When we decided to lead a healthier lifestyle, Mark and I found that the hardest thing about adding our child to our jogging trips was finding a safe and comfortable jogging stroller. If you’ve ever visited stores – whether online or in an actual building – there’s no doubt that you have encountered the seemingly unlimited variety of jogging strollers all of which proudly call themselves the best jogging strollers on the market.
With hectic schedules, commutes, and the daily grind many parents experience in our modern age of constant movement, it’s understandable that the search for the best jogging stroller can be time-consuming. With so many to choose from, how do you find the best for your family?
Luckily, we’ll be passing on our knowledge of the market to you, our readers, so that you’ll know where to look and what to look for. After discovering the top jogging stroller for our family through research and trial and error, we’re more than excited to share our findings in this brief overview and comparison chart (below).
Top Single Jogging Strollers in 2017 – Ranked by Parents (sorted by rating):
|Baby Jogger Summit X3 Single Stroller||All terrain, stroller/jogger hybrid||$$$$||5.0|
|Mountain Buggy Terrain Stroller||All terrain, stroller/jogger hybrid||$$$$$||5.0|
|BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller||All terrain, stroller/jogger hybrid||$$$$||4.9|
|Baby Jogger City Versa Stroller||All terrain stroller||$$||4.9|
|Baby Jogger City Mini GT Single Stroller||All terrain stroller||$$$||4.8|
|Baby Jogger City Elite Single Stroller||All terrain stroller||$$$$||4.8|
|Baby Jogger City Mini Single||City stroller||$$||4.7|
Top 3 Jogging Stroller Reviews
The following reviews of single jogging stroller show the best products on the market currently, based on our experience and feedback from other parents. We hope that our reviews will give you optimal information to ensure you make the best decision for you and your family.
#1: Baby Jogger Summit X3 Single Stroller Review
The Jogger Summit holds a maximum weight of 75lbs and comes with an adjustable five-point safety harness with shoulder pads and rear parking brake. Children are safe in their seats and comfortable while you walk. Also, having the rear drum parking brake gives you more control over safety concerns such as hill like terrain.
The Summit has an all new remote swivel lock that is mounted to the handlebar for your comfort and convenience. The maneuverability and the suspension system on any terrain also help your young one be comfortable on several types of terrain without jostling around. Padded seats recline to near a flat position for when your child falls asleep for a restful nap while you take care of business.
Quick fold technology light the way with one handed folding for an easier time on the parents toting around their tots and the accessory mountain bracket make accessorizing easy and convenient. With sports 16″ rear and 12″ front quick release pneumatic tires walking or jogging on the rough terrain of a forest or broken sidewalk becomes a piece of cake. Ventilated seat top and side panels along with a weather cover ensure your child plenty of breezes while keeping them safe from the elements. In addition, a large sun canopy with clear windows allows you to see what your little one is up to. Large seat back storage and under seat storage are also a plus with the Summit.
Overall Rating– 5.0 / 5.0
The Summit X3 is a fabulous choice for parents with a busy life who cross all types of terrain. All parents want style when running around with their babies or small children and the Summit X3 offers that and much more.
#2: Baby Jogger City Elite Single Stroller Review
The Jogger Elite gives us a pretty high safety rating with adjustable five-point safety harness including should pads and buckle cover. In addition a raised kicker to add leg support for your child is an exciting perk. The Jogger City Elite offers a weight maximum of 75 lbs. The best part of the safety features is the ability to control the swivel front wheel with just one switch and the 12in wheels, sealed ball bearings, and front wheel suspension give baby and comfortable ride.
Luxury is the word of choice for the City Elite stroller. With extra padded seat that reclines to near flat position and plenty of ventilation at the top of the seat. A retractable weather cover adds to the comfort of the City Elite by keeping little one safe from the elements. Children are comfortable enough for a great nap while you walk whether for exercise, entertainment, or errands or jog.
The City Elite offers a mounting bracket and large sun canopy with peek-a-boo windows in addition to the side vents which are kept in place with magnets. For the different parental heights an adjustable handlebar comes with multiple settings and for space a large basket under the seat with back storage area.
Overall Rating – 4.8 / 5.0
Overall, the City Elite Jogger is an excellent choice for parents on the go and offers many comforts and perks. All-terrain means never having to leave your child behind when going out for walks in the woods, through a mall, or over bumpy sidewalks.
The Mountain Buggy is great with its newborn to upright seat with full recline. Very exciting! Also, a five point safety hardness with no tail design. A 55 lbs weight maximum gives ample time for your baby to grow into a toddler and still be able to use this stroller comfortably.
Peek-a-boo window and height adjustable follow-the-sun canopy with sun visor add to your child’s comfort as some child feel better when they can see mom or dad. Padding seats allow baby to sit for longer periods of time without pain or discomfort. Adjustable handle bar means both mom and dad can use this stroller without worrying over how pushing it might cause them problems. Sixteen inch rear air-filled tires and full mid-mount suspension give a calm ride so baby can nap without interruption if they want to.
The Mountain Buggy has a brilliant 3-wheel design and a 25” width offers perfect control and maneuverability. The twelve inch wheel filled with hair swivels and comes with a tracking device that allows it to lock forward and backward. Compatible with many other brands of rear facing seats for small babies the Buggy also offers ample space for storage with an eleven pound capacity. A zip-top cover holds two bottle holders and also has a bumper bar for no extra money. The Mountain Buggy has polyester fabric which is water repellent and meant to last.
Overall Rating – 4.7 / 5.0
Over all the Mountain Buggy is built for all terrain and keeps up with anywhere you want to go. Buying this stroller means you get precision steering for control through the rough and bumpy walk. Safety and comfort are top priority for both you and your children. For a great time out and about, the Mountain Buggy has just what you need.
Why Look for a Great Jogging Stroller?
Before we go on to talk about the types of jogging strollers on the market and the accessories that often accompany them, we want to talk about why – if you want to jog with your little passenger in tow – you should specifically buy a jogging stroller and not just any other stroller. From more durability to waterproof canopies, jogging strollers enhance the exercise experience for both parent and baby, something that a standard stroller is often unable to do. In addition to comfort and additional features ratings above, our three top-ranking features of jogging strollers include weather protection, shock absorption, and again, safety. We made sure that all the jogging strollers that we reviewed here had these three features covered.
Heat, high winds, unannounced spring showers. Whether it’s hot or suddenly raining, jogging strollers have weatherproof canopies that protect your tiny traveler from the elements. Oftentimes, jogging strollers come complete with bug nets or rain screens, ensuring a peace of mind for you and your child. While standard strollers are outfitted with a wide variety of marvelous canopies, these canopies typically aren’t weather- or waterproof.
With jogging strollers, the wheels are designed to withstand the shock from the movement made by the jogging parent. Made from rubber, jogging stroller wheels absorb bumps and rough patches, maximizing your child’s comfort level. As we all know, an uncomfortable, fussy co-driver makes for short jogging sessions.
Jogging strollers are designed not only to be comfortable, but to also protect the precious cargo resting in it. More significantly, these wheels protect your child’s neck and back from harmful shaking and yanking that could result in injury. The wheels of a normal stroller (which could be plastic in many cases) may lack this safety feature.
However, there’s one caveat: children should at least be between 6-8 weeks old before their first jog. The reason? The bones in a child’s neck and back are still developing. It’s best to talk with your pediatrician prior to riding off with your little jogging partner. Just to be on the safe side. Read our Jogging Strollers Safety Guide for more details.
Types of Jogging Strollers
With four major types of jogging strollers, parents have many options to choose from. To figure out which type is best for your family, read the descriptions below to get a better feel for your jogging needs.
Holding up to an average of 75 pounds, jogging strollers for one often come with 16- or 20-inch wheels (later, we’ll talk about the diameter of the wheel). Our top 3 jogging stroller picks above are all one-child strollers.
Two Children – Double Jogging Strollers
Some parents worry that jogging strollers for two are for just that – for two. In actuality, these strollers can hold one child without any issues of weight inequality. Durable just as they are safe, jogging strollers for two children can hold between 100 to 125 pounds. Also, parents have the choice of choosing between 16- or 20-inch wheels. You can read more about top-rated two-children strollers on our Best Double Jogging Stroller page with reviews and recommendations.
Convertible Bike Trailers
Over the past few years, convertible biking trailers have gained a popular following. Easily transformable with ability to trek across multiple terrains, the convertible bike trailer can be converted into a standard jogging stroller, often with an included kit. With the ability to hold one or two children, this bike trailer typically has a weight limit of 125 pounds.
Did you know babies can race, too? With a multiuse stroller, cyclists, cross-country aficionados, joggers, and bikers alike have the opportunity to practice their athletic craft while enjoying the company of their child. With ready-made attachments that snap onto your choice of mobile sporting gear like a bike, multiuse strollers are ready when you are.
12-, 16- or 20-inches? Let’s Talk Wheel Size
Are you a diehard jogger or runner? Or, do you prefer to maintain a slower pace? How about your typical exercising environment? Do you generally jog on rocky surfaces or do you like to take strolls in the malls or on sidewalks? Depending on how you answer these questions, a certain jogging stroller wheel may be best for you and your exercise partner.
There are three different sizes of wheel for jogging strollers: 12-, 16-, and 20-inches. The latter two are easiest to find in stores and can be used on varying terrain levels and textures. The 12-inch wheel is best used for sidewalks and evenly-paced walking.
Bigger isn’t necessarily better in the world of jogging stroller wheels. It is, however, smoother. Why? Twenty-inch wheels provide considerably less resistance, producing the feeling of rolling on a more even surface. With 20-inch wheels expect to jog along with less effort.
This isn’t to say that 20-inch wheels trump their 16-inch counterparts. On the contrary, 16-inch wheels possess their own pluses. In enclosed areas like malls with smoother surfaces, the 16-inch reigns. On the other hand, a 20-inch wheel on a very smooth surface may prove to be more of a hassle for handling and steering as the 20-inch wheel excels on rougher terrain.
Like bike frames, jogging strollers maneuver best when they are made of aluminum – a lighter, more powerful material than steel, iron, and some plastics. Although we won’t impose more on the question of what type of material is best, we do want to say that if you’re shopping in-store for a jogging stroller, take note of its “gait.” Does it shake from being pushed across the store floor? Does it feel flimsy, uneven? If so, it’s best to move on to another jogging stroller. Jogging strollers often trek over terrain that is bumpy and irregular so, a stroller that doesn’t work well on a flat, even surface may not be the best for a rougher one.
Accessories: What Should Extras Should You Consider?
The list of possible accessories that could be added to a jogging stroller is fairly comprehensive. From bug nets to car seat adapters, there’s an accessory out there for every family’s collective imagination. For brevity’s sake (after all, this is an overview), we’ve listed the three most popular jogging stroller add-ons.
Car Seat Adapters
Car seat adapters are simply fabulous. It’s no wonder why they’re so popular, taking the number one spot on our list of fly-off-the-shelves accessories. Why are they so popular? One word: adaptability. Car seat adapters are designed to fit snuggly into several car seat models and strollers. With car seat adapters, there’s no more moving baby from the car seat to the stroller; instead, you simply move the car seat to the stroller, snapping it in place… and off you go!
But, there is one downside to car seat adapters – parents must not jog or run with these attached. They must walk only. The car seat adapter creates a higher center of gravity on the stroller. If you are more of a walker than jogger, the car seat adapter will be a welcome addition to your jogging accessory entourage.
Taking baby out for a jog requires much more than simply placing your child in the stroller. What about diaper bags? Snacks? Even toys? With added cargo storage, parents easily transport sports goods and baby gear without the added hassle of having to leave things at home or in the car.
When the wind’s blowing, the cradle won’t rock – but the baby inside won’t be happy. To keep your little one comfortable and safe from high winds, parents can buy windshields for their jogging stroller as an add-on. We all know that an uncomfortable, fussy co-driver makes for a short jogging session.
On a Final Note…
…jogging strollers can be fairly inexpensive with some of the best cheap jogging strollers starting at or below $200. With so many brands and types of jogging stroller, you’re bound to find the best jogging stroller for you and your family. We’ll be discussing and providing reviews of jogging strollers on this site to be of a little more assistance.
Both Mark and I hope that our advice shines a little light on the subject of picking the perfect jogging stroller. After all, who wants to be inside researching jogging strollers when you could be out and about, having the time of your life with your bundle of joy?