Baby Jogger City Mini GT Combo ReviewPrice: $360.00 List | $359.99 at Amazon
Pros: Easy to push and turn, nice quality, fairly light
Cons: Tipping concern, harder to use, average car seat attachment
Bottom line: Quality option that is easy to push but the tipping problem is a concern
Folded Dimensions: 24"W x 9.5"H x 30"L
Capacity Limits: Minimum: Birth Maximum: 65 lbs/44"
Manufacturer: Baby Jogger
The Baby Jogger City Mini GT earned an impressive top score for maneuverability with foam filled rubber wheels that traverse almost any terrain with ease. This stroller works with a large variety of infant car seats making it a versatile option even if it has the two step attachment process we aren't fond of and is only average for car seat attachment. However, this stroller is harder to use than the competition and it has a safety tip over risk we have concerns about, making it hard to enjoy the ease of pushing and turning. Overall, we think the GT would be a contender if the safety risk weren't a concern, but given the higher price, we think parents will be better off with the similar and less expensive Baby Jogger City Mini Combo.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
In 1984, the Baby Jogger company began by moms and dads who wanted to get outside and jog with their little ones. They found a solution by designing the very first jogging stroller. Baby Jogger today makes a wide range of strollers (most of which are not suitable for jogging). In 2015, Baby Jogger was sold to Newell Rubbermaid. Today they continue to develop popular strollers together.
This chart shows the overall scores for the stroller car seat combinations we tested for this review. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT (in blue) earned a higher overall score than its little brother, the Baby Jogger City Mini.
The information in the sections below detail the City Mini GT's performance compared to the competition during testing. The metric scores are used to determine the overall score with an emphasis on car seat attachment and weight and folded size, characteristics that are most important in a car seat stroller combination.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The City Mini GT earned a 6 of 10 for ease of car seat attachment. This stroller requires an adapter for any infant car seat, including their native brand seat, the Baby Jogger City GO. With the purchase of an adapter, the GT can be used with some models of the Britax/BOB, Chicco, Cybex, Graco, Maxi Cosi, Nuna Pipa, Peg Perego, and UPPAbaby infant car seats. Some exact seat models that will fit with the adapter are the award-winners Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Chicco KeyFit 30 and the UPPAbaby Mesa. Most of the adapters need to be assembled, but the side attachment adapters just slide in. The stroller canopy must be removed, but this reduces the overall weight of the stroller.
The infant seats attach using with a click-in and strap connection. We worry parents will skip or forget the strap part of the process which could lead to potential injury or death. This makes the two step attachment process undesirable in our opinion.
We tested the stroller with the Chicco Keyfit 30 (above left), UPPAbaby Mesa, Cybex Aton 2 (above right), Maxi-Cosi Mico, and Peg Pergo Primo Viaggio 4-35. The Chicco Keyfit 30 is the easiest car seat to use of those we tested. It connects easily with no problems and it feels stable once installed with no false installations.
Weight and Folded Size
The GT earned a 7 of 10 for weight and folded size which is above average and tied with several competitors. The GT weighs 22.2 lbs and measures 24"W x 9.5"H x 30"L and 6,840 cubic inches. This makes it one of the smallest options in the group, with only two strollers folding smaller. We think being light and small is important for a stroller you plan to use with your car seat because the carrier makes it heavier and new moms may not be allowed to lift heavier items. This stroller can fold with the car seat adpters in place (see above).
The GT earned a 9 of 10 in maneuverability, which is the high score for this metric tying with the BOB Revolution Flex Combo which also has rubber wheels.
The GT has a somewhat sportier feel than other Baby Joggers thanks to foam-filled rubber tires and a single front wheel design. The stroller is easy to maneuver even in tight spaces, the wheels roll smoothly, and you can push it with one hand. Even pushing and turning off-road is easy compared to the competition and is similar to the flat surface experience. The GT maneuvered over everything in its path without much difficulty. It can be a little stiff on grass, but it managed better than most of the competition, so while not a true all-terrain option, it can get the job done without frustration.
The GT has an adjustable handlebar that rotates up and down on a pivot point. It has two wheel suspension and a padded sling style seat. The rubber tires and padded seat create a more comfortable ride for the passenger the non-GT City Mini.
Ease of Use
The GT earned a 4 of 10 for ease of use. This score is nothing special and falls below the group average. Ease of use includes features and functionality that impact your daily use of the stroller.
Fold and Unfold
The GT folds with one hand, auto-locks, and has a carry strap. It doesn't self-standing, but it only has one step consisting of a simple pull handle. unfolding is also easy and requires two hands for two steps.
The brakes on the GT, operated with a handbrake on the handlebar, are a simple one-step action. They are easy to set and release, with a lock feature that prevents accidental releasing.
The GT storage bin is nice and roomy, holding up to 20 lbs. However, we were only able to use it with a medium size diaper bag because access is poor due to a lower seat and crossbar. In addition, the seat offers a nice sized back pocket that is a great fit for smaller items like a mobile phone or keys. The pocket is nice, but it doesn't hide or protect items from the weather.
The sunshade on the GT provides good coverage with a 50+ UV rating. However, you must remove the canopy from the stroller when you attach infant car seats, so you won't be using the canopy with a carrier attached.
Ease of Setup
The GT earned a 7 of 10 for setup. It took us about 5:30 minutes to unpack and assemble this stroller using average documentation. While the images and instructions could be better, putting the stroller together is relatively easy and doesn't require any tools.
This stroller earned a 7 of 10 for quality where the high for the group is only 8. The fabric on the GT is a slick feeling, finely woven canvas. It feels smooth and wipes clean easily, but it doesn't feel breathable. The material wraps evenly around the stroller frame, seat, and canopy in what looks like one piece. The storage bin material is similar to the rest of the stroller but it feels slightly thicker and has mesh sides.
The frame is simple and sturdy with little flex and rattle. The finish on the stroller is nice and is compareable to the Baby Jogger City Mini Combo. This stroller is not as sleek and appealing to the eye as some of the more expensive options, but it is nice looking compared to some of the competition.
While testing the GT for safety concerns we discovered what we believe is a serious safety hazard not present on other strollers tested. In our testing, and as described by several Amazon reviewers, the GT had a tendency to tip over backward fairly easily when the seat back is fully reclined. This stroller tips when any weight is placed near the top of the seat (i.e. baby moves up the seat back). Disturbingly, this creates a situation where there is a significant risk that the baby's head will impact the ground causing potentially serious injuries.
This safety issue was noted in our reviews from 2013 and 2015 and we hoped that the new design would have addressed the problem, but testing reveals it is still a concern. At least part of the problem is the length of the seat back on the GT is significantly longer than the other Baby Joggers we've tested, which places the center of gravity farther forward. For this reason, we advise caution when using the GT with seat fully reclined; be sure to use the harness to prevent the baby from skootching themselves to the back of the flattened seat, and do not leave them unattended.
Baby Jogger offers some interesting accessories for the GT that include adapters for infant car seats and parent console for additional convenience.
- BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Britax & BOB — This adapter works with car seat models from Britax and BOB.
- Baby Jogger Parent Console — Some parents consider a parent console a must have and with the addition of this organizer you get two cup holders and covered storage for your phone or keys.
Baby Jogger offers multiple strollers:
Compared to the other models from Baby Jogger that we tested, the City Mini stands as the lone award winner in two different categories. It has (impressively) earned awards in the full-size and umbrella stroller categories.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Team
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