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

cybex gazelle S double stroller review
Cybex stroller with Nuna Pipa carseat (adapters are included with stroller!)

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 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 friends. Before purchasing the model that was the winner for our situation, we connected with the brand which ended up sending 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, Pottery Barn Kids

Included: 1 Stroller Seat, Car Seat Adapters (for Nuna, Cybex, Maxi Cosi), Double Stroller Conversion Adapters that are 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 very knowledgeable 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)
  • The basket (when using stroller as a single seater) is actually quite useful
  • A unique configuration that allows kids to face each other, which my little ones oddly like and request often


  • 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

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, 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. This is huge if you live somewhere that has an UPPABaby service hub location!

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, and the costs add up. The different types of converters to buy was a little confusing to almost all of our friends who own the Vista.

A note on the Cruz vs. Vista: We got our UPPABaby Cruz (their single stroller that does not convert) when Nori was born, chosen 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! If you have the space and plan on multiple kids, I would definitely get a single-to-double convertible stroller (like the Vista or Cybex Gazelle) right from the start.

What We Like:

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


  • 35 lb. limit on lower seat
  • Requires buying adapters to achieve all double stroller configurations. Cost can add up and it can be confusing which adapters you need to buy.
  • 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.

3. Convertible Double: Mockingbird Single-to-Double

Available at:

Included: 1 Stroller Seat & Sun Shade. Second seat is $100 when bundled w/ stroller purchase ($120 when bought separately).

UPDATE – One of our friends own this stroller, and since so many of you had questions about it, she let us try it out so we could share our thoughts!

Convertibility wise, the Mockingbird has comparable features to the UPPABaby and Cybex strollers. You can do multiple double child configurations with a second seat ($100), an infant car seat adapter ($30), or infant bassinet ($100), although it cannot do 2 bassinets if that’s a consideration for you. Both seats have a 45 lb. weight limit, compared to 50 lb on the Cybex and 35 lb on the Vista second seat. To us, the UPPABaby and Cybex have a leg up when it comes to the feel of the build quality, steering, and overall styling, but this stroller does give you a good value and functionality at its price point.

What We Like:

  • Good value single-to-double stroller < $500
  • Large under basket with useful pockets
  • 45 lb. weight limit for both seats


  • A little harder to steer on city sidewalks
  • Frame does not feel as high quality as the more premium priced UB Vista or Cybex Gazelle S

Bottom Line:

A functional, more budget-friendly option if you live somewhere with relatively smooth sidewalks.

Zoe The Twin+ Stroller
4. 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 narrow and 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, wider 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


  • Hard to maneuver on city sidewalks and in narrow aisles and doorways
  • 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 narrower front-to-back double made more sense than wider 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). The build quality, wheels, and suspension seem excellent. UPDATE: 1.5 years later, we’re still very happy with our choice with no issues yet.

The Vista V2 was a close runner up and also a great choice, especially with their complimentary tune-ups. 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 prefer using 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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  1. bea wrote:

    We are expecting our second baby so this post was so helpful! Great callout in 2021 on how the mockingbird frame does not feel as sturdy because turns out they had a recall in 2022 where they’re providing free frame reinforcements kits since the frame can crack!

    Posted 9.6.23 Reply
  2. Alyssa wrote:

    hi! did you have any issues with the non-adjustable handlebar on the Zoe, being petite? I know you mentioned you didn’t go with the Zoe for other reasons but curious how it felt strolling it being petite.

    Posted 2.13.23 Reply
  3. Cynthia wrote:

    Which one is lighter, I am also petite and I find the Uppababy Vista too heavy and bulky when folding it. Is the gazelle easier?

    Posted 7.8.22 Reply
  4. Ella wrote:

    This was such a useful comparison! Is the light grey Cybex Gazelle you have the soho grey color on their website?

    Posted 1.19.22 Reply
  5. Jessica wrote:

    Hi Jean – Happy New Year! I’m researching the Nuna Demi Grow, Cybex Gazelle S and UPPAbaby Vista V2 for first newborn use to then potentially for a newborn/toddler. 1. Now that you, Nick and children have been using the Gazelle S for a longer period of time, what are your pros/cons? 2. How is the Cybex customer service for warranties and replacement parts (if you have had to use them)? 3. Do you have any other considerations for the Nuna Demi Grow – one of my main concerns is the lack of storage when attaching a second seat? 4. Do you have any experience with Nuna warranties/replacement parts? Compared to Uppababy, it seems more difficult to find information. 5. If I plan to travel a few times/year the UPPAbaby travel safe program an unbeatable pro in your opinion? Thank you for your time! I have been a following you for 6 years now and my husband just started reading your motherhood content and is truly impressed!

    Posted 1.3.22 Reply
  6. Andi wrote:

    Hi there! Our second is due in November and our first just turned two a few weeks ago 🙂 we have the nuna pipa and plan to use that for the first six months for baby. However, our 2 year old is a big boy! And I’m wondering if he’s too tall for the gazelle seat. He’s 36.22 inches. Wondering how tall your oldest is and if she has plenty of room to grow? I know the canopy is adjustable, just not sure if it can be at the tallest height and not hit the nuna car seat? Thank you for any advice!

    Posted 10.12.21 Reply
  7. Danielle wrote:

    Hi! Just wondering if you had any trouble with the vista as a 2 seater and seeing over the top seat. 5 ft and feel the cybex seats are both lower and easier to see over.

    Posted 10.1.21 Reply
  8. Eve wrote:

    Hi Jean, I’m shopping for a stroller for our first baby. Would you recommend buying the cybex gazelle with the intent to use with 2 kids down the line? Seems like potentially cost effective option rather than purchasing a single and then double later on. Thanks!

    Posted 6.24.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Yes that is what it’s designed for! We had a single stroller with our first because we lived in a small condo so didn’t have the space, but most people will do a single to double convertible if they know they might have more kids down the road.

      Posted 6.30.21 Reply
  9. Kacey wrote:

    Hi Jean – quick question, is the seat comfortable for Nori? Do you think it will grow well with her. We have a nuna carseat and a nuna stroller at the moment, but my daughter seems uncomfy in the nuna stroller seat. Looking for a double and wanting to consider this!

    Posted 6.23.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      It is comfortable for Nori but Nuna also makes great strollers – we had tried the Nuna strollers briefly and didn’t notice major differences so I can’t say that it’ll be an improvement comfort wise! If any of your local store carries the Cybex I would suggest trying it out if possible!

      Posted 6.30.21 Reply
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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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