If you are looking for a side by side double stroller with loads of features, the very popular Maclaren’s Twin Techno Stroller (price range between $329-$379) delivers.
Features include five seat positions, front and rear suspension, extendable legrests, individual sun canopies, a compact umbrella fold and carry handle.
It fits through standard doorways, weighs 27 lbs. and will hold up to 55 lbs. in each seat. It will not take a car seat, but is suitable from birth on.
New features on 2009′s Twin Techno include: a new black fabric/black frame version, elasticized pockets on the back of each hood, hubcaps and larger UV-protected viewing windows.
All Maclaren Strollers are phthalate- and lead-free, and their packaging uses recycled materials.
Putting it Together
The six wheels come attached, so snap on the double sun canopy and the two bottle holders which attach to the back of the middle frame of the stroller, one above the other.
The Twin Techno has good front and rear suspension and is perfect for both urban and suburban use unless you have extremely bumpy sidewalks. When folded up, it will fit in any closet or trunk. I was very pleased that I could push it one-handed while holding my older child’s hand. If you do have a higher weight combination of children, it may be a little harder to push.
To engage the brakes, use your foot to push both brake levers to the right. To release the brakes, push both brake levers to the left.
The Twin Techno will hold children from birth to 55 lbs in each seat. It will fit through standard doorways, so this means narrower seats — though my 3 ½-year-old and 18-month-old fit easily. The harness straps were a cinch to adjust the harness straps to fit and had a simple clasp. To open the clasp, grab the buckle with your thumb in front and your forefinger behind, then push your fingers together to unsnap the buckle. The seats are easily removable for washing (always a plus). The sun canopies are water resistant and a raincover is included.
A raincover, luggage tag, and two bottle holders are included. Additional accessories include a double mosquito netting ($25), a carry bag ($60), a twin universal organizer ($40), and a twin footmuff (matches the charcoal grey Twin Techno). You can customize your Twin Techno with the two seat accessory packs (included when you order a Twin Techno), which consists of a headrest and straps — just pick your color/print combo or get the reversible seat pads (additional).
You can pack a lot in the shopping basket. If you need more storage, Maclaren makes an organizer for their twin strollers. Since the handles are not close together, if you want to hang a diaper bag on the handles, you’ll either need a wide double stroller bag (I like Skip Hop’s Duo Double) or use Kalencom’s Stroller Straps (read our review) to extend the reach of the straps on your regular diaper bag.
The sun canopy was fine. On really sunny days, an additional tie-on sun shade, a clip on parasol or a double UV cover may be helpful. A rain cover is included and compact enough to fit in the hood pockets or baskets.
The Twin Techno has a double umbrella fold. To fold: Pull up the lock in back of both the seats. Then use the foot pedal on the right side to collapse the stroller and fold the whole stroller forward. Push forward to engage the side auto locks. To unfold: release both side locks, open the stroller, then, using your foot, push both footplates down fully to lock.
The Twin Techno is compact enough to fit in every size trunk. This would also be a good double stroller to take on a airplane trip, but I would recommend utilizing the Maclaren Carry bag with it, to protect against damage.
Pros: The Twin Techno’s compact width and suspension makes it terrific for city and suburb use.
Cons: It isn’t for rough terrain or jogging. Wish it had an extra handle in the middle frame for easier maneuvering.
Final Verdict: This classic double stroller will go from birth to 55 lbs. per seat, has a compact fold and will fit through standard doorways.
Recommended for: Urban and suburban dwellers who need a side-by-side stroller for sidewalk and errand use.
– Nancy, Queens, NY, mom to budding comedian 3-½-year-old Ben and princess-in-training 1 ½-year-old Allegra, loves finding stuff that makes her family’s life easier