Jané Twin Two
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Billed as the most adaptable twin pushchair on the market, the Jané Twin Two can be used with two types of car seat and even a carrycot. Both seats have three-position recline, making it a suitable choice for parents with twins, or toddler and newborn.
With over 75 years of experience making pushchairs, Spanish company Jané has many ‘firsts’ to its name. The Twin Two claims to be the only twin tandem to accept a combination of carrycots and car seats. It uses the Pro-Fix system to enable car seats to be fitted and detached single-handedly.
For its size, the Twin Two is remarkably easy to steer, thanks to its polypropylene wheels and low-profile expanded EVA tyres. The anodised aluminium chassis makes it light to push – I can just about control the pushchair with one hand, even with two children on board. Suspension on all wheels makes for a comfortable ride, and the two rear wheels have adjustable settings for older children.
What we love
I must confess to a fondness for 3-wheeler pushchairs that can tackle all terrain. So I tried to lay my prejudices aside when testing out the 4-wheeled Jané Twin Two – would it prove me wrong?
The front wheels can’t be removed, but the rear ones have a quick-release system that’s easy to use and makes the pushchair more compact for storage. The Twin Two also opens and folds effortlessly, thanks to a handy sliding mechanism on the handle.
The joy of tandems is their ability to fit through doorways, unlike the traditional side-by-side twin pushchairs. Placing the children one behind the other may seem to prevent them interacting, but my 3-year-old, Fynn, loves riding up front. He still manages to chat away to Harry, his 7-month-old brother, in the rear seat. Harry particularly loves the raincover; the side peep-holes allow us to play peek-a-boo, while Fynn sticks his head out of the front one!
When I asked Fynn what he likes about the pushchair, he replied “the colour” – it’s blue (Utopia). When pressed, he also admitted to liking the “soft seat”. The Twin Two does indeed have comfortable, stylish upholstery, and it’s washable.
The dual action brake on the rear wheels is a little stiff to operate but holds the pushchair firm. The other impressive safety feature is the 5-point harness on each seat, which is simple to fasten.
I like a pushchair to offer ample storage – and the Jané Twin Two has a large shopping basket that unfastens at the sides to provide easy access. It even has reflective bands for trips in the dark.
What to watch out for
If you’re an urbanite with little day-to-day need for an all-terrain pushchair, the Jané Twin Two may be for you. It’s fine for a stroll in the park, but I find its refusal to tackle even a small grass embankment frustrating – so not one for “off-road” mums!
At 15kg, the Jané Twin Two is on the weighty side to lift into the car boot, where it takes up a lot of space, though this is true of most twin pushchairs. With both children on board, it’s impossible to bounce the pushchair up or down the steps to my house. Fynn has to jump out.
The hoods are problematic, too. The front one is too low for Fynn, though he is close to the weight limit for the pushchair. The same hood also falls back onto Harry in the rear seat, so it’s better all round to travel without it.
As Fynn is no longer a baby, I haven’t been able to test the Twin Two with both seats in the lie-back position. Some mums online have commented that the legs of the rear baby are squashed if the front seat is fully reclined.
Who is the Jané Twin Two best for?
City-dwelling mums with twins who want a travel system that will grow with their family.
The Jané Twin Two is a smart, comfortable pushchair that offers the ideal transport solution for twins, particularly for those parents willing to pay extra to turn the pushchair into a travel system suitable from birth. It’s heavy to lift, but light to steer. It’s not ideal for those who need to tackle any rougher terrain though.