Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller Review
Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller Review
Next up in our series of baby stroller reviews is the Baby Jogger City Mini. Talk about a versatile stroller. Although it is not classified a jogging stroller it has many features of one. The City Mini is equipped with all the safety features a parent should look for including a 5-point harness and a one touch rear interlocking braking system. Do you dread folding a stroller? This will change the way you look at folding a stroller. It has a patented one handed folding system that will make life so much easier. The City Mini is available in six different color options and has a large list of accessories that are available. To view the entire Baby Jogger City Mini review please scroll down or Click Here to View the Baby Jogger City Mini.
What others are saying about the Baby Jogger City Mini?
The Baby Jogger City Mini has received high praise from parents that have purchased it. It has an average rating of 4.5 from Amazon customers. Here are some recent comments about the stroller:
- “Love this stroller!”
- “Build quality, ease of use, and looks!”
- “Awesome product”
- “Great Stroller”
- “Highly recommended”
- “Great for city navigation”
There were two minor complaints, but overall moms and dads who purchase the City Mini are satisfied. One of the common complaints found was the size of the underneath storage basket. Many parents could not fit their diaper bags. Baby Jogger did make an adjustment in 2012 with the basket. It is now more accessible. A second common complaint is that the accessories are all sold separately. It does not come with anything but the stroller.
Folding the City Mini
Folding the City Mini could not be any easier. It comes with a patented Quick Fold Technology. If you are the local shopping mall and have to hurry because another person is waiting for your parking spot, then this is going to excite you. Simply pull the handle located at the center of the seat. It is so simple and quick. Worried it will not stay folded? The stroller has a removable automatic lock to ensure the stroller remains closed until you unfold it.
Is the Seat Adjustable?
Yes it is. Before we get into the adjustable aspect let’s discuss the seat dimensions and features. It has a PE board where your child’s back goes to supply extra support and allows them to sit in a more upright position. The stroller can accommodate a child up to 50 lbs. (1) Seatback is 19.5 inches (2) Head Height is 23 inches (3) Shoulder Width is 12.5 inches (4) Seat to Knee is 10 inches (5) Knee to footrest is 9 inches (6) Width at Knee is 14 inches The seat has the ability to become more upright. There are two straps that wrap around the frame of the stroller and that will make the seat more upright. There is a strap located on the back of the seat has gives you the ability to adjust the seat. The seat fully reclines at 150°. The City Mini has a vented window attached to the seat to allow fresh air to push through. It also has a cover that goes over the mesh vent in case of bad weather so your child will not be exposed. The reclined seat is perfect for when your baby is sleeping and you still have one more store to run into. The baby can relax and not be bothered and you on the other hand can focus on your next bag or necklace purchase.
Does the Handle Adjust?
No. The handle is not adjustable. The handle is 41.5 inches high making it waist high for a person of average height. The handle is also round for extra comfort. Being comfortable is key when out shopping. The handle is at an ideal height and will prevent you from slouching and having back pain later in the day.
Does the Canopy Adjust?
It sure does. It has a full range canopy to protect your precious cargo from any of the elements Mother Nature throws your way. If it is bright and sunny or even a rainy day and you parked a mile away from the mall entrance no need to worry. Your baby will be just fine; it is you I am worried about. The City Mini canopy also comes with (2) Velcro Peek-a-boo windows to check on your child whenever you desire.
Safety Every Parent Would Expect
When purchasing a stroller, colors, patterns, and features should all take a backseat to safety. Would you allow your child to be in anything that was deemed unsafe? Absolutely not! The City Mini has all the standard safety features sought after by parents. It has swivel wheels in the front, an adjustable 5-point harness, and an easy to engage interlocking braking system. It is very uncommon to find strollers that do not have a 5-point harness. The Baby Jogger City Mini has an adjustable 5-point harness, which includes shoulder pads and a buckle cover. To adjust the harness, simply clip the strap to the loop on the seat back that best fits your child. There are 3 loops, thus making the stroller ideal for a growing child. Shopping at the local mall can be stressful. Long lines, crowded stores, inconsiderate people, but one thing you do not have to stress out over is the braking system on your Citi Mini. If you are at the Coach store looking at their newest purses you want to make sure your child will be safe while the stroller is not moving. All you have to do is press down the red lever with your foot and both rear wheels lock and secure the stroller. Now your full attention can be on what purse you are leaving with next. The City Mini comes with an 8 inch foam double swivel wheel in the front and 2-8 inch wheels in the rear. The front swivel wheel can be locked straight if riding on an uneven surface like gravel or mulch. All you have to do is press the gray button down and the wheel will be locked in the straight position, and to make the wheel swivel press the gray button up. The stroller can be maneuvered with one hand and it tackles the tightest corners with ease. Walking through the food court at the mall will be no problem, but deciding where to eat maybe.
How to Clean your City Mini
Long days at the mall usually end up with a spill or two. Could be a sippy cup or a drink from lunch, but the stroller will take the majority of the abuse. The City Mini has real simple instructions for cleaning. The seat is machine washable on the cold cycle with mild detergent. It is recommended to place the seat back on the stroller to dry so it minimizes shrinkage. Do not let a little stain worry you; it can be resolved without replacing any parts.
How Much Storage Does the Baby Jogger City Mini Have?
Storage space is a big deal, because the amount of stuff you leave the house with is incredible. You also need a spot for your recent purchases and the new toys you bought for the baby. There is a large seatback pocket. It is good for car keys, wallet, shopping list, etc. The Baby Jogger City Mini has a basket underneath for storage as well. It has elastic sides to allow for easier access. It can fit a purse and most of your recent purchases, but a bigger diaper bag may have a problem fitting. There are no cup holders on the stroller. There is a cup holder available for purchase separately.
Can it be used as a Travel System?
Yes. Your child may be too small to fit comfortably in the seat, thus requiring their car seat. The City Mini has available car seat adapters to turn your stroller into a travel system in seconds. There is a multi-brand adapter that fits the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, Maxi Cosi, Evenflo, and Graco car seats. Also available is an adapter made specifically for Chicco car seats. Both adapters are sold separately. Taking those afternoon trips to mall will be more enjoyable for all knowing that the stroller can accommodate multiple car seat brands and ensure your baby is as comfortable as possible.
What are Your Color Options?
The Baby Jogger City Mini comes in 6 color schemes.
What Accessories are Available for the Baby Jogger City Mini?
There are numerous accessories available for the Baby Jogger City Mini. They are sold separately.
- Car Seat Adapter (Multi Brand) – It is compatible with Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, Maxi Cosi, Britax Companion, and most models from Graco and Evenflo.
- Car Seat Adapter (Chicco)
- Rain Canopy PVC Free
- Compact Pram
- Belly Bar
- Belly Bar Console
- Child Tray
- Glider Board
- Storage Bag
How Much Should You Pay for the City Mini?
After shopping around, we found that 99% of the time Amazon had the best prices. The City Mini can be purchased here with an option for free shipping. (prices may vary depending on the color you choose). It has received rave reviews, generating a 4.5 out of 5 stars by fellow parents. All 6 color combinations are available. Click here to learn more about the Baby Jogger City Mini.
What is in the Box?
- The City Mini Chassis
- Wheels (1) double front and (2) single rear
- Instruction Manual
- Registration Card in case of a recall
The Baby Jogger City Mini is available in a double stroller. It is the same City Mini you have come to love; just that it is now double the fun. The double model has an overall customer rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Click Here to View the City Mini Double
- It has (2) independent canopies and (2) storage pockets on the rear of seats.
- It is less than 30 inches wide, allowing it to fit through standard doorways.
- It weighs 26.6 lbs.
- The weight capacity is 100 lbs. (50 lbs. per seat)
- Color Options: Black/Black, Crimson/Gray, Green/Gray
City Mini Double Specs
- Seatback is 19.25 inches
- Head Height is 23 inches
- Shoulder Width is 11 inches
- Seat to Knee is 10 inches
- Knee to footrest is 9 inches
- Width at Knee is 12.5 inches
**The rest of the stroller is identical to the single.**
This post was written by Rick Magennis