Before you choose a jogging stroller, consider:
If you need an everyday stroller: The most common complaint we see on consumer-review websites is that a reviewer bought a jogging stroller with a fixed wheel and finds it difficult to maneuver. Fixed-wheel strollers are meant for jogging or running only. If you need a jogging stroller that you can also use every day, buy a swivel-wheel stroller with a fixed-wheel option. Also, car seat compatibility is important with an everyday stroller.
How you run or exercise: Serious runners or distance/road runners should consider a dedicated, fixed-wheel stroller. Power walkers, light joggers or those who walk long distances can get by with a swivel-wheel stroller with a fixed-wheel option.
Where you run: Some jogging strollers are meant for running on smooth surfaces like sidewalks, roads or running tracks. Others have sturdier wheels that work on dirt, gravel, sand and other multiterrain surfaces.
Your storage space: Jogging strollers tend to be bulky when folded, because they're made long and lean with large tires. Many people just roll their strollers into the garage and keep them there, opened, much like a bike. Others have to fold and store them. Be sure the one you buy fits where you want it to live.
Your strength: Jogging strollers also tend to be heavy. Even a stroller that almost floats when being pushed may be difficult to lift if it tops out at close to 40 pounds. Be sure you know how much weight you can lift and whether you can comfortably lift that weight multiple times in a day if you are using it as an everyday stroller.
Adjustable handle: Parents who run together and take turns pushing the stroller may want to consider an adjustable handle if there is a significant height difference. There are also stroller fitness programs with exercises that work better with an adjustable handle.
The following shopping tips will help you find the jogging stroller that will take you through many workouts:
Try it out in person. It's best to test jogging strollers in person to see how it fits and if it seems to push easily. It's also important to take your children with you and try it out on them as well. With the jostling inherent in running, comfort and fit are more important in a jogging stroller than other strollers.
Get last year's model. Stroller manufacturers often update models yearly. Like a car, a brand-new jogging stroller that's last year's model can often be found at a deep discount. Since jogging strollers are rarely discounted since there aren't a lot of models, this is a good way to get a deal.
Don't buy used strollers. Strollers are often subject to recalls, and even high-end brands aren't immune; BOB and Kelty jogging strollers have both been involved in recalls. The older the stroller, the more likely it is to have been involved in a recall since they're often retroactive. If you buy a stroller new, your product registration will alert you to recalls as soon as they're announced. If you're set on buying a used stroller, check for recalls at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.