Since having the twins, we have had four different side-by-side twin prams. I know that sounds over the top, but they were mostly donated to us from friends (thanks!). We did make The Purchase earlier this year, and couldn't be happier with our current choice.
I thought I might put together a review of the four prams we have had. It might save someone else a lot of money and hassle, because in my way of thinking, a pram is an important purchase. You need to get it right because it can be the difference between sanity and a life of crazy.
Having said that, this pram worked really well for us because Doo Dah was only just 2 when the twins came along. He still needed to be in a pram, so this large beauty accommdated all three of them. Tip: DO NOT take this anywhere near a shopping centre unless you want this to happen.
The good things about the Valco are that it is really sturdy and is a fabulous walking pram. You can literally pile kids onto the thing (Nugget would often ride on sun shade if he got tired coming back from the park), as long as you have the strength to push it! The extra wheels up front means that it doesn't 'tip' on hills, like some three wheeler single-prams do in my experience.
The down side for us was that it was very big to pack away. We have a big boot in the VW Caravelle but the Valco occupied a LOT of space (especially if you had to pack the toddler seat too). It is pretty heavy too, but I am yet to find a twin-pram that isn't heavy.
That is one of the downsides, it is pretty small. Well, the frame is big, but the seats are narrow and, somehow, closer together than other prams I have used (if that makes any sense). For a stroller, it has really big wheels on the front, which means it is better for walking than the average stroller, but it isn't as compact. A real hybrid.
On the upside, its closing mechanism is great (single handed so you can do it with a baby in your arms if you need to), it has good storage and it packs up very flat.
The best bit of this pram has been the three handles (which I note isn't on the latest model!) because it is handy to be able to either hang shopping in the middle or have a 'brother' push the stroller with me. He can monopolise one handle while I still have the other two (and good steering). You can also have a child stand on the (small) shopping baskets (behind the shade) and still push behind them, fairly comfortably, which is helpful at times too.
The Maclaren has always been our 'leave it in the car pram' while the others we used for walking.
Sadly, the Maclaren is still in our lives (although it is about to die), but the Valco and Childcare have already been put out to pasture.
If I were to do it all again? I think I would just bite the bullet and get a Mountain Buggy upfront. Having said that, it is really expensive, and if I hadn't had the experience of the other prams to compare it to, I may never have known its true worth. I doubt I would have realised that spending $1200+ on a pram would in fact be a great move. But I guess there is always EBay and other Second-hand options, so maybe I'd have been convinced?
If you are in the market, and living in Australia, this guide might also be helpful.
What pram do you use?
NB: I can't believe I cannot find a photo of the babies and Doo-Dah in the Valco pram or the Maclaren. I am hopeless!