For as much as a penny-pincher as I am, there are several baby items that you should definitely not skimp on, and a stroller is one of them, especially if you’re an active mom like me. I walk anywhere from 5 to 10 miles per day and slowly progressed my way up from a $20 Snap n’ Go stroller all the way up to $300 BOB stroller and couldn’t be happier with my decision. The two most popular single BOB strollers are the Sport Utility and Revolution SE. Which one should you get?
For penny-pinchers, price is automatically a huge factor in determining which stroller you choose to go with. And one of the first things you’ll notice is the Sport Utility currently retails on Amazon for $288 while its Revolution SE companion goes for $319. That’s over a $30 difference! I mean heck, you can get a Sport Utility stroller plus the added handlebar console or snack tray for the price of a Revolution SE! Seems like a good deal? Not so fast.
The biggest difference between the two strollers is the front wheel. The Sport Utility stroller has a fixed front wheel which is great for runners going long and relatively straight routes with few sharp turns. If you plan on using your stroller for jogging and only jogging, you may want to just consider the Sport Utility. The Revolution SE stroller is more versatile. Its front wheel can be either swiveled or fixed depending on the type of terrain you are walking or jogging on, but the swivel option makes it much easier to glide through tight spaces and busy crowded areas.
For me, it was a toss up between the two. I may take my stroller into a busy crowded area once a year and we don’t have bustling shopping malls where I live, so did I really need the swivel option for an extra $31? If you’re considering buying a weather shield for your stroller, know that the cost for the Sport Utility rain guard is $50+ in most stores while the rain guard for the Revolution SE sells for around $40, or about $20-$30 used (it’s much easier to find a used rain guard for the Revolution SE stroller since it is much more common than the Sport Utility). All other accessories, aside from the rain guard, can fit on both versions of the stroller.
I had a Sport Utility stroller and sold it to buy a Revolution SE. Between the more expensive yet versatile SE and a cheaper rain guard, it actually came out even with the Sport Utility and the pricier guard! Oh, and once you go swivel…you’ll never go back. I sometimes ask myself is there even any friction between this stroller and this gravel road? BOB strollers are definitely worth the investment. I’d highly recommend the more expensive of the two!