The Baby Jogger City Mini GT is an all-terrain version of the City Mini that gets rave reviews from parents and experts, who praise its maneuverability, roominess, comfort and one-handed fold. Though the Mini GT is not intended for jogging (despite its name), the stroller's sturdy tires can tackle a variety of terrains easily and smoothly, making it a favorite with urban and suburban parents.
A couple of safety concerns. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT has a five-point harness system and a secure parking brake that is operated by a handle on the chassis. An optional belly bar (*MSRP $34.95) can add another level of security. The buckle, which includes a fabric cover, is reported to be secure and not easy for younger toddlers to undo. Many reviewers found that the stroller tips backward easily; some experienced the issue when they hung bags from the handle (which you're not supposed to do, but everyone does). Others found it tended to tip with the handlebar in a certain position. You won't want to leave it unattended.
There are complaints on several sites about the front wheel locking spontaneously. One reviewer even says that when she contacted Baby Jogger, they told her it was a problem with the stroller. There have been no recalls, but be aware that this may be an issue, especially on rough surfaces.
A dream to operate. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT is easy to steer and maneuver over all kinds of surfaces, although one expert reviewer notes that its wheels are too small to make it a true all-terrain stroller; rather, it's good for everyday multi-terrain use, such as on playground mulch, gravel and bumpy sidewalks. The stroller folds quickly with one hand and locks automatically, but some reviewers say unfolding it is more of a challenge. It does not stand when folded. In spite of its 21-pound weight, it's reported as easy to lift and carry. The harness is no-rethread and front-adjusting. Owners say the seat is easy to wipe clean.
Great features, but skimpy storage. Parents love the extra-large canopy with two peek-a-boo windows on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT, but several would like magnet closures instead of noisy Velcro. The canopy also features a large mesh-vented area that can be covered in colder weather. A few owners say the stroller's fabric scuffs easily.
While the storage basket is bigger and more easily accessible than on previous models of the City Mini, parents feel it is still too small and hard to access. Owners like the storage pockets on the stroller's back, but wish that things like cupholders came standard; practical accessories like console trays, the belly bar and a car-seat carrier attachment must be purchased separately, adding to the cost.
The City Mini GT accommodates newborns with a fully reclining seat. There are also other accessories available that make the City Mini GT a versatile choice for newborns and infants, such as a compact pram (*MSRP $169.95) and a bassinet (*MSRP $259.95), but they add significantly to the base price of this stroller. The City Mini GT is a particularly good choice for larger children, as its upper weight rating is 65 pounds. The seat is well padded for the comfort of children of any size.
One feature of the City Mini GT that parents really love is the adjustable handle. Flip-flop-wearing parents especially love the hand brake on the side of the stroller (no more stubbed toes on cumbersome foot brakes). The stroller scores high marks for its compact size, fitting easily into most car trunks, and the wheels pop off to make an even smaller package.
The City Mini GT also comes in a double stroller (*MSRP $579.99), and has an optional standing board for an older child (*MSRP $79.95).
Issues are resolved quickly. The Baby Jogger City Mini GT has a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and a one-year warranty on textiles and soft side materials. Customer service is helpful and responsive; those who reported issues with the wheels say the manufacturer quickly sent replacements.
Review Credibility: Excellent In this roundup of 20 top strollers the Baby Jogger City Mini G2 is number one on the list, earning the title of Fastest Fold, with an accompanying 5-star rating from both the expert and the parent reviewer. Bayless says "there's a lot to love," including the multi-terrain tires, full canopy and adjustable height handlebar. The parent reviewer says her child is comfortable and that the stroller gives a smooth ride. Both say they wish the stroller included a cupholder.
Review: The Best Baby Strollers of 2012, Kate Bayless, Sept. 7, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent In its list of best new strollers for spring 2012, Babble.com editors call the Baby Jogger City Mini GT perfect for city dwellers, suburbanites or anyone who wants a really great stroller that's simple to fold. They love the new additions that make it totally different from the City Mini -- namely the handbrake, adjustable handlebar, roomier seat and, most important, all-terrain wheels that make for smooth riding over all kinds of surfaces.
Review: Best New Strollers: Spring 2012, Michelle Horton, April 17, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In this video review, Hollie Schultz demonstrates the Baby Jogger City Mini GT in a video review, rating it highly for its Forever Air tires (they never go flat) and ability to maneuver over all surfaces -- from bumpy sidewalks to driveway gravel to playground mulch. She also loves that it can be folded quickly and easily with one hand, and praises most of the features. Her only negative: She wishes the peek-a-boo windows on the huge canopy closed with magnets rather than Velcro.
Review: Baby Gizmo Spotlight Review: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller, Hollie Schultz, Feb. 23, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Self-described Stroller Queen Janet McLaughlin reviews the Baby Jogger City Mini GT, noting its easy fold and maneuverability. She compares and contrasts it with two other strollers in the Baby Jogger line, the City Mini and City Elite. As with all of her reviews, it's highly positive, but is based upon testing with actual children.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Review, Janet McLaughlin, April 25, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Jogger City Mini GT earns an average of 4.3 stars in more than 50 reviews. Users praise its maneuverability and smooth ride, the adjustable handlebar and the ability to fold easily with one hand. Many had a problem with front wheels locking, which was remedied after the manufacturer sent replacement wheels. Parents also caution that the stroller tips easily, complain about the storage basket -- calling it small and difficult to reach -- and wish that accessories like belly bar and child tray were included instead of sold separately.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Single Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Eli and Sheri Gurock -- the Boston parents who founded Magic Bean stores and website -- call this an "urban favorite" for its all-terrain wheels, luxurious padding, light weight and easy-fold convenience. Reviewers agree, rating it with an average 4.5 beans out of 5, specifically praising the adjustable handle, ease of steering and folding, and smoothness of ride. What they don't like: difficulty accessing the too-small storage basket, and that you must take all wheels off when storing the stroller in the separately purchased travel bag. Some wish the stroller had a rear-facing feature.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller 2013, Editors of Magic Beans, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Good "Lauren" blogs as Stroller Guru and is also owner of Wild Child, an online baby store that sells many brands of strollers. Her video report on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT from a baby products show gives consumers a sneak peek at the features she loves best: the sturdy all-terrain wheels, the one-handed folding mechanism, the large, padded seat and the adjustable handlebar. The helpful video shows how the stroller works, and the accompanying blog post tells how it's different from its predecessor, the Baby Jogger City Mini.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini GT, "Lauren", Nov. 7, 2011
Review Credibility: Good In more than 45 customer reviews, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT earns an average 4.3 stars out of 5. Owners like its roominess, all-terrain maneuverability and easy-fold mechanism. They also say it's compact, lightweight and that they love the huge canopy. Some find the storage basket small and hard to reach. Other reviewers say the front wheels lock unexpectedly -- a problem that was resolved when the manufacturer sent replacement wheels.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Single, Contributors to Diapers.com, As of December 2012