The BOB Motion is a high scoring product that come in 4th place in this review. We liked this BOB product and it impressed us more than a lot of the competition. It is the smallest stroller in the group when folded and weighs less than the average for the products we looked at, but it isn't as easy to push and turn as other BOB products or even the cheaper Baby Jogger strollers. However, for the price it is hard to beat the performance, size, and easy folding of the Motion. We gave the BOB Motion a Best Value award for offering a lot for a lot less than the competition that scored lower.
BOB Motion Review
Pros: Lightweight, easy setup, quality components
Cons: Smaller storage, hard to push for such a small unit
Our Analysis and Test Results
The BOB Motion is an all-terrain stroller with an aluminum alloy frame. It has four pneumatic tires mounted on high impact polymer composite wheels with semi-slick tires. Each wheel has coil spring and elastomer core shock absorbers and sealed cartridge ball bearings, and front swivel wheels that easily locked. This stroller has linked brakes on both rear wheels that is foot activated. The Motion has an adjustable 5 point harness, an under seat storage basket with a 10 pound weight capacity, and a 1 pound storage pocket. It has a one hand quick fold with an automatic frame lock, and a large multi-position canopy with a ventilation peek-a-boo window. The seat has a recline with infinite positions, works for children up to 65 pounds or 44 inches, and is hand washable. It also has an adjustable padded handlebar and can create a travel system with the BOB B-Safe or any Britax infant seat with the Click & Go system. It is also compatible with other major brands seats with the car seat adapter frame (sold separately).
Ease of Use
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Britax B-Agile 3 with a bar across the back that curves up and limits what you can fit in the bin. Side access is better than the access from the back. The maximum weight limit for this bin is 10 pounds. Some strollers offer more with 20-30 pound limits, but several had limited capacity closer to 5 pounds, making the bin virtually useless no matter how big it is. The Motion also has a small storage pocket on the back of seat with a 1 pound limit; this pocket is too small for much of anything but perhaps a tube of chapstick.
The Motion does not have an adjustable leg rest, but it is padded. It has a wide footrest that is covered in a durable material that looks easy to clean. It does offer an adjustable reclining seat back. It is a one hand to lower operation, but we found it is easier to use two hands whether moving it up or down. The recline operation is similar to most of the other two strap options in the review. We liked the button push reclines for their ease of use, but this one is average in difficulty and performance. The recline angle adjusts between 53.8 and 15.7 degrees from flat.
The stroller comes standard with the Britax Click and Go car seat adapters. This stroller is made by Britax so it makes sense that their car seats would be compatible with this stroller.
For ease of pushing and turning we were surprised that it isn't as nimble as the Baby Joggers in this review. It has a softer frame and more rolling resistance that make it sluggish compared to the similar strollers in this review. We were able to push it with one hand, but it is more of a chore than the competition. It did make it around tight corners fairly easily and it handled bumps and carpets with ease.
For turning and pushing off pavement on rougher terrain it proved to be harder than the City Mini options. The Motion struggled with a 1-inch curb and had more resistance in the grass, but it wasn't the worst we tested. On stairs and regular curbs we experienced a lot of flex in the frame and handlebar which made the Motion a little hard to control on the descent.
The frame is simple and sturdy without a lot of flair. It is made of an aluminum alloy which probably helps give this stroller it's lower than average weight, but we didn't like it as much as the frame on the City Mini options. The overall fit and finish isn't the best in the group with fabric that is somewhat wrinkled and sloppy on the frame and more flex in the frame than we prefer.
The comfort factor for the stroller is about average. It does offer 4 wheel shocks and rubber tires that make the ride a little smoother over bumps and rougher terrain. The ride would be more comfortable if the sling seat had more padding.
There is no cup holder and no cup holder associated safety concern for the Motion.Harness
For tipping tendencies the stroller performed better than much of the competition. It side tips at 22.7 degrees, which is above average. It tips backwards with over 35 pounds on the handlebar; this is far better than average and almost the most amount of weight required in the group. It is certainly more weight that the average diaper bag, even fully loaded, so parents that forget the safety rule that says don't hang items off the handlebar, will probably not end up with the stroller falling backwards.
Weight and Folded Size
Orbit Baby O2 is over 19,000 cubic inches to put it in perspective exactly how small the Motion is. It isn't the lightest in the group however at 23.1 pounds; the lightest is 17.5 shared by the Britax B-Agile 3 and the Baby Jogger City Mini. The heaviest is once again the Orbit at 37.2 pounds.
The Motion earned a nice commuting score, with its ability to fold small and fit just about everywhere. It isn't the easiest in the group to take to a cafe, because the seat is the lowest in the group and won't get baby to the top of the table. However, it is shorter than the competition, so it won't take up as much space as the competition.
Ease of Setup
Car Seat Compatibility
The Motion works with the Britax Click and Go car seats using adaptors that come with the stroller. This is a click in process that we we prefer over click and strap connections. The Britax is easy to align and connect, but it does take more pressure on the infant seat than some of the competition. It is easy to remove, and stable once installed. We did have difficulty installing it correctly each time during testing, and occasionally thought it was fully connected when it wasn't. The combination of the stroller and the adapter weighs 21 pounds 9 ounces, which is far too heavy to work as a frame stroller alternative.
BOB offers other adapters for purchase to use with the Motion. These car seat adapters include: An adaptor frame that works with the Chicco KeyFit, Chicco KeyFit 30, Graco Snugride 32 Classic Connect, Graco Snugride 35 Classic Connect, and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio (excluding Primo Viaggio 4-35). This adapter is also a click in procedure with a frame that clicks onto the stroller and provides a place for the seat to connect. The stroller seat stays on the stroller as well with this adapter and the combination of the two weighs 23 pounds 14 ounces. The Chicco is easy to install and remove, but we did have some difficulty thinking it was correctly installed when it wasn't and we encourage parents to double check this connection before strolling. It does not feel stable when installed compared to the Britax or some of the other competition.
The Chicco Keyfit 30 won an Editors' Choice award in our infant car seat review, but it seems to be a poor fit with the Motion and requires more attention to detail on the parent's part to ensure it is correctly installed each and every time.
This stroller is a pretty good value for this group. It is a very compact stroller when folded, and it is lighter than most of the competition. It scored well in the safety metric, has a nice large canopy and a useful peek-a-boo window. This stroller has a list price of around $350 making it a below average option in the review, with one of the highest scores in the group. It isn't as inexpensive as the B-Agile 3, but it did earn more points overall making it a good value compared to the majority of strollers in the review that are significantly more expensive.
Other Versions and Accessories
BoB makes several different strollers and we have reviewed the BOB Revolution Flex the BOB Ironman and the BOB Sport Utility in the past. In general we are fans of the BOB group of products Recently they were acquired by the Britax brand and we hope that any changes going forward don't affect everything we love about BOB. Britax is a nice brand in its own right, but it isn't on par with BOB.
The BOB Motion is compatible with the following accessories: Car Seat Adaptor Frame, Handlebar Console, Handlebar Console With Tire Pump, Travel Bag, Weathershield, Sun Shield, Warm Fuzzy Seat Liner, and a Snack Tray.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team