Baby Jogger Summit X3 Review

Summit X3 stroller
Moms enjoying a jog in the park with their kids in the Summit X3.

OVERALL SCORE

79

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The Baby Jogger Summit X3 is a quality jogging stroller that is perfect for active families. This stroller is distinguished from other joggers by its large, protective canopy and its high level of maneuverability. This durable stroller will handle rough terrain effortlessly due to its all-wheel suspension and lockable swivel wheel. Something that sets this stroller apart from other jogging strollers is the large amount of storage space it has located underneath the seat, making it perfect for longer trips and for your everyday needs.

How the strollers are reviewed

The following chart rates the stroller for the most important stroller criteria for product specifications, effectiveness, parent preferences, and child comfort. Check out our guide to jogging strollers to see how this stroller compares to others!

RATING (SCORE):

   Poor (1-2)   Fair (3-4)   Good (5-6)   Very Good (7-8)   Excellent (9-10)
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Durability
Weight
 EFFECTIVENESS
Brakes
Compact
Ease of Use
Folding
Grip
Maneuverability   
Rough Terrain
PARENT PREFERENCES
Accessories
Easy to Assemble
Easy to Clean
Storage
COMFORT
Child Comfort
Sun Canopy
Suspension

Durability

Excellent – 9/10

This stroller receives a 9 in durability due to its tough, durable fabric and sturdy frame.  Its air-filled, inflatable tires are hard to wear out and seem to always look brand new after months of use. Additionally the X3’s wheels are very easy to pump and re-pump if they seem to be lacking air. Many reviewers were very happy with how well-built this stroller is, making the Summit X3 well worth the price. 

The Baby Jogger Summit X3
The Summit X3 showing off it’s rough terrain capabilities.

Weight

Very Good – 7/10

The Summit X3 weighs 32.2 pounds, making it slightly on the heavier side. This makes it harder to push and maneuver than other jogging strollers. However, its durability, quality material, and large amount of storage space all help to compensate for its heavier weight. 

Brakes

Very Good – 8/10

This stroller has hand-operated drum brakes/a deceleration brake that make slowing down on hills or transitioning from a jog to a walk effortless. Additionally, this stroller has a single action brake system that is very easy to set and release. The brakes may be difficult to push down, but you will know once they are engaged by the clicking sound!

Compact

Good – 6/10

This Summit X3 is fairly compact for its weight. Its dimensions are 38.2 x 46 x 41.5 in. standing, and 33.5″L x 25.5″W x 15.5″H when folded. Its not as compact as other jogger strollers, but it folds up to a size that is much more compact than other strollers when its wheels are removed. 

“After deciding on this one, the minute I pushed it I was in love. My daughter who is 2 has never been a good sleeper out of the house and she’ll fall asleep in this during outings and stay sleeping for hours. I love the brake on the handle, as it’s amazing when it comes to going down hills whether I’m exercising or at the the zoo. “
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Ease of Use

Excellent – 9/10

This stroller receives an excellent score of 9 in this category due to its effortless one-hand fold, high maneuverability, and easy-to-set brakes. Everything on this stroller, such as the 5-point harness, is easy to adjust and makes life easy for busy parents who are always on-the-go.

Folding

Very Good – 7/10

It is very easy to fold this stroller, in fact, it is so easy that it only requires one hand. In order to fold it, all that’s required is you pulling the handle in the middle of the stroller. However, in order to lock this stroller, you will need to use the other hand to lock it manually. Additionally, this stroller does not stand on its own when folded.

Grip

Very Good – 8/10

The Summit X3 has a comfortable handlebar that is easy to grasp onto during a jog. However, this handlebar is not adjustable. It sits at an average height, around 40.5 inches from the ground. This height has proven to be suitable for most parents.

Manveuverability

Very Good- 8/10

Despite its shorter wheelbase, the Summit X3 scored high in this category. This jogger has a locking swivel wheel that makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. It is also very possible to steer this stroller when you’re out-and-about using only one hand! This is truly a one-hand stroller.

“Awesome. It fully reclines, it has a tri fold shade thats tall enough to grow with baby and fully covers their body, and it is well made with a solid construction and excellent warranty. The only con I can even think of about this jogger is how hard it is to find the correct car seat adaptor to fit for your specific car seat. “
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Rough Terrain

Very Good – 7/10

The lockable swivel wheel that this stroller boasts makes it very easy to transition from smooth terrain to rough terrain. It is also perfect for active parents who would want to go jogging with this stroller. 

Accessories

Very Good – 8/10

The X3 has a large basket underneath the seat that can be accessed very easily from the sides of the stroller or from behind. Additionally, it comes with a mesh window that helps control air flow into and out of the stroller. A 5 point harness is also included in this stroller, ensuring that your baby is safe for the duration of the ride. You must buy a safety bar and seat adapter separately.

Easy to Assemble

Very Good – 8/10

This stroller is very easy to assemble and can be good-to-go within 10 minutes. It does not require any tools since the three wheels and canopy snap on easily without fuss. The manual is wordy but is very thorough, containing pictures clearly illustrating every step.

Easy to Clean

Very Good – 8/10

The Summit X3 is very easy to clean due to its water-resistant fabric that wipes down much easier than other fabrics. As a result, nothing more than a wet, soapy washcloth is needed to keep your X3 clean after a muddy day at the park. Additionally, the handlebar is covered with a rubber cover that is significantly easier to clean than foam handles (commonly found on other strollers).

“My favorite features include the easy to engage parking brake (I had to violently kick my other stroller’s brakes if I wanted them to fully engage), the harness (fewer pieces to click together = fewer minutes of Mommy wrestling baby before we can be on our way!), and the super smooth ride. We are getting into jogging as a family and this stroller provides a beautiful ride and our baby loves to be in it. “
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Storage

Very Good – 7/10

The Summit X3 has a large basket on the underside of the seat, something that is uncommon for jogging strollers. A large mesh pocket is also included on the back of the seat. These are the only storage options for this stroller, but many find this to be more than enough.

Child Comfort

Excellent – 9/10

The X3 ranks very highly in child comfort due to its adjustable recline, which allows the seat to recline to an almost-flat position. The 5 point harness that the Summit boasts also provides young passengers with the utmost of comfort and safety.

Sun Canopy

Excellent – 10/10

The Summit X3 stands out because of its huge canopy, which was given a 10 out of 10 in terms of rating. This is due to the two large viewing windows it has, making it very easy to check up on your child while you are jogging.

Suspension

Very Good – 8/10

The all-wheel suspension system that this stroller comes with will help to provide your child with the smoothest ride. This system will absorb almost all bumps caused by rough or rocky terrain, boosting its efficacy as an off-road jogging stroller.

What do experts say?

Summit X3
The Summit X3 shown on a beautiful day.

“Baby Jogger Summit X3 is an award-winning jogging stroller that will go through anything no matter how rough the terrain gets. This updated model has all the features parents want in a jogger like full protection canopy, roomy seat, large basket, and easy fold.” – Mom’s Stroller Reviews


Specifications

BassinetsNo
Car Seat CompatibilityYes
Child’s Age Range3 months – 7 Years
Dimension38.2 x 46 x 41.5 in.
Forward/Rear FacingForward
Handlebar HeightMedium
JoggingYes
One Hand FoldOne
Passenger Capacity1
ReclineVertical to 20 degrees from flat
Weight32.2 lbs
Wheel SizesFront 12″ Rear 16″

Where to buy?

Amazon$375.00
Target$429.99
Baby Jogger$429.99

Our Rating Process

Our team has read through thousands of customer and expert reviews to understand what consumers like, or dislike, about them.  We gather information about the stroller and it’s attributes that you can’t find by doing a traditional google search and present them to you.  Because each stroller is unique and has its own set of features, the search process can be strenuous.  In the end, you need to find a stroller that is meant for your needs.  By rating them on the most important criteria, we can help you find the stroller that will be the best fit for you and your growing family.  We also reach out to real moms to find out what they’re looking for.  After all, they’re the one’s who know what’s best.

 

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