Among all-terrain strollers, the BOB Revolution receives glowing praise from experts and parents alike. Owners love the excellent maneuverability, thanks to a 12.5-inch swiveling front wheel that helps the stroller navigate turns and narrow spaces. The ample storage space and durable frame are additional pluses. One downside mentioned repeatedly in owner-written reviews is the lack of a cup holder; parents don't appreciate having to shell out an extra $20 to buy this accessory. Owners also wish the handlebar could be adjusted. Still, most reviewers say the BOB Revolution is well worth its expensive price tag. The BOB Revolution has 16-inch polymer wheels in back and a swiveling 12.5-inch front wheel that locks so you can use it for light jogging, but experts say serious runners should look for a fixed-wheel jogging stroller such as the Baby Jogger Performance Single (*Est. $430) or BOB Ironman (*MSRP $410). If you like the versatility of a swiveling front wheel but can't afford a $400 stroller, reviewers also like the Jeep Liberty Limited (*Est. $160). You'll save money with this stroller, but you won't get the same durability or performance.
There are numerous reviews available for the BOB Revolution. The most rigorous testing comes from one professional testing organization, which evaluates the Revolution stroller along with 10 others. One popular baby gear book also has excellent coverage of the BOB brand in general, with some specific comments about the Revolution. Running Times magazine has a thorough, in-depth review from a runner's perspective. Cookie magazine and Babble.com editors test the BOB Revolution in older reviews, and there is plenty of owner feedback on JoggingStrollers.com, Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com.
ConsumerReports.org tests the BOB Revolution along with 10 other all-terrain strollers. Each one is rated on ease of use, maneuverability, off-road maneuverability and safety. Three strollers are recommended.
Review: All-terrain Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2010
Running Times recommends the BOB Revolution for parents who want the versatility and easy maneuverability of a swivel-wheel stroller. Although all-terrain strollers aren't really designed for running, Sabrina Grotewold has no problems jogging with the front wheel in its locked position.
Review: A Runner's Guide to Jogging Strollers, Sabrina Grotewold, October 2009
3. Baby Bargains
This excellent book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including jogging strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and also interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby gear book available, with plenty of current info and lots of attitude, including sections aimed at steering consumers away from unnecessary features. Although the authors focus mainly on reviewing stroller brands, they do single out a few jogging and all-terrain models as the top strollers in their class.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition
The BOB Revolution earns the Babble Best award, with reviewer Kate Bayless saying it performs "heads above the rest" of the competition. She loves the adjustable tracking knob, which ensures the stroller rolls straight, and praises the steering and maneuvering. Bayless notes that it works equally well whether out shopping or on a weekend trail hike.
Review: Babble Best: Jogging Strollers, Kate Bayless, Jan. 27, 2009
There are more than 500 owner-written reviews of the BOB Revolution on Buzzillions.com, which compiles them from retailers such as REI.com and BabiesRUs.com. The BOB Revolution attracts a lot of praise on this site, with most owners giving it 5 out of 5 stars.
Review: BOB Revolution Jogging Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
The BOB Revolution receives equally good feedback at Amazon.com, where it maintains a 4.5-star rating after reviews by more than 100 owners. Most parents love this stroller, but a few complain about the small seat and the fact that you have to pay extra for a cup holder.
Review: BOB Revolution Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
7. Fit Pregnancy
Fit Pregnancy magazine editors include the BOB Revolution in their annual buyer's guide. Editors call it "light and fast," and they like that a car seat adapter can be purchased for use with infant car seats.
Review: Strollers, Editors of Fit Pregnancy magazine, 2010
8. Cookie Magazine
The BOB Revolution gets perfect scores from writer Catherine Coreno for durability, ease of use and overall ratings. Coreno raves about the maneuverability and suspension, which provides a comfy and stable ride for her baby. Unfortunately, this review is nearly two years old.
Review: Jogging Strollers, Catherine Coreno, October 2008
Baby-Gaga.com is an interesting site with editorial reviews based on a meta-analysis of parent ratings. The BOB Revolution gets an overall grade of A, with kudos for its large canopy, ease of use and maneuverability.
Review: BOB Revolution, Editors of Baby-Gaga.com
Christine Luff, the running guide for About.com, calls the BOB Revolution an "excellent choice" for parents who want a versatile stroller for jogging and everyday purposes. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top Jogging Strollers, Christine Luff, May 14, 2010