Doona vs. Evenflo Shyft DualRide: Battle of the Car Seat Stroller Combos

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Comparison of Doona Car Seat Stroller vs. Evenflo Shyft DualRide Car Seat Stroller Combo

The Doona and Shyft DualRide are similar in that they are both infant carseats with integrated strollers but there are notable differences that we have outlined in the comparison chart below.

SPECS:

Doona: 4-35 lbs., under 32″

Evenflo Shyft DualRide: 3-35 lbs., 15.7″- 32″

If you’re considering a Doona, chances are you are also comparing it to the new Evenflo Shyft DualRide and wondering which is better for you. First, identify why you want one. Like all niche seats (looking at you, rotating car seats!), these car seats with integrated strollers are definitely convenience items but there are tradeoffs. These seats are heavy, expensive, and once your baby outgrows them, you will need a new car seat and a new stroller.

You may find that you become frustrated with it as your baby gets heavier. Trying to lift a car seat that weighs almost 20 lbs., plus the weight of your baby, in and out of a vehicle isn’t for the faint of heart – or for a mom who is recovering from a Cesarean birth!

But if you’re an urban parent who relies on taxis and rideshares for transportation, or if you frequently travel by plane with your baby, these products can be a lifesaver for the limited time that your baby fits in it. Just be realistic about your expectations. With a 32″ height limit, most babies will fit in the Doona or the Shyft DualRide for about 12-15 months before they outgrow it by height.

If you think you may deliver early, the Shyft DualRide fits very small newborns beautifully. The DualRide is rated from 3 lbs./15.7″ with multiple harness positions (hip, buckle, and shoulder) whereas the Doona starts at 4 lbs. and 32″ or less with only buckle and shoulder harness adjustments.

The DualRide also features a no-rethread harness to easily move the harness straps up as your baby grows. The Doona is more of an old-school setup with 3 sets of harness slots that need to be manually rethreaded as your baby grows.

For larger/older babies, the DualRide can better accommodates a child with a longer torso (as long as they are still under 32″), since the headrest extends beyond the shell. However, neither the canopy nor the handle rotate over the DualRide headrest when it’s in those upper headrest positions.

I took both products for a stroll in my backyard, which has multiple varied surfaces, including cement, pavers (cobblestone-ish), rock of different sizes, and artificial turf. Both strollers did very well, though the Doona was a little smoother on the rock—I think due to its slightly larger wheel size—and was quieter.

The DualRide’s handle is a couple of inches taller, which also puts the stroller wheels farther away (it’s a geometry thing). I’m 5’6” and I prefer the taller handle of the DualRide, but the Doona’s handle wasn’t uncomfortable for me. However, my 6’5″ husband had to push the Doona with his fingertips to keep from kicking the wheels, but he found the DualRide comfortable to push and didn’t even come close to kicking the bar or wheels.

Evenflo offers more features for the price with the Shyft DualRide: the ability to detach the carrier from the heavy stroller wheels when removing the seat from the base, a storage bag attachment on mid-level and above trim lines, a belt-tensioning device on the base for easier installs, and SensorSafe Bluetooth alerts.

However, there are a couple of downsides with Shyft DualRide. When it’s installed in an outboard seating position, it requires 1.5” of space between the car seat and the back of the front seat. That may not be a big deal in larger SUVs and some minivans, but in smaller vehicles, it can make a difference.

In my Tesla Model X, I set the front seat to 1.5″ away from the Shyft DualRide. Using a tripod to get accurate angle pics, the Doona measured 2″ away from the front seat.

The other issue is specific to installation in a vehicle without the base. When installing Shyft DualRide without its base, it is necessary to remove one set of wheels and reattach them in a designated position under the carrier. This extra step is cumbersome because you need to accomplish this while the baby is strapped into the seat. The Doona doesn’t need to have any of its wheels removed in order to install it properly without the base. If you plan to install without the base frequently, this is definitely something to consider.

I feel like the Doona converts to and from a stroller in a more fluid motion. On the DualRide, there is one handle to drop the wheels and another handle to collapse them. I’m sure once you’re used to it, you don’t think twice about which handle to grab but if you’re unfamiliar with the process there may be some confusion.

When it comes to tucking the wheels away, neither product folds in a way that is intuitive. If you don’t understand how to fold the wheels into the carrier, there is going to be a lot of fumbling and confusion. Make sure you watch some videos first to avoid unnecessary frustration.

The Doona has more sophisticated accessories, such as leather handle covers, bags, and covers for parents willing to add on to their seat, though Evenflo does offer some nice accessories for the DualRide as well.

Ultimately, it comes down to which one best suits your needs and you can use properly on every single ride!

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