Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Review
Pros: Price, lightweight, compact fold
Cons: Dual-front wheel, hard to access storage
Manufacturer: Baby Jogger
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Our Analysis and Test Results
With a desire to jog with their little ones, new parents started the Baby Jogger company when they couldn't find a jogging stroller to meet their new parent needs. Since 1984, the company has created more than just joggers with a complete lineup that includes full size and double options. Newell Rubbermaid purchased Baby Jogger in 2015.
Ease of Use
The Mini 2 is easier to use than some of the competition, but it isn't much better than average with some features requiring two hands to operate.
Fold and Unfold
The City Mini has a straightforward no-nonsense fold with snap frame locks and a quick release pull handle. The stroller auto-locks and has a carry handle.
The Mini 2 has a plastic pedal for the single-action brakes near the rear axle. It is a press to set and lift to release mechanism that works smoothly but is not friendly to sandaled feet as it isn't the friendliest feeling pedal.
The storage bin has a maximum weight limit of 10 lbs with additional storage on the seat back. The bin is relatively large but it isn't as easy to access as it could be. It now has front access and some side access, but the back is hindered by a bar that was not part of the previous version.
The 50 SPF canopy on the Mini 2 is large and has 2 peek-a-boo windows for good sightlines no matter where you stand. The canopy covers everything and more and can rotate forward for more coverage.
The Mini 2 harness has many of the same issues as the previous version. It has the same poorly designed rethread height adjustment that requires the strap move through two layers of fabric and padding. Where the straps connect in the back is also hard to get to as you need to slide your hand in a thin pocket and you can't see what you are doing. Adjusting the harness to fit is easier and the buckle works well if a bit stiff.
The Mini 2 seat reclines back for comfort lying almost flat. It moves with a toggle that holds straps from each side to adjust the angle. This mechanism requires two hands if you want to do it easily. The leg rest on the new Mini can be propped up for cozier napping or access to storage from the front. It is an improvement over the previous stationary leg rest, but it isn't as nice as those with angle options.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Mini 2 is compatible with all baby Jogger infant car seats and many seats from other brands with the purchase of adapters. Other compatible brands and seats include (but are not limited to) the Britax B-Safe 35, Chicco KeyFit 30, Cybex Aton 2, Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Maxi Cosi, Nuna Pipa, Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Uppababy Mesa, and the Clek Liing.
Ease of Setup
The City Mini is easy to set up with very few parts to assemble and taking around 4 minutes to finish.
The manual is easy to follow and no tools are required; the canopy and wheels snap on easily and could likely be attached without the manual.
The dual front wheel on the City Mini 2 is still a design flaw in our opinion as it negatively impacts maneuverability. The double wheel can more easily get hung up on bumps and uneven surfaces and makes it more difficult to push over any surface. This stroller works smoothly over flat surfaces and can turn tightly in small spaces. It struggles somewhat over grass and gravel and while it can go over a short greenbelt or similar, but it isn't a good choice for off-roading or significant time on bumpy surfaces.
Weight and Folded Size
The City Min has historically been small and lightweight giving parents a great option for double duty of full-size and large travel option. However, the new model is both heavier and larger than the previous version, which is a shame as this was a big plus for the City Mini. This version weighs 19.3 lbs compared to the old 17.5. It measures 8,472 cubic inches when folded compared to the previous size of only 6,840.
While the City Mini 2 is a nice basic stroller the quality is really only on par with the price. The overall look and feel are better than average, but the fit and finish can't compete side-by-side with the higher-priced competition. The wheels are foam filled plastic and work well, but rubber would be better for maneuverability and looks. The frame shape is better than the old City Mini and the fabric fits the tubing better. The fabric is a heavy canvas and nicer than its predecessor with a makeup that seems both cleanable and breathable.
— Wendy Schmitz