The Best Jogging Strollers of 2024

parents running with jogging stroller

Not only does the best jogging stroller make the world a bit more accessible, but it can also provide such a smooth ride that babies are rocked straight to sleep or at least have enough comfort to enjoy the ride.

To find the best jogging strollers, we sought out some promising candidates and put them to the test. We wanted to ensure they rolled well, were ergonomic, had good storage space, folded easily, and had great hand/brake control.

Most jogging strollers are big, due to their long shape and three-wheel design. Even when folded, they take up a lot of room in your trunk and garage. So, in addition to running, we stashed them in two cars: a Jeep Cherokee (easy fit, but harder lift) and a Toyota Prius (easy lift, but harder fit). They all passed the fit test when folded, so depending on how much other crap you keep in your trunk, you should be good. As for the double joggers, your trunk would need to be fairly empty for a manageable fit.

This guide will help you choose the perfect jogging stroller for a wide range of needs and uses. To wrap up our thorough analysis, you’ll find our helpful comparison chartbuyer’s guide, and frequently asked questions at the end of the guide.

Editor’s Note: We updated our Jogging Strollers guide on May 6, 2024. We added the smooth, ergonomic UPPAbaby Ridge All-Terrain Jogging Stroller, Thule Urban Glide 3, and others. We also added stroller safety tips from a pediatrician.

The Best Jogging Strollers of 2024


Best Overall Jogging Stroller


UPPAbaby Ridge All-Terrain Jogging Stroller

Specs

  • Weight
    29.2 lbs
  • Weight limit
    55 lbs
  • Dimensions
    Open: 38.5″ x 26″ x 40.5″; Folded: 18.5″ x 26″ x 36.5″
  • Age range
    Suitable from birth (with approved accessories) to 55 lbs


The Best Jogging Strollers of 2024

Pros

  • Large 12″ + 16″ foam-filled, never-flat tires with a deep tread

  • Reliable disc hand brake system to slow down smoothly

  • Can be used from birth with convenient adapters for the car seat or bassinet

  • Extendable canopy with mesh window and zipper pocket

  • Good storage basket

  • One-handed fold

Cons

  • Like all jog strollers, it’s long so not great as a one-and-done stroller


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Best Budget Jogging Stroller


Chicco Activ3 Jogging Stroller

Specs

  • Weight
    27.5 lbs.
  • Weight limit
    50 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    Open: 47.5″ x 25″ x 42″; Folded: 37.5″ x 25″ x 15″
  • Age range
    6 months and up


The Best Jogging Strollers of 2024

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Secure, click-in attachment for all Chicco infant car seats via the included arm bar – no additional adapter needed

  • Hand-operated front wheel swivel

  • Adjustable suspension

  • Multi-position recliner seat

Cons

  • Low weight limit (50 lbs)

  • Not as smooth a ride for pro-runners


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Most Comfortable Jogging Stroller


Thule Urban Glide 3

Specs

  • Weight
    26.2 lbs
  • Weight limit
    75 lbs
  • Dimensions
    Open: 45.7” x 40.9” x 27.2”; Folded: 34.6” x 22.8” x 12.2”
  • Age range
    6 months- 4 years


The Best Jogging Strollers of 2024

Pros

  • Option to sit upright

  • Easy to fold

  • Lockable wheel

  • Handbrake

  • Built-in footrest

  • Further extending canopy

  • Spacious cargo basket

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a cupholder


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Best Multi-Terrain Jogging Stroller


Thule Chariot Cross Multisport Trailer & Stroller Double

Specs

  • Weight
    31.9 lbs.
  • Weight limit
    100 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    Open: 45 x 37 x 31.5 inches; Folded: 34.2 x 31.5 x 14.7 in
  • Age range
    6 months to 5 years


The Best Jogging Strollers of 2024

Pros

  • Versatile

  • Great for shorter parents

  • Weather-resistant and sturdy

Cons

  • Doesn’t fold up as small for easy storage or transport


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Best Compact Jogging Stroller


Guava Family Roam Crossover Stroller

Specs

  • Weight
    28.5 lbs
  • Weight limit
    60 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    Open: 39” L x 25” W x 43” H; Folded: 29” L x 15” W x 17” H″
  • Age range
    6 months to 60 lbs


The Best Jogging Strollers of 2024

Pros

  • Patented three-dimensional fold

  • Removable, washable padded seat insert

  • Folds 50% smaller than traditional joggers

  • Convenient hand brake

  • Guava Family offers a 60-day & risk-free trial

  • Adjustable handle bars

Cons

  • Needs car seat adapter accessory for newborn

  • No snack tray included (sold separately)


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Best Double Jogging Stroller


BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie

Specs

  • Weight
    33 lbs., 1.6 oz.
  • Weight limit
    100 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    Open: 48″ x 30.5″ x 45″; Folded: 40″ x 30.5″ x 17.5″
  • Age range
    2 children from newborn (with attachments) to toddler


The Best Jogging Strollers of 2024

Pros

  • Mountain bike-style suspension

  • Huge amount of storage

  • Adjustable handlebar and one-handed recline

  • Easy to fold

Cons

  • Lack of color choices


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Jogging Strollers Comparison Chart

StrollersPriceWeightWeight LimitDimensionsAge range
UPPAbaby Ridge All-Terrain Jogging Stroller$60029.2 lbs.55 lbs.38.5″ x 26″ x 40.5″; Folded: 18.5″ x 26″ x 36.5″newborn to 55 lbs.
Chicco Activ3 Jogging Stroller$350

27.5 lbs.

50 lbs.

47.5″ x 25″ x 42″, Folded: 37.5″ x 25″ x 15″

6 months and up

Thule Urban Glide 3850

35.5 lbs.

100 lbs.

45.7″ x 40.9″ x 31.5″, Folded: 34.6″ x 31.1″ x 13.4″

6 months to 4 years

Thule Chariot Cross Multisport Trailer & Stroller Double$1,300

31.9 lbs.

100 lbs.45″ x 37″ x 31.5″, Folded: 34.2″ x 31.5″ x 14.7″

6 mos to 5 years

Guava Family Roam Crossover Stroller

$650

28.5 lbs.

60 lbs.

39” x 25” x 43”; folded:  29” x 15” x 17″

6 months and up

BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Dualli$800

33.2 lbs.

100 lbs.

48″ x 30.5″ x 45″, Folded: 40″ x 30.5″ x 17.5″

2 children from newborn (with car seat) up to 65 lbs/44” tall

Why You Should Trust Us

Jenny Altman is a mom, parenting gear reviewer, and parenting expert with thousands of hours spent evaluating products. During testing, Jenny took strollers out for runs, hikes, and walks over dirt and pavement, from dodging traffic and crowds to driving up hills on training runs. She took these strollers out for test with her kids and her friends for a well-rounded and varied perspective.

As a mom, she recognizes how little time parents can often have to research the best jogging strollers. So, during testing, she considered what parents would want, like storage space, packability, safety, and comfort.

In addition to her and her testers’ experience with these strollers, Jenny also consulted a pediatrician to provide insights on what to look for in a stroller in terms of safety and utility.

Look for a jogging stroller that can fold up and fit easily in the back of your car; (photo/Jenny Altman)

Ask the Expert: Jogging Stroller Tips From a Pediatrician

We spoke with Lauren Crosby, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician and Bobbie Medical Expert, to get the facts when it comes to safe jogging strollers for babies.

For postpartum moms, are they safe to start running/using a jog stroller after giving birth? Should they wait a certain number of weeks?

They need to be medically cleared by their obstetrician and this is typically based on the type of delivery they had, and how they are recovering.

Is there a safe age to start running with a baby?

Jog strollers are not recommended for babies under 6-8 months old because they have not yet developed enough head and neck control to avoid head and neck injuries. If you are not sure if the baby is ready, ask your pediatrician at a well visit so they can examine the baby’s head and neck control. 

When can you put a baby in a jog stroller?

You can walk with a baby in a car seat/adapter in a jog stroller, but you should not jog with an infant in a car seat. Safest to wait until they are at least 6 months old and have good head and neck control. Then they can be placed directly into the harnessed seat in the jog stroller. 

What safety features does a jog stroller need for an infant?

It’s important to check with weight and height limits for each stroller.

Other safety features include:

  • 5-point harness to keep the child in place and prevent injuries, and should be firmly anchored and height adjustable
  • Parking brake which may be a handbrake
  • Durable stroller that handles impact for a safer, smoother ride
  • Padded seats
  • No loose straps that could strangle a child
  • Locking front wheel to avoid swiveling, wobbling and crashing while running
  • Wide base so it does not easily tip over
  • Wrist strap for parent to wear to keep the stroller near
  • UPF canopies to keep the child shielded from the sum
  • Make sure you check the brand website for recalls

Do you need to use a 5-point harness with a toddler? 

Always use a 5-point harness for safety at all ages until the child outgrows the stroller. Strollers come with specific weight and height limits. 

Can a baby/toddler ever sit freely (without being buckled in) in a jog stroller? 

A child can never sit freely in any stroller. They risk not only neck injuries but they can easily fall out and sustain significant body injuries including a head injury.

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Jogging Stroller

Weight

At the tail end of a 10-mile run, the last thing any parent wants is to juggle their kid, their exhaustion, and a stroller that weighs more than they do. A lightweight jogging stroller is going to make a huge difference at the end of the day, especially when it’s been up and down massive trail systems.

While the weight may not be the first thing to look at, it’s well worth considering. Not only will a heavier stroller be harder to lug into the car trunk, but it will also be more challenging to control.

The stroller’s weight will add to what the parent has to haul and manage on a downhill. A lighter stroller like the Chicco Activ3 Jogging Stroller means an easier go of it all.

Lightweight is great, but lightweight and durable don’t always come hand in hand. Models can be crafted from cheap plastic or expensive aircraft-grade aluminum. Both are lightweight, but one is more durable than the other.

Harness

Most running strollers will now have a five-point harness integrated into the design. A five-point harness ensures no gaps are big enough for an infant to slip through and get away.

This is one of the safety features you can’t overlook. If you want a running stroller, it needs to have the extra security that makes the difference between a 1950s stroller and a modern baby jogger. A stroller without a decent harness is like a doctor that still prescribes cigarettes.

Mom smiling at baby in Thule Chariot Cross jogging stroller

Handle

The stroller’s handle plays a massive role in comfort for the runner. If it’s too high, the run becomes a ballet dance on tiptoes; if it’s too low, Notre Dame will hire a new hunchback.

Highly adjustable handles like the one on the Thule Chariot Cross are the most commonplace feature to help parents fit the stroller to both parents, a babysitter, or grandma and grandpa.

Buying a stroller online can be difficult without “trying it on.” The handle makes all the difference in the feel of the stroller added to a regular running routine. Our picks all can adapt to parents of different heights while still making running a comfortable sport.

The positioning of the handle is important, but it’s also necessary to pay attention to the grip. It’s easy to lose control with a slippery grip and sweaty hands. Some grips are more ergonomic than others, and it’s difficult to tell without getting hands on them.

A comfortable handle with easy brake access is key; (photo/Jenny Altman)

Brakes

Handbrakes are found on a lower number of strollers than you would typically expect today. While it may be a bit surprising, brakes can often be an unnecessary feature that only add to the complexity and maintenance of the stroller.

So, why use brakes at all?

When a parent takes up running with a stroller, they’re navigating the world with an additional human (or two) that need to be controlled. Any parent who runs in a hillier neighborhood or local park may find that brakes allow them to keep the stroller under control without sacrificing their running form.

The stroller, sans brakes, will force whoever is steering the ship to lean backward and use their body weight to fight gravity. To win the fight against these forces, a handbrake can do a lot of the work and allow for good running form.

Weather Preparation

Five miles into a 10-mile run is the worst possible time for inclement weather to knock on the front door. For anyone who’s spent much time outside, it’s pretty well-known that 5 miles in is precisely when you should expect the storm to arrive.

In addition to a child tray for their snacks, it could be arguably more important to have protection from the elements that inevitably make an appearance. Some strollers feature waterproof canopies with a UPF 50 sun protection rating. Some strollers have a rain cover that blankets the entire stroller (except for the parent).

No matter how much anyone tries, it’s likely bad weather will get the best of you at some point or another. Bringing the best running stroller means bringing a travel system that is stocked and ready with weather protection built in or a storage basket big enough to haul rain gear and sunscreen.

mom pushing child in Thule Urban Glide 2 on sidewalk

Accessories

Cup holders, a snack tray, storage basket, reclining seat, or skis that take the place of wheels aren’t necessarily the top of the list when looking for the stroller, but they add some sprinkles to the cake.

While most of the different models of strollers have similar features, the accessories are what can make some of them stand apart from the competition. Thule and BOB both have a wide array of accessories, especially the Thule Chariot Cross.

Accessories can make a run in the park a bit more enjoyable or allow you to have a coffee in one hand while reclining the seats with the other. Today, there’s a fix for any parent complaint and an accessory to go along with the comfort that everyone is after.

Fixed Wheel vs. Swivel Wheel

One danger of running with a stroller is taking on the “speed wobbles” or losing control over a huge bump. While the rear wheels in any jogging stroller are fixed in place, the front wheel can be fixed, swivel, or adjustable.

The best choice here is to have both fixed and swivel wheels. One flip of a switch will lock the front wheel in place for a run through the park. The fixed wheel will sacrifice maneuverability for more stability.

When the run comes to a close and navigating busy sidewalks is necessary, unlocking the wheels to allow for a swivel will help cut tight corners and move easily.

FAQ

Which stroller is best for jogging?

Any of the strollers on our list can be considered the best for jogging. The differences start when looking at the various terrains the stroller can handle and the details that each one offers.

Each stroller might suit each parent a little differently. We’ve tried to include a thorough list of the best that can fit the needs of every parent out there. For our money, the best jogging stroller we found was the UPPAbaby Ridge All-Terrain Jogging Stroller for its utility, easy storage, and affordability.

At what age can you use a jogging stroller?

With the right infant car seats, almost all of the jogging strollers on our list can be used to take a newborn home from the hospital with the right car seat adapter. Some even have bassinet attachments for newborns.

It’s important to recognize the need for a slow progression. Many strollers will say you can use them from birth, when purchasing an additional car seat or adapter. Some will say a 6-month-old baby can fit in the seat, but that’s only for walking. (See Dr. Crosby’s safety notes above)

In short, pay attention to the fine print as each stroller differs with its minimum suggested ages.

As far as maximum age, there isn’t a number per se. It all depends on size and weight, which can’t be accurately blanketed over a certain age group.

Are jogging strollers suitable for everyday use?

The best jogging strollers also serve as fantastic everyday strollers. They convert easily and work in crowded areas as well as they do in wide-open parks.

The main difference is the suspension system and wheel sizes. A stroller with a fixed front wheel that cannot convert to a swivel will not convert over easily. The swivel on the front is necessary for everyday use and navigating tight spaces.

Why do jogging strollers have fixed wheels?

The fixed wheels on jogging strollers are designed to maintain stability and control over the entire travel system when moving at a faster pace. A swivel can lead to a wobble, and it’s possible to escalate to even larger problems.

The best jogging strollers can switch back and forth from a fixed front wheel to a swivel wheel. Most models have an easy lever on the handlebar or are manually done on the front wheel.

What is the lightest jogging stroller?

In general, there isn’t a huge weight difference between most of the models on our list. It’s important to remember that a small amount of weight can feel like a much bigger difference when your muscles are screaming and exhausted from a long day of pushing a heavy stroller. The Thule Urban Glide 3 is one of the lighter options on this list at 26.2 lbs.

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