This Kinderwagon Hop double stroller review was written out of my own admiration for the product which I purchased myself.
Let’s face it, there are not a whole lot of options when it comes to strollers for two or more. Since my twins were born we have tried three other strollers: Contours Options was the first. It was a beast and way too big. I do not drive a mini van to only be able to drive around my kids and their mini limousine. It quickly was sent to the consignment store.
Then I tried out the MacLaren Twin Techo for a while. While it gave me more room in the trunk of my van, the side by side design made it nearly impossible to do any shopping. The other problem I often found myself facing was how to push all three kids in strollers at the same time for walks. For hauling all three kids I use a Valco double jogging stroller with a joey seat for Will. I really like my valco, but it is huge.
If you have been following us for awhile, you may remember our trip to the ABC Kids Expo in Louisville last October.It was there that I first fell in love with the Kinderwagon Hop, and I fell hard. For months I had been secretly plotting how I could ditch every other useless piece of baby gear so that I could have it. Six months later, my love affair with the Kinderwagon Hop officially began and my love for it has only continued to grow.
Everywhere I go, people want to know: what it is and where it came from.
The Kinderwagon Hop is wonderfully designed. It comes in two colors Black and Red. I love the black and my friend Heidi has the red one. It is well made and durable. I have pushed it through both grass and gravel and did not get stuck once. (Not that you would want to do this regularly because it is not a jogging stroller). It folds and stores like a dream. It is slightly larger than an umbrella stroller and perfect for families with compact cars, or if you want to be able to leave the stroller in the car all the time and still have room for other things. At 21.5 lbs, it is very light which makes it easy to lift and carry.
The weight capacity is 40lbs per seat, which means that our almost three year old can ride in it still. Before the Kinderwagon came, my boys would cry every time I would put them in the MacLaren Twin Techno. They love the Kinderwagon and I think it is because the seats are more room and they like the stadium style seating.
What you will not believe is how small this stroller is when it is unfolded. The dimensions unfolded are 30″x20.5″x42″. Just for comparisons sake, the dimensions of my SINGLE Chicco stroller I had with Will are 21 x 28 x 47 inches. Almost the same size, but for two! Amazing!!! If you are looking for a compact double stroller, this is the stroller that you need.
This isn’t as stroller that does it all (infant carriers/babies that can’t sit up) but what it does, it does well. But for babies who can’t sit up yet, you don’t really want to get them out of their car seats anyway. The best solution for the beginning is a snap and go double frame. And when they can sit up (around 6 months) you can graduate to and enjoy the bliss of the Kinderwagon Hop. The top seat reclines, so you can put a younger baby in the back seat if you have two kids of different ages.
For me, the Kinderwagon hop has given me a new lease on life. I know that sounds crazy, but before I had this stroller getting out of the house and doing thing by myself was always such a hassel. As if it wasn’t enough to try to figure out how to wrangle three little ones into my van, trying to maneuver a monstrosity of a stroller was enough to make me dread taking the kids. Ever other stroller wastes space, and the only alternative was A phil and teds, with the second seat under the first, which seems rude to make one of my kids sit under my other kid’s behind.
My hope for future Kinderwagon owners is that they could created a few accessories that could snap on for extra possibilities. I would love to see a small stand on board that could be connected to the back about the folding mechanism. It would also be nice if they would create a tray with two cup holders that could snap across the handles to create handle bar that would allow you to pull the stroller while pushing a grocery cart. (I know, I know… but it’s good to have options!)