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Baby Jogger City Select 2 Review

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Are you in the market for a convertible, all-terrain stroller that can accommodate one, two, or — with a glider board (sold separately) — even three kids? The Baby Jogger City Select 2, which hit the market in July of 2021, combines the best features of the (regular) City Select Double Stroller and City Select Lux strollers — and weighs about 5 lbs less than the City Select Lux! In fact, this new model (the “2”) replaces both of those old models, which have now been officially discontinued. 

The “2” comes in two different flavors — the Base Model and the Eco Collection — and can be purchased as a single or double pram. If you buy the single first and, down the road, need a double for baby #2, you can purchase the second seat accessory (in either the regular or Eco style, depending on which stroller model you own) to transform your single into a double. Very cool! In addition, this stroller boasts 2 dozen different seating configurations — it’s really versatile and durable and truly could be the only stroller your family needs. 

Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s talk about the City Select 2’s two different versions:  the Base Model, which goes for ~ $499, and the Eco Collection, which is pricier at ~ $599.

While they both have the same functionality, the Eco Collection offers a more sophisticated, sleeker look, upgraded, eco-friendly and antibacterial Tencel fabrics, a leatherette handlebar, and it comes with a bumper bar. The Base Model, on the other hand, has a plastic handlebar and its fabrics are made of polyester and nylon. Unlike the Eco Collection, the Base Model does not have a bumper bar. 

While both versions of the City Select 2 come with a black frame, they have different colorways. 

The Base Model comes in three different colors (below): Radiant Slate, Peacoat Blue & Flint Sage. Meanwhile, the Eco Collection offers four different colorways: Mulberry Burgundy with brown leatherette, Lunar Black with black leatherette, Frosted Ivory with brown leatherette and Harbor Grey with brown leatherette.

City Select 2 Base Collection
City Select 2 Eco Collection

Okay, now that we’ve got looks covered, let’s talk about the functionality of this new Baby Jogger City Select double stroller.

We’ll say at the start that we like the build quality of Baby Jogger strollers — they tend to have a higher-end “feel” without the luxury price. This is one of the reasons Baby Jogger strollers are such crowd favorites. 

The Car Seat Situation

The City Select 2 happily accepts two infant car seats or bassinets, making it a great stroller for twins. 

Deluxe Pram

When it comes to car seat compatibility, this stroller definitely takes the cake — you just need to purchase the appropriate car seat adapter (see list below). Note that all adapters for the City Select and City Select Lux will fit the City Select 2. 

  • Baby Jogger/ Graco (with adapter)
  • Britax (with adapter)
  • Chicco KeyFit30/Peg Perego (with adapter)
  • Clek Liing/Maxi Cosi, Cybex, Nuna (with adapter)
  • UPPAbaby MESA (with adapter — Link Coming Soon!)

Click here for the Baby Jogger Car Seat Compatibility Chart. 

Baby Jogger City Select Configurations

(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 2nd 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 incredibly 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.

It also means that taller parents with a longer stride won’t constantly kick the back of the second seat (you know who you are!). The downside to the front-heavy center of gravity is mentioned below where we discuss the maneuverability…

Seat Positions

With a few clicks, you can switch the seats from forward facing to rear facing. You can also face the seats toward one another if your kids are feeling sociable (below) or flip the seats into opposite directions when they need some separation. 

There are 24 (!!!) different seating configurations allowing kids to face you, face each other, face the world – and so many in between.

Even though there are technically these 24 options ^^, the three main seating configurations for the “post-car-seat phase” are: facing each other (below),

Lucie (4) and Alice (almost 2)

both facing forward (below),

and both facing rear (see below; note, this is the old City Select, but the seating configurations is the same on the “2”). 

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 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. This is a physics problem that all inline double strollers have, FYI. Not a dealbreaker — just something to know.

In singles mode, though, check out the recline… very nice!

Canopies

The City Select 2 has awesome, independently operated UV50+ sun canopies, which you can adjust to be higher for a taller child (this is awesome!).

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. 

Image via IG @snugglebugzbaby

Basket/Storage/Accessories

Like its predecessor, this stroller 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.

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 ride, including: a belly bar (included with City Select 2 Eco Collection version), snack tray, glider board, cup holder, parent console, handmuff & footmuff.

Note: While most accessories will work for the City Select 2 and both its predecessors, the second seats are specific to each model and cannot be interchanged between the strollers, the bench seat accessory ONLY fits the Lux and cannot be used on the “2,” and the snack tray for the 2 and City Select will not work on the Lux. 

Braking/Handlebar 

Big change here: the “2” now has a regular foot brake; this is a change from both of the previous models, which had a hand-operated parking brake on the side of the frame.

Another nice feature is the stroller’s telescoping handlebar — this makes it comfortable to push for parents who are particularly tall, though many shorter folks (less than 5’4″ or so) have complained that handlebar is still too tall even in the shortest position. Note that the Eco Collection offers a beautiful leatherette handlebar (above).

Wheels/Suspension/Maneuverability

This baby 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). New on the 2 model, all four wheels are now made with polyurethane—a more durable polymer that rolls well over all types of terrain. (On the older City Select, only the front wheels were made of this material.)

The rear tires are 12”, while the front are 8” (compared to 16” rear 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. 

Here’s the big thing you should definitely know about the City Select: it’s very lonnnng in doubles mode. 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, especially if your kids are older/heavier. Oyyyy! Trust me on this one…

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.

Baby Jogger City Select Fold

With its patented “quick fold” technology (yes, they invented that awesome seat fold!), it 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. In fact, it is 20% smaller than the folded UppaBABY Vista stroller. 

However, the City Select 2 will not fold as a double; you have to remove the second seat first in order to fold this stroller. 

Note that once folded, this stroller self-stands — the previous City Select did not. 

Here is an older demo video below. This is for an older model (and from a younger me – ha!) but the basics are all the same:

Bottom Line

Though newer on the scene, we have a lot of faith in the Baby Jogger City Select 2. It’s a beautiful, well-made, durable, versatile all-terrain stroller that is SUPER spacious for your kids and offers a ton of different seating configurations. 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.

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
  • Parents shorter than 5’4″

Comments

  1. Very helpful! Any advice on twins and the pram vs deluxe pram bassinets? Please keep in mind price and that we need multiples of basically everything. Also, is it advisable to have 2 separate or can both newborns be walked in one? Lastly, looks like 2 prams can be attached to the city select, but I just want to be sure.

    1. Hi there! You’ll need to prams — one for each twin. It would be so great if they could both fit in one, but alas — you’ll need two.
      yes — you can attach two prams to the City Select. As for deluxe versus regular pram… it depends on your needs. Will you be walking babies a lot out in the sunshine? If so, you may want the deluxe’s canopy for sun protection. But if that’s not really a concern for you, save your money and go with the regular bassinets. I hope this helps! Good luck!

  2. Thank you for the review!! We are getting the Chicco Fit2 carseat and have purchased the adapter. Once installed, do I have to remove the adapter every time I want to fold the stroller?

    1. Hi Leigh! Yes — thank you! We will be updating our review ASAP and will offer our comments on the latest model.
      Stay tuned!
      ~ M

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