5 best jogging strollers
Combine childcare with a workout with these tried and tested pushchairs
We love the idea of a jogging stroller – and not just if we’re running late.
A buggy that allows you to run as you push it might not be cheap, but you will save on the cost of going to the gym and childcare. Plus, some can be used as an everyday chariot for your child. Those that double up to use on pavements as well as paths through the park tend to have a front wheel that can be locked into the straight-ahead position (better for running) or set free to swivel (better for walking).
Consider the tyre quality for a smoother ride, as well as the handle height – most are adjustable, but those that don’t tend to suit people of average height or taller. A reclining seat option can help keep your baby comfortable. Also think about whether you want a storage basket and a cup holder. Ideally, your jogging stroller will have a handbrake (particularly useful for hills), a foot brake and a large sun canopy.
Make sure you can fold it easily and fit it in your boot and hallway (or wherever you might store it). Consider weight too, especially if you’ll need to take it on a train or bus, or up the stairs – jogging strollers can be heavy.
Finally, look out for the age suitability as well – some are suitable for young babies, almost from birth (although often only in regular mode) and others, from six months.
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Thule Urban Glide 2: £549.99, Thule
This stylish, beautifully made jogging stroller is new for 2018. The carefully crafted wheels and excellent suspension ensure a smooth ride for your child, while the five-point harness, wrist strap, foot-operated parking brake and handbrake are brilliant features. It’s slightly heavier and bulkier when folded than the Britax (reviewed below), but it has a larger choice of height settings and a bigger (and zippable) storage basket to make up for it. This buggy is just as good on city streets as muddy paths and gravel, and is suitable for babies from six months.
Britax Romer Revolution Pro: £455, Mothercare
This pushchair is great on all sorts of terrain, however bumpy. The wheels are big and durable, with high-impact tyres, and we were particularly impressed by the smooth-action front swivel wheel and adjustable suspension. It packs away quickly and easily, and isn’t ridiculously bulky when folded. Plus, it’s lighter than many jogging strollers. We found the basket a little tricky to reach and felt there was a limited range of reclining seat positions, but neither, we decided, was a deal-breaker. This model is available in three colours and is suitable for babies from six months.
Bugaboo Runner: from £610, Bugaboo
The Bugaboo Runner might seem a little on the pricey side, but it does cost less if you already have a regular Bugaboo as you can use the original seat and just buy the chassis. Stand-out features include its suspension system, secure storage, sturdy frame and handlebar, which makes long strides a doddle. It’s light to push, a breeze to steer and there’s a second brake that allows you to adjust the speed while running. On top of all that, there’s even a reversible seat so that your baby can face you. It isn’t, however, made for general use, and has a bulkier frame and lower weight limit than some other brands. This model is suitable for babies from about nine months.
Out n About Nipper Sport V4: £245.95, Kiddies Kingdom
At just 9.8kg (lighter than many regular strollers), this hybrid option will appeal to those who don’t like heavy pushchairs. You can also use it for very young babies, although only in lie-flat mode. If you’re planning to run with this stroller (and the baby), the baby will need to be comfortable sitting up and is likely to be six to eight months old. This model has large pneumatic wheels and an extra large-hood. It also has luxurious padding for the baby and offered a smooth ride. We found it easier to fold than many buggies, too. The regular model has very little storage, but you can buy a basket for an extra £23.95.
Mountain Buggy Terrain Pushchair: £499, Mothercare
This versatile buggy has a wealth of great features, including a large basket, good looks, great manoeuvrability and excellent suspension on sand, stones and mud. It also comes with “urban wheels” for pavements. We even found it very easy to fold. The main downside was the harness, which we found a little tricky to use at first. You also have to pull on the brake pretty firmly. You can use this model as a pushchair with very small babies, but as with the Out n About Nipper Sport, only when used in a non-jogging mode.
The verdict: jogging strollers
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