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Baby Jogger City Select Double Review

Not terrible for what it is, but it's harder to use and push
Baby Jogger City Select Double
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $700 List | $680 at Amazon
Pros:  Accepts two car seats, easy to access storage
Cons:  Hard to fold, lift, and carry
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 8, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 6
  • Maneuverability - 30% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 4
  • Quality - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger City Select is a popular inline stroller for two. It features stadium-style seating, adjustable handlebar, and foam-filled rubber wheels on the back. While this stroller has loads of seating configurations, including two infant car seats, it isn't the easiest stroller to use, and it is the heaviest option we reviewed weighing close to 38 lbs with both standard seats attached. Despite the heavier weight, this stroller still manages to be relatively easy to push, but the plastic wheels and two-wheel shocks are disappointing for a stroller with a price this high. In short, the Select has some attractive attributes, but it failed to perform well in our tests, and while we wanted to like it, it couldn't compete with the competition.

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Pros Accepts two car seats, easy to access storageAccepts two car seats, great storage, quality materialsSuper easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging strollerRugged, off-road-ready, easy to push and turnAccepts two car seats of various brands, easy to maneuver
Cons Hard to fold, lift, and carryHeavy and harder to lift, higher priceBulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seatBulky, expensive, lacks refinementLack of convenience features
Bottom Line It isn't a bad inline option, but it is harder to push and use than the competitionQuality stroller with versatile seating options for growing familiesAwesome double stroller doing dual jobs as a jogger for toddlersEasy to use jogger good for everyday activities and off-road funNice, quality choice that is easier to maneuver
Rating Categories City Select Double UPPAbaby Vista v2... Thule Urban Glide... Revolution Flex... Mountain Buggy Duet
Ease Of Use (45%)
6
9
7
7
6
Maneuverability (30%)
6
8
9
9
7
Weight Folded Size (15%)
4
4
5
5
5
Quality (10%)
7
8
9
8
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Specs City Select Double UPPAbaby Vista v2... Thule Urban Glide... Revolution Flex... Mountain Buggy Duet
Weight 37.8 lbs 35 lbs 32.1 lbs 33.1 lbs 32.8 lbs
Folded Dimensions 25.5"W x 14.5"H x 43.5"L 25.8"W x 26.5"H x 37"L 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L 30.8"W x 18"H x 39.5"L 26"W x 17.5"H x 37.8"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 45 lbs/40"
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum: "Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo."
Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum: Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 40 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility None UPPAbaby
Mesa
None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Baby Jogger
City Go
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
BOB
B-Safe
Chicco
KeyFit30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 3S, Aton Q
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect models 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Maxi Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico AP, Pebble, Cabrio Fix, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
Peg-Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Maxi-Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
Nuna
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None Mountain Buggy
Protect
Phil&Teds
Alpha
Maxi Cosi
Mico AP, CabrioFix, Pebble
Cybex
Aton
Graco
Snugride Click Connect 30, 32, 35
Chicco
Keyfit
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None None "BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33
EvenFlo
Discovery 5
Graco
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Safety 1st
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa"
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
Snug Ride Click Connect 30, Snug Ride Click Connect 30 LX, Snug Ride 35 Elite, Snug Ride 35 LX, Snug Ride 35 Platinum, Snug Ride Click Connect 35, Snug Ride Click Connect 35 LX, Snug Ride Click Connect 40, Snug Ride Snug Lock 30, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 DLX, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Elite, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum XT
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido
Chicco
KeyFit 30, Keyfit 30 Zip, Keyfit Zip Air, KeyFit Magic, Fit2
None
Number of Car Seats Accepted 2 1 1 1 2
Recline Front/Left Seat Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level Deep
Recline Rear/Right Seat Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Very large Medium Large Medium
Sun Shade Size Medium Large Medium Large Medium
One-handed Fold No No Yes No Yes
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 39.4"/41.9" 39.5"/42.5" 30.9"/45.1" 35.8"/49.3" 30.1"/43.0"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None Rain Shield, Bug Shield None None None
Setup Time 13:12 5:14
min:sec
4:14 7:30 10:37

Our Analysis and Test Results

From its humble beginnings in 1984, Baby Jogger began with two father's goal of jogging with their babies. With no jogging products on the market, the dads created the first stroller designed to jog with. The company offers multiple strollers for activities other than jogging, and in 2015, it was purchased by the Newell Rubbermaid company.

Performance Comparison



To fold the Select Double, you can remove the second seat to make...
To fold the Select Double, you can remove the second seat to make the bulk of the package smaller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The City Select is easier to use than the average option in this review. Ease of use affects your daily experience using the stroller and making it an important metric.

Folding the Select includes removing a seat and lifting the entire...
We had difficulty with the Select fold lock and some testers...

Fold and Unfold


Folding requires the removal of the rear seat, which leaves you carrying two parts, a diaper bag, and little ones. Folding is difficult requiring two hands, five steps, a manual lock, and no self-stand. You must recline the remaining seat and bend to the ground to fold and engage the lock (which hurt testers' fingers). It requires lifting the product off the ground to fold, and the release on our stroller was sticky. Because it is heavy, we had trouble lifting the sides to fold, and it felt awkward getting it to fold over. Unfolding the stroller is even worse. You'll once again be bending to release the hard to use lock and to lift the sides.

The Select has a unique hand brake not found on any other model we...
The Select has a unique hand brake not found on any other model we looked at.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The Select has a hand-operated parking brake, not like the slowing brake on some jogging strollers. It is a single action brake that sits on the right side of the frame. It is easy to use, but it can pinch your hand when you release it. We didn't experience this, but it might take repeated use before the paranoia goes away. This brake requires dexterity and finger strength.

The back panel on the Select storage bin can be pulled down for...
The storage bin on the Select may not have the second passenger's...

Storage


The Select is one of the few inline double strollers that doesn't stick the second passenger in the storage bin, and for that we thank it. The bin remains accessible no matter how many seats you use or what their configuration. The basket is large with a 15 lb weight allowance, and we fit our extra-large diaper bag inside. It has easy access from the back, sides, and top, and the back unzips for larger or awkward shaped items. The shape of the frame and basket make it hard to fit as much inside as the UPPAbaby bins.

This stroller also has mesh pockets with elastic tops on the back of each standard seat. Each pocket can hold about a pound. The pockets can carry water bottles, bottles, or sippy cups.

The Select canopies are large, but their peek-a-boo windows are...
The Select canopies are large, but their peek-a-boo windows are largely useless because they are almost impossible to see through.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The canopies on both seats are the same. Each can be adjusted for height as well as how far it rotates forward, and they have vinyl and mesh peek-a-boo windows with magnetic closures. The canopies are medium in size and have pop-out visors on the front. The canopies have ventilation and are UV 50+. The peek-a-boo window on each is virtually impossible to see through with the mesh, and we aren't sure what the point of the mesh is since the window is vinyl.

The seats on the Select are close enough together that one child...
The seats on the Select can collide when reclined if you aren't...

The photos above show a standard seating configuration with canopies closed and open and seatbacks upright and reclined.

The Select buckle is less stiff than some of the competition.
The Select buckle is less stiff than some of the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The seats have a 5-point harness and the same buckle and height adjustment. The harness is very easy to put on, slightly harder to take off and okay to adjust. The shoulder strap height range has three positions with an adjustable crotch strap with one location. The rethread system requires putting one hand down the back of the zippered access panel on the seat, which could be challenging for those with larger hands. The buckle is easy to use, but the components don't "spring" out when you press the button, you'll need to remove each strap.

Changing seats on the Select is fairly simple and similar to other...
Changing seats on the Select is fairly simple and similar to other strollers with a similar look. Seats and infant car seats attach on either side of the frame and can be removed by pressing the button and lifting up.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


Unlike some of the competition, this stroller has stadium seats as opposed to the second seat under the main seat inside the storage bin. This design retains the use of the storage bin and gives a similar experience to both passengers. The seats easily click into place with side adapters and can be moved quickly. Both have adjustable leg rests and recline features with the same adjustability.

The foot and leg rest adjusts in length and angle. They are not padded, but the seat fabric rolls over the edge for comfort. The rests are wide with durable fabric that looks like it will wear well and be easy to clean.

Adjusting the Select recline is as easy as squeezing the handle on...
The back mesh on the Select seat can be zipped off making access to...

Both seats offer a one-handed recline operation that is simple and easy to use. The seats recline to almost the same angle, but the angle is limited when both seats face forward as the front seat would collide with the rear seat when reclined too far.

The Select can be good for a growing family by accommodating an...
The Select can be good for a growing family by accommodating an older child and an infant car seat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Car Seat Compatibility


This stroller can work with two infant car seats from a variety of brands including Baby Jogger, Britax, BOB, Chicco, Cybex, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Peg Perego. We tested the City Select with the Britax B-Safe 35, Chicco Keyfit 30, Graco Click Connect 35, Graco Click Connect 40, and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. The Britax and Graco adapters do not require assembly, but the adapter for the Chicco and Maxi has five parts. All of the seats require the removal of the toddler seats. All of the seats click in fairly easily, but the Chicco is marginally better. The Chicco and Peg feel more secure than the rest.

Ease of Setup




The Select is easy to set up compared to much of the competition in this review.

The front wheels on the Select are smaller and not as nice as the...
The front wheels on the Select are smaller and not as nice as the rear wheel which are 12 inches and made of foam filled rubber.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


The Select is slightly better than average for the ease of pushing and turning. Being able to maneuver a big stroller can be a key factor in enjoying a stroller or wanting to dump it in the nearest dumpster.

The front wheels on the Select can be locked for easier pushing over...
The front wheels on the Select can be locked for easier pushing over uneven terrain.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

While the Select is not difficult to push, the longer length makes it harder to control and turn. It also means you need to plan your next move in advance. It doesn't stop or turn on a dime, but it is more manageable than some of the tandem strollers with plastic wheels. It rolls surprisingly well over most surfaces, performing reasonably well on grass and gravel. Pushing gets harder the more weight it contains, so pushing babies will be easier than toddlers pushing the weight capacity of the seats.

The longer handle helps it maneuver up and down curbs, but the heavy front weight makes the process a little out of control.

The Baby Jogger City Select Double is smaller folded than you'd...
The Baby Jogger City Select Double is smaller folded than you'd think given the heavier weight of almost 38 pounds, but the weight could still be a deal breaker for some parents who won't want to lug it around or may not be able to lift it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The Select is one of the heaviest strollers in this review at 37.8 lbs, but it manages to fold relatively small at 16,084 cubic inches. The Select is heavy, but its smaller size make it easier to lift and fit into standard size trunks spaces. However, it is unlikely that many parents will want to lift and carry this stroller folded for any real distance.

While the Select scored fairly well for quality, but the choice of...
While the Select scored fairly well for quality, but the choice of heavy canvas fabric left the Select's overall fit and finish looking a little frumpy.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Select scored higher than average for quality, proving that Baby Jogger can run with the big dogs when it comes to quality.

The fabric is similar to options but isn't as soft to touch. While it is thick and feels durable, it also feels like it will chafe delicate skin. The padding on the seats isn't as substantial as that on the similarly styled competition. The sunshade and the seats are the same canvas, which is too heavy for the shade and looks frumpy. The fabric is softer and more breathable than that on other Baby Joggers, but arguably not as easy to clean. The basket has a bottom of durable canvas with stretchy mesh sides.

The frame on the Select feels sturdy and durable, but the overall look of the fabric on the frame is lacking. The Select doesn't look as complete and polished in the fit and finish department as the competition.

The handlebar on the Select adjusts using the squeeze button on the...
The handlebar on the Select adjusts using the squeeze button on the handle and telescoping in and out.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The handlebar adjusts with the telescoping method we prefer. Unfortunately, the height range is only about 2 inches making the adjustability almost useless considering the competition ranges up to 8 inches. The bar itself doesn't feel great and has a rubber material cover with grooves that run the length of the bar, with a plastic part in the middle for height adjustment. The handle is narrow making it uncomfortable to use.

The Select looks better from behind thanks to the lack of floppy...
The Select looks better from behind thanks to the lack of floppy canvas material.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Select has 8-inch plastic front wheels, and 12-inch rubber foam filled tires on the back. It only has suspension on the front wheels, and the seat jiggles significantly when strolling. So while we feel the larger tires and front suspension might help smooth the ride, we think it would be better with four-wheel suspension and no plastic tires.

The Select will accept two infant car seats of varying brands...
The Select will accept two infant car seats of varying brands depending on the adapters purchased.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Twins


The Select accepts two infant car seats making it attractive to parents of twins. It accepts different brands and works in a variety of seating configurations. Both standard seats are the same with similar features and functionality. We suspect that twins or siblings will be able to avoid a fight on who gets to sit where. It is one of the few options that accept two car seats without requiring a specific brand.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team