Updated: In February 2018, we suspended our recommendation of BOB after the . government sued the company over defective strollers. The suit was settled in November, in which Britax agreed to run an “information campaign” on the defective strollers. Bottom line: we are still not happy with the way Britax handed this issue and have downgrade their grade as a result. We also no longer include Britax in our top round-up of all terrain strollers.
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Stroller brand review: BOB: BOB has won accolades for their innovative joggers—you can tell these were designed by runners for runners. (Trivia note: BOB stands for Beast of Burden, the company’s original name—the owners decided BOB was easier to spell . . . and would avoid a lawsuit from Mick Jagger).
BOB’s strollers are billed as “sport utility” strollers and that’s an apt moniker, as their rugged design (polymer wheels to prevent rust, for example) and plush ride make these strollers best sellers despite their $300+ price tags.
FYI: BOB is owned by Britax, best known for its car seats. Hence, you’ll see a BOB version of Britax’s B-Safe infant car seat (cleverly called the BOB B-Safe) that works with BOB strollers, naturally.
The new stroller offers a suite of improved features and a sleeker look:
The big headlines are new oversized canopy, beefed up suspension and a quick one-hand fold. The Alterrain comes in two version: regular and Pro. The latter adds a hand brake, waterproof fabric (the regular one is water resistant), wheel reflectors, zip enclosed basket and a vented canopy.
The Alterrain will be BOB’s flagship stroller going forward in 2020, but we expect older BOB models to continue to be sold as well.
Chief among those is the best-selling BOB model, the Revolution ($499.99), with its front swivel wheel, rear wheel suspension, multi-position canopy and seat recline, padded handlebar. While not as easy to fold as a Baby Jogger, the Revolution’s two-step fold is a close runner-up.
BOB has tweaked the Revolution over the years to improve its features. The latest models feature an adjustable crotch strap, new multi-position canopy, one handed recline and a storage basket with easier access.
If you are a serious runner, the BOB Blaze has smooth tires, stiffer shocks, suspension wheels and more. Plus the bright yellow color accents gives it great visibility. The Blaze features 16″ wheels, fixed front wheel, hand brake on the handlebar, bike-type suspension and more.
Plus the aluminum frame shaves about 10% off the weight.
Now all BOB single strollers are rated to a 75 lb. weight capacity—so even though the models are pricey, you’ll be able to use them for quite a while.
The newest BOB stroller is a scaled down version of the Revolution that debuted in 2017: the Rambler ($360, right). The Rambler swaps the 16″ rear wheels for 12″ wheels—and the handle bar isn’t adjustable. As a result, the Rambler is about $90 less than the Revolution.
So when would the Rambler make sense compared to the Revolution? Well, the bigger wheels are better for running . . . so if you don’t plan to job with a BOB stroller, than the Rambler would probably be just fine. And if your partner and you are of similar height and find the fixed handlebar of the Rambler comfortable, then that would be another plus saving some bucks.
Our view: Parents give BOB excellent marks on quality and durability. Yes, these strollers are expensive, but worth it. The adjustable handle bar of the Flex and Pro addresses a previous concern that the strollers didn’t work well for taller parents.
The downsides? The storage could be better—yes, you can fit a diaper bag in the basket . . . but not much more. To address this, BOB recently tweaked the basket size on all its models to add up to 15% more storage.
Another issue: weight. At 25 lbs., the Revolution would never be confused with a lightweight stroller—but that is the trade-off with the all-terrain, air-filled wheels. Air-filled tires gives a much smoother ride on dirt trails or rough sidewalks. But they weigh more than plastic or foam-filled wheels . . . and require user maintenance. (Yes, you have to fill up the wheels from time to time; and you can get a flat).
The new Alterrain strollers weren’t out as of this writing, so no word yet on their quality or durability.
Baby Bargains Resale Rank: Excellent. Stroller brand review: BOB
Rating: B (reflecting the downgrade we mentioned at the top of this review). Stroller brand review: BOB