The Race for the Best Jogging Stroller of 2017
Which jogging stroller is the best? We tested the top 16 joggers on the market over an intensive 2 month period to determine which strollers are the best for running and which are nice versatile everyday jogging options for parents on-the-go. It doesn't matter if you are a serious dedicated runner, or simply hoping to start a new outdoor activity routine, our testing process compiled all the important details about each stroller so you can find the very best fit for your family. We "ran" tests for several months in metrics like run-ability, ease of use, maneuverability and more to narrow down the competition to 5 impressive award winners.
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Test Results and Ratings
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Analysis and Award Winners
Update — February 2017
Thule's Chariot Cougar 2, which won a Top Pick Award for its ability to work as a jogger, a bike trailer, a stroller, and even a ski chariot, has been replaced by the Chariot Cross 2. The changes include additional ease of use features such as reclining seats and an adjustable handlebar. Many of the old features have been redesigned for added convenience as well.
Best Overall Jogging Stroller
Thule Urban Glide
Great for running
Easy to push and turn
No parent console
The Thule Urban Glide earned the highest overall performance score and a 1st place rank with unmatched scores for run-ability and maneuverability. This helped make the Urban Glide our favorite jogging stroller, and the one we'd most likely recommend to a friend. This stroller also has a strong ease of use score; with large covered storage and comfortable seat for passengers, this impressive jogger could work as your everyday stroller. With compelling features like the locking swivel front wheel, passenger stow pockets, simple fold, and competitive price, it is easy to see why this stroller won an Editors' Choice award.
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Best Traditional Jogger
BOB Revolution Flex
The BOB Revolution Flex scored a 2nd place rank with a high run-ability score and the second highest score for maneuverability, all of which helped it earn an Editors' Choice award. This high-quality workhorse of the jogging world provides a great stroller for those who love to get outside and get moving, even off the beaten path. The Revolution has adjustable tracking and handlebar, a locking swivel front wheel, and adjustable suspension, offering everything a serious runner will want and everything the typical parent will need.
Good for running
Easy to maneuver
No parent console
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Best for a Tight Budget
Baby Trend Expedition
The Baby Trend Expedition is a good everyday stroller for parents who may want to occasionally jog. This stroller earned good scores for maneuverability, weight and folded size, and ease of use making it a good choice for everyday strolling and moving off the beaten path. Unfortunately, it only scored a 5 of 10 for run-ability and lacks the tracking and suspension required for a good running stroller. It is designed with jogging in mind and will manage the occasional jog, but serious runners will likely find it lacking. The Expedition is a nice budget friendly stroller that gives parents the look-and-feel of a jogging stroller with features that make it good for everyday use, without spending more money if running isn't really their thing.
Easy to push and turn
Easy to use
Not the best for running
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Top Pick for Versatility
Thule Chariot Cougar 2 with Jog Kit
The Thule Chariot Cougar 2 with Jog Kit is the Swiss Army Knife of strollers and won a Top Pick award for Outdoor Versatility. While this stroller only scored an overall average score we think it deserves a shout out for the versatility it brings to the table. This 2 seater bike trailer is good for strolling, but it can also be used for jogging, skiing, and biking with the right accessories (sold separately). If you love the outdoors and staying active, and aren't sure how you will keep your old habits after your baby arrives, then this is the stroller for your family. This stroller is probably not the solution for every family, and with a price tag close to $1500 you should be certain that outdoor adventures are in your future. However, if you love being outdoors, we think you will love sharing it with your baby in this all-purpose strolling dynamo. The Chariot Cougar has been replaced by the Chariot Cross 2. This new stroller still has all the same multi-sport capabilities of its predecessor, but now has some new features that may improve its usability. You can read more about the changes in the full gear review.
Easy to use
Works for different activities
Large and heavy
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Top Pick for Ease of Use
The Burley Solstice earned a 4th place rank in this review, earning the top score for ease of use and good scores for run-ability, maneuverability, and quality. Its well-rounded performance and easy to use features helped it earn a Top Pick award for Ease of Use, and we can see why it is quickly becoming a parent favorite. This stroller has a large storage bin, an easy fold, pop open harness, and super easy to use intuitive features that function well. The Burley impressed testers with a thoughtful design that keeps parents and passengers in mind.
Super easy to use
Good for running
No parent console
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Analysis and Test Results
We purchased 16 of the top jogging strollers and tested them over a six month period to determine which products were truly a cut above the rest. We put the products in this review through the paces they are likely to face during ordinary use. We literally ran these strollers with multiple testers and assessed every nook and cranny side-by-side. Our tests are designed to glean all the details parents need to know about products of this kind when deciding what to buy. The table above provides an overview of how all 16 products ranked compared to the competition.
In-house lab test results and user experiences influence scores in each metrics, and the metric scores are combined to determine overall scores and rank. The metric scores are weighted to favor what is truly important when it comes to strollers for jogging; metrics like run-ability and ease of use carry more weight in the overall score because being good for running is why most parents consider a jogger.
You should never run with your baby until they are at least 8 months old for smooth concrete or paved paths and 12-18 months for bumpy/hiking terrain (discuss with your child's pediatrician). Read more about this safety concern in our Buying Advice article.
Each stroller we reviewed was tested for how easy it is to run with. After all, the goal of this kind of product is to run with baby and enjoy yourself while doing it.
How easy a stroller is to run with is impacted by whether or not the stroller offers adjustable tracking, adjustable handlebar, shocks, and quality manufacturing that brings all the parts together with little flex and low tolerance for variations or flaws. We looked for strollers that ran straight, offered great running biomechanics, and were not difficult to push or tilt back to turn.
The BOB Revolution Flex and the Thule Urban Glide both earned the high score for this metric with 9s. The BOB Revolution Flex is easy to push, has adjustable tracking, suspension and handlebar. The Thule Urban Glide offers an adjustable handlebar, rear shocks for a smooth ride, and adjustable tracking with the best rolling resistance in the group. If running is your thing, it is hard to go wrong with these top performers. The hardest product to run with in our tests is the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger. This stroller lacks adjustable tracking, is heavy, and difficult to keep on course. Our professional runner felt this stroller was a non-starter due to its lack of shocks (and we agree).
The ease of use metric covers features that make using the stroller easier or allow you to use it for more than just running. Some of the products in the review included lots of features like parent consoles and child trays. However, most of the higher scoring models didn't offer many additional features because they dedicated to running and extra features add weight, something you don't want when running.
The higher a product rates in this metric the more enjoyable it will be to use for the most part. Despite not offering all the bells and whistles, most have some kind of storage, a quick access pocket or console, and a canopy that covers baby.
All of the products have some kind of canopy for protection from the sun and weather. The better strollers have a canopy that is large enough to cover the passenger and adjust for better protection. The canopies on the BOB strollers are some of the largest in the bunch, with a great peek-a-boo window, and coverage over the entire seat. The Thule Glide, Thule Urban Glide, and the Burley Solstice all have large canopies that cover almost the same territory as the BOBs. The Thule shades also have a pop out mesh visor that increases sun protection without blocking the view.
Fold and Unfold
Strollers were tested for how easy they were to fold and unfold. The Graco FastAction Fold earned a 10 for ease of folding, with the Burley Solstice earning a 9. Folding and unfolding is an important consideration if you need to do this frequently for commuting or storing; folding one-handed, quickly, or having the stroller self-stand are important considerations for folding.
All of the products offer some kind of under seat storage. The storage on the Thule Urban Glide is large enough for our large diaper bag and it has a zippered waterproof cover that prevents contents from falling out or getting dirty. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the highest allowable weight limit at 22 lbs, and it has pockets on the bin for organizing, and a zippered mesh cover that will keep items contained, but not clean or dry. In addition to the under seat bin, some of the products offered rear back pockets and inside passenger stow pockets. All of the Thule and BOB strollers offer this, as does the Mountain Buggy Terrain, and Burley Solstice.
Some of the products offered parent consoles and child trays. During testing, we felt the parent consoles were more of a hassle than an asset when running. Parents who run regularly might find items falling out of a cup holder annoying. Parents who run errands might feel lost without the cup holder and other storage features. Where you fall on this spectrum and how much you use them is up to you. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the nicest hydration holders by way of long water bottle sleeves that are easy to use and keep bottles in place.
For safety sake we recommend that parents do not utilize cup holders when running. In our tests, almost every cup holder failed to hold a standard water bottle and most ended up falling out and landing on our "baby".
All of the seats recline and most recline with a one-handed operation. While baby should only be at a slight angle when running, it is good to know that most of the strollers recline far enough for a cozy nap. None of the leg rests are adjustable, but most are padded and slope down to nice footrests. We preferred products with a sling style seat for added comfort, and those with suspension scored higher than those without.
Ease of Setup
Ease of setup is not the most important metric in the group because with any luck you'll only be doing this operation once. The Thule Glide and Thule Urban Glide both set up with no tools and assembly consisted of sliding wheels on and not much else. If you're worried you will get overwhelmed with parts, tools, and poor manuals then either one should work well for you.
Maneuverability is something most parents expect from a stroller and jogging products are no exception. While you might be willing to forgive a fixed wheel running stroller for its inability to make tight turns, it isn't as easy to forgive swivel wheel options for being too big to navigate a small space. Depending on the type of journey and the intended terrain, you may have to make concessions on what you are willing to accept to get the performance you want.
Each product was put through the same course and used on the same trails and paths. We tested products on and off the pavement, concrete, dirt trails, grass, and around an obstacle course to see which offered the most diverse maneuverability. In short, a locking swivel wheel stroller is the best for parents who want to run regularly and use their stroller for everyday use.
All of the strollers we looked at have larger rubber pneumatic tires. The main differences between whether or not a stroller earns top marks in this metric has everything to do with whether or not it has a swivel front wheel. The Thule Urban Glide earned the high score in this metric of 9. It managed to navigate our obstacle course with ease, but once the front wheel is locked, it still is relatively easy to maneuver and turn than the totally fixed wheel options. The worst scoring product in this metric is the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger. It is so difficult to maneuver that we had trouble with the locked and swivel wheel.
For quality we looked for products that were well made, used nice durable materials, and looked like they could stand the test of time through multiple children. Some of the materials are nice quality, including rip stop fabric and lightweight aluminum, while other materials are made from heavier steel and plastic connectors. We considered fabrics, stitching, frames, flexing, wheel design, connection points, and any exposed rivets or special designs.
The highest ranking products for quality were the Thule and BOB strollers. These two brands offered strollers that were well designed, thoughtfully constructed, and used parts and materials that are durable and look good.
The fabric for these strollers have a tight weave and are snag resistant. The fit to the frame is tight, and in some places has no visible ends. These strollers have stiff frames with little to no flex, and suspension and connections that increase performance. The Burley Solstice and the Mountain Buggy Terrain were close in quality with scores of 8, just below the 9s for the BOB strollers and the Thule Urban Glide, and 10 for the Thule Glide.
Weight and Folded Size
The jogging products vary in weight between about 20 to 32 lbs. While neither of those weights constitute a struggle for some, others might wish they had opted for a lighter stroller. It may not sound like a big difference, but holding a stroller out from your body as you juggle it into a trunk might be more than you want to do. We think less is more when it comes to stroller weight, and if your plan includes folding your jogger in half and taking it to new locations, you probably want to consider one of the lighter options. The Thule Glide is the lightest in the review at 20.4 lbs and the Thule Urban Glide came in at 22.6 lbs.
Unfortunately, the weight of a stroller is only part of the story; how big the stroller is when folded is also important. If you can't fit the item in your car, it means you aren't going to use it as frequently as you might want.
The Thule Urban Glide is only about 14,500 cubic inches when folded, but the Thule Glide is larger at closer to 18,500 cubic inches. The Best Value winner, the Baby Trend Expedition, is the smallest once folded at 13,200 cubic inches, but the smaller fold comes with a heavier weight of 23.6 lbs. These variations aren't that much, but given that a few of the strollers came in over 30 pounds, it is important that you consider weight and folded size before making a purchase. If you can't lift it or fit it in your car, then it probably isn't the best stroller for you.
Jogging style strollers are a hot baby gear item whether you plan to jog or not. Their three wheel design, rubber tires, and ability to traverse various terrain make them a parent favorite even for parents that don't plan to run. We think joggers are great options for being your only stroller because they are diverse and offer most of the features parents look for in everyday use as well as running. There is something for everyone in this group of products, no matter what your goals, and our award winners are a great place to start your search.
About the Review Team
We used these jogging strollers extensively over a four month testing period, both running and in day-to-day use. In addition to our normal testing process, we were joined by running expert, Carrie Vickers, in our analysis of each jogger. More information on our testing process can be found in How We Tested.
Carrie's impressive running bio includes:
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers
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