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.
Baby Jogger City Mini GT Combo Review
Pros: Easy to push and turn, nice quality, fairly light
Cons: Tipping concern, harder to use, average car seat attachment
Manufacturer: Baby Jogger
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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). Baby Jogger is part of Newell Rubbermaid.
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.
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.
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 GT is really easy to maneuver and can often be operated with one hand.
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 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.
Ease of Use
The GT is nothing special for ease of use and falls below the group average.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Team