Baby Jogger City Select Review
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 is a convertible everyday stroller that is highly versatile and designed to cater to the needs of a growing family.
- 1 Is A Convertible Stroller RIGHT For You?
- 2 Convertible Stroller Vs Side-by-side Double Stroller
- 3 Convertible Stroller Vs A Standard Single Stroller
- 4 Why Is The Baby Jogger City Select One Of The BEST Convertible Strollers?
- 5 Other Features That I Like
- 6 Any Complaints About The City Select?
- 7 What Accessories Can I Get For My New Stroller?
- 8 What’s Different In The City Select 2016 Vs The Older Versions?
- 9 What Are The Colors Available?
- 10 My Verdict
- 11 Click Here To Buy This Highly Recommended Stroller On Amazon.com
Is A Convertible Stroller RIGHT For You?
Before I go into a more detailed review of the City Select stroller, let’s go over some basics.
If you’re new to strollers, a convertible stroller is one that can function as a single stroller with one child, can be transformed into a double stroller by adding a seat for your 2nd child, and can be converted back to a single stroller when your older toddler has grown too cool for the stroller.
In the case of Baby Jogger City Select, it can even accommodate a 3rd child! Throw in a glider board and your older kid can hitch a ride.
Flexibility and adaptability is core to a convertible stroller.
Convertible Stroller Vs Side-by-side Double Stroller
City Select is a convertible inline stroller. Personally, I prefer such convertible double stroller to the side-by-side double strollers. The side-by-side stroller works well if you have a pair of twins.
However, if you have 2 kids aged 1-2 years apart, there will be a time when you only have a child sitting in a double stroller (sounds silly?) or you’d have to get a new single stroller.
Convertible double strollers are great because they offer a lot of flexibility over the long run as you can use them with 1 or 2 kids.
Moreover, side-by-side double strollers are very wide and can be very challenging to go through doorways, store aisles and narrow busy streets. It can be very difficult to fit them into a small trunk.
Inline (front-to-back) strollers, on the other hand, can fit through smaller spaces more easily. However, it may be harder to maneuver and steer inline strollers due to the weight distribution (as the distance between the handlebar to the front wheels is much longer).
Convertible Stroller Vs A Standard Single Stroller
The downside of a convertible stroller is that it is larger and weighs MORE compared to a standard single stroller. This is necessary as the chassis will need to be able to hold 90-100 Ibs when you have 2 children on board.
It certainly does make a difference when you are using the stroller in the single mode. As a single stroller, the the City Select by Baby Jogger weighs 28 Ibs compared to just 17 Ibs for a pure single such as the Baby Jogger City Mini.
The City Select works great as a single stroller. However, I just want to make it clear that if you are a new mom and not planning on having a 2nd child in the next 1-2 years, you’ll be pushing around an unnecessarily heavy single stroller. Trust me, 11 Ibs is not light.
On the other hand, if you’re having your 2nd child while your first one is still at a stroller appropriate age or you’re having your first child and planning to grow your family in the next 1-2 years, then a convertible stroller is a great choice due to its flexibility and longevity.
Convertible strollers are not cheap, but will be economical over the long term.
Why Is The Baby Jogger City Select One Of The BEST Convertible Strollers?
Here’s a very cute video that summarizes what this stroller offers. We’ll go into the details below the video:
- Travel system compatible
You can easily turn the City Select into a travel system using a car seat adapter. Unfortunately, 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).
However, I have to admit that with the car seat, the Baby Jogger City Select travel system does indeed become very heavy. You will feel the difference when you eventually switch to the regular seat when your little one is old enough.
Here’s a good long list of infant car seats that are compatible with the City Select stroller:
- 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
- Highly Versatile and Super Functional – 16 configurations as a single or double stroller
The Baby Jogger City Select stroller is meant to grow aptly with your family and kids.
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.
As a pram
You can easily transform the City Select stroller into a pram for your newborn by attaching the City Select Bassinet Kit to the chassis. I love the idea of 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).
As a double stroller
To convert into a double stroller, you’ll need to purchase the Double Seat kit. 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 the it as a single stroller if you’re only bringing 1 kid out.
The second seat is added to the front wheels. There are advantages and disadvantages of such a design, compared to convertibles that add the second seat to the back.
The good – This makes the stroller much more spacious for your children as there’s more room between the seats. Taller parents with a longer stride will also be able to walk more naturally without kicking the back of the second/lower seat.
The bad – The stroller becomes longer and heavier at the front. Because of such weight distribution, it can be harder to steer and maneuver, especially if you’re on a hilly terrain and if you need to mount the stroller up onto the curbs a lot. It is less of an issue if you stay in a relatively flat area or places where gentle handicap ramps are available. This can also be partially mitigated by having the heavier child sit in the back.
The City Select Can Be Configured Into 16 Different Seat Combinations To Fit Your Children’s Needs
As a single stroller, you have the option of using the bassinet, infant car seat or the stroller seat. You even have the option to attach the main seat at 2 heights – a lower position or a higher position that’s closer to you.
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
- a car seat and a 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)
Both seats can be reclined to 4 positions (in both forward and rear facing directions) using a one-hand lever recline. This is definitely a nice feature as you can recline the seats fully so that your little riders can nap longer if they fall asleep during the rides.
However, as the seat is a single-molded piece, the seat is not completely flat even when reclined fully. Hence, I’d recommend using the bassinet or an infant car seat for newborns. The stroller seat is recommended for babies above 6 months old.
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 which seat to be used and both kids can ride comfortably (and also avoid any comments on favoritism). As such, the City Select double stroller works well for children of different ages, as well as twins.
Other Features That I Like
- 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 unzip 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.
- 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 clasp, which works so nicely and silently (unlike the noisy ripping sound of Velcro) that you will not risk waking your sleeping toddler.
- Telescoping adjustable handle bar
The handle bar can be adjusted from 39.4” up to 42.9″ above the ground to accommodate moms and dads of different heights. 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.
The handle bar is also nicely padded so that the grip feels comfortable, which really helps and makes a difference in long rides.
- Hand operated brake
Unlike most strollers, City Select uses a hand brake which is located on the side of the handle bar. You simply need to pull the lever up to operate the brake, and release it back down to release the brake, which is extremely easy to operate.
I have a slight suspicion that the City Select was designed by new moms since we can finally go out with one of our favorite pair of shoes without worrying about picking the shoes best suited to slam the brakes…
- Easy fold mechanism
Like all Baby Jogger strollers, City Select is super easy to fold into a pretty flat fold.
However, you might be a little disappointed if you are expecting the same one-step one-hand fold and auto-lock mechanism like that of the City Mini. You’ll need to use both hands, but I can assure you that it’s still easy and enjoyable.
You simply lift up the lever handle (where it is marked ‘fold’) on both sides of the stroller and it will automatically collapse and fold flat. You can then secure it manually with a latch on the side to hold it in place.
You can fold thist stroller with the seat on or off, but the seat has to be in the forward-facing direction. However, you cannot fold it directly with the 2 seats on. When used as a double stroller, you will first need to remove the second seat (and the adapter) before folding.
To open the stroller unit, you simply undo the manual lock and pull on the handle to watch it open up automatically.
Here’s a demo of how easy it is to fold:
I think that the folding and unfolding mechanism is really sleek and works great for urban moms. It’s easy getting on and off the taxis. However, the folded stroller does not stand on its own so you end up having to hold it with one hand or to lay it flat on the ground.
- Ample storage space – Huge basket and a medium sized storage pocket
I absolutely love the HUGE basket under the seats and that it is so easily accessible from every angle – the sides, back and even from the front! You do not have to worry about losing any storage capability no matter which seat configuration you are adopting.
Fitting 2 large diaper bags is not an issue. And it’s great for running errands! You can even go grocery shopping with this huge basket as you can unzip the zippers on both sides of the basket to make it even bigger.
There’s also a storage pocket at the back of the seat so you can conveniently keep smaller items like phone, keys, wallet, bottles and wet wipes within easy reach.
- Easy to clean fabric
It’d be a futile dream to expect your toddlers to stay mess-free. I’m glad that the fabric can be easily removed and machine-washed (with cold water and mild detergent). However, do not use a dryer as the fabric will shrink. Simply let it air dry.
- Roomy seat and adjustable footrest
The seat is very spacious and the footrest is adjustable for greater comfort of the little riders. The stroller should be able to accommodate kids up to a height of 40”. Each seat has a weight limit of 45 Ibs, but you will probably not hit the weight limit as your average 5 year old would have long figured that they are too cool for strollers.
In case you’re worried that your tall toddler is unable to fit into the City Select, here’s a quick look at the seat specifications:
- Seat width: 11.5”
- Seat back height: 18”
- Head height (seat back to top of canopy): 21” up to 24” by adjusting the canopy
- Seat to knee: 9”
- Knee to footplate: 9.25”
- Width at knee: 12”
- Weight limit: 45 Ibs per seat
- Wheels and maneuverability
This is a 4 wheel model comprising of 2 lightweight 8” wheels with suspension in front and 2 bigger 12” “forever-air” tires in the back. The forever air tires mean that you do not need to worry about punctures as they are filled with special light-weight foam instead of air.
The front wheels can swivel for increased maneuverability but can also be locked straight to charge though rougher terrains.
The stroller pushes well and can handle city streets, short grass, gravel path and even sidewalk cracks. However, the push may not be so smooth and not so easy to maneuver over longer grasses, rough park trails or hilly terrains.
Even though the City Select double stroller feels long in the front, this stroller is very stable and will not tip over.
Any Complaints About The City Select?
The City Select stroller is heavy – 28 Ibs with a single seat and 34 Ibs with both seats. It has to weigh more as the frame has to ultimately hold two kids and also to ensure greater stability. Hence, it is definitely not a lightweight stroller that a petite mom can expect to easily throw into the trunk single-handedly.
When folded, it is relatively flat but still pretty bulky lengthwise. Coupled with the weight, it is not exactly a bus or subway friendly stroller.
It can be a little difficult to steer and maneuver with one hand as it does feel longer from the handlebar to front wheel… Then again, this is a common characteristic of inline double strollers. You will feel it when you need to make a small turning radius and at crowded narrow places. The stroller works great on flat terrains and streets, just not so easy to pop up curbs and maneuver through hilly terrains.
I would have preferred that it features an automatic lock but this is not a deal breaker to me. A bigger complaint is the fact that it does not self-stand after folding so you either have to hold it with a hand or lay it totally flat.
I also wished that there are more accessories included free. Who doesn’t, right?
What Accessories Can I Get For My New Stroller?
Here’s a number of accessories that you can choose to add on to the basic City Select stroller:
- Parent console – This console attaches to the handlebar and features an insulated cup holder, a big covered storage pouch with inside pockets and an open pouch that can also double up as a second cup holder
- Glider board (weight limit 45 Ibs) – This can be attached to the rear axle and features a non-slip surface so that your older child can stand on it to hitch a ride. The board can be flipped out of the way when not in use.
- The City Select Seat Weather Shield – Raincover to protect your little one from the wind and rain while providing proper ventilation.
- The City Select Child Tray – The stroller can be folded with the tray attached.
- The City Select Belly Bar
What’s Different In The City Select 2016 Vs The Older Versions?
There are no major changes in terms of the functionality.
The handlebar is 2.75” longer and the handle adjustment button (in the center of the handlebar) has a reduced profile.
They have changed the new Baby Jogger logo and added a new color so you now have 9 color options to choose from!
The harness and buckle system is also modified. It is still a padded 5-point harness but the buckle now features a puzzle piece design and the harness system now threads through the back of the seat instead of clipping onto the front of the seat.
Minor tweaks and modifications are also being made to the fold mechanism and housing, as well as the canopy support positions, to align with the latest ASTM regulations.
What Are The Colors Available?
There are now 9 color options to choose from. Ruby, Amethyst, Onyx and Quartz comes with a silver frame, while Black, Red, Sand, Silver and Teal comes with a black frame.
If you have decided that a convertible stroller is the right one for you, I would highly recommend you to go for the Baby Jogger City Select.
Overall, this a very beautiful, well-made, highly versatile and super functional stroller. It has a luxurious feel and look. The materials, parts and connections are durable, sturdy and heavy duty.
I love the FLEXIBILITY and STABILITY of the stroller – the compatibility with infant car seats to transform into a travel system or with a bassinet to turn into a pram, the variety of seating arrangements, recline and reverse features.
As the second seat is added to the front wheels, it may feel more difficult to steer with a single hand. So try to put the heavier kid at the back. If you’re staying in a hilly terrain, the City Select may not be the right one for you, but otherwise I think the stroller will meet your needs.
However, it is also because of this design that the stroller is much more spacious and comfortable for the kids, and both kids are able to recline and nap at the same time. Taller parents will also get to enjoy longer and more natural stride without kicking the rear.
Convertible strollers are not the cheapest strollers on the market, but the City Select is better priced than many of its competition in this category.