Spotlight Product Review: Baby Jogger City Elite Double Stroller

The City Elite Double is Baby Jogger’s full-size, top-of-the-line, all-terrain double stroller.  We love that it is sporty but fabulously chic all at the same time.  While the City Elite Double is stocked with features that are both baby and parent-friendly, there are two features on the 2011 model that may be deal breakers for some parents.  (We’ll get to the deal breakers in a bit!)

 The City Elite Double is a great all-terrain stroller.  It is sturdy.  It has roomy seats.  The gigantic canopies.  It has fabulous tires.  It can work as a travel system. It is gorgeous (in a sporty way!).

First, when we are talking about a full-size, side-by-side stroller, we want to know how wide it is. Is it going to fit through your standard doorways? Unfortunately no! Possible deal breaker #1!   When Baby Jogger added the cool hand brake on the side of the stroller, they made the stroller wider than a door frame!  Why, Baby Jogger, why?!?!  Contrary to some online reports, the City Elite Double is 30 ½ inches wide which is ½ of an inch wider than a standard 30” doorway.  This will not be a big deal to all moms, but to some moms – it’s huge!   

 

Good news though – since the stroller is wide, you are going to get two roomy seats! The seats are roomy enough for a big or tall kid and have a combined weight capacity of 100 lbs!  Each seat is 12” wide with a 20” seat back and a tall 27” seatback to canopy measurement.  The seats are tall enough for our 1, 4 and 6 year old (yes, 6 year old ride when I jog!) testers to fit with no problem.

 

Each seat is complete with a padded, adjustable, 5-point harness for safety. The harness also is easy to adjust for your growing child without having to thread it through the seat.  We love the great buckle that closes the 5 point harness.  It’s rather easy for mom…impossible for our toddlers!  We are happy to report that our 4 year old tester could not get the buckle undone!  Love that! 

 

Each seat reclines with a one-handed strap system that is easy to do and allows you to place the seat in any position from upright to nearly flat (150 degrees). When reclined, the seats are well ventilated with a large mesh window to allow air to flow through, and a drop down weather cover allows you to close the mesh back when the weather is cool or rainy.  This feature is fantastic in warmer weather!

 

Since the stroller can accept an infant car seat (with the adapter sold separately) and has almost flat reclining seats, you can use this stroller from the time you take your bundle of joy home from the hospital. 

 

The handle bar is adjustable up and down from 34” to 46” (ground to handlebar) for taller and shorter parents.  The tallest of parents will love this handlebar.  It’s easy to operate with two push buttons on the sides.

 

There are two independent canopies that are huge!!   Full-coverage-HUGE!  Each canopy is complete with two peek-a-boo windows that feature magnetic closures so that you won’t disturb your baby just to get a peek.  There is also a fabulous side ventilation panel with a cover on each canopy so that you child can see out and to allow air to circulate into the stroller.

 

There is tons of storage space on the City Elite Double.  Baby Jogger gave us two fabric parent consoles that have a total of 4 cup holders, two small compartments, and even more pockets on the front with a flap to close it.  On the back of each seat are huge mesh pockets and a small zipper pocket.  Under the stroller is a large basket that will accommodate a large diaper bag plus baby essentials.

 

The City Elite Double is a large stroller.  There is no way around that!  But the maneuverability on the stroller is really fabulous!  The front swivel wheels allow us to turn it easily and the air tires and front wheel suspension make for a smooth ride.  With small tots aboard, we can maneuver it with one hand but need two hands when we start loading up the seats with larger toddlers and kids. 

 

There are four large, 12” forever air rubber tires.  These tires have permanent air chambers inside them so there is no need to pump them up and never a worry about getting a flat!  Plus, these ultra rugged tires allow parents to go off-roading with the kids aboard.  The front wheels swivel for easy agility as well as has the ability to lock for added safety and control while jogging or on rougher terrain.  The stroller has a parking brake that is operated by a convenient hand lever on the side of the handlebar.  This is the hand brake we mentioned earlier that contributed to possible dealbraker #1 because it makes the stroller too wide for a doorframe.  The lock is cool and easy to do though.

 

Baby Jogger offers optional car seat adapters to use the stroller as a travel system with Graco, Peg Perego, Britax, Chicco, Evenflo and Maxi Cosi infant car seats.  The stroller only accommodates one car seat at a time.

 

The City Elite Double has a very easy two-handed fold.  Grab the straps in the seats – pull up – and the stroller folds down quickly.  There is a Velcro strap hidden under one of the seats to secure the stroller closed for transporting and storage.  The storage strap is a bit time consuming so we’d love to see an automatic lock added. 

 

As all side-by-side, all-terrain double strollers can be awkward and heavy while lifting into a vehicle – the City Elite Double is no exception.  Here is where possible deal breaker #2 comes in.  The stroller weighs in at HEAVY 41 lbs!  Yikes!  While we expect all-terrain doubles to be heavy because of their extra sturdy frames, the City Elite is a bit heavier than most.  It will take a lot of muscle and back strength to get this beast of a stroller in and out of your trunk if you plan to take it on-the-go with you.  (Note: Just like most double strollers, the City Elite Double probably will not fit in a very small vehicle trunk.)

 

The Baby Jogger City Elite Double is by no means a cheap purchase.  It retails for $649.  But if you are looking for a very sturdy, gorgeous stroller (it’s a workhorse), with tall, roomy seats, fantastic canopies, an adjustable handlebar, tires you don’t have to worry about a flat and you don’t mind that it’s heavy and wider than a standard doorframe, we definitely think it’s worth it. 

 

SHOP Baby Jogger City Elite Double here

 

To watch our full video review of the Baby Jogger City Elite, click the video below: 

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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Steph
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I need help. I have a Baby Jogger City Elite and something is wrong with the front wheels. When you turn the lever to lock, one wheel locks and the other swivels. When you turn the lever to swivel, the opposite occurs. Basically, making the stroller unuseable. How can I fix this? The warranty has expired. Great stroller with a silly problem.

Alice
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When is the 2012 model of the BJ city elite twin stroller
being introduced and did they correct the “too wide for most door frames” feature.
Thanks

Jessica
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just left a question yesterday, but a third option is the bumbleride indie duo? Which of the 3 is your fave?

Thanks

Jessica
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Hello Mollie, We currently have a City Classic single for our 17 month old and absolutely love it. It rides so much smoother than the City Mini and the suspension is incredible. My husband loves that the handlebar is high enough that he doesn’t kick the stroller (he’s tall).We’re expecting our second and narrowed the list of doubles to the City Elite and the Stroll-Air My Duo. I’m a little concerned about the weight of the Elite, but you have the Duo at not much lighter. Also the independent swivel seats on the duo are great for a newborn. However,… Read more »
Melissa
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Hello Hollie, Your review has been most helpful! The 1st potential deal breaker you mention does give me pause. I…like most every other mom have spent far too much time reseaching what ‘perfect’ double stroller (BJCE or Bumbleride Indie Twin) for our family will be – which leads me to my question. The BJ website lists the width of the BJCE as 29.75, suprised to see this I called and the rep. confirmed that this was accurate info. – where do you think the discrepency could be? Is BJ not including the new break in this measurement??? Thank you in… Read more »
Amy
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Hi Hollie,

I’m wondering if you have seen the Baby Jogger Summit XC. I’m totaly torn between the Summit and the City Elite for a double stroller. I need a stroller for light trails as well as the mall. I would love your input.

Jessica
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Hi Hollie! I need some help deciding on a double stroller. I love all your reviews. It is helpful to see different strollers and how they work. I have a VERY tall 22 mo old (36 in) and a 3 mo old. I have been researching double strollers for a few months now. I want a “DO ALL” stroller. I need something that will go indoors at the mall, drs offices as well as outdoors at the zoo or for a walk (on pavement). I am down to the BJ City Mini Double or City Elite. The stores around where… Read more »
Jessica
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Hi Hollie! I love your reviews. They have been so helpful since no stores around my house carry the nicer double strollers. I got sucked into a BabyTrend Navigtor – which went right back to the store after I reserched some online! I have been looking for a double stroller for a few months now. I have a very tall (35in) 22 mo old and a 3 mo old. I want a double stroller that will be good for everyday use as well as walking on pavement. I need something that will be good indoors at the mall, drs office… Read more »
Melissa
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Hi Hollie 🙂

I have watched so many of your double stroller reviews, and I think I’ve decided that the City Elite is the one for us. We live in Alaska and will spend most of our time on rugged trails and packed down snow, so an all-terrain stroller is much needed! However, I do see that it is a big stroller…so my question is at only 5′ 1″ tall, will this stroller swallow me up or will I be able to handle it?

Yana
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Dear Hollie, I think that you know almost everything about strollers and desperately need your advice. I’m a mother of a 1,5 year old daughter and going to have a son in the middle of June and now looking for a side-by-side stroller to use from a birth of the youngest. I’m now choosing between Baby Jogger City Elite Double and Mountain Buggy Duo.I like huge canopies in BJ and easy fold but it doesn’t have a bassinet for a newborn like MB has,and wider and heavier than MB. Which one of them would you recommend? Unfortunately, I can’t test… Read more »
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