Aria Twin vs Twin Savvy
I have a 22-month old, who weighs around 28 lbs., and expect our second child in three months. Our first stroller is a Graco Quattro Tour. It is a great, sturdy stroller with a large, easily accessible storage basket, and it maneuvers fairly well for its size, but it is quite bulky. I was sure I did not want a tandem stroller, because I thought it would be the same experience as the Quattro Tour, only with more weight out front, and I already feel like I’m driving a truck sometimes. So after reading multiple reviews of practically every double stroller out there, I narrowed it down to the Combi Twin Savvy and the Peg-Perego Aria Twin. I then went to the store and compared the two in person.First, let me say that the perfect stroller does not exist. After an hour of comparing and test-driving, my husband and I left scratching our heads and determined to sleep on it. So I do not yet own either of these strollers, but I do have a wealth of comparisons fresh in my head, as follows:
• Seat recline: They both have multi-position reclines, very easily operated with a drawstring-type cinch. I had heard almost every reviewer comment that the Twin Savvy does not have a fully upright seat position, and I was dismayed to find that the highest seat back position was still incredibly angled. However, my toddler was perfectly happy to lean back and still seemed to get a good view of the store. This surprised me, as he always hated the more reclined positions when he was younger. The Aria Twin does position him much more fully upright, but there really was not that great a difference. The Aria Twin does not recline as far back in the most reclined mode as the Twin Savvy does. I did not remember that the Aria Twin is recommended for six months and up until I went home and reread reviews, but I see why. I think that a young infant would be fine in it, though. The Twin Savvy does come with the ability to close off the feet opening so you can use it more like a pram for a young infant, but the seat does not recline absolutely flat.
• Seat position and cushioning: The padding on the Twin Savvy’s seats is thicker. The Aria Twin’s seats by comparison are quite hard, but I don’t know that they would necessarily be uncomfortable. The Aria Twin seems to be narrower. I did not take my tape measure, but my son looks like he has a little more room in the Twin Savvy. My mother-in-law, who had been there three times on her own to look at the strollers, was convinced that the Aria Twin was hands down the better stroller, but after seeing my son ride in both, she was ready to go with the Twin Savvy because she thought he looked more comfortable, despite the less upright back. I thought he still had enough room in the Aria Twin.
• Harness: They both have a 5-pt harness system. The Twin Savvy has padded shoulder straps, but I found them harder to adjust. It felt like there were straps everywhere, and I finally did not bother to adjust them fully for the test ride – I never got a snug fit, but I stopped trying. The harness on the Aria Twin is rather intriguing: it hooks onto the back of the seat at its highest point in the back, and it easily comes off. So, as the store rep pointed out, the child does not have to feel strapped to the back of the stroller. Well, I think I want my child to feel strapped to the back of the stroller – that’s the point of a 5-pt harness, right? I could not tell how easily it could come off during use (I don’t have a wiggly son). In retrospect, I should have tried letting my son ride in it with the harness unclipped – maybe it makes a great 3-pt alternative to the 5-pt. I guess it would be more comfortable for a sleeping infant – you can easily get the 5-pt harness out of the way so they don’t have to lie on it. But I still don’t understand the real purpose of that function.
• Snack (?) trays/bars: Or perhaps I should say lack thereof. The Twin Savvy does have three very shallow drink holders for the kids. I did not actually try my son’s cup in it. The Aria Twin has a thin tray with a shallow groove in it. You could conceivably scatter some cheerios in there, although I think that would be messy. But my son almost never snacks, and he is happier to hold his cup beside him in his lap, so that is not an issue for me. The bigger issue is the ease of getting the bar out of the way to get the child in and out of the stroller. On the Aria Twin, the two sides remove individually. It is not hard to do, but it takes two hands, and it seems to be all or nothing. I read a review that said the front bars “swivel open,” but either they no longer do that, or else the function is not intuitive. I could not get them to swivel and had to remove one completely to put my son in. He wanted it put back once he was in there – at least it snaps back in place easily! The Twin Savvy is not much better. The bar actually bends flexibly out of the way. You can open it with one hand, but it is still a bit in the way when you put your child in… and it makes me wonder how long it would take for the bar to break. I think you could completely detach just one side – the way it trifolds shows that there are hinges there – but even if you can, it would not be as easy as it would with the Aria Twin to let one child have the bar and the other one not.
• Weight: The Aria Twin is noticeably lighter than the Twin Savvy; lifting and hauling was very easy. The Twin Savvy is not much worse, but the Aria Twin is easier to handle in terms of lifting and folding. It feels lighter when pushing it, too.
• Ease of folding/unfolding: The Aria Twin is extremely simple to fold, and even simpler to unfold. It only folds in half, though, so it is not as compact, but the handle lowers into the brake system to lock it, making it smaller. It stands upright when folded, but would tip easily. The Twin Savvy folds in thirds and has a carrying strap. It stands sturdily upright when folded. However, we found the Twin Savvy to be rather cumbersome. I’m sure if I folded and unfolded it a few times, I would learn to do it more smoothly, but I had to wrestle with it to hold the folded parts together while I maneuvered the clip in place to lock it. All those extra wheels really got in the way, too. If I did not lock them first, they were all over the place; and locking all three front wheels is a pain, especially as the middle one is hard to reach with your foot. Since folding and unfolding a stroller is something that gets done very frequently, I would far rather deal with the Aria Twin, even though it would take up more space in the car; and I actually think that it would be easier to haul the Aria Twin in and out of the back of the car. It is so lightweight it does not seem bulky.
• Maneuverability: They both maneuver fairly well, but the Aria Twin has a slightly smoother ride. The Twin Savvy seems less sturdily held together – there was more rattling if shaken, etc. I put my son in one side and nothing in the other to see how they handled with a large weight discrepancy. Both strollers did well, did not pull noticeably to one side. All we did was push them around a crowded store with indoor/outdoor carpet, but I was comfortable with both. I don’t know what it would be like to have those extra wheels on the Twin Savvy. It seems like they would add stability and maneuverability, but I was not convinced that was the case after driving it. That middle wheel would just be an added pain every time you had to lock/unlock the wheels. I don’t know how often that would be necessary – on my current stroller, I only lock the wheels when I fold the stroller. I did not actually go through any doorways, as I would have had to take the stroller outside the store. In retrospect, I wish I had asked for a way to do this.
• Storage area: The Twin Savvy has two tiny storage baskets, one under each seat. The rim of the baskets is elastic, so there was no need to collapse them to get things out, but even with the seats fully upright, they were not particularly accessible, nor would they hold much. It’s not your heavy-duty, major-day-trip kind of stroller, so this is not too surprising, but I cannot imagine that it would be easy to get enough gear for both kids in those baskets. You would really have to learn to travel light. That is the case for the Aria Twin as well, however. It has one long, shallow basket below the two seats. It is far more easily accessible, but I cannot imagine that it would hold much weight – it just does not have enough support to it. I can easily believe the complaints in other reviews about it dragging the ground after a while. I would still rather have the long shallow basket, though, as whatever gear you do bring would be much more easily reached. As far as the parental storage options, the Aria Twin just plain stinks. I am used to being able to pop my keys and sunglasses in the storage places on my old stroller… There is absolutely nowhere to put them in the Aria Twin. There is one sorry excuse for a cup holder that
• hold a slim water bottle. It certainly would not hold the bottle I carry around everywhere, which is about 3.5″ in diam. One review mentioned “hooks” for hanging shopping bags, etc. I did not see anything like that, but maybe I missed them. The Twin Savvy gets much higher points for storage, as it has two soft cup holder pouches and a zippered storage pouch. I can easily believe that it would not hold much in the way of drinks, though. I was more interested in the fact that it had a place for my keys and phone.
• Sun Canopies: The Twin Savvy had large, full canopies that looked like they would actually give decent shade. They were significantly flimsier than those on the Aria Twin, but they seemed durable enough. I certainly was not worried about crushing them when we folded up the stroller. The canopies on the Aria Twin are a joke. They are decoration only. (My mother-in-law, who came from Poland, speculates that sun is jut not as much of a daily problem in European countries.) We found a generic clip-on sunshade in the store and tried it, but it did not fit well; it was too large to actually fasten to the narrow canopies.
• Footrests: The Aria Twin has one long, sturdy-looking footrest. The Twin Savvy has two smaller ones – both shallower in depth and narrower in width. I would think the Aria Twin would be more comfortable for the kids as they get tall enough to actually need the footrest.
• Fabric/style: The Aria Twin just looks classier. I liked the look of the Twin Savvy better online, but was disappointed when I saw it. A lot of the fabric is mesh, and it looks sportier, perhaps cheaper. I’m sure I would get over that; I was just disappointed with my first impression. The heavy-duty canvas on the Aria Twin is more appealing and looks stronger.We finally chose to go with the Aria Twin because it is just a smoother, simpler stroller to operate, and a lot of people are happy with it. I will write a review of it once I have used it for a while.
I dont know why the last review is so… grumpy I LOVE THIS
Okay, well I have written MANY reviews today, ( I just found this niffty tool and wished I read many reviews before purchasing items) and this that this is one of the BEST twin strollers. I went to BRU to test drive ALL of them when I had my first set of twins. I got a peg prego tandem. The stroller itself was nice, but I just would go NUTS with the tandem style. Its terrible to turn, I feel like I’m manuvering a bus and I just couldnt believe how HUGE it looked. With my second set of twins I knew I wouldnt even glance at the tandems. I was really choosing between this one and the Savvy. I chose this one because1. Its looks, I know most of you wont admit that looks dont count, but subconciously I know it does!2. The weight, 14 lbs! And with twins (or toddler/infant I’m guessing) it is really important to not have another 20+ pounds, who needs the weight of an added toddler… NOT ME!3. MAnuverability, (spelling??) I needed a stroller that didnt need a 50 ft radius to turn, what do you do, “attention everyone, move out of the way, twin stroller coming through” DEFINATLY NOT4. Comfortablility. I knew the second I put my darlings in this stroller that they would NEVER be crampped. Thats definatly saying something for a side-by-side. I knew with my twin jogger that the twins allways seemed to have their shoulders on the other twins side.5. SNACK TRAYS! I cant tell you how much, this seemingly little thing is. What do you think a toddler/infant does with food, toys, bottles ect. when theres no snack tray, hold them? Yeah right. Its bye-bye toy and down to the wheels imediatly stoping the stroller sending mom right into the handle bars, A DISASTER!6. The storage basket underneath. I love that! I can fit a diaper bag, a blanket Or other baby needs and a small shopping bag, And sometimes I can put maybe a small purse, magazine or just MOMMYS STUFF (wallet, small thing for make-up/keys). A big bonus. (most strollers dont even have baskets that stay up, I didnt find the dragging complaint in my basket, maybe thats the 2004 model. The review that said it couldnt handle rough terrain and that you bought it in april OF LAST YEAR, you probably just have the older model)7. Compact folding size. Okay face it, all double strollers are bigger than singles, but I can easily fit this stroller in the back of my SUV without having to bring down the 3rd row seating.8. Talking about folding, this has to be one of the EASIEST DOUBLE stroller to fold, 1,2,3 and its done! AMAZING9. This stroller CAN fit through a standard doorway!10. BOTH seats genourosly reqline! A GOD SEND! Well maybe not as well as a single but, unlike the tandem, It reqlines enough to have a sleeping baby in the seat, and still get stuff out of the basket! I cant tell you how many times I had to have my last set of twins switch seats because one was in the front and needed to sleep! TERRIBLE11. 5 pt. Harness. I was surprized to see that some strollers STILL didnt have 5 pt. harness, (okay I did PEEK at the tandems and those duogliders had 3 pt. A JOKE). NOw my little Houdinis will NEVER escape!I recently took a trip and had to go to the airport. Surprizingly this stroller wasnt too terrible to manuver in crowds. But hey any double isnt going to be the skinniest thing.All in all I LOVE this stroller. I recomend this for anyone with twins, (especially since twins and a tandem do NOT mix, the one in the back is constently cramped and the one in the front can’t lay down) This is by far the lightest and best double on the market. And if you want a tandem because a side-by-side is hard to move through the mall and crowds, THINK AGAIN! This stroller is a little more difficult to move through crowds than a singe, but if you try and turn a tandem you may run over someones feet! (TRUST ME) The only gripe I can think of is that the canopies are a joke. Oh yea and so is that flimsy “parents” cup holder, but since the handle isnt all curvy I CAN push with one hand, or none!(pushing w/ my belly, not recomended but I have done it before!) All in all I say…. GET THIS ONE!
No double stroller can compare
I have had this stroller since before my 20 month old twin boys were born, I love it. They still use it and I might finnally buy a smaller one to have alsoPROS-* Its NOT a tanndem, I like that because it is more comfortable, and after test driving ALL of the strollers, including the Duo Gliders, this handels the best* There is PLENTY of storage room in the basket* The basket is accessable even when the seats are reqlined* The seat reqline enough for a sleeping baby* VERY easy to manuever* VERY light weight at 14 lbs.!!* Extremely simple to fold and store in my Range Rover* 5 pt. harness, keeps my little ones in it* VERY nice height, I really like that* The sun hoods arent great, but they arent as bad as everyone says, and if its really sunny I put a hat and sunglasses on the twins, although I did by a rainshield, so the previous reviewers complaint really will never be a problem for me, the canopies arent really supposed to protect from rain anyways, just sunlight* CAn fit through a standard doorway, very surprizing* Very sturdy, my twins have climed on it numerous times and it still doesnt give way* The brakes actually work and go on and off when you step on them, unlike MANY other strollers* Extremely comfy for my boys* Great for long or short outings* Handle bar is really nice, and makes it easy to push with one hand* Has snack trays for the kids, and it is really easy to place them in the stroller, I dont know what some reviewers are complaining aboutCONS-* Doesnt accomidate an infant carrier* Could have a better canopy* NEeds a better parents cup holderWe recently went to the Bronx Zoo with our twins, and a small Lazy Bag, a diaper bag, a gift bag, and a few jackets in the basket! It was very simple to move, and my boys were VERY comfortable. We got many compliments on it, and it was great.I did try a Duo Glider for about 6 months for when my boys were in infant carriers (this is before I knew about the double snap n’ go) and it was HORRIFIC. It was a pain to fold, so big and bulky, very heavy, very cramped and just terrible. It was also TERRIBLE to steer, never again will I use oneThis stroller has also been to the mall, airport, museum, aquarium, grandmas house, on dog walks, the beach, EVERYWHERE, although now that I have a jogger, this stroller is not getting AS much use as it used to. *****To the last reviewer who was very dissapointed in this stroller, you mentioned that you used your duo glider again which you loved, but why did you buy another stroller if you already loved your duo glider? Just confussing…*****
We love this stroller for our twins! It is lightweight and easy to put in and take out of the car. We have had no problems with it and it is so easy to push. So much better than the front and back which look so obnoxious to me. The only negatives are the weak basket (drags a bit) and the cup holder is worthless. Otherwise, you can’t find a better stroller- only weighs 14 lbs.!
A great stroller with a few problems
We recently purchased this stoller to use with our two children, 11 months and 22 months. If the few irritating flaws were ironed out by the manufacturer it would be a much better stroller.I have always been one of those people who thinks it is absolutly outrageous to pay this much money for a stoller. I thought is was extravagant and wasteful. However, my husband bought it for me several weeks ago and I have to say I was wrong, wrong, wrong! I had reached the point where I rarely went out with our two young children. Their behavior wasn’t the problem- they usually are pretty good but it was always such an immense hassle. I felt like every outing was an exercise in aggravation. This stroller and the sling diaper bag (baby sling bag by California Innovations-awesome!) have made life
• SO MUCH EASIER
• !!!! I find myself going out a lot more often and for longer periods because it is so much easier- the stroller is light, maneuvers wonderfully and is so easy to fold and unfold.PROS:1. Extememly lightweight. I can pick this stroller up one-handed while I’ve got the baby (25 lbs.) in the other arm.2. Fold and unfolds easily. Once I unlock the stroller, I can pick the stroller out of the trunk and snap it open one-handed. It folds up and locks just as easily- can also do it one-handed. Really helpful when you’re carrying a baby, diaper bag, keys, etc.3. Seats recline easily. Nice when the baby wants to lay back and have his bottle while the toddler wants to sit up and look around.4. Trays can either swing open or be removed entirely. I like the flexibility of having that option. Also, while there is no cupholder for the babies the snack tray is wider in the center and narrower on the sides so that I can set their sippy cups in the center and some snacks beside the cup.5. Clips on the handle. The handle has four clips that you can use to hang your diaper bag from or other bags while out shopping. This is really helpful since the basket underneath is flimsy as stated by other reviewers. I never put my diaper bag down there for this reason- I just hang it on one of the clips.6. Steering is extremely smooth- I can turn the stoller with one hand easily.7. Narrow frame- big enough for both of my kids (both are 25 lbs.) but easily fits through doors. I haven’t got stuck yet!8. Five point harness- I feel like this keeps them more securely in the seat.9. Foot rest- This is a nice feature. I know that when I’ve been sitting on a stool or something with no foot rest that the back of my legs start to hurt. I think it is the same thing for kids in a stroller with no foot rest. They defintely seem more comfortable in this stroller.Cons:1. The puffy stickers that say “Aria” on the sides are coming off- one has come off completely and the other is coming up on one side. Also, the stickers on the front of the snack trays are coming loose as well. We have only had this stoller a few weeks and used it maybe 4-5 times. I am
• annoyed about this.2. Adult cup holder is very narrow- to small for many cups. It is flimsy, flimsy, flimsy. It has allready broken. We may have to exchange the stoller because of this. However, we will get another aria twin.3. Five point harness doesn’t stay firmly secured. It slides into a notch on the back of the seat. I guess this is good because you could remove it if you wanted to but on the flip side it doesn’t stay put securely.4. The basket is really flimsy.5. I really miss the two cup holders and the catch all for holding my keys, cell phone, etc. that was on my Graco.I compared this stroller with the twin savvy. This stroller seemed much lighter and easier to fold/unfold than the twin savvy. While the fabrics seemed nicer, studier on the twin savvy I think that may also account for it being heavier.Overall, this stroller is a great choice. With the exception of a few minor aggravations, we are really happy with it.