6 Best Jogging Strollers of 2019

Best Jogging Strollers of 2019

May 28, 2019

Best Jogging Strollers of 2019

Best Jogging Strollers of 2019
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Whether you’re a 10K runner or someone who loves brisk walks around the neighborhood, there’s no reason you have to stop doing what you love after you have kids.Best Jogging Strollers of 2019

Whether you’re a 10K runner or someone who enjoys brisk walks around the neighborhood, there’s no reason you have to stop doing what you love after you have kids.

In fact, once you become a parent, self-care is even more important. Carving out time to exercise, get fresh air and do something just for you can make you feel like a whole new person.

One thing that makes staying active easier is a jogging stroller.

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Do You Need a Jogging Stroller?

If you’re walking around the mall or on smooth payment, a traditional stroller will do just fine. But if you plan to run or jog, or traverse bumpy sidewalks, dirt roads or other rugged surfaces, a jogging stroller can be key.

Jogging strollers are made to absorb the bouncing that comes along with more intense speeds or uneven surfaces. They keep your little one safe and comfortable.

Unlike traditional strollers, joggers have three, super-sized wheels in a triangle configuration to glide over rough surfaces (less pushing for you) and a suspension system to decrease the impact of jolts on your baby.

Although traditional strollers can’t be used for running or jogging, some jogging strollers can double as an everyday stroller too.

When Can You Use a Jogging Stroller?

You can attach infant car seats to some jogging strollers, making it so you can use with your baby from day one.

However, you cannot use the stroller to run or jog until your child is at least eight months old (and some advise waiting until 12 months old). Your child simply doesn’t have the strength to keep their head and neck stable under the impact of jolts and bounces.

But once you’re able to get running, you’ll get a lot of years out of your stroller since most accommodate children up to five years old.

What are the Features of a Jogging Stroller?

All jogging strollers are designed to provide more stability than a traditional stroller and reduce jarring impacts. However, jogging strollers vary in how many mechanisms they have in place to accomplish this. Some strollers are made for serious runners while others are built for a short jog here and there.

At minimum, jogging strollers should have the following:

  • Locking front wheel: Some jogging strollers have a front wheel that is permanently locked in place to ensure the stroller stays on the path no matter what the front wheel encounters. Others have a front wheel that swivels so you can easily maneuver it when walking, but locks in place for running.
  • Safety tether: This is a leash that circles your wrist and attaches to the stroller in case you lose your grip on the handle. (No runaway strollers.)
  • Brakes: A parking brake should be used every time you come a stop. Some jogging strollers also feature a hand brake to help slow the stroller down.
  • Five-point harness: Just like your baby’s car seat, the seat in a jogging stroller should have this type of harness to keep your child secure.
  • Canopy: Look for an extra-large canopy to shield your child from the sun. Also, a built-in peekaboo screen is helpful for being able to keep an eye on your little one while running.
  • Reclining seat: Kids plus motion almost always equal nap time. Make sure the stroller seat lets your child lay back.

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How We Chose Our Best Jogging Strollers

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best jogging strollers.

Best Jogging Stroller for Casual Runners

Why We Love It

Featuring large tires and a swiveling front wheel for easy maneuverability, this stroller can handle a casual run or a day at the zoo. A spacious, under-seat storage basket, child tray and a parent tray are great extra features for such an affordable stroller.

Keep in Mind

While it does handle well on smooth pavement, the Expedition isn’t really designed for hardcore runners or off-roading as it lacks the shocks and the sling-style seat needed to absorb lots of bumping around. It’s best used for the occasional sweat session or for a day outside with your little.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love it! It’s very maneuverable and easy to set up and take down. It’s not too heavy, and it has a decent sized basket underneath (our dog has even ridden in the storage area lol).” -Ashley

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 26 lbs
Age Range 6 months up to 50 lbs or 42” tall

Best Compact Jogging Stroller

Why We Love It

The FastAction Fold Jogger lives up to its name—it features a one-handed fold, and it’s just as easy to unfold, as well. Another bonus? The stroller stands upright on its own when folded: the only one on this list with that coveted capability. It also features a large storage bin.

Keep in Mind

Like the Baby Trend Expedition, this stroller isn’t meant for serious runners. It doesn’t have the proper suspension, nor is it easy to push and steer when you’re breaking a sweat. And even for everyday use, this sucker is heftier than most.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s very easy to navigate and a comfy ride for my daughter. It’s a little big for my trunk, but it’s definitely a must have for us.” -Sara

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 30 lbs
Age Range Up to 50 lbs

Best Adjustable-Height Jogging Stroller

Why We Love It

Custom comfort is the name of the game with the FLEX. Featuring an adjustable handlebar with nine different positions, this jogging stroller is the perfect solution for parents of different heights. We also love the tracking knob, a feature that easily corrects the stroller from listing to one side, a common problem among many jogging strollers.

Keep in Mind

This stroller is many things, but lightweight isn’t one of them. (Neither is compact, unfortunately.) You can’t beat it for running, but it’s probably not a great choice to double as an everyday stroller too. And be sure to follow all usage directions and secure the front wheel to the fork of the stroller before heading out to get your sweat on. Note: There’s also the Bob Revolution PRO, with hand-activated rear brakes, which can come in handy in hilly areas.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love how sturdy it is, and how well it maneuvered over different terrains.” -M.T.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight: 28.5 lbs
Age Range: Up to 75 lbs

Best All-Terrain Jogging Stroller

Why We Love It

This sleek, adaptable stroller is nimble enough to navigate urban settings or take offroad. Large rear wheels and all-wheel suspension make for a smooth ride no matter what, and a handlebar twist break means it’s easier to stay in control of the stroller’s direction, especially on downhill terrain.

Keep in Mind

The undercarriage storage basket has a weatherproof covering, which is great if you run into some rain while you’re out jogging, but can be hard to get your diaper bag in and out of.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love how light and easy it is to run with! Ten to 12 miles feels like nothing! The fact that it reclines is awesome! Little bubs falls asleep every run, and I love that he can lay flat. Love, love, love this stroller!” -Lindsey C.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 23 lbs
Age Range From birth with an infant car seat and adapter up to 75 lbs (approximately 5 years old)

Best Lightweight Jogging Stroller

Why We Love It

Jogging strollers aren’t known for being lightweight, but weighing in as one of the lightest picks on our list, the Joovy doesn’t sacrifice function or features. A straight rear axle keeps this stroller running, well, straight and an aluminum frame keeps it light. There’s also a parent organizer, car seat adapter capabilities and a comfy shock-absorbing suspension system.

Keep in Mind

Parents love the XL canopy for great sun protection. They don’t love the metal bar across the storage basket, making it tricky to easily stash a diaper bag.

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight: 25.7 lbs
Age Range: Up to 75 lbs

Best Hybrid Jogging Stroller

Why We Love It

A mash-up of a traditional and a jogger-style stroller, the Summit X3 has all-terrain stability, a hand brake to slow the stroller and a handlebar control to shift the front wheel from a locked position to swivel mode.

The UV 50+ weather canopy comes in handy when you’re out and about, and a one-hand fold makes it quick and easy to open and close.

Keep in Mind

Some parents have noted that while the stroller pushes well while jogging, trying to hold the handle steady can get tiresome after awhile.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Walking around on uneven pavement, I feel like the baby is safe from getting bumped around too much like other strollers. It is really tough, and has held up with multiple children. Great investment! Hard for the kids to climb out of too.” -Penny

Additional Specs
Stroller Weight 28 lbs
Age Range From birth with an infant car seat and adapter up to 75 lbs (approximately 5 years old)

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Choosing What’s Right for You

Whether you’re looking for a jogging stroller for marathon training sessions or an everyday stroller that works well on walks with your friends on tough terrain, we’re certain you can find your ideal. Just be sure the jogging stroller has the minimum requirements to keep your baby safe and provides the stability and maneuverability that you need.

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