Stroller Review: Graco Twin IPO

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Graco Twin IPO Stroller

The Basics: The stroller weighs 32.5 pounds. Good from 6 months to 50 pounds per seat. 30.8 inches at the widest point when it's unfolded. Collapses to 13.75 by 16.5 by 44 inches.

The Lowdown: Last year Graco introduced the Twin IPO, the double counterpart to its better-known IPO single. At the surface, the Twin IPO looks like a stylish, lightweight tandem, designed in the similar vein to Maclaren's classic Twin Techno and Twin Triumph. Unfortunately, the Twin IPO's extra pounds and extra inches make it pale in comparison to the other twin strollers, despite its lower price point.

We appreciate the Twin IPO's super-quick one-handed collapse and its incredibly compact fold. In fact, despite being larger than other brands' similar twin strollers, the Twin IPO collapses down more than two inches more.

However, at 32.5 pounds, this stroller is nearly four pounds heavier than most other comparable twin strollers. That's enough of a difference to be noticeable when tilting the Twin IPO up a curb or attempting to lift it into a car trunk. Plus, it's two inches wider, making it difficult to maneuver though indoor door frames. Despite its larger frame, we found its storage less than adequate. A mid-sized diaper bag had to be hung on the stroller's handles. The ride of the Twin IPO is also note for concern. The wheels feel flimsy and handle all rough terrain poorly.

The seats are roomy and the fabric wipes up easily, but the canopies are virtually useless -- they sit too high and do not come down far enough to block out rain or wind.

You'll Want It If: You're looking for a well-priced tandem, with a compact fold, for errands and neighborhood walks.

The Graco Twin IPO Stroller is available for $173 on Amazon.

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