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.
Baby Jogger City Mini ReviewPrice: $260.00 List | $259.99 at Amazon
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
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 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.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
- Car Seat Adapter Multi-Model — This adapter works with two of our best infant car seats that are also award winners, the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35.
- 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 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.
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.
The following video is an overview of the City Mini prepared by Baby Jogger.
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.
- 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.
- Infant Car Seat Adapters — Car Seat Adapter for the Baby Jogger City GO, BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Britax & BOB, Car Seat Adapter for Cybex & Maxi Cosi, and the Car Seat Adapter Multi-Model. The Multi-Model works nicely with two of our award-winning Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 infant car seats. A complete list of car seat compatibility and the car seat adapter you need to buy can be found here.
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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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