As a busy mom of two boys under age 3, most of my exercise comes from going for walks and runs with the kids in the stroller. When Reviewed asked me to test out nine highly rated jogging strollers on the market, it was an immediate yes! Running while pushing a jogging stroller is an entirely different workout but a solid one to say the least. Not only does a jogging stroller come in handy for exercising, it’s essential if you plan to use a stroller on any kind of rough terrain like a path or the beach. After completing my testing, the one that performed the best is the BOB Gear Alterrain Pro(available at Amazon for $679.99). It’s truly the strongest, most durable jogging stroller, providing a comfortable ride for your little one and a smooth jogging experience for the parent.
If you're looking for a jogging stroller than can also do double duty as your one and only stroller, the Guava Roam Crossover Stroller (available at Guava Family) is our pick for most versatile, thanks in no small part how easy it is to travel with.
Here are the best jogging strollers we tested, ranked in order:
BOB Gear Alterrain Pro
Guava Roam Crossover Stroller
Baby Jogger Summit X3
Graco Modes 2.0 Jogging Stroller
Uppababy Ridge Jogger
Bumbleride Indie Jogging Stroller
Chicco Tre Jogging Stroller
Jeep Hydro Sport Plus Jogger
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger
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BOB Gear Alterrain Pro
Guava Roam Crossover Stroller
How We Tested Jogging Strollers
What You Should Know About Buying a Jogging Stroller
BOB jogging strollers are known for being the strongest and most durable on the market. I tested out the Alterrain Pro and it was a dream to use with my kids. The stroller features mountain bike-style suspension and air-filled tires that provide an ultra-smooth ride on any type of terrain from sidewalks to hiking trails. It also has an adjustable nine-position handlebar, six storage pockets, and an extra large cargo basket to store your gear.
One of my favorite features of the BOB Alterrain Pro is that it truly can handle the bumpiest roads and the sandiest beaches yet still provide a comfortable ride for your little one. Not only can it handle the rough terrain but its signature mountain bike-style suspension has shocks mounted by the seating area so your child will feel fewer bumps and enjoy a nice ride every single time it’s used. Whether running on a trail or walking around town, the BOB was enjoyable to use and my son seemed comfortable every time.
The stroller also features a convenient peek-and-chat window that includes a quiet magnetic closure, two mesh snack pockets on the sides of the seat, and a zippered pocket under the handlebar for your cell phone. The Alterrain Pro has a low-resistance push design and 360-degree swiveling front wheel that makes it glide easily and turn on a dime.
The canopy is one of the largest out there, providing the ultimate protection for your child to block out the sun. It has a water-resistant canvas sport fabric with reflective accents, which won points in my book. I went for a walk last week in the rain and was so impressed that my son was completely covered on our walk. I also felt safer knowing there is the reflective element.
For cons, I wish you could change the way you lock the front wheel and have a hand-mounted lock for added convenience. While the stroller is very durable, it did feel a bit heavy and took up a good chunk of room in my trunk. Lastly, its price may deter some and it’s one of the more expensive strollers on the market. Overall, it’s truly the best out there if you are looking for a stroller you want to take on any kind of terrain and will provide you with years of fun adventures with your family.
Car seats and accessories: This stroller works with BOB Gear, Britax, Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, Cybex, Maxi Cosi, and Nuna (adapters sold separately).
I was so excited to try the Guava Room Crossover Stroller based on the fact it has the look of a luxurious jogging stroller. It lived up to the hype—and more. Guava Roam is a fantastic option for someone looking for a durable jogging stroller that is also lightweight and easy to travel with. Out of all the strollers I tested, this one by far is the most compact as it folds up 50% smaller to fit any space and it’s lightweight at just 25 pounds. The Roam has a lightweight aluminum alloy frame and it is recommended for children 6 months and up, with a maximum child weight of 60 pounds. It can be used from birth with car seat adapters (sold separately) and an infant car seat.
My favorite feature is the 3-D fold technology, which allows the stroller to fold 50% smaller than traditional joggers, making it easy to take or store anywhere. When I packed my car for a trip to the beach I couldn’t believe that I was able to store the stroller as well as beach chairs, toys, and all of our gear—and there was still room to spare. Two other features that won points in my book are the remote-lock front wheel, which allows you to lock the front wheel right under the handlebar, and the adjustable handlebar itself. The stroller comes with a useful parent caddy, so on a typical morning walk I would have my water bottle in the cup holder and my phone or keys in the organizer. The fact that you don’t have to order this accessory separately is a huge plus and it became my go-to for all of our daily outings.
Guava Roam wins most versatile as it has the performance of a jogger with the ease of an urban stroller. Guava Roam prides itself on its swing-arm-style suspension and all-terrain, airless bike tires, which move independently over bumps, making it ride smoother and track straighter without the hassle or danger of flats. Both of my sons enjoyed riding in it and whether we were moving on sand or a flat trail, they were comfortable and content. The stroller’s canopy provided an ample amount of shade and I felt the under-storage had plenty of room. Overall, I highly recommend the Guava Roam Crossover stroller for someone who is looking for a jogging stroller that is high performing but is also lightweight and compact.
Car seats and accessories: Car seat adapters can be purchased separately to accommodate the following car seats: Britax, Cybex, Nuna, Uppababy, Chicco, and Graco. More accessories such as a snack and drink tray, rain and weather shield, and padded roller bag are coming soon.
Hi. I'm Michaela Crimmins. I live in Rhode Island with my husband and two boys, ages 1 and 3. I have a true passion for connecting with other moms and finding great products that make life with kids easier. I've also tested double strollers and baby carriers.
Getting the chance to test jogging strollers was a dream for me as I am very active and will take any chance I can get to strap one of my sons in the stroller and go for a walk or jog. The first test began when I took each stroller out of the box and made note of how easy or difficult each one was to put together. Luckily when it comes to jogging strollers, most were a breeze and took me only a few minutes each.
Second, I tested out how easy it was to get my child in and out of the stroller. When my son was in the stroller, I took note of how good the sun canopy was, how comfortable he looked in it, and how much storage was provided underneath the stroller. Living in Rhode Island so close to the beach, it was a fun test to see how each stroller handled the sand—pushing a 34-pound toddler on a sandy beach is a workout for sure. I also took it on different trails near my house to see how they handled going over rocks and roots on the ground.
Lastly, I made note of how easy they were to fold, their weight, and how much room they took up in my trunk.
What You Should Know About Buying a Jogging Stroller
When buying a jogging stroller, it’s important to be practical and consider how you will be using it: Will you be taking it on the roughest of terrains like hiking trails and the beach? Will you need a large basket for storage? Do you need an ample amount of sun shade? Do you need one that easily fits into a compact trunk? Do you plan to use it from infant stage up to the age/weight limit?
How Much You Want to Spend
Jogging strollers can cost upwards of $500 and more, so it can seem like a large purchase after many parents may have already bought an equally expensive stroller for everyday use. Even so, if you feel you need a stroller with air-filled tires that is more rugged and can handle terrains like pathways and sandy beaches, it’s wise to purchase a jogging stroller due to how much use you can get out of it. Many jogging strollers can hold up to 60 pounds, so it’s something you can use year after year.
It Might be the Only Stroller you Need
For many new parents, adding a jogging stroller to your baby registry isn’t top of mind. For me it was something I realized I might need later on in my pregnancy and luckily someone loaned one to me. I have had many friends who decide to purchase one after the fact when they want to go to the beach and realize their stroller wheels do not mix with the sand.
As I tested all of these strollers and saw how versatile many of them are, I realized that a jogging stroller can be the only stroller you’ll ever need. There are many on the market that have infant car seat adapters so you can use it for easy strolling in the infant stage and then switch to running once your baby can safely sit in the seat by themselves, at 6 months old. Many of these jogging strollers include an ample sun shade, excellent safety features, and large under-basket storage—all in a compact design.
Other Jogging Strollers We Tested
Baby Jogger Summit X3
The Baby Jogger Summit X3 Jogging Stroller is a great option for those looking for a jogging stroller that offers great maneuverability and can handle any terrain. This stroller/jogger hybrid features all-wheel suspension and a unique, hand-operated deceleration brake for increased control and added safety. It is equipped with a handlebar-mounted swivel lock which makes it so convenient to lock the front wheel when you are off for a run and simply release to swivel mode for walking. The Summit X3 sports a padded near-flat reclining seat and a vented seat top to increase airflow when reclined. I was impressed by the large, adjustable sun canopy with a peek-a-boo window and side ventilation panels.
When using the stroller on runs, I was impressed with how it could handle any terrain. The Summit X3 has an independent all-wheel suspension that offers a smooth ride. One of the drawbacks to jogging strollers is that sometimes the under-storage can be lacking, but I found the Summit X3 to have adequate under-seat storage for enough space to carry your necessities. One of my favorite features is the UV 50+ canopy with peek-a-boo window. I have found that with some jogging strollers the canopy is lacking but that is not the case with Baby Jogger and I always felt like my son was completely in the shade every time I used it.
I am impressed with how many carseats it is compatible with since others out there might only be compatible with one or two. Another favorite feature on this stroller (and most Baby Jogger strollers out there) is the easy one-strap fold that makes it simple to fold and store in your trunk.
As for things I didn’t like, I found that the stroller did take up quite a bit of room in the trunk compared to others I tested, and it felt a little bit heavy carrying it in and out of my trunk so often. The handlebar is also not adjustable so while it was fine for me, I can see that being an issue for someone who is on the shorter or taller side.
Car seats and accessories: Compatible with Baby Jogger, Britax, Chicco, Clek, Cybex, Graco, Peg Perego, or Maxi-Cosi infant car seats (adapters sold separately).
The Graco Modes Jogger 2.0 Stroller gives you seven ways to ride, plus everything you need to jog. This jogger checks off all the points someone would want in a jogging stroller: large air-filled rubber tires, a safety tether, a large UV50 canopy, and ample storage. Parents will love the handy organizer that’s included with the stroller and children will love the child tray and cup holders for themselves. Priced at $233, it’s a reasonable option for someone looking for a stroller that can go above and beyond the qualities of an everyday stroller.
Right off the bat, one of the best features of this stroller is the fact the seat can be reversed so you can choose if your child is facing inward or outward. This is a useful feature for someone using it with a baby when you want to keep a watchful eye on them. Out of all the joggers I tested, the Graco was the only one with this feature and it was very impressive.
It has adjustable calf support to make sure your little rider is sitting comfortably. I found my son to be comfortable with each use and it was an enjoyable experience for myself as well. It’s easy to maneuver and turns on a dime.
The stroller accepts children up to 50 pounds, so it's truly a stroller you can use for years. Another feature I love is the parent’s tray that comes with a cup holder and smartphone storage. I was able to have my phone sit securely on top of the tray, which was so useful. There is also an extra-large storage basket so you can make sure you are taking all the essentials on your walks.
As for negatives, some of our walks seemed a bit bumpy, so it’s not a stroller I would use if you are planning to go running through trails. While the stroller has so many uses that I appreciate, it did feel bulky when storing it and lifting it in and out of the trunk. Lastly, it only accepts Graco car seats, which is limiting if you do not have this brand. Overall, the Graco Modes 2.0 is a fantastic option for someone looking for a jogging stroller that is reasonable, versatile, and compatible with a Graco car seat.
Car seats and accessories: The stroller accepts all Graco infant car seats for a one-step, secure connection of infant car seat to stroller.
The all-terrain Ridge jogger is great for someone looking for a luxurious jogging stroller that has a comfortable seat and has a lot of storage options. Built for performance, it has smart, adjustable features that make it an enjoyable experience for both parents and children alike. The stroller is suitable for children 3 months and up—or from birth with approved accessories—and weighs 29.2 lbs. Some key features in the Ridge are the reliable performance hand brake, adjustable handlebar, and one handed fold.
It took about three minutes to set up and the directions were easy to follow. I immediately noticed how the seat is deeply padded making it a comfortable ride for kids. The recline feature is easy to use and there is also a significant amount of coverage with an extendable cover to use on those extra sunny days. It has a swivel-locking front wheel that can lock out the front wheel when going from stroll to run with the push of a button.
Pushing the Ridge was a breeze and my son was very comfortable on our walks and runs. One of my favorite features is the large basket underneath the stroller. Out of all the jogging strollers I tested, the Ridge has by far the most storage.
The advanced responsive suspension with a patented two-stage system featuring variable coil springs keeps riders comfortable, no matter the child’s weight. It also has never flat, no inflation tires with a deep tread, meaning you don’t need to worry about adding air and they can handle any kind of trail or rough terrain.
As for things I didn’t like, I found myself getting confused with the brakes. On the left there is a red pedal for braking and on the right, a green pedal for engaging. They are straightforward with the colors but each time I found myself hitting both pedals with my foot because I am so used to just one brake on a jogging stroller. Compared to other jogging strollers, I found the seat to be a bit shallow and my three year old looked like he would soon out-grow it. Another feature I didn’t love is the water bottle holder. It is on an angle on the side of a stroller so it’s easy for water to spill given the include. While it does have a zippered pouch, it would be really helpful if a parent organizer was included that had room for a water bottle and a zippered pouch.
Car seats and accessories: The Uppababy Ridge can be used with the Uppababy bassinet and adapter, as well as a variety of infant car seats such as Uppababy MESA infant car seat or select Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex infant car seats. The Ridge also accommodates a second child with the PiggyBack ride along board accessory.
The Bumbleride is a great option for those looking for an everyday stroller made for active families. It is versatile in that it can be used from birth through toddlerhood and its air-filled tires and all-wheel suspension provide a comfortable ride no matter where you explore. I tested out Sea Glass, which is a beautiful blue color, and from the moment I assembled it I knew I would like it.
One of the best features of this stroller is that it's infant-ready with no attachments. Beginning at birth, Indie’s seat can be easily converted into infant mode with only a few snaps. I did not use this feature but looking at the directions I can see it is very easy to transition. It has a five-point breakaway harness with shoulder pads providing a safe and comfortable ride for my son. As for other features, the canopy is UPF 45+ with a pop-out extension for extra coverage and air vents. The cargo basket is large and came with storage for an air pump, which was also included. My husband was very impressed with the air pump and it won points in his book.
The stroller itself felt very lightweight at just 24 pounds, and compact when folded. Even for how light it is, it still felt durable when using it out and about for walks and jogs. The 12-inch air-filled tires feature all-wheel suspension and a 360-degree swivel front wheel with in-line lock option for all-terrain. I liked how the handlebar is adjustable and included a safety strap. I used this stroller a lot when going for beach trips and it was always smooth even on the sand. Bumbleride also offers the option to add in optional accessories purchased separately such as car seat adapters, bassinet, parent pack, mini board, weather foot muff, rain cover, seat liner, and travel bag.
Out of all the jogging strollers I tested, this was the only one to feature eco-friendly fabric (100% recycled, Pet and Oeko-Tex certified) and padding from untreated, Oeko-Tex-certified polyester fill. Twenty-five percent of the of plastic frame components are sourced from ocean plastics. If you are someone who is conscious of sustainability, I recommend checking this stroller out.
As for the negatives, the seat fabric and canopy is machine washable, yet I felt based on the color of the stroller and material that it would be hard to get stains out and they could be more visible. I also had some trouble using the one-handed backrest recline for when my son would take naps. While I felt it was durable for most of our trips using it, I did feel it was a little bit of a bumpy ride on some of the rougher terrains compared to other strollers I tested.
Car seats and accessories: The Bumbleride is infant ready without attachments, and is also compatible with Clek, Nuna, Maxi Cosi, Cybex, Peg Perego, Graco and Chicco with attachments (sold separately).
The Chicco Tre Jogging Stroller was designed to keep up with fast-paced families. Fitting in the more reasonably priced category at $379, it has a lightweight aluminum frame, sleek three-wheel design and a deceleration handbrake. Whether you are going for a stroll or a run, its 16-inch pneumatic rear tires and dual FlexCore suspension adjusts for any type of terrain. The stroller features a full coverage extendable canopy, tinted peek-a-boo window, multi-position reclining seat, and an adjustable five-point harness for a comfortable and secure environment for your baby's earliest adventures.
One thing I liked about the Tre is how it features three fold configurations: self-standing for the garage, flat for the trunk, and compact for storage. With a convenient one-hand fold, you are able to either close the stroller and have it stand, which is perfect for storing in your garage; fold down the front swivel wheel to create a flat fold for the trunk; or remove the wheels in one quick motion for long term storage.
Another feature I loved is the exclusive Control Console with hand-operated functionality that’s easy to access as you are using it. From the console, you are able to lock/unlock the front swivel wheel. There is also a deceleration brake that doubles as a fixed brake for parking. While I liked this feature, I am so familiar with a foot brake that at some points it threw me off. It also comes with a soft parent tray with two cup holders and a large storage basket, which was so convenient for holding my phone, keys, and snacks for my kids.
When your child is 6 months and over, they can sit in the regular seat, which features a five-point harness, multi-position backrest, and waterproof fabrics that help create a comfortable and secure environment. I was impressed by the ample amount of coverage the canopy provides. It has a zippered extension panel and a flippable mesh vent with a tinted window to take a peek at your child.
As for cons, I felt it couldn’t handle some of the rougher terrains compared to some of the other strollers I tested. I also found that it was a little bulky when moving it in and out of my trunk. Overall, it’s a great jogging stroller for an active family who is looking for something more durable than an urban stroller while also not breaking the bank.
Car seats and accessories: The Tre accepts all Chicco infant car seats (sold separately) and features a removable stroller seat to create a lightweight KeyFit car seat carrier for strolling with baby during the first 6 months.
For those who love Jeep strollers, I highly recommend checking out the Jeep Hydro Jogger. This stroller is versatile and allows parents an enjoyable running experience with its swivel front wheel and back-wheel suspension that smooths out the bumps to provide a comfortable ride for your child. Right off the bat, one of my favorite things about the stroller is the adjustable and comfortable handlebar and fabric parent organizer with two cup holders and covered storage to keep your keys and phone within easy reach. The stroller also has an oversized and adjustable UPF 50+ sun canopy with a peekaboo window and is water-repellant which is a bonus.
I took this stroller out on a trip to Block Island and it passed every test on different trains: up and down from the ferry, traveling through town on sidewalks, and on the beach. Its 5-point harness with reflective shoulder pads make it very safe to use for your child and it comes with a jogging tether strap to offer extra control. I love how you can easily recline the seat if your child wishes to nap, and it also comes with a snack tray in case your child would like a snack. The handlebar is adjustable to multiple height positions which was a bonus.
As for the cons, this stroller has a small storage basket underneath and can’t fit as much as I would like, but that is typical with a lot of jogging strollers. I found it a bit heavy to fold and it took up more room in my trunk than I hoped it would. The child snack tray is a great feature but I wished it had a cup holder.
Car seats and accessories: The Jeep Hydro Jogger includes a car seat adapter and fits a variety of car seats, including Graco, Evenflo, Chicco, and Britax.
Includes parent organizer, snack tray, and car seat adapter
For someone in the market for a reasonably priced jogging stroller that gives you a lot of bang for your buck, check out the Baby Trend Expedition Stroller. This stroller was the most reasonably priced of all the strollers I tested at just over $100. This stroller features large bicycle tires and a front swivel wheel that can be unlocked for low speed maneuvering or locked into place for jogging. If you are in the market for a stroller that can handle rough terrain, but you don’t want to pay a hefty price tag, this one may be the one for you.
As for features, the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger has a parent tray with two cup holders and covered storage compartment and an extra-wide ergonomically shaped rubber grip for comfortable handling. Not many joggers include a child tray, but this jogger includes a tray with two cup holders to keep beverages and snacks handy. As for securing your child in the stroller, it has a five-point harness and a rotating canopy with a visor that can be adjusted to shield your child from the sun. Of all the strollers I tested, I was a bit disappointed with how far the canopy extended compared to others. While it does have an under storage basket, I wished it was a little bit bigger to hold all my belongings.
I appreciated how easy the stroller folds with a trigger release into a compact fold for easy storage and transport. One small feature that I really liked is the footrest reflectors, which increase visibility when using it in limited light. While I enjoyed using it while out and about, I did notice it didn’t handle rough terrains like the beach or a trail as much as I would have hoped. Overall, Baby Trend Expedition is a great option for someone looking for a lightweight jogging stroller at a reasonable price.
Car seats and accessories: Supports Baby Trend infant carseats natively.
Michaela Crimmins is a native Rhode Islander and graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire. Working in Marketing her whole career, she was a Digital Marketing Specialist at Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski for five years before becoming a Program Manager for the University of Rhode Island Foundation & Alumni Engagement. Michaela currently resides in Wakefield, Rhode Island with her husband and two boys under age two, along with their golden retriever, Swagger. She has a true passion for connecting with other moms and sharing her favorite products. Follow her Instagram page and blog, Ocean State Mama for an inside look of her family's daily adventures and parenting resources.
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