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Baby Jogger City Micro

*Est. $160
Reviewed
December 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Baby Jogger City Micro

A basic model of the popular Baby Jogger City Mini

Pros
  • Large, comfortable seat
  • Lightweight
  • One-handed collapse
Cons
  • Minimal features
  • Lacks basic accessories
  • Flimsy canopy
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The Baby Jogger City Micro (*Est. $160) is the most pared-down, inexpensive version of the brand's classic stroller. The company discontinued the model in late 2010, but it's still widely available. Reviewers often compare the City Micro to the attention-grabbing Baby Jogger City Mini (*Est. $230) , which has been a top seller since its introduction. The City Micro doesn't feature the seat recline or large canopy that Mini fans appreciate, plus it weighs in at 17.2 pounds compared to the Mini's 16.8 pounds. Reviewers often suggest that for the extra $70, parents should seriously consider the higher-quality City Mini.

That said, the City Micro does perform well in reviews. It's often called a first-rate option for families who have older babies or toddlers and need an everyday stroller that's easy to fold and transport, which is one of the model's strengths. Its tight collapse rivals that of umbrella strollers, and the City Micro is comfortable to carry when folded. Testers like that it can be stashed in the tightest sedan trunks and say it's a good choice for airport travel.

The City Micro maneuvers quite well, but some reviewers say the wheels and brakes feel "flimsy." Under-seat storage is on the small side but acceptable, owners say. The stroller's one notable drawback is a lack of additional accessories -- there's no cupholder or toddler tray. Reviewers also warn that the City Micro isn't suited for smaller children: There's not much recline and babies may be uncomfortable. Toddlers, however, will love this stroller; the seat is tall at 26 inches (most hover around the 23-inch mark), and the roomy, breathable seat is good for children who are more independent. Experts generally conclude that this is a good option at a good price for families who need an everyday stroller, but those wanting luxury features should look elsewhere.    

In recent years, the Baby Jogger City Select (*Est. $500 plus $160 for doubles kit) and City Mini (*Est. $230) have garnered more attention than the City Micro. Both are known for their features and reviewers tend to be more impressed. As a result, reviews of the Baby Jogger City Micro are scarce. Several blogs mentioned the stroller when it was first introduced in 2009, but they don't provide reviews. LetsGoStrolling.com and MomTrends.com are the only formal evaluations we found, and both are somewhat vague. User feedback is a better source of information: Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com feature many detailed reviews that outline the pros and cons of this stroller.

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Amazon.com features about 20 user reviews of the Baby Jogger City Micro. The comments are generally positive and thorough, with many detailing the stroller's highlights and drawbacks. The City Micro earns high praise for its good steering and small fold. In contrast, the small basket and canopy are definite issues, but they aren't deal-breakers, parents say. The general consensus is that this is a good stroller for everyday use and travel, but families looking for a model with extras may want to try the City Mini (*Est. $230).

Review: Baby Jogger City Micro Single Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Dec. 2011

2. Buzzillions.com

Buzzillions.com aggregates user reviews from top stroller retailers such as REI and ToysRUs.com. About 20 owners weigh in on the Baby Jogger City Micro, contributing to an average score of 4.4 stars out of 5. Users say the fold and maneuverability are stellar, making this a good day-to-day stroller. The seat's recline is shallow and can be uncomfortable for sleeping babies, however, so many parents suggest that the City Micro be used for older babies and toddlers.

Review: Baby Jogger City Micro Single, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Dec. 2011

3. LetsGoStrolling.com

This site offers reviews of several strollers, and clearly outlines the benefits and drawbacks of each model. The reviewer gives the City Micro high marks for its large, roomy seat, which she says is comfortable for children approaching the weight maximum. She notes, however, that there's very little recline, and the canopy and ride aren't as good as with the pricier Baby Jogger City Mini. Both strollers weigh about the same.

Review: Baby Jogger City Micro -- the Ultimate Toddler Stroller, "Jen", July 10, 2009

4. Momtrends

Founding editor Nicole Feliciano gives a brief review of the Baby Jogger City Micro. She praises its ample storage, quick fold and tight, easy-to-store collapse. However, she's unsatisfied with the "flimsy" wheels and brakes, and the "stingy" recline.

Review: Test Stroll: Baby Jogger City Micro, Nicole Feliciano, Aug. 26, 2009

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