Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Review
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|Pros||Lots of car seat compatibility, fairly lightweight, handbrake||High-quality, compact fold, lighter weight, comfy||Easier to push and turn, nice protection from the elements, compact with easy fold||Budget-friendly, light and easy to carry/stow||Easy to navigate tight places, inexpensive|
|Cons||Limited storage access, prop-up footrest||Somewhat harder to push||Smaller storage, harder buckle, small front wheel||Not the best mover, lower quality||Limited storage, lower quality materials|
|Bottom Line||Average option that doesn't truly outshine the regular City Mini||A compact, full-size with impressive features for comfort and ease of use, but it is somewhat harder to push, especially one hand||Nicer Britax that is easy to maneuver but small bin limits what you can carry||Basic stroller that is budget-friendly, lightweight and small for occasional strolling||An easy-to-maneuver and budget friendly option, but has limited functionality|
|Rating Categories||Baby Jogger City Mi...||Thule Spring||Britax B-Free||Britax B-Lively||Baby Trend Expedition|
|Ease Of Use (45%)|
|Weight/Folded Size (15%)|
|Specs||Baby Jogger City Mi...||Thule Spring||Britax B-Free||Britax B-Lively||Baby Trend Expedition|
|Weight||21.6 lbs||22.7 lbs||22.4 lbs||18.9 lbs||23.7 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||25.6"W x 11.2"H x 33"L||17"W x 15"H x 30"L||24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L||24"W x 9.5"H x 29"L||23.1"W x 33.1"H x 16.3"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Birth Maximum: 65 lbs/44"||Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 64 lbs/44"
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
|Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2||None||Britax All Britax Seats||Britax All Britax Seats||Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
KeyFit 30, KeyFit2
Cloud Q, Aton M, Aron 2
Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite R
|Britax All Britax Seats||Britax All Britax Seats||None|
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
|Storage Basket Size||Large||Large||Medium||Large||Large|
|Sun Shade Size||Large||Large||Large||Large||Small|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||38.5"/45.7"||39"/43"||32"/44.5"||40"||41"|
|Included Accessories||City GO infant car seat adapter.||Sun Shade||None||None||None|
|Setup Time||5-10 minmin:sec||1-5 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec||5-10 minmin:sec|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Parents launched Baby Jogger in 1984 when they couldn't find a great jogging stroller for getting on the road with their babies. In addition to jogging strollers, Baby Jogger has been making top-ranked strollers since the beginning. The company is now owned by Newell Rubbermaid and continues to create family favorite strollers.
Ease of Use
The GT2 is easy enough to use with straightforward features, but some design choices inhibit true ease of use, like a crossbar blocking great storage access.
Fold and Unfold
Baby Jogger offers an easy folding process compared to some competitors, with a straightforward process of unlocking the frame and pulling the handle on the seat bottom. It auto-locks, self-stands, and has a carry handle.
The GT2 has a handbrake only that runs along the side of the frame. It is obviously sandal-foot friendly as it doesn't involve your feet, but it somewhat feels like it will snap on your hand when you release it. We didn't experience that, but it did give us pause during testing.
The storage bin is large enough, but they've redesigned the frame with a crossbar that inhibits what can be placed inside despite the 10 lbs limit. There is front access, unlike the previous version, but it doesn't make much sense to place a bar over the bin access, and larger diaper bags aren't going to fit in easily. The GT2 also has a back-of-the-seat pocket with a 2 lb limit suitable for quick access items or a bottle from our best water bottles for kids review. If you seek an extra-large storage bin with a high maximum capacity limit (30 lbs!), the UPPABaby Vista v2 is an option to consider.
The UV 50 sunshade on the GT2 hasn't changed much and is as impressive as ever. It is a large, full-coverage canopy with dual peek-a-boo windows with magnet covers.
The harness on the GT2 is more challenging to use than the one on the previous version, which we already didn't like. This harness has the same rethread as before, which is difficult to use with a sliding button design. The new buckle is harder to push, and the shoulder straps separate from the waist straps at the buckle, and it's not always easy to get them back together for buckling.
The seatback can recline almost flat with two hands on a toggle that has straps from each side that come together. It requires two hands to easily lift and lower without trouble. The footrest props up for flat napping, which is new over the previous version, but it isn't as nice as competitors that have more available positions.
While the new GT2 has less of a tipping concern than the previous model, this one still has a slight tipping concern when the seatback is fully reclined. In our tests, if the weight of the baby is allowed to inch up toward the head of the seatback, the stroller could tip backward. This concern is not found in the regular City Mini, non-GT version.
Car Seat Compatibility
The GT2 is compatible with a wide range of infant car seat carriers with the purchase of adapters. It comes standard with the ability to add a Baby Jogger brand car seat, though none of the Baby Jogger car seats performed well in our best infant car seat review. Baby Jogger offers click-in car seat adapters for the following brands and seats: Britax; Chicco including the Chicco Fit2, Chicco KeyFit 30; Cybex including the Cybex Aton 2, and Cybex Cloud Q; Graco including the Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite; Maxi Cosi; the Nuna Pipa; the Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, the UPPAbaby Mesa; and Clek brand.
Ease of Setup
The GT2 came almost totally assembled and took us only 4:47 minutes.
The manual is easy to follow, it requires no tools, and you only need to snap on the wheels and canopy to be ready to roll.
The single front wheel of the GT2 is a "forever fill" rubber tire, and it has an all-wheel suspension. This design makes for better maneuverability over the dual wheel design on a single leg on the non-GT City Mini. The GT2 is marginally better for pushing and turning on bumpy services and performs well on flat services with smooth transitions. If you need to move over greenbelts or the occasional park trip, this one can master that, but it isn't the right choice, in our opinion, for gravel roads or off-road hiking.
The GT2 also has an adjustable handlebar which can be helpful for parents of significantly varying heights. However, it is a rotating design that can place taller pushers closer to the rear axle.
Weight and Folded Size
Historically, the GT2 has been relatively small and lighter than much of the competition, albeit larger than the non-GT City Mini. This stroller weighs about the same as the previous version at 21.6 lbs. Still, it is significantly larger in folded size at 9,462 cubic inches over the previous size of closer to 8,400 cubic inches.
The GT2 offers a slightly below the average quality stroller compared to the competition. It is good for the price and what we've come to expect from Baby Jogger, but the devil is in the details, and some are lacking here compared to pricer contenders. The frame is sturdy and has a new shape that makes the fabric look sleekier overall; the fabric is softer than the old GT. Design choices like the foot prop and toggle seat recline hurt its overall quality and appeal in side-by-side comparisons.
Should You Buy the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2?
Compared to others, this stroller ranks well, mainly due to its outstanding maneuverability and fairly lightweight design. We think most people will be happy using it for their daily walks around the neighborhood. And, bonus perk, it can accommodate lots of car seats. However, it still has the potential safety concern of being easy to tip with weight on the back of the seat, so despite having some advantages, we still think there are better options available without the risk and for potentially better prices.
What Other Full-Size Strollers Should You Consider?
The award-winning Thule Spring gives the City Mini GT2 a run for its money. Comparatively, it's a more well-rounded stroller, allowing it to score slightly higher, and it has the same list price. Therefore, we suggest looking at this competitor to see if it meets your needs. Alternatively, the Baby Jogger City Mini 2 scored higher and doesn't have the same tipping concern we believe the GT has.
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