Double Stroller Reviews: Cybex Gazelle S, UPPABaby Vista V2, Zoe Twin +

cybex gazelle S double stroller review
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On Nori: J&J TOP 3T, SHORTS 3T, SANDALS 8

After having baby # 2, we tried to get by using our beloved single strollers + a sibling “ride along board” in the back, but finally admitted to ourselves we were overdue for a double. The ride along board was fun until Nori jumped off every 30 seconds, and while I love baby carrying, it didn’t replace having a stroller. Not every family with two little ones will need a double stroller, but for us, living in a Northeast city where we walk miles each week with our kids aged 2 years apart, it’s been a game changer!

The choices were overwhelming to say the least. Front & back configuration versus side by side? Modular construction versus one piece? Infant carseat compatibility or no need? After extensive research, we narrowed down our long list of contenders to a small handful, and were able to borrow them and try thanks to our thoughtful parent friends in the city. Before purchasing the model that was the winner for our situation, we connected with the brand which ended up kindly gifting us this stroller. As always these are our honest opinions, and we tried to provide as much info as possible from our research and trials!

Cybex Gazelle S Stroller
1. Convertible Double: Cybex Gazelle S

Available at: Nordstrom, buybuyBABY, Pottery Barn Kids

Included: 1 Stroller Seat, Car Seat Adapters (Nuna, Cybex, Maxi Cosi), Double Stroller Conversion Adapters (built-in!), Rain Cover, Cup Holder, fun Shopping Basket (see below pic). Additional stroller seat is $200.

This stroller was released toward the end of 2020, so we didn’t even really know it was an option until we popped into our helpful local kids/baby store @ShopTadpole and they highly recommended it! Functionality wise, it’s similar to the popular Vista but 2 KEY benefits are that both seats have a 50 lb. limit (versus 35lb for the lower seat on the Vista), and the 2nd seat adapters are all ingeniously built into the stroller frame. As added bonuses for us, it doesn’t come with a baby bassinet that we don’t need, and it included car seat adapters that work for our Nuna car seats (which would otherwise cost another $50 for the Vista). 

What We Like:

  • 50 lb. limit for both seats
  • Includes built-in 2-seat adapters
  • Comes with Nuna car seat adapter
  • Handlebar is taller in the highest setting, and shorter in the lowest setting than Vista
  • Folding with 2 seats is possible (although cumbersome)
  • A unique configuration that allows kids to face each other which Nori oddly likes and requests

Considerations:

  • The seat it comes with can be used on both the top and bottom positions, but extra seats purchased only fit on the bottom.
  • Not much available in the pre-owned market if you want to save $$ on the stroller or accessories
  • Slightly more complex fold

Bottom Line:

A new, seemingly sturdy & durable double stroller full of innovative features for our needs.

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UPPABaby Vista (dark gray, on the left) vs Cybex Gazelle S (light gray, on the right)
UPPABaby Vista V2 Stroller
2. Convertible Double: UPPABaby Vista V2

Available at: Nordstrom, buybuyBABY, Pottery Barn Kids

Included: 1 Stroller Seat, Bassinet, Rain Cover, Bug Shield, Compatibility for Mesa Car Seat. Additional stroller seat is $200.

Vistas are on every block here in Boston, and for good reason. While we didn’t go with the brand again, we loved our single stroller Cruz and how well it’s held up. As a major benefit, UPPABaby offers free tune ups at certain locations, which ensures your stroller stays in top shape especially after a messy winter.

One thing to note is the lower seat only has a 35-lb. limit, which Nori is already at. And another consideration is you need to buy adapters to use it as a double stroller (all adapters are included with the Cybex Gazelle S) or with other branded carseats. The different types of converters to buy was also a little confusing to our friends who own the Vista.

Cruz vs. Vista: We got our UPPABaby Cruz (their single stroller that does not convert) when Nori was born, and we chose our stroller based on the tight confines of our apartment storage closet and having to lift it up & down stairs. Every oz of weight mattered, so for that reason we have no regrets getting the Cruz initially. The latest Cruz model is now almost 5lb heavier than before, though, so less reason to choose it over the Vista now!

What We Like:

  • A proven parent favorite
  • Durable, sturdy construction and wheels
  • Deeper stroller seats
  • UPPABaby free tune ups (major!!)

Considerations:

  • 35 lb. limit on lower seat
  • Requires adapters to achieve all configurations
  • Sold with 1 seat + bassinet (not an issue for some, but we didn’t need the bassinet)

Bottom Line:

A proven, versatile choice that can take a beating season after season and still look great after a free tuneup.

Zoe The Twin+ Stroller
Double side by side: Zoe Twin+

Available at: Zoe, Amazon

This is the quintessential “Disney World” stroller – light enough to bring on a trip yet durable and comfortable enough for a day of riding. We were hoping it could supplement our single strollers for times when we needed to stroll both kids for long periods of time.

Ultimately, we had trouble navigating bumpy Boston sidewalks with this, and it has no infant carseat adaptability which (as you can see above) we use a lot. If both your kids are 6+ months, and most of your strolling is happening over smooth pathways, then this is a reader favorite option.

What We Like:

  • It’s one piece
  • Each seat reclines independently
  • No arguing over who sits front vs back
  • Lightweight compared to a few other double strollers in our comparison

Considerations:

  • Hard to maneuver on city sidewalks
  • Can only be used for kids older than 6 months
  • No car seat attachment compatibility

Bottom Line:

Good choice if you live somewhere with smooth and wide pathways, and both kids are over 6 months.

Why did we decide on the Gazelle S?

We first decided we needed a convertible single-to-double stroller rather than a fixed double like the Zoe Twin, due to our changing needs throughout the week. For example I use the single configuration to take Nori to daycare, and expand it to a double for family walks. Living in a city, a front-to-back double made more sense than side-by-side. And living somewhere with harsh winters and bumpy sidewalks, a more premium, sturdily built stroller with large wheels was a must for durability compared to travel style ones.

From there, the Cybex Gazelle S edged out other contenders for its higher max weight limit for both seats, built in converters, and ease of rearranging the seat configurations (there is a convenient color coded guide on all configurations, sewn right into the stroller under basket). So far, the build quality, wheels, and suspension seem excellent.

The Vista V2 was a close runner up and also a great choice. Ultimately, the main considerations for our situation were the lower weight limit and the superfluous bassinet (which others enjoy using the first few months! We typically use our infant carseat instead), plus the need to buy several adapters.

I hope this is helpful for anyone trying to make a similar decision, and please let us know any questions and other double stroller favorites in the comments!

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11 Comments

  1. Grace wrote:

    Thanks Jean for the helpful review! Came at such a perfect time for us since maxing out using two single strollers too! Have you considered the Silver Cross stroller? Thank you! X

    Posted 5.27.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Grace, we didn’t look into Silver Cross so I don’t have any notes on that one but I’m so glad the post was helpful for you!

      Posted 6.1.21 Reply
  2. Lindsay wrote:

    Thanks for the review! 2 questions: It looks like when the lower seat is parent facing you lose the functionality of the basket? And then when both seats are front facing how far back are they able to recline?

    Posted 5.27.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Lindsay, when the lower seat is facing you, you lose about ⅔ of the basket but it’s enough space that I’m still able to fit my diaper backpack in there. However, most toddlers I know prefer to be forward facing to see more, Nori just happens to really like facing in, so we like that it’s at least an option! We haven’t had a chance to test out the reclining feature for two front facing seats yet but can update you after we do!

      Posted 6.1.21 Reply
  3. Young wrote:

    How easy is it going up a small curb (like onto the lip of the driveway) as a double stroller gazelle vs vista? As a petite mom I couldn’t tilt the vista’s front wheels up b/c it was too heavy (car seat + rumble seat).

    Posted 5.26.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Young – typical struggle for a petite mom and a larger stroller! The Gazelle is a little easier for me because I put my foot on the crossbar (the back of the basket) so that I can use it as leverage to tilt the front up. The Vista has a larger undercarriage basket but the stroller crossbar is inside the basket so I couldn’t step on it to use as leverage, if that makes sense.

      Posted 5.26.21 Reply
      • Anonymous wrote:

        Yes that’s what made it difficult with the Vista.. no foot leverage 🙁 thanks for your help!

        Posted 5.26.21 Reply
  4. Annette wrote:

    Have you tried Mockingbird double stroller? Curious to hear your thoughts! Thank you for your reviews, they are so helpful!

    Posted 5.25.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Annette – we didn’t bring the Mockingbird stroller home to try out but were able to see one via a local parent. It didn’t feel as premium quality as the Vista or Gazelle in terms of materials, suspension for city sidewalks, but it is a much lower price point (about half the price!) so can’t directly compare. I’ve heard great things about the brand value in general.

      Posted 5.26.21 Reply
  5. Mikala wrote:

    Did you consider any of the Nuna strollers? I believe the Demi Grow converts to a double.

    Posted 5.25.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Mikala,
      Nuna makes great products but we were looking for a stroller where the seats are more front and back, while the Demi Grow is more stacked on top of one another with the lower seat passenger not having the best view (things a toddler will pick fights with you about, hah). I have heard this setup might actually make it a little easier to maneuver, so it’s just family preference!

      Posted 5.26.21 Reply

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