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Baby Jogger City Mini Combo Review

Not the best for car seat attachment thanks to two steps and straps
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Price:   $260 List | $260 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy fold, canopy with some seats
Cons:  Two step attachment with straps, plastic wheels
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 7
  • Maneuverability - 10% 7
  • Safety - 10% 5
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 4
  • Quality - 5% 6
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 8

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger City Mini scored well in our full-size and umbrella stroller reviews and is one we think is a good budget-friendly option, but we are not big fans of using it as a stroller car seat combination. Because the City Mini requires the use of a strap to secure the seat to the stroller frame, we feel it isn't the best choice. While the carrier feels connected, we worry that the extra step will go undone by parents who are in a hurry, forget, or feel the click connection works alone. Forgetting the strap could potentially lead to possible injury (or death) using the product in a way that is not how the manufacturer describes or recommends.
While not that impressive when used in conjunction with an infant car seat, the City Mini did well in our Best Full-size Strollers and Best Umbrella Strollers reviews.


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Pros Easy fold, canopy with some seatsSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons Two step attachment with straps, plastic wheelsLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Not the best for car seat attachment thanks to two steps and strapsBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresEasy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleCompact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Rating Categories Baby Jogger City... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
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Specs Baby Jogger City... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 18.4 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 24.1"W x 10.5"H x 32.8"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits Minimum:
Maximum: Birth
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
BOB
B-Safe
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters Baby Jogger
City GO
Graco
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 30
None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No n/a Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41.6" 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 32"/44.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Large n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories None Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None None
Setup Time 4:29 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby Jogger was founded in 1984 by parents who wanted to jog with their babies but couldn't locate jogging strollers. Necessity being the mother of invention, the parents decided to create the first jogging stroller. Baby Jogger has created a variety of strollers from the get-go to fill the niche for various activities. It is important to note that the majority of Baby Jogger strollers are not suitable for jogging.

Performance Comparison



Attaching a car seat to the City Mini is easier than some but not the best in the group which hurt its overall score in this review.
Attaching a car seat to the City Mini is easier than some but not the best in the group which hurt its overall score in this review.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The City Mini might be one of the most versatile car seat stroller combinations.

This product works with almost every major brand car seat, including Britax/BOB, Chicco, Cybex, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Peg Perego. All require the purchase of a car seat adapter, and most need the canopy removed, but the primary seat can stay attached (whew).

Our test adapters work with the Chicco Keyfit 30, Cybex Aton 2, Maxi-Cosi Mico, and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. The Peg Perego and the Chicco adapters are the loop style and require assembly. Some testers feel the assembly is a pain, but given that you only need to do it once with no tools, we think it is acceptable. The others are all click in adapters that slide into connection points on either side of the toddler seat.

The Chicco adapter attaches to the frame of the City Mini and the car seat carrier connects inside the loop. The second step of strap attachment is not our favorite design and we worry parents will skip this step.
The Chicco adapter attaches to the frame of the City Mini and the car seat carrier connects inside the loop. The second step of strap attachment is not our favorite design and we worry parents will skip this step.

The seats are very similar in how they attach to their adapters, but the Chicco Keyfit 30 is the easiest with no additional pressure required to click into the loop.

Aligning the side attachment points for the Cybex carrier onto the adapter for the City Mini can be more difficult than resting a carrier into a loop.
Aligning the side attachment points for the Cybex carrier onto the adapter for the City Mini can be more difficult than resting a carrier into a loop.

The car seats that connect with side adapters are more complicated because the sides need to line up before connection. In our tests, the most difficult to install is the Maxi-Cosi, which we had trouble lining up correctly and often only one side would connect. Alternatively, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 managed to feel installed and we heard the click, but we were able to pull the carrier off the frame with a tug on the handle. All of the carriers have a strap step to complete the connection no matter what kind of adapter they have. Buckling the straps isn't tricky, but we worry some parents will skip this part feeling the click is sufficient. However, given our experience during testing, the strap is not only a manufacturer requirement but mandatory to ensure a secure connection every time.

The Chicco adapter on the Baby Jogger City Mini is easy to use  but it requires the strap-in second step we worry parents will forgo.
The Chicco adapter on the Baby Jogger City Mini is easy to use, but it requires the strap-in second step we worry parents will forgo.

In short, the additional step of securing the straps make this a stroller we don't think is the best for a car seat/stroller combination.

Folding the City Mini with the side infant car seat attachments makes a smaller package than the loop style infant car seat adapters but the adapters are at risk for being damaged.
The City Mini can be folded with the car seat adapter attached  but it will be bulkier with the loop style adapter and it could be difficult to stow with the adapter sticking out.

Weight and Folded Size


With a heavier weight but smaller folded size, the City Mini impresses for weight and folded size. For a smaller stroller, the City Mini is surprisingly heavy. We feel an essential feature of a stroller used with an infant car seat is that it be lightweight, so new moms can go it alone. This stroller is over 18.4 lbs without the canopy or car seat attachments, which is comparatively heavy.

The City Mini has a three wheel design that helped it out maneuver the four wheel competition  with a single dual wheel leg in front.
The City Mini has a three wheel design that helped it out maneuver the four wheel competition, with a single dual wheel leg in front.

Maneuverability


The City Mini offers good maneuverability given the plastic wheels. Pushing is relatively easy and can be accomplished with one hand. It is better on hard surfaces than rough, fits easily through narrow doorways, and gets the job the done without too many problems. For greater detail on the maneuverability of the City Mini, please read our full-size stroller comparison.

The City Mini has a stationary handlebar that is covered in a ridged rubber material that feels good when you hold it. While an adjustable handlebar would be nice  this bar is a good height for most parents.
The City Mini has a stationary handlebar that is covered in a ridged rubber material that feels good when you hold it. While an adjustable handlebar would be nice, this bar is a good height for most parents.

The handlebar is not adjustable but is a good height for most users. It has a rubber material cover with ridges for grip-ability. The cover seems more durable than foam covers and might hold up better over time.

The City Mini has a pocket on the back of the seat. This pocket can be handy but can be harder to use with an infant carrier in place.
The City Mini has a pocket on the back of the seat. This pocket can be handy but can be harder to use with an infant carrier in place.

Ease of Use


The City Mini isn't easy to use. The Mini struggled to keep up with the competition, and the lower score indicates you may find it frustrating as a car seat stroller.

The City Mini has one of the easiest folds in the group with a one-handed pull loop.
The City Mini has one of the easiest folds in the group with a one-handed pull loop.

Fold and Unfold


The Baby Jogger is a one-hand fold, with a pull handle on the seat bottom. It is one of the easiest to fold and it auto-locks and has a carry strap, but it doesn't self-stand. Unfolding is slightly harder and requires two steps to finish.

The center brake pedal on the City Mini is easy to set and release  and is sandal foot friendly.
The center brake pedal on the City Mini is easy to set and release, and is sandal foot friendly.

Brakes


The City Mini single action brakes have a single center-located pedal that is easy to set and release, with a sandal-friendly design.

The City Mini storage bin has easy access from the back and sides  but the shape of the bin and curved bar across the back prevent larger items from fitting inside.
The City Mini storage bin has easy access from the back and sides, but the shape of the bin and curved bar across the back prevent larger items from fitting inside.

Storage


The storage bin is large and accessible from the front and back. We fit our medium-sized diaper bag inside, but you'll have to reach pretty far under the handlebar to reach the bin. The bin has a weight allowance of 10 lbs which is not as good as others with 25+ lbs limits (go UPPAbaby!). The Mini has slim pockets on the back of the toddler seat, but they will be difficult to access with the seat reclined and carrier in place.

The Mini has 2 large peek-a-boo windows that are easy to use when they aren't throwing off glare.
The Mini has 2 large peek-a-boo windows that are easy to use when they aren't throwing off glare.

Sunshade


You are unlikely to use the canopy with your car seat on this stroller. While a few of the adapters allow the canopy to remain on the stroller, we weren't able to use the canopy for protection over the carrier like it can on other strollers.

Ease of Setup


The Mini is easy to set up and took us about 6 minutes. The manual is only average, so it is good that much of the assembly is intuitive.

The City Mini is average compared to the competition for quality.
The City Mini is average compared to the competition for quality.

Quality


The Mini scores about average for quality. The Mini has a nice sturdy frame, and the fabric wraps around it without bunching or pinching. However, the mesh on the sides of the storage bin is loose and snags easily. The wheels are foam filled plastic and are on the small side but are relatively wide; they solidly attach and do not wobble. Rubber wheels would be better and likely improve maneuverability. The Mini only has shocks on the front wheels. Overall the fit and finish aren't bad, but it doesn't look as sleek as some of the competition.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team