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Baby Jogger City Select Review

Price $539

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  • Price as a Double: ~ $719
  • Stroller Weight as a Double: 37.8 lbs 
  • Price as Single: MSRP ~ $539
  • Doubles kit ~ $179
  • Stroller Weight as a single: 29.5 lbs 
  • Weight Limit: 45 lbs per seat (90 lbs combined)

Are you in the market for a convertible, all-terrain luxury stroller that can easily accommodate one, two, or — with a glider board (sold separately) — even three kids? Take a peek at our Baby Jogger City Select review. This stroller can be purchased as a single or double. If you buy the single first and down the road need a double for baby #2, you can purchase the second seat accessory to transform your single into a double. Cool! In addition, this stroller boasts 16 different seating configurations — it’s really versatile and durable and truly could be the only stroller your family needs. 

Baby Jogger City Select Review

Let’s get it into it, shall we?  

Photo by Mark S.

We’ll say at the start that we love the build quality of Baby Jogger strollers — they have a high-end “feel” without the luxury price. This is one of the reasons Baby Jogger strollers, such as the City Select, are such crowd favorites. 

Car Seats

The City Select happily accepts two infant car seats or bassinets. Note that the regular bassinet does not come with a canopy, but you can purchase the Deluxe Pram, which comes with a soft, quilted interior, a UV 50+ vented sun canopy, and a pop-out sun visor for added protection. 

Baby Jogger City Select Review
Deluxe Pram

When it comes to car seat compatibility, the stroller definitely takes the cake — you just need to purchase the appropriate adapter for your car seat (see list below): 

Baby Jogger City Select Review

Seats

The City Select has two identical seats – one over the front wheels and one over the back. Since the seats are identical, you don’t have to worry about which seat goes where. 

(Great for twins — no arguing about who gets the bigger or better seat!) Each seat has a 45-lb weight limit (90 lbs total) and both recline independently. Yay! 

Each seat also has a padded puzzle-style 5-pt harness buckle that’s fairly kiddo-proof (and also kind of adult-proof when active tots are involved), and a 4-position adjustable foot rest. The adjustable footwell is awesome for when kiddos want to sleep or just don’t want their legs hanging straight down.

Firstly, something to note, unlike many other convertible strollers, when in doubles mode, this stroller takes the second seat in the front instead of the back. This detail makes a BIG DIFFERENCE, people.

On the plus side, the front-heavy situation makes the Baby Jogger spacious and roomy for your kids — MUCH more so than many double strollers — and it also gives you a tremendous amount of versatility in seating.

Plus, it means that taller parents with a longer stride won’t constantly kick the back of the second seat (as many report doing with the Britax B-Ready).

With a few clicks you can change the seats from forward facing to rear facing. Face the seats toward one another if your kids are feeling sociable or click the seats into opposite directions when they need separating. 

There are 16 different seating configurations (see below) allowing kids to face you, face each other, or face the world.

Even though there are technically these 16 options ^^, the three main seating configurations for the “post-car-seat phase” are: facing each other (below),

Lucie (4) and Alice (almost 2) in the City Select

both facing forward (below),

Baby Jogger City Select Review

and both facing rear (below). 

Photo via IG from @twinbrothers1114

The double rear-facing option is unique and hard to find in the double stroller world (see also: Bugaboo Donkey and Contours Options Elite).

Something to be mindful of: as your children get bigger (and their legs get longer!), it does get a bit tight for the kiddo closest to the handlebar. Additionally, neither child will either be able to recline as much, as the child in the lower seat will be leaning back into his/her sibling, and, likewise, the legs of the sibling above will knock into the back of the other child’s seat. Not a dealbreaker — just something to know. 

Note that in doubles mode, the City Select meets Disney size requirements when both seats are forward facing.

Canopies

The City Select has awesome, independently operated UV50+ sun canopies.

Each canopy has a peek-a-boo window with a magnetic closure (soooo much quieter than Velcro) and an adjustable head height to accommodate kiddos as they grow taller. 

Basket/Storage

The City Select has a large underseat basket (it can hold 15 lbs!) that’s accessible from all sides. It has an expandable, elastic back to make it easier to get items in and out. Plus, the stroller offers seat-back storage pockets as well.

Expandable underseat storage; photo by Leeloo

If you want more storage or are looking to upgrade your ride a bit, there are lots of accessories you can buy to fancy up your City Select, including: a belly bar, snack tray, rain cover, glider board, cup holder, parent console, handmuff & footmuff.

Braking/Handlebar 

The City Select has a very easy hand-operated parking brake on the side of the frame — it’s flip-flop friendly since it doesn’t require the use of your feet at all! 

Another nice feature is the stroller’s telescoping handlebar — this makes it comfortable to push for parents who are particularly short and tall.

Wheels/Suspension/Maneuverability

The City Select is an all-terrain stroller with fairly rugged foam-filled tires that don’t ever need to be re-inflated. While true air-filled tires afford the smoothest ride, the “forever air” tires offer a happy medium (because re-inflating tires and dealing with flats is a huge pain). The rear tires are 12”, while the front are 8” (compared to 16” tires on a full-size jogging stroller). The front wheels offer suspension and sealed ball bearings, and can swivel as needed for greater maneuverability, or lock in place if you’re headed on a walk over non-winding, smooth terrain. 

Photo via IG by @_forcallie

Here’s the big thing about the City Select: it’s very lonnnng. As mentioned before, this makes it incredibly roomy for your kids. The downside is that it’s a little harder to steer and if you live in a hilly area, it can really get away from you (meaning, the front wheels will start pulling you downhill when you’re turning, especially as your children get older and heavier). For this reason, I don’t recommend this stroller for people who live in the hills.

At the time I was demo’ing this stroller, we lived in Piedmont, CA, which is VERY hilly. It didn’t work well for me. Now, we live in a flat area and I think it would have been ideal.

It’s also important to note that being front-heavy, it’s harder (nearly impossible) to pop the Baby Jogger up onto a curb. Just consider these factors carefully when looking at this stroller.

*This stroller is not meant for running or jogging, despite the brand name.

Folding/Storage

With its patented “quick fold” technology, the Baby Jogger folds pretty easily with two hands (simply tug the two “fold handles” on either side of the stroller and it quickly folds in half), and it’s fairly compact – it’s probably even the most compact folded stroller of the convertibles

Baby Jogger City Select Review

However, the City Select will not fold as a double; you have to remove the second seat first in order to fold this stroller. (Note that this is a major difference between the Britax B-Ready  — which folds easily as a double — and the Baby Jogger — which only folds as a single.)

Note that once folded, this stroller is not self-standing — this would be really nice to have.

My demo video is below. Mind you – this is for an older model, but not a lot has changed.

Bottom Line

Baby Jogger City Select Review

All in all, the Baby Jogger City Select is a beautiful, VERY well-made, durable, versatile all-terrain stroller that is SUPER spacious for your kids. The fit and finish are top notch. Although the stroller is a bit harder to steer and maneuver due to its length and the front-heavy weight distribution, parents with a long stride will enjoy the extra “kick” space. Also, it meets the size requirements for Disney (though both seats must be facing forward). These factors make the Baby Jogger City Select a solid pick for your family.

Best for:

  • Twins!
  • A baby and a toddler
  • People who live in a flat area with good handicap ramps
  • Tall parents with a long stride
  • People who value roominess for their kids, above other things.

Not good for:

  • People who live on hilly terrain or need to pop the stroller up on the curb a lot
  • People who want to be able to fold the stroller with both seats attached

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