Whether you just want to run occasionally or make it part of your daily routine, a jogging stroller is a must if you want to stay in shape with your baby in tow. Jogging strollers have air-filled tires that offer a smoother ride, and many have shocks and suspension systems that also help with stability. Just make sure you've got room to transport and store these monsters -- they're among the largest strollers on the market.
The tried-and-true BOB Revolution SE (Est. $400) remains one of the best jogging strollers on the market for good reason. BOB's reputation for a durable, smooth ride keeps customers coming back, and the Revolution SE is a good middle ground for parents who want a stroller that can handle the mall or a light jog with equal finesse. At 25 pounds, the Revolution SE is about average weight for a jogging stroller. A near-flat recline can accommodate babies as young as 8 weeks as long as you're just walking; BOB recommends you wait until your baby is 8 months to jog. Maximum weight capacity is 70 pounds.
The BOB Revolution SE is meant to be a go-anywhere stroller. By locking the front swivel wheel, parents can take on some rough terrain or go for a jog on pavement. Experts say it maneuvers with ease, and the adjustable shocks keep tots 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. While the wheels are removable for a more compact fold, the Revolution SE may be too bulky for smaller trunks. The high-tech fabric is easy to "hose down and scrub" after a walk in the woods, BabyCenter.com editors say. A non-adjustable handlebar might be a concern for some very tall or short parents; to add that feature, you'll need to upgrade to the BOB Revolution Flex (Est. $384) or BOB Revolution PRO (Est. $432).
The Revolution SE has an ample canopy with a peek-a-boo window. Most parents find the storage basket roomy enough and easily accessible, and they also like the mesh pockets inside the seat and on the seat back. You'll have to pay extra for a Handlebar Console (Est. $20) or a Child Snack Tray (Est. $30). Other optional accessories include a Rain Shield (Est. $60), Sun Shield (Est. $70), and Car Seat Adapter (Est. $50). The adapter accommodates popular Britax, Chicco, Graco and Peg Perego car seats.
The Revolution SE has a five-point harness and a parking brake parents can operate with one foot. It does not have a hand brake -- for that, you'll need to upgrade to the pricier PRO. The wide frame makes the SE less prone to sideways tipping than competing strollers, and the stroller requires more than 23 pounds on the handlebar before it will tip backward. There is a wrist strap so parents can keep the stroller from rolling away. 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.
If you're a serious runner who will be putting serious mileage on a jogging stroller, reviewers say the Thule Glide Sport Stroller (Est. $350) is one of your best bets. It's lighter than the BOB Revolution SE at about 20½ pounds, and it has a slightly more generous weight capacity at 75 pounds. The seat reclines to a near-flat position, but Thule cautions against using the stroller seat with any baby younger than 6 months -- you'll need a car-seat adapter for that, and you'll also need to stick to walking until your baby has full head control.
Unlike the BOB Revolution SE, the Glide has a fixed front wheel. Testers from TheNightLight.com report a smooth, "exceptionally well-balanced" ride, and testers from BabyGearLab.com say the streamlined stroller is very easy to tip for turns, though the lack of a swivel wheel can make tighter turns difficult, which makes it less convenient for everyday use, such as shopping.
While the Thule Glide is among the lightest running strollers, it's still one of the largest, experts warn: You'll want to make sure it fits your trunk when folded, even with the wheels popped off. The two-step, one-handed fold is easy, but the stroller does not stand once it's folded. An adjustable handle bar accommodates runners of all heights.
Features on the Thule Glide are very similar to the BOB Revolution SE: You'll get a full-coverage sunshade with a peek-a-boo window, a large under-seat storage basket, and mesh pockets inside the seat and on the seat back. The stroller also has a padded leg rest. Accessories sold separately include a Snack Tray (Est. $35), Parent Console (Est. $35), Rain Cover (Est. $40) and Mesh Cover (Est. $35). The Car Seat Adapter (Est. $60) works with a wide range of car seats, including popular Britax, Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, Safety 1st and UPPAbaby models.
The Glide has a standard parking brake as well as a hand brake that parents can use to gradually slow the stroller -- particularly useful on hills, for instance. It also has adjustable tracking to keep you on a straight path. The five-point harness requires two hands to unbuckle. BabyGearLab.com's experts found that it only took 15 pounds on the handlebar to tip the stroller backward -- not much pressure for a jogger -- so you'll want to avoid hanging shopping bags there. There is a wrist strap so parents can keep the stroller from rolling away. Like the Revolution SE's wrist strap, it's attached to the handlebar and parents can tip the stroller if they fall with the strap attached.
Reviewers say the Baby Jogger Summit X3 (Est. $350) is hot on the heels of the BOB Revolution SE for any parents who may want a swivel-wheel jogger with a few added features or accessories. Just note that, at 28 pounds, it's on the heavier end for a single jogging stroller. A near-flat recline means you can use the stroller with newborns and very small babies even without an attached car seat or bassinet -- just don't jog with them until they have full head control. Maximum weight capacity is a generous 75 pounds.
Like the Revolution SE, the Summit X3 has a swivel front wheel that can be locked for casual jogging. Meg Collins of LuciesList.com likes the side lever that lets parents make this switch, saying it's much easier than messing with the wheel itself, like you must do with the Revolution SE. The stroller is easy enough to fold one handed, but BabyGearLab.com testers say unfolding it "takes two hands and it isn't really graceful." Like most jogging strollers, it may not fit in smaller trunks, but you can remove the wheels for more compact storage. Experts give it mixed marks for maneuverability: Matthew Lee of TheNightLight.com says it "performed well in jogging and trail-walking," but not as well as the Thule Glide. BabyGearLab.com testers say the Summit X3 was hard to turn while the wheel was fixed for running. The handlebar is not adjustable.
The Summit X3's bottom storage basket is roomy enough to fit a diaper bag and is easy to access, experts say. Parents can stash water bottles, cell phones, or other small articles in a mesh pocket on the back of the stroller. The large, side-vented SPF 50+ canopy has two peek-a-boo windows. There are a number of accessories available separately, including a Belly Bar (Est. $25), Child Tray (Est. $15), Parent Console (Est. $30), and several car seat adaptors (Est. $25-$70).
The Summit X3 has a regular parking brake and, unlike the Revolution SE, a hand brake. Adjustable tracking lets you maintain a straight path more easily. The padded five-point harness has a buckle that was recently redesigned and should foil most would-be escape artists. A tether strap helps prevent the stroller from rolling away, and since it's connected to the bottom, you won't tip over the whole stroller if you take a spill. Tipping is risk if you put too much weight on the handlebars -- BabyGearLab testers say it took about 18 pounds to tip the Summit X3 backwards.
Jogging strollers are an expensive bunch, but if you're on a tight budget, the Baby Trend Expedition (Est. $100) has plenty of fans who say it performs admirably without breaking the bank. The stroller has a seat that offers a deep recline and is recommended for babies 6 months and older. It also tops out at 50 pounds, so it's not as long-lived as the other models we recommend. At 27 pounds, it's also relatively heavy, though still a bit lighter than the Baby Jogger Summit X3.
The Expedition has a swivel front wheel that should be locked for jogging -- BabyCenter.com editors warn this is particularly crucial on this stroller, because the wheel wobbles at higher speeds. Unlike pricier jogging strollers, you'll need two hands to fold it, and the lock isn't automatic. But the stroller will stand by itself when folded, and it's among the most compact folds in the category if space is a concern. Despite its low price, the Expedition fares well in experts' maneuverability tests. BabyGearLab.com testers call it "easy to push and turn," noting that its narrower, shorter frame helps parents remain in command. However, it lacks an adjustable handlebar, which may make jogging tough if you are very tall or short. It also doesn't have a suspension system or shock absorbers to keep babies from being jostled -- something that should give serious runners pause.
The Expedition comes with a few very nice features for the price: An extra-large storage basket that can fit even mammoth diaper bags, an included parent console that has two integrated cup holders and a compartment for smartphones, and a child tray with two cup holders that swings out of the way for easier access to the stroller seat. The sunshade isn't as large as the ones on pricier jogging strollers, but it does have a small peek-a-boo window. Experts caution that the storage basket, while large, is also flimsy, and say the seat's thin padding leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to comfort. The child tray also functions as the attachment point for Baby Trend car seats. The stroller is not compatible with any other car-seat brand.
While the Expedition has all the standard safety features (an adjustable five-point harness, parking brakes, and a safety strap to prevent the stroller from rolling away), it lacks a couple of extras: There is no adjustable tracking to keep a precise, straight path, and there is no hand brake to help slow the stroller at high speeds. And while the other jogging strollers in our report have a linked parking brake that requires just one tap, the Expedition has brakes on each back wheel that must be set individually. The stroller fares about average in backwards tip tests, but experts warn it's much more vulnerable to side tipping than other jogging strollers.