Best Jogging Stroller Reviews 2018

When you have a baby one of the most important pieces of equipment you must buy is a stroller. And if you are going to continue with your all important fitness routine you are going to need a jogging stroller. You just cannot let your fitness and health fall by the wayside. Here are the best jogging stroller reviews for 2018.

There are certainly plenty of jogging strollers for runners out there to choose from. Which one should you buy? Let’s find out!

Best Jogging Strollers 2018

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It is very big decision when trying to choose such an important piece of equipment for your new baby and for yourself. You want to make sure you are making the right choice. This why we have come up with this guide of the best jogging stroller reviews for 2018.

Just remember that what may suit one person may not suit another person

Below is the table which shows a list of the best jogging strollers for 2018.

Best Jogging Strollers for 2018

Stroller NameWeightWeight LimitDimensions(inches) 
Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger30 pounds50 pounds 40 x 24 x 42 Check Price
Thule Urban Glide30 pounds23 pounds34.5 x 14 x 21Check Price
Schwinn Turismo Swivel Single Jogger24.5 pounds 50 pounds 33.5 x 23 x 25 Check price
BOB Revolution SE 25 pounds70 Pounds51.6 x 25.4 x 40 Check Price
BOB Revolution FLEX28.5 pounds75 pounds25.4 x 44 x 43 Check Price
Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight 25.7 pounds75 pounds 19 x 25 x 34
Check Price
Baby Trend Expedition25.5 pounds75 pounds21 x 47 x 41 Check Price

 

1. Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Travel System

 

You can use the Graco Fastaction as a car seat and also as a jogging stroller. It has a lightweight yet sturdy frame. The car seat weighs 30 pounds so you can manage its weight plus the babies.

  • Stroller travel system includes the Graco Snug Ride Click Connect 35 infant car seat, rear-facing for infants from 4-35 pounds and up to 32″
  • One-second, one-hand fold provides the ultimate in convenience for moms on-the-go
  • Jogging travel system features air-filled rubber tires that offer suspension for a smooth ride on any terrain
  • Locking front swivel wheel provides an easy transition from daily strolling to jogging


 

2. Thule Urban Glide

 

The Thule Urban Glide is an all-around sports running stroller with a sleek and lightweight design making it perfect for urban mobility or jogging on your favorite path.

  • Swivel front wheel for easy maneuverability, locks into place for jogging
  • Ergonomic handlebar with a range of heights for parent’s comfort. The pads are water repellant and removable for washing. Door pass through 25.5 inches
  • Turn your Thule Urban Glide into a travel system with the car seat adapter (sold separately)


 

3. Schwinn Turismo Swivel Single Jogger

 

The Schwinn Turismo Swivel Single Jogger is a great choice for parents who want to accomplish their health goals, while spending some quality and fun time with kids. It is designed to provide maximum comfort and superior safety for their ultimate rides.

    • Aluminum frame for easy handling
    • Dual trigger folding mechanism offers uncompromised safety
    • Molded, flip open child tray with dual cup holders & molded parent tray with dual fin grip cup holders
    • Manual locking front wheel for easy swivel to fixed setting and canopy mounted speakers accepts most MP3 players


 

4. BOB Revolution SE

 

The BOB Revolution SE is built for all-terrain strolling and jogging. It has two large rear tires and a swiveling front wheel, so it’s easy to maneuver. It also has a state-of-the-art suspension system so baby gets a smooth ride, and an adjustable canopy keeps him or her protected from the elements.

      • Swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability, locks forward for increased stability jogging or when the terrain turns tough
      • Easy, two step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage
      • State of the art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride


 

5. BOB Revolution Flex

 

The BOB Revolution SE is built for all-terrain strolling and jogging. It has two large rear tires and a swiveling front wheel, so it’s easy to maneuver. It also has a state-of-the-art suspension system so baby gets a smooth ride, and an adjustable canopy keeps him or her protected from the elements.

  • Swiveling-locking front wheel swivels to maneuver tight turns with ease or locks forward for increased stability when jogging or on rough terrain
  • Adjustable padded handlebar offers 9 positions to create the perfect fit for parents of all heights
  • State-of-the-art adjustable suspension system offers 3 inches of travel and 2 stages of weight support for an ultra-smooth ride


6. Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller

The Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight is an updated version of the Zoom 360 that has been one of the best selling joggers on the market. It might not be as fancy as some other models, but has a lot of great features and is very budget-friendly.

  • Extra wide seat sits high to give child great visibility, multi-position seat recline
  • Includes parent organizer, running leash, and tire pump
  • Quick release 16″ rear wheels and 12.5″ swivel front wheel that locks straight
  • Aluminum frame with shock absorbing suspension


 

Best Jogging Stroller Buyer’s Guide

 

Before you make your decision and buy one of the best jogging stroller(s) as listed above you must make sure you choose the best jogging stroller for you. Jogging strollers are expensive and it’s easy to choose one that does not suit your lifestyle.

 

How to Choose the Best Jogging Stroller

You should consider the following features when you are deciding what stroller is best for your baby and for yourself.

Wheels

The wheels are the stand out feature for jogging strollers. Unlike traditional strollers that have four wheels; jogging strollers only have three. Measuring between 12 – 24 inches in diameter, jogging stroller wheels are MUCH larger than that of traditional strollers.

The larger wheel size allows you to easily push your stroller over rough and uneven surfaces like grass, gravel, sand or dirt trails.

Rather than made from hard plastic or solid rubber; jogging stroller wheels have pneumatic tires. Like bicycle tires, jogging stroller tires will need to have the air pressure checked every so often.

You will need to top up the tires every now and again. Fortunately you can easily inflate your jogging strollers tires with a bike pump.

It is worth mentioning that all of the jogging strollers on our list have a swivel wheel that can lock into one position. This allows you to take the stroller jogging or around the shops. With the exception of certain higher end models, a locked wheel will still have a slight wiggle. As a result, a locked wheel is unsuitable for a heavy runner. A lockable wheel is suitable for flat surfaces and light off road jogging making it suitable to be used as an every day stroller.

Choose a fixed wheel if you are serious about jogging or running. Choose a swivel if you are not.

Spokes and rims

Inside your tire you will find the rim and spokes. Simply put, the rim and spokes help the wheel keep its round shape while supporting the entire weight of your jogging stroller. The rim and spokes come in two different materials.

Metal

The traditional metal rim and spoke design is similar to that of a bike tire. While metal spokes may not make the tire look as fancy as some of the plastic designs, they are very practical. Metal rim and spokes help contribute to the a smoother ride for your baby ( a must when jogging).

Cheaper metal spokes are made from a mixture of metals and can rust if you do not take care of them. This is particularly problematic if you live near the coast or in a humid environment. Quality spokes are made from stainless steel. Stainless steel is incredibly resistant to rust even when constantly wet. Alloy wheels are another option that will not rust.

Plastic rims and spokes

Plastic rims and spokes are known as mags (because of the resemblance to a car tire). Because of the different styles that plastic can be molded in, mags are far more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional metal spoke design.

Plastic rims and spokes are much lighter than the metal style. If you are looking for a jogging stroller that is as light as possible then plastic mags will help keep the weight down.

Plastic is not as durable as metal and is not only prone to fading (if frequently left in the sun) but also scratches and marks much easier than the metal alternative.

Wheel size

The size of the wheel also plays a role on how easy it will be to push your jogging stroller over different types of terrain.

12” Wheels – Suitable for pavement, sidewalks and shopping centers.
16” Wheels – Suitable for concrete and light off-road use.
20” or wider – Unstoppable! Roll over curbs, bumps, cracks and even loose soil or sand.

You may be thinking “why doesn’t everyone go with the largest size wheel?”. Unfortunately the larger the wheel, the less portable the jogging stroller will be. If you are just planning to use your jogging stroller on flat surfaces then a larger wheel will just be an inconvenience.

Jogging Stroller Brakes

There are two different types of brakes for your jogging stroller. One slows your baby down while the other keeps your jogging stroller from rolling away when you take your hands off it.

Parking Brake

When you stop jogging to catch your breath, grab a drink or just take in the beautiful scenery; you should immediately apply your strollers parking break.

The parking brake prevents your stroller from rolling away with your baby inside (A very dangerous scenario). Parking brakes are found on all jogging strollers.

The majority of jogging strollers have foot operated parking brakes. A foot operated parking brake will prevent you from having to bend over and use your hands to lock the wheels. While it may sound simple, a foot operated parking brake is definitely a must have feature.

Hand Brake

A handbrake will let you remain in total control when jogging on hills or slopes. Found on the handle bar; a simple squeeze is all it takes to slow your jogging stroller down to a comfortable pace.

Hand brakes are only found on jogging strollers with fixed front wheels and as a result are only really an option for those of you who are serious about your fitness.

Suspension (shock absorbers)

If you look just behind each wheel on your jogging stroller you will notice what appears to be a coiled spring. This coiled spring is essentially a shock absorber and forms part of your strollers suspension system.

Shock absorbers allow the wheel to bounce up and down without forcing your stroller and baby to bounce in a similar violent motion. Some jogging strollers come with adjustable shocks, allowing you to adjust the bounciness according to your baby’s weight and the terrain ahead of you.

Shock absorbers are generally found on the rear two tires,  but some jogging strollers are also equipped with shock absorbers on the front.

Some cheaper models of jogging strollers do not come with a suspension system at all. While these strollers may be suitable for flat surfaces, the lack of suspension will result in a rougher ride for your baby if you venture off-road.

In short short, shock absorbers make your baby’s ride a lot smoother and are a must if you are using your jogging stroller as part of your fitness routine.

Handle Bar

Handle bars come in two varieties, adjustable and non-adjustable (fixed).

An adjustable handlebar is particularly useful in two scenarios:

You will be sharing the stroller with another person.
You are much taller or shorter than the average height.
Since a handle bar at an incorrect height can actually impact your jogging form; being able to adjust the handlebar to the perfect height can be a huge advantage.

So why would anyone want a fixed handlebar? Well, an unfortunate consequence of being adjustable is that there will always be a certain amount of up/down play in the handlebar. While this may not bother a casual jogger; those serious about their fitness routine may find it annoying.

So while the fixed handlebar on a jogging stroller cannot be adjusted; it makes up for this shortcoming in stability and responsiveness.

To put it simply: A fixed handlebar is the best option unless you are either sharing your jogging stroller or are shorter/taller than the average height.

Seat

The best jogging stroller you do end up buying is all about your baby’s comfort. You want to choose a seat that is super comfortable as the cooperation of your baby will determine the length of your jogging session.

Lets explore the features you will need to consider when choosing a comfortable jogging stroller seat.

Folding

By design, jogging strollers are much larger than the traditional variety. As a result, jogging strollers do not fold small. Depending on your brand of jogging stroller it will fold in one of two dfifferent ways.

Folding Mechanism

Jogging strollers that use a folding mechanism are incredibly simple to fold up. Simply remove your baby from the seat and with, the push of a button or pull of a lever; you can fold up your jogging stroller.

Quick fold technology

Some jogging strollers incorporate a quick fold technology. This essentially means that you can fold your stroller up with one hand, allowing you to balance your baby in the other.

While a folding mechanism will make your stroller much easier to fold up, it is also the bulkier of the two folding methods.

Compact Folding

Compact folding is a little more hands on but the result is a much smaller fold than if your stroller used a folding mechanism.

Compact folding requires you to remove the wheels of the jogging stroller as well as folding the frame down. The ability to store your jogging strollers wheels separately to the frame is super convenient if you have a smaller car or are low on storage space at home.

The downside of compact folding is that it takes a little longer to fold down and set up your stroller. You will also require the use of both hands, meaning you will have to sit your baby down while you go through the folding process.

Storage

Babies tend to come with a lot of other gear that you may need to bring with you when you venture out. Diapers, food, baby wipes… The list really is quite extensive. Storage compartments on your jogging stroller will make it easy to bring all your baby gear with you while jogging.

Just about every one of the best jogging stroller(s) will come with a storage basket underneath your baby’s seat. While some of these baskets are open topped, others have mesh surrounding them to prevent your belongings from spilling out onto the ground during a bumpy jogging session.

Located just behind the seat of some jogging strollers is a pocket (similar to that on the back of your car’s seat). These pockets allow you to easily store your everyday items that you need to keep within easy reach such as your phone or wallet.

Some of the best jogging strollers even have storage pockets sewn directly into the canopy. While these pockets are not very deep, they are very suitable for holding small objects such as your house keys.

Jogging stroller storage options differ greatly from one stroller to the next. You should definitely look around if you have specific storage requirements.

Canopy

All jogging strollers come with canopies. Some are a single piece design while others fold down like an accordion. The canopy will help keep the sun off your baby’s sensitive skin while you are out and about.

While some canopies are fixed to the back of the seat, others are separate allowing you to move them as far forward as you need. Very handy if you are jogging towards the sun when it is low on the horizon.

Peek-a-boo window

With the canopy up it can be difficult to see what your mischievous baby is up to without walking to the front of the jogging stroller. To combat this, some canopies come with what is known as a peek-a-boo window.

A peek-a-boo window is a flap located on top of the canopy. To view your baby from behind the stroller; simply lift up the flap and look through the window for a birds eye view of your baby.

In Summary

Whether you’re looking for a jogging stroller for marathon training sessions, or for an everyday stroller that works well on brisk walks with your friends we’re certain you can find the best jogging stroller that fits your needs.

Sources for Best Jogging Stroller 2018 Reviews

Consumer Reports
Runner’s World
Amazon Jogging Stroller Reviews

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