The Baby Jogger City Mini 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 a poorly placed peek-a-boo window and storage that's somewhat blocked, it still managed an impressive score considering its budget-friendly price and the stiff competition. The City Mini is a nice little stroller that performed above average here and in our Umbrella Stroller Review.
Baby Jogger City Mini Review
Pros: Small and lightweight, price, easy to push and turn
Cons: Harder to use, average quality
Manufacturer: Baby Jogger
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Our Analysis and Test Results
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 built several different kinds of strollers for a variety of activities. Baby Jogger was purchased by Newell Rubbermaid in 2015, and together the companies have continued to design popular strollers.
The Baby Jogger City Mini (in blue) scored well in this review but struggled to compete with the Britax lineup on score and price.
The sections below provide details on how the City Mini performed during testing for each metric.
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. Ease of use impacts your daily experience using the stroller.
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 tricky as some of the others. Unfolding is a little harder with two steps, but it is still very easy.
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 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 lbs less than the Baby Jogger City Mini GT. The City Mini also offers a wide, narrow mesh pocket on the back of the seat where you can probably fit a phone, keys and maybe a small water bottle.
The City Mini boasts a large sunshade with two vinyl windows that cover 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 UV 50+, and the window closures are Velcro.
This 5-point harness is easy to put on, but the buckle is only average compared to the competition. While the harness is easy to adjust, the shoulder straps are challenging 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 three height options and an adjustable crotch strap.
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 with 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.
- Car Seat Adapter Multi-Model — This adapter works with a few car seats including the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, which both won awards in our Best Infant Car Seat Review.
- 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 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 a 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 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 stationary. The height and "cushion" the rubber provides is comfortable for pushers even over longer distances.
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.
The City Mini is a compact stroller measuring at 8,300 cubic inches. The similar Britax B-Lively coming in at 6,612 cubic inches. The City Mini's lighter weight and smaller size helped earn a spot in our Best Umbrella Review.
The Baby Jogger City Mini earned a 6 of 10 for quality. This score is the same 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.
The City Mini has 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 material is easy to clean we don't think it is very breathable. The overall fit and finish aren'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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz