Best Jogging Strollers
Updated January 2021
Jogging strollers give you the freedom to go for a run whenever you darn well please, especially if you feel like you can never get away. [
See also: ] best double jogging strollers
Jogging Strollers come in two different flavors:
swivel wheel and fixed wheel.
swivel wheel fixed wheel Best Jogging Strollers – Summary
$ — Baby Trend Expedition ~ $119: newly-updated economy jogging stroller that won’t break the bank; easy to push and includes some nice extras like a parent console and child tray, but lacks the build quality (and tracking and suspension) to be an earnest, long-distance runner.
Runner Up: A heavy (32 lb) stroller with an easy one-handed fold that works with the Graco SnugRide Click Connect car seat, but is otherwise not as easy to push as the other economy picks. Graco FastAction Fold ~ $160:
Editor’s Choice (tie)
$$$ — For years, the King of Swivel Wheel Joggers. Glides amazingly well, steers easily with one hand, has a nearly flat recline, and features state-of-the-art suspension and tracking. Downsides: bunchy canopy, must kneel down to change the front wheel mode, 2-step fold. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 ~ $499:
$$$ — A sleek European jogger that excels in every category – preferred by serious runners who enjoy the easy push, generous suspension, superior ergonomic handlebar, universal car seat adapter, hand brake, covered storage, and flip-flop-friendly parking brake. Thule Urban Glide 2 ~ $479:
Also Consider: Baby Jogger Summit X3 ~ $429: Heavier and not as “run-able” as the top picks above, but has excellent features like suspension, superior canopy and seat ventilation, and a tall (non-adjustable) handlebar with a hand brake. Earnest runners will be happier with BOB and Thule joggers.
Also Consider: Chicco Tre ~ $379: An all-in-one stroller that works as a car seat frame (with the Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit 30 infant seats). Not a top pick for running, as earnest runners report it’s harder to push and steer, but good for casual jogging or bumbling around the neighborhood.
$$ — This mid-priced stroller features a huge canopy, non-adjustable handlebar, excellent suspension, and a parent console. Most agree it’s a good value for the price. Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight ~ $219:
$$$$ — A great-looking, lightweight, eco-friendly, all-terrain jogging stroller, but not as technical (no fine tuning or hand brake) as our top picks. Subtle, sophisticated colorways. Bumbleride Speed ~ $569:
Mountain Buggy Terrain ~ $599: A heavy (28.5 lb), pricier jogger that’s not as good as our top picks, though it has good features and an extra 12” set of rear wheels for urban use (very cool!). It’s the only jogging stroller with a seat that goes totally flat for newborns. Fixed Wheel
$$$ — Super high score for quality, weight, and folded size — the lightest in the group. Extremely high marks for run-ability. This is the only fixed wheel stroller on the market anymore! Thule Glide 2 ~ $499 –
It used to be that there were
several fixed wheel strollers to choose from; now there is only one, the Thule Glide 2. They are not as popular as they once were. It all boils down to this: if you require a stroller to serve as your day-to-day stroller and as a jogger, get a stroller with a front wheel that can swivel. If you don’t have a swivel wheel, you’ll have to resort to lifting the front wheel from the ground each time you steer, which is fine for jogging, but terrible for walking, shopping, or futzing around.
On the other hand, if you are an
earnest distance runner and your stroller will not be used for bumbling around the neighborhood, grocery store and such (i.e., you have another stroller for that purpose), you should consider the fixed wheel Thule Glide.
With a fixed front wheel, you will most definitely experience a smoother run with better tracking and less wobbling. Many hardcore runners swear by them.
Generally speaking, jogging strollers are all fairly large and heavy, so if you’ve been using a City Mini or an umbrella stroller, you’re in for quite a surprise.
Sorry, this is the nature of the beast — it’s apples and oranges compared to other types of strollers.
Another point to make is that the seats in sports strollers tend to be reclined more than most (thus, they don’t sit bolt upright, even in the most upright position).
FYI — all of the joggers reviewed here use pneumatic, air-filled tires (as they should), which will need to be re-inflated occasionally and may become flat if you hit something sharp; such is life with a jogging stroller. On the plus side, air-filled tires ride and handle exceptionally well, even on the cheapest of strollers.
Running With Baby
If you’re unsure at what age you can begin running with your babe,
consult your baby’s pediatrician. The general standard is that babies should be around 6-8 months old before you can run with them in the stroller, even while in a car seat. Otherwise, it’s just too much jostling around for their little baby brains – especially during the first 3 months when they have zero neck control.
Here are the best jogging strollers in each price category.
[See also: ] best double jogging strollers Economy Pick
With a compact fold, light weight and some attractive features that other jogging strollers don’t have, the
Baby Trend Expedition may stand out for parents who are on a budget and who may want to go off road for the occasional hike or jog. Beware though, if you want something that you can use for longer runs, you may want to consider another option. Read full review
The Graco FastAction Fold Jogger sports many good features, including ample storage, a fast one-handed fold, a three position recline, a large canopy with a peekaboo window, all-wheel suspension, and a kickstand to hold the folded stroller upright. But it does weigh 32 lbs (eeeek!) and is bulky, which many agree makes it hard to run and steer effectively.
At the end of the day, the only thing the FastAction Fold Jogger has going for it is, well, the fold — and the fact that it goes so well with America’s top-selling infant car seat, the Graco SnugRide Click Connect (NOT the Classic Connect). So we wouldn’t recommend it for avid runners.
$$$ — BOB Revolution
Flex 3.0 ~ $499
BOB may have a frumpy canopy and subpar folding system, but it is great at many things — it has an awesome “push” (seriously glides like butter), it steers easily with one hand, and the suspension and tracking on the stroller are state-of-the-art — three qualities that most wouldn’t trade for anything.
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Buy Buy Baby
Weight: 25 lbs
Urban Glide 2 is a sleek, lightweight jogger that offers some great features that are giving BOB a run for its money (no pun intended). It delivers in run-ability, maneuverability, and superior quality. It boasts a generous suspension, an awesome ergonomic adjustable handle, a large waterproof covered storage basket, a universal car seat adapter, a handlebar hand brake, and a flip-flop-friendly parking brake (say that three times fast!). Read full review
Baby Jogger Summit X3 has many nice features for an all-terrain stroller, including the easy fold, the awesome canopy, the buckle, the easy wheel switch, the runaway strap, and the hand brake. We don’t recommend this stroller for very short or parents taller than 5’8″. BOB and Thule have a better push and are generally easier to run with — and both of them have an adjustable handlebar. Translation: you’ll have to weigh these factors to decide which is right for you, but I personally wouldn’t pay top dollar for this stroller over BOB or Thule, especially for serious runners. Read full review
Runner Up #2 $$:
Chicco Tre ~ $379
The Chicco Tre is an all-in-one stroller that works as a car seat frame (with the Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit 30 infant seats ONLY) or with a regular stroller seat. It has loads of great features, including a hand brake, adjustable handlebar with a front wheel mode switch, generous storage, and a parent console with cup holders and storage pocket. However, it’s very heavy (28.5 lbs) and not nearly as run-able or maneuverable as our top picks, though nearly as expensive!
If you are looking for something better than a Baby Trend jogger but cheaper than a BOB (and the like), look no further than our
Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight. It’s the happy medium of jogging strollers. Though we don’t recommend it for very tall or very short people due to lack of handlebar adjustability, it’s one of the easiest strollers to maneuver, and you can’t beat its folded size. Plus, the customer service is top-notch. Read full review
Bumbleride Speed has beauty and brains. It’s lightweight, compact(ish), eco-friendly, very well made and easy to fold. It lies nearly flat and has wonderful storage. The canopy and fabrics are delightful. The only conveniences it lacks are a hand switch (for wheel modes) and a hand brake for hilly terrain and high speeds. Read full review
This pricey, heavy (28.5) pound stroller works well in the hills, sand, and snow; but it is not as agile and maneuverable as its competition. It has a hand brake, adjustable handlebar, bottle holders, bumper bar, and an extra 12” set of rear wheels for urban use, which we love. It’s also the only jogging stroller that recline completely flat to use from birth (though you still can’t run with baby in tow until 6 months old. Despite all these fun features, we still think you can find better.
*You can buy a separate car seat adapter and you can even remove the seat itself (like the Chicco Tre) to use it as a bare bones car seat frame carrier. You can also buy a bassinet-style pram to use with your 0-6 month’er.
Just to be
crystal clear, the front wheel of a fixed wheel jogger cannot swivel. At all. Ever.
I feel terrible for people who buy a fixed front wheel stroller expecting something different. And you see them all the time — trying to negotiate the aisles at the grocery store by lifting the stroller up to turn it. This is not the stroller for shopping, folks.
For serious runners, however, a fixed wheel stroller will track beautifully and won’t wobble. These strollers are not multitaskers, but they are specially designed to do their job (distance running!) very well.
At 23 lb, the fixed wheel Glide 2 is the lightest of all the strollers in this review. It
has a 75 lb weight limit, handlebar with a hand brake, a canopy with side-ventilation windows, a comfy reclining seat, generous suspension, padded 5-point harness, one-handed compact fold, and a large cargo basket. Though it is long, this puppy runs like a dream. (For the record, many say they like running with Thule’s Urban Glide 2 just as much as this one, if not more.) You’ll just have to decide, based on their features (and the kind of runner you are), which one is right for you.
We hope you found a jogging stroller that suits your needs. And remember, you can often find these strollers being sold on the secondary market.
Now, get out there and run!