Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Review
Pros: Well suited for everyday use, quick and slim fold, more features, accepts car seat
Cons: Heavy for a lightweight, crossbar over storage access
Manufacturer: Baby Jogger
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Baby Jogger company launched in 1984 as a response to parents looking for a useful jogging stroller. Feeling there was a lack in the market, the parents set out to resolve their issue by creating a new jogging stroller. From the start, Baby Jogger offered a variety of stroller types for different uses. Newell Rubbermaid purchased Baby Jogger in 2015.
Weight and Folded Size
This stroller weighs 19.3 lbs, which is heavier than the original City Mini. It measures 8,472 cubic inches when folded which makes it larger than its predecessor as well. Overall, this heavier weight and the larger size are why the City Mini 2 lost the Top Pick award the smaller City Mini original secured.
Ease of Use
The City Mini 2 is somewhat harder to use than the old Mini thanks to some frame design changes.
Fold and Unfold
The Mini 2 still sports the simple one-hand fold of pulling the quick folding handle on the seat bottom. It still has the snap straps that lock the frame open to prevent accidental closing. It also unfolds quickly but you need to remember the frame lock straps.
The Mini 2 as an automatic lock but it doesn't have a carry strap and it doesn't self-stand.
The single-action brakes on the Mini 2 is a rocker-style pedal that is easy to set and release. Unlocking the brakes is also a press or you can lift it from the bottom, making it foot-friendly.
The storage bin on the Mini 2 is a good size, but it has a poorly designed crossbar on the frame that blocks the rear access, so larger items are harder to squeeze inside. This model does have front access which is new and appreciated, but still small and not good for larger diaper bags.
The Mini 2 still sports an impressively large canopy that folds to cover most of the passenger. It has dual peek-a-boo windows with vinyl see-thru and a cover with Velcro closure. There is no ventilation to the design but the canopy can be unzipped from the seat for airflow if desired.
The City Mini 2 has a 5-point harness that is okay but harder to use than the previous version which is always a bummer to see. The buckle is harder to push and the shoulder staps separate from the waist straps at the buckle and i isn't easy to get them back together and buckled, especially if you have a squirmy kid in the seat.
This stroller has an ample seating ara that is cozy even for larger toddlers. The sling-style seat is well-padded and can recline with a toggle and two-hands. The toggle is easy to use, but not as nice or straightforward as higher-end levers or button operations. The setback lays almost flat and the new Mini 2 has an adjustable leg rest for shorter leg comfort when sleeping.
Car Seat Compatibility
With the purchase of a compatible adapter, the City Mini works with a variety of infant car seats.
- Car Seat Adapter Multi-Model — This multi-brand adapter works with a variety of infant car seat carriers including two award-winning seats, the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. Other adapters can be purchased for the following brand seats:
- Baby Jogger, Britax, BOB, Maxi Cosi, Cybex, Nuna, and Graco.
Ease of Setup
City Mini 2 set up is easy and straightforward with a good manual and no tools required. It took about 4:23 minutes to assemble. All you need to do is add the canopy and wheels to the frame.
The Mini has a dual front wheel which isn't our favorite, but the small plastic wheels still perform well compared to the other lightweight options in this review. None of the strollers are that easy to push or turn, but the City Mini 2 is better than most and works well on flat surfaces. It isn't that impressive on uneven terrain like grass and gravel and the front wheel can be locked in place if you need help staying on course. You can manage a green-belt or park but you won't want to go off-road for very long.
Compared to the competition, this stroller provides nicer materials and sturdy construction for a better final product than the other options. Most umbrella strollers lack features and design choices for a high-end feel, but the Mini 2 provides enough attention to detail to rise above the competition with little frame or handlebar flex, no rattling, and wheels that don't wobble. The plastic wheels are foam filled and retain their shape and the fabric feels easy to clean but still skin-friendly.
— Dr. Juliet Spurrier and Wendy Schmitz