Spotlight Product Review: Baby Jogger City Select

Bj_SelectThe Baby Jogger City Select is the newest addition to the very popular Baby Jogger stroller family. This luxury stroller has the quality that we’ve come to expect from Baby Jogger.

The City Select is a multi-functional stroller that gives parents the ability to mix and match seats, bassinets and car seats to make the stroller perfect for them. The City Select offers parents the unique opportunity to customize their stroller into more than 16 different combinations to suit their family needs. This versatile stroller can go from single for your first child to a double stroller when baby #2 comes along.  Then when you older child outgrows the stroller age, the City Select can go back to being a single.

Let’s start with the seat!  Even though the seat appears small, it is actually quite roomy.  With a high weight capacity of 45 lbs per seat, we were able to easily fit our 5 year old tester.  The seat is 12” wide and has a short 18 1/2” seatback.  Not to worry though because Baby Jogger wanted the seat to accommodate older and taller children, so they made the canopy adjustable with 2 positions to grow with your child.  With the canopy in its lowest position, it has a 21” seatback to canopy height.  For the taller children, put the canopy on the top position for a roomy 24 inches from seatback to top of canopy.  At the top canopy position, our 5 year old tester fit comfortably without her head touching the canopy.

The seat sports a padded, adjustable, 5-point harness for safety, as well as, an adjustable footrest with 4 different positions.  The seat is reversible so that your child can face mom or out at the world and is adjustable so they can be up in a high position or down in a lower position.

Instead of just the back of the seat reclining like on other strollers, on the City Select the entire seat reclines back easily with a large, one-handed button. The seat keeps its wide “v” shape and has four recline positions including all the way back. The seat is recommended for 6+ months to 45 lbs. Not to worry though, you will still be able to use the City Select for your newborn using the bassinet and the car seat adapters that are sold separately.

The City Select has a huge basket underneath that is accessible from all different angles.  We were able to fit an extra large diaper bag plus other on-the-go baby essentials!  There is also a large, mesh storage pocket on the back of the seat for parent’s essentials.  Note:  There is no baby or parent tray or cup holder on the City Select.  There is a child tray sold separately though.

To satisfy the shortest and tallest of moms and dads, it has a telescoping handle that eliminates the “stroller hunch”.  The handle has three different positions ranging from 39”-42” from ground to handle height.  A nice feature of the handle is also that it has a wipe clean grip.

As always, we love the Baby Jogger canopies!  The City Select is no exception!  The sun canopy is quite large with three sections and is complete with peek-a-boo window with magnetic flap closure.  A great thing about the canopy is that it adjusts to create more headroom as your child grows.

The City Select sports two 12″ forever-air rear and two 8″ lightweight front wheels with front wheel suspension and sealed ball bearings to give your little rider a very smooth ride.  You won’t worry about a flat with this stroller!  These heavy duty tires can charge through different terrain such as grass, playground mulch and cobblestone street.

We also love that the front swivel wheels also lock straight for rougher terrain.  There is also an easy to do hand operated parking brake that is conveniently located next to the main seat.

Baby Joggers are known for their easy folds.  The City Select is no exception!  It has a patented “Quick-Fold Technology” that allows you to fold your stroller in one simple step.  There are two handles on the sides of the main seat that you pull up on and the entire stroller folds in half easily.  You can even fold it with the second seat attached but it is a bulkier fold this way.  One of our minor complaints about the City Select is that it does NOT have a standing fold though.  This would be a great improvement!  There is a manual lock on the side to keep the stroller closed while transporting but we would suggest that Baby Jogger add an automatic lock to make it even better!

Weighing it 28 lbs (average weight for a full-size single), we didn’t have too much trouble lifting it in and out of our trunks.  When you add the second seat, the stroller weight is 34 lbs which takes a bit more muscle if you fold it and lift it with both seats attached.  The seats are so easy to remove if you would like to lift less weight though.

The maneuverability on the City Select is fabulous.  As a single, the stroller glides along with very little effort and turns on a dime.  Even with the stroller fully loaded with a 45 lb rider, we had no problem maneuvering this stroller even one-handed.  When you add the second seat or bassinet, it takes a bit more wrist power because you are adding more weight.   We found it is easiest to maneuver with your larger child in the seat closest to mom.  In all the different seat/bassinet configurations, we found the maneuverability to be better than most.

 

The City Select is a very sturdy, well-constructed stroller.  It’s heavy-duty and we definitely feel very confident in its ability to transport our most precious cargo.  When the stroller is in double mode, the stroller is constructed so well that either seat can be empty (with a child in the other) without compromising the stability.  Our testers could even climb into the front seat without any worry of the stroller flipping over.   

Now the main feature that we love is the stroller’s ability to go from a single to a double. The City Select starts out as a single stroller but expands to a double by using Baby Jogger’s unique patented attachment method and adding a second seat, bassinet or one of the adaptable car seats. So, there is no need to buy a single AND a double stroller!  Love that!

In order to turn the stroller into a double, a sold separately double conversion kit is required.  There are more than 16 unique seating combinations from double tiered car seats to a bassinet and a single seat.  No other stroller has that many seating combinations!  In order to do all the seating combos though, you would need the extra seat kit, 2 bassinets and 2 car seat adapters.  Or just pick the seating arrangements that work best for you and your kids and buy the coordinating accessories.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The double conversion kit pieces ONLY come with the second seat purchase! If you plan to use a bassinet with the toddler seat, 2 bassinets, infant car seat with toddler seat or 2 infant car seats – you MUST buy the second seat kit! You will need those adapters! At this time, Baby Jogger does not sell the adapters separately without the second seat! Bottom line: If you are going to use the City Select in doubles mode, you have to buy the second seat kit whether you think you are going to use that second seat right away or not. So factor in that expense when considering this stroller!

We love that we can move the seats around depending on our kids’ moods.  Most tandem strollers usually cause fights with our little riders because of pulling hair or kicking seats – but not the City Select. When our kids are feeling friendly, we can put them one behind the other or even facing each other. Note: With older toddlers, facing each other never lasts long as one always “accidentally” kicks the other. When they are feeling feisty, we can put them back to back so they cannot possibly touch, kick or pull each other’s hair. This is a great feature for those terrible 2s! With two seats both facing forward or backwards, we found that there was plenty of room between the seats but the rear rider can still kick the front seat.  Be careful putting your toddler behind the bassinet or car seat because if he is anything like our little tester, the baby may be bumped, kicked and jostled more than you want.

The seats can accommodate up to 45lbs a piece even in the double mode so that makes a 90 lb weight capacity!

Having twins?  We love that you can use 2 bassinet kits or 2 car seat adapters together for both babies!  When the twins hit 6 months, you can also use the two full-sized seats.

The Baby Jogger City Select is a luxury stroller and it is going to cost you a luxury price.  But for a stroller with such sturdy construction that can turn from a single to a double and back to a single again, we kinda think it’s worth it!  No need to buy an entire second stroller when your baby #2 arrives!

Overall, the Baby Jogger City Select is a fabulous stroller with versatility that you can find on any other stroller.

To watch my full video review of the Baby Jogger City Select – 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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Melissa Berger
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Hi there,

I keep going back and forth between the uppababy vista and the city select. what it really comes down to is terrain. Which one of these strollers is better on various terrain, as I am outside with my dog a lot on grass, gravel, etc.

nancy
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Thanks for taking my question. i currently own a Vista but am pregnant again – my kids will be 18 months apart. Anyway, Im wondering if the City will take the bassinet from the Vista? I can sell the Vista and keep the bassinet to save money. Thoughts? Thank you again.

Mom of two babys
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Great review. Thank you! Do you or did you ever have issues with this stroller pulling to one side? It seems that my stroller pulls to the side if the sidewalk or path is slanted. I am wondering if I have a defective model. I use it with my 21 months-old (23 lbs) and 8 months-old (18 lbs).
Thanks.

Karen Blackwell
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Do you have any advice on cleaning this stroller. Best methods, etc. I am trying to decide between the Quartz and the Red and want the one that will show the least stains as my 2 yo will be having a snack while we stroll. Thanks!

Katie Olson
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Hi! I am having the toddler and infant stroller dilemma. Ours will be almost 3 years apart. I want a double option, but obviously don’t know how long my son will be interested. I mostly use a stroller right now to make shopping easier and I can imagine I will need him strapped in when I have 2. I had a frog and loved its ease of use. I would really like another stroller of that quality. I’ve been debating between the vista, city select and a Phil n’ teds. I actually bought the CS and as its in a… Read more »
Jenna
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Hi Hollie, love your reviews! We currently have the city mini GT and I love it except my son wants to sit up straighter. Considering the city select since we will be trying for a second baby soon. Do the seats sit upright more? Thanks!

CR
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I am looking to purchase my first (& hopefully will not need to replace) stroller & am really liking the City Select. Im just wondering how the pushing would be in Chicago snow.. Any clue?

Ashley
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Have you had any complaints or issues about the front wheels locking themselves into the straight position? I’ve had an issue with this recently and it’s happening every time I use the stroller, making it very hard to maneuver! If ou have any solutions to this that would be helpful. I found another question like this on the Internet but no answers.

Mandy
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Jami, This stroller would be perfect for you. It’s perfect for the family who wants the option of doing off-road tours, mall shopping, walking and light jogging. I have the second seat for it and use currently use it with a Chicco Key Fit 30 (you need the Chicco adapter). Our 2 year old loves the seat. It has plenty of room for her and I love how the seat reclines, from a sitting position to a completely flat. Perfect for when the kiddos fall asleep while you are out exploring. I strongly recommend this stroller to everyone looking for… Read more »
Jami
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I’m really interested in this but I really have one question…I am NOT a runner at all but I was looking at maybe getting a jogger because I hope to do stroller fit clubs and what not. Is this a decent stroller to use for that? Thanks!

michelle
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Are the second seats for 2010 & 2011 different? I saw a review online saying it was not updated and others say it is.

Glen
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Hi,

The reviews have been very helpful and informative but I was wondering if both seats are facing forward is it possible for the two seats to recline?

Thanks!

April
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Hi,
Thank you so much for your reviews…soooo helpful!! I was wondering if there were any differences in the 2010 and 2011 models? Also, will the 2011 2nd seat work on a 2010 model stroller? Thanks!

Kate
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Hi,

Where did you find the second seat adapters without buying the second seat? I cant seem to find them

Thanks 🙂

cheryl
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Hi Holie, I’ve always go by your reviews when I was about to buy a stroller for my firstborn. Now I’m expecting my second and wondering what’s the best of the convertible in-line stroller out there right now? and if there is anything else coming out the end of this year? I’m not due until the end of December. So far I think baby jogger city select has the most interesting features. I am also looking into sit n stands but my first will just be turning two by the time the second one comes out, so I think she… Read more »
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