The rundown on 2019’s 9 best single jogging strollers, and how to choose the one that’s right for you.
You’re looking for a jogging stroller, maybe wondering if you need one at all. The idea of a three-wheel stroller is appealing, but what age can you use them from? And which ones can be used with a car seat, as a travel system?
You may also be wondering what *really* differentiates a jogging stroller from a regular stroller – other than the number of wheels.
In this article, we’ll go through the eight top jogging strollers, their features, and who they’re best for. We’ll also go into what makes a jogging stroller, what to look out for, and what makes a jogging stroller safe.
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BOB’s Revolution Pro offers a swiveling and locking front wheel, as well as both hand brakes and a wrist strap, making it an ideal and extremely safe jogging stroller. Unlike many jogging strollers, this stroller is safe for babies aged 8 weeks and older – without a car seat.
The good: BOB’s Revolution Pro has state-of-the-art suspension and can be used for babies from two months (8 weeks) up to 70 lbs – probably the widest age gap of any jogging stroller.
The not-so-good: This stroller isn’t machine washable, and to use it with a car seat, you’ll need to purchase an adapter separately. Also, BOB recommends waiting until babies are 8 months old for “running, jogging, or off-road use.”
The best: The BOB Revolution Pro offers nine handlebar positions, offering a perfect fit for both tall and short parents. Plus, in addition to its hand and foot brakes, the stroller offers a parking brake.
Is it for you? If you’re a serious jogger looking for a top-end jogging stroller, or you or your partner are tall or short, this is the jogging stroller for you.Click here to see today's price of the Bob Revolution Pro on Amazon
Thule’s Urban Glide 2 is a quality jogging stroller offering important safety features and offering the option of attaching a bassinet or car seat.
The good: The Urban Glide 2 offers a front swivel wheel that locks in place for jogging, and an easy, compact fold. It also offers suspension and the option to purchase a bumper bar. In addition to the canopy window, this stroller also has side ventilation.
The not-so-good: The foot brake on this stroller can be stiff, and you’ll need an adapter to use the stroller with either a bassinet or a car seat. Plus, this stroller folds out, not in, so the fabric isn’t protected when it lies on the floor.
The stroller itself isn’t suitable for babies under six months of age.
The best: Thule’s Urban Glide 2 offers important safety features: a wrist strap, a reflective band on the wheels and canopy, and a hand brake. (Always use the wrist strap.) Plus, it has lots of storage space.
Is it for you? If you’re a serious jogger looking for a heavy-duty jogging stroller that can also be used for regular strolling, this is the jogging stroller for you.Click here to see today's price of the Urban Glide 2 on Amazon
BOB’s runner-up stroller, the Revolution Flex, is similar to its Pro version in all but two ways: Its colour options and its hand brakes. Like the Revolution Pro, the Flex is a safe, sturdy jogging stroller perfect for use on all terrains, and good for babies and toddlers who weigh up to seventy pounds.
The good: BOB’s Revolution Flex offers more color options than the Pro does, and like the Pro, it folds in rather than out, and can be used for babies aged 8 weeks and up. It also has a swiveling front wheel, and a large canopy.
The not-so-good: Like the Revolution Pro, this stroller isn’t machine washable, and you’ll need to buy an adapter to use it with a car seat. Also, even though this stroller can be used car seat-free from 8 weeks, BOB recommends waiting until your baby is 8 months before using this stroller for “running, jogging, or off-road use.” Also, this model doesn’t have a hand brake.
The best: The Revolution Flex has a wrist strap, nine handlebar positions, a parking brake, and state-of-the-art suspension.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a hard-core jogging stroller, want more color options, and won’t be jogging down steep mountains – this is the jogging stroller for you. It’s also for you if you’re looking for a versatile stroller that will work for both tall and short parents.Click here to see today's price of the Bob Revolution Flex on Amazon
Bumbleride’s Speed is a versatile jogging stroller with an emphasis on natural and recycled materials. Together with the option to purchase use the stroller with a car seat, the Speed offers parents a weight limit of 65 lbs, a wrist strap, as well as reflexive strips.
The good: The Bumbleride Speed offers an adjustable handle, a swivelling front wheel, an easy fold, and lots of storage space. It also folds in, not out, protecting the fabric and keeping it clean.
The not-so-good: This stroller doesn’t offer a hand brake, and you’ll need to purchase a car seat adapter separately. Also, it’s not clear what age babies need to be before they can use the Bumbleride without a car seat.
The best: Bumbleride’s Speed is made of recycled materials, and doesn’t contain PVC, BPA, phthalates, fire retardant, or polyurethane foam. Plus, the stroller comes with a tire pump, a wrist strap, and reflective logos.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for an eco-friendly jogging stroller that’s height-adjustable, Bumbleride’s Speed is the stroller for you.Click here to see today's price of the Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller on Amazon
Baby Jogger’s Summit x3 is probably the company’s only real jogging stroller. A popular choice among parents, this jogging stroller it features a hand brake, as well as a front wheel that can either swivel or lock into place.
The good: The Baby Jogger Summit x3 has an easy fold, and with a car seat, it can be used for newborns. It also has an extra-large canopy, and an easy foot brake.
The not-so-good: This stroller doesn’t feature a wrist strap, and it can’t be used for babies under six months of age unless use it with a car seat. Plus, you need to purchase the car seat adapter separately. Also, Baby Jogger does not recommend actually running with a baby under 6 months of age.
The best: The Summit x3 is machine washable and can hold babies and toddlers weighing up to 75 lbs – significantly more than the regular 50 lbs.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a jogging stroller that will last you well into toddlerhood, but don’t need to run with a newborn, this is the jogging stroller for you.Click here to see today's price of the Baby Jogger Summit x3 on Amazon
Joovy’s Zoom 360 Ultralight is a jogging stroller suitable for babies ages three months and up, but can be used for newborns with a car seat. Though this stroller doesn’t have the safety features of high-end jogging strollers, it does offer a smooth ride.
The good: Joovy’s Zoom 360 Ultralight offers a parent console, as well as a huge canopy and a higher-than-usual seat, offering riders a better view.
The not-so-good: This stroller doesn’t have a hand brake or wrist strap, and to use it with a car seat, you’ll need to buy an adapter. Also, it has a small storage basket and Joovy doesn’t specify what their warranty is.
The best: Joovy includes a tire pump with the stroller, as well as an auto-lock feature to keep the stroller closed after it’s been folded. Plus, it can hold toddlers weighing up to 75 lbs.
Is it for you? If you need a jogging stroller that will fit babies three months to 75 lbs, without a car seat – but don’t need to run down mountains, Joovy’s 360 Ultralight is a good pick.Click here to see today's price of the Joovys Zoom 360 Ultralight on Amazon
The Graco FastAction Fold Jogger ClickConnect is a jogging stroller aiming to offer the conveniences of “regular” strollers: It has three air-filled rubber tires, its harness converts from 3 points to five points, and it offers both a parent and child tray.
The good: Graco’s FastAction Fold Jogger ClickConnect has a large storage basket and a large canopy, and the tray can be removed.
The not-so-good: Though this is a jogging stroller, it has neither a hand brake nor a wrist strap – two features crucial in determining how safe it is to jog with a given stroller. Also, it’s not clear whether the stroller can be used from birth without a car seat.
The best: The FastAction Fold Jogger ClickConnect has reflectors for better visibility, as well as a super-easy one-hand fold and a special smartphone cradle. Also, like most other Graco strollers, it doesn’t need an adapter to hold a car seat.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a versatile jogging stroller, but you’re not a serious runner, the FastAction Fold Jogger is the one for you.Click here to see today's price of the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger ClickConnect on Amazon
Easy to fold, Baby Trend’s Expedition Jogger is suitable for babies from six months and up, but can accommodate newborns when used with a car seat. Its tray acts as a car seat adapter, eliminating the need to purchase one separately.
The good: Baby Trend’s Expedition Jogger has all-terrain wheels, a swiveling front wheel that can be locked into place, and a large storage basket.
The not-so-good: Though this is a jogging stroller, it’s not intended for hardcore running. In other words, don’t run down a mountain with it, but it should do okay if you’re jogging on a city sidewalk.
The best: The Expedition Jogger has reflective bands on the footrest, and you don’t need an adapter in order to attach a car seat.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a low-cost jogging stroller, but don’t need it for serious running, this is the jogging stroller for you.Click here to see today's price of the Baby Trends Expedition Jogger on Amazon
Want a look at the technical details?
Weight limit Stroller weight Canopy window? Hand brake? Folds in or out? Can it be used with a car seat? Machine washable? Front wheel swivels and locks? Warranty Baby Jogger Summit X3 75 lbs 28.44 lbs Yes Yes Out Yes, with adapter Yes Yes Frame - limited lifetime warranty. Other parts - 1 year. Baby Trend Expedition Jogger 50 lbs/ 42" 27 lbs Yes No Out Yes No Yes 180 days (approximately 6 months) BOB Revolution Flex 70 lbs (31.75kg) or 44" (112 cm) 26.2 lbs (11.9 kg) Yes No In Yes, with adapter No Yes Frame - 5 years. Components and fabric - 1 year. BOB Revolution Pro 70 lbs (31.75kg) or 44" (112 cm) 28.2lbs (12.8 kg) Yes Yes In Yes, with adapter Yes Yes Frame - 5 years. Components and fabric - 1 year. Bumbleride Speed 65 lbs 26 lbs Yes No In Yes, with adapter No Yes 3 years Graco FastAction Fold Jogger ClickConnect 50 lbs 31.97 lbs Yes No Out Yes Yes - on a delicate cycle. Yes One year from date of purchase. Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight 75 lbs 26.25 lbs Yes No Out Yes, with adapter No Yes No information Thule Urban Glide 2 75 lbs 25.3 lbs Yes Yes Out Yes. Can be used from birth with car seat or bassinet. Needs adapter. Not clear. Use mild soap and water to spot-clean. Yes Limited lifetime warranty.
What else do you need to know?
Jogging strollers, typically identified by the fact that they have three wheels instead of four, are intended for use either jogging or running. Their front wheel will usually lock into place for jogging, or remain permanently fixed in place. These strollers aren’t lightweight, and they may be bulky.
Typically, jogging strollers can also be used for strolling or shopping in cities – but to do that, you’ll want a stroller with a front wheel that swivels. (All of the strollers mentioned in this article have a swiveling front wheel.)
It’s important to note that most jogging strollers aren’t intended for use with newborns. Some of them offer an option to attach a car seat, for use with babies ages 0 and up. Others do not have this option. Even those models which do allow for the use of car seats may require parents to purchase an adapter separately.
Whether you’re a serious jogger or just jogging to the nearest subway stop, be sure to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you’re planning on jogging on hills or mountains, a wrist strap and hand brake are crucial. Both of these can make the difference between the stroller speeding down the incline out of control, with the parent trying frantically to catch it, and the stroller stopping abruptly but safely together with the parent.
Also, if you like to jog during the evening hours, look for a model with reflective stripes, to increase your visibility in the dark.
Always use your stroller’s five-point harness when jogging. It may not make a difference when you’re walking through the park, but it can make the difference between safety and serious injury if you’re running or jogging.
Choosing the right jogging stroller doesn’t have to be hard – but it does require some thought. Where will you be using your stroller? How old is your child? Are you a serious runner, or just an occasional jogger? What features are most important to you, and what can you let go of?
Make your list of “must-haves,” then reread this article and choose the jogging stroller that best fits your needs.
If you’re looking for a jogging stroller that can be used with younger babies, choose either the BOB Revolution Pro (if you’re a serious jogger), or the BOB Revolution Flex (if you don’t jog down mountains).
If you’re a serious jogger looking for the highest weight limit out there, and don’t mind using a car seat during your baby’s first six months of life, go for the Thule Urban Glider 2.
And if you’re looking for a stroller that’s good for the occasional jog in the city, can be washed in the machine and has a high weight limit, choose Baby Jogger’s Summit x3.
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