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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 | $252 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  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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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 easily traverse almost any terrain. This stroller works with a large variety of infant car seats making it a versatile option even if it has the two-step attachment we don't like and is only average for attachment. This stroller is harder to use than the competition and it has a safety tip-over risk that concerns us, making it hard to enjoy the maneuverability. Overall, we think the GT would be a contender if the tip risk didn't exist.


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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
Rating Categories City Mini GT Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (35%)
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Specs City Mini GT Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax 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"
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
SnugRide 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 32"/44" 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 5:29 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

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). Baby Jogger is part of Newell Rubbermaid.

Performance Comparison



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 accepts a variety of infant car seats. This stroller requires an adapter for any infant car seat, including their native seat, the Baby Jogger City GO. With the purchase of an adapter, the GT works with some models of the Britax/BOB, Chicco, Cybex, Graco, Maxi Cosi, Nuna Pipa, Peg Perego, and UPPAbaby infant car seats. Some models include the award-winners Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Chicco KeyFit 30 and the UPPAbaby Mesa. Most of the adapters require assembly, but the side attachment adapters click-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 with a click-in and strap connection. We worry parents will skip or forget the strap part, which could lead to potential injury or death. This potential 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 to use of those we tested. It connects easily with no problems, and it feels stable 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 is lighter and much smaller when folded than most of the competition. The GT weighs 22.2 lbs and measures 6,840 cubic inches. These measurements make it one of the smallest options. We think being light and small is essential for a stroller you plan to use with your car seat because moms may not be allowed to lift more substantial items. This stroller can fold with the car seat adapters 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 is really easy to maneuver and can often be operated with one hand.

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 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 can be a little stiff on grass, but it manages better than most.

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.

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 is nothing special for ease of use and falls below the group average.

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-stand. 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 operate with a handbrake on the handlebar, which is 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 storage bin is roomy, holding up to 20 lbs. However, we only fit a medium size diaper bag inside because access is reduced due to a lower seat and crossbar. Also, the seat offers a nice sized back pocket that is an excellent fit for smaller items like a phone. The pouch 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 it with a carrier.

Ease of Setup




The GT took us about 5:30 minutes to unpack and assemble using average documentation. While the images and instructions could be better, the assembly 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 is of higher quality than most of the competition. The seat material has a smooth, finely woven fabric, but it doesn't feel breathable. The material wraps evenly around the 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 sturdy and straightforward, with little flex and rattle. The finish on the stroller is nice but 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 Concerns


While testing the GT for safety concerns, we discovered what we believe is a serious safety hazard not present on other strollers we've tested. In our testing, and as described by several others, the GT tends to tip over backward when the seatback is fully reclined. This stroller tips when weight shifts toward the back of the reclined seat (i.e., the baby moves up the seat back). This action results in a risk of a back-tip where the baby's head might impact the ground, causing potentially serious injuries.



This safety issue was present in our reviews from 2013 and 2015, and we hoped that the new design would address the problem, but even in our latest test, we found this back-tip risk issue is still a concern. This design places the center of gravity farther back, which can result in a back tip if the baby moves toward the back of the seat when fully reclined. For this reason, we advise caution when using the GT with the seat fully reclined; be sure to use the harness to prevent the baby from skootching back on the flattened seat, and do not leave them unattended.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Team