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Baby Jogger City Mini Review

Best Value Award
Price:   $260.00 List | $259.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Small and lightweight, price, easy to push and turn
Cons:  Harder to use, average quality
Bottom line:  An easy to push and turn option that has a good price for its performance and what it offers
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Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger City Mini came in 6th of 19 strollers tested in this review. This stroller earned a high score for weight and folded size and scored well for maneuverability. While the City Mini is a little harder to use than some of the competition thanks to peek-a-boo window that are hard to see out of and storage that 's hard to use, it still managed an impressive score considering its budget-friendly price and the stiff competition we tested. The City Mini is a nice little stroller that performed above average here and in our Umbrella Stroller Review, winning an award in both reviews. This makes it a stroller we would definitely recommend to a friend and one that could do double duty as a standard stroller and a lightweight option.



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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Wednesday
March 1, 2017

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The Baby Jogger City Mini is a good lightweight stroller and a nice full-size everyday option scoring well in both categories of gear.
The Baby Jogger City Mini is a good lightweight stroller and a nice full-size everyday option scoring well in both categories of gear.

Baby Jogger started in 1984 by parents who had a desire to jog with their babies, but they couldn't find viable strollers on the market for this activity. To solve the problem, they decided to create the first jogging stroller. From the beginning, Baby Jogger has created several different kinds of strollers for a variety of activities. Our full-size stroller review features both the City Mini Single and the GT, neither of which are designed for jogging. Baby Jogger was purchased by Newell Rubbermaid in 2015 and together the companies have continued to design popular strollers.



Performance Comparison


The Baby Jogger City Mini earned a Best Value award in this review (shown here in blue). The comparison chart below shows the overall scores for all the full size strollers we tested in this review. It is easy to see from this comparison why the City Mini earned an award.


The sections below provide details on how the City Mini performed during testing for each metric. The scores earned in each metric are used to determine the overall score with an emphasis on ease of use and maneuverability.

The City Mini is a full-featured stroller that offers a large canopy  large storage  and the seat reclines almost flat for nice napping.
The City Mini is a full-featured stroller that offers a large canopy, large storage, and the seat reclines almost flat for nice napping.

Ease of Use


The City Mini earned a 5 of 10 for ease of use, which is just below average for the group and tied with the Baby Jogger City Mini GT.


The similar Britax B-Agile 3 earned a 6. Ease of use impacts your daily experience using the stroller.

The City Mini has one of the easiest folds in the group with a one-handed pull loop.
The City Mini has one of the easiest folds in the group with a one-handed pull loop.

Fold and Unfold


The City Mini has a one-handed fold with one step, pulling up on the handle located on the seat. This stroller has an automatic lock and a carry strap, but it doesn't self-stand once folded. The fabric tends to get in the way of this fold, but it isn't as difficult as some of the others. Unfolding is a little harder with 2 steps, but it is still very easy.

The center brake pedal on the City Mini is easy to set and release  and is sandal foot friendly.
The center brake pedal on the City Mini is easy to set and release, and is sandal foot friendly.

Brakes


The brake pedal on the City Mini is located in the middle of the axle and is easy to set and release. The pedal placement prevents any interference from the wheels, and the pedal itself is sandal foot friendly because it is press to set and press again to release.

The City Mini storage bin has easy access from the back and sides  but the shape of the bin and curved bar across the back prevent larger items from fitting inside.
The City Mini storage bin has easy access from the back and sides, but the shape of the bin and curved bar across the back prevent larger items from fitting inside.

Storage


The storage bin on this stroller is medium in size and sort of hard to access thanks to the lower seat and a frame bar across the back making it a tight fit for our medium sized diaper bag. The maximum bin capacity is 10 lbs, which is 10 pounds less than the Baby Jogger City Mini GT. The bin on the Britax B-Agile 3 is larger than the City Mini, but has the same maximum weight allowance. The City Mini also offers a large narrow mesh pocket on the back of the seat where you can probably fit a phone, keys and maybe a small water bottle.

The Mini has 2 large peek-a-boo windows that are easy to use when they aren't throwing off glare.
The Mini has 2 large peek-a-boo windows that are easy to use when they aren't throwing off glare.

Sunshade


The City Mini boasts a large sunshade with 2 vinyl windows that covers to the knee. The windows often have a glare on them that make it hard to see through and mesh might have been a better choice for this reason. The canopy is listed as UV 50+ and the window closures are Velcro. The Britax B-Agile 3 has a larger mesh window that is easier to use.

The Mini harness is easy to use  but changing the shoulder strap height can be tricky with no visibility in the back and a small access pocket that will give large hands trouble.
The Mini harness is easy to use, but changing the shoulder strap height can be tricky with no visibility in the back and a small access pocket that will give large hands trouble.

Harness


This 5-point harness is easy to put on, but the buckle is only average compared to the competition. While the harness itself is easy enough to adjust, the shoulder straps are difficult because you have to rethread the straps through two layers and you can't see what you are doing. You have to slide your hand down a slim pocket on the seat back and it can be difficult for larger hands to fit. The harness has 3 height options and an adjustable crotch strap.

The City Mini has a comfortable seat with deep recline and a padded leg rest.
The City Mini has a comfortable seat with deep recline and a padded leg rest.

Seat


The City Mini does not have an adjustable leg rest, but it is padded adequately for comfort. It has a wide footrest that is covered in a durable material for better wear over time. The seat back on the Mini reclines fairly easily one-handed, but it is two-handed for raising. The recline operates with two side straps that meet in the middle with a plastic pull that keeps tension and keeps the back upright. The recline angle is deep enough for cozy napping.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Baby Jogger City Mini is not compatible with any seat as it comes straight out of the box, but it is compatible with a variety of infant car seat carriers with the purchase of an additional adapter.
This Baby Jogger City Mini multi-adapter works with some seats made by Peg Perego  Chicco  and Graco.
  • Other Car Seat Adapters — Baby Jogger offers other adapters that work with a variety of seats including some models made by Baby Jogger, Britax, BOB, Maxi Cosi, Cybex, Nuna, and Graco.

Ease of Setup





The City Mini took us 4:29 minutes assemble from unpacking to ready to stroll. This stroller doesn't require any tools and the manual is better than average for the group and easy to follow.

The 3 leg design of the Baby Jogger City Mini helped make it easy to push and turn on most terrains. If it had rubber tires or a single front wheel instead of a double wheel it probably would have scored higher.
The 3 leg design of the Baby Jogger City Mini helped make it easy to push and turn on most terrains. If it had rubber tires or a single front wheel instead of a double wheel it probably would have scored higher.

Maneuverability


The City Mini earned a 7 of 10 for maneuverability. Despite the dual front wheel design on the City Mini, it still manages to push and turn with ease. Perhaps this is a result of the trike design as opposed to four legs found on some of the competition.


This stroller is responsive enough to navigate tight places without bumping anything, and it continues to push and turn easily on rougher terrain if the front wheels don't get tugged off course by small irregularities in the road. We experienced minor vibration in the handlebar that seemed to be a result of a slight wobble that makes the Mini feel like it is swaying somewhat. This stroller can even be pushed one-handed for the most part.

The City Mini has a three wheel design that helped it out maneuver the four wheel competition  with a single dual wheel leg in front.
The City Mini has a three wheel design that helped it out maneuver the four wheel competition, with a single dual wheel leg in front.

The City Mini only has front wheel suspension, but it has nice padding on a sling seat. It offers a deep recline and a large canopy, so it is cozy for passengers. The handlebar is rubber covered, which isn't as nice as foam, and it sits at a height of 41.6 inches from the ground. The height and "cushion" the rubber provides is comfortable for pushers even over longer distances.

The City Mini is 17.5 lbs  and 8 300 cubic inches when folded. This makes it a small full-size stroller and a relatively large lightweight option. It is important to measure your trunk space or test the stroller in the smallest location it will need to fit before deciding to keep it.
The City Mini is 17.5 lbs, and 8,300 cubic inches when folded. This makes it a small full-size stroller and a relatively large lightweight option. It is important to measure your trunk space or test the stroller in the smallest location it will need to fit before deciding to keep it.

Weight and Folded Size


This stroller earned an 8 of 10 for weight and folded size. The City Mini weighs 17.5 lbs and is the second lightest stroller in the group with only the Britax B-Agile 3 weighing less at 17.4 lbs.


The City Mini is a compact stroller measuring at 8,300 cubic inches. This is fourth smallest in the group with the Britax B-Agile 3 coming in at 6,658 cubic inches. The City Mini's lighter weight and smaller size helped earn a spot in our Best Umbrella Review, where it won a Top Pick award.

The Baby Jogger City Mini scored slightly above average for quality  with materials and a design that is nice  but lacks any wow factor.
The Baby Jogger City Mini scored slightly above average for quality, with materials and a design that is nice, but lacks any wow factor.

Quality


The Baby Jogger City Mini earned a 6 of 10 for quality. This is the same score as the Baby Jogger City Mini GT as they are virtually the same when it comes to the materials and design with only a few minor differences. This is a higher score than the 5 earned by the Britax B-Agile 3.


The City Mini is made with nice materials, and connections that are well-constructed and smooth. The Mini has a simple and sturdy frame with little flex and slick fabric that wraps around the frame evenly. While the fabric is easy to clean we don't think it is very breathable. The overall fit and finish isn't as sleek as some of the competition, but it is functional and without errors. The wheels are foam filled plastic that won't puncture, but they can grow deformed over time and could leave you with a stroller that feels like a bad grocery cart.

Manufacturer Video


The following video provides additional information about the City Mini from Baby Jogger.



Accessories


Baby Jogger offers accessories you can purchase for your City Mini. Some of these accessories include:

City Mini Parent Console
City Mini Parent Console
  • The Baby Jogger Glider Board provides an additional riding option for parents with an older child. This board attaches to the stroller frame for the child to stand on and flips up out of the way when not in use.
  • The Baby Jogger Parent Console attaches to the handlebar of the City Mini with Velcro and includes an insulated cup holder and multiple inner and outer pockets made of neoprene.
  • The Baby Jogger Foot Muff is designed for children from birth to two years old. This foot warming bag will keep baby cozy in the winter; plus, it is machine washable and can be left on the stroller when folded.

Other Versions


Baby Jogger makes multiple strollers and we tested three of their full-size options in this review. In addition to the City Mini we purchased the Baby Jogger City Mini GT and the Baby Jogger City Select. This is the only one that won an award and it tied overall scores with the Baby Jogger City Mini GT.
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

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