The running life is already, for most of us, a matter of juggling schedules. We fit our runs in between work, family, and other obligations. Any new parent can tell you that adding a baby to a family drastically alters how scheduling and time management work, and it also changes what counts as “free time.” Still, the runner in us wants to get out the door and get some miles in. It’s not always an option to leave the kid with a spouse, grandparent, or babysitter. So bringing the little one along on your run is sometimes the only option. For that, you need a good jogging stroller.
Whether you’re running on the sidewalk, in the park, or on the trail, jogging strollers are constructed to be able to withstand bumps and rough terrain. It’s the perfect way to get your child interested in running from a very young age! It’s a bit of bonding time while you’re getting back into your sport, and frankly, most kids love being pushed along at high speed.
We’ve chosen the BOB Gear Revolution Flex as our top choice. It features a triangular wheel layout for stability, has air-filled tires and a suspension system for shock absorption, and protects your baby with a comfy seat and a UPF 50+ canopy.
Here are the top jogging strollers on the market for you to choose from.
Top 4 Best and Favorites
BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0
Schwinn Joyrider Double Bicycle Trailer
Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight
Joovy Zoom X2 Twin Jogger
1. BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0
The BOB Gear Revolution Flex has all you would ever want in a jogging stroller. First, it’s pretty stylish. Perfect for jogging through a metropolitan area or hitting the park.
But the real good stuff comes in the running-specific features. Getting your baby comfortable in the seat will be easy, as it’s extra-padded and has a soft 5-point harness to keep them strapped in without chafing.
The ride will be smooth for your little one, with a sturdy three-wheel layout and air-filled tires that beat the bumps. The suspension system absorbs shock from rough ground, so your little guy or girl will be perfectly comfortable.
Your baby will be safe from the elements under a large, UPF 50+ canopy that has windows for them to peek out of as you jog. Reflective bits and a sturdy 5-point harness increase the safety factor.
The downside to this jogging stroller is that you’ll get the base model when buying the single. Only the Pro version has a handbrake, and if you want a car seat attachment, you’ll need to buy the travel system or buy a car seat attachment separately later. This can add up!
- Shock-absorbing suspension system
- Extra padded compression seat for baby’s comfort
- UPF 50+ canopy
- Available in single, double, or travel system (car seat compatible)
- You have to buy the car seat attachment separately (or with the travel system)
2. Chicco TRE
The Chicco Tre is a close second. The aluminum frame is lightweight and features a free-standing, quick-release fold that’s easy for any parent to work.
Features we love include the easy-to-operate parking/decelerate handbrake, a locking front wheel, and a parent console with two bottle holders, plus a good-sized storage basket.
In terms of safety, a padded 5-point harness keeps your baby locked in place without being uncomfortable. The generous canopy has a tinted window on top so you can keep an eye on your baby without blinding them.
But what really gets the seal of approval here is the adjustable suspension system. This allows quite a lot of control over the shock absorption. The suspension is adjusted with your foot, and is simple process. Choose between settings for smooth ground or bouncy areas. No matter what terrain you’re on, your kiddie will be safe and settled – you can go anywhere with the Chicco!
- Deceleration and parking handbrake
- Large canopy with tinted top window
- Adjustable FlexCore suspension system
- Locking front wheel
- Car seat attachment sold separately
Best Combo Stroller/Trailer
3. Schwinn Joyrider Double Bicycle Trailer
Baby gear starts to pile up quickly when you’re a new parent. It seems like every little thing has a purpose-made contraption. So when you have the chance to buy a well-designed 2-in-1 product, go for it. For parents who love cycling as much as running, the Schwinn Joyrider is a great deal – a bike trailer and jogging stroller in one convenient design.
Choose from one or two-seat Trailblazer options, or the single-seat Joyrider. The one-seat Trailblazer is a bike-only trailer, but the other two can be used as bicycle trailers or strollers, adding an extra element of versatility to your activities as a family.
Both models come with a bug shield/weather protector, so no matter the conditions, your little ones will be snug and safe from the elements and critters!
One of the most important features of a jogging stroller is the over-sized wheels, which eat up bumps in the trails and sidewalks with ease. In that department, the Schwinn is a real winner. The 20 – inch wheels positively glide over all but the most gnarly bumps. They show off Schwinn’s bike manufacturing heritage well.
Available in single or double seat, your kids will love this as much as you do and be able to take part in whatever adventures you have planned!
- Dual stroller/bike trailer
- 20-inch air-filled wheels
- Aluminum-steel frame
- Bug screen & weather shield included
- Trailblazer 1-seat design is for bike only and can’t be used as a stroller
Top Stroller With Different Riding Positions
4. Graco Modes Jogger SE stroller
Graco wins first prize for the most versatile in terms of how many different positions you can wangle it into. It’s very important to note that you’ll only be able to take full advantage of the 7 different riding modes if the stroller is paired with the Graco infant car seat!
Still, it’s a worthwhile investment for a sturdy product with plenty of great features. When your baby starts out as a tiny thing, the 3-point harness keeps them safe and tucked in. as they grow, the harness is convertible to a 5-point, to allow for their size while keeping them as safe as always.
Parent and child each have a snack tray and bottle holder, and there’s ample space in the large storage basket underneath. The sizable air-pumped tires are perfect for multiple terrains, keeping your baby sturdy and unjostled.
It gets a small thumbs-down for having a non-adjustable handle and needing a two-handed fold, but those are things that can definitely be lived with.
- Seven different riding positions
- 3- or 5-point harness, convertible as baby grows
- Includes snack tray & cup holder
- Front and rear-facing options
- Handle is not adjustable
- Need two hands to fold
Best Eco-Friendly Stroller
5. Bumbleride Indie Stroller
If you thought a stroller couldn’t be eco-friendly, think again. The Bumbleride Indie’s soft materials are made from recycled PET and are certified free from chemicals.
You’ll find all you need on this stroller for comfort and safety. All-wheel suspension and an adjustable footrest make it a smooth and solid ride for your little one. An oversized UPF 45+ overhead canopy keeps them shielded from the sun, wind, and rain.
For parents, 5 useful storage pockets and a 29-liter capacity basket mean nothing gets left behind when you go for a jog.
- Front & rear suspension
- Tire pump included
- 5 storage pockets
- Some may consider it too pricey
Top Lightweight Stroller
6. Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight
A lightweight jogging stroller is essential for maneuverability, especially if only one parent is running with it.
At only 26 pounds, the Joovy is light but still strong, with a durable aluminum frame. It folds into a compact size for easy transport and storage, and can easily be handled by one parent.
The seat is extra-wide and has a variety of reclining positions for baby’s comfort. A cloud-like ride is ensured by rear 16” wheels and a 12” locking front wheel with suspension.
You’ll also get a tire pump, parent console, and running leash for not letting it get away from you.
- Weighs only 26lb
- Off-road suspension
- Folds to a compact size
- Auto-lock feature
- Car seat adapter sold separately
Best Double Stroller
7. Joovy Zoom X2 Twin Jogger
Whether you’ve got twins or two kids of different ages, this is great for whole-family fun. The Zoom X2 double stroller is sleek and stylish, as well as easy and safe to use.
Your kids will be quite safe strapped in with 5-point padded safety harnesses. The air-filled tires and suspension system means a fun, non-bumpy ride for all, and the best thing is, this stroller weighs just 28lbs.
When the fun is done, it’s an easy one-handed fold-and-store for mom or dad.
- Well-priced for a double stroller
- One-handed fold
- Carries up to 100lb
- 2 x 5-point padded harnesses
- Not compatible with car seats
Most Color Options
8. BOB Gear Revolution Pro
Henry Ford supposedly once quipped that you could get one of cars in any color you wanted, so long as it was black. It can feel like jogging strollers follow similar design philosophies. But we runners love our flashy shoes and brightly colored running gear. Why should strollers be any different? The BOB Gear Revolution Pro gives you better options. If black isn’t your favorite color, choose from tranquil blue or fiery orange.
It’s a fully comprehensive jogging stroller, the Pro version of our number one pick on this list. It has all the same features, making it a safe and easy-to-use option.
One thing this one has over the original is a handbrake, which is great for adjusting speed on-the-go.
- Three color choices
- Locking swivel front wheel
- Cushioned and ventilated seat
- Hand brake for extra control
- Car seat adaptor sold separately and not compatible with other brands
Best High Performance
9. Thule Glide 2
Having a kid should not mean you ought to slow down as a runner. We’ve all seen that one super-mama (or super-dad) crushing the field in a local 5k while pushing a stroller. That’s somewhat easier if you have a high-end running stroller designed to help you keep your speed up. So if you’re a serious runner looking for a lightweight, streamlined stroller, The Thule Glide 2 is it. It’s very sleek, with an unusually stretched out design to minimize drag.
Like others we’ve reviewed, it has large wheels and a decent suspension system for the most comfortable experience, while keeping your child safe with a 5-point strap system. One thing to note is that the front wheel of this model is fixed – i.e., it does not pivot. As you pick up speed, this keeps the Glide 2 amazingly stable and easy to guide. But it also means that, more more civilian use in your day-to-day life, it’s not as easily maneuverable. This is not the stroller to take to the grocery store.
Steering aside, a feature we particularly like is the twist brake integrated into the handle. It’s super easy to use and effective for controlling pace without having to even look at what you’re doing.
- Aerodynamic design
- Twist brake for speed control
- 16” front wheel, 18” back wheels
- Extendable canopy
- Front wheel is fixed, which may mean less maneuverability
Top All-Terrain Stroller
10. Baby Jogger Summit X3
If you want a stroller that can go wherever you can, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 could be your new best friend.
The inflatable tires are of a good size and have a textured grip, keeping them going forward on all terrains. The addition of rear brakes is great for downhill sections where mom or dad needs some more control
The front-wheel lock is easy to reach on the handlebar, so you can switch between stroller and jogger mode quickly and easily as the terrain changes.
- All-wheel suspension system
- Hand-operated rear brakes
- Quick-fold technology
- Front-wheel lock mounted on handlebar
- Some may find it pricey for a single
Best Stroller/Car Seat Combo
11. Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Travel System
Most jogging strollers don’t come with a car seat, and adaptors can be pricey and often don’t fit all brands. This travel system is an all-in-one-package, and includes the stroller and an infant car seat.
It too has a good suspension system to keep your little one free of wobbles and bumps. The tires are thick and shock-absorbing, making for an easy ride.
The seat isn’t as padded as some, and neither is the harness. But it’s as simple as adding a blanket and wrapping the harness in something soft if it bothers your little one.
All in all, this is a versatile system that’s worth the price.
- Easy fold action
- Stroller and car seat system
- Multi-position reclining
- Reflectors added for extra safely
- Hard to find replacement tires
If you’re looking for information on how to get back into running with a baby, here are some common questions and answers to help you get started!
At What Age Can a Baby Go in a Jogging Stroller?
You can begin to take your baby out in the jogging stroller at the age of 6-8 months, provided they’re healthy!
Anything earlier than that could still pose risks for your child. Everything from the weather to the air quality to potential hazards on the road could have an effect on your baby, so it’s best to stick it out without your baby on your jogs until they are six months old.
When Do I Need a Stroller?
If you love running and love your baby and wish to mix the two into a bonding experience, a jogging stroller is a good idea. You can’t exactly run while holding your baby, and even if you could, it’s certainly not safe.
If you’re planning on taking a run over rough terrain, gravel roads, hilly surfaces, or bully areas, a jogging stroller would definitely come in very handy. Not only will it allow you more freedom to run naturally, but your baby will be safely and sturdily strapped in too.
How Long Do Kids Use Strollers?
There are no official guidelines for when kids should stop using strollers. Based on many parents’ experiences, kids should transition out of the stroller at around three years old.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean you can strap some mini running shoes on your three-year-old and set off on a jog! Your kiddie’s endurance will be nowhere near yours, so you’ll need to figure out a way to keep him or her involved in your running.
If they’re still small enough to fit in the stroller and well-behaved enough to stay strapped in and safe, there’s no reason you can’t keep using the stroller for a little longer.
What Features Should I Look For in a Jogging Stroller?
You won’t be able to just use the stroller you already have lying around at home to take your child for a jog. The best jogging strollers have some features that set them apart from normal ones and make them extra safe for little ones to be strapped into while going at a bit of a higher speed.
Small wheels feel every bump in the road, and can snag on small obstacles like cracks in the sidewalk. Larger wheels handle these bumps more easily. Ideally, you want an air-filled tire, as these absorb shock better than foam ones do. Either way, make sure the wheels are larger than your average stroller and have some squishiness to them. Plastic wheels should not even be considered.
Wheels with some tread are also a good idea. Rugged terrain calls for rugged tires, so if they have some texture and rubber lugs for good grip, even better. The wheels also often come in a three-wheel configuration on jogging strollers.
If you find yourself with a non-adjustable handlebar, you may have to adjust your running style instead to keep a firm hand on your child. This can have a negative effect on your running form, and once it’s off it can be hard to get it back.
An adjustable handlebar offers some variety in positioning, making it easier for you to set a comfortable position and keep control of the stroller.
Handbrakes and Foot Brakes
As an added safety measure, two sets of brakes are a good thing. Sometimes foot brakes can be hard to reach even during errands or a walk. If you’re actually in the middle of a run, foot brakes are pretty much not an option at all. Handbrakes are a very important feature to maintain complete control of your kid’s stroller when running, especially on hills. We strongly recommend not skipping out on this feature.
Car Seat Compatible
If you only ever run around the block or within a short distance from your home, you may not need this. But if you feel like you ever may want to take your jogging stroller somewhere else, having one that’s compatible with a car seat is a great idea.
This makes transitioning your baby from stroller to seat vastly easier, and eliminates the need to take two strollers or car seats with you when you’re heading out and about.
Locking Front Wheel
This is a useful feature that prevents the front wheel going off at a tangent if it hits a stone or crack in the sidewalk. A stroller with a locked front wheel is far more stable and requires less steering input. A runaway stroller can quickly cause big problems for mom and dad, so this feature is a must-have.
That being said, if you intend to use your jogging stroller for everyday duties as well, being able to unlock the front wheel for tight steering is just as important.
If you’re only ever going to run on smooth, even surfaces, this won’t be necessary. But if you’re likely to be on bumpy terrain, a good suspension system is a must. Your baby is still a sensitive little thing, and bumps that you may not even feel can be uncomfortable or even painful for them.
A suspension system eases the bumps and absorbs shock as you traverse rough ground. This allows for a much smoother ride in the stroller, so your baby can relax and enjoy themself instead of waiting for the next speed bump!
A wrist strap keeps runner and stroller firmly attached, and a reflective band on the wheels and canopy increases visibility. These sorts of things can be added later, but if you can find one that comes with them from the start it’s a bonus.
You’re not likely to be carrying your stroller around, but if you’re traveling with it (whether cross-country or down the road) you’ll want something that folds easily, is compact in size, and can be handled easily by just mom if necessary.
Comfort features for parents include a parent console, possibly with a bottle holder, storage space for bags, and a machine washable, removable seat cover.
For baby, a large, protective canopy is a good idea, with a couple of windows for exciting viewing. A reclining seat is beneficial so your little one can fall asleep when they’ve had enough of the world.