The Complete BOB Stroller Review and Comparison Guide

BOB Stroller review for active families like the mom and daughter in this photo.

You want to hit the trails and stay fit, but you also want to spend quality time with your baby. Why not both? Here's where our BOB stroller review comes in. When it comes to baby buggies, you've got lots to choose from. Urban moms and dads on the go love those breezy lightweight strollers that fold like umbrellas. Others prefer those big, comfy, solid ones with a canopy, storage, and a cup holder. And of course, if you've got twins or two close in age, you'll need a double-seater.

But when you're looking for something tough, lightweight, comfortable and streamlined, BOB's the ticket. Whether you're jogging on rocky terrain or turning sharp corners in the grocery store, these strollers go where you do. So go ahead. Plan your family adventure.

BOB: How it Began

It all started with bike maven Roger Malinowski and airline Mechanic Philip Novotny from San Luis Obispo, Calif. First, they built a handy bike trailer called the YAK back in 1994. As they started their families, they wanted a jogging stroller as useful and well-designed as the YAK. After their kids put it through the paces, they launched their Sport Utility Stroller. It was so successful, they followed up in 2001 with the Duallie double stroller.

Then, in 2005, BOB rocked active parents' world when they rolled out their swiveling front wheel. This made the stroller a lot more practical and easy to steer. In 2011, Britax -- makers of car seats, strollers, and accessories -- bought BOB Gear. This trusted, international brand maintained the quality of these strollers while greatly expanding their market.

As for the name BOB, it stands for "Beast of Burden." Because, when push comes to shove, that's what these hardy transports really are.

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BOB Stroller Comparison Guide

When it comes to a BOB stroller, you can rely on them for being versatile and multi-functional. Still, some are better for some lifestyles and purposes than others. That's why we've put together this quick BOB Stroller review comparison: To help you find the right one for you. Now that we've covered the main features you can expect to find in a Bob stroller, let's compare the different models and see what you get with each one:

  • Revolution: in the first category of Bob strollers, you will find the Revolution series. They're designed for action as well as everyday use. The front wheels swivel to handle tight corners and small spaces. But you can also lock the front wheel for better stability along rough terrain. The air-filled tires are made out of polymer which guarantees a smooth ride whatever the circumstance. This is the ultimate in a jogging stroller with the ease and comfort of a regular model. The Flex, Pro, SE, Stroller Strides Fitness. and Rambler models are all part of the Revolution series.
  • Ironman: The Ironman model is known for its versatility that caters to high levels of fitness. It sports 16-inch air-filled tires on aluminum alloy wheels. This stroller is built for speed and the most hardened ground. The front caliper brake is hand activated which allows full control when navigating downhill.
  • Sports Utility: the third category of Bob strollers are the Sports Utility range. While their tires are just as large as the Ironman, they are thicker which allows for more control at a slower pace. This Bob stroller comes with an adjustable suspension system and a parking brake you can quickly activate with your foot.

BOB Stroller Review: A Quick Comparison Table

Product

Best For

Details

Our Rating

Price

Product Photo: BOB 2016 Revolution Flex.

All-purpose, from trail to grocery store.

27 lbs

24" x 45" x 44"

Adjustable handlebar, swivel front wheel, Duallie (Double Stroller) option available. 


Product photo: Bob Flex Lunar.

All-purpose and in low-light conditions.

27 lbs

24" x 45" x 44"

Adjustable handlebar, swivel front wheel, Special reflective pattern.

Product photo: BOB 2016 Revolution Pro.

All-purpose and for hilly terrain.

30.5 lbs

25.4" x 44" x 43"

Adjustable handlebar, swivel front wheel, hand brake, Duallie option available.

Product photo: BOB Revolution SE.

All-purpose, lighter-weight option.

25 lbs

24.5" x 45" x 39.5"

Swivel front wheel, Duallie option available.

Product photo: BOB Stroller Strides Fitness.

For new moms eager to get or stay in shape.

28.5 lbs

25.4" x 44" x 43"

Swivel front wheel, adjustable handlebar, console, fitness kit, Duallie option available.


Product photo: BOB Rambler.

All-purpose, budget-friendly option for smaller cars.

25.2 lbs

24.5" x45" x39.5"

Swivel front wheels, 12" wheels for more compact folding.

Product photo: BOB 2016 Ironman jogging stroller.

For serious runners and fitness fanatics.

27 lbs

24" x 35 " x 44"

Bicycle-like tires and fixed front wheel, Streamlined design, Adjustable handlebar, Duallie option available.

Product photo: BOB 2016 Sports Utility jogging stroller.

For heavy-duty, off-road use on rugged terrain.

28.6 lbs

26" x 50" x 44"

Fixed front wheel, advanced suspension system, adjustable handlebar, Duallie option available.



BOB Stroller Review:  Main Features for 2016 Models

Now, let's begin this BOB stroller review by taking a look at what to expect. Although these strollers certainly don't come cheap, many parents with an active lifestyle swear by them. The latest single-seat models from 2016 carry your kids comfortably from 8 months until they're 44 inches tall or weigh 75 pounds. For most kids, this should take them into the preschool years. With a compatible infant car seat and the adapter (sold separately), you can walk with your baby from infancy. It should be noted that for safety reasons, you should walk, not jog, with the infant car seat. In addition, the weight limit for the double strollers (Duallies) is 50 pounds.

These BOB strollers range in price from roughly $359-$599 but can often be found on sale. Because they're so durable, you can also often find them used.

Standard Features

BOBs are popular, in part, because they combine functions from different types of strollers. With a simple adapter, they work as a complete infant travel system. Not only are they great jogging strollers, but they're lightweight and compact enough for everyday use. (Although Maclarens' umbrella strollers are lighter and more compact, they're not jogging strollers.) For active parents, BOB's Duallies have everything other brands of double strollers have, plus you can go anywhere with them.

All the models (except for three) have two 16" wheels in the back and a 12" wheel in the front that swivels. Three-wheel designs with pneumatic (air-filled) tires are best for speed and stability on varying types of terrain.

Yet BOBs are specifically designed for outdoor adventures with runners and hikers in mind. With the comfy seat, ample storage, and large canopy, you and your baby can stay out all day and not want for anything. Meanwhile, the pneumatic tires, adjustable suspension, and smooth steering make them a joy to maneuver. When you're ready to pack up, it quickly and easily folds up and fits into all but the smallest of trunks. And of course, this brand of strollers has all the safety features a parent could want.

So let's take a look.

The following features are standard for all of the BOB stroller models.

  • Easy Two-Step Fold: Despite all the amazing features,  BOB strollers are easy to fold and surprisingly compact.
  • Five-Point Padded Harness: A five-point harness is the safest type of harness available, plus it's padded to keep your child secure and comfy.
  • Adjustable reclining seat: To ensure your child's comfort, you can adjust the angle of the seat.
  • Large Canopy: In order to protect your baby from the sun and weather, the canopy is large and adjustable.
  • Travel-Ready: With the adapter (sold separately) you can snap in your infant car seat for a complete travel system. It should be noted that for safety reasons, you should walk instead of jogging with the car seat.
  • Adjustable Suspension: You can adjust the suspension for a smooth ride on all terrain.
  • Pneumatic Tires: all Bob strollers feature pneumatic tires. This is just a fancy way of saying that they're air-filled. This is essential for strollers that are made to navigate all different types of surfaces.
  • Steering: Despite being somewhat heavy, the BOB strollers are surprisingly easy to steer. It is smooth and sturdy which is ideal for when you come across bumpier ground that could otherwise knock your child around a bit.
  • Light Weight: These marvels weigh only 25-30 pounds (40-ish for the double strollers)
  • Ample Storage: BOB strollers have ample storage with pockets and a basket underneath.
  • Parking Brake: When you come to a stop, you can secure the back wheels with the foot-activated parking brake.
  • 5-Year Warranty: This company stands by its products with a generous five-year warranty.

WATCH: A Quick Look at the BOB Stroller Family

Features for Select Models

In this BOB stroller review, we also note that some models have special features.

The following features are provided for specific models.

  • Swiveling Front Wheel: All but two models feature a swiveling front wheel for hairpin turns and tight spaces.
  • Fixed Front Wheel: The Iron Man and Sports Utility models have fixed front wheels for greater stability.
  • Duallie Option: Most BOB strollers have a Duallie version for those with two little ones. However, they have lower weight limits of 50 pounds per child.
  • Adjustable Handlebar: For parents who are taller or shorter than average, this feature can make you more comfortable.
  • Handbrake: The handbrake's great for having more control when going downhill.
  • Reflective Fabric: The Revolution Flex Lunar has special reflective fabric to keep early birds and night owls safe when out and about.
  • Console: The Stroller Strides Fitness stroller comes with a handy console that fits across the handlebars. It holds two water bottles, plus it has a compartment for small items like keys and your cell phone. With other strollers, the console's sold separately.

Here's Our Full Reviews of the Best BOB 2016 Strollers


BOB 2016 Revolution Flex

Product Photo: BOB 2016 Revolution Flex.

The Revolution series offers great features for all-terrain walkers, hikers, and joggers. Let's start with the most basic model in this series, the Revolution Flex. Parents love the adjustable padded handlebars, the adjustable suspension system, and the comfy seat for their little ones.​

"This is literally the best baby product we have ever bought," One verified buyer raved on Amazon. She then added, "jogging with this thing is a dream!" Another said that while it's not perfect, it's the "best jogger on the market." One dad wrote that he accidentally ran over it with his SUV... Only to find that although the stroller was intact, it had warped the frame of his car.

However, not every parent was happy. One complained that she can't completely remove the fabric for cleaning. Others mentioned that the tires go flat frequently (although it's easy to reinflate them). A handful complained that the rivets and grommets got rusted. These strollers also take up a fair amount of space when folded.

The Flex jogging stroller weighs 27 lbs and measures 24" x 45" x 44" while standing. It has an adjustable handlebar, and a wheel that can swivel or lock.

When buying the Flex, you can choose from four colors: Black, Lagoon (blue), Canyon (orange), and Meadow (green). The Flex lists for around $469.00 but prices vary.

Pros

  • Great everyday jogging stroller.
  • Keeps baby comfortable and sheltered from elements.
  • Sturdy and durable.

Cons

  • Fabric's hard to remove for cleaning.
  • Tires can go flat, although you can reinflate them.
  • Somewhat bulky and pricey.

If you need a double-stroller, try the Revolution Flex Duallie. It lists for around $639.00. Unlike with the single model, however, the Duallie weighs more and the weight limit per baby is 50 pounds. In addition, it is only available in black.

Because of the highly positive reviews around the web, we rate the Flex 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Sturdy, durable, and a pleasure to use.

$$$


BOB 2016 Revolution Flex Lunar

Product photo: Bob 2016 Flex Lunar.

If you like to walk or jog after dark or before daylight, there's also the Revolution Flex Lunar. It has the same exact features as the Flex, only with special reflective fabric to keep you safe in low light conditions. This model comes exclusively in black with the special reflective pattern. The Flex Lunar lists for around $469.00 but prices vary.

Pros

  • Same great features as the Flex.
  • Reflective pattern makes early birds and night owls more visible in low light conditions.

Cons

  • Only comes in one color.
  • Same drawbacks as the standard Revolution Flex

Because it gets the same high marks from buyers as the regular Flex, we rate the Flex Lunar 4.6 out of 5 stars.  

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Sturdy, easy to use, and visible after dark.

$$$


BOB 2016 Revolution Pro

Product photo: BOB 2016 Revolution Pro.

The Revolution Pro weighs a little more than the Flex and comes with a hand brake as well as the usual foot brake. Highly rated, more than 90 percent of buyers gave 4-star and 5-star reviews and fewer than 30 percent returned them. "Great to run with!" one user declared. Another said, "It offers great protection from the sun and wind" yet handles "effortlessly." 

It also "folds up nicely" though it takes up "quite a bit of room in the car." It also works great on sandy beaches and the handbrake gives greater control on hills. One reviewer also observed that while the Revolution Pro's not cheap, "Resell is fantastic on these." If you take care of it, "you can sell it for 50% or more of what you paid."

The only downsides seem to be that the Pro's a bit bulkier and heavier than some people would like. If you need something lighter-weight, you might want to go for the SE. And if you need something that fits better in your car, the Rambler with its smaller wheels should work.

The BOB Revolution Pro weighs 30.5 lbs and the dimensions are 25.4" x 44" x 43". You can buy them in Black, Lagoon (blue), Canyon (orange), and Meadow (green). You can also sometimes buy these in red, but only through select sellers. The Revolution Pro lists for around $499.00 but prices vary.

Pros

  • Handbrake gives greater control on hills.
  • "Fantastic" resale value.
  • Handles and folds up easily.

Cons

  • A bit heavier and bulkier than other BOB Revolutions.
  • Not cheap.

Need a double-stroller version? Check out the Revolution Pro Duallie. which lists for around $652.37. As with the Flex, the Revolution Pro Duallie weighs more and the weight limit per baby is 50 pounds. In addition, it is only available in black. 

Because of its immense popularity, high quality, and high ratings, we rate the Revolution Pro 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

All the versatility of the Flex, plus a handbrake.

$$$


BOB Revolution SE

Product photo: BOB Revolution SE.

The Revolution SE differs from the Flex in that it's three-and-a-half pounds lighter and the handlebar is not adjustable. But unless you're exceptionally tall or short, or you need a specific height, the handlebar should suit just fine. In the reviews and Q&As, people ranging from 5'2" to 6'1" tall found it comfortable. Buyers gave the SE 4.5 out of 5 stars because of the quality, durability, and ease of use.

A dad writes, "If you're serious about running and you have reproduced, you need to bite the bullet and just get a Bob." He adds, "Don't waste your time or money with inferior strollers." Meanwhile, a mom says, "I'm not a runner, but I do love this stroller." Another declares, "Love, love, love my BOB."

Many moms say that although it's not the lightest or smallest stroller, it's easy to handle and fold. Plus it handles great on all kinds of terrain. "Pushes like a breeze, handles like a gem," one enthuses. Another mom even swears she can push it with just her little finger. The downsides? A few noted their diaper bags don't fit in the under-basket storage. And, as we've already noted, some find it on the bulky side.

The SE  weighs just 25 pounds and measures 24.5" x 45" x 39.5". It lists for around $578.00, though prices. Unlike other models, it's only available in Navy, Black, and orange.

Pros

  • Lightweight for a jogging stroller
  • Superior quality and durability
  • "Pushes like a breeze, handles like a gem."

Cons

  • Under-the-seat basket doesn't hold as much as the others.
  • Doesn't have handbrake or adjustable handlebar.
  • A bit pricier than the others.

If you need a double stroller, the SE Duallie Stroller lists for roughly $649 and comes in Navy. Here's our review of the SE Duallie. Because of all the rave reviews with few downsides, we give this product a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Highly durable and handles beautifully.

$$$


BOB 2016 Stroller Strides Fitness

Product photo: BOB Stroller Strides Fitness.

If you're a new mom looking to get your post-baby workouts on, here's the BOB for you. The Stroller Strides Fitness unit comes with a handlebar console. This way, you've got a place for your water bottles and a handy storage compartment for your keys and cell phone. You also get fitness bands and a manual with exercise routines you can do on the go. Better yet, there's also a coupon to try out Fit4Mom's Stroller Strides classes for one week free.

Verified buyers on Amazon give this product 4.6 out of 5 stars. "Spend the money, it's worth it!" one advises. "You will only need to buy ONE stroller!" Those who bought it from Target give the Stroller Strides Fitness an even higher 4.8-star average rating. "AMAZING!" one buyer declares. "Best tires and ease of use." Others write "smoothest ride and turns on a dime!" and "Best stroller I've had yet!"

As with other BOB strollers, some say this model's too heavy. Others complained that for this price they should at least include a tire pump and snack tray.

Pros

  • Comes with all you need for  fitness on the go.
  • Also includes the adjustable handlebar, handbrake, and handlebar console.
  • All the other great features of the Revolution Pro.

Cons

  • Some say it's too heavy.
  • A handful complained that for the price, it should also come with a tire pump and snack tray.
  • Only available in basic blue.

The Stroller Strides Fitness weighs 28.5 lbs and measures 25.4" x 44" x 43". The Stroller Strides Fitness comes in basic blue and is listed for around $469, though prices vary. Because of the mostly positive reviews and fitness support for post-partum moms, we give this stroller 4.6 out of 5 stars.  

Quality

Price

Our Rating

All of the Pro's great features and then some.

$$$


BOB Rambler

Product photo: BOB Rambler.

The Rambler came out in 2017 and is definitely a winner. This new addition to the BOB family costs about $100 less than the Revolution models. Yet it's lighter and travels more easily. Because the back wheels are just 12" like the one in front, it'll fit in the trunks of smaller cars. In contrast, the Revolution models have 16" tires in the rear.

People who bought their Rambler from Target gave it 5-star reviews. "So smooth and easy to push," one pleased parent declares.  "Very well made" and "very easy to close," another buyer notes. Meanwhile, parents on Amazon are a somewhat tougher crowd, with their reviews averaging a still stellar 4.5 out of 5 stars.

"Nice stroller for those who want a slightly smaller and less expensive BOB," one writes. On the other hand, they lament the lack of pockets compared with other Revolution models. "This is the best stroller hands down," comments another parent, adding, "So light and easy to fold!" While they wish they could adjust the handlebar's height, they add, "I can live with that!"

Pros

  • Lighter weight and folds more compactly for smaller cars.
  • BOB quality at a more affordable price.
  • "Very well made" and "easy to close."

Cons

  • Fewer pockets for storage.
  • No adjustable handlebar or handbrake.
  • Still not cheap.

The Rambler weighs just 25.2 lbs and measures 24.5" x 45" x 39.5". It's available in Black and in Lagoon (blue) and lists for around $359.00. Because it gets such high ratings and is such a great value, we give this product 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Great option "for a slightly smaller less expensive BOB."

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BOB 2016 Ironman

Product photo: BOB 2016 Ironman jogging stroller.

As implied by the name, the 2016 Ironman's ideal for fitness fanatics training for their next marathon or triathlon. (Though as one reviewer wryly noted, you can't swim or bike with it.) With its streamlined design and lightweight wheels, this is built for long runs. In contrast with most BOB models, the Ironman has three 16" semi-slick, bicycle-like tires with a fixed front tire. Not only does this allow greater speed but it also provides better stability.

Reviewers from Albee Baby give it high ratings. One raves "a dream stroller for avid runners," while another says it's "absolutely, hands-down worth every penny." Another parent who ran over 2,500 "running miles" on her last BOB says the 2016 model's "more functional than ever!" They most appreciated the larger storage basket and adjustable handlebar.​

On Amazon, reviewers say the Ironman's great on paved roads, dirt roads, trails, and beaches. Another verified buyer pronounced it "pretty darn smooth to run with" while another says it's a "great trail buggy." Best of all, it handles easily, collapses to a "surprisingly small size for storage," and is "heavy duty without being excessively heavy." 

Some do caution, however, that you'll need to bring along an air pump and patch kit just in case.

Pros

  • Ideal for serious runners.
  • Steers smoothly.
  • "Heavy duty without being excessively heavy."

Cons

  • You'll need to bring along a pump and patch kit.

The 2016 Ironman lists for around $406.89, and is available in bright yellow and basic navy. It weighs 27 lbs and measures 24" x 45" x 44". You can also buy the Ironman Duallie (double stroller) version for around $599.00 (as always, prices vary).

Because of the ecstatic reviews and high marks, we give the Ironman a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Buyers rave about how streamlined and easy it is to run with and steer.

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BOB 2016 Sport Utility

Product photo: BOB 2016 Sports Utility jogging stroller.

The third and last group of Bob strollers are heavy-duty and ready for action. The 2016 Sports Utility stroller allows you to take the kids out of their comfort zone and into rough terrain that you wouldn't reach with a regular stroller. These serious strollers mean business and are made for even the most unforgiving surfaces.

Customer reviews show that parents love this "rugged off-road stroller" for outdoor adventures. One verified buyer said that after "15 miles of rough trails" with washouts, logs, mud, and steep hills, they were impressed. Not only did they love the suspension but the brakes were "a lifesaver."

The complaints mainly seemed to revolve the sheer bulk. The three 16" knobby tires, adjustable handlebar, state-of-the-art suspension system, and handbrake all take extra space. Plus, that large, fixed front wheel handles great on the trail but not in your neighborhood market or convenience store. One reviewer wrote, "I love this but it's impossible to turn." Another struggled to keep the canopy down in strong winds, while others complained of flat tires.

Pros

  • Handles great on rugged terrain.
  • Ideal for off-road adventures.

Cons

  • Although this isn't the heaviest or largest jogging stroller in the BOB family, people complained about its bulk.
  • Hard to steer.

The 2016 Sports Utility weighs 28.6 lbs and measures 26" x 50" x 44".  It comes in Meadow Green and lists for around $459.00, though prices vary. It's also available in a Duallie version. Based on reviews we've seen around the web, we rate this product 4.1 out of 5 stars.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Tough, durable, and ideal for off-road adventures in heavy terrain.

$$$


Additional Options (Sold Separately)

The following options are sold separately and can enhance your BOB experience.

  • Car seat adapter: With this you can attach your infant car seat for a complete travel system. Infant car seats are needed for safety until your baby's around eight months old. You should walk, not jog, until your child can ride without the car seat. Depending on the type of car seat, these range from $50-$80.
  • Handlebar Console: Fastens conveniently across your handlebars with space for two water bottles. Also has a compartment for items like your keys and cell phone. This feature is priced at around $24.99, though prices vary.
  • Handlebar Console with Tire PumpThis comes in handy for when you need to reinflate your tires. Although BOB jogging strollers are highly durable, pneumatic tires do need more air from time to time. These are listed for $32.49, though costs vary.
  • Handlebar Console for Duallies: These list for around $29.99, though prices vary.
  • Snack TrayIf your child likes to nibble or have a toy handy while you're on the move, the snack trays sell for roughly $29.99.

In Conclusion

Having kids doesn't mean you have to slow down or compromise your active life or your fitness. Bob strollers are made to be used well. While you can use them for a walk in the park, it certainly won't be a stretch to explore tougher ground. When planning the most ambitious of family adventures, a BOB stroller

Take them along in your Bob stroller and experience how easy it is to navigate any environment.

Featured image: Promotional photo via BOB Gear.

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