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Baby Jogger City Mini Review

An easy to push and turn option that has a good price for what it offers
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Price:   $280 List | $279 at Amazon
Pros:  Small and lightweight, price, easy to push and turn
Cons:  Harder to use, average quality
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Aug 30, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 35% 5
  • Maneuverability - 30% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 8
  • Quality - 10% 6

The Skinny

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 where it also wins an award.

Update
The City Mini has been replaced with the City Mini 2. We now link to this stroller and you can read more about the changes below. We will be updating this review soon with more details after testing the new City Mini 2.


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Pros Small and lightweight, price, easy to push and turnEase to maneuver, convenience features, comfy, joggingEasiest to push, jogger, high quality, easy to useEase to maneuver, easy to use, comfortable, joggerLess expensive jogger, great maneuverability, durable
Cons Harder to use, average qualityHeavy and large, harder to fit in trunkBulkier, harder to transportLarge and hard to liftLarger, may be hard to lift and carry
Bottom Line An easy to push and turn option that has a good price for what it offersAll-terrain capability with full-size stroller conveniencesCool multi-purpose jogger with enough features for everyday useGreat moving jogger with all-terrain capability that works well as a full-size strollerVersatile option with quality craftsmanship and features for jogging or everyday use
Rating Categories Baby Jogger City... BOB Revolution... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
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Specs Baby Jogger City... BOB Revolution... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution... BOB Rambler
Weight 17.5 lbs 27.3 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 24.1"W x 10.5"H x 32.8"L 25.5"W x 15.3"H x 37.8"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.2"W x 15.3"H x 37.6"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 74 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 49 lbs/43.7"
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Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 75 lbs/44"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 74 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
BOB
B-Safe
None 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 None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters Baby Jogger
City GO
Graco
Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
Chicco
KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 3S, Aton Q
Maxi Cosi
Mico AP, Mico Max 30
Britax/BOB
Britax® Chaperone®, B-Safe®, B-Safe® 35, B-Safe® 35 Elite, Endeavours™, B-Safe® 35 Ultra, BOB® B-Safe®, BOB® B-Safe® 35
Chicco
Fit2, KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Cybex® Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco
SnugRide­ Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35LX, 40, SnugRide­ Classic Connect, SnugRide ­Classic Connect 30, 32, 35, SafeSeat
Maxi Cosi
Maxi Cosi® Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico AP
Nuna
Nuna® Pipa, Pipa Lite
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, SIP, SIP 30/30
BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
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
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Large Large Large Large
Sun Shade Size Large Large Large Large Large
One-handed Fold Yes No Yes No No
Locking Fold Auto Manual Auto Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold No No No No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41.6" 34.5"/48" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 38.8"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None None None None None
Setup Time 4:29 min:sec 4:26
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5:13 min:sec 5:21 min:sec 5:30 min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

City Mini vs. City Mini 2


The new City Mini 2 (below left) looks very similar to the old version (below right) with a few minor alterations. The City Mini 2 has a large and slightly different canopy, adjustable leg support (as opposed to stationary), larger storage and a more compact lighter design. Unfortunately, it still sports the dual front wheel design, we've found, is historically more challenging to push.

The new Baby Jogger City Mini 2

Hands on Review


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.

Performance Comparison



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.

Ease of Use


The City Mini has below the average ease of use which could impact your daily experience depending on your expectations.




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 tricky as some of the others. Unfolding is a little harder with two 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. 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 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 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.

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 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 has a comfortable seat with deep recline and a padded leg rest which makes it a good choice for comfort on longer trips.
The City Mini has a comfortable seat with deep recline and a padded leg rest which makes it a good choice for comfort on longer trips.

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 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 will work with some car seat carriers if you purchase the right 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 sells additional adapters for car seats 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 is pretty easy to push and turn for the price. 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 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 stationary. 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


The City Mini weighs 17.5 lbs and is one of the lightest strollers in the group.


The City Mini is a compact stroller measuring at 8,300 cubic inches making it a good choice for families with smaller cars or limited space. The City Mini's lighter weight and smaller size helped earn a spot in our Best Umbrella Review.

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 is about the quality you'd expect for such a reasonably priced stroller. This score is similar to other Baby Joggers in this review and 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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz