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Baby Jogger City Mini Double, Mountain Buggy Duet, or Out n about Nipper Double?

(20 Posts)
kicksandgiggles Tue 04-Mar-14 19:00:29

I'm expecting twins at the end of the summer and have narrowed it down to these three. I would appreciate any feedback and comparisons!

MiaowTheCat Wed 05-Mar-14 11:40:08

I considered all of these for an 11 month age gap. The Nipper won - by far the best buggy I've ever owned (I only use an ancient Phil and Teds these days as my eldest's walking so much now and my handbag needs the second seat). Wonderful to push, easy to steer and get up and down kerbs, oodles of pockets and compartments to cart around all sorts of crap - just a big fold and not the best looking thing in the world (but the kids inside it used to more than counteract that).

Loved my Nipper - if I could get away with a pure single rather than needing a second seat for toddler containment at times - I would have had a single version in a heartbeat.

MiaowTheCat Wed 05-Mar-14 11:40:40

Plus the V3 comes in a dead lush purple (DH didn't consider "dead lush purple" to be suitable justification for wanting a new pushchair unfortunately)

kicksandgiggles Wed 05-Mar-14 12:11:27

Thanks Miaow. Did you find you were able to get in most doors with it?

MiaowTheCat Wed 05-Mar-14 13:17:34

I had an older style wider one and never had any problems with it (one place with double doors I needed to open the second door and that was it), so the newer narrower ones would be even less problem.

TinyPenguin Wed 05-Mar-14 18:50:11

I had the Duet for a 20 month age gap, and will be using again soon for a 24 month age gap. Brilliant pushchair!
Loved that I could go anywhere with it that I had previously been with my single buggy. Easy to manoeuvre too, have been around London on tubes & buses with it too when visiting friends. Great off road too.
Was handy having two separate hoods so could shelter one or the other of the children - if it had been one large single hood we would have had arguments at the toddler stage! The hoods are very generous too, perfect for sunshine but also good in a small shower (when you forget to raincover with you!)
Generous sized basket too.
Children have never complained and always looked comfortable, my 4 year old would still fit in it now (would look a little big for it but she would be comfortable).
Handy hint - I found that my Britax BSmart/Viguor footmuffs fitted the seats perfectly & they're really cosy footmuffs too (and can pick them up much cheaper than MB ones).
Only downside is the fold is large, but this comes with all this style of pushchair.
I haven't used car seats on mine but a friend has & found it really useful - She clips two Maxi Cosi on to the chassi which is great for short trips in & out of the car.
Any questions...... happy to answer!

kicksandgiggles Wed 05-Mar-14 21:01:14

Thanks Tiny! The car seat option is definitely one advantage of the Duet over the others.

Ihateparties Wed 05-Mar-14 21:07:27

If the fold is at all crucial to you do check cos the duet is massive folded compared to the city mini. It just depends what you need from your pushchair all 3 are good I reckon but I would choose a different one depending on my day to day life. If I walked mostly then duet or nipper, duet if local area had more really tight spaces, if I drove I would probably get a city mini because of the weight and fold.

MrsMarigold Wed 05-Mar-14 21:12:27

My friend had the Duet for her twins and I had the Nipper and our other friend has the Baby Jogger. We've all pushed each others kids on occasions and these are my findings: The baby jogger is easiest and most compact to fold, and is nice to push but not as good on stairs.

The nipper lightest and easiest steering but can tip over if you hang loads of shopping on hooks on the back and the basket is a bit small and the children don't sit completely upright. It is bulky when folded but easy to fold and very good on stairs and you can go everywhere I go on he tube/bus often. Hood not really an issue and I used an insert from birth so the head is supported.

Mountain Buggy heaviest but feels solid and is easy to steer - less good for buses as the front has two wheels but it has a great basket - and you can fit the carry cot attachment so thy can lie completely flat.

MrsMarigold Wed 05-Mar-14 21:13:04

I hardly ever fold the pram.

kicksandgiggles Wed 05-Mar-14 21:52:17

Thanks, this is very helpful. I will be walking a lot, but also driving sometimes. I'm leaning towards the Baby Jogger at the moment.

Ihateparties Wed 05-Mar-14 22:08:21

All 3 take carrycots now btw, only the duet takes the car seats.. The city mini gt version bit heavier but nicer to push, might be worth a look.

FobblyWoof Wed 05-Mar-14 22:12:43

I've got the baby jogger and really get on with it. 22 month age gap here. As far as I'm aware, but I could be wrong, you can only have one carrycot attached to the frame at one time.

The only downside that we've come across is that the basket isn't the easiest to get into but it's not a major issue

Ihateparties Wed 05-Mar-14 22:59:53

I'm pretty sure you can fit two, have seen a pic somewhere if I can find it again.. This isn't the same pic as I was thinking of but there's a pic showing two cots on here.

Tiggywunkle Wed 05-Mar-14 23:29:03

I think the Baby Jogger is the easiest to sell ie the least problematic. The seats are fab, the fold is fab, the push is great, the hoods are amazing. The Nipper for me comes next. I would just watch the harnesses because they are huge and for me a serious safety consideration.

You can certainly put 2 carrycots onto a Baby Jogger (newer than 2011). They look brilliant as a twin pram with the fabric stripped off, and the carrycots on top.

If you want to use car seats, the best advice I have is to buy a cheap tandem chassis and use that for car seat mode, and then use the side by side for walking with. It would be far easier to set up say a Peach chassis with 2 car seats on than the Duet each time.

MiaowTheCat Thu 06-Mar-14 07:27:21

If it helps at all as well - both my kids are very top end of the growth charts on height (DD2 is about 1cm off the bloody top of them!). I never bothered with car seats on pushchairs much - the things are so bulky and heavy for me to carry that I invariably get sick of them within a month and go back to using our Britax first class that's suitable from birth but stays in the car by then. Never had a carrycot either - I used a head hugger bought from Amazon with the Nipper seat fully reclined and a nice cosytoes (just a universal one I'd hemmed the two corners together at the top so it made a pointy pocket that hooked over the curved top of the seats) and she was fine in it that way. The high side between the seat helps prevent sibling poking each other antics as well.

I had the extra shopping basket that goes underneath the underseat drawstring compartments on mine - never had an issue with storage with that setup - things that stayed permanently on the buggy, so spare sippy cups, raincovers, spare clothes etc I put in the drawstring pockets and then used the basket underneath to slot shopping in etc... although half the time I just shoved everything in the pushchair hood when it wasn't in use (terrible habit of mine and the cause of millions of "shit my purse isn't in my bag" moments of panic).

We live in a very very hilly area with shit pavements so a light easy push was definitely a priority - only got rid of it since I felt like a right pillock pushing around a side by side with usually one empty seat as my toddler was walking.

kicksandgiggles Fri 07-Mar-14 09:35:16

Thanks everyone. This is all very helpful. I'm still leaning towards the Baby Jogger and am very tempted to get one with the 15% off at Kiddicare for TAMBA members tomorrow!

kicksandgiggles Sun 16-Mar-14 20:27:39

I still haven't bought one, but I've now tested out all three and am leaning towards the Out n About Nipper as I thought it was much nicer to push/manoeuvre than the others. Any specific negatives with that one?

MiaowTheCat Sun 16-Mar-14 20:36:04

Negatives? It's a bit ugly. That's about it! I found cosytoes a smidge annoying - just in terms of getting one that fitted well - what I did in the end was two mothercare universal ones and then I just loosely stitched the top two corners together in an upside down V and hooked that over the seat backs to stop them sliding down when the kids sat in them.

But it does now come in a really lush purple colour, and I saw the blue for the first time the other day and that's nice too.

kicksandgiggles Tue 18-Mar-14 14:01:51

I ordered the Nipper - plus two newborn supports, two footmuffs, and a buggyboard for my DS, all for 15% off from Kiddicare smile

Thank you all for your comments, it was very helpful.

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