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Best Jogging Strollers of 2020

Whether you’re a 10K runner or someone who enjoys brisk walks around the neighborhood, there’s no reason you have to stop doing what you love after you have kids.

In fact, once you become a parent, self-care is even more important. Carving out time to exercise, get fresh air and do something just for you can make you feel like a whole new person.

One thing that makes staying active easier is a jogging stroller.

In this article:

  • Do You Need a Jogging Stroller?
  • When Can You Use a Jogging Stroller?
  • What are the Features of a Jogging Stroller?
  • Babylist’s Best Jogging Stroller Picks

Do You Need a Jogging Stroller?

If you’re walking around the mall or on smooth payment, a traditional stroller will do just fine. But if you plan to run or jog, or traverse bumpy sidewalks, dirt roads or other rugged surfaces, a jogging stroller can be key.

Jogging strollers are made to absorb the bouncing that comes along with more intense speeds or uneven surfaces. They keep your little one safe and comfortable.

Unlike traditional strollers, joggers have three, super-sized wheels in a triangle configuration to glide over rough surfaces (less pushing for you) and a suspension system to decrease the impact of jolts on your baby.

Although traditional strollers can’t be used for running or jogging, some jogging strollers can double as an everyday stroller too.

When Can You Use a Jogging Stroller?

You can attach infant car seats to some jogging strollers, making it so you can use with your baby from day one.

However, you cannot use the stroller to run or jog until your child is at least eight months old (and some advise waiting until 12 months old). Your child simply doesn’t have the strength to keep their head and neck stable under the impact of jolts and bounces.

But once you’re able to get running, you’ll get a lot of years out of your stroller since most accommodate children up to five years old.

What are the Features of a Jogging Stroller?

All jogging strollers are designed to provide more stability than a traditional stroller and reduce jarring impacts. However, jogging strollers vary in how many mechanisms they have in place to accomplish this. Some strollers are made for serious runners while others are built for a short jog here and there.

At minimum, jogging strollers should have the following:

  • Locking front wheel: Some jogging strollers have a front wheel that is permanently locked in place to ensure the stroller stays on the path no matter what the front wheel encounters. Others have a front wheel that swivels so you can easily maneuver it when walking, but locks in place for running.
  • Safety tether: This is a leash that circles your wrist and attaches to the stroller in case you lose your grip on the handle. (No runaway strollers.)
  • Brakes: A parking brake should be used every time you come a stop. Some jogging strollers also feature a hand brake to help slow the stroller down.
  • Five-point harness: Just like your baby’s car seat, the seat in a jogging stroller should have this type of harness to keep your child secure.
  • Canopy: Look for an extra-large canopy to shield your child from the sun. Also, a built-in peekaboo screen is helpful for being able to keep an eye on your little one while running.
  • Reclining seat: Kids plus motion almost always equal nap time. Make sure the stroller seat lets your child lay back.

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How We Chose Our Best Jogging Strollers

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best jogging strollers.

Best Jogging Stroller for Casual Runners

Why We Love It

Featuring large tires and a swiveling front wheel for easy maneuverability, this stroller can handle a casual run or a day at the zoo. A spacious, under-seat storage basket, child tray and a parent tray are great extra features for such an affordable stroller.

Keep in Mind

While it does handle well on smooth pavement, the Expedition isn’t really designed for hardcore runners or off-roading as it lacks the shocks and the sling-style seat needed to absorb lots of bumping around. It’s best used for the occasional sweat session or for a day outside with your little.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love it! It’s very maneuverable and easy to set up and take down. It’s not too heavy, and it has a decent sized basket underneath (our dog has even ridden in the storage area lol).” -Ashley

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 26 lbs
Age Range 6 months up to 50 lbs or 42” tall

Best Compact Jogging Stroller

The FastAction Fold Jogger lives up to its name—it features a one-handed fold, and it’s just as easy to unfold, as well. Another bonus? The stroller stands upright on its own when folded: the only one on this list with that coveted capability. It also features a large storage bin.

Like the Baby Trend Expedition, this stroller isn’t meant for serious runners. It doesn’t have the proper suspension, nor is it easy to push and steer when you’re breaking a sweat. And even for everyday use, this sucker is heftier than most.

“It’s very easy to navigate and a comfy ride for my daughter. It’s a little big for my trunk, but it’s definitely a must have for us.” -Sara

Stroller Weight 30 lbs
Age Range Up to 50 lbs

Best Adjustable-Height Jogging Stroller

Custom comfort is the name of the game with the FLEX. Featuring an adjustable handlebar with nine different positions, this jogging stroller is the perfect solution for parents of different heights. We also love the tracking knob, a feature that easily corrects the stroller from listing to one side, a common problem among many jogging strollers.

This stroller is many things, but lightweight isn’t one of them. (Neither is compact, unfortunately.) You can’t beat it for running, but it’s probably not a great choice to double as an everyday stroller too. And be sure to follow all usage directions and secure the front wheel to the fork of the stroller before heading out to get your sweat on. Note: There’s also the Bob Revolution PRO, with hand-activated rear brakes, which can come in handy in hilly areas.

“Love how sturdy it is, and how well it maneuvered over different terrains.” -M.T.

Stroller Weight: 28.5 lbs
Age Range: Up to 75 lbs

Best All-Terrain Jogging Stroller

This sleek, adaptable stroller is nimble enough to navigate urban settings or take offroad. Large rear wheels and all-wheel suspension make for a smooth ride no matter what, and a handlebar twist break means it’s easier to stay in control of the stroller’s direction, especially on downhill terrain.

The undercarriage storage basket has a weatherproof covering, which is great if you run into some rain while you’re out jogging, but can be hard to get your diaper bag in and out of.

“I love how light and easy it is to run with! Ten to 12 miles feels like nothing! The fact that it reclines is awesome! Little bubs falls asleep every run, and I love that he can lay flat. Love, love, love this stroller!” -Lindsey C.

Stroller Weight 23 lbs
Age Range From birth with an infant car seat and adapter up to 75 lbs (approximately 5 years old)

Best Lightweight Jogging Stroller

Jogging strollers aren’t known for being lightweight, but weighing in as one of the lightest picks on our list, the Joovy doesn’t sacrifice function or features. A straight rear axle keeps this stroller running, well, straight and an aluminum frame keeps it light. There’s also a parent organizer, car seat adapter capabilities and a comfy shock-absorbing suspension system.

Parents love the XL canopy for great sun protection. They don’t love the metal bar across the storage basket, making it tricky to easily stash a diaper bag.

Stroller Weight: 25.7 lbs
Age Range: Up to 75 lbs

Best Hybrid Jogging Stroller

A mash-up of a traditional and a jogger-style stroller, the Summit X3 has all-terrain stability, a hand brake to slow the stroller and a handlebar control to shift the front wheel from a locked position to swivel mode.

The UV 50+ weather canopy comes in handy when you’re out and about, and a one-hand fold makes it quick and easy to open and close.

Some parents have noted that while the stroller pushes well while jogging, trying to hold the handle steady can get tiresome after awhile.

“Walking around on uneven pavement, I feel like the baby is safe from getting bumped around too much like other strollers. It is really tough, and has held up with multiple children. Great investment! Hard for the kids to climb out of too.” -Penny

Stroller Weight 28 lbs
Age Range From birth with an infant car seat and adapter up to 75 lbs (approximately 5 years old)

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Choosing What’s Right for You

Whether you’re looking for a jogging stroller for marathon training sessions or an everyday stroller that works well on walks with your friends on tough terrain, we’re certain you can find your ideal. Just be sure the jogging stroller has the minimum requirements to keep your baby safe and provides the stability and maneuverability that you need.

Jogging is one of those things that will get you back in shape after having a baby. If you are not up to committing to a gym membership or buying an indoor bike that you’ll probably never use, a jogging stroller is practical, and you will most likely use it as you take baby walks.

These best jogging strollers are designed to give you a smooth ride at high speeds even on uneven terrain. They will come in handy to offer your baby a comfortable ride even around corners while keeping them safe.

Features to Consider in Good Jogging Strollers

Large Pneumatic Rubber Wheels

A jogging stroller has three wheels. The two rear wheels are around16 inches wide while the front wheel is around 12 inches. The purpose of the large diameter is to facilitate bumps when riding on rough roads so that your baby will always be comfortable. You will find that they have an off-road appearance which makes long runs effortless.

You will need to make sure that the wheels sit evenly on the ground when you place the baby inside.

Lockable Front Wheel

Whether you are using a stroller with one or two front wheels, you will want it to have a locking capability for rough terrain. This prevents the wheels from swiveling sideways which can be uncomfortable and unsafe for the baby. If you are not on strictly smooth terrain front wheels that swivel, make it easy to maneuver through doors and shops.

Suspension System

This feature takes care of the pressure from the bumps and effects of running. Jogging strollers will mostly have a rear suspension system.

Safety Harness

The safest is the five-point harness which holds the baby in a comfortable yet secure position. It prevents the baby from slipping so that you can safely enjoy an active lifestyle. One thing though; it is essential that your baby be six months or older before you start jogging with them. This is to ensure that they have gained enough neck strength and they can sit up in the stroller seat.

Brakes

This is the third most important feature in a jogging stroller or any other stroller for that matter. They are essential in that they keep the stroller from rolling away when you stop to catch your breath or sip a drink. Strollers that have the brakes near the handlebars are convenient as they allow you to slow down when running downhill. Brakes can lock the wheels using one or two actions. You will want to find the most comfortable locking system.

Deep Reclining Seat

A comfortable position for the baby is when they are sitting upright like a pilot. If you are jogging with an infant, you will want the stroller to have a reclining seat so you can achieve the most comfortable position for the baby. Ensure that the leg holes can close so that the baby will not slip through.

Adjustable Handlebar

This allows you and your spouse to use the same jogging stroller by just adjusting the height of the handlebars. If you are taller than your spouse, you will want the handlebars to reach a comfortable height without reaching too high or too low when holding or pushing your jogger.

Canopy

This is a must-have feature as it protects your baby from inclement weather and the scorching sun. You’ll want an adjustable canopy so that you can turn it all the way back when riding with a toddler or you can pull it all the way down for an infant.

Top 10 Best Jogging Strollers 2020

1. Best Overall- Baby Trend Expedition

Why we like it: An inexpensive model that will give you long mileage. It is a functional product with lots of practical features

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Performance
The Baby Trend Expedition Jogger stroller features an incredible design. It uses large bicycle tires that are wide and ergonomically shaped. The wheels have a construction from real rubber which means they can deal with all sorts of terrain including gravel and unpaved paths. You will like that the front wheel can swivel easily when using it on smooth tracks and it is easily lockable for use on rugged terrain.

Functional features
With a 5-point harness, your baby will be well-secured whether you are just taking a casual walk or taking a fast run around the block. It has a multi-position seat which enables you to place your baby in the most comfortable position. It also has a tether strap, and it can accept a Baby Trend Car Seat when you want to make a travel system.

We like that it has ample storage for you and your baby. This includes two cup holders on the parent tray and one drink holder on the child tray. It also includes a large storage basket to help accommodate essential baby items.

Overall
Baby Trend Expedition is a popular model for good reason. It presents flexibility of being able to use it both in the locked and unlocked front-wheel position. This stroller also folds compactly for travel, and it has a durable steel construction. It matches the quality of other expensive models like the BOB Revolution, yet it is very inexpensive.

Pros

  • The padded seat can recline into multiple positions
  • 5-point harness and tether strap
  • Can accommodate a Baby Trend Infant Car Seat
  • Fully adjustable canopy
  • Uses a trigger release folding mechanism
  • Includes a center console for phones and keys

Cons

  • The handlebars are not adjustable

2. Great for Infants: BOB Revolution SE Single Jogging Stroller

Why we like it: State-of-the-art lightweight construction and a stable ride thanks to the superior suspension system

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Design Features
The BOB Revolution SE Stroller is built using lightweight materials. It has three wide wheels which are rubberized to tackle rough paths and trails. You will love that the front wheel can rotate fully allowing you to make quick maneuvers around parks. The front wheel also locks when jogging and with the help of the adjustable suspension, your baby will not feel the bumps on the road.

Ideal for infants
This stroller can accept car seats from different brands. You will be able to use with Chicco, Graco, and Peg Perego infant seats thanks to the accessory adapter. It has a deep seat that can recline in many positions. Your baby can enjoy the outdoors comfortably in the seat’s upright position or lie back to a 70-degree angle where the head and neck will be fully supported. The 5-point harness is padded, and it fastens efficiently using pull rings.

Convenient Features
This model uses a two-point folding frame. The compact folded size means you are not restricted to just the neighborhood as it can comfortably fit in your car’s trunk. It comes with a rear wheel brake system that smoothly engages using your foot.

Verdict
BOB Revolution SE comes in a durable style. With an aluminum alloy frame and a stain resistant fabric, you are assured of its longevity. It will grow with your baby from the time they are only eight weeks until the time they can run around and take a jog with you.

Pros

  • The suspension is flexible for smooth gliding
  • The seat can recline to 70 degrees
  • Comes with an accessory adapter for infant car seats
  • Durable aluminum alloy construction
  • The fabric is easy to clean
  • 5-point padded harness
  • Folds compactly for travel and storage

Cons

  • It is a bit pricey owing to the high-quality

3. Best Jogger Stroller for Travel: Baby Trend Range Jogger Travel System

Why we like it: It’s a jogger that doubles as a travel system. This model includes the infant car seat at a very affordable price.

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Design Features
Baby Trend offers a two-in-one stroller. It will be useful for walks when the time your baby is in infancy, and during the time you switch up things to jogging with the baby. It uses high-impact composite all-terrain wheels that make it a great find for all surfaces. It will not feel like a drag while walking on grass or gravel. Better still the front wheel is flexible since you can use it for low speed strolling when unlocked and for jogs when locked.

This product has two cup holders on the parent’s console. It also includes a covered compartment for the baby. You will like the quality of the canopy as it can stay down even in the wind. This way, your baby will always be protected from the weather.

Performance
This stroller does not offer an adjustable handlebar. You may find it too low if you are over 6ft tall. Nevertheless, it has other convenient features such as the smooth trigger folding mechanism which allows the stroller to be stored compactly. It is a good companion if you want to take a road trip across the country and still keep up with your active lifestyle while taking care of your baby.

Verdict
With Baby Trend, our expectations are always fulfilled as the features always match the price. We don’t expect it to outlast a Thule or Joovy, but it is a functional model to have for traveling with an infant.

Pros

  • Light and easy to run with
  • Ergonomically shaped handlebar
  • Effortless trigger fold
  • Adjustable 5-point harness
  • It uses all-terrain wheels

Cons

  • It does not have suspension; hence not ideal for very bumpy roads

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Why we like it: A jogger that combines comfort features of a traditional stroller and the flexibility of a jogging stroller.

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Design Features
Graco has designed this model for the parent who likes exploring the outdoors. It comes with air-filled tires that can maneuver on all types of terrain. It is going to be your friend on hiking trails where you need more stability on rough paths. The swivel front wheel locks into position to give you more balance and safety. It prevents the stroller from tilting to the side so you will not risk endangering the baby.

This model features a fast action, one hand folding mechanism. It folds into a compact size which makes storage hassle-free. Not to mention, it is lightweight to make runs effortless.

Convenient features
You will like that Graco FastAction can connect seamlessly with Graco Click Connect Infant Car Seat. There’s no need to stay in the house when you can take your baby out for some fresh air even during their infancy. You will be able to secure the baby with the click system in their car sear. This model also includes a 5-point harness for older babies from six months old.

The extra-large storage basket will come in handy for taking diapers, toys, and food. You will also have secure storage for your phone, keys, and wipes on the parent’s console. The child tray is large enough to hold sippy cups and baby bottles.

Overall
This jogger is not only comfortable but secure for babies weighing up to 50 pounds. It has a sturdy construction and a suspension system which allows it to glide effortlessly on all sorts of terrain.

Pros

  • Front wheel swivels locks and has a suspension
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • It has ample storage for essential items
  • Folds using a fast, one-hand system
  • It accepts the Graco Click Connect infant seat
  • Multi-position reclining seat

Cons

  • The frame is large and heavy; it can be challenging to lift

5 Best for the Money: Schwinn Turismo Swivel Single Jogger

Why we like it: A sophisticated model that includes canopy mounted speakers.

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Design Features
Schwinn is famous for their advanced products. The Turismo swivel features a robust aluminum construction alongside a manual locking wheel. The suspension is incredible as it lets your baby sleep comfortably even when you are sprinting since they will barely feel any bumps on the road.

The 12-inch front wheel is not only wide but also very secure to hold the weight of babies up to 50 pounds. The rear wheels are also massive making it straightforward to glide on all terrains.

Convenient Features
The handlebar on the Schwinn Turismo is adjustable in multiple positions. You don’t need to get two strollers for you and your spouse as it provides a comfortable holding position. The handlebar is also rubberized and slip-resistant. Even if your hands are sweaty, you don’t run the risk of losing your grip.

One thing we love about this stroller is the built-in speakers. They line the inside of the canopy, and they connect to MP3 players such that your baby can be entertained as you take your run. It also comes with a seat adapter which allows it to be used with infant car seats.

Overall
Schwinn Turismo is a winner in that it is durable and reliable. It is a breeze to handle thanks to the lightweight aluminum construction. It is designed with molded trays for you and the baby, and it locks manually for smooth gliding.

Pros

  • Comes with car seat adapter
  • Sturdy aluminum frame
  • Dual trigger folding mechanism
  • Front wheel locks manually
  • Canopy mounted speakers

Cons

  • It does not have a handbrake

6. Best for Tall Parents: BOB 2016 Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller

Why we like it: It’s an improved version of the Revolution SE. The features are all updated bringing more convenience for daily use.

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Design Features
The BOB Revolution 2016 Flex achieves a high ranking thanks to the straightforward run-ability. It is uniquely designed to navigate through crowds and the ability to take the baby anywhere while attaining superior comfort. It is an all-around model that you can take it for walks or jogs owing to the swiveling-locking mechanism of the front wheel.

Convenient Features
This stroller is ideal for use by all family members. The handlebars are adjustable in nine different positions. It allows maintaining a comfortable holding position so that you will not experience back issues due to a poor running posture.

You will love that it takes the baby’s comfort to a new level. The seat offers a secure reclining system, and it has a better upright position for the baby to watch and experience the outdoors as they ride. The suspension mechanism is also incredible as you can get two stages of weight support and 2 inches of travel.

You will also find a better quick-release folding mechanism for the front and rear wheels. This makes it easy to lift and put in the trunk despite its increased weight. It can accommodate a larger weight capacity up to 75 pounds which indicate it is usable with preschoolers.

Verdict
If you are a tall, sporty parent or you are looking for a jogging stroller with an upright seat, BOB Revolution Flex is the real deal. It has probably the most efficient run-ability which makes it a favorite if you are a serious runner maybe training for a marathon.

Pros

  • Locking front wheel
  • Adjustable tracking
  • Rubber air-filled tires with adjustable suspension
  • Foam-covered handlebars are height adjustable in 9 positions
  • Extra-large storage basket

Cons

  • It is a bit heavier than the previous models

7. Best for Toddlers: Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

Why we like it: Flexible usage. It provides great operation by sports fanatics and casual joggers alike

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Design Features
Joovy strives to offer affordable and safe baby products. The Joovy Zoom represents one of their best styles that toddlers will love. It comes with an extra-wide seat which provides a comfy sitting position. You will like using the multiple position seat to help your baby sleep or sit as they would love.

You will find the rear suspension extra useful as it takes care of the bumps when you decide to run on off-road paths. It is easily maneuverable as it also offers a swivel action on the front wheels. You will rarely experience trouble trying to keep it on course as it does not veer dangerously. What’s more, it utilizes single-action brakes so you can take a break and the stroller will not roll away.

Performance
The locking swivel wheel performs with excellence since it does not give in to bumps. Your baby will experience a smooth ride even if it lacks a tracking system. Better still, this jogger has a padded handle meaning it is possible to stay out for hours and your hands will not feel sore.

Convenient Features
This stroller has quick-release wheels. They facilitate compact storage as you won’t be struggling with a heavy frame when lifting it up the stairs or to your car. It also comes with an auto-lock feature to keep the stroller in the folded position once it is collapsed.

The canopy is not only wide but also adjustable. It protects your baby from the scorching sun and wind. You can bring in a car seat for an infant, so you don’t have to wait until they are six months to take casual walks.

Overall
Joovy Zoom has created a beautiful jogging stroller with all the correct features. It is lightweight, durables, easy-to-use, and above all safe for your baby. It includes comfort elements like a parent organizer and a suspension system for a smooth ride.

Pros

  • The seat is in a high position for a good view
  • Swivel front wheel locks straight
  • Rear suspension system
  • Quick release wheels with auto-lock feature
  • Can accommodate a car seat
  • Multiple storage options

Cons

  • It does not have a tracking system to fix any veering off

8. Best Jogger for Twins: BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogging Stroller

Why we like it: Easy to maneuver and comfortable for two kids. It’s also made with high-quality materials.

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Design Features
If you a mother of twins or you have been looking for a good double stroller for two kids, BOB Revolution Flex Duallie puts out this exception double jogger. It ticks all the boxes for the best features to look for in a double stroller. This includes the all-terrain strolling and the versatility of being able to maneuver from smooth to rugged surfaces.

This model uses pneumatic rubber tires with adjustable suspension and tracking. The locking swivel front wheels make it easy to run and keep your babies comfortable. Each seat can recline independently such that if you have kids of different ages, you will be able to place each of them in the ideal position.

Convenient Features
The seats come with individual canopies alongside peek-a-boo windows. You can watch over your kids as you run so that you are aware if they are sleeping or seated comfortably. The 5-point harness is also very easy to use. It is padded and adjustable to meet each baby’s comfort.

This stroller uses a two-hand folding mechanism. You will have about 4-6 steps, but they are easy to follow. Your stroller will be stowed away in less than 3 minutes. However, you can’t take it on public transportation as it has a wide girth meaning it only goes in your car.

Verdict
This model gives you absolute pleasure to use it. The design is comfy for kids, and also ideal for you. From the rubber tires to the adjustable suspension, it goes to say that even with two kids you can still achieve an active lifestyle.

Pros

  • Firm, padded handlebars
  • Pneumatic wheels are ideal for rugged terrain
  • The robust frame can accommodate kids up to 50lbs per seat
  • The fully upright seat can recline in multiple positions
  • Front wheel swivels for easy navigation

Cons

  • It can only accept one car seat

9. Best for Gravel Surfaces: BOB 2016 Revolution Pro Jogging Stroller

Why we like it: Safely constructed to ease the fears of running with a baby on board. It has a durable construction to facilitate strolling and running on smooth roads and off-road trails.

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Design Features
This model has excellent mobility on gravel. It is a great option if you want to run on unpaved surfaces while carrying a heavy child. BOB 2016 Revolution Pro features a locking swivel front wheel complemented by an adjustable suspension and tracking capability. It can quickly be set to run in a straight line so that it will not swivel dangerously when it hits a bump in the road.

This stroller utilizes a handbrake for the rear wheels. It is easy to engage especially when running down a steep hill. With the adjustable handlebars, it doesn’t matter what your height is as it will provide you with an ideal position for the hands.

Thoughtful Features
The engineering of this unit sees a model that bounces smoothly on and off gravel. With the suspension system, your baby will barely feel a thing when they are sleeping soundly. You can adjust the suspension to accommodate a big kid like if you are riding with a child who is over 50lbs, they can ride safely using the tighter suspension.

The reclining seat is more than comfy. It sits deep and is well-padded with lots of leg room. It can still accept an infant car seat if you are looking for a stroller that you can use for walks and later use for running.

Verdict
This unit is more cumbersome than other jogging strollers, but this does not affect its run-ability. The hand-activated rear brakes are unique to allow swift breaking. If you want a multi-purpose jogging stroller, BOB 2016 Revolution Pro will not disappoint.

Pros

  • Brakes are hand-activated
  • The seat is easy to adjust using one hand
  • Adjustable suspension system
  • Nine height positions
  • Flexible tracking
  • Air-filled tires can handle all sorts of terrain

Cons

  • It is one the heavy side making it difficult to lift into cars

10. Best Jogger for Everyday Use: Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller

Why we like it: A stylish and lightweight carrier with perfect mobility on smooth terrain. You can push this stroller at any speed making it the most convenient for daily use.

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Design Features
The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 is a model that is thoughtfully made as it considers the comfort of both the parent and the baby. It is lightweight allowing it to achieve an efficient running ability for even pro-athletes to use comfortably. Since it is small, you will find it very easy to maneuver through crowded places and even in public transport.

Safe and Comfortable
This model has an adjustable crotch strap. You will be pleased that your baby will always be secured even if they are tall for their age. It glides smoothly without any wiggling, shaking or lateral movements at high speeds. This makes it a good companion for paved surfaces since it does not perform very well on rough roads.

Nevertheless, you have a stroller that is well-engineered to achieve absolute safety for you and the baby.

Thoughtful Features
This stroller allows adjustable tracking. You can align it in a straight position once the front wheel locks which assures you it will never veer off the road. Instead of using a U-shaped handlebar, this model has a handlebar that curves in. This way, your hands are in neutral position; thus the onset of fatigue is delayed.

The handbrake swivels in an intuitive direction making it fast to apply instead of a squeezing mechanism which can be difficult to control.

Overall
Thule Urban Glide 2.0 has done due diligence on this jogging stroller. It meets our expectations in terms of safety, flexibility, comfort, and value for money.

Pros

  • Height is adjustable
  • Wide 5-point harness
  • Near-upright seating position
  • Can accept an infant car seat
  • Foot brake is sandal-friendly
  • One-handed folding mechanism

Cons

  • It is not great on rugged terrain

Guide to Buying the Best Jogging Stroller

Are you a pro-athlete or a mum who likes taking morning jogs? Don’t stop after the baby comes. Here’s your guide to buying the ideal jogging stroller.

Why do you need a jogging stroller?

If the only need for a stroller is taking a walk around the block or picking groceries, a jogging stroller is not a good buy. But if running and taking brisk walks is in your mind, then you need a good jogging stroller to fulfill that exact purpose.

A jogging stroller is designed for speed. It takes into consideration the safety and comfort of both the baby and the runner. These strollers come with three large, fixed wheels, suspension systems, tracking capability, reclining seats, canopies, and 5-point harnesses to secure the baby.

When can you use a jogging stroller?

Jogging strollers are versatile since they can double as a regular stroller for daily walks. They also allow attaching of an infant car seat so you can use the stroller from the time the baby is in their infancy. But you cannot use the stroller for jogging when the baby is less than six months. Some pediatricians advise using a jogging stroller when the baby is eight months old.

Benefits of Running with a Jogging Stroller

Improves Running Form

At first, pushing a stroller and running at the same time seems like an awkward and impossible adventure. But wait until you get it right. It helps you to get a good sense of your stride so that you don’t over-stride thus you will always be in control. You will notice the difference when running without a stroller since it becomes more comfortable and you realize you can go faster.

Provides Bonding Time with the Baby

Running helps to introduce the baby to you and your passion. This includes a healthy and active lifestyle which will help your baby know the important values at a young age. You also get to interact with your baby as you run helping them to soak up the scenery and be relaxed in the outdoors.

Burns more Calories

Running with a stroller takes much more physical exertion. It will require that you push harder because you can’t abandon the stroller and walk the rest of the way. This will blast more calories, and you can be closer to your goals sooner than you think.

Factors to Consider when buying a Jogging Stroller

Stability

You will need a stroller that maintains its form on the surface you will be using it. You don’t want your baby to be bounced around while the stroller risks tilting over. That’s why you need a model that distributes the weight correctly to aid in maneuvering. If you are on rugged terrain, the fixed wheel position should not show any signs of wobbling. This will keep the stroller in a straight line such that you won’t be dealing with a stroller that keeps veering off the road.

Weight Limit

The weight capacity of a stroller is usually associated with the suspension system. If too much weight is applied, the suspension may give and render it useless. You should always check the manufacturer’s recommendations as some of them are stringent such that little additional weight can offset the run-ability of the stroller.

Folding

You will need a folding stroller when traveling and for compact storage. Here, the stroller should fold in straightforward steps so you can take care of the baby and the stroller at the same time. Some strollers use one-step folding systems while others use two-step actions.

After the stroller folds, it should not pop back open when it is in the trunk. An auto-lock feature could be convenient for models that can unfold.

Comfort Essentials

You’ll probably be out longer than 30 minutes at a time. A lot can happen in this short time from the baby needing a diaper change to you needing a sip of water. This is where storage comes in. you will want a stroller with a large storage basket or bin to accommodate all the baby essentials. The stroller should also come with convenient spaces for water bottles and the baby’s bottle. All the stuff you store including your phone should be easily reachable.

We found the BOB Revolution models to offer many storage options. Here’s how to assemble a BOB Revolution stroller.

Quality of the Stroller

How durable is the stroller you are investing your money? It is important to look for a high-quality model with construction from either steel or an aluminum frame. Also, the wheels and tires should be of good quality including being rubberized and air-filled. Watch out for strollers with many plastic parts as they are going to come apart upon impact.

The quality of the fabric is also another important thing since it is the place where you are going to change the diaper or even feed the baby when you are out and about. You’ll need a stroller with a removable seat pad for washing or one that can easily be wiped.

Final Words

A good jogging stroller provides you with a relaxed ride for you and the baby. Our top picks are the best in their categories for good reasons. These models go far and beyond to achieve stability, safety, and comfort for the baby and you. You will find affordable strollers with minimal features while others are high-end, but they come with additional functional features.

Let these jogging strollers be your best companion for outdoor workouts.

The Best Jogging Strollers of 2020

Best Overall Jogging Stroller

Thule Urban Glide 2

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86 OVERALL
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  • Run-ability 9
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 9
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 7

Weight: 24.4 lbs | Folded Size: 15,388 cubic inches
Great runner Easy to push and turn Good quality Lightweight No parent console

The Thule Urban Glide 2 has unmatched scores for run-ability and maneuverability with the highest overall score in this group of jogging products. This combination makes the Urban Glide 2 our favorite jogging stroller, and the one we’d most likely recommend to a friend. This stroller also has a strong ease of use score, with covered storage, comfortable seating for passengers, and a giant canopy that all work well. This impressive jogger could work as your everyday stroller saving you time and effort over buying two products.

This stroller, like many joggers, is more substantial when folded, and it may not fit in smaller vehicles or be easy to lift. However, with compelling features like the locking swivel front wheel, passenger stow pockets, simple fold, and competitive price, it is easy to see why this stroller won an Editors’ Choice award and edged out the Bob options for the top spot.

Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2

Runner Up for Best Jogger

BOB Revolution Flex 3.0

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81 OVERALL
SCORE

  • Run-ability 9
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 7

Weight: 27.3 lbs | Folded Size: 14,748 cubic inches
Good for running Easy to maneuver Nice quality Heavier Higher price Awkward fold

The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is a highly runnable option with impressive maneuverability. This high-quality workhorse of the jogging world is an excellent stroller for those who love to get outside and get moving, especially off the beaten path. The Revolution 3.0 has adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar, a locking swivel front wheel, and better storage than previous versions. The 3.0 has everything a serious runner wants and everything the average parent needs.

This jogger may not be the right choice for parents with limited space or find lifting more substantial items challenging, as it is heavy and awkward when folded. However, we think this is an excellent choice for parents who want to head off-road or run off the beaten path.

Read review: BOB Revolution Flex 3.0

Best Small Everyday-Use Jogger

BOB Rambler

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$299.99 (17% off)
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75 OVERALL
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  • Run-ability 8
  • Ease Of Use 6
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 7

Weight: 25.1 lbs | Folded Size: 13,150 cubic inches
Nice jogger Easy mover Lighter and smaller No additional storage Multi-step 2-hand fold

The BOB Rambler is a pared-down BOB with fewer features and a smaller footprint. With these reductions comes a reduction in price as well, and we suspect most parents won’t miss what they don’t know while appreciating the lower list price. We like the canopy, cozy seat, and adequate storage for everyday trips, and we love the adjustable tracking and suspension for a quality running experience.

This jogger has a stationary handlebar, so it is not for taller parents. It also lacks passenger pockets and a drink holder, which could be a deal-breaker for some. However, we love the lighter weight and smaller fold of this BOB. We think it is an excellent solution for families on a budget where space is at a premium, but who still have adventures on the brain.

Read review: BOB Rambler

Best for a Tight Budget

Baby Trend Expedition

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64 OVERALL
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  • Run-ability 5
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 6
  • Weight/Folded Size 7

Weight: 23.6 lbs | Folded Size: 13,285 cubic inches
Low price Easy to push and turn Easy to use Not the best for running Lower quality

The Baby Trend Expedition is a good everyday full-size stroller for parents who may want to jog occasionally. This stroller is easy to maneuver with pneumatic tires and a locking swivel front wheel. It is relatively lightweight and compact when folded, and it is easy to fold, making it a good choice for every day strolling and moving off the beaten path.

Unfortunately, it isn’t the best for running, and it lacks the tracking and suspension required to make a genuinely good running stroller. However, it is designed with jogging in mind and will manage the occasional jog, even if serious runners will find it lacking. The Expedition is an excellent budget-friendly stroller with the look-and-feel of a jogger. It has features that make it suitable for everyday use, without spending more money if running isn’t really your thing.

Read review: Baby Trend Expedition

Best Multi-Sport Versatility

Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jogging Kit

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70 OVERALL
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  • Run-ability 7
  • Ease Of Use 8
  • Maneuverability 7
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 2

Weight: 32.9 lbs | Folded Size: 33,851 cubic inches
Good for running Easy to use Works for a variety of activities Higher price Wider width

The Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit is the Swiss Army Knife of strollers and won a Top Pick award for Outdoor Versatility. This trailer style stroller earned higher scores than the option it replaced, and we love the improved features and functionality. This two-seater bike trailer is suitable for strolling, jogging, cross-country skiing, and biking with the right accessories (sold separately). If you love the outdoors and staying active, then this is the stroller for your family.

This stroller is probably not the best solution for every family; with a hefty price tag, you should be confident that outdoor adventures are in your future. It is also heavier and more substantial than a traditional jogging stroller, so you should check your car to ensure it will fit. But, if your budget allows and you love being outdoors, we think you will enjoy sharing it with your baby in this all-purpose strolling dynamo.

Read review: Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit

Best Budget Multi-Sport Jogger

Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit

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63 OVERALL
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  • Run-ability 7
  • Ease Of Use 6
  • Maneuverability 6
  • Quality 9
  • Weight/Folded Size 2

Weight: 40.9 lbs | Folded Size: 30,090 cubic inches
Good for running Versatile use Less expensive Heavy No ski/sled mode

The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit is a versatile bike trailer with much in common with the Thule Chariot Cross 2. However, the Hamax comes with a much lower price and only a few fewer features. The Hamax offers impressive run-ability for such a heavy stroller and is easy to tilt to turn despite the wider footprint. We like the ample storage and passenger stow pockets that little ones can reach even when buckled.

The Hamax lacks the ski/sledding accessory you can find on the Thule, and it is a lot of stroller to manage when pushing and trying to stash in your car. The Hamax is expensive, even if it is less expensive than the similar Thule. So, if you don’t plan to use it while biking, then it may not be the right choice for your family. However, if you enjoy outdoor activities, and want to ensure your baby can join in the fun, then the Hamax is one to consider to save money over the Thule Chariot Cross 2.

Read review: Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit

Honorable Mention

Bumbleride Speed

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73 OVERALL
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  • Run-ability 7
  • Ease Of Use 7
  • Maneuverability 8
  • Quality 7
  • Weight/Folded Size 8

Weight: 26.6 lbs | Folded Size: 13,283 cubic inches
Easy to push and turn Lighter Unique 2-mode locking wheel for running Expensive So-so tracking

The Bumbleride Speed is our favorite from this brand so far. While it didn’t manage to win an award, it did perform well compared to the competition with better than average scores in each metric, including run-ability and ease of use. We like the convenience features of this stroller and how easy it is to push and turn. It is a nice looking option that is relatively lightweight and compact when folded. This model comes with a cool two-mode locking front wheel for versatile running options with one setting that allows for a 30-degree rotation our professional running liked.

The Speed is expensive, even for a jogger, and the quality wasn’t as good as the top performers. If Bumbleride improves on the tracking of the locked wheel and increases run-ability, the Speed could be a real contender bringing something to the party that no other jogger currently offers.

Read review: Bumbleride Speed

Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated models not shown in this original picture).

Why You Should Trust Us

Our group of experienced jogger testers is led by BabyGearLab founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier, Board Certified Pediatrician, mother of two, and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Spurrier uses her education, background, and experience as a mom, to develop BabyGearLab safety standards, and has the final word on product selection for testing. Our jogging stroller lead is our Senior Research Analyst, Bob Wofford. Bob is a father of 7 and has been leading our jogging stroller testing since our first jogger review. The team also includes Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz, who is a mother of two and has reviewed over 200 strollers since 2014. The review team is rounded out with Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford, who joined BabyGearLab stroller testers in 2015. The team has 20+ combined years of jogger experience. Adding to our jogger ratings and insights, including analysis of run-ability, is our running expert, Carrie Vickers. Carrie is a mother of three and a professional running biomechanics consultant, as well as a national-class runner with accolades you can read more about in her bio.

We’ve purchased and extensively tested more than 50 jogging strollers since 2012. Our testing protocol puts each jogger through a multi-point performance test, to examine running performance, and every day use strolling capabilities. We’ve logged hundreds of miles on running paths and hiking trails in the mountains of beautiful Colorado near Aspen, and dozens of miles through city streets, parks, and maneuvering joggers through supermarkets. Our reviews utilize extensive product research and performance observations from multiple testers of different sizes, and running abilities, to compare each stroller to the competition. Our exhaustive testing in the real world helps us determine which products are the best for running, easy to use, highly maneuverable, with impressive quality.

Related: How We Tested Jogging Strollers

Analysis and Test Results

We purchased over 17 top jogging strollers over time and tested them over several months to determine which options are better than the competition. We put these strollers through their paces, including the activities and obstacles you are likely to experience while running and everyday use. Each stroller was assessed by multiple testers side-by-side to see how well they stacked up against the competitors. Our tests are designed to provide the details you need to know, so you can make an informed decision about which product is best for your needs.

User experience and in-house lab test results determine scores in individual metrics, which are then used to calculate overall scores. Scores are weighted to favor what we believe are essential factors to jogging strollers. We emphasize factors like run-ability and ease of use because superior run-ability is the main reason parents consider a jogger.

Related: Buying Advice for Jogging Strollers

Safety Considerations for Jogging with a Baby

Running with young babies is not advised. Babies should not be in a quick-moving stroller until at least eight months of age for smooth, flat surfaces like concrete or paved paths, and 12-18 months old for uneven or bumpy/hiking terrain. We recommend parents discuss their jogging and outdoor activity plans with their child’s pediatrician before embarking on any adventure.

Also, you should NEVER run with a swivel wheel; you must lock the front wheel in place before you run to prevent the stroller from flipping, twisting, or tipping while at speed.

Value

While some parents might consider jogging strollers as a second stroller, recent jogging strollers prove they can work as a main stroller and jogger which can save you money over purchasing two strollers. Compared to the average price of a full-size stroller, the joggers are a good value with impressive performance for maneuverability, good storage, giant canopies, and other features parents want, which makes almost any award winner a great value. However, if your budget is tight, the Baby Trend Expedition offers adequate performance with lots of features for a wallet-friendly list price. However, it might not be the best for serious runners, given the lack of running features.

The Thule Glide 2 is a fixed wheel jogger that earned a second-place score for run-ability which is less than its swivel wheeled brother, the Thule Urban Glide 2.

Run-ability

We test with multiple users running with each jogger to determine run-ability. This group includes a professional runner who can remark on each stroller’s ergonomics/biomechanics and features specifically for running. For serious runners, it is crucial to have a jogger with features designed for running, such as adjustable tracking, suspension (preferably adjustable), handlebar shape, and tire type. Without these features, running can be frustrating or near impossible.

The front wheel on the BOB Revolution Flex can be locked by moving the red ball and the tracking can be adjusted by turning the black knob below the wheel lock.

Run-ability is impacted by the manufacturing process that brings all the components together with little flex and a low tolerance for manufacturing variations or flaws. We searched for products that run straight without effort, provide excellent biomechanics, and are not a struggle to push or tilt to turn — design, materials, and manufacturing all impact run-ability.

The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 both earned the high score for run-ability with 9s. The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is easy to push with adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar. The Thule Urban Glide 2 has an adjustable handlebar, stationary rear shocks for a smooth ride, and adjustable tracking with the best rolling resistance. If running is your thing, you can’t do better than these top performers. However, running off-road may necessitate the adjustable suspension found on the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 to increase passenger comfort. The BOB Rambler is a second-place runner with adjustable suspension and tracking, but a stationary handlebar. If the users are of similar and average heights, this will work well. The Graco FastAction Fold Jogger is the most challenging product to run with, according to our testers. This Graco doesn’t have adjustable tracking, is heavy, and difficult to push in a straight line or turn. Our professional runner feels the Graco is a non-starter because it doesn’t offer any suspension, and it doesn’t run straight. The Thule Chariot Cross 2 is also suitable for running, which is impressive as it isn’t a traditional jogger but more of a trailer.

The Thule has an easy to access storage bin with a zippered cover that keeps your supplies clean and dry.

Ease-of-Use

The ease of use metric covers everything that makes a product easier to use or provides more than just good run-ability. We test these features for ease of everyday use, including the parent console, storage options, and the child tray. However, higher-scoring joggers don’t offer very many convenience features because they are designed for running, and the two goals don’t always mesh well. Extra features add weight or become un-functional while running, both of which are undesirable.

Higher ranked products in this metric are more enjoyable for the most part. Despite lacking all of the bells and whistles typically found on full-size strollers, the joggers do have adequate storage and useful canopies to protect passengers from various elements.

The canopy on all BOBs has a tendency to be somewhat frumpy even when fully deployed, but you can easily overlook the wrinkles when you see how well it covers little ones.

Sunshade

A useful sunshade should protect your baby from the sun and other elements. The better products have a canopy large enough to cover past the child’s knees with potential additional protection such as a pop-out visor or full-canopy rotation. The shades on the BOB strollers are some of the biggest in the bunch, with an excellent peek-a-boo window, and complete seat coverage.

The Glide 2 canopy has a plastic peek a boo window with a cover that has a magnetic closure.

The Thule Glide 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 also have significant sunshades that cover similar territory to the leg rest. The Thule shades also sport a pop-out visor for more protection from the sun and the ability to rotate them for low light and direct wind protection (something passengers enjoy).

The new Urban Glide 2 has a larger fold than the previous version, but the removable rear wheels make it smaller for transport.

Fold and Unfold

We fold an unfold each stroller to see how easy it is to complete this operation. Folding and unfolding are more critical if you need to do them frequently, and many parents express frustration over how complicated this process can be for some products. Using one hand, folding quickly, or the ability to self-stand is essential if you need to fold it quickly or often. The Thule options can fold with one hand and a quick twist and pull to finalize. This process is possible even when holding a baby.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only option with a cover that keeps contents contained and dry.

Storage

Every jogging style stroller in this review offers some storage. The basket on the Thule Urban Glide 2 fits our large diaper bag, and it has a waterproof cover that stops contents from toppling out or getting wet/dirty (a unique feature). The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the highest storage allowance at 22 lbs. The basket has divided pockets for internal organization with a zippered mesh cover that keeps items contained (though not protected). In addition to a basket, some of the products have rear seatback pockets and inside passenger stow pockets. All of the Thule and BOB strollers sport this, as does the Mountain Buggy Terrain. We think the stow pockets are more useful than a child tray, as most children won’t be able to reach the tray when buckled in and won’t hold items while running.

The photos above show a couple of the storage bins side-by-side, including the mesh-covered Mountain Buggy Terrain (above left), and the blocked access of the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight (above right).

Additional features are nice to have, like the parent console on the Baby Trend Expedition, but it is hard to utilize a cup holder while running, so keep your list of must have features to the bare minimum.

Some of the strollers have parent consoles and child trays, likely as a nod to parent desires as opposed to real usefulness. After testing, we feel the consoles and cup holders are more of a hassle than an asset when the stroller is moving. Runners are likely to find falling items annoying. Alternatively, parents running errands might be frustrated without a cup holder and similar small-item storage features. Where each parent falls on this spectrum, and how much they use these features will vary. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the best hydration holders with long water bottle sleeves that are easy to use and keep bottles in place, even while running. This design is far better for joggers than the shallow and narrow standard cup holders we see on most strollers.

The dual water bottle holders on the Terrain are unique to Mountain Buggy strollers, and we think the sleeves are some of the best hydration holders on the market.
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For safety, we recommend not using cup holders or parent consoles when jogging or running with your stroller. During our testing, almost every cup holder failed to hold a standard size water bottle, and most of them landed on our test “baby” when the bottle fell out.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a large canopy and a seatback that reclines far enough for cozy napping making it a good choice for jogging and a primary stroller.

Seat

All of the strollers have reclining seats, and most operate with one hand. For safety, your baby should only be at a slight angle for running, but it’s nice to know that seats can recline deep enough for a comfy nap. None of the joggers have adjustable leg rests, but most are at a comfortable angle and padded with a durable footrest. We prefer products with a sling-style seat and suspension to ensure a comfortable ride for little ones.

Ease of Setup

Ease of setup is not the most critical metric because, with any luck, you’ll only be doing it once. However, the Thule Glide 2 and Thule Urban Glide 2 set up with no tools; assembly includes putting wheels on and not much else. If you’re worried that you’ll get confused by parts, tools, and hard to understand manuals, then either one will work well for you.

The Outback must be tipped back for turning when using the jogging kit which makes it a poor choice for crowded or tight spaces.

Maneuverability

Easy maneuverability is something parents want in a stroller, and jogging products are no exception. While we can forgive a fixed wheel running stroller for its inability to make tight turns (an intentional safety feature), it isn’t easy to forgive the swivel wheel options that are too big for smaller spaces. Depending on your journey and the subsequent terrain, you may need to make concessions on what you are willing to accept to get the running performance you desire.

Each option was used on the same course and the same trails. We test the products on the pavement, concrete, dirt trails, grass, and around an obstacle course to see which offers the best all-around maneuverability. In short, a locking swivel wheel stroller is the best for parents dedicated to running regularly and who also plan to use their stroller for everyday occasions. This feature has the required fixed wheel for running but provides the versatility of a swivel wheel for easily navigating the grocery store and other outings. This wheel versatility increases the stroller’s usability in all kinds of adventures. The BOB Rambler is an excellent example of a smallish jogger (great for crowds) with enough features to use for errands and trips to the park.

The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.

Every stroller in this review has larger, rubber, pneumatic tires. Some have a fixed front wheel, and others have a locking swivel front wheel for running. Historically, a fixed front wheel has been the gold standard for serious running strollers. However, the newer locking swivel wheels prove they have what it takes for serious running while offering better maneuverability for everyday use. The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a high score in this metric with a 9 of 10. It navigates obstacles and tight spaces easily, but with a locked front wheel, it is still relatively easy to turn while jogging compared to the fixed wheel products. The hardest to move and turn is the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger. This stroller is so challenging that we struggled with the wheel locked and swiveling.

The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and thoughtful design with hidden seams and connection points that give it a sleek appearance that is second to none.

Quality

For quality, we want products that are well-made, user-friendly, durable, and feel as if they will survive multiple children and a variety of adventures. Some of the materials on the jogging strollers are nice quality, including ripstop fabric and lightweight aluminum, while other materials are less so such as heavier steel or plastic connectors. We reviewed and compared all of the materials, including stitching, frames, flexing, wheel design, connection points, and any exposed rivets or unique designs.

With bunched up fabric and exposed connection points, the fit and finish on the Baby Trend Expedition isn’t as good as some of the higher scoring models in this review.

The highest quality options are the Thule and BOB strollers. These two brands are well-designed, thoughtfully constructed, and use materials that are durable and stylish. The Thules have a sleek and sharp finish, while the BOB tends to look more utilitarian.

The fabric on the Thules has a tight weave and is snag-resistant. The fit to the frame is close, and in some places, has no visible ends. These strollers have stiff frames with little to no flex, and suspension and connections that increase performance. The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit and the Mountain Buggy Terrain are close in quality with scores of 8, just below the 9s for the BOB strollers and the Thule Urban Glide 2, and 10 for the Thule Glide 2.

The Rambler is a small folded jogger compared to most of the jogging competition.

Weight and Folded Size

The joggers weigh around 23 and 41 lbs. While this heft may not be a problem for some, other parents may wish they’d chosen a lighter stroller once they lift it. It may not sound like a big issue, but lifting and holding a stroller to put it in a trunk can be challenging if its weight exceeds your capabilities. If you’ll need to fold your jogger to transport it, you’ll likely want to consider a lighter option. The Thule Glide 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 both weigh 24.4 lbs, which is an increase from their former weights. However, this is still less than the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 at 27.3 lbs and the BOB Rambler at 25.1 lbs. The Baby Trend Expedition is only 23.6 lbs, but given its lack of running features, we think the added pound of the Thules is worth it to get a much better running stroller.

A stroller’s weight is only part of the story; the overall folded size is also crucial. If you can’t fit it in your car, it means you probably can’t use it as often as you planned.

The Baby Trend Expedition has a small compact fold and self-stands for easy stowing.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is around 15,388 cubic inches when folded, but the Thule Glide 2 is closer to 20,352 cubic inches, which is a significant difference. The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is only 14,748, which is smaller than both Thules. The BOB Rambler is even smaller at 13,150 cubic inches, which is positively petite comparatively speaking. The Baby Trend Expedition is also small when folded at 13,200 cubic inches. Because of the wide variety of sizes and shapes and the limited space of some homes or vehicles, it is crucial that you consider weight and folded size before choosing a jogger. If you can’t pick it up or squeeze it in your car, then it isn’t going to work in your life. Not sure what might fit? Purchase using a vendor with an excellent return policy (like Amazon), so you can return it if it isn’t the best fit.

Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging style stroller on the market (Thule Chariot Cross 2, Grand Safari, Burley Solstice, Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight, Bumbleride Speed, Mountain Buggy Terrain and updated versions of the Thule strollers not shown).

Conclusion

Jogging strollers are almost a must-have item for many families, runners, or not. The three-wheel design, rubber tires, and the ability to move smoothly over uneven terrains make them a favorite suitable for almost every busy family. We also believe that jogging style stroller can be your only stroller because they are versatile and provide a lot of the features parents want for everyday use. No matter what your goals may be, there is something for everyone in this review, and the award winners are a great place to start your stroller search.

The Best Jogging Strollers For Running With Your Baby

Parents buy jogging strollers so they can stay fit while staying with their kids. Getting some fresh and exercise while spending time with your little one sounds like recreational multitasking at its finest. Whether you enjoy power walking through a park, taking your tot on an off-road adventure, or running a 5K with your tiny companion, you’ll want a jogging stroller that’s up to the task.

Unlike traditional carriages, joggers are built to buffer baby along the bumpiest of rides by featuring three super-sized wheels, rear- or all-wheel suspension, shock absorbers, and brakes ⏤ either traditional parking or hand-activated drum brakes designed to help you slow down when necessary.

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Most jogging strollers are geared toward babies age six-months or older, since an infant’s neck muscles aren’t strong enough to withstand even the most casual of fun runs. But once you’re ready to hit the road, you’ll want to study these three-wheelers carefully as not all joggers are created equal.

For example, a lockable swivel front wheel is a feature that offers the best of both worlds: stability on long runs and maneuverability on short strolls. Taller parents and caregivers want an adjustable handlebar so they’re not stooped over by the time they cross the finish line. It goes without saying that convenient collapsibility and storage are key, so determining how easily and compactly these strollers fold is another component to consider. Some joggers even accommodate infant seats for an all-in-one travel system.

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With so many bells and whistles offered by numerous brands, it’s tough to know which jogger you want along for the ride. We compared the models that garnered top reviews from Stroller Envy, Consumer Reports, and Amazon.com so all you need to do is buckle up baby and enjoy the scenery. Happy strolling!

Best Jogging Strollers

Folding this double jogging stroller is easy, thanks to a trigger release on the handlebar, and it gives parents a customized fit for each baby.

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Pros: We love the one-step fold with the ingenious trigger release, pls the UPF 45 canopy and the all-wheel suspension tires, which ensure a very smooth ride on any surface. The front wheels swivel 360 degrees and have an inline lock option. The handle is adjustable and the stroller has a standing fold with auto lock.

Cons: It’s a fantastic stroller, but the price is on the higher side.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 36 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 90 lbs.
  • Front Wheel Type: Swivel lock
  • Suspension: All wheel
  • Brake: Foot brake
  • Adjustable Handlebar: Yes

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With just one hand, you can fold the Activ3 into three compact configurations for fast and easy storage in the closet, garage, or trunk. Thanks to a foot-activated Flexcore suspension, you can adjust this stroller for a smooth ride on paved and rugged terrain alike. A wrist strap prevents the jogger from rolling out of reach.

Pros: Parents appreciate having two cup holders as well as a large storage basket. This jogging stroller is easy to steer and absorbs the shock of uneven surfaces well so your little one can snooze as you cruise.

Cons: This stroller proved bigger than some parents wanted or expected. Others wish the fabric were higher quality for the price.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 27.5 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 50 lbs.
  • Front Wheel Type: Swivel lock
  • Wheel Dimensions: 12″ Front, 12″ Rear
  • Suspension: Adjustable
  • Brake: Hand-operated parking brake
  • Adjustable Handlebar: No

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The front wheel on this jogging stroller swivels for easy maneuvering and can be locked for jogging. This stroller also can accommodate any of the Baby Trend flex-loc or Inertia infant car seats transforming it into a travel system.

Pros: You can’t beat the attractive price point, and parents on the run love the easy-to-snap five-point harness. Assembly is simple and straightforward as well.

Cons: Several customers experienced issues with the front-wheel locking unexpectedly.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 28.5 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 50 lbs.
  • Front Wheel Type: Swivel lock
  • Wheel Dimensions: 12″ Front, 16″ Rear
  • Suspension: Non-adjustable
  • Brake: Foot-activated rear brake
  • Adjustable Handlebar: No

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The Bumbleride Speed jogging stroller includes all-wheel suspension for walking, jugging, and running. It’s the only jogging stroller with a partial swivel recommended for jogging and its fabric is made of 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. It also includes an air pump so you can refill your tires on the go.

Pros: Deemed the “Cadillac of jogging strollers,” this lightweight luxury stroller features larger rear wheels, granting your little one a smooth ride and making traveling over any surface a breeze. With a maximum weight recommendation of up to 100 pounds, you can use this for years to come.

Cons: Compared to other jogging strollers, this one is bit pricey.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 24 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 100 lbs.
  • Front Wheel Type: Partial swivel lock
  • Wheel Dimensions: 12″ Front, 16″ Rear
  • Suspension: All-wheel
  • Brake: Foot-activated rear brake
  • Adjustable Handlebar: Yes

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The ergonomic, adjustable handlebar on the Thule jogging stroller features a twist hand brake, allowing you to stop on a dime. The large storage basket comes with zip top cover, protecting your items from the elements.

Pros: Parents found this model “light and easy to push.” Others liked its “sleek and modern” look and appreciated that it’s “highly maneuverable.”

Cons: Some found this model a bit big for every day use and wish it had a cup holder.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 25.3 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 75 lbs.
  • Front Wheel Type: Swivel lock
  • Wheel Dimensions: 12″ Front, 16″ Rear
  • Suspension: All-wheel
  • Brake: Integrated hand brake
  • Adjustable Handlebar: Yes

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This jogging stroller gives babies with a need for speed a head start as it’s suitable for tots three months and up as long as they meet the minimum weight requirement of 15 pounds. It features an extra-wide seat that rides high to give your little one great visibility.

Pros: Parents love the higher seat and appreciate that the stroller comes with an air pump. Thanks to a larger weight limit, parents of children with special needs found that they were able to use this model far longer than other strollers. The multi-position reclining seat all kids to nap comfortably.

Cons: Many missed having a hand brake or wrist strap. To use it with a car seat, you’ll need to buy an adapter.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 25.7 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 75 lbs.
  • Front Wheel Type: Swivel lock
  • Wheel Dimensions: 12.5″ Front, 16″ Rear
  • Suspension: All-wheel
  • Brake: Foot brake
  • Adjustable Handlebar: No

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If you’re running on rough terrain, you need this jogging stroller, which has mountain bike-style suspension and a large, fixed front wheel that gives you top-notch stability.

Pros: Your kid will be part of your workout, thanks to this jogging stroller’s fully upright seat with ultra-padded compression and extra ventilation. The stroller has a hand-activated, front-caliper brake for added control when jogging downhill and a handlebar with nine adjustable positions.

Cons: This stroller has a fixed front wheel, so while you do get great stability, it also has a more limited range of motion.

Specifications:

  • Weight:27 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 75 lbs.
  • Front Wheel Type: Fixed
  • Wheel Dimensions: Pneumatic tires with tubes and Schrader valve, 16″ x 1.5″
  • Suspension: Mountain bike-style suspension system
  • Brake: Hand-activated, front-caliper brake
  • Adjustable Handlebar: Yes

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The BOB Revolution jogging stroller gets high marks because of its locking swivel-front wheel for extra stability when jogging. Plus, it’s compatible with BOB infant car seats or Britax car seats when using the BOB car seat adapter, which is sold separately

Pros: With BOB, you get an all-terrain stroller suitable for children from eight weeks old and up to 75 pounds. It has hand-activated rear drum brakes for the best downhill control when you’re running up or down hills, and the front wheel can swivel for top maneuverability or lock for added stability when you’re on the go. Plus it has a nine-position adjustable handlebar with wrist strap.

Cons: Some parents complain that it can be wobbly, so do a test run before going out for real.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 28.5 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 75 lbs.
  • Front Wheel Type: Swivel lock
  • Wheel Dimensions: 12.5″ Front, 16″ Rear
  • Suspension: Coil spring and elastomer core shock absorbers
  • Brake: Hand-activated rear drum brakes
  • Adjustable Handlebar: Yes

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If you love to jog, but also want to take your baby biking, strolling and skiing, this is your stroller. It’s pricey, yes, but ideal for an ultra-active lifestyle.

Pros: The Thule Chariot Cross is a jogger and a trailer, and is perfect for those who love an active lifestyle. It’s easy to fold and has a reclining seat, plus has spring leaf suspension for a smooth ride. It includes aa bicycle trailer kit and strolling kit.

Cons: The jogging and skiing kits are sold separately. Thule also sells a rear hand brake as an upgrade.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 32 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 100 lbs.
  • Suspension: Leaf spring suspension
  • Brake: Parking brake
  • Adjustable Handlebar: Yes

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This double jogger stroller has quick release tires for storage and travel, a locking front swivel wheel, pneumatic bicycle tires, a ratcheting shade canopy with window, and a sizable storage basket. Like other strollers, it has a five-point safety harness, a multi-position recline, and two cup holders. Plus, it’s easy to fold and compact to store.

Pros: You really get a lot for the price with this double jogging stroller. This jogging stroller has bicycles tires and a locking front swivel wheel that keeps the front wheel in place while jogging. Because of its weight limit, it’s great for twins.

Cons: The front wheel has been known to unlock itself while you’re using the stroller.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 32.5 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 50 lbs.
  • Suspension: Pneumatic bicycle tires
  • Brake: Foot-activated rear brake system
  • Adjustable Handlebar: No

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If you want to take your little one running or jogging, a regular stroller just isn’t going to cut it. Jogging strollers are designed to keep your little one safe and comfortable while absorbing the bouncing caused by higher speeds and uneven surfaces. They’re also built to glide across the pavement, which means less work for you. Also, while you might not be able to use a regular stroller for running, a jogging stroller can also double for everyday use, giving your child a comfy and secure ride on any terrain.

We looked at dozens of jogging strollers in order to find the best, highest-quality, smoothest riding jogging stroller at any budget, based on factors such as quality of materials, Amazon ratings, and other considerations. We narrowed our search down to five of the top-rated jogging strollers that are on the market today.

Top PickBOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller

Meet the BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller, the best jogging stroller you can buy.

We’ve identified the BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller as the best jogging stroller overall. While it’s a little pricier than some of our stroller picks, it glides along effortlessly thanks to its mountain bike suspension system and air-filled tires. These features, coupled with the fact that it’s extra comfy for kids, make it an excellent choice for smart parents.

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The 5 Top-Rated Jogging Strollers

Editor’s Picks Brand Rating
Best Overall BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller 4.6
Runner Up Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller 4.3
Best Budget Buy Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller 4.3
Best All Terrain Stroller Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller 4.5
Best Double Jogging Stroller BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogging Stroller 4.6

*Ratings are from Amazon at the time of publication and can change

Our Top Pick: BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller

If you’re looking for a jogging stroller that glides smoothly across all kinds of terrain, look no further than the BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller. The swivel-front wheel can be locked for stability when jogging or left open for easy mobility around the block or on a bumpy trail. The mountain bike suspension system and bicycle air-filled tires provides a smooth ride for both you and baby. Reviewers report that the tires hold air better than some other strollers on the market and even hold up after heavy-duty trail use.

Reviewers also love that the handlebar adjusts to fit any size parent and is easily adjusted when switching between users. They also like the comfortable and ventilated seat and easy-to-use 5-point harness. The also seat easily reclines with just one hand to give little ones a place to nap.

The stroller is compatible with BOB or Britax seats when using the BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter, which is sold separately. The stroller fits all kids from birth to 75 pounds, with a maximum height of 44 inches.

BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller Key Features:

  • Swivel-front wheel can be locked for stability
  • Air-filled tires
  • Mountain bike suspension system
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Compatible with BOB and Britax infant car seats
  • Fits children from birth to 75 pounds

Our Runner Up: Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

Runner Up Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

An extra-wide seat has a multi-position recline for ultimate comfort.

$299.99 USD

A bit more budget-friendly, but still an amazing option is the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller. It has a high seat that gives kids great visibility while out on your run. It also features a multi-position seat recline for on-the-go naps. The front wheel is a swivel and locks straight when needed for running. Its aluminum frame features shock absorbing suspension. This model also has an added rear axle, which allows for better maneuverability.

Reviewers love that this stroller can fit larger kids, up to 75 pounds. Its light and strong design makes pushing even big kids a breeze. Reviewers even note that they can steer the stroller with just one hand. They also report that you can run at decent speeds without dealing with bothersome vibration. Their kids report that its a smooth and comfortable ride.

Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller Key Features:

  • Swivel-front wheel can be locked for running
  • Rear axle for better maneuverability
  • Weights just 25.7 pounds – one of the lightest jogging strollers on the market
  • Car seat adjusters (sold separately) allow you attach any car seat
  • Fits kids up to 75 pounds
  • Shock absorbing suspension smooths out bumps on the road
  • Oversized canopy to keep kids in the shade

Our Budget Pick: Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller

Best for Budget Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller

For parents who don’t want to sacrifice quality for price, the Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller comes highly recommended.

$109.99 USD

At just $92.99, the Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller is the best jogging stroller for budget-friendly parents who don’t want to sacrifice quality for price. It has everything you could want in a jogging stroller, all for less. It features large bicycle tires with a swivel-front tire that can be locked when running or jogging. It has a fully reclining padded seat, a 5-point safety harness, and adjustable canopy to block the sun. The stroller effortlessly folds up for easy storage or transport. It also features an ergonomically shaped rubber handle that is soft and comfortable when pushing the stroller.

Reviewers love how much their kids like riding in this stroller. Its comfy seat, combined with large canopy and oversized bicycle tires all combine to make for a smooth and comfortable ride. Parents report that it effortlessly glides over bumpy terrain, making their jog a breeze.

Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller Key Features:

  • Swivel-front tire can be locked for stability or left unlocked for low-speed maneuverability
  • Parent console has two cup holders and a covered storage compartment
  • Child tray has two cup holders for snacks and drinks
  • Perfect for kids from birth through 50 pounds
  • Fits Baby Trend car seats (sold separately)
  • JPMA certified

Best All-Terrain Stroller: Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogger Stroller

Best All-Terrain Stroller Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogger Stroller

The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogger Stroller is easy to maneuver on any terrain thanks to the swivel wheel in the front.

$479.95 USD

If you’re looking for an all-terrain stroller that’s easy to maneuver on any ground, the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogger Stroller is your best bet. The Thule Urban Glide is perfect for any terrain due to its swivel-front wheel. The wheel can be left unlocked for easy maneuverability across bumpy trails or pavement or it can be locked for the stability required during a high-speed run. It also has heavy-duty suspension that makes for an extra smooth ride. It also features a twist handbrake that can provide speed control on hilly terrain or whenever it picks up too much speed. The comfortable and ergonomic seat features a convenient one-handed recline and 5-point safety harness. It all folds up easily and compact for storage.

Reviewers love how easy the stroller glides during a run. They report that it maneuvers like a dream – even on uneven terrain. Its ergonomic and easily adjustable handlebar is also a big hit as it provides the ultimate in comfort during a run.

Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Jogging Stroller Key Features:

  • Swivel-front wheel that can be locked for stability
  • Twist handbrake provides speed control on hilly terrain
  • 16-inch rear wheels
  • Reclining seat
  • Multi-position canopy
  • Ergonomic, adjustable handlebar
  • Large cargo basket with room for all your supplies

Best Double Jogging Stroller: BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogger Stroller

Best Double Jogging Stroller BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogger Stroller

The BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogger Stroller is the perfect choice for adventurous families with two kids.

If you’re looking for a double jogging stroller, the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogger Stroller will not disappoint. Its perfect for both on and off road jogging with air-filled tires and a state of the art suspension system that offers three inches of travel or “give” and two stages of support. It has a swivel-locking front tire that swivels to maneuver with ease or locks forward for increased stability when jogging. The stroller also features an ergonomic handlebar that’s easily adjustable for parents of differing heights.

Reviewers love that this stroller makes running with their two kids easier than ever. Their kids are also on board due to the ventilated, padded and ultra comfortable seat. The extra-large UPF 50+ canopy keeps them cool and protected from the sun. The oversized cargo basket provides room for all the supplies, gear, and snacks you could need on any excursion.

BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogging Stroller Key Features:

  • Air-filled tires on high impact polymer wheels
  • State of the art suspension system with two stages of weight support
  • Fits kids from birth to 50 pounds in each seat
  • Can be used with any car seat with the BOB Duallie Infant Car Seat Adapter (sold separately)
  • Hand-activated brakes for speed control on downhill slopes

Who Should Buy a Jogging Stroller

New parents need time to exercise, get out in nature, and enjoy the great outdoors, but a regular stroller just doesn’t cut it for jogging or cutting through rough terrain. Your little one can get bounced around due to insufficient suspension and small, wobbly tires. Jogging strollers, on the other hand, makes staying active a breeze. They are specifically designed to glide along smoothly during a run or outdoor excursion. With larger air-filled wheels, wheel suspension, and ergonomic handlebars, they’re made to withstand high speeds and rocky terrain. Just pop your little one in a jogging stroller and go out for a midday run while your little one snoozes away.

Although regular strollers can’t double as a jogging stroller, a jogging stroller can be used almost anywhere. Most feature a swivel tire that makes for easy maneuverability whether on the city streets or out on the trail. Your little one will stay comfy in the ergonomically designed seat while you get your day to day errands done.

Top Pick BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller

Meet the BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller, the best jogging stroller you can buy.

Important Features to Consider

A jogging stroller should be well-made and built to meet all safety considerations for your little one. Here’s what to consider when selecting a jogging stroller:

  • Double or single stroller? It seems pretty obvious, but if you plan on taking more than one child with you on your run, you’ll need a double stroller. Some parents with one child even decide to plan ahead and purchase a double stroller knowing more children are in the future. If you have more than two children, there are a select few of triple jogging strollers on the market, but the reviews are mixed.
  • Swivel or stationary wheel? A jogging stroller with a swivel wheel provides maneuverability across any terrain, while a stationary wheel provides stability during running and jogging. Many jogging strollers on the market today offer the best of both worlds with a swivel wheel that has the option to be locked for stability.
  • Safety considerations. Safety is of the utmost concern when it comes to purchasing a jogging stroller. Make sure the stroller you choose has been certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). The JPMA ensures that all products sold with the certification pass various safety tests and meet the highest standards and regulations.
  • Compatibility with an infant car seat. If you want to put your newborn in the stroller, you want to ensure that the stroller is compatible with your infant car seat. Some strollers require car seat adaptors that can be purchased separately. Others are only compatible with certain car seats.
  • Adjustable handlebars. If both parents want to use the stroller and are different heights, you might want to look for a stroller that features a handlebar that is easily adjusted. Some strollers have fixed handlebars that assume a standard height, while others can be easily adjusted so that they’re the perfect height for each user.
  • Storage capability. If you like to go on long excursions, you’ll want to choose a stroller that has the capability for a lot of storage. Many strollers have under the seat storage, while others also have additional pockets on the side or back for extra storage.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a jogging stroller?

A jogging stroller is any stroller that can be used for jogging. These types of strollers typically have three air-filled tires, one in the front and two larger tires in the back. They have a wheel suspension system that provides a smooth ride for both you and your baby. They also typically feature ergonomic handlebars to make it easier to push the stroller while running, and a handbrake to control the speed if the stroller picks up too much momentum on downhill slopes.

What’s the difference between a jogging stroller and an all-terrain stroller?

The terms “jogging stroller” and “all-terrain stroller” are used pretty interchangeably these days. An all-terrain stroller has a front wheel that swivels freely to allow for easy maneuverability over bumpy and uneven terrain. Jogging strollers used to have a large fixed front wheel for stability during runs, but over time, manufacturers have changed this design to offer flexibility. The front wheel on most models now can be locked for stability or left unlocked to swivel freely.

When can you put a baby in a jogging stroller?

You shouldn’t begin running with your baby until he is about six months old. At this point, your baby can typically hold his head up sufficiently to sit in the stroller comfortably and withstand some of the minor jostling that occurs during a run. Check with your pediatrician for the final approval before you head out on your first run.

Do you burn more calories running with a stroller?

Running with a stroller absolutely provides a more strenuous workout than running alone. As for exactly how many calories it burns, check out a calorie burning calculator, such as the one at HeathStatus. According to HealthStatus, a 160-pound woman burns 182 calories running at 6 mph for 15 minutes. Pushing a stroller burns 48 calories for the same 15 minutes, for a total of 230 calories.

Other Jogging Strollers We Reviewed

Top Pick BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller

Meet the BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller, the best jogging stroller you can buy.

We looked at 20 other jogging strollers. Even though they didn’t make our 5 best jogging stroller list, they’re the best of the rest and each is still a great option. The information you’ll need to compare each one is included with the listing.

  • All-Terrain Strollers
  • Double Jogging Stroller

All-Terrain Strollers

Baby Trend Xcel Jogger Stroller

The Baby Trend Xcel features large bicycle tires and a front swivel tire that can be locked for stability. It features lightweight rugged steel frame construction and folds effortlessly for storage.

Key Features:

  • Recommended for children six months up to 50 pounds
  • Weighs 28.8 pounds
  • JPMA certified

Cost: $94.84

Baby Trend Range Jogger Stroller

The Baby Trend Range features hi-impact lightweight composite all-terrain wheels. The front wheel can be locked in place for running and unlocked for strolling across all types of ground.

Key Features:

  • Multi-position reclining seat with 5-point harness
  • Child tray with two cup holders
  • Extra-wide ergonomic handle

Cost: $122.00

Schwinn Interval Jogging Stroller

With performance shocks and polished wheel ball bearings, the Schwinn stroller effortlessly glides over all terrain. It features premium seat cushioning and a padded strap to provide extra comfort for your little one.

Key Features:

  • Lockable swivel wheel can be used for jogging or all-terrain strolling
  • Extra-large canopy with UPF 50+
  • Parent tray has cup holders and the under-the-seat basket provides extra room for storage

Cost: $139.99

Baby Trend Stealth Jogging Stroller

This stylish and sporty stroller features 16-inch rear bicycle tires with a front swivel wheel. It features a convenient parent cup holder and removable child bumper bar.

Key Features:

  • Compatible with Baby Trend infant car seats
  • Multi-position reclining seat
  • Large storage basket

Cost: $112.98

Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller

The Chicco TRE conveniently offers two suspension choices: a soft ride for easy strolling and a more firm ride for jogging. It has 16-inch pneumatic rear tires and a hand-operated deceleration brake for easy speed control.

Key Features:

  • Three folding configurations: self-standing for the garage, flat fold for the trunk, and more compact fold for storage
  • The fabric is water repellent, durable, and wipeable for easy cleaning
  • Fits children from six months through 50 pounds

Cost: $379.79

J is for Jeep Brand Adventure All-Terrain Jogging Stroller

A comfortable and stylish ride, the J is for Jeep stroller offers a five-point harness with padded shoulder straps and a multi-position reclining seat. The foam comfort handlebar and lightweight design make it a breeze to run with.

Key Features:

  • Extremely lightweight at just 21 pounds
  • Folds quickly and compactly for easy storage
  • JPMA certified

Cost: $149.95

Graco RoadMaster Jogging Stroller

The Graco RoadMaster features all of the comfort and convenience of a jogging stroller, but with a more compact feel. It also folds down 20% more compact than other Graco jogging strollers, making it easy to take with you on-the-go.

Key Features:

  • Accepts all Graco infant car seats
  • One-hand fold for the ultimate in convenience
  • Fits children from birth up to 50 pounds

Cost: $178.56

BOB Rambler Jogging Stroller

An incredibly lightweight and durable stroller, the BOB Rambler features 12-inch air-filled tires on polymer wheels. The front wheel swivels for maneuverability for locks for stability on a run.

Key Features:

  • Mountain bike suspension features three inches of travel
  • Extra-large canopy blocks the sun
  • Sturdy aluminum frame only weighs 25 pounds

Cost: $319.99

2018 Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller

The Bumbleride features three-speed steering system: a partial swivel mode for curved paths, locked forward for high-speed running, and unlocked mode for everyday strolling.

Key Features:

  • Adjustable TPR handling
  • Non-toxic, fabric made from recycled water bottles
  • Front and rear wheel suspension

Cost: $569.00

Costzon Baby Jogger Stroller

Lightweight, yet durable, the Costzon stroller features air-filled rubber tires and suspension for a smooth ride on any terrain.

Key Features:

  • Extra-large canopy allows your child to ride protected from the sunlight
  • Parent’s tray includes storage and two cup holders
  • Deluxe padded seat for your child’s comfort

Cost: $125.99

Burley Design Solstice Jogger

The Burley jogging stroller features a one-handed fold. The patent-pending S.I.T. Seat system prevents tangled straps and makes it simple to take your little one in and out of the stroller.

Key Features:

  • Comes in three colors
  • Extra-large cargo basket underneath the seat
  • Extendable padded handlebar for parents of all heights

Cost: $261.71

Graco Modes Jogger Stroller

The Graco Modes stroller features five ways to ride: with an infant car seat facing mom or the world, stroller seat facing parent or the world, or traditional travel system.

Key Features:

  • Extra-large UV50 rated canopy with breathable mesh
  • One-hand standing fold
  • Air-filled rubber tires, suspension, and a safety tether

Cost: $279.99

Mountain Buggy Terrain Premium Jogging Stroller

The Mountain Buggy Terrain features two sets of wheels, 16-inch tires to handle all types of terrain and 12-inch tires for an urban environment. It also features a three-position swivel lock front wheel.

Key Features:

  • One-hand squeeze control brake
  • Shock absorbing suspension
  • Water resistant fabric makes cleanup a breeze

Cost: $449.99

Baby Trend Falcon Jogger Stroller

The Baby Trend Falcon features a sleek chrome frame with dual chrome suspension. It has large bicycle tires and a front swivel wheel that can be unlocked for maneuverability or locked for stability.

Key Features:

  • Removable bumper bar
  • Mutli-position padded seat
  • Parent tray has two cup holders and a storage compartment

Cost: $159.99

Double Jogging Stroller

Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger Stroller

This double stroller fits two kids up to 50 pounds each. It features all-terrain pneumatic rubber bicycle tires for running, jogging on the trail, or just strolling around town.

Key Features:

  • Foot-activated rear brake
  • Large storage basket and covered storage compartment
  • Multi-position seat recline and five-point harness

Cost: $169.99

Baby Trend Navigator Double Jogger Stroller

The Baby Trend Navigator features two front wheels for better maneuverability. It also comes equipped with an MP3 plugin and speakers so you and your babies can enjoy music while out on a run.

Key Features

  • Accommodates two Baby Trend car seats
  • Multi-position reclining seats
  • Pneumatic bicycle tires

Cost: $229.99

Baby Jogger 2016 Summit X3 Double Jogging Stroller

The Summit X3 features exceptional performance and maneuverability. It is equipped with a remote swivel wheel lock that is mounted on the handlebar so you can change it on the go.

Key Features:

  • Hand operated rear drum brakes
  • All-wheel independent suspension system
  • Large sun canopy

Cost: $649.95

Baby Trend Navigator Lite Double Jogger Stroller

The Baby Trend Navigator Lite stroller is a sturdy, lightweight double jogging stroller that’s certified by the JPMA. It has a front swivel wheel that allows you to lock the front wheel in place while jogging.

Key Features:

  • Ratcheting shade canopy
  • Composite tires
  • Fits two children up to 50 pounds each

Cost: $249.99

Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Double Jogger Stroller

An all-terrain stroller with a sleek design, the Thule Urban Glide double jogger stroller has a locking swivel front wheel. It features a one-handed compact fold for easy storage and transport.

Key Features:

  • Integrated twist handbrake provides speed control
  • Five-point child harness
  • Multi-position canopy

Cost: $679.95

phil&teds Sport Stroller

The phil&teds stroller is an inline double stroller that’s ideal for parents who are short on space. It features a one-hand fold that makes storage a breeze.

Key Features:

  • 12-inch air tires
  • Compatible with one or two infant car seats (adapters sold separately)
  • 5-point harness with one-touch release

Cost: $699.99

The Best Jogging Strollers For New Moms

Are you a new mom trying to stay active? Jogging could be the perfect way to shed that pregnancy weight, but you can’t leave your baby alone at home. What you need is one of the best jogging strollers for new moms.

Shopping for strollers, especially jogging strollers, is not easy, and when you’re a new mom, all of the options can be so overwhelming. The best jogging strollers for new moms have to be durable and easy to maneuver. As a mom you want to make sure your baby will be safe and comfortable, but you’re also looking for a stroller that will accommodate you and fit into your busy lifestyle.

I’ve compiled a list of the top five best jogging strollers for new moms, based on factors such as comfort, safety, maneuverability, ease of storage, and overall quality. Each stroller has its own unique features, all of which add to the overall ranking of the stroller. Any one of these five jogging strollers is sure to satisfy all of an active mom’s needs!

1. Graco®- FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ Stroller

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This stroller is our number one! Easy to maneuver, good on all terrains, and sturdy feeling. Another great feature of this stroller is its parent’s tray, complete with two cupholders, a smartphone cradle, and a covered storage compartment. It also boasts a one-second, one-hand fold for ease of storage. And the best part is it’s compatible with any Graco® infant car seats! Its only downfall is its height; shorter moms might not enjoy the same comfortable ride as those who are a bit taller (5’6″ seems to be the height this stroller caters best to).

2. BOB- 2016 Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller

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The BOBgear Revolution Flex is our top pick for dual jogging strollers. While a bit pricy, it promises to be completely worth it. Users love the overall durability of this product. It provides a smooth ride on all terrains and easy maneuverability even on tight turns. This stroller’s padded handlebars can be adjusted into 9 different positions assuring a comfortable ride for any parent, and it has an impressive shock system to keep both kids comfortable the whole time. BOB also makes this model as a single-rider stroller!

3. Thule- Urban Glide

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If you’re willing to splurge for the best quality, here’s a jogging stroller that absolutely won’t disappoint! The Urban Glide by Thule is the epitome of sports strollers. Complete with an adjustable ergonomic handlebar, padded reclining seat, and rear suspension, it promises a comfortable ride. In addition, this stroller comes with a large, zippered storage compartment that will keep all of your belongings water protected. And for new moms this stroller is especially easy to fold and stow away.

4. Baby Trend- Expedition® Jogger

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This stroller offers the best bang for your buck! Not only are people raving about it, but it’s also one of the more affordable strollers on the market. It’s lightweight and easy to maneuver, and users are pleased with the smooth ride it provides for both its little passengers and their jogging mom. The Expedition® Jogger by Baby Trend is also valued for its ease in set up and storage.

5. Burley- Solstice

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This jogging stroller made it to our top five because of its impressive functionality and durability. Although it is slightly heavier weight, the Burley Solstice is one of the easiest strollers to fold. Also, it is self-standing and can be pulled on its wheels when folded for easy transportation. It’s received great reviews for its quality and comfort, very similar to those of the BOB Revolution Flex. It provides the same ease in maneuvering and is also very resilient on all terrains.

There you have it! My picks for the best jogging strollers for new moms. Mom, you won’t be disappointed with any one of these top five. All you have to do is pick the stroller that best fits your and your baby’s lifestyle and needs.

How to Choose a Stroller for Jogging

After putting the top jogging strollers through months of testing, we learned a lot about what makes one stroller better than another, and which features make the best jogging machine. Our goal is to share the lessons we’ve learned so that you can make the best buying decision for your family.

You may also enjoy our related review of the top standard-size strollers.

Jogging with baby is a great way to get out of the house and bond while improving your mood and physical well-being.

Why Buy a Jogging Stroller?

After 9+ months of pregnancy, a lot of Moms find themselves ready for exercise or time outside. A stroller you can jog with is an investment in your health and mental well-being that happily, is a form of exercise you can share with baby once they have developed strong enough neck muscles to handle the stress of jogging (8-12 months with your pediatrician okay). Most babies love to go jogging, and most parents find that it is an easy, cost-effective way to get active and into an exercise routine. Even if exercise isn’t your goal, getting out of the house and into the sunshine can do wonders for your emotional and mental well-being which could be out of whack with fluctuating hormones.

The following details will guide you through the important features of jogging strollers and will help you decide which stroller and features are right for you.

Safety in Jogging Strollers and Child Bike Trailers

Running with your baby in a jogging stroller and biking with your little one in a child bike trailer, can expose your baby to stressful forces that can be harmful. Consult with your pediatrician to ensure your child has sufficient neck and core muscle strength before you begin using a jogging stroller or child bike carrier.

Dr. Spurrier, a pediatrician and founder of BabyGearLab notes, “It’s important to avoid running and biking with young babies due to the jarring and jostling stresses that can occur. All babies need to have adequate neck and core muscle strength before they can safely participate in any jogging or biking activities. This strength generally does not occur until at least 8 months of age.”

One of the top manufacturers of joggers, BOB Gear, recommends waiting until your baby is at least eight months old before jogging. We would go one step further and say that running and biking with your baby should be strictly limited to smooth surfaces between 8 to 12 months. At a minimum of 12 months, children can begin to ride on rougher terrain, provided they are adequately restrained in a 5-point harness with proper padding and support. Also, children riding in a child bike trailer should wear an appropriate bike helmet. All of this is still true even if your younger baby is in an attached infant car seat carrier.
The 3 wheel stance of this Bob Revolution Flex is a telltale sign you are looking at a stroller intended for jogging.

How are Joggers Different?

Traditional strollers are not safe for jogging with a baby. They lack the design features necessary to reduce the jarring shocks a baby could experience as parents jog over uneven surfaces. It’s hard to avoid hazards like bumps in the road, curbs, uneven sidewalks, and sections of non-paved surfaces when you are running, and non-jogging strollers lack the ability to navigate these hazards at speed safely.

Jogging strollers have several features designed to reduce the impact of the road:

  • Larger pneumatic (air-filled) rubber tires — A jogger typically has 16+ inch wheels in the rear and a 12+ inch wheel in the front (double the diameter of most traditional strollers). These larger wheels roll over bumps easier and result in less stress for the baby. The bigger wheels also create less rolling resistance, so long runs require less effort. Traditional strollers usually have smaller plastic wheels that do nothing to reduce shock and are not suitable for running.
  • Effective suspension systems — A jogging style stroller should include some kind of suspension to reduce further jarring. Most joggers have rear suspension and a sling-style seat that helps absorb some of the motion involved in jogging.
  • Locking/Fixed front wheel — If you try to jog with a traditional stroller, or even a jogger with the front wheel unlocked, you will find that the front wheel(s) start wobbling. This wobble creates strong vibrations in the stroller and makes jogging uncomfortable for you and your baby. This movement can also result in the front wheel(s) turning so sharply that the jogger tips over. All strollers designed for jogging provide the ability to lock the front wheel fully, and the better products offer adjustable tracking for straight movement.
  • Long distance between wheels — Strollers designed for jogging push the front wheel forward and away from baby’s center of gravity. This allows the front wheel to bounce in the event of a bump in the road with less stress transferred to the baby’s body.

The Expedition has a deep recline for easy napping.

Your Multi-Purpose Stroller

Many jogging strollers could be considered as a multi-purpose solution, doing the work of a jogger and traditional stroller in one product. We rate each product on its run-ability, and our test scores favor running performance, but many parents rely on their jogger as a stroller for everyday activities as well. Because of this, we rate each jogger on a variety of additional metrics that impact serious running and daily activities. This information can help you decide which stroller will work best for you. So while the award winners may be great for jogging, many are often good for “running” errands as well.

While the Baby Trend might not be the best option for dedicated runners, it is a budget friendly stroller and good for everyday use with the occasional jog.

Overview of Basic Features

The common features you might see in a jogging style stroller are:

  • Three wheels with pneumatic (air-filled) tires: This means a smoother ride, but also that you’ll need to check the pressure regularly like bicycle tires, and you’ll need a pump to inflate them should they go flat.

Warning
The recommended pressure for inflating stroller tires is often different than the pressure shown on the side of the tire. ALWAYS double-check the stroller manual or company website for inflation guidelines. Do NOT rely on the pressure shown on the tire.

  • Five-point harness: Goes over the shoulders, across the hips, and between the legs to secure baby in the seat and minimize injuries in case of a crash, similar to the harness in infant car seats. The 5-points are crucial in the event of a stroller flip due to user error or a faulty front wheel assembly.
  • Safety tether: A safety strap with one end attached to the stroller and the other end worn around your wrist. This strap prevents the stroller from rolling away from you and could save your baby’s life if you accidentally let go of the handle with traffic or water nearby (please use it, we can’t stress this enough).
  • Parking brake: It is critical to engage the parking brake every time you park the stroller. Double-check that the brake engages fully by attempting to move the stroller back and forth before letting go.
  • Canopy: This will protect your baby from the sun and potential headwinds. The larger the canopy, and the more ways you can position it, the better.
  • Peek-a-boo window: Usually a covered window on the canopy to keep an eye on your child while jogging.
  • Reclining seat: For baby’s comfort.
  • Under-seat storage basket: Storage for the things you and baby might need when out and about. This storage area is key since the low center-of-gravity helps keep the stroller stable and avoid tip-overs. You should never put heavy objects, such as your purse or diaper bag, on the handlebar. These items can cause the stroller to tip and create a safety risk.
  • Wheels that are easy to take off and put back on: The majority of strollers we reviewed have mechanisms that make it easy to install and remove the wheels, making them more compact and easy to store. When replacing wheels, use caution to ensure they are mounted correctly.
  • Folding mechanism: All of the strollers we tested are relatively easy to fold, but keep in mind that folded joggers are not small. And, even though the wheels can be taken off, joggers still may take up more space in your trunk than other kinds of strollers.
  • Cup holders: While a cup holder is convenient, we fear they invite temptation to place hot liquids above your baby’s head. Adding to that fear, most of the cup holders we tested were relatively shallow, and in our experience most resulted in falling water bottles when going over small bumps. A cup holder less than 3 inches deep is unlikely to retain a tall water bottle as you navigate the stroller. Please be very careful with items placed in a cup holder; just because it has a holder, doesn’t mean it is safe to use it. If you rely on a nanny or caregivers, you might consider removing the cup holder, to eliminate the risk that a hot cup of joe will be placed there at all.

Never drink hot liquids while pushing your child in a stroller. Use the cup holder on your stroller for cool liquids only. Seattle Children’s Hospital
Avoid carrying children while holding hot beverages; never place a hot beverage in the cup holder of a stroller.
The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit is a two-seater bike trailer you can stroll and jog with if you have the right accessories.

How do I decide which stroller is best for me?

There are many jogging options on the market. However, no stroller has it all, so you should choose the features that best fit your lifestyle and goals. For most parents, this means being honest about your real running prowess. There is no judgment in this realm. However, there is also no need to buy more running stroller than you need, and being honest with yourself can translate into saving money and time. If you are a regular runner, who ran avidly before pregnancy, then you will likely want to invest more in your jogger. If you jog once a week and are more likely to find yourself running to catch a bus than running for fitness, then you probably don’t need the highest-end model and will be happy with a cheaper option.

First: Fixed or Locking Swivel Front Wheel

The photos above show the fixed wheel on the Thule Glide 2 (above left) and the swivel wheel of the Thule Urban Glide 2 (above right).

Jogging style strollers come with either a permanently fixed front wheel or a locking swivel front wheel. When jogging, having the front wheel fixed (or in locked mode) is a must! The locked wheel ensures that the stroller tracks straight and doesn’t shoot off in an unexpected direction as it goes over a bump or loose debris. This feature also makes turning difficult, so you aren’t able to accidentally make a sharp turn at high speed and risk rolling the stroller with your baby-on-board. Some serious runners believe that a fixed wheel is the only way to go for running, and as a result, they shy away from the options with a locking swivel wheel. However, in our tests, we discovered that this isn’t as big of a concern as it used to be. Some of the new swivel wheel designs have locking mechanisms that not only lock the wheel with little to no play at all, but the rotating wheel adds functionality to the stroller that makes it easier to use for everyday activities outside of running.

The front wheel on the BOB Revolution Flex can be locked by moving the red ball and the tracking can be adjusted by turning the black knob below the wheel lock.

A swivel front wheel offers better maneuverability and provides easier navigation in tight or crowded spaces like a store or festival. All of the swivel wheel products we reviewed can lock the front wheel in place, a necessity for jogging. However, some of the locked swivel wheels aren’t as stable as a fixed-front wheel. We gave an Editors’ Choice award to the Thule Urban Glide 2 and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 because we feel both are an exception to this dated belief that fixed wheel is best. When the front wheel is locked, both products perform better than their fixed wheeled counterparts made by the same companies.

You might ask, “If the Thule Urban Glide 2 performs as well as a stroller with a fixed front wheel, and it offers the maneuverability of a swivel wheel, why would I consider a fixed wheel stroller?.” Well, you may not want too. We understand this statement flies in the face of a long-held belief in the world of runners, but the newer swivel wheeled strollers performed as well, or better than, the fixed options in our tests.

The new handbrake on the Glide 2 twists forward and is easier to use than the old brake. We think this unique twist is a smart take on a features runners love.

On the other hand, there are some perks to the fixed wheel you should know. Many of the fixed wheel models sport a handbrake that makes slowing the stroller easier as you go downhill or up to a traffic light. This slowing mechanism can be an important safety feature, and it also helps tired runners ease to a complete stop with less exertion than body power alone. While it does not stop the stroller by itself, and it is not a parking brake, it is something to consider when looking at fixed wheel options. Only a few of the swivel wheel options have a hand brake, and none of the top scoring swivels had them. Also, most of the fixed front wheels we reviewed have a larger front wheel than the swivel products (16-inch vs. 12-inch). Some long-distance runners, looking for speed and reduced rolling resistance, may prefer the larger wheels for an easier push. Last, some of the fixed wheel options are lighter than the swivel wheel products making them easier to push for long distances.

Given that the smaller swivel front wheel is easier to maneuver in small spaces, and the larger fixed front wheels are better for running long distances, it is important that you consider how you will be using your stroller when you decide which type to buy.
The images on the locking wheel mechanism of the Urban Glide 2 make it easy to switch between a swivel wheel and a fixed one.

If you are serious about running, run more than a few miles every day, and you don’t plan to use this stroller for other kinds of trips, then you might go for a fixed front wheel stroller with a handbrake; it’s tough to beat the performance and safety features. You may also want to consider a handbrake if you run in a hilly community where the downhill slide might be easier with the use of a handbrake to slow your roll. However, for those that mainly walk, take frequent shorter runs, or the occasional jog, a locking swivel wheel stroller is a better all-around solution that gives you the best of both worlds but can still graduate up to serious running if it turns out to be a hobby that sticks.

We believe the Thule Urban Glide 2 has the best features for both worlds, and that serious runners and occasional hobbyists alike will enjoy the quality and performance no matter what the day has in store. Alternatively, our professional runner/tester indicated she preferred the BOB Revolution Flex over all of the competition. The BOB Rambler is similar enough to the Revolution that if budget is a concern, you might consider this swivel wheel winner.

The adjustable tracking on the Urban Glide 2 helps it run straight and true.

Adjustable Tracking

Arguably, a more important feature than a fixed vs. swivel wheel is the ability to adjust the tracking of the front wheel. The better jogging products have adjustable tracking to keep the front wheel running straight. If the stroller pulls or veers in one direction while running on a flat surface, you can use the adjustment mechanism to keep the front wheel tracking straight and the stroller moving on course. Think of it as a quick front end alignment on your stroller like you regularly get on your car. Alternatively, those products without adjustable tracking can result in chronic veering and constant manual correction while running. The manual correction will increase overall fatigue, and the experience of running will be far less enjoyable. All of our award winners, with the exception of the Baby Trend Expedition, have adjustable tracking. While it lacked tracking adjustment, we found that the Baby Trend we purchased tracked straight enough for the occasional jog.

The BOB Revolution Flex has an adjustable height handlebar, that rotates on a pivot point.

Second: Adjustable Handlebar

An adjustable handlebar can come in handy if you (and anyone else who will regularly use the stroller) are taller or shorter than the average person. The average height of American women is 5’5 inches tall; the average male is closer to 5’10 inches tall; this alone is a big disparity if mom and dad plan to use the same stroller and are within the average range. To further complicate the issue, if one of you is over 6 feet tall, the non-adjustable handle might change your running style and could result in inefficient running, possible injury, or increased fatigue. Luckily, stroller companies seem to be “grasping” the handlebar height significance, and several offer an adjustable handlebar. The top-scoring Thule strollers, the Thule Urban Glide 2 and Thule Glide 2; both have adjustable height handlebars, as does the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0, and Thule Chariot Cross 2 with jog kit.

Before purchasing a stroller without an adjustable handlebar, make sure its height works for you and anyone else who might use it. As a guide, most people feel comfortable running with a handlebar close to belly button level.
The handlebar on the Thule Glide 2 adjusts on a pivot point to accommodate runners of different heights.

In the past, we felt that most of the adjustable handlebars made the stroller feel sort of “squishy” due to the up/down play found at the adjustment point. However, the handlebars in this review are very easy to adjust and generally do not have noticeable play. On the contrary, they seem to have similar precision responsiveness as the fixed handlebars. In the end, we feel that being able to adjust the height of the bar is a crucial component of running if you aren’t in the average height range. Given that it can impact your running biomechanics, and thus your ability to run for longer durations and avoid injury, we can’t find a reason not to choose an adjustable handle.

The BOB Revolution Flex offers adjustable suspension.

Third: Suspension

Having good suspension provides smooth strolling over uneven terrain, just like in your car. Most joggers offer shocks on the rear wheels to help prevent baby from jarring bumps in the road and to make the whole experience more enjoyable. Most true jogging products will have excellent suspension. Historically, BOB strollers set the standard for great jogging products, in part because they have an impressive adjustable suspension that can be altered depending on the type of terrain you are going over and the weight of your child. Not to be outdone, the Thule Urban Glide 2 and Glide 2 options also have nice rear wheel suspension (though they aren’t adjustable). The Thule Chariot Cross 2 also has adjustable suspension similar to the BOB strollers.

What kind of suspension to consider will depend on how often you plan to run and the kind of surfaces you plan to run on. In short, the rougher the ground, the better the suspension should be. Many of the cheaper models in our review did not have individual shocks, which leads us to believe that the manufacturers don’t really expect you to run with them. Our Best Value winner, the Baby Trend Expedition, is a good example of this. Its lack of shocks and adjustable tracking make it a poor choice for serious runners, but its other features make it good for moving over uneven surfaces.

This is the under side of the hard plastic seat of the Chicco Tre. This hard bottom can be significantly harder on baby than the sling seat because each bump causes baby to hit on the board. This could lead to a cranky baby who quickly decides running is no fun.

Other features that can help cushion the blows associated with jogging are the style and padding of the seat. All the products we tested claim to have a padded or comfortable seat for baby, but not all seats are created equal. To complicate things further, the style of the seat seems more important than the padding. The sling style seats, which suspend from the surrounding frame, offers a more comfortable experience for the baby because they lack a hard surface for baby to bounce. It is similar to the difference between sleeping in a hammock or on a hardboard. The hammock will give with the bumps, and you won’t be banging against a hard surface as you bounce up and down, while the board creates a hard surface to hit.

The BOB Rambler has a cozy almost flat seating area good for napping with ample protection from the elements with a larger than average canopy.

Given that happy cooperation from your baby will directly affect your running experience, you’ll want the baby to be as cozy and safe as possible. Most of the true running strollers in this review had sling style seats with enough padding to help adequately cushion the baby from any jolts remaining after the shocks work their magic. Alternatively, the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger and Chicco Tre both have hard plastic seats that don’t absorb any impact from running, despite the added padding.

Additional features are nice to have, like the parent console on the Baby Trend Expedition, but it is hard to utilize a cup holder while running, so keep your list of must have features to the bare minimum.

Fourth: Additional Features

Extra features like cup holders, pockets, snack trays, built-in speakers, and odometers came with some of the models we reviewed. Some features are essential, such as infant car seat adapter for strolling with babies under 8 months old. Others are handy, like a parent tray with space to store your keys, wallet, and cellphone. Still, some are useful, but have trade-offs, like snack trays for the baby that add to the stroller’s weight, make it less aerodynamic, protrude in awkward ways when folded, and are virtually useless for a baby when you are moving quickly. However, some features are rather useless in practice, like built-in speakers. In the end, a boatload of features can be useful in a standard stroller, but keeping joggers simple is usually best.

While tipping to turn is a necessity for running, we like that the Urban Glide 2 has a swivel wheel setting for tight indoor spaces.

Final Consideration: Tell the Truth

The most important factor you need to consider, above all other things, is how much running you will REALLY do. This consideration is important because for everyday errands you will value good maneuverability and ease of use over run-ability. You may be able to save a few dollars by skimping on the running features if you aren’t a daily runner. However, if you are a serious runner, you will need a stroller with high marks for run-ability with the performance and features necessary for dedicated running. The more extensively you plan to use your stroller for running, the more you should be willing to pay for the sake of improved performance and safety for your baby.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 can make a great everyday stroller with covered storage and swivel wheel maneuverability.

We believe that joggers have improved so much in quality and design that you can have it all. You can have a swivel wheel for better maneuverability around town, and you can lock that wheel in a fixed position for running and fun outdoor adventures. The Editors’ Choice winners, the Thule Urban Glide 2, BOB Rambler and the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 offer versatility, high-quality, and functional features that will last for many years and babies to come. These strollers came in top overall, and in key metrics like run-ability and maneuverability. The upside is all of these options are less expensive than some of the higher ranking traditional strollers.

The Expedition is a budget friendly jogging stroller you can use for everyday activities, but it isn’t the best for serious runners and did not score well in our tests for run-ability.

Alternatively, if you aren’t really a jogger, and the majority of your time will be spent walking with only the occasional run, then our Best Value choice, the Baby Trend Expedition, is a nice stroller with useful features that has a locking swivel wheel and is easy to push and turn. This stroller is a budget-friendly choice for parents who want the jogging style but aren’t committed to the jogging lifestyle.

We think a good jogging stroller, like the BOB Revolution Flex can be used as your only stroller. If this is your intention we encourage you to find one with a locking swivel wheel that offers great maneuverability and has ample storage.

Can a jogging option be my only stroller?

Depending on your specific situation, you could use a locking swivel front wheel jogger as your only stroller. But remember that joggers do not fold small, are sometimes heavier, and are cumbersome to carry around, so they are not the ideal stroller for commuting or city life. Also, if you plan to stroll with a baby younger than 6-8 months, you’ll need to make sure that the stroller is compatible with an infant car seat. Joggers also offer a smoother ride for baby, especially on rough roads, so if you are moving over a variety of surfaces the versatility of a swivel wheel jogger could be a good fit as your main/only stroller, as a standard stroller may not have the best performance over uneven terrain. The BOB Rambler is smaller and lighter than some full-size options and most joggers which means it could be a viable everyday choice for city life depending on where you live and your needs.

Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated models not shown in this original picture).

Jogging strollers are really cool, no two ways about it. In general, they are the most versatile, high-performance strollers on the market in any category. We like that most of them offer suspension, easy folding, giant sun shades, 5-point harnesses, sling-style seats, and a wide child weight/age range for years of use. We also think these strollers can work for many families as their only or primary stroller.

All of our award winners are great options depending on your needs, and a few of the other products have features you might want but are not available on our winners. The Thule Urban Glide 2 has the best of many worlds with high scores in most metrics. The Baby Trend Expedition is a good all-around option that is a budget-friendly and functional enough for everyday use with the occasional jog. And the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 was preferred by our expert in the field.

The Bumbleride Speed is an easy to maneuver jogger with better than average run-ability.

A final word of caution for this category of strollers is that most of the lower-priced models lacked in performance or quality, and in the end are not the best options for parents who want to run with their baby. While the price tags for the better joggers are higher, they are still lower than most of the top-performing full-size strollers, and we think parents should look at this factor when deciding what jogger to buy or if their jogging stroller could be their only stroller.

About the Review Team

Our review team for jogging strollers including our usual BabyGearLab research analyst team for testing the basic functionality, such as folding, maneuverability and more. But, we also created this review hand-in-hand with a professional running coach and national class runner, Carrie Vickers.

Carrie is a running expert and a mother of three lovely little girls. She is a professional consultant in biomechanics for running, and an avid runner herself. You can read more about Carrie’s background here.

Running can be one of the best forms of exercise for moms. You need no equipment besides your running shoes, and you can do it right out your front door. No gym membership required.

Running brings moms a sense of peace, strength and confidence, especially vital during the crazy early years of motherhood. As long as you have a good jogging stroller, you have the option to bring the kids along too, so you can get your run in during the day or anytime it works with your family’s schedule. No childcare required.

So what tips should you keep in mind when running with a stroller?

Courtesy of A.E. Wiley Photography

A stroller specifically made for jogging will benefit both you and your little one with more stability, shocks, better wheels and, in many cases, better maneuverability. I have always jogged with a BOB® Revolution® SE, which is also the recommended stroller by Fit4Mom – Stroller Strides moms and instructors around the country. Our local moms of Stroller Strides of Raleigh and Raleigh Running Mamas really love it as well. It’s very light, easy to push and run with, and has the option of a fixed or swivel front wheel.

Keep in mind that BOB has the option to add an adapter for an infant car seat, so you can walk with your baby in the stroller as soon as you’re ready. It is not recommended that you jog with your stroller when an infant car seat is attached or before your baby is strong enough.

Be sure to read over your stroller’s manual for tips on how it should be set up properly. For example the BOB Duallie® has different settings for the shocks based on the weight of your children. And don’t forget to periodically check the air in your tires — properly filled tires make for a smoother ride!

Setting your expectations

For jogging or off-road stroller use, BOB recommends that children should be at least 8 months old. Children develop at different rates, so before you run with your baby in the stroller, talk to your doctor. There are a lot of unseen bumps, rocks and holes out there that can really jar the stroller and your baby when you’re running. Ensure that your child is strong enough for the exciting stroller adventures ahead.

Running with a stroller IS a tougher workout, so it’s good to go into your run knowing that mentally in advance. Many runners find they are anywhere from 20 to 60 seconds per mile slower when jogging with a stroller, especially a double stroller. But, as long as you have that expectation when you start, you shouldn’t let that bother you. You also may find you’ll stop more often to help the kids, provide snacks or pick up things that they’ve dropped. So keep that in mind for your total workout time.

On the pro side, your little one gets a chance for fresh air, lots to look at, and the example of mom working out. The stroller is also useful during a run because you can STORE lots of stuff — water, keys, sunglasses, phone, kids toys and snacks, etc, and you’ll be burning more calories when pushing the stroller because you’re working harder!

Allow time to adjust to running with the stroller

If you have run at all in the past and are now starting to run with the stroller, you may find that you feel pretty awkward for the first couple of weeks. That is normal! Your body must adjust in many ways to get used to the mechanics of running with a stroller, and you may even find that you have some initial soreness in your arms and upper body as you get used to it. Don’t write off running with the stroller immediately, give yourself some time and you should get used to it shortly.

Avoid the death grip! And maintain good stroller posture

A common mistake when people start running with a stroller is to grab onto the handlebar with a super-tight “death grip” of sorts, which can result in sore forearms, wrists, and even neck muscles. Plus, it’s a waste of energy. Yes, your baby is precious cargo, but a relaxed grip on the stroller handle is all that you need and will help you maintain better form. Plus, you can and should use the wrist strap for safety, especially going downhill.

Other Best Practices:

  • Maintain an upright posture
  • Pull in your abdominal muscles tight
  • Roll your shoulders down and back
  • Keep the stroller close to you, instead of leaning forward and pushing too far in front of you
  • Relax your wrists and keep them neutral

Yes, you can still swing your arm!

Believe it or not, you will actually run more comfortably by just holding the stroller with ONE arm and letting your other arm swing freely. At first, many running moms, in addition to the “death grip,” try to hold on tightly with both hands constantly, but that can ultimately throw off your gait and bring on more tension in your shoulders and back.

Try one arm at a time and you’ll likely get used to it and prefer that option. Aim to alternate which arm you are pushing with though, periodically throughout your run, so as not to gain a muscle imbalance.

Keeping the kids happy in the stroller

So what can your little ones do while you are running with the stroller?

  • Nap!! Especially for the first 6 to 9 months or so, some moms plan runs around nap time. A portable white noise machine can be useful if your baby usually naps with white noise or if you are worried about waking.
  • Watch the world. With preschoolers, play a game of “I Spy” or try to find certain colors or items in nature as you run.
  • Snack. Always popular during a run or a workout like Stroller Strides! Once your little one is sitting up on her own and eating finger foods, snack trap containers are a great way to keep them busy in the strollers. Fill it with Puffs or Cheerios and it’s tough to make a mess, but baby can happily snack. For older kids, consider bringing an apple that they can munch on for a while as they watch the scenery go by.
  • Look at books. Popular at all ages.
  • Play with toys. Stroller toys that hook onto the harnesses keep them from being thrown or dropped. Some moms keep toys aside specifically for playing with in the stroller so their child sees then as new and exciting.
  • And of course, gadgets such as the phone, tablets, Innotab or Leapster! Once your child is old enough to play with certain apps or games by themselves, you may find it’s actually EASIER to bring them for a run because they are happy to watch a show or play a game in the stroller.
  • Finally, if you are training for a specific race and plan to run with your stroller often, you may want to bring your little one along for your final Race Day event as well! Many 5K races and a few 10Ks allow strollers, so check the guidelines and consider pushing your running buddy across the finish line with you!

Article first appeared on WRAL’s Go Ask Mom

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