Tandem Vs Twin: Which Double Buggy is best?
When choosing a double buggy one of the biggest considerations is whether to go for a tandem pushchair or a twin. Every family lifestyle is different and there is not a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to choosing the right buggy for your growing family. It can often be difficult choosing the best double prams for newborns and toddlers, so here is a comparison of the pros and cons for both tandem and twin buggy styles, whether it’s for twins or children of different ages.
- Tandems are generally easier to negotiate while out and about. They are typically the same width as a single buggy so fit through doorways without difficulty.
- Negotiating buses, trains, shops and pavements is also easier with a tandem, although as they are longer they can be clunky when going up and down kerbs.
- Storage space can be minimal with a tandem and what storage you may have could become difficult to get to when both seats are in use.
- Double travel systems are usually based on a tandem rather than a twin; these allow different combinations of car seats, buggy seats and carrycots. It is important to note that not all double travel systems allow for two car seats or carrycots at the same time, making it a bit tricky for twins.
- Some tandems can also be singles to which a second seat or even a third seat can be added. This can be a more cost effective option as you will get more use out of it if you have children of different ages. These are not ideal for twins as they are generally designed for different size/age of children.
- Tandems will often need dismantling in order to be folded up. This can make them difficult to store.
- Twin buggies are easier to manoeuvre up and down kerbs as the weight is more evenly distributed.
- There is usually ample storage space available with a twin buggy.
- Some twin buggies can be used as travel systems, with the ability to attach a car seat or carry cot. Although the option to have two car seats or carrycots at one time is limited, there are some twin buggies which do allow this however these tend to be wider designs.
- Having your children next to each other can be a major pro with a twin buggy. They can both see the same things, interact with each other and the world around them, there are no arguments over who is up front and it also makes feeding easier while out and about.
- Individual seat positions enable one child to sit up while the other lays down for a nap.
- Twin buggies tend to be more robust making them a better option for more active families.
- Seats are usually forward facing which limits parent/baby interaction.
- Many twin buggies are an ‘umbrella-fold’ style, making them quicker and easier to collapse and store.
- A major drawback of the twin buggy is the width. They are difficult to use with buses and trains. They take up more of the pavement and some are wider than a standard door, although slimmer designs are available it is important to double check the width to ensure you can get it into your home without disturbing a sleeping baby.