Best Jogging Stroller Overall: Graco FastAction Fold Jogging Stroller

Let’s talk jogging strollers. First on the market in the 1980’s, these strollers combined bicycle-like air-filled tires with a sling-style seat—this was to enable folks to walk/run or exercise with baby.

We’ve been rating and reviewing jogging strollers since 1994. Over the years and after interviewing hundreds of parents, we realize “jogging” is a somewhat misapplied name for these strollers. Most parents want to exercise with baby, but that means walks and hikes, not strictly running with a baby.

Hence, jogging strollers with air-filled tires are great even if you don’t jog! If you live in a neighborhood with rough or broken sidewalks, a jogging stroller is great. Ditto for gravel trails or hiking paths.

After testing 14 current models of jogging strollers, we think Graco’s FastAction Fold is the best jogging stroller for most folks. Here’s why:

What We Liked

• Fits all Graco infant car seats. These easily attach to the stroller with a secure fit.

• One-hand fold. When Graco says this fold is Fast Action, they mean it—in our tests, it is a very quick to fold!

• Parent console with 2 cup holders! You’d think this would be standard for most jogging strollers, but alas, no.

• Lockable front swivel wheel.

• Air-filled rubber ties. 

• Child tray that pivots to the side for easy entry/exit.

• Multi-position seat recline.

• Seat cushion is removable/washable.

• Roomy and sturdy.

What Needs Work

• Heavy. This stroller is a beast! At 27 lbs. empty, this isn’t something that easily loads in or out of a trunk.

• Large trunk space needed. While the fold is quick and easy, the stroller itself has a rather large footprint when folded: 39″ by 23.6″. Yes, that is three FEET by two FEET in length. That may not fit in the trunk of smaller or mid-size cars. (You can remove the tires to make it more compact).

• Parent console can only fit smaller phones.

• When fully loaded, can be hard to maneuver. This stroller works with kiddos up to 50 lbs. But when fully loaded, it can be hard to steer. To be fair, this is true for many jogging strollers, even the more expensive ones!

Best Budget-Friendly Jogging Stroller: Baby Trend Xcel Jogger Stroller

Parent truth: few parents actually jog with a jogging strollers. Most folks just want something affordable with air-filled tires that works on gravel trails or rougher sidewalks. This model is our pick for best budget-friendly jogger: Baby Trend’s Xcel Jogger Stroller.

Let’s talk frankly about the brand, Baby Trend. These stroller provide great value for customers, especially when many jogging strollers approach the price of a mortgage payment.

However, don’t expect this stroller to last forever . . . or even beyond one child. And Baby Trend’s customer service over the years has been—well, let’s just say sub-optimal when it comes to replacement parts, etc.

So even though Baby Trend isn’t anywhere near the top stroller brands in terms of quality in our opinion, if you go into this purchase with reasonable expectations it should be fine: it is basic, affordable transport with air-filled wheels!

What We Liked

 Works with Baby Trend infant car seats.

• Reclining, padded seat.

• Basic canopy is open at back for air flow. The canopy also has a see-through window.

• Affordable. 

• Lighter weight (25 lbs.) than others we tested.

• Parent cup holder on handle.

• Easy to assemble.

• Smooth ride for walking.

What Needs Work

• Not the best stroller for running. This is true for most strollers with lockable front wheels—even when locked, they shake when pushed at a faster pace than walking. If you want to actually run with a stroller, you may want to invest in a stroller like the Thule Urban Glide—great for running, albeit at a price that is much higher!

• Long term durability is not a Baby Trend strong suit.

• More complicated fold than other strollers we tested.

• No parent console.

• Front wheel can be hard to inflate. Air-filled tires require maintenance (refilling tires, fixing flats)—and that frustrated some folks, understandably.

Best Mid-Range Jogging Stroller: Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller

If you are looking for something a bit more than a bare bones jogging stroller, the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger is a good mid-range option. Still affordable, easy to use with some extras: the Expedition adds a parent console with two cup holders, for example. (The entry level Baby Trend Xcel just has one cup holder and no parent console). Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Easy to fold.

• Smooth ride for walking.

• Easy to assemble.

• Affordable.

• Seat with more padding than entry level model.

• Covered parent console with two cup holders.

What’s Needs Work

• Bulky when folded. But that is true for most affordable jogging strollers, unfortunately. This stroller is 21″ x 41″ folded. Yep, 41″ is more than three and a half feet! This stroller may not fit in the trunk of a smaller vehicle.

• Long term durability is not a Baby Trend strong suit.

• Not the best stroller for running. This is true for most strollers with lockable front wheels—even when locked, they shake when pushed at a faster pace than walking. If you want to actually run with a stroller, you may want to invest in a stroller like the Thule Urban Glide—great for running, albeit at a price that is much higher!

• Front wheel can be hard to inflate. Air-filled tires require maintenance (refilling tires, fixing flats)—and that frustrated some folks, understandably.

Best Upgraded Jogging Stroller: Graco Modes Jogger SE Jogging Stroller

If you have the budget, an upgraded jogging stroller like the Graco Modes has some additional useful features. Example: this stroller has six riding positions, including a bassinet mode. That lets a baby sit in a nearly completely reclined position in an enclosed bassinet-like seat—either facing the parent or outward. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Upgraded canopy with sun visor.

• Easy to assemble.

• Works with Graco infant car seats.

• Smooth ride,

• Large storage basket—larger than others we tested.

• Baby can face toward the parent or out.

• Parent console.

• Baby tray.

• Light weight: 21 lbs. That’s much less than the 27 lb. weight for the Graco FastAction Fold stroller.

What Needs Work

• Two-hand fold. That’s not fun when you have baby in one hand and need to fold the stroller in a parking lot. That said, the fold isn’t that complex.

• Harder to maneuver when fully loaded. 

• Pricey if you don’t need the infant modes. If your baby is already nine months or older, the bassinet mode is less useful.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing baby gear, including jogging strollers, since 1994. We do hands-on testing—we buy the products with our own money and evaluate with an eye toward safety, ease of use and affordability.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews.

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