Jogging Strollers under $200

When I became a mom, I knew that finding time to workout was going to be a challenge. As a runner and a new mom, I knew just how I was going to overcome that challenge.

A jogging stroller was a necessity!

Now, I already have an amazing (and expensive!) stroller that I love for everyday use. The Bugaboo Chameleon, however, is not an approved jogging stroller even though it has so many of the features I am looking for in one. I have tried to jog with it before, but the front wheels are just not suitable for the trail.

Bugaboo Stroller

So, in order for me to feel good about buying a jogging stroller, which I so longed for since Rylee was born, I did some extensive research on a few strollers within a budget that I was willing to pay.

Here is the criteria that I was looking for in a jogging stroller:

  • Under $200
  • Space/compartment for personal items such as phone, photo ID and keys
  • Locking capability for Front Wheel
  • Light weight and easy to fold; folds compactly
  • Compartment for baby to hold snacks/drinks
  • And a window in the visor so I could see what little Ry is up to

And here is the list of strollers that I found:

Schwinn Turismo Swivel Single Jogger – $169

Schwinn Turismo Swivel Single Jogger

Schwinn Turismo Swivel Single Jogger

Features:

  • Aluminum frame is lightweight for easy handling
  • Molded parent tray with two cup holders adds convenience
  • The 12-Inch front swivel wheel locks forward for added control and stability, while the 16-Inch rear wheels glide with ease for effortless pushing
  • Rubberized, adjustable handle is comfortable and slip resistant
  • Pivoting, molded child tray with two cup holders adds convenience for baby
  • Built-in MP3 speaker keeps children entertained
  • Exposed spring suspension delivers a smooth ride
  • Storage: Underseat basket, parent tray
  • Canopy: Floating, retractable, viewing window, sun visor

This one does meet all of the criteria that I set. The MP3 speaker is an interesting bonus feature, but I am not sure that is completely for me. Also, I couldn’t find one in a more neutral color, so blue was my favorite option.

Graco FastAction Fold Classic Connect Jogger Stroller -$189 

Graco FastAction Fold Classic Connect

Graco FastAction Fold Classic Connect

Features: 

  • Lightweight, portable stroller with easy, one-second fold
  • Air-filled, rubber tires for a smooth ride on any terrain
  • Compatible with Graco Click Connect infant car seats
  • One-hand, self-standing fold with carrying strap
  • Multi-position reclining seat lies flat
  • Locking front wheel for easy transitions from strolling to jogging
  • Convenient storage basket along with child and parent trays
  • Large Storage Basket and parent and child trays

Meets almost all of my criteria. But I really wanted a window so that I could see if Rylee is doing OK while I run. Especially if I have my headphones in. Also, in the pictures, it looks like there is hardly any foot rest space for baby, which is a concern of mine.

Schwinn Arrow Fixed Wheel Jogger – $168.80

Schwinn Arrow Fixed Wheel Jogger

Schwinn Arrow Fixed Wheel Jogger

Features:

  • Molded parent tray with two cup holders adds convenience
  • Bicycle-style hand brake gives stopping power
  • Dual trigger folding mechanism offers uncompromising safety
  • Rubberized, adjustable handle is comfortable and slip resistant
  • Exposed spring suspension delivers a smooth ride
  • Built-in MP3 speaker keeps child entertained
  • Aluminum frame is lightweight for easy handling

This one just looks like a serious jogging stroller. It fit only a few of the criteria I was looking for, though. First, I was worried about the fixed-front wheel which means less versatility. Sometimes I like to jog into town and walk around the farmer’s market, but without being able to switch it to a swivel wheel, it would be really hard to maneuver there.

Plus, no child compartments or window in the visor. But an MP3 player as a bonus? Not something I am looking for.

Baby Trend Expedition – $89

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller, Millennium

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller, Millennium

Features: 

  • Multi-position, reclining, padded seat
  • Fully adjustable, 5-point safety harness and tether strap
  • Adjustable canopy with covered sunroof ratchets to block sun and wind
  • Extra-large storage basket
  • Covered parent compartment with 2 cup holders
  • Accepts all Baby Trend infant car seat models
  • 16″ rear and 12″ front all-terrain, rubber bicycle tires
  • Locking front swivel wheel
  • Foot-activated rear brake system
  • Extra-wide, ergonomically shaped, foam padded handle
  • Footrest reflectors provide greater low-light visibility
  • Effortless trigger fold easily reduces stroller to a compact unit
  • Lightweight, steel frame construction

This one meets all of the criteria that I was looking for, and check out that price? I would definitely sacrifice an MP3 player for this price AND it has everything that I am looking for.

Baby Jogger F.I.T. Single Jogging Stroller – $193.93

Baby Jogger F.I.T. Single Jogging Stroller

Baby Jogger F.I.T. Single Jogging Stroller

Features: 

  • Patented quick-fold technology-allows you to fold your stroller in one simple step
  • 16″ molded polymer quick-release pneumatic wheels
  • Hand caliper brake for more responsive braking power and added control on hilly terrain
  • Padded reclining seat with vented seat top and retractable weather cover
  • Multi-position “no pinch” sun canopy with peek-a-boo window

This one looks so sleek! But again, it looks like a fixed wheel which I worry about and no compartments for mom’s phone and water? I definitely don’t like that, let alone the fact that there are no compartments for Rylee’s water and snacks.

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It took a long time to find a bunch of strollers to compare that were under $200, but it was an easy decision when it came down to finding one within my budget with all of the features I was looking for.

The Baby Trend Expedition stroller fit all of my needs and wants AND was the cheapest on the list! It definitely had everything that I was looking for.

And do you know what happened?

Brett knew that I was researching and wanting a jogging stroller, so before he went out of town this week, he bought The Baby Trend Expedition and it was waiting for me when I got home on Friday night as a surprise!

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And I went for my first run with it last night!

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Although Rylee’s face may not show it, I think she had a really great time once we got going! The snacks in the child’s compartment definitely came in handy!

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I loved running with the stroller! It was a smooth ride and I loved seeing little Rylee through the window in the visor as she snacked on her puffs and looked all around.

I am so excited to continue jogging with her and I hope she continues to enjoy it!

I am really looking forward to our first race together! How fun would that be!?

2 Comments on Jogging Strollers under $200

  1. Lenore Meyers
    April 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Yeah!

    Reply
  2. Linda
    December 24, 2016 at 4:05 am (7 months ago)

    Hi Jane,
    I read your post. And I like your post. I have a Bugaboo Chameleon stroller. But it’s not a perfect for jogging but its design, features etc. totally unique. This stroller uses only for traveling and shopping. Again I bought a baby trend jogging stroller and it perfects for all. Thanks for sharing this post.
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