The Dana by Maxi-Cosi is one of the best double umbrella strollers due to its versatile design. If you’re looking for a car seat double umbrella stroller combo, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one. Typically, only standard strollers will work with a car seat adapter, which doesn’t leave many choices for parents on a budget looking for a stroller that’s lightweight and easy to use. Enter the Dana. This is one of the only umbrella strollers on the market that allows you to attach an infant car seat and it’s one of the many reasons why this model is crushing the competition.
Our Verdict: This stroller’s biggest selling point is its compatibility with infant car seats. But unfortunately, only Maxi-Cosi brand car seats are compatible with this model. One major issue for some parents will be the stroller’s weight which is twenty-eight pounds. This is twice the weight of competing models. The heavier weight can make the stroller more difficult to navigate, especially with two kids to push around. However, when you weigh the good against the bad, I found that this stroller is worth the higher price tag. It’s equipped with a powerful brake system, the seats can be fully reclined, and the waterproof extra-large canopies will allow you to use this model rain or shine.
Continue reading to learn more about the Dana’s best features, what makes it a perfect choice for families on a budget, and what it has to offer that no other model in this price range can.
Overview and Features
In terms of versatility, strollers don’t get much better than this. This model can be used as a basic travel system, with a couple of car seats, it can be used as a standard umbrella stroller, or you can even attach just one car seat and the remaining seat can be used for an older child. Aside from car seat compatibility, the stroller is also very easy to maneuver and comes with extra-large canopies for ultimate protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Basically, this is a model that’s equipped with all the bells and whistles mom and dad will appreciate.
Car Seat Adapter
Use the two included free car seat adapters to snap in and secure an infant car seat or two. Keep in mind that this system will only work with Maxi-Cosi seats. If you don’t have this brand of car seat, then you can recline the seats into a nearly flat position, which is perfect for infants three months and up.
The stroller comes with a couple of extra-large canopies, which will provide the kids with more than enough shade to keep them cool and protect them from the sun, when you’re out and about. The canopies also have a peek-a-boo window, so you can check on the kids without disturbing them by pulling down the canopy. The material used for the canopies is waterproof, so the kids will stay nice and dry, even when you’re out in inclement weather conditions.
Each seat has a max user weight limit of fifty pounds, for a total max weight limit of one hundred pounds.
The stroller’s one-handed steering will make it much easier to steer and push the stroller when you’re grocery shopping or have your hands full dealing with the kids.
The stroller is just thirty-one inches wide, so it can easily fit through any standard-sized doorway or any narrow space.
This is one of the heavier umbrella strollers on the market, weighing in at twenty-eight pounds. The sheer weight of the stroller can make it difficult for some parents to maneuver when the stroller is at max weight capacity.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Car seat compatible
- One-handed handle design
- Fast folding mechanism
- Fully reclining seats
- Extra-large canopies
- High max user weight limit
- Weighs twenty-eight pounds
- Only compatible with Maxi-Cosi car seats
If you’re planning a day out with the family, trying to search for easy toddler meal ideas your kids will go for, and find a stroller that can provide what you need for a day outdoors, then you need a model that’s versatile, equipped with larger canopies for better protection, and one that will be easy to push and turn. This model is all that and more. While it can be difficult to maneuver this stroller when it’s at max weight capacity, that’s true for any umbrella stroller. The ability to attach a couple of infant car seats is a huge selling point and one that will allow you to get more use out of this stroller. However, you’ll have to purchase Maxi-Cosi car seats in order to take advantage of this feature.
How it Measures Up to the Competition
ZOE XL2 Best Double Stroller is the top competing model and it offers some stiff competition in terms of pricing and weight. The Zoe only weighs in at eleven pounds, while the Dana comes in at twenty-eight. The lighter design will be a huge selling point for the Zoe, while this model’s heavier than average frame can be its downfall. Aside from the lightweight design, Zoe offers more features in terms of storage pockets and cup holders, but it can’t be used with infant car seats, which is a huge drawback for parents on a budget in need of a stroller that their children will not quickly outgrow.
Conclusion and Rating
There aren’t really many bad things to say about a double stroller that can accommodate a couple of infant car seats and a model that happens to also be highly maneuverable. This is a multi-use stroller that allows you to get more value out of your baby gear, instead of having to constantly upgrade every six months. Since you can use this model from birth up to four years of age, you’ll essentially save hundreds of dollars that would’ve otherwise gone to purchasing additional strollers once your child outgrew their travel system. Versatile, easy to use, and loaded with some nice features, I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.