The list of things you will need once your little one arrives probably seems like a mile long. You want to make sure you get the very best for your baby but the sheer number of options can make it seem overwhelming.
Buying a jogging stroller doesn’t have to be stressful! This guide includes everything you need to know about why you should be purchasing a jogging stroller and which one is right for you.
Top 10 Jogging Stroller Reviews 2016
|The BOB Revolution Flex||Single||$$$||4.7|
|Baby Trend Expedition||Single||$||4.0|
|Mountain Buggy 2015 Terrain||Single||$$$$||3.3|
|Schwinn Turismo Single Swivel Stroller||Single||$||4.1|
|Thule Urban Glide||Single||$$||4.5|
|BOB Revolution SE Duallie||Double||$$$$||4.6|
|InStep Arrow Fixed Wheel Double Jogger||Double||$$||3.7|
|BOB Sport Utility Duallie Stroller||Double||$$$||4.0|
|Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger||Double||$$||3.8|
|Baby Jogger Summit X3||Double||$$||3.8|
Which stroller is right for me?
Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer to this question. The beauty of the different models on the market is that you are able to find the perfect jogging stroller for you. Will your jogging stroller be used exclusively for running or will it be your only stroller? What terrain are you typically running on? Once you are able to determine what you want to get out of your jogging stroller, you will be able to narrow it down to the best option for you.
Here’s a brief overview of some of the top jogging strollers, and the best double jogging strollers on the market today.
Single Jogging Strollers
BOB Revolution Flex
The BOB Revolution Flex is designed for any fitness adventure. Unlike previous models, this stroller has a 9 point adjustable handlebar, allowing each parent to optimize their comfort according to their needs. Like all BOB jogging strollers, it provides an exceptionally smooth ride for your child due to its state of the art suspension system. There are multiple options for storage, including a Low Boy Cargo Basket, a large seatback pocket and internal seat pockets for your child. The wheels are a high-impact polymer composite that allow you to run on rugged terrain with ease. Overall, the BOB Revolution Flex has some slight improvements over their Revolution SE model and is an outstanding option for your family. Available in 5 color variations, this model retails for $479.99.
- 9 point adjustable handlebar
- State of the art suspension
- Great storange, incl cargo basket, back seat pocket and internal seat pockets
Baby Trend Expedition
Baby Trend’s Expedition jogging stroller has a reputation as a quality stroller with extreme durability and ability to handle all types of terrain with ease. The front wheel can be locked or left to swivel depending on if you are running or just around town. Its pneumatic tires, similar to a bicycle, are 12 inches up front and 16 inches in the back, which allows it to handle rough terrain smoothly. Not only does this stroller collapse easily but its tires can be quickly released to have a more compact fold when necessary. It also includes full parent and child trays as well as an extra-large storage basket. Baby Trend’s Expedition is a solid choice for parents who want a quality jogging stroller than can be their only stroller. More affordable than many other top choices, this stroller retails as low as $109.99.
- Extremely durable
- 12 – 16 inch tires similar to a bicycle
- Easy and compact fold and collapsible with quick release tire
Mountain Buggy 2015 Terrain
Mountain Buggy has recently released a new version of their extremely popular Terrain jogging stroller. With a reputation of being the “ultimate jogging stroller”, the 2015 Terrain stroller has features that give it top functionality both on and off the road. This stroller now includes a zip-covered gear tray that can hold up to 22 pounds of storage. One unique feature of this stroller is the inclusion of 16 inch and 12 inch air-filled rear tire sets that allow you to change based on your current needs. Other features that add to the Terrain’s top performance are its optimal weight distribution that lets you both easily maneuver and lift the front wheel as well as a hand-operated control brake. For those who aren’t scared off by the price, this stroller really does offer parents everything they could need. The durable, waterproof canvas on this stroller is offered in two color variety and retails for $499.99.
- Reputation as the “ultimate jogging stroller”
- Includes two sets of tires, 12” and 16”
- Hand-operated control brake
- Zip-covered parent tray holds up to 22 pounds of storage
Schwinn Turismo Single Swivel Stroller
The Schwinn Turismo is another excellent jogging stroller that will be more affordable to most parents. Similar to its higher prices competitors, the Schwinn Turismo offers wide tread tires that will handle all terrains with ease. It has improved its suspension system to provide your child with a smooth ride regardless of bumps on the road. In terms of storage, the Turismo offers a parent tray, under seat storage basket and pivoting child tray. Like to BOB Revolution FLEX, the handlebar can be adjusted to achieve optimal comfort for both parents. The front wheel can be locked or released to swivel from a lever under the handle, allowing you to change settings on the go. Overall, this is a great stroller for the price, which retails for $239.99.
- Wide tread tires handle all terrains
- Improved suspension system
- Adjustable handlebar
- Front wheel can be adjusted through handlebar lever
Thule Urban Glide 1 Sport Stroller
The Thule Urban Glide stroller was clearly designed with serious runners in mind. It offers a top of the line rear suspension system that provides a smooth ride for your baby. Your child will also be extremely comfortable in a seat that reclines to an almost flat position for napping. The Urban Glide can also be used with children up to 75 pounds, giving the stroller a longer lifespan than many of its competitors. Unlike the Thule Glide, the Urban Glide model has the option for both a fixed or swivel front wheel, allowing you to efficiently use this stroller both running and around town. This stroller is also one of the lightest options on the market and can easily be handled with one hand. It comes standard with a waterproof compartment, ideal for running in less than perfect weather or through muddy terrain. Available at select retailers in three color varieties, it retails for $399.95.
- Top of the line suspension system
- Comfortable child seat can hold up to 75 pounds
- One of the lightest jogging strollers
- Waterproof storage compartment
Double Jogging Strollers
BOB Revolution SE Duallie
BOB has created some of the best jogging strollers on the market and the BOB Revolution SE Duallie is no exception. It has been designed to provide optimal safety while running but can also be efficiently used for day-to-day activities. Using a state of the art suspension system and a front wheel that can be locked straight, your child will have a smooth ride during your run. The Revolution SE Duallie is extremely durable and provides many comfort features for your children, including multi-position canopies, extra padding, reclining seats and additional leg room compared with previous models. As with all double strollers, it can seem quite heavy although it has been designed for one hand pushing. Overall, serious and casual runners alike can feel confident with a BOB Revolution SE Duallie jogging stroller that they have one of the best options for running with your children. Similar to other double jogging strollers, this retails for $669.99.
- One of the top jogging strollers
- State of the art suspension system
- Extremely comfortable for your child
- Can be easily pushed with one hand
Schwinn (InStep) Arrow Fixed Wheel Double Jogger
The Schwinn Arrow Fixed Wheel Double Jogger is a great jogging stroller when being used for its intended purpose. Unlike other jogging strollers than allow you to toggle between a fixed and swiveling front wheel, the Schwinn Arrow has a permanently fixed front wheel, ideal for running. Unfortunately, it does not work well for day-to-day use. However, as a true jogging stroller is have exceptional features, including 16” pneumatic tires with aluminium rims, dual exposed shock absorbers and a hand brake for added safety measure. Your children will be safe and comfortable during your ride as well with independent canopies and mounted speakers that accept most MP3 players. Available is a red/black variety, this stroller is more affordable than most double jogging strollers, retailing for $300.
- Fixed front wheel intended for serious runners
- 16” pneumatic tires with aluminum rims
- Dual exposed shock absorbers
- Hand brake for added safety
BOB Sport Utility Duallie
As with all BOB models, the BOB Sport Utility Duallie jogging stroller is an exceptional choice for parents who want a stroller that can handle rough terrain. The stroller features knobby tires and high impact polymer composite wheels that maximum traction, allowing you to feel confident your children are safe and comfortable when the terrain gets rough. The BOB Sport Utility Duallie also includes a state of the art suspension system that will provide a smooth ride for your children regardless of uneven surfaces. The seats have been designed with extra padding and the ability to recline, offering your children a level of comfort to keep them happy during your run. Unlike other jogging strollers, the front wheel is always fixed, making it ideal for hiking and running but less than ideal for everyday use. More affordable than some higher end models, this stroller retails between $400 – 530.
- High impact polymer composite wheels
- State of the art suspension system
- Seats were designed for optimal comfort
- Fixed front wheel for serious runners
Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger
Baby Trend’s Expedition Double Jogger provides parents with a quality jogging stroller at a more affordable price. This stroller features 12 and 16 inch rubber pneumatic tires that can handle all types of terrain. The front wheel can be set to swivel mode or fixed for better stability when running. The Expedition Double Jogger is designed to hold two children, up to 50 pounds each but no more than 42” in height. Your children will be comfortable with the padded, individually reclining seats although it does not have an available car seat adapter like other jogging strollers do. The Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger is a great choice for parents looking for a dual-purpose stroller at an affordable price since it retails for $199.99.
- 12” and 16” rubber pneumatic tires
- Front wheel can toggle between fixed and swivel
- Can hold up to two 50 pound children
- Individually reclining seats
Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double
Baby Jogger’s Summit X3 Double jogging stroller gives you the ability to go anywhere with your children. Featuring all-terrain tires and an all-wheel suspension system, your children will be both safe and comfortable while riding in this stroller. Baby Jogger has a patented quick fold technology that lets you actually close the stroller with one step, unlike some other models whose claims of being a “one hand close” stroller go unproven. For optimal safety when running, the stroller comes equipped with a hand operated rear brake and the front wheel can be switched between swivel mode and locked with a control on the handlebar. The Summit X3 Double has taken steps to ensure not only are your children safe but also comfortable with large, adjustable canopies and padded seats that recline to almost flat. Unlike some double strollers, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 double jogging stroller is quite thin, allowing you to fit through most doorways with ease. This stroller is a great option for parents looking to run with their children and retails for $649.99.
- All terrain tires and all-wheel suspension system
- Patented quick fold technology
- Thin frame allows you through most doorways
- Front wheel can be controlled through handlebar lever
Why a Jogging Stroller?
Benefits of a Jogging Stroller
As you decide what stroller is best for your family, make sure you fully consider the tremendous benefits of using a jogging stroller for both you and your baby.
For you, it provides you a means of exercising that can be done at any time with minimal cost and doesn’t involve additional child care. This allows you to squeeze in a workout when it’s most convenient for you and your baby. Running is one of the most efficient exercises, which is of added importance once you have a child. Studies have shown you can burn up to 500 calories per hour, without the stroller. Pushing the weight of a jogging stroller gives you the added benefit of including resistance training in your workout.
For your child, it provides them with a wonderful opportunity to bond with you and explore the world around them. As you run, you can sing songs to your baby, play games such as I Spy or just point out the different things you see along the way. Running with your jogging stroller also gets your baby outside in the fresh air, giving them a chance to see, smell and hear an entirely new world.
Finally, there have been many proven benefits to running, both physically and mentally. They include strengthening your immune system, increasing your metabolism and improving you bone quality. Running can also be a huge stress reliever, which can help improve your mental state of mind and possibly prevent post-partum baby blues. Running as a family will also make the lifelong impact of fostering a healthy lifestyle for you and your children.
Standard Features included on Jogging Strollers
Joggings strollers are equipped with a large amount of features specifically designed to enhance your running while providing the utmost safety for your child. Many of these features are not included with traditional strollers and therefore it is important to understand what they are and why they are important.
Larger air-filled tires
As soon as you look at a jogging stroller, you will notice the tires on it are very different than a traditional stroller. They are much larger, usually between 12 – 24 inches in diameter and are air-filled. This design gives the stroller the ability to be pushed over rough or uneven surfaces easier, which is important when running outside. However, much like air-filled bicycle tires, they can lose pressure over time or be punctured. It is important to check the pressure occasionally and fill them as needed, which can be done with a standard bike pump.
Superior suspension system
The suspension system of a jogging stroller is really an incredible feature. Also known as shock absorbers, this is the system that will protect your child from feeling the effects of the surface you are running on. Instead of the entire stroller bouncing up and down as you run, the shock absorbers cause the wheels to bounce. Typically, shock absorbers are located on the rear two tires. This feature will ensure a smooth ride for your child.
One of the essential features of a jogging stroller is its front wheel. Most jogging strollers come equipped with a front wheel that can be fixed or free to swivel. Setting it to a fixed position is best for running while the swivel option is best for walking and around town activities. Be sure not to leave the stroller in the swivel option when running as it is extremely dangerous. This is because running over even a small pebble can send the stroller veering off course.
Long distance between wheels
On a jogging stroller the front wheel is pushed forward, away from the baby’s center of gravity, instead of under the child’s seat as with a traditional stroller. This allows the wheels to efficiently absorb bumps in the road without putting the stress on the baby.
Manufacturers have worked hard to improve the child seat found on jogging strollers to ensure the child is as comfortable and safe as possible. By doing this, they have designed a seat that is always in a reclined position, even at its most upright to allow for better shock absorption. The seat should also always include a 5 point harness to secure your child into the stroller. While each brand offers a slightly different variation, most seats will also include added padding for comfort and an extended canopy to protect from various weather conditions.
Parking brake / hand brake
Many models of jogging strollers now come standard with a hand brake, an essential feature when running, especially in areas with hills. A hand brake allows you to maintain your runners form while still controlling the speed of the stroller. Without a hand brake, you would naturally find yourself leaning back as a manual brake when running downhill to prevent the stroller from getting away from you.
A safety tether is another safety feature found on most jogging strollers. Quite simply, it is a strap that loops around your wrist on one side and connects to the handle bar on the other. This strap will prevent the stroller from getting away from you in a situation such as a hill. It can be used in tandem with a hand brake or as an alternative if your model does not include a hand brake.
Any additional features included will depend on the make and model of jogging stroller you are considering. However, there are some secondary features that are included on most jogging strollers. They may include:
Under the seat storage
This storage basket can vary in size depending on the model but can be used to carry a jacket, small diaper bag or other essentials.
This tray is found in front of the child and can be used to hold snacks, a drink or a small toy.
This tray is used for holding keys, a cell phone and/or beverages. However, most cup holders are quite shallow, making holding anything except a small bottle difficult.
Recently, many brands have started to include speakers as part of their parent console, allowing you to plug in an iPod or mp3 player for you and your baby to enjoy music while running.
Today, the terms are used interchangeably but originally a jogging stroller indicated a three-wheeled stroller with a fixed front wheel while all terrain strollers have a swivel-type wheel. Jogging strollers are designed specifically for serious runners with features such as a hand and foot breaks and large, air-filled tires. All terrain strollers can be used for running, especially if the front wheel can be changed from swivel to fixed. It is also more versatile and can be easily used for day-to-day activities.
The specific recommendations for the age and weight of a child will vary based on the specific model of jogging stroller. However, many models do not recommend putting a baby younger than six months in a jogging stroller since it lacks neck support. Because of this, many models have the ability to clip in a car seat. While it is not recommended you run with a car seat attached, you can use the stroller for brisk walking and other activities
The specific weight limitations will vary among the different brands and models, however most brands have designed jogging strollers that can be effectively used long into the toddler years. Be sure to check the individual manufacturer requirements, but jogging strollers can hold up to 50, 75 or 100 pounds depending on the model.
In a perfect world, it would be best to have a jogging stroller for running and a traditional stroller for everyday use. However, that is not a practical answer for many families. Luckily, many models of jogging strollers can be used for both running and around town activities. This can be made easier with features such as a front wheel that can be both locked and set to swivel. Also, many jogging strollers offer an accessory that allows you to clip an infant car seat into the stroller. However, it should never be used for running with a car seat clipped in.
Yes, there are a few things you should take the time to consider before going on a run with your child. First, be aware of the current weather conditions and make sure your baby is dressed accordingly. Even though you may become hot while running, your child will not. It is important to make sure your child stays warm and dry throughout the run. Be sure your child’s head and neck are supported as well since running involves a good deal of bumps. Also, be aware of your speed during your run. Even though these strollers are designed specifically for running, you may want to stay at a gentle jog pace. Finally, consider running away from highly congested areas to decrease the risk of an accident.
Jogging strollers can be very expensive and even though their design and functionality warrant a high price, many customers ask themselves if it’s worth purchasing a new jogging stroller or if they should purchase it second-hand. One of the biggest concerns with purchasing a jogging stroller second-hand is the history of the brand and model. Since used products are often sold from parent to parent, there is little to no oversight regarding recalled products. You will want to check with the manufacturer (either by calling or looking online) to make sure there are no issues with the model you are considering. Older models of jogging strollers may not include the top safety features that are standard with newer models nor will they have as many comfort features for you child so it is important that you fully understand what is included. Finally, you want to honestly consider how much you plan on using your jogging stroller. If you plan to use this stroller frequently, with multiple children over the years, then purchasing your jogging stroller new will provide you with a top quality, lasting stroller.
For double jogging strollers, the answer to which seat structure you should purchase is really a matter of preference but there are some things to keep in mind. Jogging strollers that have side-by-side seats give both children great views while running, allowing them to see everything in front of them. However, these strollers are usually extremely wide and can make pushing it around town or through doorways difficult and sometimes impossible. Double jogging strollers that have front-to-back seats will have a much thinner frame, allowing you to maneuver it through doorways and around stores much easier. The negative for it though, is that the child who is in the back seat will have a partially obstructed view to what’s around them during your run and therefore may not stay as entertained.
There are so many benefits to running with a jogging stroller, but if your child is unhappy it will definitely diminish your experience as well as theirs. Keeping them happy and entertained is key to being able to successfully complete your desired run. There are many ways to do this, including singing songs or playing games, talking to them as you run and pointing out the various things you see, or providing them with a small toy or book. If your stroller includes speakers on the parent console, you can plug in an mp3 player or iPod and play music during your run. On longer runs, you may want to consider taking a break in the middle to let you child get out and run around for a bit.
Safety Issues and Product Recalls
No matter how much research you do or money you invest, jogging strollers can have safety issues or recalls like any other product. It is important to know what if any safety issues are present with your model and to be aware of any recalls that take place. This is an especially poignant issue if you decide to purchase your jogging stroller second-hand. It is possible that some owners are not aware of recall issues and will look to sell their defective strollers. Some past issues include:
Britax Strollers Recalled – January 30, 2014
Due to a malfunction with the hinge on the stroller’s folding mechanism, there was a risk of partial amputation of customers’ fingertips, broken fingers or severe lacerations when pressing the release button while simultaneously pulling the release strap. This recalled involved multiple stroller models, including the Britax B-Agile, B-Agile Double, and BOB Motion strollers. Affected customers were instructed to contact Britax to receive a free repair kit. Since then, future models have not had any negative issues associated with them.
Baby Jogger Car Seat Adapters Recalled – August 28, 2013
The car seat adapter for Baby Jogger strollers were recalled for posing a fall hazard to children. There were 47 reports of the adapter failing causing the car seat to fall to the floor. Baby Jogging immediately recalled the product and offered free replacement support bars to all affected customers. Also, all newer models were free from this problem and no longer posed such a risk.
Kolcraft Jeep Liberty Strollers Recalled – June 19, 2013
All Kolcraft Jeep Liberty Strollers were recalled after it was detected that the inner tube of the tire may rupture, causing the wheel rim to fracture and debris to fly off, possibly injuring people and property. To rectify this issue, Kolcraft offered free replacement wheels and recommended that anyone owning this model use a manual bike pump to inflate their tires to a maximum of 30 p.s.i. Since this recall, newer models have not experienced any issues.
Almost all parents want to find a convenient, affordable way to maintain or start an exercise routine once their little one arrives. Running is such a wonderful opportunity for that. There is a lot of information out there about the options you have for a jogging stroller.
Hopefully this simple guide has helped you understand what a jogging stroller can offer you and help to narrow down which is right for you and your baby.