Hands-on Gear Review

Baby Jogger City Mini Review

Top Pick Award
Price:   $260.00 List | $220.99 at Amazon - 15% off
Pros:  Easy to use, cozy napping, Car seat compatible
Cons:  Heavier, hard to carry
Bottom line:  Smooth maneuvering option that is easy to use and good for napping, but heavy for a lightweight stroller
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Weight:  17.5 lbs
Folded Dimensions:  24.1"W x 10.5"H x 32.8"L
Capacity Limits:  Minimum: Birth, Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Manufacturer:   Baby Jogger

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger City Mini earned a Top Pick award for everyday use thanks to a high score in ease of use, maneuverability, and quality while offering car seat compatibility and one of the simplest folds in the group. This standard stroller made the 18 lb cut off for this review by the skin of its teeth, and the higher weight may be a deal breaker for parents who want a truly lightweight option. However, for parents who want a stroller that can do almost anything but jog, the City Mini is a nice option at a nice price, that might be the only stroller you need to buy. Alternatively, if you value a smaller size and don't need car seat compatibility, but are still looking for something easy to use, the Zoe XL1 Best v2 earned top marks for ease of use, weighs less, scored higher overall, and costs less.
The Baby Jogger City Mini also scored well in our Best Baby Strollers review, earning a Best Value award in a competition with 20 other strollers.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
Thursday
December 8, 2016

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The Baby Jogger City Mini is a good lightweight stroller and a nice full-size everyday option scoring well in both categories of gear.
The Baby Jogger City Mini is a good lightweight stroller and a nice full-size everyday option scoring well in both categories of gear.

Baby Jogger was started in 1984 by parents who wanted to jog with their babies. To solve their problem, and get out on the road, they designed the first jogging stroller. Since the beginning, Baby Jogger has created multiple types of strollers designed for a variety of activities. In 2015, Newell Rubbermaid bought Baby Jogger and together they continue to design strollers that are sought after.



Performance Comparison


The Baby Jogger City Mini earned a Top Pick award thanks to a higher overall score and the features it offers that allow it to function as an everyday stroller as well as a lightweight option.


The City Mini's overall score compared to the competition can be seen in the chart above. The following sections will provide more information on how this stroller performed in each metric during testing.

The City Mini is 17.5 lbs  and 8 300 cubic inches when folded. This makes it a small full-size stroller and a relatively large lightweight option. It is important to measure your trunk space or test the stroller in the smallest location it will need to fit before deciding to keep it.
The City Mini is 17.5 lbs, and 8,300 cubic inches when folded. This makes it a small full-size stroller and a relatively large lightweight option. It is important to measure your trunk space or test the stroller in the smallest location it will need to fit before deciding to keep it.

Weight and Folded Size


The City Mini earned a 3 of 10 for weight and folded size. This stroller weighs 17.5 lbs and is 8,300 cubic inches when folded.


It is the heaviest and largest stroller in the review. However, it is still light for a standard stroller, and the additional weight is a trade-off for more features.

The City Mini earned a high score for ease of use with plenty of features that function well.
The City Mini earned a high score for ease of use with plenty of features that function well.

Ease of Use


The City Mini earned an 8 of 10 for ease of use. This is the high score for the metric and shared by the Zoe XL1 Best v2 and the similar Britax B-Agile 3.


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 City Mini has a one-handed fold with an automatic lock, but it doesn't stand on its own. The fold itself is easy but more physical than the lighter strollers. To fold up pull up on the fold handle on the seat bottom and the stroller folds in half.

Brakes


The City Mini has single action brakes with a center brake pedal that is easy to set and release. Releasing can be done by pressing the pedal a second time or by lifting from underneath, making it sandal foot friendly.

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 City Mini storage bin holds up to 10 lbs and we were able to fit our medium size diaper bag inside. Access to the bin is easy from the back and sides, but the curved bar on the back makes it difficult to fit larger bags. This stroller also has a mesh pocket on the back of the seat.

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


The Mini has a large canopy with 2 peek-a-boo windows made of vinyl. The windows have covers with hook and loop closures and the canopy is SPF 50+ and offers coverage to the knees.

The Mini harness is easy to use  but changing the shoulder strap height can be tricky with no visibility in the back and a small access pocket that will give large hands trouble.
The Mini harness is easy to use, but changing the shoulder strap height can be tricky with no visibility in the back and a small access pocket that will give large hands trouble.

Harness


The harness on this stroller is 5-point and easy to adjust for size. Rethreading is a little difficult thanks to two layers of threading, and the back can be difficult to access for threading as you have to slide your hand into a pocket with no visibility. If you have large hands, you may not be able to fit one in at all.

The City Mini has a comfortable seat with deep recline and a padded leg rest which makes it a good choice for comfort on longer trips.
The City Mini has a comfortable seat with deep recline and a padded leg rest which makes it a good choice for comfort on longer trips.

Seat


The City Mini seat has a non-adjustable padded leg rest and reclining seat back. The recline adjustment toggle is easy to use and the seat back is almost flat for comfortable napping.

Car Seat Compatibility


When you purchase a compatible adapter, the City Mini fits with several infant car seats.
  • Other Car Seat Adapters — The City Mini is compatible with a variety of other seats including some made by Baby Jogger, Britax, BOB, Maxi Cosi, Cybex, Nuna and Graco.

If you plan to use your stroller for a baby under 6 months old, we prefer lightweight strollers that offer a car seat carrier attachment option. We do not believe that umbrella/lightweight strollers without an infant car seat carrier are good options for babies under 6 months old. Because babies under 6 months lack head and neck control, they are unable to use their own strength to avoid potential injury and need specifically designed seats and inserts to assist them. These products lack the features and design required for safety jostling baby over uneven surfaces.

Ease of Setup





The City Mini took just 4:29 minutes for unpacking and assembly, which is above average. In addition, this stroller has an easy to follow manual and also requires no tools for set up.

The lightweight and umbrella strollers  like the Baby Jogger City Mini shown here  were tested on various terrains in various locations to determine true maneuverability.
The lightweight and umbrella strollers, like the Baby Jogger City Mini shown here, were tested on various terrains in various locations to determine true maneuverability.

Maneuverability


The City Mini earned an impressive 8 of 10 in our maneuverability category. To our surprise, despite the dual front wheel design on the Mini, it is relatively easy to turn and pushes well. It is larger than the rest of the group, so you need to do a little planning, but it is responsive enough to navigate tight places without bumping anything. The Mini continues to push and turn easily on rougher terrain, as long as the front wheels don't get pulled off course by bumps in the road. We experienced a little vibration in the handlebar from a slight wobble that feels like the stroller is swaying somewhat.


The City Mini has front wheel suspension only, but nicer padding and a sling style seat. With a deeper recline and large coverage canopy this stroller is cozy for passengers. The handlebar is rubber covered, which isn't as nice as foam, but better than plastic only and comfortable enough for pushers.

The Baby Jogger City Mini is a high quality stroller that makes a good everyday option that is lighter weight and versatile.
The Baby Jogger City Mini is a high quality stroller that makes a good everyday option that is lighter weight and versatile.

Quality


This stroller earned an 8 of 10 for quality with materials and connections that are nice, well constructed, and smooth. The simple and sturdy frame of the Mini operates well. The fabric wraps around the frame evenly and the stroller doesn't flex much when pushing.

Manufacturer Video


The following video is an overview of the City Mini prepared by Baby Jogger.


Accessories


Baby Jogger offers a variety of accessories for use with the City Mini. While there are far too many to talk about here, we will list those we think are useful for most parents.
The City Mini can be paired with a child tray that has a cup holder and can be removed for washing.
  • Baby Jogger City Mini Child Tray — A child tray is useful for older babies that may need a snack on the go or a place to store treasured items. This tray is removable, dishwasher safe, and has a snack section with a cup holder.
  • Baby Jogger Weather Shield
    The City Mini weather shield protects baby against the elements should you choose to stroller in snow or rain  or get caught in a surprise storm.
    This weather shield is a great addition for any environment where the weather can shift quickly or you may need or want to travel when the snow flies or the rain falls. It is clear so baby can still enjoy the view, but waterproof to protect baby against the elements.
  • Baby Jogger Parent Console
    The City Min is compatible with the Baby Jogger Parent Console  which has a variety of pockets and places for important items like mobile phones  bottles  and keys.
    Most parents think a console is a must-have for strolling because it provides a convenient place to put your water bottle and quick access items like phone and keys. While cup holders are not our favorite, as they often lead to falling items on baby's head, we do like to have a nice place to put frequently used items.

Other Versions


Baby Jogger makes several strollers for various activities. In the past we have reviewed the Baby Jogger City Mini GT, Baby Jogger City Select, Baby Jogger City Mini Double, Baby Jogger City Select Double and the Baby Jogger Summit X3. In this review, we also tested the Baby Jogger Vue Lite, a true lightweight stroller offered by Baby Jogger. However, there are two other stroller options from this company that caught our eye and deserve a look. While we have not tested these strollers, we can't help but see the innovation that might make them a good choice.
  • Baby Jogger City Mini Zip
    The City Mini Zip folds in half and then in half again to create the smallest Baby Jogger stroller.
    The City Mini Zip is a compact, lightweight travel stroller that folds in half, and then in half again, to create the smallest folded Baby Jogger yet. This stroller can accept some infant car seats with adapter, has a giant canopy, and an almost flat recline. At 16 lbs it is only 1.5 lbs lighter than the City Mini (non-zip), but folding smaller could make travel life easier.
  • Baby Jogger City Tour
    The Baby Jogger City Tour is a lightweight smaller version of the City Mini with the same fold and similar styling.
    The Tour is similar to the City Mini in styling. This 14 lb stroller has the same fold and seat design as the Mini but is smaller and lighter making it a good option for parents who need a lightweight stroller. It comes with a backpack carry bag, SPF 50 canopy with window, fits in overhead storage, and reclines almost flat, with a price that is lighter than the City Mini by about $60.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

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