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Best running buggies, as tested by Mumsnet users

Whether you run regularly, are training for a race or want to stay active with kids in the mix, a running buggy is a brilliant purchase for active families. We’ve got top recommendations from Mumsnet’s running community to help you find a pram for all-terrain adventures the whole family can enjoy.

By Rachel Erdos | Last updated Jan 20, 2023

Best running buggies

With large air-filled tyres, rear-wheel suspension and lightweight frames, running buggies are sturdier than regular pushchairs and offer a smooth journey for both runners and riders. If you’re looking to get back into running after having a baby or want an easy way to stay fit while transporting your little one from A to B, it’s well worth investing in a pram that’s specifically designed for running. 

If you’ve ever tried to run for a bus with a lightweight stroller or a bulky travel system, you’ll know that they’re not really built for speed. And tackling steep hills, bumpy trails and uneven terrain can be tricky with small wheels and zero suspension. Running buggies are fitted with fixed front wheels for added stability and come with adjustable handlebars to help you find a comfortable running position. 

Above all, you’re looking for a safe, secure and comfortable set up for you and your child and there are plenty of lightweight running buggies on the market that tick lots of boxes. To help you find the best pram for running, we’ve consulted the Mumsnet forums for top tips and recommendations. Who better to turn to for guidance than Mumsnetters who have been there and run that. 

Here are the best running buggies to buy in 2023.

1. Best overall running buggy: Out n About Nipper Sport 

Out n About Nipper Sport 

Price: RRP £329 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Suitable from: Six months to 22kg (around four years) | Weight: 9.8kg | Folded dimensions: 61 x 61 x 104 cm | Harness type: 5-point | Adjustable handlebar: Yes 

What we love

  • Weighs less than 10kg
  • Large shopping basket
  • Good for tall runners - handlebar extends to 111cm 

What to know

  • Compatible with a newborn support to use from birth
  • Large sun canopy
  • Harness can be a little fiddly 

What Mumsnet users say

"I used an Out nAbout Nipper Sport from birth - it's my only buggy. If you like running, it's a better model than the 360" - Mumsnet user, Cornishmumofone

"The Out n About Nipper Sport is great to run with, really light and supportive for the little one. It flies on tarmac and holds its own off road" - Mumsnet user, emmathedilemma

"Out n About Nipper 360. I was still running with this with a giant 3 and a half year old sitting comfortably" - Mumsnet user, Seacow87 

Our verdict

Runners rave about this sleek pram and it’s received plenty of praise in top fitness publications. At just 9.8kg, it’s really lightweight but with 16-inch wheels, it handles well on tough terrain, from steep rocky hills to bumpy fields. 

The Out n About handlebar extends to 111cm so it’s especially good for tall runners who may struggle with fixed settings. There’s a large shopping basket and a sizeable sun canopy with a handy peekaboo window. The lightweight frame makes it a good option as an everyday pram but it’s really well suited for some serious off-road exploring. 

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2. Best budget running buggy: Hauck Runner

Hauck Pushchair Runner

Price: RRP £170 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to 22kg (around four years) | Weight: 10.8kg | Folded dimensions: 88 x 60 x 44 cm | Harness type: 5-point | Adjustable handlebar: Yes

What we love

  • Great price
  • Full recline
  • Lockable swivel front wheel

What to know

  • Lightweight at 10.8kg
  • Works well as an everyday pushchair
  • Easy to remove back wheels when storing

What Mumsnet users say

"We have a Hauck runner - excellent value and has done many many miles off-road over the last 2 years, also many miles on the pavement with me running. Absolutely great buy" - Mumsnet user, Aurora791

"Very impressed with it considering the price. It's used daily on rough, hilly moorland and no issues yet" - Mumsnet user, IamnotwhouthinkIam

Our verdict 

Running buggies can be notoriously expensive so it’s refreshing to see a great pram on offer for under £200. This Hauck model features three air-filled wheels designed to tackle all terrains and off-road conditions. It fully reclines so it’s suitable from birth however guidance states that it should only be used as a running buggy from six months.  

The front wheel swivels, which can make it easier to manoeuvre than standard running buggies that tend to have a locked front wheel. Or it can be locked into position if preferred. It folds down small and the back wheels can be removed easily if you need to save space in the car boot or when storing at home. And the handlebar adjusts by 30cm to suit parents of all sizes. Many reviewers state that they picked up this pram as a dedicated running buggy but ended up using it as an everyday pushchair too. 

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3. Best premium running buggy: Thule Urban Glide 2

Thule Urban Glide 2

Price: RRP £800 | Buy now from Amazon

Tested by parents: Thule Urban Glide 2 full review (double model)

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to 22kg (around four years) | Weight: 11.5kg | Folded dimensions: 87 x 69 x 34 cm | Harness type: 5-point | Adjustable handlebar: Yes

What we love

  • Easy one-hand fold
  • Lightweight, stylish design
  • Integrated twist handbrake

What to know 

  • One-hand recline
  • Rain cover not included
  • Swivel and lockable front wheel

What Mumsnet users say 

"For a serious runner the Thules are amazing" - Mumsnet user, OverTheRubicon

"Prams with a swivel wheel (out n about nipper, Thule urban glide, mountain buggy) are a great middle ground. Still got really decent size wheels and the option to fix the front wheel for off road or have the swivel for when out and about in time" - Mumsnet user, SillyBry

Our verdict 

Engineered in Switzerland and designed for active families that tackle off-road terrain on a daily basis, this robust pram glides across a range of surfaces and can handle muddy fields and uneven pavements with ease. The handlebar offers a good grip and the integrated twist handbrake helps control speed when out jogging up and down steep hills. 

The one-hand recline is handy for dealing with snoozing babies mid-run and the supportive padded seat offers a smooth ride. It’s almost ready to go straight from the box as the seat comes attached to the frame but you’ll need to use a bike pump to inflate the wheels before popping them on the chassis. It’s pricey but it’s well engineered, extremely sturdy and very easy for runners and walkers to manoeuvre.

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4. Best double running buggy: Out n About Nipper 360 Double 

Out n About Nipper 360 Double 

Price: RRP £699 | Buy now from Kiddies Kingdom 

Tested by parents: Out n About Nipper 360 Double full review

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to 22kg per seat (around four years) | Weight: 12.8kg | Folded dimensions: 71 x 36 x 79 cm (excluding wheels) | Harness type: 5-point | Adjustable handlebar: Yes

What we love

  • Effortless one-handed steering
  • Each seat reclines independently
  • Compact design (just 72cm wide) and slim fold 

What to know

  • Air-filled wheels with a lockable swivel front wheel
  • Seats recline to a lie-flat position for newborns
  • Comes with a tyre pump and rain cover 

What Mumsnet users say 

"I love our double nipper and used it from newborn with the newborn insert. Be aware that as they are real tyres they can get punctures, so be prepared to have to fix them" - Mumsnet user, Postmanbear 

"I had a double nipper when I nannied for a toddler and took my own toddler with me. Fantastic to push around, one handed steering even when laden with the older siblings school bags and scooters" - Mumsnet user, SingingMyOwnSpecialSong

Our verdict

Mumsnet’s running community can’t get enough of the Out n Out brand and this Nipper 360 Double model is perfect if you have twins or want to transport a baby and a toddler together (just bear in mind that you’ll need to deal with an uneven weight distribution when running with kids of different ages). At 12.8kg, it’s one of the lightest double buggies on the market and weighs less than some of the single running buggies in our roundup. 

Its slimline design means it’s just 72cm at its widest so it easily fits through standard doorways, and when you’re out running, you can ensure each child is as comfortable as possible thanks to individual seat reclines and sun shades. The large air-filled wheels and rear-wheel suspension ensure a smooth ride and the removable seat liner makes cleaning a breeze (you’ll have double the snack residue to deal with after all). If you’re looking for a mighty pram for multiples, this one has it all. 

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5. Most durable running buggy: Mountain Buggy Terrain 

Mountain Buggy Terrain 

Price: RRP £659 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to 25kg (around five years) | Weight: 12.9kg | Folded dimensions: 93 x 63 x 39 cm | Harness type: 5-point | Adjustable handlebar: Yes

What we love

  • Super sturdy and built to last
  • Comes with two sets of wheels for urban and rugged terrain
  • Very light to push and easy to manoeuvre 

What to know 

  • Generous 10kg storage basket
  • Features lots of pockets
  • Pricey

What Mumsnet users say

"Mountain Buggy ones are good & totally indestructible. Ours is 15+ years old and has been passed from one offroad walking/jogging family to the next" - Mumsnet user, parentsvsPIL

"My brother had had a Terrain for 11 years, lives in the sticks and it did all 3 of his children! So they are built to last"- Mumsnet user, PrayingandHoping

Our verdict

Combining style and sturdiness, the Mountain Buggy Terrain comes with both 12- and 16-inch air-filled wheels that can be interchanged depending on whether you’re running up muddy hills or jogging along smooth tarmac. It’s a brilliant all-rounder that offers a smooth ride thanks to a shock-absorbing suspension and there’s a handy tracking cog that stops your pram veering off in its own direction. Useful additions for runners include loads of pockets (for energy gels and toddler snacks) and two bottle holders to keep you and your passenger hydrated. 

The generous 10kg storage basket is great if you’re running to the shop and back, and if you’re putting it in the boot of a car, the back wheels slip off easily for compact storage. 

Read next: The best bike trailers, as tested by parents

6. Most versatile running buggy: Thule Chariot Cross 

Thule Urban Glide 2

Price: RRP £950 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Suitable from: Six months to 22kg (around four years) | Weight: 13.8kg | Folded dimensions: 87 x 65 x 37.5 cm | Harness type: 5-point | Adjustable handlebar: Yes 

What we love

  • Versatile for active families (bike trailer, stroller, running buggy)
  • Adjustable suspension for different terrains
  • Easy one-hand recline 

What to know

  • The jogging conversion kit costs extra
  • Bulky - consider storage space at home
  • Pricey

What Mumsnet users say 

“I have a Thule Chariot which is a bike trailer but also has a jogging wheel option too. I have jogged in rutted paths (woodland) and cycled loads, plus (it has smaller stroller wheels too) it bumps up and down curbs so easily. I'd recommend this one if you have lots of room for storage (I keep mine in our garage) and you are ever likely to cycle as well as run” - recommended by Mumsnet user, DontBuyANewMumCashmere

Our verdict 

The Thule Chariot may be the most expensive model on our list but it offers excellent value for money for active families. It can be used as a bike trailer, a stroller and a running buggy, although you do need to purchase an attachment to convert it into a pram for running. It’s a space-saving and versatile investment if you spend lots of time outdoors transporting little ones near and far. 

As a running buggy, it’s a sturdy piece of kit with a suspension that can be adjusted to suit all running terrains - hello bumpy forest trails! The comfy padded seat (with five-point harness) offers a smooth ride and has plenty of room for kids of all sizes. There’s a rear light for added safety on grey days and adjustable airflow vents for sunny ones. You’ll need to push down on the handlebar in order to turn the pram via the back tyres which can take some getting used to. Although it’s on the bulky side so you’ll need to think about where to store it but it’s surprisingly compact when folded. 

Read next: The best bike seats to buy, as recommended by Mumsnetters

How to buy the best running buggy

There are a few important things to consider when buying a running buggy. Here are the main features to look for:

Weight: The lighter the overall weight of the pram, the easier it is to push, especially if you’re transporting an older child across uneven terrain. Look for a lightweight option with an aluminium frame.

Suspension: A good quality suspension will help to absorb the impact of running and make for a smooth ride for you and your child. Some running buggies offer adjustable suspensions that can be altered depending on the terrain you’re tackling. 

Adjustable handlebars: It’s well worth looking for a pram that comes with an adjustable handlebar, especially if different family members will be running with it. You’ll want to experiment with different handlebar heights to find a comfortable running position.

Safety features: A five-point harness ensures that your child is securely fastened into the pram seat when out and about on a run. Most running buggies feature a hand brake making it easier to slow down than having to use a foot brake. The Thule Urban Glide 2 comes with an integrated twist handbrake that can help control speed when jogging up and down steep hills. 

How to run with a running buggy

It’s best to start things off slowly and gradually increase your pace as you become more comfortable with running with your child in tow. Schedule regular breaks to make sure your little one is enjoying the ride. Don’t forget to take water to make sure you and your child stay hydrated. Try not to stuff too much into your storage basket and leave the nappy bag at home if you possibly can. Aim to maintain an upright posture and resist the temptation to to lean over the handlebars. 

What’s the best running buggy to buy

Mumsnetters love the Out n About pram brand and the Nipper Sport ticks so many running buggy boxes. It’s lightweight but sturdy, features an adjustable handlebar and comes with a sizeable storage basket. Many parents choose to use this as an everyday pram.

How we chose our recommendations 

We spent several hours sifting through Mumsnet's forums for our users' recommendations on the best running buggies that they have used and rated. We were also on the lookout for poor reviews of products to avoid.

We consulted recommendations from experts, consumer websites and print media and ensured we included brands that regularly appeared in the top 10 lists including Thule, Out n About, Hauck, Mountain Buggy.

We then looked at reviews for our longlisted running buggies to check if those previous customers were satisfied with their purchases.

By doing this, we whittled our longlist down and chose a selection of the best running buggies that we think offer something for everybody.

Why you should trust us 

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We consult real parents as well as experts so we can offer the benefit of honest experience and we don’t take payment for our reviews from companies.

Our team of writers is made up of experienced consumer and parenting journalists who between them have a wealth of experience and knowledge at their fingertips.

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