Updated February 2019
A high-quality, true double jogging stroller will allow you to run with your kids whenever you want, which will keep you sane and keep them comfortable and entertained. [See also: Best single jogging strollers.] Because you can’t always leave the kids at home to go running.
What about babies and running? The commonly held rule is that babies need to be about 6-8 months before running with them in the stroller. Yes, even in their car seat. Otherwise, it’s just too much jostling around for their little baby brains – especially during the first 3 months when they have no neck control.
I’ve heard some doctors say you can jog with a baby as young as 4 months, ahhhnnnnd I’ve heard others say to wait a year. Bottom line is if this is something you’d like to do, discuss it with your child’s pediatrician.
Economy Double Joggers
Jogging with kids is a major undertaking that requires robust gear. The forces of running combined with the weight of two kids produces a lot of… inertia. Hence, the “economy” category is REALLY tough.
Understanding that not everyone can afford a $500 jogger (right?) – I have two pieces of advice:
- Buy used – you’re much better off with a high-quality used stroller than a brand new cheap stroller that won’t last. Like exercise equipment collecting dust in everyone’s basement, many people buy good joggers and don’t end up using them. At the end of the day, I’d rather have a used BMW than a brand new Kia. Just sayin’.
- Buy new – with plans to re-sell it when you’re done. The strollers I recommend here (with the exception of the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger) should hold up well over time and give you pretty good re-sale value, especially if you take good care of it.
Better yet, do both!
Here are the best double jogging strollers, from least to most expensive (full reviews below):
Best Double Jogging Strollers
$ — Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger ~ $199 – Economy double jogger that works for many, but many complain about front wheel problems.
$$$ — BOB Revolution Duallie Flex 3.0 & Pro ~ $647 & $689 – Top Pick (tie) – Our favorite (tie) swivel wheel all-terrain/jogging stroller with air-filled tires. Excellent build quality, will last forever (and high re-sale value). The “push” and maneuverability is like no other, but the fold is a bit cumbersome. Perfect for runners and all-terrain enthusiasts alike. In this category, see also Thule Urban Glide 2 Double.
$$$ — Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double ~ $649 – A good jogging and all-terrain stroller, has reinforced seats that don’t sag in the middle, superior canopies, a hand brake and a hand-operated switch for the front wheel, though heavier and more sluggish for running, handlebar not adjustable, and doesn’t take a car seat (at all).
$$$$ — Thule Urban Glide 2 Double Stroller ~ $699 – Top Pick (tie) – The most expensive, but the best all-around performer for a swivel wheel double jogger. There are small things that edge out BOB and Baby Jogger — lighter weight, easy to fold, large covered storage, awesome canopies that swivel, ergonomic handlebar, car seat compatible. Winner winner, chicken dinner!
Price: MSRP $199 ($173 on Amazon)
Weight: 32.5 lbs
Note: This stroller is also listed in the all-terrain category.
Let’s see if I can summarize this…
This stroller is called a jogger — and some people (who actually run with it) are happy with it. Many, however, are not — mainly because of the front wheel wobble and eventual failure. Thus, it’s listed here as an option — but if you are a serious runner, I would advise something with a better build quality.
You deserve better. 😂
When one customer was having trouble while running, customer service told her the fix was to “stop running with it.”😱
Please see full review here — where it belongs — with all-terrain strollers.
Note: 2016 is the most recent model.
Please note: For those who own BOB strollers (or are planning to purchase a used one) manufactured before 9/30/15, please refer to BOB’s education video about how to properly and safely use the front wheel and quick release.
To own him is to love him. Bob, that is.
Typically when studying customer reviews, you see a fairly even distribution of likes and dislikes: 1 star, 5 stars, and everything in between; not so much with this stroller.
The vast majority of the reviews of this stroller are 5-star, making it VERY highly rated.
YES, this one can be used for running — in fact, I’ve been running with it frequently.
A friend of mine joked that you could simply blow on the handlebars of the BOB from behind and the stroller would start moving. That’s how well this stroller (and other BOBs) push. We feel that this BOB has a better push than its biggest competitor, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double, due to the more even weight distribution (from front to rear).
Size & Weight
Weighing in at 33.1 lbs (Flex 3.0) and 36 lbs (Pro), the BOB is large and in charge. He has to be – he’s made of high-strength aluminum alloy, with giant 16” rear wheels, and is designed to hold up to 100 lbs of baby meat. Thus, if you are looking for a lightweight, compact stroller, this ain’t it.
The double BOB is 30.5” wide. Hence, it will fit through standard doorways. Not easily, but it should fit.
The seats on previous versions of BOB were completely unstructured, but they are now fully structured, padded, and even have lumbar support for longer journeys. The seat fabric has an open cell foam padding, which looks rad and makes for a comfortable ride. However, the biggest complaint about the stroller – by far – is that the two seats tend to sag toward the middle of the stroller because there is no support between them. Not everyone finds this to be a problem, but those who do are VERY annoyed by it.
The seats have padded, 5-pt harnesses and recline independently. The seats recline about 20 degrees from the horizontal, so they can be used from about 3 months on without a car seat. On the newer models, the seats sit fully upright and you can recline the seats with one hand by simply squeezing a button (that was another common complaint).
One downside is that you can’t remove the seat fabric for washing; it must be spot cleaned by hand.
You can use the BOB Revolution Duallie with one infant car seat only with the purchase of an adapter. The car seat adapter for the Duallie is an infant seat adapter on one side and a snack tray bar on the other side. Yes, this is the only way it comes. If your other child doesn’t want the snack tray, too bad. They currently have adapters for MOST car seats.
Note, you cannot use the BOB with twin car seats, twin bassinets, or anything like that. If you’d like to use it for twins, wait until they are older than 6 months, then you’re good to go.
Canopy, Braking, Storage, Accessories
The EEEE-normous canopies on the BOB operate independently and have GIANT peek-through plastic windows on top, so you can see all the antics below. The canopy material is thin and a bit cheapy feeling and many grumble that the bunching of the canopy material impedes head room for taller children; however, there is a drawstring feature you can utilize to draw all the canopy fabric up and away for taller children. See this here (cue to 6:15).
However, even with the material pulled back, the canopies are still pretty bunchy; we much prefer the canopies of the Summit X3 and the Thule Urban Glide. The footrest is made of sturdy plastic that holds up better than the fabric on the previous model, and wipes clean more easily.
The stroller brakes with a single, linked brake bar that engages with one simple step.
The Pro features a hand-activated rear drum brake for added control.
The 2016 models have a much larger storage compartment than previous models. It will hold quite a bit, although it is cut in half by the “seat retention” safety strap. This strap holds the seats down if (God forbid) you have an accident with your stroller while jogging. Additionally, there are two seat back pockets, as well as internal seat pockets (below) for small toys and such.
I wish they would include a cup holder or parent organizer, but you can buy one separately (which I strongly suggest).
The stroller also comes with a runaway safety strap, which BOB strategically re-positioned to the handlebar, instead of coming up from the bottom bar like before. Note that the safety strap is fixed on the right side of the handlebar, so if you are a lefty… you may find it a bit annoying.
And lastly, the Flex and Pro model both feature an adjustable handle. The previous model (SE) did not adjust.
The ride and maneuverability of the BOB Revolution Duallie is simply unmatched. With 16” air-filled pneumatic tires in the back, a single 12.5” tire in the front, and world class suspension, the ride on the BOB is like no other, even on the double.
The suspension system even has fine tune shocks on each side, which can be tweaked to adjust for the uneven weight of your two children. This suspension system allows for 3 inches of vertical travel, which is what gives BOB a ride smoother than a baby’s butt.
Yes, the tires will need to be re-inflated occasionally and you may pop a tube if you hit something sharp enough, but this comes with the territory. Unlike many all-terrain strollers that claim to double as a jogger, this one actually jogs very nicely.
Not only does the front wheel lock straighten for better tracking, it also has a dial you can tweak to remedy any uneven pulling to the side that you may experience so you can get the stroller tracking dead straight. We wish there were a switch near the handlebar, like on the Baby Jogger Summit X3, to change the front tire from swivel to fixed mode; but alas, you must kneel down and do it manually at the wheel (as shown below).
Folding & Carrying
The BOB has a two-step fold, similar to others in this category. Yes, you will need a large(ish) trunk to fit this stroller, even with the wheels removed. Because of its size and weight, this stroller is ideal for people who can keep it in their garage and don’t have to heave it in and out of the car a lot, especially if you are on the petite side. However, I’ve seen it done, even by the smallest of moms. I’ve also seen it checked as gate luggage on many a flight (which I would never recommend). Point being, people seem to find a way to bring BOB with them.
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Bottom line: People love their BOBs, but it’s now getting big competition from the Thule Urban Glide Double. The Glide is sleeker, better engineered and has covered, waterproof storage. BUT — you’ll be happy with either. BOB is more sporty looking (American-looking, perhaps?) while the Thule is more “Euro”.
If you are a real all-terrain enthusiast, especially if you like to run, and you have a larger vehicle with which to transport this stroller, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Those who love BOB really love him. If you can get over the bunchy canopies and (potentially) sagging seats, you’ll love the ride of this stroller.
Price: MSRP $649
Weight: 37 lbs
“MALL OR MOUNTAIN,” the Baby Jogger Summit X3 is another solid double jogging stroller.
Yes the 2016 is still the current model.
I had a really hard time deciding whether to put this stroller in the all-terrain section or in the jogging section. After all, most of these strollers fall on a continuum of all-terrain/jogging crossovers, but few of them do both well.
This is another good crossover.
Size & Weight
The Summit X3 is now about a pound heavier than the Pro at 37 lbs and he’s also 2″ wider than the BOBs – yikes. It’s 3 lbs heavier that the Urban Glide.
Yes, the Summit will still fit through a standard 36” doorframe, but it will be a tight squeeze for sure. If you need to get this stroller through a bunch of doorways on a regular basis, forget it – you’ll be really frustrated.
Because the Summit X3 is shorter length-wise (back to front), we found the Summit X3 to be a bit easier to turn and less canoe-like than the BOB, but we also noted that the center of the weight falls predominantly on the back wheels of the Summit, which makes it feel very back heavy. In fact, several reviewers commented that the stroller felt like it would tip backward with both seats fully reclined (I can’t imagine running with both seats reclined, but whatevs).
The weight of the BOB and the Urban Glide, on the other hand, is more evenly distributed over both the back and front wheels. This is one of those things that a reviewer like me will notice because I’ve used so many, but you might not ever. Just FYI.
In fact, next to the BOB and Urban Glide, we found it to be harder to run with (but not by much…)
The seats on the Summit X3 have a support bar going down the middle of the stroller, which makes the seats more supportive and prevents them from sagging toward the middle – as many people report happens with the BOB.
The seats on the Summit X3 both recline independently (and nearly flat) and the recline/un-recline mechanism is easy to use.
Car Seat Compatibility
Nope! The Summit X3 does not have any car seat adapters, mainly because the company feels that babies should not ride in jogging strollers until they have excellent head and neck control and can sit in the seat directly. They’ve bene saying for years they’re working on one…. but I don’t believe it will ever happen.
As an alternative, you can purchase one or two compact prams ($160 each) for your 0-6 month-old newborns. These are sold separately. However, many people can’t get over the fact that the Summit X3 doesn’t take a car seat for outings with their toddler and newborn (I agree, it’s a bummer).
Canopy, braking, storage, accessories
The sturdy, smooth canopies on the Summit X3 are preferred over the BOB, but are on par with the Urban Glide. While the canopies on all 3 strollers are VERY generous (they got even better in the 2016 BOBs), the Summit and the Urban Glide canopies have clever ventilation windows on either side of each, which help keep kids cooler on hot days.
Head-height: While technically the BOB is a longer stroller and should work better for taller kids, we found that the canopy bunching issue REALLY impedes head room for taller kids on the BOB, even with the material pulled back with the drawstrings. The Summit beats BOB in that area as well with its tall, roomy canopies.
Bottom line: Canopies are a big deal for jogging strollers and we prefer these canopies to the BOB, thought the canopies on the Urban Glide are even better (they detach and rotate down).
The Summit X3 has a parking brake as well as a handlebar brake, which engages drum brakes in the rear. This is an upscale feature found on all the strollers here, except for the BabyTrend. This stroller also has a runaway strap that is secured to the bottom of the stroller, so the stroller won’t travel away from you if you fall or accidentally let go. If you were to fall while running (yes, it happens), the whole stroller won’t go toppling backward.
The storage on the Summit X3 is about the same as the BOB, though the storage for the Thule Urban Glide blows both of these out of the water. The storage baskets on this and the BOBs are annoyingly bisected down the middle by a bar or strap – so you won’t be able to get a large bag in either one of these strollers.
It does not come with a cup holder or a parent organizer, but those items can be purchased separately.
The handlebar on the Summit X3 is rubber and easy to wipe clean, but does not adjust for height. If you are very short (under 5’2″) or very tall (over 6’1”), I would steer you (no pun intended) to the BOB Revolution Pro or Flex or the Thule Urban Glide Double.
The Summit X3 has large 16” air-filled tires in the back and a 12” air-filled tire in the front. Like with all of them, you’ll need to keep a pump handy to re-inflate the tires every so often.
Another awesome feature the Summit X3 has that the BOB and Urban Glide do not, is a switch on the handlebar, which allows you to swap from fixed-front wheel mode to swivel mode. This is MUCH preferred to bending down on the ground and switching it at the wheel by hand. Much cleaner too! Nobody likes kneeling in the dirt… except for kids.
The Summit X3 folds with Baby Jogger’s signature fold (i.e., “the fold”), which is sooooo easy and elegant. Simply pull the handle in the bottom of the seat, and the stroller folds in two (the Urban Glide does this as well). Reviewers unanimously agree this is an easier operation than folding the BOB.
While the Summit X3 is a large, heavy stroller, it actually fits pretty nicely into trunks. You’ll need a larger trunk, but I would say the Summit X3 would take up about ¾ of the trunk of a medium to large SUV, like a Ford Explorer.
Bottom line: Baby Jogger does some nice little things with the Summit X3 double, like the reinforced seats that don’t sag, the awesome canopies, the hand brake, and the hand-operated switch for the front wheel. Downsides: it’s heavier and more sluggish than the BOB and Thule Urban Glide, so I would expect more for the price. Also, it doesn’t take an infant car seat.
But – if you can get a good deal on it and understand its shortcomings, I think you an be happy with this stroller.
It comes in green/gray and black/gray.
Price: MSRP $699
Weight: 34.2 lbs
Move over BOB, there’s a new double jogger in town…
We saved the best (and most expensive, LOL) for last.
We first visited Thule (pronounced “TOO-lee”) at the 2016 Baby Show and were very impressed with the Urban Glide (both the single and double version). They also have an awesome trailer that can also be used as a stroller, the Thule Chariot Cross.
We are super excited about the new 2018 Thule Urban Glide 2.0 Double. Note that the “2” denotes the 2018 model, not the fact that it’s a double.
I hate to say it (because I’m a big BOB and BabyJogger fan), but Urban Glide 2 Double performs just as well as these (exceptional), but is a little sleeker and less bulky. Furthermore, the Glide’s handlebar includes a drum handbrake (like on the BOB Pro) and has better ergonomic design.
All these things add up to being a real contender for best double jogging stroller!
A little about Thule: It’s a Swedish company founded in 1942, and it’s exceptionally passionate about about creating products — from bike racks, to luggage, to cargo carriers, to strollers, etc. — for active families who enjoy being outside.
Size & Weight
The Thule Urban Glide Double Stroller can hold 100 lbs total of precious baby cargo (50 lbs per each seat) and weighs in at 34.2 lbs.
That’s 3 lbs less than the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double Jogging Stroller and 2 lbs less than the BOB Revolution Pro Duallie.
Folded down, the dimensions of this sleek, lightweight, double jogger are: 34.3 x 30.1 x 16.2 in. It fits through standard doorways at 31.5” (with not much room to spare!). It will fit (on its side) in the trunk of a Honda CRV, which is a fairly compact trunk. You can remove the wheels for an even more compact fold.
The seats are not the tallest of other jogging strollers on the market, but they are well-padded, comfortable, and should be tall enough to take your children through their 4th birthdays (if they still want to be in the stroller that long!).
You can purchase the Thule infant car seat adapter (sold separately; but yay – it’s compatible with many major brands). More on car seat compatibility later…
The seats each have a 5-point padded safety harness, and the buckle is child-proof (read: impossible for kids to undo by themselves while you’re running).
The seats on the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double recline independently to an almost-flat position (but since they don’t lay fully flat, you cannot use this with newborns without a car seat). The strap recline mechanism is very easy to use.
The footwell of this stroller is plastic, so it’s very easy to wipe off muddy shoe prints. It’s the little things like this that we appreciate.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Thule Urban Glide Double can accept one car seat. You can purchase the Thule Universal Car Seat Adapter (sold separately for ~$60), which works with many of the most popular car seat brands (such as Britax, Chicco, Graco, etc.).
If you have a Chicco or Maxi-Cosi car seat, Thule also sells car seat adapters specific to those brands. The Universal Car Seat Adapter can be used with Thule Urban Glide 1 and 2 (and the single Thule Urban Glide as well). Remember, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 is not car seat compatible — at all.
Canopy, braking, storage, accessories
It offers two full coverage, multi-position adjustable canopies (one for each seat). The canopies actually detach from the stroller frame and pull nearly all the way down to the seats for extended protection from the sun (or whatever elements come your way). Yes, they’re our favorite of the whole lot.
The canopies both have side ventilation, as well as peek-a-boo windows with plastic covering to easily check in on your sweeties while you’re jogging or hiking. What’s really awesome and unique about the Thule’s peek-a-boo windows is that they have a magnetic closure, which is obviously much quieter than the typical Velcro peek-a-boo window closure you’d find on most other strollers. This makes it much easier to check on your sleeping baby without waking him/her (Velcro is LOUD!).
New on the Urban Glide 2 Double (2018 version) is that both canopies and their included sun visors are made of UPF50+ materials for extra protection from the sun.
There’s a wire parking brake that’s very sturdy, but not flip-flip friendly. New for 2018 is an “easy-twist” hand brake for more subtle braking control. (Note how all the controls are an obvious blue color).
The storage on this stroller is superior to all the strollers reviewed here. It has an ample storage basket with a zip-top water resistant cover (cool!) so none of your belongings will fall out (or get wet) when running or hiking. This is greatly superior to BOB, Baby Jogger or any other jogger, which have unsecured, open storage baskets. THIS WINS HUGE POINTS WITH ME!
There’s also a zippered pocket on the outside of the storage bin, which is a perfect place to throw your cell phone, keys, and whatever else you need easy access to. There are also mesh pockets on the back of each seat. It doesn’t come with a “parent organizer” but you can buy one separately.
Handlebar: Let’s talk about the handlebar for a quick sec.
Thule clearly designed this handlebar with parents’ comfort in mind. The handlebar is adjustable (can be raised or lowered for parents of all different heights), has an easy-to-engage hand brake, is ergonomic, and is extra cushiony. *Though the handlebar is adjustable, some taller users find it’s still tough for them to find the right height and report continuously kicking the stroller’s back when jogging.
The rear tires are 16” air-filled tires. The 4-wheel suspension makes for an awesomely smooth ride.
The 12” swivel front wheel easily lock into place for distance running. Yes, you have to kneel down at the wheel to lock it (unlike the Summit X3), but people don’t seem to be bothered by that. It also has a “fine-tune” feature that allows you to get it rolling DEAD STRAIGHT – which is SO essential for locked-wheel running. The Bob Revolution also has this feature.
If you’re out and about when it’s dark, Thule added a reflective strip on the wheels of the Urban Glide 2 Double for increased safety and visibility at night.
One thing reviewers of this jogger say over and over again is how easy it is to fold, even with one hand.
Once folded in half, the stroller can stand by itself.
To unfold, just undo the lock strap, pick up the handlebar, and throw it open. Easy peasy.
This stroller is not heavily reviewed because it’s so new (and somewhat unheard of), but I predict this will be the new favorite double jogging stroller!
You heard it here first, people 😉
Bottom line: The sleek, European-styled Thule Urban Glide 2 Double (the “2” denotes the 2018 model) looks great, performs well, and has “little things” that give it the edge; namely, a lighter weight, an easier (self-standing) fold, locking front wheels that can be tweaked, full-coverage ventilated canopies that move with the sun, a superior ergonomic handlebar, and an amazing covered storage basket. The only downsides are the not-very-tall seats and the handlebar height limitation. The price is high, but you get what you pay for — enjoy!!
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