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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 is an in-line stroller with similar seating features for both passengers.
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Price:   $700 List
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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RANKED
#10 of 20
  • Ease Of Use - 35% 6
  • Maneuverability - 25% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 4
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Quality - 10% 7
  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 5% 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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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


This comparison chart shows the overall scores for all of the double strollers purchased for this review including the Baby Jogger City Select Double (in blue).


The sections below provide details about how the Select performed during tests for each metric.

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

Ease of Use


City Select earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use, making it higher than the average. 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 stroller off the ground by pulling up on both sides of the stroller at the same time.
We had difficulty with the Select fold lock and some testers reported it was too stiff or hurt their fingers to operate.

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

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 quicker access than the zipper.
The storage bin on the Select may not have the second passenger's feet inside  like the Dot  but the bar across the back makes fitting larger bags inside difficult.

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

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 annoying the other is a high probability.
The seats on the Select can collide when reclined if you aren't careful how you are doing it or if you have the right configuration for reclining.

The photos above show a standard seating configuration with canopies closed and open and seat backs 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.

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 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.
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.

Seat


Unlike the Phil and Teds Dot, 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 of the seat.
The back mesh on the Select seat can be zipped off making access to the recline adjustment easier.

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

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 and earned a 7 of 10 for this metric.

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.
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.

Maneuverability


The Select earned a score of 6 of 10 for maneuverability, which is just above the average. 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 uneven terrain.
The front wheels on the Select can be locked for easier pushing over uneven terrain.

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 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.
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.

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 heavy canvas fabric left the Select's overall fit and finish looking a little frumpy.
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.

Quality


The Select scored higher than average for quality with a 7 of 10, 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 UPPAbaby Vista Double. 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 the Baby Jogger City Mini Double, 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 handle and telescoping in and out.
The handlebar on the Select adjusts using the squeeze button on the handle and telescoping in and out.

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 has 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 canvas material.
The Select looks better from behind thanks to the lack of floppy canvas material.

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

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 accepts two car seats without requiring a specific brand. Alternatively, if you are considering the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 car seat, the Peg Perego Book for Two scored in the top third of products, is a side-by-side stroller and costs $50 less than the Select.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team