Sometimes, buying a stroller is like the proverbial Chinese food meal where you are hungry an hour later. Soon after I buy a new stroller, I find myself wanting to buy another one... craving features and functions that my new stroller doesn't have. This is how I wound up with two triple strollers.
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|Valco Baby Double|
|Valco Baby Joey Seat|
At the time that I bought my stroller, I overlooked the fact that this was a very difficult stroller to fold. And not so long afterwards, I realized that I really really wanted a triple stroller that folded easily. To transport the Trimode, you have to remove the third seat, which is clamped onto the stroller quite strongly. (but remember.. you want it to be clamped securely so your 20 kilo toddler won't fall out of it) After the seat is removed, the stroller folds in half. If you were always travelling with a partner, it would be OK-ish to do this every time. If you are a lone mom with three small children and you need to fold up your stroller to put it under a bus, you will need something that folds quickly and easily. For me, the answer was the Trio Tandem stroller from Foundations.
|Foundations Trio Tandem|
I love this stroller because I did not have a problem collapsing this stroller, locking it in place and hoisting it into the 'baggage' of an Egged bus. I also love that is costs $369. This is an ideal stroller for me, since my youngest is over a year old. This would not be a good stroller for mom with a newborn...the last seat reclines to some degree, but not enough to accommodate an infant who can't sit up. Also, there is no way to attach a carseat or a bassinette.
|Peg Perego Triplette|
If you are considering the triple Foundations stroller, be warned that it has a certain safety feature that you will find positively infuriating...until you permanently disable it. To prevent it from rolling away, they have installed a safety bar right beside the handlebar. Unless you are squeezing the safety bar, the brakes on the rear wheels will lock. I can't imagine how someone could be constantly squeezing a bar while pushing such a large stroller. Even my big strong brother had a hard time with it. In the end, my husband removed the bar and braking mechanism. Don't worry, you can still brake the stroller...in the back, there is a foot brake that locks the rear wheels when you step down on it...like normal.
As it stands, I am happy with my purchase. I anticipated that this stroller would not be as fancy as the pricier strollers I have owned. Most importantly, because it actually fulfilled the purpose for which I bought it (folding up easily and fitting under an Egged bus) I am much more forgiving about the places where this stroller falls short. For the price, this stroller was an excellent value and a good functional stroller...and after buying it, I have not experienced any cravings to buy a triple stroller.