The Special Tomato Jogger Stroller is geared towards active parents with a special needs child who enjoy walking, jogging, running, hiking, or other outdoor activities.
This all-terrain jogger is a highly rated pushchair among parents who have a child with mild to moderate physical disabilities.
I’m a parent myself and before I make an important purchasing decision, I go down the rabbit hole to learn ALL my options out there.
My intention in writing this review is to help as many parents and caretakers as possible get the right information they need to make the most informed purchasing decision.
I’m a firm believer you should have a peace of mind knowing what you buy is worth it.
So let’s dive in and discuss the benefits, features, and most importantly, IS the Special Tomato Jogger worth it?
Product: Special Tomato Jogger | Brand: Special Tomato
Color: Black with red
Age: Supports children with or without special needs weighing up to 110 pounds
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Before we get into the details, here is a quick snap shot of what makes this jogger stand out:
- Lightweight (only 27 pounds)
- Safe and easy to use
- Easy to fold
- Made with high quality material
- Made to fit into your lifestyle
- Made to support your special needs child with maximum comfort
By maximum comfort, I’m talking about the material which is one of its TOP features.
Let me explain …
The Material Features
First, I want to get into the creators of Special Tomato because they have kicked it up a notch regarding the material they use to make their adaptive equipment line super comfortable for children with special needs.
Tim Bergeron, one of the founding members and also the original creator of Tumble Forms, has made the seating and positioning designs of Special Tomato to be more therapeutically friendly to benefit what therapists and caregivers work on daily with their children.
The material is designed to be ‘Soft Touch’ meaning it’s latex-free, peel and tear resistant, and made with anti-microbial protection.
It’s soft yet durable and has a great reputation of not much wear and tear when being used by hospitals, clinics, schools, or at home.
There are two 12 inch quick release tires in the back and one 12 inch tire in the front made to easily maneuver (especially in tight spaces). There is a lock up feature in the front for line rolling or if you are going over a bumpy surface.
Adjustable Push Handle.
You can easily adjust the handle up or down to match your height so it’s at the perfect fit and comfort level.
Sun and rain canopy.
There’s a canopy with a window to give your kiddo the shade they need to remain comfortable.
Five point harness.
Has a very soft cushion padding and provides maximum support to keep your child from shifting when sitting.
Your child’s feet will not slip or get dirty as the footwell will hold their feet upright at a comfy angle.
Other special features include:
- Functional rear suspension to keep your rides smooth over most surfaces
- Easy to fold (can fit into most trunks effortlessly)
- The padded seat can be adjusted upright to support and stabilize your child (anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees)
- The padded seat can be adjusted downright if your child needs to take a nap or relax (up to 50 degrees)
- Footwell with side guard
- Rear parking brake
- Folding latch to easily fold and snap into place
- Closure strap to keep jogger folded when transporting
- Fabric is easily washable
- Reversible fleece for colder weather and a canvas insert when it’s warmer
- Frame material is aluminum
- Canopy underneath the seat for storage
- 1 year warranty
Here’s quick helpful video (less than 1 minute) on how to fold and unfold the Special Tomato Jogger. If you are anything like me, folding stroller’s can sometimes be tricky. 🙂
Takeaway Tip: You can add Special Tomato liners which are optional (not included with the jogger).
If your child needs added hip and back support, you can choose to add a ‘soft touch’ liner back with seat pads.
Which Liners and Seat Pads are Compatible with the Jogger?
Common Questions & Answers
Is the mesh durable enough at the ‘footwell’ especially if a child has orthopedics on and is rubbing against it?
Yes, the mesh is very durable. It’s peel and tear resistant and very easy to clean.
Do you need to remove the wheels to fold the jogger?
Not at all. See the video above on how to fold and unfold the jogger which you can do with the wheels on.
What age should a child be to ride in the jogger?
If your child weighs less than the weight limit of up to 110 pounds than the jogger should fit them.
What’s the max height?
If your concerned about height, it would be best to measure your child from their bottom up to their head when sitting down as the seat back height is 25 inches. See the size chart below for reference.
Would this jogger do OK in the snow?
Yes, the tires are durable rubber tires which makes it a lot easier to push “off-road” and onto rougher surfaces.
Is assembly required?
Yes but it’s very simple to put together. Just snap on the wheels. 🙂
Pros vs. Cons
After writing this review and going down the rabbit hole of in-depth research, reviews, and customer questions, I definitely feel the pros outweigh the cons.
Let’s do a quick recap of the biggest positives vs. negatives. 🙂
- Super lightweight (only 27 pounds)
- Safe and easy to use
- Easy to fold and clean
- Made with high quality material to last
- Made to fit into your lifestyle
- Made for children with or without special needs
- Made to support a child with maximum comfort
- Optional add-ons (which are super helpful) but will add to the cost
In a nutshell, I think the jogger should be looked at as an investment in your lifestyle and child’s needs. It is pricey which is the biggest concern but it is made to last for years or until your child outgrows it.
Rather than having to purchase multiple stroller’s overtime, this could be the one and only you need.
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
What Reviewers are Sharing …
Overall, the ratings and what reviewers are sharing is they are happy and very pleased with the Special Tomato Jogger.
As one reviewer shares, “My 22-year-old daughter has cerebral palsy and can not walk. I purchased this to use around the house inside and out and when we got visiting. It rides like a Cadillac. Easy to assemble and very lightweight. Worth every penny. ”
Another reviewer says this is a nice solid stroller stating, “Upon opening, it was such a relief to see it was almost fully assembled. Just a quick click on the tires, and it was ready to go! The new folding mechanism is great compared to the old EIO. Only complaint is that it’s not easy to fold flat….some maneuvering is involved in getting it compacted down. ”
You can see these reviews by clicking here. Just scroll to the bottom where it says ‘reviews’. 🙂
Helpful Resource … The ‘User Manual’
Hopefully, this post inspired your research efforts in finding the BEST jogger for you and your child.
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