- I wanted a tandem because side by sides are cumbersome.
- I wanted the front seat to have a snack tray (My MacLaren didn't have one and it kind of bugged me after awhile.)
- I wanted the front seat to recline so that the kid sitting in it could take naps.
- I wanted a decent sized basket so that I could put stuff down there.
- I wanted it to steer easily, and possibly with one hand.
- I wanted it to fold down easily and not take up too much space in my trunk.
- I wanted Katie to like it so that she would want to use it during those times when we want to be able to walk a little big faster.
- I wanted a large sun canopy, because my MacLaren was definitely lacking in that area and I had to buy an extended visor for ours so that Katie wasn't in the sun all the time,
Before I made the purchase, I researched on Craigslist to try to find a used one - and I did - an Orange one from 2009. We bought it and immediately fell in love.
I liked it right away because you could use an infant carseat and then once the baby was older put them in the stroller seat itself like the bigger double strollers.
It is SUPER COMPACT - although it's a double, it feels more like a large single stroller. I LOVED that because I drove a friends sit and stand tandem before and HATED IT - it was heavy, unbalanced and hard to steer.
It's light and folds down with one step and fits nicely in my trunk, leaving some room for groceries, etc...
It has some funky colors - which I like.
Katie LOVES IT. She will stand on the platform sometimes or sit on the toddler seat and when she's really tired, we put her in the front and carry Ben and she can relax a little.
I can also steer it with one hand, even with both kids in it which amazes me!
The Sun visor is AMAZING and covers everything.
So, after having the used one for about 4 months, I decided to sell that one and splurge on a new one. (there are very few things I splurge on now a days)
We went to Buy Buy Baby with a 20% off coupon from Bed Bath and Beyond (WHICH THEY ACCEPT) and got a brand new one in Greenie color (Katie's favorite color is green) for 20% off.
We brought it home and Katie and I put it together - it took about 20 minutes maybe and then we were off.
The only downside I have found so far is that it doesn't hold up well "off road." We went apple picking and pushed it through the orchard and it felt a bit wobbly and I was worried about the wheels because they are plastic, not air - so you could tell it was struggling. But it made it just fine, it was just a little hard to push and I was overly nervous about it because we had just bought it!
We bought it because we don't plan to jog with it, or take it hiking, etc... We plan to use it around town, at the parks or if we go out shopping and it is perfect for all of those things.
So, if you are looking for a double stroller to use for the same things that we use ours for - definitely look into the Joovy Ultra Light. They also have jogging type stollers that have good reviews. Also, if you are going to buy one - take a coupon and get it at Bed Bath and Beyond - what a great deal!