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Baby Jogger City Mini GT Combo Review

Quality option that is easy to push but the tipping problem is a concern
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Price:   $360 List | $300 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to push and turn, nice quality, fairly light
Cons:  Tipping concern, harder to use, average car seat attachment
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Sep 15, 2017
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 7
  • Maneuverability - 10% 9
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 4
  • Quality - 5% 7
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 7

The Skinny

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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Pros Easy to push and turn, nice quality, fairly lightSuper 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 Tipping concern, harder to use, average car seat attachmentLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line Quality option that is easy to push but the tipping problem is a concernBest 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
Ratings Categories City Mini GT Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle KeyFit Caddy B-Free Combo
Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (35%)
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Weight Folded Size (30%)
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Specs City Mini GT Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle KeyFit Caddy B-Free Combo
Weight 22.2 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 24"W x 9.5"H x 30"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: Birth Maximum: 65 lbs/44" 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"

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT works with a variety of infant car seats including the Chicco Keyfit 30 shown here.
The Baby Jogger City Mini GT works with a variety of infant car seats including the Chicco Keyfit 30 shown here.

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.

Performance Comparison


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 an infant car seat to the GT is only average compared to the competition.
Ease of attaching an infant car seat to the GT is only average compared to the competition.

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.

This close up of the Chicco car seat adapter on the GT shows how the carrier clicks into place and the straps that must be attached for safe installation.
This close up of the Chicco car seat adapter on the GT shows how the carrier clicks into place and the straps that must be attached for safe installation.

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.

The Cybex adapters can stay in place when you fold the GT and they take up less space than the loop style adapters.

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 City Mini GT is marketed as an "all-terrain" stroller  and while it is better off-road than the other Baby Jogger options we tested  we still wouldn't consider it a great choice for long-term off-road strolling.
The City Mini GT is marketed as an "all-terrain" stroller, and while it is better off-road than the other Baby Jogger options we tested, we still wouldn't consider it a great choice for long-term off-road strolling.

Maneuverability


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 City Mini GT has suspension  but it isn't as good as the adjustable suspension on the BOB Revolution Flex.
The City Mini GT has suspension, but it isn't as good as the adjustable suspension on the BOB Revolution Flex.

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 City Mini GT has an adjustable handlebar that rotates on a pivot point. This feature is useful for parents of different heights  but it puts taller users closer to the rear axle making it more likely they will kick the back of the stroller while moving.
The City Mini GT has an adjustable handlebar that rotates on a pivot point. This feature is useful for parents of different heights, but it puts taller users closer to the rear axle making it more likely they will kick the back of the stroller while moving.

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.

One of the most popular features of the Baby Jogger strollers is the quick pull fold  as seen here on the seat of the City Mini GT.
One of the most popular features of the Baby Jogger strollers is the quick pull fold, as seen here on the seat of the City Mini GT.

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.

The City Mini GT has an auto-lock that works well and keeps the stroller closed for easier transport and storing.
The City Mini GT has an auto-lock that works well and keeps the stroller closed for easier transport and storing.

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 GT is one of the few non-jogging options with a handbrake. This handbrake works well and has a feature that prevents accidental brake releasing.
The GT is one of the few non-jogging options with a handbrake. This handbrake works well and has a feature that prevents accidental brake releasing.

Brakes


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 storage on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT is large  but the lower seat and a cross bar make it difficult to access and limit what can be put inside.
The storage on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT is large, but the lower seat and a cross bar make it difficult to access and limit what can be put inside.

Storage


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 canopy on the City Mini GT has two peek-a-boo windows that make spying on baby easy. We wish they had magnetic closure instead of hook and loop  but it is still a better canopy than much of the competition.
The canopy on the City Mini GT has two peek-a-boo windows that make spying on baby easy. We wish they had magnetic closure instead of hook and loop, but it is still a better canopy than much of the competition.

Sunshade


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.

The GT earned an above average score for quality with a score only one point below the high for the group.
The GT earned an above average score for quality with a score only one point below the high for the group.

Quality


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.

Simplicity in design helped the GT earn a higher quality score  but it could have scored higher with fewer visible connectors and fabric that wraps around the frame instead of being fastened in place.
Simplicity in design helped the GT earn a higher quality score, but it could have scored higher with fewer visible connectors and fabric that wraps around the frame instead of being fastened in place.

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.

Safety


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.

Manufacturer Video




Accessories


Baby Jogger offers some interesting accessories for the GT that include adapters for infant car seats and parent console for additional convenience.
  • Car Seat Adapter Multi-Model
    This Baby Jogger City Mini GT adapter works with a variety of car seats including the Chicco Keyfit 30.
    This adapter combines the GT with the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and the Chicco Keyfit 30, both award winning infant car seats.
  • 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.

Other Versions


Baby Jogger offers multiple strollers:
  • Baby Jogger City Mini — The GT and the City Mini have many similarities. However, we think the City Mini is a better choice since it does not share the safety issue of back tipping. The Mini has plastic tires and stationary handlebar, but we think the fact that it is both smaller and lighter is enough to make up for these differences.
  • The Baby Jogger City Select
    Baby Jogger City Select — The Select is an inline stroller that works with two seats and retails at nearly twice the price of the GT. It has rubber tires and an adjustable handlebar, but the two seater capability makes it heavier and larger. Find out more in our review for double 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