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Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Combo Review

Versatile, lightweight stroller with compact fold that is good for travel
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Price:   $280 List | $250 at Amazon
Pros:  Wallet-friendly, lighter weight, compact
Cons:  No canopy, below average infant carrier connection
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Jun 9, 2020
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#10 of 27
  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 30% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 6
  • Quality - 10% 6
  • Maneuverability - 5% 7

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is a popular full-size stroller with a compact fold, lighter weight, and simple intuitive design. The new version has front storage bin access and sharper canopy, but it also has a strange crossbar over the bin's back access inhibiting the ability to use the bin. To use this stroller with car sets you have to remove the canopy and while this stroller is compatible with several popular brand infant car seats you will need to buy an adapter and some require a second strap step we aren't fond of. The Mini 2 car seat connection isn't the best, but it is average and you'll only be using it for about 9 months. So if you need a lightweight full-size option with a budget-friendly price that could be good for travel, then this might be a contender even if it isn't the best to pair with car seat carriers.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Wanting to jog with their babies, new fathers designed and created the jogging stroller of their dreams, launching the Baby Jogger company with their first product. From the beginning in 1984, baby Jogger has produced more than jogging strollers with a variety of options including full-size and double products. Baby Jogger is owned by Rubbermaid.

Performance Comparison



We tested the Mini 2 with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and feel the connection is easy enough but only average compared to the competition.
We tested the Mini 2 with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and feel the connection is easy enough but only average compared to the competition.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


this lighter weight stroller is compatible with a variety of popular brand infant car seats with the purchase of an adapter. In fact, it is one of the most compatible strollers with a long list of potential seat contenders making it good for parents who haven't made up their minds just yet. The potential seats include options from Britax and BOB with Click & Go adapters, Chicco, Graco, and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. We tested our stroller with the Chicco Keyfit 30.

The loop car seat adapter for the Mini 2 is easy to assemble and use  though it does require some pressure to connect the seat to the loop.
You only need to remove the canopy on the Mini 2 not the entire seat to attach the car seat carrier to the frame and adapter.

The Chicco adapter requires some assembly but no tools and it isn't difficult (above left). You don't need to remove the seat but the canopy on the stroller has to go for the car seat adapter to attach (above right). The process is fairly straightforward and also requires no tools. Attaching the carrier isn't difficult but you'll need to put some pressure on it to get the click connect; this is especially true if the carrier is empty and light. You can't install it incorrectly unless you skip the secondary strap step. We aren't big fans of straps for this reason. The connection isn't the best in the group, but it isn't the worst either.

While small and compact for a full-size stroller  the City Mini 2 is not the smallest lightweight choice and the Mini 2 is larger than the original Mini.
While small and compact for a full-size stroller, the City Mini 2 is not the smallest lightweight choice and the Mini 2 is larger than the original Mini.

Weight and Folded Size


While not as lightweight as a frame stroller and heavier than the original City Mini, the 2 is still a relatively lightweight stroller coming it at 15.5 lbs without the canopy in place. This weight makes it fairly easy to carry and lift.


This stroller is also smaller than much of the competition with a folded size of 8,472 cubic inches which is compact enough for travel and commuting.

The front wheel on the Mini 2 is a double wheel design that typically translates into harder to turn and push.
The front wheel on the Mini 2 can lock in place for easier navigation over rough terrain  but this isn't enough to make the task easy or as good as rubber tires and larger wheels.

Maneuverability


The double wheel front leg (above left) on this stroller is a design flaw we aren't fans of as it can easily and frequently gets caught on small rocks and random bumps in the road making somewhat of a bumpy go. While you can lock the front wheel in place (above right), it doesn't help the plastic wheels traverse the off-road obstacles much better than without the locked wheel. This stroller isn't the hardest to push in the group, but moving over any surface that isn't flat can be frustrating if it lasts a long time. If you stick to the flat areas it can be easy to push and turn in tight spaces or otherwise.

The seatback on the Mini 2 has an elastic top stow pocket.
The seatback on the Mini 2 has an elastic top stow pocket.

Ease of Use


The City Mini 2 is one of the easier options in the group to use despite having an oddly designed storage basket access issue.

The Mini 2 folds in half quickly and easily using the pull handle on the seat bottom.
The Mini 2 folds in half quickly and easily using the pull handle on the seat bottom.

Fold and Unfold


The fold on the Mini 2 is a 2 step process of unsnapping the frame locks and pulling the handle on the center of the seat. You can do this easily with one hand. The stroller locks automatically upon folding and comes with a carry handle to make it easier to move.

Lifting the brakes on the City Mini 2 to unlock them can be rough on the top of the foot or shoe.
Lifting the brakes on the City Mini 2 to unlock them can be rough on the top of the foot or shoe.

Brakes


The brakes are single-action and easy to set and release with a design that requires lifting up from the bottom to unlock. This design can cause foot pain to the tops of feet or damage fancier shoes.

The New Mini 2 has front access to the storage bin  which is better than the back access but both are small  and larger diaper bags won't fit.
The access to the Mini 2 storage bin is limited thanks to a poorly placed rear crossbar.

Storage


The Mini 2 bin looks large (above left), but it has some access problems and only holds 10 lbs max. While this is average for the group it can't compete with some of the competition that allows more than 20. The new Mini 2 has front access to the bin (above right) which is a useful feature, but the crossbar over the back and the smaller front make it challenging to fit larger items in the bin. Ther is also a pocket on the back of the stroller seat for smaller items like phones and keys.

Sunshade


The canopy on the Mini 2 must be removed to use the stroller with an infant carrier.

Ease of Setup


The Mini 2 set up is straightforward and only takes around 4 minutes to complete.



The user manual is good compared to the competition and it doesn't require any tools.

The Mini 2 offers average quality which is somewhat better than other options in the same price range.
The Mini 2 offers average quality which is somewhat better than other options in the same price range.

Quality


Overall the quality of this option is on par or slightly better than the price would indicate, but it isn't on par with higher-end products. the frame is sturdy and the fabric fits it nicely in a groove giving it a sleeker overall look than the old Mini. The wheels are foam filled plastic which may save money but negatively impacts maneuverability and overall quality.

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Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team