entourage Fold

      Austlen Entourage Benefits 

      • Has the best storage and highest weight capacity of any stroller on the market
      • Expands to three different lengths depending on your use of the stroller
      • Unique market tote bag (included) and cargo bag allow for even more storage, from groceries to beach equipment
      • Infant car seat can be used in upper or lower position; baby sits high and close to parent in upper position
      • Folds with both seats attached, unlike other double strollers that require removing the second seat
      • Sit+Stand accessory offers flexible seating choices for an older child

      Austlen Entourage Drawbacks

      • Seats cannot face both directions, unlike other convertible strollers
      • Weight and length, even in most compact format, can be overwhelming for some parents
      • In primary seat, baby sits farther away from parent than in most strollers
      • No bassinet or glider board attachment for a third child, unlike other convertible strollers

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      UPPAbaby VISTA

      convertible strollers that grow with your family

      The UPPAbaby VISTA has been the trendsetting stroller for nearly a decade. The VISTA is popular for its ability to accommodate a second seat, but plenty of parents buy the stroller as a single thanks to its quality and three-year warranty, smooth maneuverability, easy fold and use, oversized storage basket and classy yet practical style.

      UPPAbaby VISTA Price

      • Single: $899.99 (includes bassinet, bug and rain covers)
      • Double: $1,089.97 (includes all of the above and RumbleSeat)

      UPPAbaby VISTA Weight and Dimensions

      • Open: 36"L x 25.7"W x 39.5"H
      • Folded: 17.3"L x 25.7"W x 33"H
      • Stroller weight: 26.6 pounds
      • Weight limit: 50 pounds
      • Warranty: 3 years

        UPPAbaby VISTA Configurations

        convertible strollers that grow with your family

        • Can be used with two infant car seats, two bassinets, two stroller seats, or any combination
        • Both seats can face either direction
        • Bassinet does not fit on upper position in double mode
        • Upper and/or lower adapters (sold separately) needed to create most double configurations
        • Can be used with UPPAbaby PiggyBack Ride-Along board

        Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby VISTA

        • UPPAbaby MESA (no adapters required)
        • Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit30
        • Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q and Cloud Q
        • Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico, Citi, Cabrio and CabrioFix 
        • Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX
        • Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and 4-35 Nido

        UPPAbaby VISTA Fold

        UPPAbaby VISTA Benefits

        • Comes with several accessories, including ventilated bassinet that’s approved for overnight use
        • UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat attaches directly to frame without adapters and can be released with the press of a button on the handle
        • All-wheel suspension provides a smooth ride
        • Oversized storage basket accommodates 30 pounds
        • Three-year warranty is the best in the industry
        • Canopies include oversized top ventilation panels and pull-down sunshade for complete sun coverage

        UPPAbaby VISTA Drawbacks

        • Secondary RumbleSeat is smaller than primary seat and can accommodate only 35 pounds, sometimes requiring younger child to sit in lower position
        • Requires the purchase of additional adapters ($19.99 each) for double configurations with infant car seat or bassinet
        • Bassinet comes in the same box and must be included in purchase

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        Peg-Perego Team

        convertible strollers that grow with your family

        While the Team stroller debuted in 2017, Peg-Perego is hardly new to the industry: The company has manufactured high-quality strollers and baby gear in its home country of Italy since 1949. The Team transforms into a double stroller with the addition of the Team adapter, on which two equally-sized stroller seats, bassinets or Peg-Perego car seats easily click in.

        Peg-Perego Team Price

        • Single price: $899.99 (includes stroller and bassinet)
        • Double price: $1,249.97 (includes stroller, bassinet, second seat and Team adapter)

        Peg-Perego Team Weight and Dimensions

        • Dimensions: 40.25" x 24.25" x 41.25"
        • Folded dimensions: 15.75" x 24.5" x 31"
        • Stroller product weight: 31.7 pounds
        • Weight limit: 50 pounds per seat
        • Warranty: 1 year 

        Peg-Perego Team Configurations

        • Can be used with two infant car seats, two bassinets, two stroller seats or any combination
        • Both seats can face either direction or each other
        • Bassinet fits on the upper position in double mode

        Car Seats Compatible with Peg-Perego Team

        Peg-Perego Team Fold

        Peg-Perego Team Benefits

        • Can be used with Peg-Perego infant car seats without adapters
        • Primary seat and second seat are equal in size, accommodating 50 pounds each
        • Double stroller includes more leg room between seats than most tandem strollers
        • Folds with seat facing either direction and with bassinet
        • Bassinet is more padded and spacious than others and includes adjustable headrest to prevent acid reflux in infants

        Peg-Perego Team Drawbacks

        • Bulky Team double adapter spans the length of the stroller and must be attached and removed when folding
        • Team double adapter must be swapped with single adapter when switching between single stroller and double stroller
        • Cannot be used with other car seat brands

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        Silver Cross Wave

        convertible strollers that grow with your family

        From the British company that invented the first baby carriage in 1877, the Wave  brings modern-day practicality to the timeless elegance of Silver Cross. The Silver Cross Wave, which debuted in 2017, is the rare stroller that can become a double stroller out of the box by using the stroller's included toddler seat and bassinet together. Soft, premium fabrics and a high-strength magnesium alloy chassis give the Wave a luxurious look and the sturdiest ride.

        Silver Cross Wave Price

        • Single: $1,299 (includes single stroller and bassinet)
        • Double: $1,648 (includes single stroller, bassinet and tandem seat)

        Silver Cross Wave Weight and Dimensions

        • Dimensions: 43.7"L x 23.6"W x 37-42.9"H
        • Folded dimensions: 37"L x 23.6"W x 14.9"H
        • Chassis weight: 24.5 pounds
        • Seat weight: 8.8 pounds
        • Bassinet weight: 9.9 pounds
        • Weight limit for main stroller seat: 55 pounds
        • Weight limit for tandem seat: 45 pounds
        • Weight limit for basket: 33 pounds
        • Warranty: 3 years

        Silver Cross Wave Configurations

        • Can be used with up to two stroller seats, infant car seats or bassinets
        • Stroller seats can face either direction
        • Bassinet can fit on upper position in double mode
        • Can be used with Silver Cross Wave Board

        Car Seats Compatible with Silver Cross Wave

        • Cybex Aton, Aton 2 and Aton Q
        • Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, Mico 30 and Mico Max 30
        • Nuna PIPA and PIPA Lite LX (not recommended for PIPA Lite due to insecure fit)

        Silver Cross Wave Benefits

        • Premium fabrics and magnesium alloy chassis are top-of-the-line for quality
        • Accommodates more weight than other convertible strollers, holding 55 pounds on upper seat and 45 pounds on lower seat
        • Includes several accessories (cup holder, car seat adapters, seat liners, lightweight footmuff and rain/bug covers) that would cost $200 if purchased separately for other brands
        • Can be used as a double stroller immediately out of the box with stroller and bassinet; no adapters required

        Silver Cross Wave Drawbacks

        • Price is at the top of the market
        • Among the heaviest convertible strollers, at 33 pounds 
        • Does not fold as compactly as other convertible strollers

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        Bugaboo Donkey2

        convertible strollers that grow with your family

        The top-of-the-line Bugaboo Donkey2, created by the company that essentially invented the luxury stroller, offers a different type of expansion than seen on other convertible strollers. As a single stroller, the Donkey2 features a unique storage basket in the sidecar position. To make the Donkey2 a double stroller, remove the basket and expand the stroller's width five inches to add a second seat, creating a side-by-side stroller with 17 different configurations.

        Bugaboo Donkey2 Price

        • Mono: $1,299 and up
        • Duo: $1,649 and up (includes single stroller, plus duo extension set, second seat fabric and second canopy)
        • Twin: $1,779 and up (includes all of the above, plus second bassinet fabric)

        Bugaboo Donkey2 Weight and Dimensions

        • Width in mono mode: 23.6"
        • Width in duo mode: 29"
        • Dimensions for one-piece fold: 20.5" x 29" x 36.6"
        • Dimensions for compact fold: 34.3" x 23.6" x 9.4"
        • Weight of stroller and seats: 33.4 pounds
        • Weight limit: 37.5 pounds per seat
        • Underseat storage weight limit: 22 pounds
        • Side luggage basket weight limit: 22 pounds
        • Warranty: 3 years 

        Bugaboo Donkey 2 Configurations

        • Can be used with up to two stroller seats, infant car seats or bassinets
        • Stroller seats can face either direction 
        • Can be used with Bugaboo Comfort Wheel Board

        Car seats compatible with Bugaboo Donkey

        • Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit 30 
        • Cybex Aton Q and Cloud Q (with Maxi-Cosi adapter)
        • Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico AP and Mico NXT
        • Nuna PIPA and PIPA Lite LX (not compatible with Pipa Lite)

        Bugaboo Donkey2 Fold

        Bugaboo Donkey2 Benefits

        • Side-by-side seating can allow for more even weight distribution and easier push compared to an inline stroller, making it ideal for twins and siblings close in age
        • Bugaboo is known for the top quality and maneuverability in the industry
        • Both stroller seats are equal in size
        • Seats convert from bassinets to stroller seats and can stand on the ground independently
        • Can go into two-wheel mode for navigating sand and snow
        • Can fold with two stroller seats attached (more compactly without seats)
        • Three-year warranty
        • Premium materials and leather handlebars

        Bugaboo Donkey2 Drawbacks

        • Price is at the top of the market
        • Side-by-side stroller can be considered too wide by some
        • Requires adapters for any infant car seats
        • Although the double stroller folds with both seats attached, achieving the most compact fold involves multiple steps (removing seats and reducing frame width)

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        Questions?

        Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. We also offer free shipping and no sales tax outside of Arizona! If you have more questions about convertible strollers that grow with your family, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.   

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        Amy Venzke
        Amy Venzke

        Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. That includes you! Feel free to contact her with questions at amy@strolleria.com


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