Six months ago, to the day, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I won’t go into details about how wonderful she is—though I really am dying to—but I will tell you a bit about my adventure looking for the best jogging stroller. You see, I knew I needed to get back into shape, but I wasn’t really willing to sacrifice time I could spend with my daughter on exercising. At the same time, I knew being fit was important for my health and to be able to keep up with my daughter.
The solution turned out to be a jogging stroller, which was actually my best friend’s idea. She doesn’t have any children yet, but she had heard about them from a colleague. I was blown away by the idea—this is my first child, so I had no idea there even was such a thing as a jogging stroller.
I’ve always loved jogging and being outdoors, so this sounded like the perfect solution for me. So, the adventure began. It was time to find the best jogging stroller. I spoke to friends and family, my best friend put me in touch with her colleague, I researched online, and I compiled a list of five of the best strollers based on recommendations, reviews, and my personal research.
Hopefully, you’ll find this list useful, because I know I could have used something like this when I was searching for the best jogging stroller.
Summit X3 Single
The Summit X3 Single from Baby Jogger is supposed to be highly maneuverable on any type of terrain, while also being versatile enough for everyday use. This stroller is equipped with a remote swivel lock that lets you lock the front wheel when you’re running to provide added stability. Otherwise, the front wheel swivels so you can change direction easily while walking.
Well, I can tell you that this stroller is amazing. Not only is the quality absolutely amazing, but it’s so easy to push around and maneuver that most of the time it feels as if it’s moving by itself. The Summit is also really easy to fold up. In fact, most of the time I can do it one handed, which is great when you have a small baby.
Another thing I like about this stroller is the sunshade. It’s big enough to cover everything, and it has flaps that I can open up if I need to. The swivel lock is pretty cool as well, because it’s easy to use and you don’t even have to stop the stroller to engage or disengage it.
So, I liked this stroller, but wasn’t completely sold on it being the best jogging stroller, especially since it’s over $300. I wanted to do more research before making a decision.
And before you ask, I borrowed it from my cousin. She’s taking a break from jogging, and she has another stroller for everyday use, which is why she let me have it.
Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller
Now, I have to tell you that I haven’t tested this one personally. However, I did grill a friend of mine about it and got a chance to check it out in person. First of all, I have to say that I really like the look of this stroller. The different shades of gray are offset really nicely by the orange, and it looks like a stroller instead of some weird contraption, like some other jogger strollers I won’t be mentioning. It’s also available in black and purple, but I haven’t seen it person. The pictures do look nice, though.
What my friend really likes about this stroller is that it accepts the Graco Click Connect car seat, meaning she can just pick up her baby—car seat and all—and settle him in the stroller without having to fiddle too much. It’s one of the reasons she bought the stroller and the car seat.
It has rubber tires filled with air, using the same principle as a car, which means it’s pretty smooth going, regardless of whether it’s on concrete or rough terrain. The seat reclines and can be locked into multiple positions, and it has really nice padding, which would make for a really comfy ride. Considering it’s under $200, it definitely went to the top of my wish list.
Jeep Overland Limited Jogging Stroller
The next jogging stroller I found, through another friend, was the Jeep Overland. Yes, it’s actually a Jeep stroller. I couldn’t believe it either, but figured it had to be good. And I was right! This thing is more like a spaceship than a jogging stroller. It’s got everything you would expect on a jogging stroller, along with an iBaby sound system that plays music for you and the baby, an odometer that tells you how fast you’re going and how far you’ve gone, cup holders, and a handle that adjusts for your height. I think the only thing it doesn’t do is make the coffee.
It’s also got a decent-sized cargo basket for those moments when you have to pop into the store to get a few odds and ends, and it also has a nice canopy that is adjustable for those moments when shade is a must.
However, what I wasn’t too fond of was the fixed front wheel. While running, you need to front wheel to be fixed to make sure the stroller is stable, and so it doesn’t veer off course. On the other hand, when you’re just out for a stroll, it’s annoying to keep having to pull back on the handle to change direction. Seeing as this stroller retails for under $200, I guess it’s not that bad, though, especially when you consider the extras. But I still wasn’t convinced I’d found the best jogging stroller, so my search continued.
Mountain Buggy Terrain Stroller
When I first saw the Mountain Buggy Terrain Stroller, I wasn’t too sure about it. For some reason, it looks to me like a very big insect. But the fact is that my best friend’s colleague swears by it. She went through a similar process to me when hunting for the best jogging stroller and she said this was the only one that offered everything she wanted.
She says it’s easy to maneuver, offers her baby a comfortable ride, and it has a 5-point safety harness so she doesn’t need to worry about safety. The seat reclines all the way, meaning that it’s as good for a newborn as it is for a toddler. That’s definitely something that got me thinking because it means she’ll get quite a few years of use out of the stroller.
So, while I was thoroughly tempted, I still wasn’t sure. And it wasn’t a matter of price, even though it retails for over $400. It was more a matter of the look. It just wasn’t right for me, though it is a wonderful jogging stroller.
BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller
The BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller is the one I ended up buying. I fell in love with it after a two-minute test. It not only looks great—I bought the orange version, which looks amazing with black and gray accents—but it’s easy to maneuver, has a great suspension system, and the seat is really well padded, meaning that my baby will always be comfy.
Like the Mountain Buggy, the seat reclines all the way, so I’ll be able to use it for a quite a while. The front wheel swivels, meaning that I can use it when I’m out for a walk, or when I’m jogging, since it’s lockable. It’s also easy to fold away and fits perfectly in the back of my SUV. And it’s also quite sturdy, which means it can take a few knocks here and there. It might not sound important, but I tend to be a bit clumsy at times, so it’s really great for me.
The seat also reclines to about 70 degrees from vertical, which is perfect for my needs. And it comes with all these nifty pockets, and hanging basket, meaning that I have a place to put everything I need for me and my baby when I’m out jogging or hiking.
So, I pretty much love my BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller. I paid a little over $300 for it, but it’s worth every cent because it really is the best jogging stroller for me. It’s nice to look at, it does what I want it to do and more, and there are all sorts of accessories available, like a snack tray. On top of that, it’s really well built, and you can tell that it’s a quality product.
I’m really happy with my decision. It’s not only the best jogging stroller for my needs, but it’s one I’m going to be keeping for a long time. After all, when we decide to have another child, it will definitely come in handy.
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