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Baby Jogger City Select Review

The Baby Jogger City Select
Price:   $500.00 List | $529.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, good safety score, deceleration capability
Cons:  Heavy, hard to setup, disappointing wheels make it harder to move
Bottom line:  Not the best Baby Jogger we've tested with pushing limitations
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Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger City Select stroller is a good all-around stroller that can be upgraded to accommodate a second baby or child with 16 seat combinations (sold separately). It performed better in our tests than a lot of the competition and managed scores in most metrics that are better than average. Unfortunately, this stroller is one of the harder ones to put together, and it is heavier than similar strollers that offer more. Even the two other Baby Joggers we tested, the Baby Jogger City Mini and the Baby Jogger City Mini GT, earned higher overall scores, including better performances in our maneuverability tests than the Select. This isn't a terrible stroller, but Baby Jogger makes lighter strollers that are easier to push than this one, so it is hard to recommend given the competition.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Thursday
January 28, 2016

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The Baby Jogger City Select can be used as a travel system, pram, double stroller, triple stroller or a basic single, but not a jogging stroller. Parents can add a second seat to use a conversion kit Glider Board (sold separately). The included seat offers multiple recline positions and a multi-position footwell (rare in this group). The canopy on the City Select is UV 50+ with a peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure that has adjustable height options. The stroller sports 8-inch front wheels that swivel and lock, and it has 12-inch "forever-air" rear tires. The telescoping handlebar is adjustable and includes a hand operated brake. It also has a storage basket and a folding mechanism that works by itself after you lift the sides.

Performance Comparison


This comparison chart shows the overall scores for all of the strollers we tested in this review. The Baby Jogger City Select is shown in blue.


The information provided in the sections below include how the Select performed during testing in each metric. The metric scores were used to determine the overall score with more weight given to the ease of use and maneuverability results.

With the seat on the Select facing the parent  the handlebar can get in the way of reaching baby.
With the seat on the Select facing the parent, the handlebar can get in the way of reaching baby.

Ease of Use


The Select earned 7 of 10 for ease of use, which is 1 point lower than the high of 8 earned by the UPPAbaby Vista and the UPPAbaby Cruz.

The back of the Select storage basket pulls out slightly to help accommodate larger items.
The back of the Select storage basket pulls out slightly to help accommodate larger items.

Storage
The storage basket on the Select is on the large size and holds up to 15 pounds.
The storage basket on the Select is on the large size and holds up to 15 pounds.
This Baby Jogger has one of the nicest storage bins in this review. It is very large with a maximum allowable weight of 15 pounds! It fit our extra large diaper bag easily and still had room to spare. It is accessible from all sides, with an elastic back and a zippered front. It also has a medium size pocket built into the back of the seat. This pocket is good for small items like keys and phones.

The canopy on the Select has a magnetic closure which we like because they open silently without waking baby.
The canopy on the Select has a magnetic closure which we like because they open silently without waking baby.

Sunshade
The sunshade on the Select is the smallest in the Baby Jogger lineup that we reviewed. It is medium in size and has a UV rating of 50+. This canopy has extra ventilation and a peek-a-boo window made out of mesh, but the overall size hurt the Select compared to the competition and other Baby Jogger options. In contrast, the Baby Jogger City Mini and the Baby Jogger City Mini GT both have larger shades with two windows that are larger than this one.

The City Select has an easy to use push button recline.
The City Select has an easy to use push button recline.

Convenience
For conveniences, this stroller scored higher than the average and higher than both of the other Baby Joggers with a 6 of 10. The Select does not have a parent or child tray with the only additional storage being a mesh pocket on the back of the seat. The pocket is nice, but the mesh means everyone can see what you are stowing and it will get wet when it rains. A zippered pocket might have been a better design. It has no cup holders and parents will have to purchase the accessory if they want one, but can at least put a water bottle in the pocket. However, the mesh means it won't break free from the pocket, and the top might get hung up in the netting.

This stroller does offer an adjustable leg rest that has multiple lengths in addition to angle options. The fabric on the leg and foot rest looks durable, but neither is padded for added comfort. The Select also offers an adjustable seat back recline that can be operated with one hand and one button for super easy adjustment. It has a recline range of 62.6 to 19.6 degrees.

This stroller can convert to a double stroller to accommodate a second child or twins.

The wheels on the Select are foam filled rubber.
The wheels on the Select are foam filled rubber.

Maneuverability


This Baby Jogger didn't score as high for maneuverability as the other Baby Joggers we looked at. It received a 6 of 10 while the Baby Jogger City Mini earned an 7 and the Baby Jogger City Mini GT came in with a 8. The high for the group is a 9 earned by the BOB Revolution Flex.

It is important to note that while the name Baby Jogger implies otherwise, none of the Baby Jogger strollers in this review are intended for jogging, and they should not be used for this activity.

The swivel front wheels on the Select can be locked in place for better maneuvering over rougher terrain.
The swivel front wheels on the Select can be locked in place for better maneuvering over rougher terrain.

For pushing and turning on the pavement and other flat surfaces you could feel the extra weight and size of the Select. It is harder to push than its siblings, and we had difficulty in tight space. Pushing this stroller with one hand is not possible through tighter spaces, but do-able in the wide open where precision isn't necessary.The handle adjustment button is in the center of the handlebar, and this makes pushing with one hand awkward. The longer wheelbase makes it difficult to turn sharply, resulting in obstacle bumping and trouble correcting after hitting objects. Also, it is harder to maneuver over bumps and small curbs.

For pushing and turning on rough surfaces, the Select fared slightly better. This stroller rolls surprisingly well over non-flat surfaces, but the added weight makes it harder to turn and negotiate. However, thanks to the longer handle, the stairs weren't too bad, and despite its heft, there was little flex.

This stroller sports front wheel shocks that are not adjustable and probably don't provide as much comfort as strollers with four shocks or adjustable suspension. The seat wiggles and the limited padding reduce overall comfort as well. However, the larger rubber wheels make the ride better than those with plastic wheels.

The Select earned the same score for quality as all the Baby Jogger strollers in this review.
The Select earned the same score for quality as all the Baby Jogger strollers in this review.

Quality


All of the Baby Joggers offered better than average quality in our tests. Each earned a score of 6, with the high for the review being an 8 for the UPPAbaby Vista and the BOB Revolution.

The fabric on the seat and canopy of the Select are the same and feel like canvas. It feels softer and more breathable than the Baby Jogger City Mini and baby Jogger City Mini GT, but it doesn't wipe clean as easily, so there is a trade-off. The peek-a-boo window is an odd combination of mesh and vinyl that makes seeing through the window harder than almost all of the competition. The basket bottom is a durable canvas with a stretchy, fine mesh on the sides that snagged easily in our tests. The basket extends all the way to the front, but this leaves it exposed to shoe dirt and being stepped on. The fabric might not be durable enough to withstand the stress given its tendency to snag.

The frame on this stroller is sturdy and feels well built. It doesn't rattle or flex when used, and it has few connection points. The overall fit and finish of the stroller lack despite the sturdy frame. It looks cumbersome, and most of the fabric wraps loosely around the frame. Unlike some of the sleeker competition, this one looks more like a well-worn couch.

The wheels are foam filled rubber and do not wobbly when in motion. The rubber helps to improve the comfort of the ride and potentially increased its maneuverability. The foam filling takes away some performance of a rubber air filled tire, but you won't suffer a flat if a tire gets punctured.

The handlebar on the Select has telescoping height adjustment that is operated by pushing the button in the center of the bar.
The handlebar on the Select has telescoping height adjustment that is operated by pushing the button in the center of the bar.
The adjustable handlebar on the Select is only average for comfort. The rubber on the bar is not as nice to the touch as the foam on many of the other strollers, and it will get hot to the touch in sunlight. We do like the shape of the bar, but not enough to choose it over a foam covered option. We also didn't care for the handlebar adjustment button being in the middle of the bar because it precludes the stroller from easily being managed with one hand. When you grab this bar in the center, you are inherently depressing the button that makes it shorter as you push. The Quinny Buzz has the button located on the back side of the bar, which didn't give us the same problems. It has a height range of 39.4 to 42.9 inches and is a telescoping adjustment, which we prefer over the rotating type.

Safety


The City Select has the bragging rights in this review of the best safety score. With a score of 8 of 10, it set the bar high enough that no other stroller could meet it.

The Select has a handbrake located on the right side of the frame that is relatively easy to use.
The Select has a handbrake located on the right side of the frame that is relatively easy to use.

Brakes
The Select has single action brakes that are very easy to set and release with a hand brake located on the right side of the frame just lower than the handlebar. This brake is clearly sandal and even barefoot friendly as it doesn't require feet to operate. It is one of the few handbrakes in this review, as this feature is more commonly found on jogging strollers. This stroller has a good sliding resistance when the brakes are set, and average play in the brakes of 0.75. It is unlikely that parents will think they have set the brakes when they haven't.

Adjusting and removing the harness on the Select is harder than it needs to be.
Adjusting and removing the harness on the Select is harder than it needs to be.
Harness
The 5-point harness on this stroller is easy to put on, but slightly more difficult to take off. It does offer adjustable shoulder height options and an adjustable crotch strap for a better fit. The buckle snaps together easily, but the release is more complicated. There is a knob on the back of the buckle and during testing when we tried to depress the front button to release the buckle we ended up pressing the knob at the same time. Doing this prevents the buckle from working. It takes some practice to avoid squeezing both simultaneously.

Removing the seat from the frame of the Select can help you fit it in smaller spaces.
Removing the seat from the frame of the Select can help you fit it in smaller spaces.

Weight and Folded Size


Even with the seat on the folded Select isn't that big  but it is still bigger than the City Mini strollers.
Even with the seat on the folded Select isn't that big, but it is still bigger than the City Mini strollers.
Where the Select starts to struggle is weight and folded size. Some of the things that help the Select perform well also add size and weight that makes it hard to lift and manage. This stroller weighs 29 pounds 4 ounces, which is higher than the average for the group and much higher than the low of 17.5 shared by the City Mini and the Britax B-Agile 3. The Select does have a smaller folded package than we expected, but it is still 25.5"W x 11.9"H x 39"L and 11,835 cubic inches. Given that the smaller folded strollers were under 6,500 it is still larger than some of the competition.

The fold on the Select is harder than the City Mini options.
The fold on the Select is harder than the City Mini options.

The Select has a manual lock that keeps the stroller closed.
The Select has a manual lock that keeps the stroller closed.
The fold on the Select requires two hands, does not self-stand or auto-lock, and doesn't come with a carry strap. It requires only two steps but is only average compared to the competition for difficulty. The seat can be removed before folding to make a smaller package, but then the degree of difficulty folding or carrying it increases. The stroller we purchased wasn't as smooth to open as our previous Select, and the frame seemed to catch and needed more help to open that our old one. Unfolding is also average and requires two hands to do two steps. You will need to bend all the way to the ground to unfold this stroller so if that is a problem then look elsewhere.

Ease of Setup


The Select earned one of the lowest scores in the review for ease of setup with a 4, this tied with five others.



Setup time for the Select is approximately 10 minutes with documentation that is only average. The manual is pretty much the same as the other two Baby Joggers only with more steps that make the process significantly longer, more confusing, and convoluted. We somehow skipped steps we had to go back to and found snaps we hadn't fastened after assembly was complete.

The Select is compatiable with various infant seats using a frame adapter bar.
The Select is compatiable with various infant seats using a frame adapter bar.

Car Seat Compatibility


The City Select is not compatible with any car seat standard as it comes. You will need to buy an adaptor to use a car seat with this product. However, on the bright side, it does offer adaptors good for a significant number of seats from various brands, which is a plus. This stroller can work with some Britax/BOB seats, the Chicco KeyFit 30, the Cybex Aton, Aton Q, Graco Click Connect Models, some Maxi Cosi models, Nuna Pipa, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, and the UPPAbaby Mesa.

The Select uses a click in and the strap installation method.
The Select uses a click in and the strap installation method.
To use the adaptors on the Select, you first need to assemble it. The assembly for the Chicco adapter is fairly easy and doesn't require any tools. The adaptor connects to the frame of the stroller after you remove the toddler seat and canopy (these are connected). The frame and adaptors minus any seat weigh 24 pounds and 10 ounces, making it far too heavy to be considered as a frame product. The car seat sits on the adaptors and clicks and straps in place according to the manufacturer's instructions. We have some worry that parents will skip the strap part because it is time-consuming and feels like overkill, but we caution parents not to do this and to follow all instructions for the sake of safety. We aren't big fans of the strap in options for this reason.

This seat is about average for installing and removal. It isn't hard, so much as it isn't as easy as some of the competition. It does feel stable once installed, and we did not have any difficulties related to thinking it was installed correctly when it really wasn't. The strap-in step helps prevent this from happening.

The Chicco Keyfit 30 won an Editors' Choice award in our Infant Car Seat review and we think most parents will like it in combination with just about any stroller.

Best Applications


Parents who like Baby Jogger gear might be attracted to this stroller. It is a nice stroller with large storage for running errands, and it has the capability to turn into a double stroller growing families. While it is a nice stroller, it isn't the best in the bunch or even within the brand, which makes it a stroller that isn't the best no matter what your need.

Value


The Baby Jogger City Select has a list price of $500 which isn't that high given that some of the competition are over $800. It also earned a relatively high score for the group coming in in the top 3rd for the review. Unfortunately, the other Baby Jogger strollers both came in higher and had lower prices. Outside of this brand, several strollers scored higher and had list prices of comparable or cheaper proportions making it not the best value. However, it is one of the cheaper options that can convert to a double stroller (the UPPAbaby Vista can as well with a list price of $800), which might make it an acceptable value if you foresee the need for this in your future.

The Select has the highest score for safety in our tests.
The Select has an almost flat recline.
 

Conclusion


The photos above show the Select with the seatback upright and canopy closed (right) compared to the seat back reclined and canopy open (left).

The Baby Jogger City Select is not the Best stroller in this review, nor the best Baby Jogger in this review. It earned the top score for safety and better than average scores in several metrics, but it doesn't bring enough to the table to stand out in a crowd, and its heavier weight will make it harder to manage both pushing and carrying than we think most parents want to bother with. If you need a stroller to carry a lot of stuff, then this might be your best bet, but otherwise, we think most parents will be happier with the higher scoring strollers in this review including the City Mini that won a Best Value award. All of our award winners, with the exception of the $800 UPPAbaby Vista, cost less than this stroller making the Select a stroller we don't recommend.

Other Versions and Accessories


Baby Jogger makes several different strollers, and we reviewed the Baby Jogger City Mini GT, the Baby Jogger City Mini and the Select in this review. Both of the other Baby Jogger strollers scored higher than this version, and the City Mini won a Best Value award for the group. With a superior score in every metric, it is probably better than the Select no matter what unless you need a grocery cart or a product for 2. Baby Jogger does make the City Mini Double as well, that might make this one unnecessary if you start out with two kids in the beginning. It is important to remember that despite the company name, none of the strollers in this review made by Baby Jogger are intended for jogging and should not be used in this manner.

Other accessories available for purchase for the Select include:
  • The City Select Child Tray is available for $20, and it allows baby to have snacks and drink easily within reach while strolling around town. It swings open from one side to stay out of the way when the child is getting in and out of the seat.
  • The City Select UV/Bug Canopy at $25, zips onto the front of the City Select canopy and when pulled down, it completely encloses the front and both sides, protecting baby from both sun and pests.
  • The Baby Jogger Parent Console is available for $30, and will attach to the handlebar of any Baby Jogger stroller, including the City Select, and provides an insulated cup holder and multiple storage pockets for the parent.

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