Baby Jogger City Select LUX Review

UPDATE: We first reviewed The Baby Jogger City Select in 2016 and now we are back to provide an update on the upgraded version of the ever-popular Baby Jogger City Select – the Baby Jogger City Select LUX, which was introduced in 2017 and is probably the most versatile convertible stroller EVER.

If you’re new to Baby Jogger, don’t be fooled by the name. Baby Jogger City Select is NOT a jogging stroller.

Yes, the brand Baby Jogger started in 1984 with the first jogging stroller to help active parents continue jogging even with a toddler. Since then, they have moved far beyond jogging strollers to cater to the needs of more parents.

Baby Jogger City Select LUX is a convertible everyday stroller that is super adaptable and versatile, designed to cater to the needs of a growing family.

If you plan on having more than one child, this is probably the only stroller you’ll ever need… You can use the City Select as a single stroller, double stroller, or even as a triple stroller if you attach the glider board for your older child to stand on. With the latest City Select LUX’s new bench seat accessory, you can extend the use of the City Select as a double stroller for a few more years.

When your older toddler (say around 3 – 5 years old) is no longer contended to be confined in the main stroller seat, you can change the main full-size seat to this rear-facing bench seat. This is a feature that’s so far only found in the sit-and-stand type of strollers.

 Baby Jogger City Select LUX vs City Select 2016 – What’s Different?

Just from the visuals, the City Select LUX convertible stroller has a premium, sleeker and more modern feel. There are also lots of great upgrades that you’ll love…

  • New City Select LUX Bench Seat (or Jump Seat) Accessory

city selec lux accessories - rear benchThis is probably one of the highlights among the new features. I really like this bench seat as you can now use LUX as a double stroller for a few more years, possibly without having to buy a new sit-and-stand stroller.

Older toddlers, usually around 3 years old, do not like to be constrained (well, some of them can even ride a bike by now). But they do get tired, fussy, or cranky at times.

Instead of using the standard stroller seat, you can now attach this rear-facing bench to the back position. Your older toddler can now hop on and off easily when he is tired of walking, or if you just want to breeze through the crowd.

As it is meant to cater to older toddlers, the bench seat can accommodate up to 65 Ibs and features a 3-point harness that keeps your child safely secured without making them feel too restrained. This accessory set comes in 2 separate pieces – the bench seat and the footrest.

However, the footrest is NOT meant for standing. You will need to buy the glider board accessory separately if your second or third child wants to stand. Unfortunately, the rear bench and the glider board attaches to the same part of the stroller, so you can only attach/use either one of them at a time.

It would have been perfect if Baby Jogger had designed the bench seat and glider/riding board as a set, so that your child has both sitting and standing options at the same time. Maybe an idea for the next upgrade?

While it may not fit into the strict definition of a sit and stand stroller, this is perhaps as close as you can get if you are a fan of baby jogger as there’s no other baby jogger sit and stand stroller models.

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IMPORTANT: This bench seat can only be attached to the new Baby Jogger City Select LUX model. It is NOT compatible with the older City Select stroller models.
 

  • Higher Quality Fabrics

The new fabric feels softer and smoother, compared to the 2016 model which had a more plastic and nylon touch. The colors are also more modern and premium-looking.

  • Handlebar

The shape of the handle bar is now more squarish compared to the rounded handlebar of the Baby Jogger City Select 2016. The handle bar can also be extended higher by about 1”.

  • NEW Decelerating Brake and a Change in Position of Hand Brake

In the LUX model, the position of the hand brake has been moved from the side up to the horizontal handlebar.

Other than the parking brake, they’ve also added a decelerating brake, which is really helpful especially if you want to slow down when going downhill.

  • Foldable Seat

The stroller seat of the City Select 2016 is a single molded piece. The new LUX seat can be folded up, making it much more compact if you’re looking to remove and stow away the seat.

  • Automatic Lock

The easy fold mechanism is still the same – simply lift the lever on both sides to fold.

The GOOD news is that the City Select LUX now features an automatic lock, instead of the manual lock in the older models.

  • 30% More Compact Fold

The fold of the City Select LUX stroller is 30% more compact as you now can and need to fold up the seat before folding the stroller.

I like this feature as the seat now folds inwards, rather than having the seat being exposed at the top (collecting dust and dirt) in the City Select 2016.

When folded, it also exposes and allows easier access to the cross-bar for carrying.

  • Changes to the Seat Adaptors to Attach the 2nd Seat

The seat adaptor has been modified, which makes it simpler and easier to attach the second seat.

  • Upgraded Wheels and Suspension

The City Select LUX now features all-wheels suspension and full soft rubber tires so that the stroller pushes better and you don’t have to worry about punctures.

This is an improvement to the previous plastic front wheel and front-wheel suspension.

  • More Great Accessories

Baby Jogger has introduced a few new fun accessories for the LUX model, such as the City Select LUX Shopping Tote which is compatible to the seat adaptor, and an updated cup holder.

Is The Baby Jogger City Select LUX the BEST Convertible Stroller?

The Baby Jogger City Select LUX is probably the most versatile and adaptable convertible stroller to meet the changing needs of your growing family.

Here’s a very cute video that summarizes what this stroller offers. We’ll go into the details below the video:

What Car Seats are Compatible with City Select?

You can easily turn the City Select LUX into a travel system using the appropriate car seat adapter.

However, you do have to purchase the car seat adapter separately.

With a compatible infant car seat, you can start using the stroller from birth. Moving your child from the car to the stroller also becomes so much more convenient and you can avoid waking them up (and getting all cranky).

The Baby Jogger City Select LUX stroller is compatible with most major brands of infant car seat.

Here’s a good long list of compatible infant car seats:

  • Britax: B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, BOB B-Safe
  • Baby Jogger: City GO
  • Chicco: KeyFit 30
  • Cybex: Aton, Aton 3S, Aton Q
  • Graco: SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX, Snugride Click Connect 40
  • Maxi Cosi: Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Pebble/Cabrio Fix/Pebble Plus
  • Nuna: Pipa
  • Peg-Perego: Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30

On the Amazon listing by following the link below, there are quite a few variations of the adapters according to the stroller and car seat models. Be sure to select the correct one!

Check Out The Adapters on Amazon.com and Create Your Own Travel System

More than 20 different seat configurations as a single or double stroller

The Baby Jogger City Select stroller is meant to grow aptly with your family and kids. It is highly versatile and super functional!

Whether you’re looking for a travel system, a pram, a single stroller, a double stroller, a double pram or even a triple stroller – City Select has all it takes to customize to your needs.

The City Select 2016 offered 16 different seating positions, and we thought that was a lot. But LUX now offers more than 20 configurations!

City Select LUX can be used from Newborn to Toddlerhood

You can start using the City Select LUX right from the beginning for your newborn by attaching the infant car seat to the stroller, or by transforming it to a pram.

The City Select LUX is compatible with the City Select LUX Pram Kit and City Select Deluxe Pram kit.

You can easily transform the City Select stroller into a pram for your newborn by attaching the City Select LUX Pram Kit to the chassis. I love the idea of the bassinet as it allows the newborn to lie totally flat and in the parent-facing mode. It is suitable for newborns up to 6 months old (25 Ibs weight limit).

The City Select’s main seat is not completely flat even when reclined fully, hence the stroller seat is recommended for babies above 6 months old.

City Select LUX Configurations as a Single Stroller

City Select LUX Single Stroller Configuration

For 1 kiddo in the City Select Lux Single Stroller, you have the option of using the bassinet, infant car seat, or the stroller seat.

The stroller seat can be positioned as forward or rear facing. You also have the flexibility of attaching the stroller seat, pram, and car seat at the lower position at the front wheels, if you have the seat adaptor.

If you’d purchased the City Select Lux as a double stroller, or if you’d purchased the Second Seat Kit, the second seat attachment would have been included. Else, you can also purchase the seat adaptor separately for about $20.

Configurations for City Select LUX Double Stroller

Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller Configuration

To convert into a double stroller, you’ll need to purchase the Double Seat kit to add the seat to the lower position at the front wheels.

It’s super easy to pop in the second seat adapter and the second seat. No tools are required.

The reverse is true. You can easily remove the second seat and use it as a single stroller if you’re only bringing 1 kid out.

IMPORTANT: The City Select LUX second seat adaptors are different from that of City Select 2016.

As a double stroller you can have the following combinations:

  • a seat and a car seat
  • a seat and a bassinet
  • 2 seats
  • 2 car seats
  • 2 bassinet

Both seats are reversible. You can have these options:

  • both kids facing each other so that they can interact and chat (that is of course, when both of them are in good mood)
  • letting them face opposite directions (when they are cranky)
  • letting both of them face the streets
  • having both of them facing you (especially when they are still very young)

Configurations with City Select LUX Bench Seat

With the new bench seat (sold separately), you’ve got 4 new configuration – the bench seat along with the bassinet, car seat or full size seat (front-facing or back-facing) for your younger child.

Turn the City Select LUX into a triple stroller with the glider board

Baby Jogger City Select LUX Triple Stroller

You can even turn your City Select LUX into a triple stroller by attaching the glider board (purchase separately) for your older toddler to stand.

This is extremely useful if your older toddler gets tired of walking or if you need to breeze through the crowd quickly (e.g. in a shopping mall, without having your toddler get distracted).

Other Features That I Like

  1. Identical 2nd stroller seat

The second seat is IDENTICAL to the main seat – it is full size and fully functional.

Both seats have a weight limit of 45 Ibs each, can recline, can be placed in either the forward facing or parent facing direction, have the same canopy features etc.

This is unlike many convertible stroller where the 2nd seat is essentially a smaller seat that is less functional. This way, you do not have to worry about the kids fighting over the seats and both kids can ride comfortably.

As such, the City Select LUX double stroller works well even for twins.

  1. Multi-position seat recline

Multi-position Seat Recline

Both seats can be reclined to 4 positions (in both forward and rear facing directions) using a one-hand lever recline.

Simply squeeze the recline button located at the top of the seat behind the canopy, and pull the seat up or down to the desired recline.

This is definitely a nice feature as you can recline the seats fully so that your little riders can nap longer if they fell asleep during the rides.

  1. Nice large canopy

The canopy has a 3-part fold and is adjustable for different head heights to accommodate taller kids. The sun shade comes with UV+50 Sun protection and provides adequate coverage on hot sunny days, preventing the Sun from blaring down on the children’s face or hurting their sensitive eyes.

The canopy gives a good opaque sun shade that provides a dark, cool and cozy environment if the little ones need to nap and also to keep them cool (you know how irritable they can get when they are hot). You can even detach it from the backing to bring the canopy forward for extra Sun protection when the angle of the Sun is low.

Similarly, if your little one is feeling too stuffy, the canopy is also easily collapsible to allow the stroller to become very airy and ventilated.

The entire canopy is very easy to remove as well as to attach.

There are 2 height positions on the stroller frame where you can attach the canopy’s brackets, so that you can create that extra 2 inches of head space when your kiddo grows taller.

You don’t have to worry about the canopy slipping (unlike other removable canopies) as the brackets hold onto the frame tightly and Velcro strips are used to fasten the canopy edges to the seat.

  1. Peek-a-boo window with magnetic clasp

Peek-a-boo Window with Magnetic Clasp

I really like the peek-a-boo window on the canopy as it allows you to take a look at what your little one is doing or looking at. What’s even better is that this window uses a magnetic closure.

It works so nicely and silently (unlike the noisy ripping sound of Velcro) that you will not risk waking your sleeping toddler.

There’s also a magnet at the end of the canopy, which helps to hold the cover neatly in place when you have the peek-a-boo window opened.

The peek-a-boo window is now made of a dark mesh material, which provides better ventilation compared to the previous one (which looks like mesh but has a plastic-like UV backing).

  1. Telescoping adjustable handle bar

The handle bar can be adjusted from 38.5” up to 42.5″ above the ground to accommodate moms and dads of different heights.

Simply squeeze the handlebar adjustment button and slide the bar to your desired height.

Telescoping Adjustable Handlebar

No more hunched backs, back pains, compromised or unnatural strides… and of course, no more excuses for not sharing the responsibility of pushing the stroller.

However, moms under 5’4” may find the stroller too high (even at the lowest setting), resulting in back pain.

The LUX handle bar features rubberized rings that has a soft nice texture to it. The grip feels comfortable, which really helps and makes a difference in long rides.

I prefer this compared to foam paddings for most strollers as that is not as long-lasting and may rip apart.