6 Best Jogging Stroller and Carseat Combo Picks
Published: July 23, 2017
While there are many benefits to being a mother in the 21st century, one of my favorites is undoubtedly the jogging stroller and car seat combo. The convenience of bringing two necessary items together as one is appreciated by all new mothers, making the transport of your little one a much easier task to manage. Thank you technology and engineering! And bonus, the easy folding jogging strollers offer, usually by using just one hand, make traveling a breeze and huge time-saver. No one likes monkeying around with a troublesome stroller in the middle of a parking lot because you can’t get it folded up correctly.
But why get a jogging stroller instead of a normal, ordinary stroller? Especially if you’re not into running or don’t plan on taking any jogs around the neighborhood? There are many great features that a jogging stroller offers that make them a great choice for any situation, not just jogging.
Jogging strollers are great at providing easy maneuverability for outdoor terrain. The larger, rubber wheels provide a smoother ride for your baby, much better than the plastic wheels found on regular strollers since hitting a rock won’t make a jogging stroller swerve off course. Many jogging strollers are much more lightweight than regular strollers and provide easy folding for storage. They usually have extra options for storage as they are intended for more rugged outdoor use. Many jogging strollers come with double cup holders, a storage tray and ample space underneath for storing larger items. Once baby is old enough to fit into the stroller without the car seat, a tray and cup holder can usually be found on the little one’s tray. It’s two items that are a huge necessity and they now can come together as one.
In this post, I’ll review some of the best jogging stroller and car seat combos out on the market. Hopefully through this review, you can find a set that works for your family needs and budget.
Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System
The Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System is rated as an Amazon’s Choice product and I see why. You get an infant car seat that can hold up to 50 pounds. It features the one hand fold option with a large storage basket for you and your baby’s needs. It also has a height adjustable handle that helps you really customize your stroller for your personal needs.
The car seat base easily attaches to the car seat base, ensuring your little one’s safety with the EZ-Flex-Loc system. The base can easily be installed via the LATCH system or with a seatbelt. The car seat also has EPS energy-absorbing foam to aid in the protection of your child.
Storage clearly isn’t an issue with this stroller either. It has plenty of room for your child to put their snacks and drinks with a swing away child tray. Don’t worry, there’s a tray for you too that holds up to two drinks and has a cover! For safety, Baby Trend offers a 5 point harness system for this duo. There is also a peek-a-boo window where you can keep an eye on your little one. All together this combo weighs 36 pounds.
For the low price, this is a great jogging stroller/car seat combo. It is actually a lower price than many stand-alone car seats. However, with the low price you lose some of the additional amenities that the other strollers on this list offer. Non-existent reclining of the seat was often mentioned in reviews by previous buyers as well as difficulty in folding the stroller closed.
- Amazon’s Choice
- Lots of storage options
- Handles have several issues
- Bare bones option
Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System
If your budget isn’t super tight, the Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System is one to look into. From the large wheels and storage to the broad canopy, it’s got a lot to offer for parents of a newborn. There’s lots of storage when space underneath the stroller, 2 deep cup holders, and even an area for your smartphone to go where you can listen to music while you stroll with your child.
While most jogger strollers have a one hand fold on the handle, this one is located on the seat of the stroller. This allows you to still be able to hold your child while folding up the stroller. It doesn’t get more convenient than this. The car seat that this system comes with is also worth bragging on. It is the top-rated Graco SnugRide Click Connect that so many parents are raving about. It is on the heavier side weighing at 38 pounds with the car seat attached. However, without the car seat it is only 30 pounds and provides a lightweight stroll.
Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Baby Travel System is a parent favorite overall. Users really love that they get such a high-quality car seat with a stroller. People seem to also enjoy the fold option on the seat of the stroller. Lots of people have found it super convenient. On the downside, the biggest con with this system is the weight of it. While it does come with many features, parents have complained about how heavy it is and this is problematic especially if it’s a mom who just had a baby who’s carrying the stroller around. The other complaint is that the cell phone holder doesn’t fit all phones, particularly iPhone 6’s and up. So while it does boast of lots of parent storage space, the cell phone holder might not be of use to you depending on the size of your phone.
- Comes with top-rated Graco SnugRide Click Connect car seat
- Fold option located on seat allows you to have one free hand
- Lots of storage space
- Very heavy
- Cell phone holder doesn’t hold all size phones
Britax 2017 B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System
Parents who are most concerned with safety should look into the Britax 2017 B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System. While it’s priced a bit higher than others on this list, they market themselves as the go-to source for baby safety, boasting a SafeCell Impact Protection program that exceeds federal safety standards. Part of this system also includes a deep foam-lined shell that helps protect your baby as well. Britax’s best selling system is also the lightest stroller system of this review, weighing in at 28 pounds. This is due to its frame being made of lightweight aluminum.
What people seem to love most about the Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System is how easy it is to put together. If you’re a parent then you already know how complicated things can get when it comes to putting something together so any little help you can get when it comes to this, is a winner!
However, some parents have had a lot to say about the handles on the carrier. For example, some have said that the car seat seems to work best in the car when the handles are up. Other parents have noted that the handles get stuck frequently which makes it hard to use. Meanwhile, some parents are comparing this model to the one that came out last year (it was recalled so that is why there is a new version). Last year’s version came with a footrest, and this one doesn’t. That feature seems to dearly missed for those who had it.
- Lightweight at only 28 pounds
- SafeCell Impact Protection System exceeds federal safety expectations
- Easy to assemble
- No footrest compared to last version
Eddie Bauer TrailGuide Jogger Travel System
The Eddie Bauer TrailGuide Jogger Travel System with SureFit Infant Car Seat is the perfect choice for hitting the trails or parks in your area. Its three air-filled tires are ideal for rugged terrain and provide a smooth ride free from bumps and jolts. The front wheel is able to be locked for your child’s safety when jogging and unlocks for easy wheeling around town.
The TrailGuide Jogger sits right in the middle of price points on the list. It’s not a bad deal either, as you receive the stroller, car seat, and car seat base for that cost. And as the stroller will last you from infancy until pre-school, it’s actually a reasonably savvy buy, especially for the first-time parent.
The car seat included in this system is intended for babies from 4-35 pounds. It provides side-impact protection with cushioned side panels and has a five-point harness to keep your little one strapped in safely. The car seat is able to be moved between the car and stroller with the ease of a single click by using Eddie Bauer’s QuickClick technology. This is a great feature that allows you to have peace of mind that your child is secure as soon as you hear the click. An extendable canopy is attached to shade your child from the bright sun or heavy winds.
Once your child is old enough, he can forgo the car seat and strap right into the stroller for a fun ride. The straps are padded to provide maximum comfort. A front tray has room for holding a drink and a snack or a toy for when your child needs some added entertainment or stimulation, like on trips to the store or market. The overhead canopy keeps your child out of the bright sunshine and keeps him cool and relaxed in the shade.
The car seat is very lightweight at only 8.3 pounds, making it easy to carry your child to and from the car. The stroller is quite a bit heavier at around 30 pounds, which can make it a little more difficult to lug around or place in the back of your vehicle. However, it folds up easily with quick release buttons that allow you to fold it up in no time. It’s able to stand on its own for easy, compact storage.
It also comes in a gender-neutral bright orange and gray color scheme, making it an excellent choice for both boys and girls.
Buyers who have reviewed this jogging stroller/car seat combination like that is comes mostly assembled right out of the package and only requires a few easy steps to have it ready to go. That makes it incredibly convenient for the new mom, especially when there are so many other baby items that require a toolbox and detailed list of instructions. It is also a great choice for when needing a car seat that fits into a compact car, as its able to fit in a three-across scheme. The stroller is also compact enough when folded to fit into the trunks or cargo spaces of most vehicles easily.
- Easy to assemble
- Folds up easily and stores well in a compact design
- Heavier than other strollers on this list
- Car seat is perfect for compact cars
Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System
The Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System is a great option for a jogging stroller/car seat combination and seems to be well-liked by many families. It is able to carry children from 5-30 pounds while in the car seat and up to 50 pounds when just using the stroller. With this stroller you won’t have to worry about buying another one once your child reaches a new stage in growth, as it should last them as long as a stroller is needed.
The front wheel is able to be locked or can swivel freely when not being used for jogging. The tires are perfect for all terrains and can be inflated when needed. However, many people have had issues with the tires immediately upon unpacking like finding flat tires or bent wheel frames. Some people have had the wheel pop off while jogging while others report that the wheels wobble when going at an increased speed. However, many more reviews state that they haven’t had any issues with the wheels.
The total system weighs in at a little over 47 pounds, making it one of the heaviest systems on this list. In fact, that is the main complaint lodged against this travel system. It is heavy to transport and move in and out of a vehicle. It also takes up quite a lot of space in trunk or storage areas, leaving little to no extra room for other items.
On the plus side, the car seat clicks in easily to the base or stroller. It folds down easily by pulling the triggers on the sides of the handle frame. And many buyers state it is very comfortable for their child. The car seat has side-impact protection padding and a 5-point harness to ensure safety. There is even a footrest on the stroller which is a convenient asset which many jogging strollers lack. Two cup holders and a covered tray are handy for parents while the child’s tray also includes a cup holder and space for snacks or for playing with a toy. A large storage area underneath provided enough room for a diaper bag or other like-sized items.
When you consider the individual cost of each item: the stroller, car seat, and the base, paying under $200 for all three actually seems like a really great deal.
- Heavy and bulky
- Easy folding
- Convenient storage areas and plenty of drink holding options
- Tires may be wobbly or not properly attached
Graco Modes Jogger Travel System
The Graco Modes Jogger Travel System is a bit of a leap in price from the last two strollers mentioned. It may seem like a sizeable investment when preparing for a new baby, among all the other costs associated with welcoming a little one into the world. However, it is a very highly rated travel system and includes the stroller, a very highly-rated and popular car seat, and a car seat base.
The SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat is super lightweight at only 7 pounds, making it the perfect car seat for easy transport and won’t tire your arm out when carrying it to and from the car. It is a perfect fit for babies from 4-35 pounds and has Click Connect technology to easily and securely affix to the car seat base and stroller. It is crash tested to meet or exceed US safety standards, making it a popular choice all on its own. Reviews of just the SnugRide car seat are exceptional as it receives praise for a number of positive characteristics.
Minus the car seat, the jogging stroller weighs around 25 pounds, making it not the heaviest jogging stroller shown here, but not extremely light either. It folds up easily, using just one hand in a motion that takes one second. It can also stand on its own with the handle acting as a kickstand. Its compact design makes it easy for storing in trunks and SUV storage areas. And at 25 pounds, tossing it in the truck or cargo space of your vehicle won’t be that hard of an ordeal.
This is the real deal for taking on long walks and jogs. Rubber tires with suspension mean a smooth ride for your little one in any environment. A safety tether and red reflectors on the wheel spokes provide added safety features that many other jogging strollers do not. For parents looking for the perfect stroller for taking on long runs off the beaten path, this may be the best option. The wheel reflectors also mean its a safer option when being used in low-visibility or when the day is nearing dusk.
Another feature that the Graco Modes Jogger Travel System offers that many others do not is five different ways for your little one to ride. The infant car seat can be positioned so it is facing the parent or facing the outside world. The stroller seat also has the option of facing the parent or world. Additionally, it is also possible to utilize the traditional travel system. This is a highly appealing feature that many parents love.
Owners love the smooth handling and multiple options for seating placement. Many reviews stated how wonderful the large overhead canopy was for shading their child and what great storage options the stroller had.
- High price tag
- Meets or exceeds safety standards
- Incredibly easy folding and transport
- Many arrangements for seating
There are many great jogging stroller/car seat combos available. They are a popular choice among new mothers for their easy maneuverability and ability to be used in any terrain. I think they are not only a lot easier to push and move around while jogging or walking outdoors, but also in crowded areas like shopping centers and restaurants. It is nice to have a stroller that doesn’t jolt your child when a wheel hits a rock or bump in the sidewalk. The air-filled rubber tires and suspension found in most jogging strollers let your baby or toddler enjoy the ride without being disturbed by sudden movement or terrain changes. I think they are a great option for all new mothers, whether you plan to jog or not. Plus, getting a safe and secure car seat as well means you have one less thing to worry about in terms of your child and their upcoming needs.
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