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Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Review

A bit heavier, but works great as an everyday option for those who don't need the absolute lightest
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Price:   $280 List | $280 at Amazon
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
By Dr. Juliet Spurrier and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Mar 4, 2020
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#7 of 18
  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 2
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 7
  • Maneuverability - 25% 8
  • Quality - 10% 8

The Skinny

The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is a full-size stroller that might be able to pass for a lightweight stroller depending on your goals. While not a traditional umbrella stroller, this compact option folds relatively small and slim for easier storage, and it is on the light side and could be light enough for some parents to commute or travel with it. While it lacks the same level of transportability as a traditional umbrella or lightweight option, it makes up for this lacking in the user-friendly features and ability to function as an everyday stroller for most outings. Depending on your needs, this heavier choice could be the stroller for your family and could save you money over buying two different style strollers.

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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.

Performance Comparison



While small and compact for a full-size stroller  the City Mini 2 is not the smallest lightweight choice and the Mini 2 is larger than the original Mini.
While small and compact for a full-size stroller, the City Mini 2 is not the smallest lightweight choice and the Mini 2 is larger than the original Mini.

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.

The City Mini 2 has a slim design with few features that add weight or bulk making it smaller than most full-size strollers but still larger than a true umbrella option.
The City Mini 2 has a comfortable seating area with a deep recline  adjustable leg rest  and wider seat.

Ease of Use


The City Mini 2 is somewhat harder to use than the old Mini thanks to some frame design changes.

The City Mini 2 stroller frame locks in place with snap straps that prevent accidental folding.
Folding the City Mini 2 is straightforward and quick with the pull of the seat handle after unlocking the frame.

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 has an auto-locking fold that keeps the stroller together when you carry it.
The Mini 2 has an auto-locking fold that keeps the stroller together when you carry it.

The Mini 2 as an automatic lock but it doesn't have a carry strap and it doesn't self-stand.

The rocker-style brakes on the Mini 2 are sandal-foot friendly and easy to use.
The rocker-style brakes on the Mini 2 are sandal-foot friendly and easy to use.

Brakes


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 rear access of the City Mini 2 storage bin is hindered by the frame crossbar that runs over the top. This poor design will prevent adding a diaper bag of any real size to the bin.
The leg rest on the City Mini 2 can be propped up for storage bin access and for cozier napping.

Storage


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 canopy is large and has 2 windows so you can see little ones from almost any angle.
The Mini 2 canopy is large and has 2 windows so you can see little ones from almost any angle.

Sunshade


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 new Mini 2 has a hard to use buckle with multiple parts that come together at the buckle and are harder to manage.
The new Mini 2 has a hard to use buckle with multiple parts that come together at the buckle and are harder to manage.

Harness


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.

The Mini 2 seat recline toggle is easy enough to use but is not as straightforward as newer versions that are push-button or lever.
The Mini 2 seat recline toggle is easy enough to use but is not as straightforward as newer versions that are push-button or lever.

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.

  • Baby Jogger, Britax, BOB, Maxi Cosi, Cybex, Nuna, and Graco.

If you want an umbrella product for a little one under six months, we only recommend those that can accommodate an infant car seat carrier attachment. We don't think umbrella/lightweight products without carrier attachments are safe for little ones younger than six months old. Babies less than six months do not have adequate head and neck muscle control. Therefore, they aren't able to protect themselves or prevent potential injury. Younger babies require specific features and functionalities to assist them to ensure their safety. Most lightweight options lack the features needed for moving little ones safely over bumpy terrain.

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 City Mini 2 front wheel can be locked in place to make it easier to move over uneven surfaces without tipping or veering off course.
The City Mini 2 performs surprisingly well in maneuverability tests given the smaller  dual front wheel  plastic design.

Maneuverability


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.

The City Mini 2 offers nice quality for a lightweight option as many are fairly flimsy by comparison.
The City Mini 2 offers nice quality for a lightweight option as many are fairly flimsy by comparison.

Quality


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.

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Dr. Juliet Spurrier and Wendy Schmitz