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Best Jogging Strollers Reviews 2017

Since my son was born I have been looking for ways to get back out and about running again.  As you can see from my Strava feed I have slowed down in both pace and distance so I really need to get back out and train again.  So in this post we will look at the Best Jogging Strollers Reviewsfor 2017 and also the best Double Jogging strollers.  We will review the best running strollers and say what you should look for if you are also looking to buy one.

Looking after a small child can be hard work.  Fitting in exercise is often the hardest part, especially if you have to organise child care.  Gyms are often not very child friendly, and if they do have a creche the price can be steep, especially on top of any monthly membership.  This is why jogging strollers make so much sense.  They allow parents the freedom to exercise when they want and allow you to spend time with your children in the fresh air.

There are a number of things to consider when you buy a Jogging Stroller, lets now look and see what may be important to you.  First through, we would suggest what your goals are with the stroller.  Are you wanting to run longer distance – where comfort may be important, short runs round the park, off road runs, on road runs.   When you have a clear idea of what you want from your stroller then it will ensure that you choose one that will last longer and you will get more for your money.

Jogging Stroller Buying Advice:

  • How much am I looking to spend? What is my budget for a new jogging stroller?Joovy Zoom360 Lifestyle Review
  • How many children will it need to carry
  • How much will my children weigh at the end of the life of the stroller
  • Are you going to be running hills or on the flat
  • Where will your stroller be stored, can it fit in the car
  • Will this be your primary stroller, or will it be dedicated.
  • Will you be running off road.
  • Who will be running?

These were just some of the questions we came up with for our research, so what do you really need to think about.

1) What is your budget for a Jogging stroller?

Prices can range from less than $100, if you want to keep up with a Footballers Wife then you can spend nearly $1000 on a Baby Jogger Freedom baby Beach JoggerStroller!  The more you pay the better the build quality and materials used.  In the budget options the joints could be weaker with pressed steel, rather than solid welds.  Also the more you spend then the lighter the stroller will be, made from strong and light aluminum rather than steel.  This will make running easier as there is less weight to push.

2) How many children will it carry?

If you have two young children then there are some great options for double jogging strollers.  Expect to pay a little more for them however!  Some models will allow you to take a toddler and a baby in a baby car seat that attaches securly to the frame.  The most popular double jogging stroller is the Baby Trend Double Jogger.

3) How much will my children weigh at the end of the life of the stroller?

They might look very small and fragile when only a few months old, at this size they will be safe to carry in lots of baby strollers.  If you want to keep using yours for a number of years then it might pay to future-proof your stroller.  There are models that can take children from near birth (8 weeks is the recommended minimum both for mom and baby’s well being upto 3-4 years old.

4) Are you going to be running up hills, off road or on the flat?

Bob Revolution Flex StrollerIf you are going to be running hills, and off road then you will benefit from a higher end stroller.  Look for big chunky tyres and solid construction.  Bouncing over rocks will quickly take its toll on a low end stroller.  If you are planning on limiting your runs to smooth park paths then you do not really need to spend the extra on an over engineered stroller.

5)  Where will your stroller be stored, can it fit in the car?

Due to their large wheels running strollers tend to be very bulky.  Especially when you add in the extra seats of the double strollers.  Most strollers will allow the wheels to be removed to allow it them to pack down into a more compact form.

For storage in the home you will need a large cupboard or a garage to keep the stroller in.  They take up a huge amount of space in a small apartment.  Some models can fold up smaller than others .

6) Will this be your primary stroller, or will it be dedicated?

Jogging strollers don’t just have to be for jogging!  It is possible to find strollers that can fit into your day to day life as well.  While they are a little bigger than normal strollers, the big wheels and extra breaks fitted can make them great to use all the time.  The big advantages of this are that you only have to own a single stroller, saving money and space in your life for other things.

7) Who will be running?

When you start running with a stroller you will find that you need a completely different style.  You will have to hold onto the bar as you are running, this will affect your gait and speed.  There are ways of making this more comfortable.  A big guy can push a heavier stroller than a petite woman.  Finding a running stroller that has adjustable length handle bars can be a huge benefit.  When you are running, especially with a long stride, you can find your feet can kick the stroller.  This is avoided by having a longer handlebar on the stroller!

 

8) Safety Considerations.

While this is the final point, it is still important.  When you go running with your child their safety is paramount.  Things that you should look out for are:  Good safety straps or harness.  Make sure your child is always securely strapped into their stroller, fast turning or hitting a curb can easily eject a small child so its important that they are strapped in.

Great now we know what to look for! So what are our recommendations?

Here are our top ten picks of Running Strollers for 2017:

Best All round Jogging Stroller:

This great looking stroller is well built and is perfect for everyday running up to competitive runners looking to keep up their training. We love the big tyres that soak up the little bumps, and the suspension that takes care of the larger knocks. If you have people of different heights running with this stroller they will appreciate the adjustable handlebars. The build quality gives enough assurance of quality that allows you to run fast, without the feeling like the stroller is being pushed beyond its limits.
For the comfort of the passenger, along with the excellent suspension is a comfortable seating area, with reclining seat, full safety harness and even built in sun protection. Nearly all the external reviews for this stroller have been positive, and its no surprise to find the Bob Revolution Flex at top of our list of All Round Jogging Strollers.

Best Value Jogging Stroller:

While there are a couple of issues with this stroller, for the price it is unbeatable!  If you are looking for a simple and basic jogging stroller, that can be used safely on smooth roads and paths then you will not find better value than the Graco Fast Action Stroller.

Even at this price you still have air filled tyres, a lockable front wheel and one of the most compact strollers when folded.  Passenger comfort is limited, however the seat seems comfortable enough for the child, and its as safe as anything with a choice of three and five point harness configurations.  See our full review for a complete breakdown of the pros and cons of the Graco Fast Action Stroller.

Best All Mountain Running Stroller

  • Fixed front wheel included. Adjustable handlebar to accommodate parents of any height. Rear suspension for ride stabilization and comfort.
  • Padded seat with vented top reclines to a level position for a smooth napping experience. Multi-position canopy modified with view-in window to monitor your child. Collapsible structure for easy storage and transport.
  • Weight: 22 lbs.. Folded dimensions 9 in x 21 in x 34.5 in. Children: 1.
  • Meets safety standards. 5-point child safety harness. Shoulder Width: 13.5 in..
  • Sitting height: 21 in.. Weight capacity: 75 lbs.. Imported.

Best Fixed Wheel Mountain Stroller

While there are a couple of issues with this stroller, for the price it is unbeatable!  If you are looking for a simple and basic jogging stroller, that can be used safely on smooth roads and paths then you will not find better value than the Graco Fast Action Stroller.

Even at this price you still have air filled tyres, a lockable front wheel and one of the most compact strollers when folded.  Passenger comfort is limited, however the seat seems comfortable enough for the child, and its as safe as anything with a choice of three and five point harness configurations.  See our full review for a complete breakdown of the pros and cons of the Graco Fast Action Stroller.

Best Selling Full Featured Jogging Stroller

The Bob Revolution SE Single Jogging stroller is the best selling full spec Jogging Stroller on the market.  It has received nearly 1000 positive reviews from across the market.  Its stand out feature is its performance in nearly any environment.  Runners, and its passengers, will both appreciate the confidence that comes from its fantastic stability, great suspension and most of all its light, yet strong construction.  It has all the features that you might expect for a high end stroller, such as locking front wheel, plenty of storage and a safe 5 point harness.

Best high end all terrain stroller

If you want a great looking stroller that can take all types of terrain the Baby Jogger X3 Summit may be the best choice for you.  Like the Mountain Buggy it features huge 16" rear and 12" front tyres for easy rolling over any conditions.  Our favourite feature is the easy access leaver  on the handle bars for locking the front wheel in place.  Like other high end jogging strollers this is a comfortable riding stroller with all the safety features that you would expect from this brand.

Best All Round Double Jogging Stroller

If we had (or when we have!) two children, the Bob Revolution SE Duallie will be our choice for a double jogging stroller.  Like the SE Single this is a fantastically well made stroller that looks excellent and is very easy to manoeuvre.
Able to carry 100lbs its easily capable of carrying  a pair of seven year olds.  Even when fully laden you will find this stroller to be quick to turn, easy to steer and the children will find the seats safe, well padded and comfortable.  Again like the single version this Stroller is extremely highly rated

Largest Jogging Stroller

While there are a couple of issues with this stroller, for the price it is unbeatable!  If you are looking for a simple and basic jogging stroller, that can be used safely on smooth roads and paths then you will not find better value than the Graco Fast Action Stroller.

Even at this price you still have air filled tyres, a lockable front wheel and one of the most compact strollers when folded.  Passenger comfort is limited, however the seat seems comfortable enough for the child, and its as safe as anything with a choice of three and five point harness configurations.  See our full review for a complete breakdown of the pros and cons of the Graco Fast Action Stroller.

Best Budget Jogging Stroller:

There are plenty of options to choose in the budget stroller market (about $100).  We have opted for the Baby Trend as our budget choice.  It has some nice features that helps it stand out, such as the speakers built into the canopy to let you and your passenger listen to the same music when running.  This is great as headphones are not the best choice when also trying to keep an ear out for your child when running.  The Expedition has a lockable front wheel, folds into a good compact shape and even includes a light weight aluminum frame.  The biggest issue is that its max weight is only 50lbs.  For a small child this should not be an issue!

This is only a brief look at our extensive range of Jogging Stroller Reviews for 2017 that will be added over the next few months as we examine each one in depth!