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BOB Revolution SE

*Est. $313
Reviewed
December 2012
by ConsumerSearch
BOB Revolution SE

Best All-Terrain Stroller

Pros
  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Smooth ride
Cons
  • Expensive add-ons
  • Limited head room

Bottom Line

The BOB Revolution SE has plenty of fans, for good reason. With a durable frame, adjustable shocks and rugged tires, it can go just about anywhere. The front swivel wheel can be fixed in place for occasional jogging, but serious runners should consider a more stable fixed-wheel stroller with a hand brake. BOB's reputation for solid workmanship keeps customers coming back, but prepare to pay for conveniences that some other companies include, such as an accessory tray with cupholders.

Breaking It Down

Safety

Safe, with one concern. The BOB Revolution SE has an aluminum frame, five-point harness and a parking brake parents can operate with one foot. One expert notes that an older toddler can easily undo the harness buckle. The stroller has a wrist strap for added security. However, a couple of reviewers point out that since the strap is attached to the handle, parents may tip the stroller if they fall while using the strap -- a particular concern for joggers.

All BOB strollers, including the Revolution SE, have been the subject of two recent recalls. In February, 2011, 337,000 strollers were recalled due to a strangulation hazard with the drawstring on the rear of the canopy. There were no reports of death or injury, and BOB has since changed the design. Then in October, 2011, 411,700 strollers were recalled due to a choking hazard from children mouthing the stroller canopy's embroidered logo patch. There were no reported deaths or injuries, other than gagging -- it was also only a hazard for children in the attached infant car seat. More information, as well as details on fixes and product updates, are on the BOB website.

Ease of Use

A mixed bag. The BOB Revolution SE is meant to be a go-anywhere stroller, and it delivers. Reviewers say it maneuvers on all terrain with ease, and the adjustable shocks keep kids from feeling the bumps. Most reviewers say the two-step fold is easy, but there's no automatic lock -- you'll have to secure a buckle to carry it. The stroller does not stand when folded. Owners like the high-tech, easy-to-clean fabric and adjustable harness. At 25 pounds, the Revolution SE is not light, and some reviewers say it's too bulky to be their primary stroller.

Lifestyle Features

Versatile, but lacks accessories. Owners love the BOB Revolution SE's huge canopy, which has a peek-a-boo window. Most find the storage basket roomy and easily accessible, and they also like the pockets inside the seat and on the seat back. One common complaint is the lack of a parent tray or cupholder, which is sold separately (*Est. $25). While most reviewers say the handlebar is comfortable to hold, it is not adjustable -- a possible concern for very short or tall parents.

The Revolution SE does not have fully reclining seats, so BOB recommends parents wait until their children are 8 weeks old to use the stroller unless they're in a car seat using the optional car-seat adapter (*Est. $55). For jogging and off-road use, BOB says parents should wait until their children are 8 months old to ensure full head control. The stroller accommodates children up to 70 pounds, but many parents complain the canopy doesn't give older, taller children enough headroom.

By locking the front swivel wheel, parents can take on some truly rough terrain or go for a jog. Tracking is easily adjustable via a dial on the wheel. While the wheels are removable for a more compact fold, the stroller may be too bulky for smaller trunks. The Revolution SE also comes in a double stroller, the BOB Revolution SE Duallie (*Est. $470). Optional accessories include a rain shield (*Est. $55), sun shield (*Est. $69), fleece seat pad (*Est. $49), child snack tray (*Est. $30) and travel bag (*Est. $109).

Customer Service

Solid warranty and reputation. The BOB Revolution SE comes with a limited five-year warranty on the frame and a one-year warranty on fabric and components. BOB has a good reputation for customer service, and owners report few complaints.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. Editors test and rate 11 all-terrain strollers for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and off-road maneuverability. The BOB Revolution is included in this roundup. The report also includes an overview of how the testing was performed and specs for each stroller. User reviews are available, but are not part of the editors' ranking.

Review: All-Terrain Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Baby Bargains

Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including a variety of strollers, and top rankings of all-terrain strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. They discuss the BOB brand in general and the Revolution SE and SE Duallie specifically.

Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2012

3. Babble.com

Review Credibility: Excellent Babble.com's stroller roundup crowns the BOB Revolution SE as the best pick for jogging or all-terrain conditions over the Joovy Zoom 360, Mountain Buggy Swift and Valco Baby TriMode EX. Editors praise the front wheel's ability to swivel or lock in place, which they say makes the stroller versatile. They like the smooth ride and easy fold, and they say the wheels outperform other tested strollers on rough terrain. Minor criticisms are the lack of a cupholder and automatic lock for the folded stroller.

Review: Babble Best Picks: Strollers, Editors of Babble.com, Not Dated

4. Stroller Envy

Review Credibility: Excellent The BOB Revolution SE is among Stroller-Envy.com's picks for best all-terrain strollers over $300. It is rated slightly lower than the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle and on par with Baby Jogger's City Elite. An in-depth review praises the SE's versatility, maneuverability, padded seat, durable fabric, adjustable suspension, large sun canopy and generous storage. Editors criticize the easily escaped harness, safety strap's placement and potentially confusing assembly.

Review: 2013 Best All Terrain Stroller Reviews, Editors of Stroller-Envy.com, Not Dated

5. BabyCenter.com

Review Credibility: Excellent The BOB Revolution SE is the top pick from moms in BabyCenter.com's 2012 Baby Center Product Awards, and is a runner-up within the editor's choice category. Moms say it's perfect for all terrains, including sand. Editors praise the suspension, comfortable ride, easy maneuverability and versatility. However, they wish the fold was one-step, say the SE is somewhat bulky and note that it might not be the best choice for serious, frequent joggers.

Review: The Best Strollers for Infants, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not Dated

6. BabyGizmo.com

Review Credibility: Very Good In this video review, Hollie Schultz praises the Revolution SE's fabric, canopy, easily adjustable harness, wheels and storage. She says the ride is smooth and stable, and demonstrates the easy fold. However, she shows that it's easy for older children to get out of the harness, dislikes the loud Velcro on the canopy window and notes the stroller could tip if a jogger falls while using the safety strap. Schultz also says the seat doesn't recline enough for babies younger than 6 months. The stroller is among Baby Gizmo's top five all-terrain stroller picks.

Review: Baby Gizmo BOB Revolution SE 2011 Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, March 9, 2011

7. StrollerQueen.com

Review Credibility: Very Good Longtime stroller reviewer Janet McLaughlin details several improvements BOB made to the Revolution SE, including a sleeker look, a more upright padded seat, added stability and easier-to-access storage. She also praises the easy-to-grip handlebar, wide seat and big canopy. Her only criticisms: The SE is 2 pounds heavier than its predecessor, and the safety strap is attached to the handle.

Review: BOB Revolution SE Review, Janet McLaughlin, May 19, 2011

8. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good More than 200 BOB Revolution SE owners give the stroller an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Owners love the way it handles and praise its solid construction, versatility, fabric and large canopy. Some reviewers say the stroller is bulky and that the seat lacks padding. Others complain that it needs more headroom for taller children and say it should include a hand brake and more accessories, such as a cupholder and tray.

Review: BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012

9. Buzzillions.com

Review Credibility: Very Good The BOB Revolution SE earns an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 120 reviews. Owners praise its durability, maneuverability and smooth ride. Most like the large sun canopy and say the stroller is comfortable for their children. Some owners complain about costly add-ons and lack of headroom for older children, while others find the stroller bulky.

Review: BOB Revolution SE Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2012

10. SheKnows.com

Review Credibility: Good This all-terrain stroller roundup looks at the Revolution SE and four competitors, but does not compare them or note any cons. Holt praises the stroller's maneuverability, suspension, weight, easy fold, comfy seat, large canopy and generous storage.

Review: These Strollers Get the Job Done Right!, Christina Holt, Dec. 23, 2011

11. Fitnessista.com

Review Credibility: Good Harney details a range of pros and cons after using the BOB Revolution SE as her jogging stroller. She loves the smooth ride, big basket, seat recline, fabric and easy fold. However, she says the stroller is too bulky to be an everyday stroller and wishes the seat bottom had more padding.

Review: Review of the BOB Revolution SE, Gina Harney, Sept. 5, 2012

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