The Best Jogging Stroller Review

What's the top jogging stroller? We decided to find out by putting 10 of the top-rated and most popular joggers through a gauntlet of tests. Whether your main use will be around-town, or for serious running, we've rated each stroller in ways that will help you make the right decision. We looked at rolling resistance and suitability for running use, but we also rated each stroller on general-purpose criteria like ease-of-use, maneuverability, and the ability to get the stroller in/out of the back of your car. In the end, we scored each competing stroller side-by-side, and gave awards to the very best. Read on to find out which one might be just right for your needs…

You also might enjoy our 2014 review of 21 Top Standard-size Strollers.

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Review by: ⋅ Review Editor, BabyGearLab

Top Ranked Jogging Strollers Displaying 1 - 5 of 10 << Previous | View All | Next >>
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BOB Revolution SE
BOB Revolution SE
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BOB Ironman
BOB Ironman
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BOB Sport Utility
BOB Sport Utility
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Schwinn Free Runner
Schwinn Free Runner
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Baby Trend Expedition
Baby Trend Expedition
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Pros Versatile, maneuverable, smooth and comfortable ride for baby, 70 lbs. capacity, high qualityDesigned for serious runners, light, comfortable for baby, front fixed wheel, responsive hand brake, 70 lbs. capacityOptimized for use on unpaved surfaces, sturdy, comfortable for baby, fixed front wheel, hand brake, knobby tires, 70 lbs. capacityAffordable, lightweight, fixed front wheel, adjustable handlebar, generous canopyAffordable, light, maneuverable, locking swivel wheel, floating canopy, stands folded
Cons Handlebar not adjustable, accessories are extra, expensiveHandlebar not adjustable, accessories are extra, not for tight or crowded placesHandlebar not adjustable, accessories are extra, not for tight or crowded placesQuality of material, bulky when folded, not maneuverable, no cushion in baby's seatSeat not well padded, no shock absorbers, narrow seat, non-adjustable handlebar
Bottom Line Best combination of performance and versatility, worth the priceThe ultimate running stroller. Designed for speed and very well suited for long-distance runs on hard surfaces.The perfect stroller for use on unpaved surfaces like cross-country running or hiking with babyThe Schwinn Free Runner is a good running stroller at a very affordable price. Just don't expect too much from the quality of the materials.Decent jogging stroller for the price, but not recommended for long distance running.
Date Reviewed May 23, 2013Dec 14, 2012Dec 14, 2012Dec 17, 2012Dec 15, 2012
Weighted Scores BOB Revolution SE BOB Ironman BOB Sport Utility Schwinn Free Runner Baby Trend Expedition
Running / Jogging Use - 25%
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Ease-of-Use - 30%
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Manuverability - 15%
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Product Specs BOB Revolution SE BOB Ironman BOB Sport Utility Schwinn Free Runner Baby Trend Expedition
Weight 25.5 lbs 23.3 lbs 25.5 lbs 23.5 lbs 23.5 lbs
Folded Dimensions (with wheels) 39"x25.5"x16" 41"x23"x18" 39.5"x31"x22" 39"x 25.5"x 25" 35"x23"x17"
Safety Certification by JPMA based on ASTM standards. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tipover Angle 24º 23º 22º 24º 21º
Max Capacity 70 lbs 70 lbs 70 lbs 50 lbs 50 lbs
5-point Harness Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Safety Tether Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Parking Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hand Brake No Yes Yes Yes No
Car Seat Compability Optional Optional Optional No compatible with Baby Trend Car Seat
Handlebar Height 40" 40" 40" Adjustable 40" at lowest part and 41" at tallest
Storage Options Two interior pockets, a seat-back pocket, and a hanging basket underneath Two interior pockets, a seat-back pocket, and a hanging basket underneath Two interior pockets, a seat-back pocket, and a hanging basket underneath Seat back storage compartment and under seat storage basket Under seat storage basket
Snack Tray for Child additional additional additional No Yes
Organizer / Tray for Parent Optional Optional Optional Yes Yes
Special Features No No knobby wheels No No
Front Wheel Fixed or Swivel Swivel that locks Fixed Fixed Fixed Swivel that locks
Front Wheel Size 12.5" 16" 16" x 2.0" knobby. 16" 12"
Rear Wheel Size 16" 16" 16" x 2.0" knobby. 16" 16"
Type of Tires Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic
Time to Set-up 17 minutes 17 minutes 17 minutes 17 minutes 8.8 minutes

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BOB Revolution SE
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Baby Jogger F.I.T.
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Selecting the Right Product
Choosing the perfect jogging stroller can be intimidating because there is a wide variety of options, each geared towards different lifestyles and budgets; and because no jogger has it all, you'll need to choose the features that will give you the freedom to get out with baby and start exercising again.

For the best information to demystify the buying process, be sure to check out our article How to Choose the Best Jogging Stroller.

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We tested the top 10 most popular jogging strollers side-by-side. Which one is the right one for you?
Credit: M. Seif

Types of Products
Figuring out which products are really "running" optimized can be a bit confusing. There are a lot of strollers which are simply designed to look like joggers, with larger all-terrain wheels, but might in fact be dangerous for actual use running or jogging with baby.

There are 6 key characteristics common to strollers designed for jogging:
  1. The manufacturer explicitly states that the stroller is intended for use running and jogging
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    Comparison of front wheels on Bob Ironman (left) versus the Bob Revolution SE. The larger Ironman wheel is optimal for runners due to its combination of light weight, low-rolling resistance, and fixed direction.
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    Wheels at least 12 inch diameter — larger wheels have less rolling resistance, and are less susceptible to wobbling. All the joggers we tested use 16" wheels in back, and 12" or larger wheels in front.
  1. Pneumatic tires — joggers use tires similar to a bicycle. These can go flat, just like a bike tire, but the air provides cushioning that is crucial for a smooth ride for baby. The pneumatic tires make it easier to push over curbs and bumps in the road/sidewalk, and reduce rolling resistance.
  1. Locking front wheel — this is a very important safety feature for jogging use. When you run or jog, the higher speed can make the front wheel susceptible to wobbling, which can be severe enough to cause the stroller to turn sharply and tip over. All joggers provide the ability to lock the front wheel in a fixed, straight forward position when jogging.
  1. Reclined seating position for baby — conventional strollers place baby at a slightly reclined angle, which allows them to mostly sit up straight. Joggers use a more significantly reclined position which is important for better shock-absorption ergonomics.
  1. Safety tether — every jogger in our test provides a safety tether for the parent to attach to their wrist. This prevents runaway situations, for example imagine tripping just before an intersection, what will prevent the jogger from rolling into traffic?

Where to Get Further Info
We've provided a detailed buying advice guide to to compliment this review. Please refer to it for a more detailed introduction to competing products, how to use them safely with your baby, FAQ, and more. You can also refer to our How We Tested article to learn how and why we scored the products.

Criteria for Evaluation
Running/Jogging Use
We rated each stroller for their performance in running and jogging use. Most critical for this rating was the ease-of-pushing. The best strollers are jogging use have very low rolling resistance, and when given a slight push, rolls forward effortlessly in a straight line. Like with road bicycles, the wheels are key for jogging/running performance, with lighter, larger, wheels delivering reduced rolling resistance. Strollers lost points here if they couldn't track in a straight line, weighed too much, or if they required more effort to push.

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Unmatched in our tests for jogging, the Bob Ironman won our Top Pick Award for running use. It offers low-rolling resistance, rolls straight and true, and offers the same great quality of construction and components as the other Bob strollers.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

The highest scoring stroller in our tests of running/jogging use was the BOB Ironman, which is thoughtfully engineered to offer outstanding performance for even the most serious runners. The author of this review, a seven-time marathoner, felt the Ironman was the ideal stroller for serious training due to low-weight, less rolling resistance, and great straight-ahead tracking; perfect for long training runs on mostly paved surfaces. The worst scoring stroller on this criteria was the Joovy Zoom, which was relatively heavy, harder to push, and more difficult to steer.

All-Terrain Use
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Unpaved surfaces throw a wrench in the works, in that ruts and gravel can make steering a challenge, and traction is reduced. Strollers that performed best off-pavement were used with front wheel locked, as a swivel wheels get turned higgledy-piggledy by uneven surfaces. Wider wheels with knobby tires also prove an advantage in maintaining straight tracking and traction. Also, due to increased bumps and jarring movements, shock absorbency and padded seat support are important to make baby's ride off-road comfortable.

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All-terrain use benefits from wider knobby tires and a fixed front wheel, as seen on the BOB Sport Utility above. Enhanced shock absorbency is also key to assure baby isn't subjected to jarring bumps.
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Top ratings were earned by the BOB Sport Utility, which impressed us on trails, dirt roads, gravel, and even ice/snow. For the person who wants to take baby on cross-country runs, trail hikes, or who's normal strolling goes over unpaved surfaces, the BOB Sport Utility is a great choice. The worst performer on all-terrain surfaces was the Baby Trend Expedition, which lacks shock absorbers, and doesn't offer much seat padding for baby.

Ease-of-Use
Little details like ample storage, the ability to easily fold and unfold, wheel brakes, and how easy it is to put baby in/out can make a stroller much simpler to use in practice. We scored each stroller 1-10 on ease-of-use based on these details, which are especially important when you use the stroller for purposes other than running/jogging.

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Ample under carriage storage is provided by the Low-boy Cargo Basket. Placing heavier items here maintains a stable, low center of gravity. Additional storage is available in a large pocket in the back of the seat.
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Top ratings on ease-of-use were given to the BOB joggers, all three of which scored 9 of 10, while the next highest scoring strollers earned a 7. The BOB strollers seem to have paid attention to many of the practical details that make a stroller easier to use in practice, with a large, low-center of gravity storage basket, easy fold and unfold operation, and a simple to use harness system which makes putting baby in/out a snap.

Maneuverability
Our maneuverability rating ranks each stroller on its ability to dance through crowded shopping malls, supermarket aisles, and go up and down stairs and curbs. A swivel front wheel is a big advantage in many of these situations, as it allows the stroller to make tight turns effortlessly. Maneuverability is to some degree in conflict with jogging/running performance. Smaller wheels, with a swiveling front wheel, give a leg up on maneuverability, but may be a handicap for jogging/running performance.

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The Bob Revolution SE swivel locking mechanism allows you to easily switch between fixed wheel for jogging, or swivel wheel for around-town use. The little silver knob allows you to fine-tune the steering to assure a straight roll in jogging use.
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The top rating for maneuverability went to the BOB Revolution SE, which managed to pull off the best performance rating for turning easily in tight spaces with the swivel wheel unlocked, while still offering near top performance for running/jogging use with the front wheel locked.

Folded Weight/Size
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Folded and standing upright, child tray sticks out like a sore thumb.
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You can see the ratings on folded weight and size in our charts section. This score considers the challenge of getting the stroller in and out of your car, where lower weight, and smaller packing size are advantageous.

We measured the weight and folded dimensions of each stroller with the wheels on, and also with the wheels removed. The lightest strollers, including the BOB Ironman and Baby Trend Expedition had an advantage in this rating, but top scores also required an ability to fold into a compact space. Removing the wheels makes for the most compact packing size, and strollers like the BOB Ironman, which makes it very easy to remove wheels using a push-button in the hub for rear wheels, and a bicycle style quick release in front, gained an advantage.

And now, the award winners!

Editors' Choice Award: BOB Revolution SE
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Editors' Choice award winner, the BOB Revolution SE jogging stroller
Credit: BOB Gear
We selected the BOB Revolution SE for our Editors' Choice Award. It is the jogger we would recommend to a friend who was looking for the best product in this category. The BOB Revolution SE obtained the highest scores across our testing criteria and outperformed every other product we tested by merging the superb maneuverability of a swiveling front wheel with the outstanding performance for serious runners of a fixed front wheel. Its adjustable suspension system makes it a great ride on smooth and rough terrain, including grass, loose gravel, and even snowy paths. It is easy to use, in terms of getting baby in and out, going up and down stairs, and folding and loading it into the car trunk. We also loved all the comfort and safety features that will help keep baby happy during your runs. Especially attractive is the fact that, like the other two BOB strollers we reviewed, the Revolution SE has a weight limit of 70 pounds, making your investment go further. Because of its versatility, quality and performance, we love the BOB Revolution SE.

Best Value Award: Baby Trend Expedition
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Baby Trend Expedition, Columbia
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So long as you're not a serious runner, a great value is the Baby Trend Expedition, winner of our Best Value Award. We liked the Expedition for around town use, but feel it is only suitable for shorter runs on smooth paved surfaces. If you really want to use your stroller for regular running, this is not the stroller for you. But, if what you really want is a jogging-style stroller, and only occasionally expect to use it running, then this might just be the ticket. The lowest priced stroller in our test, it's been a top seller at Target and Walmart for some time, and while not the best, it offers a compelling combination of price and performance.

The runner on a budget should check out the Schwinn Free Runner, which deserves honorable mention. For the price, the Free Runner is a quality running stroller, giving you the good bang for your buck.While not fancy, it is light and fast and includes all the essential features you need in a jogger: fixed front wheel, lightweight frame, pneumatic tires, adjustable handlebar, hand break and a generous canopy to protect baby from the sun. Basically, the Schwinn Free Runner is the budget version of the BOB Ironman, our Top Pick Award for serious runners.

Top Pick Award for Serious Runners
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Rolling resistance is very low with the Ironman, and the fixed front wheel keeps the stroller running straight and true. These are features we found very helpful when running/jogging.
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The BOB Ironman is our Top Pick for serious runners. It is the lightest of the products we tested and very well suited for long-distance runs on hard surfaces. It propels forward with every push you give to it and has all the features we felt are most important to help keep baby safe and comfortable. The combination of its sleek design, narrow tires and responsive hand break give the BOB Ironman a definite edge for fast and/or long runs. In our opinion, the BOB Ironman is the ultimate stroller for runners. But one of its main fortes, the permanently fixed front wheel, is also what kept the BOB Ironman from receiving our Editors' Choice Award. Although the permanently fixed front wheel is better for running because it keeps the stroller going straight and makes it more stable at higher speed, it also makes it not as maneuverable as swiveling front wheel strollers, affecting its maneuverability score in our tests. The BOB Ironman is not a stroller you'd take shopping nor use indoor –it would be hard to maneuver around and between isles or in a crowded place. On the positive side, because the weight limit is 70 lbs., you are looking at a stroller that both in terms of quality and child's weight range will last you for years.

Top Pick Award for Hikers and Cross-Country Runners
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Our Jogging Stroller Top Pick Award winners side-by-side. The BOB Sport Utility (blue on left) winner for All-Terrain use, and the BOB Ironman (yellow) for serious runners.
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The BOB Sport Utility is our Top Pick as the best jogger for those looking for a way to hike with baby or runners who prefer to run on dirt, grass, or gravel surfaces. With its knobby, wide tires, it is particularly well suited for off-road use. The combination of the BOB adjustable suspension system (common to the 3 BOB strollers we reviewed) with the knobby, wide tires (unique to the BOB Sport Utility) keep baby comfortable as you tackle rough, snowy, icy or grassy terrain. Just like in the case of the BOB Ironman, the BOB Sport Utility's fixed front wheel affected its maneuverability score in our tests. But this stroller is unmatched for use off the pavement and, if its specific characteristics fit your needs and lifestyle, you can't go wrong with it.

Mariana Seif
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