Looking for a jogging stroller? We've purchased and tested more than 30, in this update, we pick the best 17 joggers of 2020. Whether you are a serious runner or plan to embark on outdoor adventures, our test results reveal all the information you need to choose the best jogger for your family and wallet. We "ran" tests for run-ability, ease of use, maneuverability, and more to narrow the competition down to several impressive winners that are great for running and everyday outings.
The Best Jogging Strollers of 2020
Best Overall Jogging Stroller
Thule Urban Glide 2
The Thule Urban Glide 2 has unmatched scores for run-ability and maneuverability with the highest overall score in this group of jogging products. This combination makes the Urban Glide 2 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 covered storage, comfortable seating for passengers, and a giant canopy that all work well. This impressive jogger could work as your everyday stroller saving you time and effort over buying two products.
This stroller, like many joggers, is more substantial when folded, and it may not fit in smaller vehicles or be easy to lift. However, 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 and edged out the Bob options for the top spot.
Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2
Runner Up for Best Jogger
BOB Revolution Flex 3.0
The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is a highly runnable option with impressive maneuverability. This high-quality workhorse of the jogging world is an excellent stroller for those who love to get outside and get moving, especially off the beaten path. The Revolution 3.0 has adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar, a locking swivel front wheel, and better storage than previous versions. The 3.0 has everything a serious runner wants and everything the average parent needs.
This jogger may not be the right choice for parents with limited space or find lifting more substantial items challenging, as it is heavy and awkward when folded. However, we think this is an excellent choice for parents who want to head off-road or run off the beaten path.
Read review: BOB Revolution Flex 3.0
Best Small Everyday-Use Jogger
The BOB Rambler is a pared-down BOB with fewer features and a smaller footprint. With these reductions comes a reduction in price as well, and we suspect most parents won't miss what they don't know while appreciating the lower list price. We like the canopy, cozy seat, and adequate storage for everyday trips, and we love the adjustable tracking and suspension for a quality running experience.
This jogger has a stationary handlebar, so it is not for taller parents. It also lacks passenger pockets and a drink holder, which could be a deal-breaker for some. However, we love the lighter weight and smaller fold of this BOB. We think it is an excellent solution for families on a budget where space is at a premium, but who still have adventures on the brain.
Read review: BOB Rambler
Best for a Tight Budget
Baby Trend Expedition
The Baby Trend Expedition is a good everyday full-size stroller for parents who may want to jog occasionally. This stroller is easy to maneuver with pneumatic tires and a locking swivel front wheel. It is relatively lightweight and compact when folded, and it is easy to fold, making it a good choice for every day strolling and moving off the beaten path.
Unfortunately, it isn't the best for running, and it lacks the tracking and suspension required to make a genuinely good running stroller. However, it is designed with jogging in mind and will manage the occasional jog, even if serious runners will find it lacking. The Expedition is an excellent budget-friendly stroller with the look-and-feel of a jogger. It has features that make it suitable for everyday use, without spending more money if running isn't really your thing.
Read review: Baby Trend Expedition
Best Multi-Sport Versatility
Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jogging Kit
The Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit is the Swiss Army Knife of strollers and won a Top Pick award for Outdoor Versatility. This trailer style stroller earned higher scores than the option it replaced, and we love the improved features and functionality. This two-seater bike trailer is suitable for strolling, jogging, cross-country skiing, and biking with the right accessories (sold separately). If you love the outdoors and staying active, then this is the stroller for your family.
This stroller is probably not the best solution for every family; with a hefty price tag, you should be confident that outdoor adventures are in your future. It is also heavier and more substantial than a traditional jogging stroller, so you should check your car to ensure it will fit. But, if your budget allows and you love being outdoors, we think you will enjoy sharing it with your baby in this all-purpose strolling dynamo.
Read review: Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit
Best Budget Multi-Sport Jogger
Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit
The Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit is a versatile bike trailer with much in common with the Thule Chariot Cross 2. However, the Hamax comes with a much lower price and only a few fewer features. The Hamax offers impressive run-ability for such a heavy stroller and is easy to tilt to turn despite the wider footprint. We like the ample storage and passenger stow pockets that little ones can reach even when buckled.
The Hamax lacks the ski/sledding accessory you can find on the Thule, and it is a lot of stroller to manage when pushing and trying to stash in your car. The Hamax is expensive, even if it is less expensive than the similar Thule. So, if you don't plan to use it while biking, then it may not be the right choice for your family. However, if you enjoy outdoor activities, and want to ensure your baby can join in the fun, then the Hamax is one to consider to save money over the Thule Chariot Cross 2.
Read review: Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit
The Bumbleride Speed is our favorite from this brand so far. While it didn't manage to win an award, it did perform well compared to the competition with better than average scores in each metric, including run-ability and ease of use. We like the convenience features of this stroller and how easy it is to push and turn. It is a nice looking option that is relatively lightweight and compact when folded. This model comes with a cool two-mode locking front wheel for versatile running options with one setting that allows for a 30-degree rotation our professional running liked.
The Speed is expensive, even for a jogger, and the quality wasn't as good as the top performers. If Bumbleride improves on the tracking of the locked wheel and increases run-ability, the Speed could be a real contender bringing something to the party that no other jogger currently offers.
Read review: Bumbleride Speed
Why You Should Trust Us
Our group of experienced jogger testers is led by BabyGearLab founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier, Board Certified Pediatrician, mother of two, and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Spurrier uses her education, background, and experience as a mom, to develop BabyGearLab safety standards, and has the final word on product selection for testing. Our jogging stroller lead is our Senior Research Analyst, Bob Wofford. Bob is a father of 7 and has been leading our jogging stroller testing since our first jogger review. The team also includes Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz, who is a mother of two and has reviewed over 200 strollers since 2014. The review team is rounded out with Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford, who joined BabyGearLab stroller testers in 2015. The team has 20+ combined years of jogger experience. Adding to our jogger ratings and insights, including analysis of run-ability, is our running expert, Carrie Vickers. Carrie is a mother of three and a professional running biomechanics consultant, as well as a national-class runner with accolades you can read more about in her bio.
We've purchased and extensively tested more than 50 jogging strollers since 2012. Our testing protocol puts each jogger through a multi-point performance test, to examine running performance, and every day use strolling capabilities. We've logged hundreds of miles on running paths and hiking trails in the mountains of beautiful Colorado near Aspen, and dozens of miles through city streets, parks, and maneuvering joggers through supermarkets. Our reviews utilize extensive product research and performance observations from multiple testers of different sizes, and running abilities, to compare each stroller to the competition. Our exhaustive testing in the real world helps us determine which products are the best for running, easy to use, highly maneuverable, with impressive quality.
Related: How We Tested Jogging Strollers
Analysis and Test Results
We purchased over 17 top jogging strollers over time and tested them over several months to determine which options are better than the competition. We put these strollers through their paces, including the activities and obstacles you are likely to experience while running and everyday use. Each stroller was assessed by multiple testers side-by-side to see how well they stacked up against the competitors. Our tests are designed to provide the details you need to know, so you can make an informed decision about which product is best for your needs.
User experience and in-house lab test results determine scores in individual metrics, which are then used to calculate overall scores. Scores are weighted to favor what we believe are essential factors to jogging strollers. We emphasize factors like run-ability and ease of use because superior run-ability is the main reason parents consider a jogger.
Related: Buying Advice for Jogging Strollers
Running with young babies is not advised. Babies should not be in a quick-moving stroller until at least eight months of age for smooth, flat surfaces like concrete or paved paths, and 12-18 months old for uneven or bumpy/hiking terrain. We recommend parents discuss their jogging and outdoor activity plans with their child's pediatrician before embarking on any adventure.Also, you should NEVER run with a swivel wheel; you must lock the front wheel in place before you run to prevent the stroller from flipping, twisting, or tipping while at speed.
While some parents might consider jogging strollers as a second stroller, recent jogging strollers prove they can work as a main stroller and jogger which can save you money over purchasing two strollers. Compared to the average price of a full-size stroller, the joggers are a good value with impressive performance for maneuverability, good storage, giant canopies, and other features parents want, which makes almost any award winner a great value. However, if your budget is tight, the Baby Trend Expedition offers adequate performance with lots of features for a wallet-friendly list price. However, it might not be the best for serious runners, given the lack of running features.
We test with multiple users running with each jogger to determine run-ability. This group includes a professional runner who can remark on each stroller's ergonomics/biomechanics and features specifically for running. For serious runners, it is crucial to have a jogger with features designed for running, such as adjustable tracking, suspension (preferably adjustable), handlebar shape, and tire type. Without these features, running can be frustrating or near impossible.
Run-ability is impacted by the manufacturing process that brings all the components together with little flex and a low tolerance for manufacturing variations or flaws. We searched for products that run straight without effort, provide excellent biomechanics, and are not a struggle to push or tilt to turn ¡ª design, materials, and manufacturing all impact run-ability.
The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 both earned the high score for run-ability with 9s. The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is easy to push with adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar. The Thule Urban Glide 2 has an adjustable handlebar, stationary rear shocks for a smooth ride, and adjustable tracking with the best rolling resistance. If running is your thing, you can't do better than these top performers. However, running off-road may necessitate the adjustable suspension found on the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 to increase passenger comfort. The BOB Rambler is a second-place runner with adjustable suspension and tracking, but a stationary handlebar. If the users are of similar and average heights, this will work well. The Graco FastAction Fold Jogger is the most challenging product to run with, according to our testers. This Graco doesn't have adjustable tracking, is heavy, and difficult to push in a straight line or turn. Our professional runner feels the Graco is a non-starter because it doesn't offer any suspension, and it doesn't run straight. The Thule Chariot Cross 2 is also suitable for running, which is impressive as it isn't a traditional jogger but more of a trailer.
The ease of use metric covers everything that makes a product easier to use or provides more than just good run-ability. We test these features for ease of everyday use, including the parent console, storage options, and the child tray. However, higher-scoring joggers don't offer very many convenience features because they are designed for running, and the two goals don't always mesh well. Extra features add weight or become un-functional while running, both of which are undesirable.
Higher ranked products in this metric are more enjoyable for the most part. Despite lacking all of the bells and whistles typically found on full-size strollers, the joggers do have adequate storage and useful canopies to protect passengers from various elements.
A useful sunshade should protect your baby from the sun and other elements. The better products have a canopy large enough to cover past the child's knees with potential additional protection such as a pop-out visor or full-canopy rotation. The shades on the BOB strollers are some of the biggest in the bunch, with an excellent peek-a-boo window, and complete seat coverage.
The Thule Glide 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 also have significant sunshades that cover similar territory to the leg rest. The Thule shades also sport a pop-out visor for more protection from the sun and the ability to rotate them for low light and direct wind protection (something passengers enjoy).
Fold and Unfold
We fold an unfold each stroller to see how easy it is to complete this operation. Folding and unfolding are more critical if you need to do them frequently, and many parents express frustration over how complicated this process can be for some products. Using one hand, folding quickly, or the ability to self-stand is essential if you need to fold it quickly or often. The Thule options can fold with one hand and a quick twist and pull to finalize. This process is possible even when holding a baby.
Every jogging style stroller in this review offers some storage. The basket on the Thule Urban Glide 2 fits our large diaper bag, and it has a waterproof cover that stops contents from toppling out or getting wet/dirty (a unique feature). The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the highest storage allowance at 22 lbs. The basket has divided pockets for internal organization with a zippered mesh cover that keeps items contained (though not protected). In addition to a basket, some of the products have rear seatback pockets and inside passenger stow pockets. All of the Thule and BOB strollers sport this, as does the Mountain Buggy Terrain. We think the stow pockets are more useful than a child tray, as most children won't be able to reach the tray when buckled in and won't hold items while running.
The photos above show a couple of the storage bins side-by-side, including the mesh-covered Mountain Buggy Terrain (above left), and the blocked access of the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight (above right).
Some of the strollers have parent consoles and child trays, likely as a nod to parent desires as opposed to real usefulness. After testing, we feel the consoles and cup holders are more of a hassle than an asset when the stroller is moving. Runners are likely to find falling items annoying. Alternatively, parents running errands might be frustrated without a cup holder and similar small-item storage features. Where each parent falls on this spectrum, and how much they use these features will vary. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the best hydration holders with long water bottle sleeves that are easy to use and keep bottles in place, even while running. This design is far better for joggers than the shallow and narrow standard cup holders we see on most strollers.
For safety, we recommend not using cup holders or parent consoles when jogging or running with your stroller. During our testing, almost every cup holder failed to hold a standard size water bottle, and most of them landed on our test "baby" when the bottle fell out.
All of the strollers have reclining seats, and most operate with one hand. For safety, your baby should only be at a slight angle for running, but it's nice to know that seats can recline deep enough for a comfy nap. None of the joggers have adjustable leg rests, but most are at a comfortable angle and padded with a durable footrest. We prefer products with a sling-style seat and suspension to ensure a comfortable ride for little ones.
Ease of Setup
Ease of setup is not the most critical metric because, with any luck, you'll only be doing it once. However, the Thule Glide 2 and Thule Urban Glide 2 set up with no tools; assembly includes putting wheels on and not much else. If you're worried that you'll get confused by parts, tools, and hard to understand manuals, then either one will work well for you.
Easy maneuverability is something parents want in a stroller, and jogging products are no exception. While we can forgive a fixed wheel running stroller for its inability to make tight turns (an intentional safety feature), it isn't easy to forgive the swivel wheel options that are too big for smaller spaces. Depending on your journey and the subsequent terrain, you may need to make concessions on what you are willing to accept to get the running performance you desire.
Each option was used on the same course and the same trails. We test the products on the pavement, concrete, dirt trails, grass, and around an obstacle course to see which offers the best all-around maneuverability. In short, a locking swivel wheel stroller is the best for parents dedicated to running regularly and who also plan to use their stroller for everyday occasions. This feature has the required fixed wheel for running but provides the versatility of a swivel wheel for easily navigating the grocery store and other outings. This wheel versatility increases the stroller's usability in all kinds of adventures. The BOB Rambler is an excellent example of a smallish jogger (great for crowds) with enough features to use for errands and trips to the park.
Every stroller in this review has larger, rubber, pneumatic tires. Some have a fixed front wheel, and others have a locking swivel front wheel for running. Historically, a fixed front wheel has been the gold standard for serious running strollers. However, the newer locking swivel wheels prove they have what it takes for serious running while offering better maneuverability for everyday use. The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a high score in this metric with a 9 of 10. It navigates obstacles and tight spaces easily, but with a locked front wheel, it is still relatively easy to turn while jogging compared to the fixed wheel products. The hardest to move and turn is the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger. This stroller is so challenging that we struggled with the wheel locked and swiveling.
For quality, we want products that are well-made, user-friendly, durable, and feel as if they will survive multiple children and a variety of adventures. Some of the materials on the jogging strollers are nice quality, including ripstop fabric and lightweight aluminum, while other materials are less so such as heavier steel or plastic connectors. We reviewed and compared all of the materials, including stitching, frames, flexing, wheel design, connection points, and any exposed rivets or unique designs.
The highest quality options are the Thule and BOB strollers. These two brands are well-designed, thoughtfully constructed, and use materials that are durable and stylish. The Thules have a sleek and sharp finish, while the BOB tends to look more utilitarian.
The fabric on the Thules has a tight weave and is snag-resistant. The fit to the frame is close, 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 Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit and the Mountain Buggy Terrain are close in quality with scores of 8, just below the 9s for the BOB strollers and the Thule Urban Glide 2, and 10 for the Thule Glide 2.
Weight and Folded Size
The joggers weigh around 23 and 41 lbs. While this heft may not be a problem for some, other parents may wish they'd chosen a lighter stroller once they lift it. It may not sound like a big issue, but lifting and holding a stroller to put it in a trunk can be challenging if its weight exceeds your capabilities. If you'll need to fold your jogger to transport it, you'll likely want to consider a lighter option. The Thule Glide 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 both weigh 24.4 lbs, which is an increase from their former weights. However, this is still less than the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 at 27.3 lbs and the BOB Rambler at 25.1 lbs. The Baby Trend Expedition is only 23.6 lbs, but given its lack of running features, we think the added pound of the Thules is worth it to get a much better running stroller.
A stroller's weight is only part of the story; the overall folded size is also crucial. If you can't fit it in your car, it means you probably can't use it as often as you planned.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is around 15,388 cubic inches when folded, but the Thule Glide 2 is closer to 20,352 cubic inches, which is a significant difference. The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is only 14,748, which is smaller than both Thules. The BOB Rambler is even smaller at 13,150 cubic inches, which is positively petite comparatively speaking. The Baby Trend Expedition is also small when folded at 13,200 cubic inches. Because of the wide variety of sizes and shapes and the limited space of some homes or vehicles, it is crucial that you consider weight and folded size before choosing a jogger. If you can't pick it up or squeeze it in your car, then it isn't going to work in your life. Not sure what might fit? Purchase using a vendor with an excellent return policy (like Amazon), so you can return it if it isn't the best fit.
Jogging strollers are almost a must-have item for many families, runners, or not. The three-wheel design, rubber tires, and the ability to move smoothly over uneven terrains make them a favorite suitable for almost every busy family. We also believe that jogging style stroller can be your only stroller because they are versatile and provide a lot of the features parents want for everyday use. No matter what your goals may be, there is something for everyone in this review, and the award winners are a great place to start your stroller search.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers