The best new strollers for parents on the move.
Having kids means less free time for activities like running, right? Well, not necessarily. Today’s lightweight and easy-to-steer jogging strollers make it a breeze to take your child with you on a run. But not all strollers are created equal. To find out which models best suit your needs, we had six parents (and seven kids) test the latest models. These six standouts will help you get in your miles—even when a babysitter isn’t available.
A solid jogging stroller doesn’t have to break the bank. Case in point: the Joovy Zoom 360 ($269), which costs a fraction of what other models sell for, yet doesn’t compromise on quality or design. But wait—there’s more! A handlebar console and all-weather shield, items typically sold as optional accessories, are included. While it’s not as lightweight as some pricier models, our testers report that the Zoom 360 is still easy to maneuver and has plenty of space underneath to stash toys.
Caveats: Testers say it doesn’t feel quite as stable as more expensive models.
Tester’s Take: “This tricked-out stroller rides and handles smoothly. And with such an affordable price, you really can’t go wrong!”—Sarah Kjorstad, Helena, Montana
King of the Mountain
Designed to handle both roads and trails, the Bob Revolution SE ($449) is a great stroller for parents who like to get off the pavement. The front wheel can swivel or be locked in place, so you can use this model for hiking, running, and casual strolling. Bonus: The seat reclines almost fully so your run isn’t interrupted when your little one gets sleepy.
Caveats: The short sun canopy doesn’t fully block the sun. And a drink holder, which you’d want for a long run, costs extra.
Tester’s Take: “Most strollers don’t handle the mix of dirty trails and paved bike paths. I love the Bob Revolution because it pushes easily on both.”—Jen Bigham, Rochester, New York
Want to go fast? The Phil + Ted’s Sub 4 ($899) is an ideal choice for tempo and fartlek runs. Testers comfortably turned in sub-six-minute miles thanks to the aerodynamic, lightweight design. The front wheel is locked in place, and disc brakes help you maintain control at high speeds.
Caveats: This stroller doesn’t fold compactly, which may be an issue for apartment dwellers. Also, it’s designed strictly for running, so you’ll want another stroller for everyday use.
Tester’s Take: “Looks stealthy fast and has very little rolling resistance. It’s very responsive to turning and easy to guide on trails or pavement.”—Ivan O’Gorman, Boulder, Colorado
Tall and Small
One of the only strollers to be green-lighted for newborns, the Mountain Buggy Terrain ($499) is also suitable for parents of all sizes, thanks to a handlebar that easily adjusts up and down. Testers liked the center-mounted hand brake, which gives extra control on steep descents. Bonus: The gear tray is big enough to store all of your (and baby’s) extra gear.
Caveats: Testers say that the retaining straps to adjust the seat angle can be tricky to use.
Tester’s Take: “The adjustable handlebar is brilliant; my husband likes to run with it low while I prefer it up higher.”—AnneMarie Copley, Boulder
So you’re not just a runner? The Chariot Cougar 1 ($585) comes with a strolling kit and can be equipped with optional attachments for biking, hiking, and even, Chariot says, cross-country skiing. The running unit has a fixed front wheel for easier control at speed. Testers liked the stroller’s pod design, which protects your baby from nasty weather while remaining roomy.
Caveats: Because of its design for safe use during all activities, this model doesn’t recline.
Tester’s Take: “As a triathlete, I love the versatility of the Chariot. The running and bike attachments are essential in my training.”—Nikki Butterfield, Boulder
On the Double
The inline design of the InStep Safari Double Tandem Jogger ($296) comfortably accommodates two kids without the sidewalk-hogging bulk of traditional, side-by-side double strollers. Its narrow design also makes for easy passage through tight doorways. Our little testers liked the seating arrangement—the rear seat is elevated, allowing a view over the front canopy. An adapter bar is included for use with most car seats.
Caveats: The stroller is heavy, so it requires some effort to get in and out of a car trunk. Testers say it can be cumbersome to maneuver and feels “wobbly” at high speeds.
Tester’s Take: “It was nice to feel like I wasn’t taking up the entire path. And my girls like being able to interact with each other.”—Kate Davis, Boulder
By Shanna Burnette