Review: Phil & Teds Promenade Stroller

03/29/2012 at 02:00 PM ET
Courtesy Phil & Teds

You swore you would never use a double stroller that places one of your tots on the bottom.

The kid underneath can’t see the world and gets the bum end of deal (literally).

Well, you may become a convert after seeing phil & teds new Promenade Stroller ($850 – $1,000), the perfect option for those with a preschooler and toddler.

Just strap in the youngest and the oldest can jump in and out of the bottom seat and ride like they are in an Acela private car with their goldfish, juice box and iPad.

And if you extend your family further (3 is the new 2), the promenade and its eight possible configurations will still keep you rolling.

Check out our full review below:

Things We Like:

We’re loving the convertible flat bed seat option which converts to a lie flat bed for newborn. There are no new parts to buy or seats to reconfigure — you just unsnap and unzip!

There’s also a great option to have your baby face you and bond when they are young or face out when older to take in the world. Plus, both seats have a one-hand recline, and the main seat goes from upright to lie back to a full recline position.

It’s also super easy to covert to a double or back to a single stroller if your oldest gets too cool to ride underneath. And the removable flexible bumper bar makes it really easy to move your child in and out, which is a big plus if they’re sleepy and maintaining the “peaceful resistant protest limp body” position.

The telescopic handle also comes in handy for getting in and out of crowded situations (e.g. crowded elevators). Plus, the stroller boasts a super easy fold.

Things We Didn’t Like:

It is heavy with a capital H! But it provides great weight training — who needs a kettlebell? Although there is a cool front wheel suspension system, airless tires and lack of shocks can make for a bumpy ride, which can jar a sleeping baby awake in some cases.

And compared to similarly priced strollers, the maneuverability is limited and not as smooth of a push.

With the double seat attached, there is literally zero storage — I had to buy an extra attachment to store sippy cups, phone and wallet. Plus, it would be awesome if there were other color options. Right now, it’s only available in black, which feels hot for the summer.

Moms & Babies Rating:

Despite a few drawbacks, the sleek and stylish Promenade is a great choice if you’re looking for a double stroller that comfortably sits your tots on top of each other.

Simone Pratt

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tlo on

when is Phil and Teds going to figure out that they need to have a longer or adjustable handle bar for their double strollers? You can’t walk behind them without constantly kicking the second seat.

Cammy on

Looks like they’re trying to make it more European – reminds me a bit of the Bugaboo double stroller….

Michelle on

How can this accommodate 3 children as the article implies?

SMiaVS on

@Michelle, I can’t see how that’s an option, either. I assume it was just poorly worded; I think what they meant was that it can accommodate a toddler and preschooler now, and can reconfigure to hold that toddler and a newborn later.

hbmaness on

This option actually has an adjustable handle bar. Watch a demo. It extends pretty far, and I think what they mean by accommodating 3 children..on a lot of the tandem strollers there is an optional boogie board that you can purchase that one child can stand on the back while the smaller two children sit in the seats. The boogie board snaps on the back behind the second seat. This looks like a great stroller, just very expensive!