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Baby Jogger City Select Review

Not the best Baby Jogger we've tested with pushing limitations
The Baby Jogger City Select
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Price:   $500 List | $371 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, good safety score, deceleration capability
Cons:  Heavy, hard to setup, disappointing wheels make it harder to move
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2019
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RANKED
#16 of 24
  • Ease Of Use - 35% 7
  • Maneuverability - 30% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 6

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 performance in our maneuverability tests than the Select. The Select isn't a terrible stroller, but Baby Jogger makes lighter strollers that are easier to push, so it is hard to recommend given the stiff competition.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby Jogger launched in 1984 with a desire to go jogging with babies. With a lack of potential jogging options, a couple of parents designed the first stroller specifically for jogging. From its inception, the Baby Jogger company has offered a variety of strolling options for versatile activities, even those outside of jogging. In 2015, the company was bought by the Newell Rubbermaid company, and they continue to produce popular stroller options, though very few you can still use for jogging.

Performance Comparison


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


The information provided in the sections below includes how the Select performed during testing in each metric.

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.

The Select has a manual lock that keeps the stroller closed.
The fold on the Select is harder than the City Mini options.

Fold and Unfold


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 average for difficulty. You will need to bend all the way to the ground to unfold this stroller.

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 lower than the handlebar. This brake is sandal and barefoot friendly as it doesn't require feet. It is one of the few handbrakes in this review, as this feature is more common on jogging strollers.

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


This Baby Jogger has one of the best storage bins in this review. It is very large with a maximum allowable weight of 15 lbs! 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 suitable 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 is the smallest in the Baby Jogger lineup in this review. It is medium in size and has a UV rating of 50+. This canopy has extra ventilation and a mesh peek-a-boo window, but the overall size hurt the Select compared to the competition.

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 is easy to put on, but somewhat difficult to take off. It offers adjustable shoulder height options and an adjustable crotch strap for a better fit. The buckle snaps together easily, but the release has a knob on the back of the buckle that makes it challenging to depress the front buckle release button without pressing the knob at the same time. Doing this prevents the buckle from working.

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

Seat


This stroller has an adjustable leg rest with multiple lengths and angle options. The fabric on the leg and footrest looks durable, but neither has padding. The Select has an adjustable seat back recline that operates with one hand and one button. This stroller can convert to a double stroller.

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.

The assembly for the Chicco adapter is 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 car seat sits on the adaptors and clicks and straps in place. 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 it could be. It does feel stable after installation. 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.

Ease of Setup


The Select earned one of the lowest scores in the review for ease of setup with a 4.



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

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 in this review. It received a 6 of 10 while the Baby Jogger City Mini earned a 7 and the Baby Jogger City Mini GT came in with an 8.

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 you should not jog with them.

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 spaces. The handle adjustment button is in the center of the handlebar, and this makes pushing with one hand awkward. 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 longer wheelbase makes it difficult to turn sharply, resulting in obstacle bumping and trouble course correcting. 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 don't provide as much comfort as strollers with four shocks or adjustable suspension. The wiggly seat and the limited padding reduce overall comfort as well. However, the larger rubber wheels make the ride better than those with plastic wheels.

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


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 make it hard to lift. This stroller weighs about 29 lbs, which is higher than the average for the group and much higher than the low of 17.5 for the City Mini.

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.

The seat is removable before folding to make a smaller package, but then the difficulty of folding or carrying increases. The stroller we purchased wasn't as smooth to open as our previous Select, and the frame seemed to catch. Unfolding is also average and requires two hands to do two steps. The Select does have a smaller folded package than we expected, but it is still 11,835 cubic inches compared to smaller folded strollers that are under 6,500.

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 offer better than average quality in our tests. Each earned a score of 6, with the high for the review of 8.

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. The basket bottom is a durable canvas with a stretchy, fine mesh on the sides that snagged easily in our tests making us worry about longterm durability. The basket extends all the way to the front, but this leaves it exposed to shoe dirt and being stepped on.

The frame on this stroller is sturdy and feels well built. It doesn't rattle or flex, and it has limited connection points. The overall fit and finish of the stroller are disappointing despite the sturdy frame. It looks cumbersome, and most of the fabric wraps loosely around the frame. The wheels are foam filled rubber and do not wobble when in motion. The rubber improves the comfort of the ride and potentially its maneuverability. The foam filling takes away some performance, 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 average for comfort. The rubber on the bar is not as comfortable as the foam on much of the competition, and it gets hot in sunlight. We do like the shape of the bar, but not enough to choose it over a foam option. We also didn't care for the handlebar adjustment button being in the middle of the bar because it precludes the stroller from one hand management. When you grab this bar in the center, you are inherently depressing the button that makes it shorter as you push.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team