Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller

– the complete jogging stroller vs regular stroller review!

The main difference between jogging strollers and regular strollers is that jogging strollers are mainly designed for jogging and long hikes on rough unpaved roads. While regular strollers are mainly designed for everyday use like trips to the mall, walks on the sidewalk, etc. 

Jogging strollers usually have 3-wheels while regular strollers have 4-wheels. The 3-wheels help with easier maneuvering and are usually air-filled which makes them suitable for withstanding any terrain when you go for a jog or for a long hike. 

3-wheel stroller

This article tells you all you need to know about jogging strollers and regular strollers in terms of wheels, design and features!

Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller – Price

In terms of price, jogging strollers are usually more expensive than regular strollers. With regular strollers, the prices usually go as low as $50 if you want something really cheap. And up to $150, if you want a really good quality stroller. 

But for a jogging stroller, the price starts from an average of $150 for a really cheap one. And for a good quality one, you can expect to pay at least $300. 

Note: Some high quality regular strollers, can go up to $600 and the luxury style ones can cost up to $1000 and more. 

Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller – Wheels

The main thing that differentiates jogging strollers from regular strollers are the wheels. 

All jogging strollers have air-filled, all-terrain wheels that let you go over any terrain – grass, gravel, snow, unpaved roads, wood chip paths and even beach sand. Regular strollers on the other hand have plastic or foam filled tires that are not always great on all terrains. Only luxury style regular strollers designed specifically with all-terrain wheels can be used for all-terrain.

Jogging strollers also have only 3-wheels while most regular strollers have 4-wheels.

3-Wheel Stroller

4-Wheel Stroller

The 3-wheels make them easier to maneuver and also for making sharp turns while you run. And they also have a lockable swiveling front wheel feature that helps to improve maneuverability.  This feature is however, not always available with most regular strollers. 

Lastly, all jogging strollers have a 3-wheel suspension system that prevents your stroller from jiggling about while you move. This is important for a jogging stroller as you and your baby would have a pretty uncomfortable run if the stroller keeps jiggling all the way. On the other hand, not all regular strollers have this feature, especially the really cheap ones. You’d have to pay attention to make sure you pick a stroller that has one. 

Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller – Features

Next, in terms of stroller features, here is a review of what to expect with jogging strollers vs regular strollers. 

Car Seat Compatibility: In terms of car seat compatibility, most jogging strollers and regular strollers are car seat compatible. You can either attach a car seat directly to the stroller frames or you can use a car seat adapter to attach the car seat. 

For example, the BOB Revolution Flex jogging stroller is car seat compatible using a car seat adapter. And most regular strollers by brands like Graco, Chicco and Britax are also car seat compatible.

Note: Most lightweight regular strollers are not car seat compatible. They are designed to be really lightweight so excluding the car seat feature helps them maintain their lightweight.

Carrycot Compatibility: The carrycot feature is found mostly with regular strollers. They give you the option to attach a nice carrycot/bassinet to the stroller frame as an alternative to using a car seat. 

Jogging strollers on the other hand do not have this feature. The only exception however, is the Thule Urban Glide stroller.

Thule Urban Glide Bassinet

It is currently the only jogging stroller that gives you the option to attach a carrycot/bassinet to the stroller frame.

Newborn Stroller: A lot of regular strollers can be used for newborns either by using the seat directly or by attaching a car or a bassinet. An example is bassinet style strollers which are regular strollers that allow you to use the stroller seat directly for newborns. A lot of other car seat compatible or carrycot compatible regular strollers can be used for newborns.

Jogging strollers on the other hand can also be used for newborns but only with the use of a car seat. There are no bassinet style jogging strollers that allow you to directly use the stroller seat for a newborn. You can only carry a newborn aboard a jogging stroller using a car seat or a carrycot(only the Thule Urban Glide). 

Multi-Position Recline: Most regular strollers and jogging strollers have a multi-position recline feature. The BOB Revolution Flex and the Baby Trend Expedition jogger both have a multi-position recline that allows you to adjust the stroller seat into different positions. You can have your kid sitting upright or laying back for a nap. 

3-5 Point Harness: For safety reasons, all strollers need to have a harness to keep your child safely strapped to the stroller seat. Good quality regular and jogging strollers have a 5-point harness which is the best type for keeping your child safely strapped in.

Reversible Seat: This feature allows you to adjust your stroller seat to be either forward facing or backwards facings – towards you. A lot of regular strollers have this feature; especially luxury style strollers. 

This feature is however, not available for jogging strollers. The seats for jogging strollers are usually fixed in a forward facing position. 

Dimensions: In terms of dimensions, jogging strollers are usually more bulky than regular strollers. This is the reason why some parents do not feel comfortable using a jogging stroller for everyday use. They are very easy to maneuver but they are also heavier and would take a lot of room if you need to store one in your car or carry it with you for your day to day activities.

Stroller Fold: Both jogging strollers and regular strollers have a fold feature that lets you fold them up – some easier than others. However jogging strollers are more bulky so the fold is less compact and would need more room to store. 

Note: there are also really bulky regular strollers. Just depends on the type you choose.

Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller – Canopy

Both jogging strollers and regular strollers have large or small canopies depending on the type of stroller and quality. For most good quality jogging strollers like the BOB Revolution Flex and Joovy Zoom Ultralight stroller, you get a nice large canopy. And with regular lightweight strollers, you get a much smaller canopy. 

So, depending on the type of stroller and the quality you can get a large or small canopy for both stroller types. 

Note: some high quality jogging and regular strollers also have UPF50 sun-proof canopies. They help to protect you kid against harmful UV rays if you’re spending a lot of time outside.

Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller – Weight

In terms of weight, jogging strollers usually weigh more than regular strollers. You can have lightweight strollers weighing as little as 12 lbs. But the lowest weight for a jogging stroller is around 25 lbs – the Joovy Zoom Ultralight stroller. While most jogging strollers weigh close to 30 lbs. 

Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller – 2 Kids

There are double stroller options for both jogging strollers and regular strollers. Jogging double strollers are usually side-by-side while regular double strollers are either tandem style or also side-by-side. 

The BOB Revolution Duallie and the Baby Jogger Expedition double stroller are one of the top double jogging strollers available.

Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller – Pros & Cons

Jogging Stroller

Pros
  • Has all-terrain wheels
  • Has 3-wheels and all-wheel suspension system
  • Car seat compatible
  • High quality and sturdy
  • 5-point harness
Cons
  • More expensive
  • Heavier and bulkier
  • Does have reversible seat
  • Not carrycot compatible

Regular Stroller

Pros
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Car seat compatible
  • Carrycot compatible
  • Reversible seat
Cons
  • No all-terrains wheels
  • Sometimes cheap and flimsy

Stroller Recommendations

Here are my top picks for jogging strollers and regular strollers:

1. Best Jogging Stroller – BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Stroller

YSG Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)

Price: $$$

The top pick for best jogging stroller is the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 stroller. It is designed mainly as a jogging stroller with all-terrain wheels for any terrain including: grass, snow, gravel or beach sand. Although it is often considered a bit bulky for an everyday stroller, a lot of parents still find it quite convenient to use. It includes multiple features like – car seat compatibility, hand-operated brakes, lockable swiveling wheels for better maneuverability, and an adjustable handlebar for all heights.

Here is a quick overview of its features:

BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller Features

All-Terrain Air Tires with Suspension System: The stroller tires are able to conquer all terrain and the suspension system gives you a bump-free ride especially on rough terrain.

Hand-Activated Brakes: The stroller has both hand-activated and foot-activated brakes. Using the hand-brake is a better alternative when running/driving downhill and you can’t use your foot. Provides more control and safety while on a run.

Lockable Swiveling Front Wheels: It includes the lockable swiveling front wheel that allows for better maneuverability.

Car Seat Compatible: This stroller is also car seat compatible and accepts infant car seats from –  BOB Gear, Britax, Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, Cybex, Maxi Cosi and Nuna. Note: the car seat and car seat adapters need to be purchased separately.

Newborn Stroller: By replacing the stroller seat with an infant car seat, you can travel with your newborn aboard the stroller. 

One-Hand, Multi-Position Recline: The stroller seat is able to recline into multiple positions without requiring you to free up both hands. Your kid can either sit up straight, lay flat for a nap, or in between.

5-Point Harness: The stroller seat has a 5-point harness system that keeps your baby safely strapped to the stroller seat.

Adjustable Handlebar Height: The stroller handle bars can be adjusted to a preferred height. Lets you adjust the handlebar to the height of the parent using the stroller.

Large Storage Basket: This stroller also includes a large storage basket.

UPF 50+ Stroller Canopy with Peek-a-Boo Window: The stroller has a sunproof canopy that protects your baby against harmful UV rays, and also includes a peek-a-boo mesh for increased ventilation.

Child’s Weight: The stroller weighs 28.5 lbs and is able to carry up to 75 lbs of child weight.

Likes
  • All terrain wheels with suspension system
  • Hand activated brakes
  • Height adjustable handlebars
  • Carries up to 75 lbs
Dislikes
  • A bit pricey
  • No child cup holder or trays
  • Stroller weighs up to 30.5 lbs

2. Affordable Alternative – Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller

YSG Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Price: $

A more affordable alternative to the BOB Revolution Flex is the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger. Compared to most jogging strollers, the Expedition Jogger is super affordable at under $150. Although it is quite cheap, it is still durable and has all the basic features required for a jogging stroller. 

It has all terrain wheels that allow you to ride easily over any terrain. It includes features that makes it a great everyday stroller (i.e. child cup holder, car seat compatibility and tray, large storage basket), and features that make it a great jogging, hiking and beach stroller (i.e. large all terrain wheels, easy wheel maneuverability mechanism). It is also a stroller for newborns – by attaching a car seat, you also carry your newborn aboard the stroller. 

Here is a quick overview of all its features:

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller Features

All-terrain Bicycle Tires: The stroller has special bicycle style wheels that allows it to conquer all terrain. 

Lockable Swiveling Front Wheels: The stroller has a lockable swiveling front wheel that allows for better maneuverability.

Car Seat Compatible: This stroller is also car seat compatible and accepts any of the Baby Trend Infant car seats. It allows you to replace the stroller seat with a car seat, transforming the stroller into a super affordable travel system. Note: the car seat needs to be purchased separately.

Newborn Stroller: By replacing the stroller seat with an infant car seat, you are able to safely travel with your newborn aboard the stroller. You can switch back to the stroller seat once your baby gets old enough to sit.

Multi-Position Recline: The stroller seat is able to recline into multiple positions. Allows your kids to be able to sit upright or lay flat for a nap.

5-Point Harness: The stroller seat has a 5-point harness system that keeps your baby safely strapped to the stroller seat.

Foot Rest and Reflectors: The stroller includes a footrest which provides more comfort and support to your kid. It also includes a safety relectore that gives you a bit more visibility when driving at night or in dark areas.

Child Cup Holder and Tray: The stroller includes two cup holders and a snack tray for your kid. Can hold toys, snacks, bottles, or juice boxes.

Parent Cup Holder and Storage Compartment: The stroller includes two parent cup holders at the rear of the stroller, and an extra storage pocket. The extra space gives you room to store your keys, phones, etc.

Storage Basket: This stroller includes a fairly large storage basket.

Peek-A-Boo Stroller Canopy: The stroller includes a decent sized canopy with a peek-a-boo flap.

Quick-Fold Feature: The stroller includes a fold-trigger that folds up the stroller quick and easy in one motion.

Child’s Weight: The stroller weighs 25.5. Lbs and is able to carry up to 50 lbs of child weight.

Likes
  • Great price for all-terrain plus jogging stroller!
  • All-terrain wheels and easy maneuverability
  • Includes child and parent tray
  • Extra storage space
  • Car seat compatibility
Dislikes
  • Stroller is quite bulky
  • Fabric is flimsy

3. Best Double Jogging Stroller – BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie Double Stroller

YSG Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Price: $$$$

The top pick for the best double jogging stroller is – the BOB Flex Duallie stroller. It is basically the double stroller version of the above BOB Revolution Flex single stroller. It includes all the same features including – all terrain wheels, car seat compatibility, adjustable handlebar height, etc. It is a side-by-side double stroller for up to two kids. And you can also attach up to two car seats.

Here is a quick review of all its features!

BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller Features

Width: The stroller is also 30 inches wide allowing you to fit it through most doors.

All-Terrain Air Tires with Suspension System: The stroller tires are able to conquer all terrain and the suspension system gives you a bump-free ride especially on rough terrain.

Lockable Swiveling Front Wheels: It includes the lockable swiveling front wheel that allows for better maneuverability.

Car Seat Compatible: This stroller is also car seat compatible and accepts infant car seats from –  BOB Gear, Britax, Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, Cybex, Maxi Cosi and Nuna. Note: the car seat and car seat adapters need to be purchased separately.

Newborn Stroller: By replacing the stroller seat with an infant car seat, you can travel with your newborn(s) aboard the stroller. 

One-Hand, Multi-Position Recline: The stroller seat is able to recline into multiple positions without requiring you to free up both hands. Your kid can either sit up straight, lay flat for a nap, or in between.

5-Point Harness: The stroller seat has a 5-point harness system that keeps your baby safely strapped to the stroller seat.

Adjustable Handlebar Height: The stroller handle bars can be adjusted to a preferred height. Lets you adjust the handlebar to the height of the parent using the stroller.

Large Storage Basket: This stroller also includes a large storage basket.

UPF 50+ Stroller Canopy with Peek-a-Boo Window: The stroller has a sunproof canopy that protects your baby against harmful UV rays, and also includes a peek-a-boo mesh for increased ventilation.

Stroller Weight: The stroller weighs 33.1 lbs which is not so bad for a double stroller.

Child’s Weight: The stroller is able to carry up to 100 lbs of child weight – 50 lbs each.

Likes
  • All terrain wheels with suspension system
  • Hand activated brakes
  • Height adjustable handlebars
  • Carries up to 75 lbs
Dislikes
  • A bit pricey
  • No child cup holder or trays
  • Stroller weighs up to 30.5 lbs

4. Best Regular Stroller – Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 

YSG Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Price: $$$

The top pick for the best regular stroller is the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 stroller. Contrary to what the name might suggest, the City Mini GT2 is not a jogging stroller – it is a lightweight, compact umbrella stroller for everyday use. It is not like your average regular stroller because it has all terrain wheels that lets you go over any terrain. It also includes features like – car seat compatibility, hand operated brakes, and an all-wheel suspension system for easy maneuverability. 

Here is a quick overview of all its features:

Baby Jogger Mini GT2 Stroller Features

All-Terrain Air Rubber Tires with Suspension System: The stroller air rubber tires are able to smoothly conquer all terrain. The all-wheel suspension system also ensures a smooth ride on any terrain for you and your baby.

Hand-Operated Brakes: The stroller opts for hand-operated brakes for better control and maneuverability.

Adjustable handlebar height: The stroller also has an adjustable handlebar, that allows you to adjust the stroller handle to suit a shorter or taller parent.

Car Seat Compatible: This stroller is also car seat compatible and accepts the Baby Jogger City GO infant car seat. The car seat adapter is included in the stroller price however, the car seat needs to be purchased separately.

Newborn Stroller: By replacing the stroller seat with the City GO infant car seat, you can travel with your newborn aboard the stroller!

Multi-Position Recline: The stroller seat is able to recline into multiple positions, from upright to a near flat position. Your kid can either sit up straight, lay flat for a nice nap.

5-Point Harness: The stroller seat also has a 5-point harness system that keeps your baby safely strapped to the stroller seat.

Leg Rest: The stroller includes a leg rest to provide your baby with more support and comfort.

One-Hand Quick Fold: The stroller comes with a quick-fold feature that saves you the hassle of folding up the stroller manually. 

Storage Basket: This stroller also includes a fairly large basket for carrying your on-the-go items.

Large Extendable UPF 50+ Stroller Canopy with Peek-a-Boo Window: The stroller has a large extendable sunproof canopy that protects your baby against harmful UV rays. It also includes a peek-a-boo mesh for increased ventilation and checking on your little one.

Child Weight: Weighing only 21.4 lbs, the stroller is able to carry up to 65 lbs of child weight.

Likes
  • All terrain stroller with full suspension system
  • Lightweight but carries up to 65 lbs
  • Leg rest
  • Adjustable handlebar height
Dislikes
  • A bit pricey
  • Not suited for jogging

Note: The Baby Jogger Mini GT2 also has an older model with an older design. This design is a bit heavier and less compact: Baby Jogger Mini GT.

5. Luxury Regular Stroller – Bugaboo Fox Stroller

YSG Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Price: $$$$

The top pick for a luxury regular stroller is the Bugaboo Fox stroller. It is way more expensive than most regular strollers. However, it is designed with luxury features, materials, and high-end tech that bring you the best value for your dollar. Compared to other strollers that focus largely on being affordable, the Bugaboo Fox pulls no stops in terms of style, luxury and quality features. 

Here is a quick overview of its features:

Bugaboo Fox Stroller Features

All Terrain Wheels and Suspension System: The big stroller wheels are able to conquer all terrain and the all-wheel suspension system ensures a smooth ride on bumpy, uneven terrain.

Power Steering: The power steering feature allows you to push and maneuver the stroller without much effort or using only a single hand. You won’t break a sweat if you have to wheel the stroller around for a long time.

High Customization Option: Bugaboo allows you to customize your stroller by letting you choose the color of your stroller canopy, the type of stroller frame, and your preferred seat fabric. This is a high level of customization you rarely get with strollers on the market.

Carrycot Compatible: The stroller includes a carrycot/bassinet which can be used instead of the stroller seat. This allows you to carry your newborn on the stroller and switch to the stroller seat once your baby is older.

Car Seat Compatible: The stroller is also car seat compatible using car seat adaptors. Note: The car seat adapters need to be purchased separately. You can attach infant car seats from Maxi Cosi, Britax and Peg Perego.

Newborn Stroller: By replacing the stroller seat with the carrycot or an infant car seat, you can carry your newborn aboard the stroller.

Reversible Stroller Seat: The stroller seat can be reversed to either face forward or face the rear.

Multi-Position Recline: The stroller seat can be reclined into multiple positions.  

5-Point Harness: The stroller seat has a five-point harness that keeps your kid safely strapped into the stroller seat.

Extendable UPF+50 Canopy: The stroller includes a large extendable sun-proof canopy that protects your baby from harmful UV rays.

Self Standing Fold: The stroller folds up quick and easy into a self standing position.

Large Stroller Basket: The stroller includes a large basket for storing your on-the-go items. 

Child Weight: With a stroller weight of 21.8 lbs, it can carry up to 48.5 lbs of child weight.

Likes
  • All terrain wheels with suspension system
  • Combination of easy maneuverability and bump-free ride
  • Includes carrycot/bassinet for newborn
  • Option to customize stroller
  • Reversible stroller seat
Dislikes
  • Very pricey stroller
  • Carries less than 50 lbs

6. Lightweight & Affordable Regular Stroller – Summer 3D Lite Stroller

YSG Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Price: $

Lastly, the top pick for a lightweight regular stroller is the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience stroller! It is a super lightweight and travel friendly stroller that is really convenient to have. It is super affordable at just less than $80, but has the quality and features that makes it worth your money. At just 13 lbs, the stroller is sturdy enough to carry a child’s weight of up to 50 lbs. 

Here is a quick overview of its features:

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller Features

Lightweight Full-Size Stroller: The 3D Lite Convenience stroller is super lightweight at 13 lbs. This weight is great for easily maneuvering through the busy streets of NYC. Also makes it easy to carry with you once folded. 

Stroller Canopy and Sun Visor: The stroller has a canopy and sun visor that helps to keep your kid comfortable and protected from the sun. The canopy and visor can also be detached easily if not needed; makes the stroller even lighter.

Stroller Basket: This stroller comes with a decent storage basket to help with storing your on-the-go items. The stroller is not humongous like other more expensive or full-size strollers. But it has enough room for you to keep your diapers, bottles or snacks. 

Extra Storage Space: Aside from the basket, the stroller also includes a storage pocket at the back of the stroller. This serves as additional storage space that is easily reachable from where you stand behind the stroller.

Sturdy 6 Inch Wheels: This stroller has sturdy wheels that work well on smooth terrain and slightly rough terrain. It gives a smooth ride and has locking swivel front wheels for easy maneuver.

Multi-Position Recline: The 3D Lite Convenience stroller is designed with a 4-position recline that provides added comfort for your kid. It is perfect for your kid to sit upright or lay back to take a nap. The recline can easily be adjusted which is always great to have.

5-Point Harness: Safety is always important when picking a stroller for your child, so it is a plus point for the 3D Lite Convenience stroller because it includes a 5 point harness. The harness is adjustable to three different heights which is convenient for when your child grows older. Keeps your child strapped safely into the stroller seat.

Compact Fold: The stroller is designed to fold-up into very compact dimensions that makes it easy to carry. It folds up into the compact dimensions 10″ L x 8″ W x 40″ H. It includes a carrying strap that makes it easy to carry around even at the airport.

Cup Holder: The stroller includes a cup holder that can be used either by you for holding your drink, or for holding your kid’s bottle.

Child Weight: As a parent, another important feature to consider is the child weight capacity of a stroller. The 3D Lite Convenience stroller is sturdy enough to carry a child’s weight of up to 50 lbs. I’d advise only consider this stroller if your toddler weighs 50 lbs or less.

Stroller Colors: Another reason to like the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience stroller is its variety of color options. The stroller comes in five color options – Green, Black, Blue, Gray & Teal. Each stroller comes with the exact same feature, and you have the choice to pick what color works best for you.

Likes
  • Lightweight stroller
  • Easy to fold and recline
  • Compact and great for traveling
  • Decent storage space
Dislikes
  • Not easy to maneuver on rough terrain
  • Wheels a bit fragile

Jogging Strollers vs Regular Strollers – Brands

Lastly, in terms of stroller brands, there are different ones for both jogging strollers and regular strollers. The brands – BOB Gear, Thule, Bumbleride focus only on developing jogging strollers. And they are also the top brands to look out for if searching for a jogging stroller.

And for regular strollers, there are way more brands to look out for – Chicco, Britax, Graco, *Baby Jogger, Baby Trend, Uppababy, Nuna, Bugaboo. All these brands focus only on designing regular strollers with the exception of Graco and Baby Trend. Both brands develop a few jogging strollers that can be used for both jogging and everyday use. 

*Baby Jogger: Although the brand name has ‘Jogger’ in it, the brand does not have any jogging strollers. All their strollers are only for everyday use.

Conclusion – Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller

And that’s it for a full jogging stroller vs regular stroller review! The above tells you all you need to know about jogging strollers and regular strollers. It also provides you with a few recommendations of the best strollers for each type of stroller!

If you have any question or if something is not entirely clear to you, do not hesitate to contact me or put down your comment below. Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!!

xx Krista!!

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