Mockingbird Recalled Its Stroller — These 5 Strollers Performed Better in Our Test Anyway

We tested other convertible strollers that adapt to growing families’ needs

Mockingbird Single-to-Double Stroller

Verywell Family / Tamara Staples

Popular stroller brand Mockingbird issued a voluntary recall on November 10, 2022, for its single-to-double stroller due to a fall risk to children. The company issued the recall after receiving reports of cracking in the side of its frame. We tested this stroller in the Verywell Testing Lab in New York City and previously included it on our best single-to-double convertible strollers list. But due to this recall and additional insights from our long-term tester, we no longer recommend this stroller for families. We highly recommend Mockingbird users check their stroller’s lot number to determine if their stroller is affected. 

We tested several other convertible strollers—many of which performed better than the Mockingbird, even before this recall—in our lab earlier this year. Single-to-double strollers work like magic, transforming from one seat to two as your family grows, and some may include a third riding option for older siblings. If you were considering buying a Mockingbird and are wondering what to buy instead, we stand by these five strollers for growing families. 

Graco Modes Nest2Grow Stroller 

Graco Modes Nest2Grow

Tamara Staples

To buy: Graco Modes Nest2Grow Stroller, $273 (normally $390); amazon.com

Budget-friendly, functional, and stylish, Graco’s Nest2Grow Stroller outperformed the Mockingbird in every testing category. According to one of our testers, assembling this tandem-style stroller was a breeze, thanks to the stroller frame arriving in one piece. We also loved the large storage basket underneath the seats, adjustable leatherette handle, and machine-washable seat pad for when accidents happen. While it had a few bumps with maneuverability, it glided on hard floors. The stroller’s affordable price is ideal for families on a budget and can be used for years to come. 

Uppababy Vista V2 

Uppababy Vista V2

Leticia Almeida

To buy: Uppababy Vista V2, $1,100; nordstrom.com

The Uppababy Vista V2 earned the highest scores during our lab testing for single-to-double strollers. Our testers love its beautiful and stylish design. The full-grain leather handlebars are adjustable to accommodate parents and caregivers of any height, and the extendable UPF 50+ canopies shade little ones from the sun. Plus, the stroller was easy to push through our lab’s obstacle course, thanks to the all-wheel suspension and soft, yet durable tires. 

Evenflo Gold SensorSafe Pivot Xpand Smart Modular Travel System

Evenflo Gold Pivot Xpand Travel System

Tamara Staples

To buy: Evenflo Gold SensorSafe Pivot Xpand Smart Modular Travel System, $342 (normally $600); amazon.com

This travel system includes SecureMax Instant Car Seat, which features a SensorSafe clip that connects to a phone for special alerts, like accidental unbuckling or an unattended child. The stroller and car seat combo featured an eye-catching style and had generous footrests, full recline options, cup holders, and easy-to-use buckles and clips. The Evenflo Gold Pivot Xpand maneuvered beautifully through our lab’s obstacle course with its rear-wheel suspension and front swivel wheel, too.

Nuna Demi Grow Stroller

Nuna Demi Grow Stroller

Leticia Almeida

To buy: Nuna Demi Grow Stroller, $950; potterybarnkids.com

Easy assembly and a dreamy design are only two reasons why we love this Nuna single-to-double stroller. The Nuna Demi Grow performed well in all testing categories. Peekaboo mesh windows in the stroller’s UPF 50+ extendable canopies were a nice touch, along with fenders over the foam-filled tires that protect kids and adults from mud, water, and other debris. Plus, all-wheel suspension provided smooth maneuverability on the obstacle course’s different terrains, and during a brisk walk. 

Baby Jogger City Select 2 Single-to-Double Modular Stroller

Baby Jogger City Select 2 Single-to-Double Modular Stroller

Tamara Staples

To buy: Baby Jogger City Select 2 Single-to-Double Modular Stroller, $600; buybuybaby.com

The Baby Jogger City Select 2 has 24 possible configurations, making it an extra-adaptable choice for growing families. The stroller’s low weight, all-wheel suspension, and all-terrain tires allowed this stroller to maneuver beautifully during testing. We also loved its large storage basket, compact fold, and comfortable handlebar. Bonus: You can add a ride-on board for an older sibling to enjoy the ride, too. 

By Katrina Cossey
Katrina has been a news and feature writer for more than six years with experience at KFOR-TV and BabyGaga.com. She has covered topics ranging from local and national news as well as writing and researching for parenting content. She is passionate about sharing accurate news in hopes it will make the lives of others easier.