REVIEW : MOUNTAIN BUGGY DUET STROLLER

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The duet is Mountain Buggy’s side-by-side twin stroller.  It converts from a single to a double buggy with the addition of the joey shopping basket.  The duet is suitable for urban and off-road use.

The Mountain Buggy duet features medium-sized air-filled tires, swivel & lockable front wheels, an adjustable handle bar, large hoods with flip out visors & peek-a-boo windows, a double bumper bar, fully reclining seats, an automatic fold action, reversible seat liners and a large under-seat basket.

The duet can be configured to accommodate 2 bassinets or 2 car seats or any combination of bassinet, car seat & seat unit.  It’s suitable for your baby from birth and comes in red, black & granite colours.

Price: $749

Availability: Mountain Buggy stockists

We love …

  • ability to convert from single to double pram
  • great manoeuvrability
  • lots of features
  • top quality

In use …

I’m a regular user of the Mountain Bugger urban jungle so when I read that the duet was the same width as the urban jungle, I was curious.  I was surprised when my first impression of duet was that it looked & felt huge.  Standing behind it, I felt it had to be bigger than the urban jungle.

But looks can be deceiving, I loaded the duet up with baby & gear and we were out the door, out the gate and onto the bus with the same ease as if we’d gone out with the urban jungle.

Mountain Buggy have achieved this compact size by smart design.  Where the urban jungle’s seat unit tapers in from the wheels, the duet’s seats taper out & over the wheels, giving it the seat extra width.  So while the duet looks big, it will get you everywhere a large single stroller will.

Manoeuvrability is always a stand out feature of Mountain Buggy prams and the duet is no exception; the duet’s steering is excellent with one or two on board.  The front swivel wheels make what is a large sized pram (although a compact twin) easy to get in & out of tight spaces and the air-filled rear tires are great for getting the duet up & down stairs and curbs.

The seat units are a reasonable size, you’ll comfortably fit your child up to 3 years, possibly longer depending on your child’s size.  The duet’s seat recline mechanism is a simple strap & clip system which is fiddly but does the job.

The duet’s hoods are a great size and the flip-out visors provide extra sun protection.  If you spend lot of time outdoors, it’s worthwhile investing in a sun shade.  The underseat basket is pretty big, but it’s a bit difficult to access, especially when the seats are reclined.

The new fold action of the Mountain Buggy duet is pretty nifty.  There’s a little tab just under the bottom of the seat units on the front of the pram.  Make sure the front wheels are facing out, flip the tab and the duet will fold into itself and automatically lock.  Unfold the duet by flipping open the lock and pulling the pram up & towards you; it will lock open.  It takes a bit of effort to unfold the duet, you’ll defiantly need help if you’ve just had a c-section.

Because Mountain Buggy seat units are so easy to remove, it always bugs me that they aren’t machine washable.  But you can give them a good scrub and the seat liners are removable & machine washable.

Every component of the duet is great quality, as a general rule Mountain Buggy prams are made to last the rough & tumble of everyday family life as well as a reasonable amount of off-road activity.

For one …

Convert your Mountain Buggy duet into a single stroller by removing a seat unit &g the joey shopping basket ($80).  Having one baby in the twin duet, surprisingly, doesn’t affect the steering at all and the duet operates quite well as a single.  Plus, I really love the joey basket, not only does it hold more shopping than you could imagine, but it comes with two removable grocery bags so you can unload your shopping straight into your car, then fold your duet buggy with the joey still on it.mountain-buggy-duet-joey

For Two …

As a twin, the Mountain Buggy duet really comes into it’s own.  It’s ability to take on a heavier load while maintaining it’s excellent manoeuvrability and comfortable steering is impressive.  Yet you can still fit your duet though standard sized doors, supermarket checkouts and it even fits in the accessibility bays on the bus (of course, with two, the duet is heavier).

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Consider this …

While the Mountain Buggy duet is quite compact for a side-by-side stroller, it still weights in at a hefty 15.5 kgs. Plus the fold size is quite large.  Make sure you take this into consideration if you need to get it in & out of your car boot regularly.  Also, make sure you check the duet will fit in your boot, even if you have a large car.

The duet comes standard with air-filled tires which can deflate & puncture.  I always suggest you invest in a pump & carry it in your basket.  However, now there’s another alternative, Mountain Buggy have just released areotech, non-punture tire sets for the duet.  They aren’t cheap though ($169), but you will get a half price offer when you purchase your new duet.

Every duet accessory, including rain & sun covers are optional extras.  Make sure you factor them into your budget.  The good news is that Mountain Buggy accessories are well designed & reasonably priced.  Plus, you have plenty to choose from.

The verdict …

I’m used to finding compromises when I’m testing a double or twin pram, even ones that convert from one baby to two.  With the Mountain Buggy duet, those compromises are kept to a minimum and, in many cases, aren’t even noticeable.

I’d be just as happy using the Mountain Buggy duet for 1 child as I would using a single pram.  And the duet would have to be one of my top picks (if not the top pick) for 2 children.

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Kate loves gadgets! So she is always on the lookout for the next baby gadget. She is passionate about breastfeeding and being a full-time working mum she loves finding products that make life easier - especially life on the go. Kate is a mum of two with another on the way.


'REVIEW : MOUNTAIN BUGGY DUET STROLLER' have 24 comments

  1. December 14, 2014 @ 2:25 pm Anna

    We have an Urban Jungle and love it. With number 2 on the way the duet would be the perfect pram for us!

  2. December 12, 2014 @ 5:18 pm krystal

    This pram would be super ideal because sometime i have 2 kiddies and sometimes ill only have one with me but i love how the wheels are and look.

  3. December 9, 2014 @ 7:00 am Natalie Beswick

    Mountain buggy duet prams are very comfortable seats, easy to get in & out the car plus goes through doorways/narrow spaces with ease and has excellent steering

  4. December 7, 2014 @ 7:29 pm amy

    We’re just about to have our second and our first will be nearly 2. This is the one stroller I really want.

  5. December 5, 2014 @ 9:52 am Allison

    This pram would be perfect for my 2 children who are only 19 months apart.

  6. December 5, 2014 @ 9:12 am Stacey Williamson

    This is an amazing prize! Our twin girls are due early next year. We road tested the Mountain Buggy Duet in-store and I love it!

  7. December 5, 2014 @ 6:55 am Rochelle Thompson

    Wow! A stroller that can adapt to modern growing families with minimal fuss and extra style. Love it!!

  8. December 5, 2014 @ 6:52 am Rochelle Thompson

    Wow! A stroller that can adapt to modern rowing families with minimal fuss and extra style. Love it!!

  9. December 5, 2014 @ 3:31 am Teagan

    Finding it very hard to find a pram for both my kids that is user friendly!!! This looks great.

  10. December 3, 2014 @ 8:14 pm Jessica

    I find it so hard to find a pram practical for shopping but also long walks as i love fitness. I dont want to spend loads of money on different types to suit which activity i am part-taking in! this would suit completely!

  11. December 2, 2014 @ 4:35 pm Natalie Bandeski

    Fingers and toes crossed!!!

  12. December 2, 2014 @ 2:30 pm Belinda

    2 kids only 13 months apart so this will come in very handy!!

  13. December 2, 2014 @ 1:31 pm Stacy

    I would love to win this stroller for my daughter.

  14. December 2, 2014 @ 1:14 pm danielle

    i find it hard looking for a nice sized and made twin pram this one looks awsome as the basket is easily to get to and looks nice and compact i’ve got to the point of taking 2 prams which is not always easy so we can fit one of my childs oxygen tank under this would be perfect fit :) good luck all

  15. December 2, 2014 @ 11:57 am Sara Lambert

    We have 18 month old non identical girl/girl twins and we have put MANY twin prams & strollers to the test already & so many fail on the practicalities!! I love the Duet – looks great, uber cool but also most importantly, super functional & practical! Would LOVE to put it to the test & see my baby girls cruise in the ultimate comfort & style :)) good luck everyone, what an AMAZING Christmas surprise this would be!

  16. December 2, 2014 @ 11:46 am Vanessa

    Hi Caroline, thanks for linking the article. It relates to competitions that are run on Facebook & the only way you can enter is by liking the page. Our competitions are set up & run on our site, they only link out. We like to give Made 4 Baby Facebook likers and newsletter subscribers an entry each, often we also give our sponsors Facebook likers an opportunity to enter as well. It’s a completely opt in, opt out system which gives readers the opportunity to choose whichever options suit them. Some choose all options, some 1 or 2. Hope that makes sense. Good luck! Vanessa

  17. December 2, 2014 @ 9:28 am Mikala Chapman

    I have the mountain buggy swift & love it, I tell all new mums what a great pram it is & absolutley recommend it. With #2 on the way I’ll have 2 under 2, the duet is the pram I have my heart set on. Gosh knows I’m going to need it.

  18. December 1, 2014 @ 7:04 pm rebecca lawton

    Expecting boy girl twins due jan 28th I walk every where as I do not drive 8 deal for me

  19. December 1, 2014 @ 6:57 pm Ally Lee

    Amazing prize! Good luck everyone :)

  20. December 1, 2014 @ 4:54 pm jody hudson

    Would love love love to win as im having my second baby, first baby will be 2years old when new baby is born and atm my hubby has been recovering from a work related accident and things are quiet tight in the cash department and winning the pram would be more than appreciated in this house hold :)

  21. December 1, 2014 @ 3:26 pm Rebekah Wooding

    I have a mountain buggy and I just love it. We have a little surprise coming which will mean 2 children a year apart meaning funds are tight but we now need a pram for 2. It would be a absolute dream come true to win this. Fingers crossed and good luck everyone that entered. They are amazing prams.

  22. December 1, 2014 @ 12:44 pm yasmine

    I would love one! They are goregous, light and practical

  23. December 1, 2014 @ 6:36 am amanda gkiatas

    Pregnant with bubs 2 and having only an unbrella stoller for our 1year and 4 months this will he very much needed and loved.
    also me not working and husband only on casual work this will be a lifesaver to win

  24. November 30, 2014 @ 11:05 pm fiona kemp

    With baby #2 due in march, the mountain buggy twin stroller would arrive in perfect timing


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