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Stroller brand review: Baby Jogger

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A EXCELLENT-our top pick!
B GOOD-above average quality, prices, and creativity.
C FAIR-could stand some improvement.
D POOR-yuck! Could stand some major improvement.

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Baby Jogger literally invented the jogging stroller category 30 years ago when they outfitted a stroller with bicycle tires, designed for runners. Since then, the company has been through numerous ups and downs . . . including a bankruptcy back in 2003 and new ownership that refocused the brand on lightweight, easy-to-fold strollers. The new models have met with much success, despite the fact the company has drifted away from its “jogger” roots.

(FYI: In 2015, Baby Jogger was acquired by Graco and is now part of their family of baby gear).

The models. Baby Jogger has two main stroller lines: the City (which the brand dubs as “everyday strollers”) and the Summit, which are all-terrain models designed for off-road adventures (“joggers”).

We divide Baby Jogger’s City strollers into three sub genres: lightweight models like the City Mini (pictured above), multi-function strollers like the City Select and double versions of their popular sellers.

The secret sauce to the City Mini is Baby Jogger’s Quick-Fold technology: pull up on one strap and zip! The stroller collapses and folds. No complicated buttons or latches. No multi-step process. The Quick-Fold has super-sized Baby Jogger’s sales of the City series, which boasts four models: the Mini, Mini GT, Elite and Select.

The tri-wheel City Mini (single $250, 17.1 lbs.; double $445, 26.6 lbs.) is Baby Jogger’s best-selling stroller, featuring a full recline and large canopy. In a recent refresh, the City Mini got a few tweaks: a slightly larger seat, an easier to access storage basket and an auto lock feature when the stroller is folded.

If you aren’t sold on the tri-wheel set-up, there is a four-wheel version of the City Mini (dubbed the City Mini 4-Wheel) for $260. It is identical to the three wheel version, just one more wheel. (This model is discontinued, but stores are still selling through inventory). And if you prefer your four-wheel stroller with a compact umbrella style fold, consider the City Mini Zip ($250, 16.5 lbs). 

To appeal more to off-road users, the City Mini GT ($350, 21.5 lbs.) adds bigger, no-flat tires, as well as an adjustable handle bar with brake, a redesigned seat/canopy that provides more headroom, and an easier to access storage basket. 

Baby Jogger is also a player in the multi-function stroller market with its City Select, which is sort of like the Swiss Army Knife of strollers. It can be configured 16 ways (see photo below), with an optional second seat. With a telescoping handle and foam tires, the Select (28.1 lbs.) costs $430 (plus $170 for the second seat). A bassinet accessory is $93. In the past year, Baby Jogger has made only small changes to the Select, upping the amount of seat padding yet keeping the price the same. 

Baby Jogger City Select stroller

The City Select morphs into 16 different configurations!

If you like the City Select but don’t need the second-child capability, consider the City Premier. Released in spring 2016 for $400, this stroller is basically a single version of the City Select but works to 50 lbs. and features a height-adjustable handlebar. The City Premier (28.7 lbs,) also has a reversible seat, 12″ rear wheels and 8″ front wheels and folds with the seat facing the parent. 

In the past couple of years, Baby Jogger has been adding more four-wheel strollers. Example: the Vue ($170-$200)—it’s claim to fame is a reversible seat on an umbrella stroller frame, which is impressive. The Vue also has a large canopy, adjustable leg rest, full seat recline (in either mode) and an optional bassinet. At 17.5 lbs., it is on the heavier side for an umbrella stroller. And the Vue does not have Quick Fold—instead you hit a latch on the side and fold the stroller over to the ground. This stroller has been discontinued, although we continue to see it for sale online for as little as $140. 

New in the past year (and replacing the Vue), Baby Jogger debuted the Vue Lite ($170), which shaves three pounds off the regular Vue to weigh in at 14.6 lbs. You still get the reversible seat, a nearly flat seat recline and adjustable footrest. 

Baby Jogger Summit X3 stroller

All wheel suspension on the Summit X3 helps make a great option for sketchy terrain.

For serious all-terrain use, the Summit X3 comes in single ($343, 27.1 lbs.) and double ($636, 38.8 lbs.) versions. The Summit has 16” rear and 12” front air-filled tires, swivel front wheel that locks, suspension, and the same quick-fold technology you see on the City Series. The X3′s handlebar has a front wheel lock feature, which is nice.

One final note: Baby Jogger sells a car seat adapter that works with most infant car seats, including Graco and Peg Perego. And Baby Jogger is debuting its own infant car seat, the City Go, in spring 2016. Read more about that here.

Our view. Whew! That was a quite a few models! With the blizzard of strollers sporting the Baby Jogger name, which ones are our favorites?

We like the Baby Jogger City Mini as the pick of the litter here—from the canopy to the quick fold, this is an excellent lightweight stroller for the mall and smooth sidewalks. If you prefer a four-wheel stroller with a compact fold, the City Mini Zip is another excellent choice. For more off-road adventures or if you have rough sidewalks, the City Mini GT is pricey but worth it for the tire upgrade.

If you are in the market for a multi-function stroller that can carry up to two kiddos, we would recommend the City Select. 

Bottom line: Baby Jogger has been on a roll in recent years—innovative features (that Quick Fold technology is the star here), excellent quality and overall good pricing has been a recipe for success. You can see the brand’s popularity here in their strong resale prices, among the highest in the category. Baby Bargains Resale Rank: Excellent. Rating: A

Amazon Customer Reviews: Baby Jogger City Mini Single Stroller

 


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