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Baby Jogger City Mini GT Review

Tight turning, easy mover with a disappointing tipping hazard
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Price:   $360 List | $252 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to push and turn, relatively light and small
Cons:  Serious tipping safety concern, harder to use
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Feb 19, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 35% 5
  • Maneuverability - 30% 8
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 8
  • Quality - 10% 6

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger City Mini is an enticing stroller option that is easy to push and turn and impressed during much of our testing process. This stroller is relatively lightweight, compact when folded and has some nice features like a handbrake and adjustable handlebar. Unfortunately, it also has a significant safety concern that causes it to tip backward when baby moves up the seat back in the fully reclined position. Because of this continued problem with the GT we feel parents are better off considering the less expensive Baby Jogger City Mini or a non-Baby Jogger option as their full-size primary stroller.


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Pros Easy to push and turn, relatively light and smallEasiest to push, jogger, high quality, easy to useEase to maneuver, easy to use, comfortable, joggerLess expensive jogger, great maneuverability, durableEasy to use, lots of supplies fit in storage, quality materials
Cons Serious tipping safety concern, harder to useBulkier, harder to transportLarge and hard to liftLarger, may be hard to lift and carryHarder to push with smaller wheels, lower safety score
Bottom Line Tight turning, easy mover with a disappointing tipping hazardCool 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 useEditors' Choice stroller we really enjoy with lots of features that work well
Rating Categories Baby Jogger City... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex BOB Rambler UPPAbaby Cruz
Ease Of Use (35%)
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Specs Baby Jogger City... Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Revolution Flex BOB Rambler UPPAbaby Cruz
Weight 21.6 lbs 24.4 lbs 27.3 lbs 25.1 lbs 21.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 24"W x 9.5"H x 30"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 22.2"W x 14.7"H x 36.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 49 lbs/43.7"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0-8 wk
Stroller Seat: 8 wk-8 mo
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo-5 y
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"
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
BOB
B-Safe
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 UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico Max 30, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters Baby Jogger
City GO
Graco
SnugRide 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 31
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
None
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Large Large Large Very Large
Sun Shade Size Large Large Large Large Large
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No No No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 32"/44" 30"/46" 34.5"/48" 38.8" 40.5"/43.2"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None None None None Rain Shield, Bug Shield
Setup Time 5:29 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 5:21 min:sec 5:30 min:sec 4:56 min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT is a high ranking stroller  but the back tipping potential raises safety concerns for us making it a stroller we don't recommend despite the higher score.
The Baby Jogger City Mini GT is a high ranking stroller, but the back tipping potential raises safety concerns for us making it a stroller we don't recommend despite the higher score.

The Baby Jogger company began in 1984 by parents who desired the opportunity to go out and about jogging with their babies. To solve this little problem, they designed the very first stroller meant specifically for jogging. Since the beginning, Baby Jogger has designed several kinds of strollers for lots of activities. In 2015, Baby Jogger was purchased by Newell Rubbermaid, and together they have continued to create strollers popular with many parents.

Performance Comparison


The comparison chart includes the overall scores for all the full-size strollers we tested including the Baby Jogger City Mini GT (in blue).


The sections below include information on how the City Mini GT performed during testing relative to its competitors.

One of the most popular features of the Baby Jogger strollers is the quick pull fold  as seen here on the seat of the City Mini GT.
One of the most popular features of the Baby Jogger strollers is the quick pull fold, as seen here on the seat of the City Mini GT.

Ease of Use


The GT earned just a 5 of 10 for ease of use in our testing, which is unimpressive as it falls below average for the group.

The City Mini GT has an auto-lock that works well and keeps the stroller closed for easier transport and storing.
The City Mini GT has an auto-lock that works well and keeps the stroller closed for easier transport and storing.

Fold and Unfold


The GT has a one-handed fold, auto-locks, and comes with a carry strap. It doesn't have a self-standing capability, which makes it tougher to manage once folded. The fold is an easy process with three steps if you don't count unsnapping the safety straps that prevent accidental folding. We suspect that many people won't use the straps, which is a safety concern. It takes two steps to unfold, in addition to the strap attachment (which you should do).

The GT is one of the few non-jogging options with a handbrake. This handbrake works well and has a feature that prevents accidental brake releasing.
The GT is one of the few non-jogging options with a handbrake. This handbrake works well and has a feature that prevents accidental brake releasing.

Brakes


The brakes on the City Mini are single action brakes operated via a handbrake located on the handlebar. They are easy to set, release, and are sandal foot friendly. This handbrake has a locking switch to keep it from releasing by accident.

The storage on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT is large  but the lower seat and a cross bar make it difficult to access and limit what can be put inside.
The storage on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT is large, but the lower seat and a cross bar make it difficult to access and limit what can be put inside.

Storage


The storage basket on the GT is large and holds up to 20 lbs, but we could only fit our medium diaper bag inside because of poor accessibility. The lower seat design and frame bar that goes across the back makes it a tight fit. This seat has a seat back pocket that is large and good for convenience items such as car keys or a cell phone. The pouch is easy to use, but cannot conceal items and is not weatherproof.

The canopy on the City Mini GT has two peek-a-boo windows that make spying on baby easy. We wish they had magnetic closure instead of hook and loop  but it is still a better canopy than much of the competition.
The canopy on the City Mini GT has two peek-a-boo windows that make spying on baby easy. We wish they had magnetic closure instead of hook and loop, but it is still a better canopy than much of the competition.

Sunshade


The GT has a large sunshade with a UV rating of 50+. The canopy has two medium sized peek-a-boo windows made of vinyl that make viewing baby extremely easy. The window covers close with hook and loop closures and would be nicer if they were the silent magnet type. There is no ventilation on this canopy or the seat back.

The harness on the City Mini GT is not the easiest one to use with a weird knob on the back of the buckle that prevents releasing the buckle if pressed.
The harness on the City Mini GT is not the easiest one to use with a weird knob on the back of the buckle that prevents releasing the buckle if pressed.

Harness


The 5-point harness on the GT is relatively easy to get on, and a little harder to take off with hard to adjustable shoulder height straps. The buckle snaps together easily, but it has a knob on the back that prevents release when you press it at the same time as the front button.

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT has a one-handed recline pull that works well but is a little stiff and harder to raise.
The Baby Jogger City Mini GT has a one-handed recline pull that works well but is a little stiff and harder to raise.

Seat


The leg rest on this stroller is padded and feels comfortable, but is not adjustable. It has a full footrest covered in a durable fabric that wipes clean. The GT has a one-handed recline with adjustable straps on either side that are held together with a pull. The process isn't as easy as it should be and raising the seat requires two hands.

The GT is compatible with several different brand infant car seats  including the Chicco as seen here with the Keyfit 30.
The GT is compatible with several different brand infant car seats, including the Chicco as seen here with the Keyfit 30.

Car Seat Compatibility


The City Mini GT is not compatible with any infant car seat without the purchase of accessory adapters. You can buy adapter frames for models of the Britax/BOB, Peg Perego, Chicco, Cybex, Maxi Cosi, Nuna Pipa, Graco, and UPPAbaby infant car seats. These adapters will work with the award-winning Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Chicco KeyFit 30 and the UPPAbaby Mesa. To use the adapter parents will need to assemble the frame and remove the canopy on the stroller.

The infant seat attaches using a click-in and strap method that we think is more complicated and could potentially lead to mistakes. We imagine many parents will feel the click is sufficient and might skip the strap part, this could result in a potential safety issue, which is why we prefer the click only installation method.

Ease of Setup




This Baby Jogger earned an 8 of 10 for setup, tying with the regular City Mini and 4 points higher than the Baby Jogger City Select. It took us about 6 and 1/2 minutes to put this stroller together. The documentation for this stroller is average, and the instructions would be easier to follow if the three languages were in different sections instead of occurring on the same page. There are no tools required to assemble this stroller.

The City Mini GT is marketed as an "all-terrain" stroller  and while it is better off-road than the other Baby Jogger options we tested  we still wouldn't consider it a great choice for long-term off-road strolling.
The City Mini GT is marketed as an "all-terrain" stroller, and while it is better off-road than the other Baby Jogger options we tested, we still wouldn't consider it a great choice for long-term off-road strolling.

Maneuverability


The GT scored an 8 of 10 in maneuverability, which is higher than the other Baby Jogger strollers we tested.

The City Mini GT has suspension  but it isn't as good as the adjustable suspension on the BOB Revolution Flex.
The City Mini GT has suspension, but it isn't as good as the adjustable suspension on the BOB Revolution Flex.

This stroller has a sportier feel than the other Baby Joggers and is easy to maneuver even in tight spaces. The wheels roll smoothly; you can push it with one hand most of the time. For pushing and turning off-road, this stroller is almost equally up to the challenge as it is on hard flat surfaces. The GT rolled over pretty much everything we threw at it without too much trouble. It is a little stiff to turn on grass, but it managed the better than some of the competition and parents will probably find they can make it over most terrains without cursing.

The City Mini GT has an adjustable handlebar that rotates on a pivot point. This feature is useful for parents of different heights  but it puts taller users closer to the rear axle making it more likely they will kick the back of the stroller while moving.
The City Mini GT has an adjustable handlebar that rotates on a pivot point. This feature is useful for parents of different heights, but it puts taller users closer to the rear axle making it more likely they will kick the back of the stroller while moving.

The wheels are where the GT diverge from the City Mini with foam filled rubber instead of foam-filled plastic. The form and function of the GT's wheels are far better than its sibling. The GT has an adjustable handlebar and is about average for comfort. This stroller has two wheel suspension, but it does offer more padding on a sling style seat than its smaller sibling. The rubber tires combined with the padding make for a more comfortable experience than the non-GT City Mini.

The City Mini GT is neither large nor heavy  but there are smaller and lighter strollers in this review.
The City Mini GT is neither large nor heavy, but there are smaller and lighter strollers in this review.

Weight and Folded Size


This Baby Jogger weighs 21.6 lbs, which is below the average for the group, making it a good choice for a lighter stroller, but not as good as the Baby Jogger City Mini and Britax B-Agile 3 that each weighed 17.5 lbs.

The GT is a nice size at 6,840 cubic inches. This makes it one of the smallest in the group and about 500 cubic inches smaller when folded than the previous version.

The Baby Jogger GT is a little nicer than the average product in this review for quality.
The Baby Jogger GT is a little nicer than the average product in this review for quality.

Quality


The GT earned a 6 of 10 for quality. There are no discernible differences between this stroller and the non-GT version of the City Mini, the Baby Jogger City Mini.

The fabric on this stroller is slick, finely woven canvas material. It is smooth and wipes down easily, but probably isn't breathable. The material is continuous on the entire stroller and wraps around the frame, seat, and canopy in virtually one piece. The material on the footrest is durable, but not as nice as the easy to clean rubberized material found on some of the competition. The material used for the basket is comparable to the rest of the stroller. The only real difference is it is slightly thicker with mesh sides.

The plastic components and bunched fabric impacted the quality score for the City Mini GT.
The plastic components and bunched fabric impacted the quality score for the City Mini GT.

The frame on the GT is simple and sturdy. It has a nice finish and is similar in design to the Baby Jogger City Mini* and the Britax B-Agile 3. The overall fit and finish of this stroller are not as sleek and appealing to the eye as some of the more expensive competition, but it looks nice.

Safety Concerns


We found what we believe is a significant safety concern for the City Mini GT that is not present on the other Baby Jogger strollers we tested. In our tests, and described by some Amazon users, this stroller tends to easily tip backward when the seatback is in the full recline position. Even without added weight on the handlebar (which you shouldn't do with any stroller) this stroller tips when baby moves up the seat back. Frighteningly, in the event of a back tip like this, there is a significant risk that the baby's head will hit the ground potentially causing serious injury. We found this safety concern in our stroller review from 2013 and 2015 and hoped that Baby Jogger would fix this design flaw in the new 2017 GT, but our testing shows it is still a concern in the 2017 model, just the same as it was in prior years we tested. Part of the problem is the center of gravity is further toward the front, which happens because the seat back length on the GT is longer than the other Baby Joggers we tested



In our culmination of testing that included our backward tip over test as well as comparing the GT to other strollers, it had the most severe back tip issue in our tests. The problem is so significant that we do not recommend using the seat fully reclined.

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