Choosing Jogging Strollers

BOB Revolution SE Stroller
BOB Revolution SE Stroller

Jogging strollers can be a big investment. Whether you want one as a second stroller for exercise or you plan to use it for your main mode of transporting baby on-the-go, you should carefully consider the many different brands and options available before making a purchase.

Single Jogging Strollers

Features, price, and ease-of-use are all essential things to consider when choosing a jogging stroller, so start shopping with an idea of some strollers to test out before you buy. If you only have one child who needs a jogging stroller, check out these single models.

BOB Revolution SE

The BOB Revolution SE was a top pick from Parents, who mention its safety straps, comfortable seat, and large air-filled tires. The stroller also landed at number eight on NerdWallet's list of the best jogging strollers, in part for its comfortable ride for baby and maneuverability. The site review did mention a few cons, including that it was too bulky and heavy and the lack of included accessories.

Features of the BOB Revolution SE include:

  • Locking swivel front wheel
  • Suspension system
  • Front wheel tracking adjustment knob
  • Parking brake
  • Lots of storage space
  • Two-step folding

The stroller is available for around $370 to $470, depending on color chosen, from Target, and other retailers. The stroller also comes in a double jogger version, which was named to The Bump's list of 10 Best Double Strollers. The Revolution Duallie SE retails for around $400 at Amazon.

Baby Trend Expedition

The Baby Trend Expedition was named the Best Value stroller through BabyGearLab, making it a good choice for parents who want something affordable for running or jogging short distances. A few noted advantages of this stroller included its ability to stand when folded, it's lightweight, and it has a locking front wheel. Noted disadvantages included a narrow seat and the lack of shock of absorbers, among other things.

Features of the Baby Trend Expedition include:

  • Trigger fold
  • Wide handle
  • Footrest reflectors
  • Child and parent trays
  • Locking swivel wheel
  • Accepts car seats; also available as a travel system

Pick up the stroller alone at Walmart for around $90 and the travel system (car seat plus stroller) for around $180 at Amazon.com.

Chicco Activ3 Stroller

The Chicco Activ3 Stroller also made New York Family's Best of 2014 list, due to its two suspension settings, ability to work with a car seat as a travel system and as a jogger, hand parking brake, and more.

Features of the Chicco Activ3 Stroller include:

  • Lightweight frame
  • Adjustable handle position
  • Swivel wheel and brake lock on handlebar
  • Full coverage canopy

Purchase the stroller for around $300 at Amazon.com.

Double Joggers

Double strollers also come in jogger styles, making it perfect for parents on-the-go who have twins or children close in age.

InStep Safari Swivel Double Jogging Stroller

Cheapism gives the InStep Safari Swivel Double Jogging Stroller a Good rating, mentioning its separate areas for the children, turning ability, reclining seats, wrist straps, and more. However, the weight of the stroller and a few design issues keep it from becoming a Best pick.

Features of the InStep Safari Swivel Double Jogging Stroller include:

  • Dual folding triggers for safety
  • Adjustable handle
  • MP3 speaker for child
  • Fake lambskin padded seat
  • Spring suspension system

Buy the stroller at Amazon for just under $200.

Tike Tech All Terrain X3 Sport Twin Stroller

The Tike Tech All Terrain X3 Sport Twin Stroller is on SureBaby's list of Best Jogging Strollers for its ability to handle rough surfaces, locked front wheel, easy folding ability, and affordability.

Features of the Tike Tech All Terrain X3 Sport Twin Stroller include:

  • Car seat compatibility
  • Rear suspension
  • One-touch system to recline
  • Separate seating
  • Ability to carry 100 lbs

Get the stroller for just over $400 at Diapers.com and Amazon.

Features to Consider

No matter what stroller you choose, there are certain features that you'll want to have.

  • Extra-wide pneumatic wheels, essential for a smoother ride
  • Extra seat padding, your baby may want to snooze while you jog
  • Good suspension, essential for those bumpy roads
  • Zip-out weather shield, helpful on rainy or chilly days
  • Parent tray, to store keys, water, and cell phones
  • Underneath storage basket, especially one with high sides to keep items inside while moving
  • One-handed folding system, making it easy to hold baby and open the stroller
  • Overhead canopy, to protect your little one's skin from the sun's rays
  • Five-point safety harness
  • Hand brake for extra security, especially on hills
  • Safety tether, to keep stroller connected if it moves faster than you do
  • Car seat connection option, so you can use it on the go with even the youngest of babies even when not jogging

Stroll Happily With Baby

Regardless of whether you plan to use your jogger for running or just running errands, it's important to have one that suits your lifestyle and includes the features you desire. Reading reviews and testing strollers in store will help you decide which one will let you stroll happily away with your baby.

Choosing Jogging Strollers