What makes a jogging stroller, and what should you look for? Everything you need to know about double jogging strollers, in one article.u
You’re in the market for a double stroller, and you’ve heard good things about jogging strollers. Maybe you like to run, maybe you like hiking, and maybe you just want the sleek look jogging strollers have.
What makes a jogging stroller different from a regular stroller? What should you look for, and what should you watch out for?
Which double jogging strollers are worth buying?
A thorough search brought me to the conclusion the pickings are relatively slim, and a lot of people mix jogging strollers up with regular strollers. In this article, we’ll go through a list of the eight best double jogging strollers, and what you need to know about each of them. We’ll also go through what you need to know before buying, and what makes a jogging stroller worthy of the name.
Table of Contents
- 1. BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Duallie
- 2. Allen Sports Premier 2-Child Aluminum Bike Trailer/Racing Stroller
- 3. Baby Jogger 2016 Summit X3 Double Jogging Stroller
- 4. BOB 2016 Ironman Duallie
- 5. Clevr 2-in-1 collapsible 2-Seater Baby Stroller Jogger / Bicycle Trailer with Pivot Wheel
- 6. Thule Urban Glide Double
- 7. Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller with 2nd Seat
- 8. Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller
- 9. Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger Stroller
- 10. Baby Trend Navigator Double Jogger Stroller
- Want a better look at the technical details?
- What else do you need to know?
- Safety for jogging strollers
- Car seats and jogging strollers
- Beware: Check your stroller’s wheels
- Measure your doorway and trunk
- Choosing your double jogging stroller
Here are the 10 top jogging strollers, listed in descending order.
1. BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Duallie
The BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Duallie is a sturdy jogging stroller offering both stability and maneuverability. Made for urban athletic parents, the Revolution offers easy-to-use, flip flop-friendly foot brakes, and its front wheel can swivel for easy turning or lock into place for running and jogging. Perfect for tall or short parents, this stroller offers 9 handlebar positions, suspension, a two-step fold, and large canopies with a window in each.
The good: The Revolution FLEX Duallie can hold car seats (you’ll need to buy their adapter), and offers a sturdy build with an option for a swiveling front wheel. It also offers a large storage basket, additional pockets, and four canopy positions.
The not-so-good: This stroller doesn’t have hand brakes, and it isn’t a one-step fold. As mentioned, you’ll need an adapter to use it with a car seat. Also, this stroller is only recommended for use with babies ages 8 weeks and up.
The best: The Revolution FLEX perfectly integrates the needs of jogging parents with the needs of city parents, and its flexible handlebar allows parents of all heights to push it comfortably. It’s also slim enough to fit through most doorways.
Is it for you? If you want a sturdy, versatile jogging stroller, but need a swiveling front wheel, this is the double jogging stroller for you.
2. Allen Sports Premier 2-Child Aluminum Bike Trailer/Racing Stroller
The Allen Sports Premier 2-Child Aluminum Bike Trailer/ Racing Stroller is exactly that: A racing stroller, made for racing, which can be easily converted into a bike trailer. It features a bench-style seat that can hold either two children or one child strapped into the middle of the seat.
The good: The Allen Sports Premier includes a universal bike hitch, as well as a removable rain and bug shield. It offers a large zippered pocket in the back, and has a relatively narrow footprint.
The not-so-good: This probably isn’t intended for use with newborns, and while it does fold, it doesn’t fold compactly. Also, its wheels are inflated, so you’ll need to check the their air pressure once in a while.
The best: The Allen Sports Premier is easy to set up, offers a smooth ride, and its front wheel can easily pop off to turn it into a bike trailer. Also, it has a lifetime warranty, and is relatively cheap.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for slim bike trailer or racing stroller, aren’t looking for something you can use with a newborn, and have enough space to store a stroller that won’t fold flat, this is the double jogging stroller for you.
3. Baby Jogger 2016 Summit X3 Double Jogging Stroller
Baby Jogger’s 2016 Summit X3 Double offers Baby Jogger’s easy one-hand fold, together with tires and brakes fit for jogging. Its front wheel can be locked in place for greater stability, or released to swivel for greater maneuverability.
The good: The Summit X3 Double Jogging Stroller has extendable canopies, and side vents allow for better breathability.It also has a large storage basket, pockets, and suspension.
The not-so-good: This stroller can’t accommodate a car seat (at all), and the handlebar can’t be adjusted. Also, one customer said you’ll need to make sure the tires stay filled, and another said the storage basket isn’t easy to reach. It’s not clear what the weight capacity is.
The best: This stroller is without a doubt one of the easiest to fold, and it offers all-terrain wheels and both hand and foot brakes for easy jogging. Also, its seat reclines nearly flat.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a jogging stroller with an easy fold and don’t need to attach a car seat, this is the double jogging stroller for you.
4. BOB 2016 Ironman Duallie
The BOB 2016 Ironman Duallie is a double jogging stroller offering the stability and hand brakes necessary for jogging and running both uphill and downhill.With its bike-like tires and adjustable handlebar, this stroller is great for exercise-minded parents of twins or two kids close in age. It can be used with babies 8 weeks of age and up.
The good: The Ironman Duallie has 3″ suspension, canopy windows, and a large storage basket and pockets to store snacks and other items. It also comes almost completely assembled – all you have to do is add the wheels.
The not-so-good: This stroller has a fixed front wheel, making it slightly harder to turn. It folds in two steps, not one, and can’t be washed in the washing machine.
The best: The BOB 2016 Ironman Duallie has huge canopies, shading kids from sun and wind, and nine handlebar positions for parents short and tall. Also, there’s an option to buy a car seat adapter, and the front caliper brake helps control speed while jogging downhill.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a double stroller that’s easy to jog with, easy to brake, and offers a smooth ride for your kids, this is the double jogging stroller for you.
5. Clevr 2-in-1 collapsible 2-Seater Baby Stroller Jogger / Bicycle Trailer with Pivot Wheel
The Clevr 2-in-1 collapsible 2-Seater Baby Stroller Jogger is exactly what its name suggests: It’s a jogging stroller that can be converted to a bicycle trailer. What’s great about this stroller/ trailer is that it’s built with joggers in mind, literally. However, it should only be used for babies and children over the age of six months, and your kids will need to get along: There’s only a single bench seat.
The good: The Clevr 2-in-1 includes a mesh pocket beside each seat, hand and foot brakes, and a large storage basket. Also, it folds almost completely flat – rare for any stroller, and even more impressive since it’s a double jogging stroller. Like any other double stroller, the Clevr can seat either one or two children.
The not-so-good: It’s not clear if the seat can recline, and the Clevr can’t be used from birth. Even if the seat does recline, it’s a shared bench seat (which can be cozier and more fun), so your kids will need to agree on its position. Also, the cover uses Velcro instead of a zipper, and you’ll need to check the wheels’ pressure from time to time – the tires are bike tires.
The best: The Clevr 2-in-1 offers a smooth ride and has safety reflectors on both the trailer and wheels, as well as an all-weather cover that beats standard rain covers hands down. If you use this as a trailer, it’ll remain upright even if your bike tips over.
Is it for you? If you’re an athletic parent looking for a jogging stroller and a bike trailer for kids over 6 months of age, the Clevr 2-in-1 combines them both – for a surprisingly low price.
6. Thule Urban Glide Double
The Thule Urban Glide Double has a front wheel that swivels for when you’re walking around, and locks into place for better stability while jogging or running. It also has a large storage basket and a magnetic window canopy cover, saving you having to velcro it into place.
The good: The handlebar’s angle can be adjusted, making it easier to find the right height. The Urban Glide Double also has a water-resistant storage cover and extendable canopies.
The not-so-good:Some customers complained this stroller lost stability when one side was empty, and it’s not clear if the Thule can hold two car seats at the same time.
The best: The Thule has a hand brake, a one-hand fold, and the option to purchase a car seat adapter. Also, it has a limited lifetime warranty.
Is it for you? If you have a baby and an older child, and are looking for a double jogging stroller with an adjustable handlebar and a lifetime warranty, this is the double stroller for you.
7. Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller with 2nd Seat
Though the Baby Jogger City Select isn’t truly a jogging stroller (it has four wheels, not three), it’s still a popular double stroller, especially among parents of siblings close in age.
The good: The Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller has extendable canopies, as well as a one-hand fold, adjustable handlebar, swiveling front wheels, and a hand-operated brake. Though it’s not a jogging stroller, it can be used for power walking.
The not-so-good:This stroller is one of the heavier ones on the list, and it’s not truly a jogging stroller. Also, its maximum weight limit isn’t the highest.
The best: The great thing about this stroller is that it has several options of how to place the seats: You can face them backwards, forwards, or face one seat each way, and there’s an option for two car seats, or a regular seat and a bassinet, or a car seat and a bassinet.
Is it for you? If you have two children close in age, don’t need a dedicated jogging stroller, and want a versatile stroller with a removable second seat, this is the double stroller for you.
8. Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller
Like the Baby Jogger City Select, the City Mini Double Stroller isn’t a true jogging stroller. That said, the City Mini is a popular buy both among parents of twins and among parents of siblings close in age.
The good: Baby Jogger’s City Mini Double Stroller is lightweight, offers a one-hand fold, and it can hold a single car seat (you’ll have to buy an adapter). It also has storage pockets in the back of each seat and extendable seat canopies.
The not-so-good:Unlike the City Select Double, this stroller isn’t intended for power walking – just casual strolling.
The best: The City Mini Double is suitable for use with newborns and children up to five years of age. Plus, it’s not super-expensive.
Is it for you? If you don’t need a jogging stroller and are looking for a side-by-side stroller that can be used from birth and won’t break the bank, this is the double stroller for you.
9. Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger Stroller
The Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger is a jogging stroller intended for use with babies ages six months and up. It’s easy to set up, uses bicycle tires, and offers a front wheel that can either swivel or lock into place.
The good: While the handlebar isn’t adjustable, one mother who is 5’3″ said both she and her 6′ husband push the Expedition Double Jogger with ease. The stroller also offers a large storage basket and two cup holders.
The not-so-good: This stroller’s warranty isn’t the best, and it can’t be used with car seats. Also, its canopy isn’t extendable, and there’s only one canopy for both seats. Some parents found this stroller hard to fold.
The best: Baby Trend’s Expedition Double Jogger fits easily on sidewalks and is relatively cheap for a double jogging stroller. Its swivel wheel allows for easy maneuvering, and the bicycle tires offer a smoother ride.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a double jogging stroller that’s easy to push and doesn’t cost a lot of money, this is the jogging stroller for you.
Baby Trend’s Navigator Double Jogger Stroller differs from most jogging strollers since it has four wheels instead of three. In a sense, it’s not a traditional jogging stroller. However, its front wheels can both swivel and lock, and they’re placed more closely together than the front wheels of “regular” strollers.
The good: The Navigator Double Jogger has two parent cup holders, as well as a personal tray for each child. It also has an easy fold and offers lots of storage.
The not-so-good:This stroller can only be used for babies over the age of six months, and I wasn’t able to find information on its warranty. It’s also not clear if the canopies are extendable or have windows.
The best: The Navigator’s parent tray has a spot for MP3 speakers, and it can be used with two infant car seats – no adapter required.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a double stroller with trays for each child, a low price tag, and want something that jogs well but has four wheels, this is the double jogging stroller for you.
Want a better look at the technical details?
What else do you need to know?
What makes a jogging stroller? Firstly, jogging strollers’ most prominent feature is that they have a narrower front than back. For this reason, many people confuse some regular strollers with jogging strollers. However, jogging strollers usually have three wheels, not four, since three is easier to run with.
If you’ve ever tried to run with a regular stroller, you know the front wheels’ swivel can seriously bring you off course at best, and get your wheels stuck at worst. This is the primary reason why jogging strollers have a fixed – or lockable – front wheel. However, since almost no one will buy one double stroller for jogging and another for walks to the park or supermarket, many manufacturers have begun offering a front wheel that both swivels and locks.
Safety for jogging strollers
Because of the speeds and inclines involved in jogging, some jogging strollers include hand brakes. If you can, a hand brake is a good feature to “splurge” on – for the simple reason that it allows you to stop easily and immediately if you lose your balance. Also, just like when you’re riding a bike, you can hold or “pump” a hand brake while you jog to help control your speed as you head downhill.
Both of the BOB jogging strollers listed here also have a wrist strap for added safety while running, and both of the strollers-turned-trailers include safety flags. These are important features, which should be used while jogging, running, or biking. However, they won’t necessarily be useful to you if you’re just jogging for thirty seconds to catch a bus or train, on flat ground.
Never jog with a child who is not belted properly. Though it doesn’t seem like a big deal to use three points of the harness when you’re walking to the corner store, it’s a much bigger deal when you’re jogging or on an incline. Always use all five points of your stroller’s harness, and don’t buy a jogging stroller that has only a three-point harness.
Car seats and jogging strollers
By default, most jogging strollers aren’t compatible with car seats, and many aren’t intended for use with newborns. If you do want to transport your newborn in a jogging stroller, don’t cheat: Look for a jogging stroller that can be used from birth, or buy the one you want and borrow a “newborn” jogging stroller or other stroller from a friend until your baby (or babies) gets a bit older.
NEVER place a car seat in a jogging stroller that’s not car seat-compatible.
Beware: Check your stroller’s wheels
Most of us aren’t used to thinking of stroller tires as needing to be refilled with air, but some jogging strollers use bike tires. If your double jogging stroller is one of them, be sure to check the wheels’ air pressure every so often, and before every serious hike.
Measure your doorway and trunk
Double strollers in general, and double jogging strollers specifically, can be bulky and wide. Before you choose a double jogging stroller, measure the width of your front door, as well as how much space you have in your trunk.
Bear in mind that unless you use your double jogging stroller every day, you may need to find a place to store it. Be sure to choose a stroller that will fit into your storage space, and can be easily folded and unfolded.
Choosing your double jogging stroller
Before you choose a double jogging stroller, it’s important to determine what your needs are. Do you need the seats to recline? Do you live somewhere sunny and need super-extendable canopies? If you have stairs leading up to your home, how many are there? Can you bring your double jogger up the stairs on your own,or will you need the help of another adult?
Also – and this is important – do you need a double stroller for twins, or for siblings close in age?
If you have your heart set on a jogging stroller that isn’t right for newborns, but you need a double stroller for one newborn and one older child, it may be worthwhile to carry your newborn in a sling for the first few months, until he’s old enough to travel in the jogging stroller.
Remember, if you’re not a dedicated jogger, runner, or biker, you might be better off buying a traditional double stroller. Keep an open mind, and keep your list of “must haves” and “nice to haves” in hand as yougo over this list and choose the stroller that’s right for you.
Have any questions? Comments? Know another amazing double jogging stroller that deserves a spot on this list? Let us know in the comments.