The Baby Jogger City Mini Double is an average side-by-side stroller that performed well enough to score above average in most metrics, but not high enough to really impress. This stroller has nice fabric and well-padded seats with front suspension and large canopies. The storage bin and back seat pockets are useful, but the lack of adjustable handlebar and leg rest mean it has trouble competing with some of the competition. The plastic dual front wheel design negatively impacted the maneuverability of this stroller, and we think it could be a real contender if the tires were rubber or the handlebar adjustable.
Baby Jogger City Mini Double Review
Pros: Easy to lift and carry with a compact easy fold
Cons: Difficult to maneuver, hard to use storage options
Manufacturer: Baby Jogger
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Baby Jogger started in 1984 when a set of new dads wanted to jog with their little one but couldn't find a suitable stroller. These fellas went on to create the first stroller for jogging. Today, Baby Jogger makes a variety of baby strollers (most are not good for jogging). The company was sold to Newell Rubbermaid in 2005 and they still design and sell popular strollers.
The chart below is a comparison of the overall scores for the strollers in this review with the City Mini Double shown in blue.
The sections below show information on how the City Mini performed in each metric.
Ease of Use
The City Mini earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use. Several other strollers in the review tied with the City Mini.
Fold and Unfold
The City Mini claims to self-fold once the safety straps are unsnapped. We aren't sure about this, but it is very easy to fold compared to the competition, and we are impressed by the process. After removing the safety straps, all you need to do is lift the fabric handle in the center of the seat.
It requires two hands, bending halfway, and it self-stands, and auto-locks. To easy unfold requires two hands, and it has two steps, with a halfway bend to finish. We caution parents to double check that they have re-snapped the safety straps and to avoid leaving them undone.
The City Mini has single action brakes that are easy to set and difficult to release. The brakes is almost impossible to pop back up with your foot under the pedal, and you will injure you barefoot top or sandal if you try it. Some testers resorted to using their hand, which is not a useful solution.
The storage bin is a bummer compared to the competition. It is only medium in size and is hard to access from any angle. It has access from the back and both sides, but we weren't able to fit much inside. It has a 10 lb allowance, but it would be better if it held a larger bag or more supplies.
The City Mini also has a large mesh pocket on the back of each seat. The pockets hold 2 lbs making the total storage weight allowance 14 lbs. We were able to fit a water bottle, baby bottle and some types of sippy cups in the pockets on the back of the seat.
Each seat has a canopy so each child can meet different needs. They are large and cover past the knee when fully open. They have medium, vinyl peek-a-boo windows with a hook and loop closure cover. The canopies can be rolled up in the back to offer ventilation or let down to cover a reclined back.
The photos above show the differences between the Mini with the seat backs upright and canopies closed, and the seat backs fully reclined and canopies fully opened.
The 5-point harnesses on the City Mini are identical. They are really easy to put on and fairly easy to take off. The rethread shoulder straps have four different levels with a range of five inches. The crotch strap is adjustable with a single position. The harness tightens easily by pulling on the straps. The buckle requires that the parts be manually taken out of the buckle as the straps do not spring out on their own.
The stroller has padded leg rests that goes down to a fairly wide foot pad, but the rest is not adjustable for cozier napping. The recline feature is identical on each seat, and there are an infinite number of angles. The recline adjusts with only one hand for laying down and going upright. This stroller also has a retractable weather cover for unexpected weather.
Car Seat Compatibility
For each seat, you need to remove the canopy on the Mini to get the car seat properly in place, but none of the adapters require assembly. The seats all click into place on the adapters, but none of them are easy to attach. The Graco seats are the most difficult because one side will snap in smoothly while the other is near impossible to line up. The Maxi is better, not great, and it feels secure once attached. It's hard to say we recommend any of the seats because they all are on the difficult side, but if you must have one, the Maxi is the easiest to manage.
Ease of Setup
The City Mini Double took just over 8 minutes to set up. The manual is average and not as good as the Baby Jogger City Mini single instructions. The canopies are the hardest part to assemble, but you won't need any tools.
The City Mini earned a 5 of 10 for maneuverability. This score is below the average which is just under 6.
The City Mini performs better on flat surfaces than it does on rougher terrain. It is narrow for a side-by-side with wheels that are no wider than the frame, so it can fit through most doorways. Unfortunately, we aren't big fans of the foam filled tires and feel they add wobble to the overall ride. It is much harder to push going over grass and gravel, and the double front wheel design tries to pull the stroller off course. While you can lock the swivel wheels to help avoid this, you then won't be able to turn without popping the front wheels up.
Weight and Folded Size
If you are looking for a stroller that is both small and light, this may be a good option. While the majority of test results revealed an average product, the weight and folded size category improve the overall score of the Mini with an 8 of 10. The City Mini weighs 27.8 lbs, which is only 4 lbs more than the lightest option. The Mini measures 10,971 cubic inches making it one of the smallest folded options.
The City Mini earned a 6 of 10 for quality, which is a tie with the Joovy ScooterX2 with Tray. Baby Jogger tends to be nice enough to instill confidence without creating a stroller that is too expensive for the average family to afford. The City Mini is no exception to this standard with materials and components that look and feel durable.
The fabric on the Mini is smooth and slick, with finely woven slick canvas on the seats. It offers better padding than the Baby Jogger City Select Double, and the combination of materials feels like it wouldn't be very breathable. The material is continuous throughout the stroller, and it wraps around the frame to create the leg rest and the canopies. The fabric feels easy to wipe and that it would dry fairly quickly. The footrest seems like a more durable material. The storage basket fabric is similar to the seat, but a little thicker with mesh sides. The mesh is loosely woven, and it snagged in our tests.
The frame on the Mini is simple and sturdy with a nice finish that is neither understated nor flashy. The overall fit and finish of the City Mini are nice, without being showy, and all of the materials and components come together with a finished look that isn't frumpy.
The City Mini has a stationary handlebar covered in rubber. It is only average for comfort and we worry the black rubber will get hot in the sun. Also, the grooved rubber feels rough when pushing for a long distance. The bar has a middle section that cuts it in two making it difficult to push one handed, and we think the design could use a little work given that the competition did not divide the bar.
This Baby Jogger has front wheel suspension that is not adjustable. The padding on the sling style seats will also help create a cozy riding experience.
The City Mini will only accept one infant car seat, and while it is compatible with several different brands, installing only one seat means it is not the best choice for infant twins. It will work for older twins given that the two seats offer the same riding experience and features, and there is less chance little ones will fight over who gets to sit where. So what to do for infant twins? Well, you can install one car seat and carry the other child in a baby carrier. Alternatively, you can purchase a nice double frame stroller like the Joovy Twin Roo+ as a way to transport two infants in car seats. This stroller can be used for the first 9-12 months of life and has a very reasonable price of only $130.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team