There has been substantial buzz over the Baby Jogger City Select, one of the newest models in the emerging single-to-double stroller market. Single-to-double strollers offer more versatility than traditional double strollers, and reviewers say the City Select is no exception. When used as a double stroller, its design allows the two seats to be configured in 16 different ways. Experts say this is an unexpected benefit -- children can be arranged based on preferences or their moods. Those having a bad day can be turned back to back to eliminate fighting, or can face one another when feeling more playful. This is also one of the only strollers available that can accommodate two car seats, making it a good choice for parents with newborn twins.
The City Select earns points from reviewers for its durable, high-quality frame. It also has ample storage for parents, seats are roomy, and the canopies are height-adjustable to accommodate taller children. The stroller provides a very smooth ride thanks to 12-inch back tires that are slightly larger than traditional double stroller wheels, and its front wheels can be locked to help ease the stroller over rough terrain. When used as a single stroller, the City Select receives little negative feedback. As a double, however, the stroller is a heavy 34 pounds before adding kids. Its length also makes it difficult to turn tight corners or maneuver in small spaces, users warn.
Owners call the City Select expensive, and although they say the stroller is of high quality, the $500 base model comes with virtually no accessories. Rain covers must be bought separately, for example, and cost $45 each (two are needed if the stroller is used as a double). Similar single-to-double strollers like the Phil & Teds Explorer are comparable in price but have less expensive accessories.
Since its introduction in 2010, the Baby Jogger City Select has garnered several reviews from both professional publications and users. Formal evaluations, such as those from Babble.com, BabyGizmo.com and AOL's ParentDish.com, tout the stroller's unique design, quality and durability. Owner comments are also overwhelmingly positive but do better highlighting the drawbacks of the City Select, including that its 34-pound frame makes it heavy for use as a double stroller.
The Baby Jogger City Select is judged the best double stroller overall in this test; editors say its maneuverability and versatility make it the clear winner. Reviewers select eight additional top models for more specific categories such as affordability, luxury and light weight. Strollers are tested with three children ranging from 5 months to 3 years old in urban and rural environments.
Review: Babble Best 2011: Double Strollers, Editors of Babble.com, 2011
Hollie Schultz, founder of RatedByMom.com and BabyGizmo.com, is known for her detailed video stroller reviews. She praises the Baby Jogger City Select's unique design, saying it's ideal for keeping children happy no matter their mood -‑ they can face each other or be seated back-to-back to prevent fighting. Schultz's one complaint is that the seat adapters are available only with the purchase of the double conversion kit.
Review: Spotlight Product Review: Baby Jogger City Select, Hollie Schultz, Jan. 17, 2010
3. Celebrity Baby Blog
Editors of People magazine's Celebrity Baby Blog review many top-selling strollers, but there's little transparency as to the testing methods they employ. The site also does little comparison between strollers, making it difficult to determine which are rated most highly by editors. The Baby Jogger City Select gets high marks, and its most touted feature is the ease in which it converts from a single to a double.
Review: Review: Baby Jogger City Select, Editors of Celebrity Baby Blog, March 28, 2010
AOL's ParentDish.com features more than 30 reviews of top strollers, but it's not apparent how they're evaluated. Reviewer Erin Renzas says the Baby Jogger City Select is ideal for parents looking for a stroller that grows with a family. It earns praise for its versatility, smooth ride and storage space, but Renzas says the stroller is heavy and can be bulky when folded.
Review: Stroller Review: Baby Jogger City Select 2010, Erin Renzas, April 7, 2010
Writer Rachel Ostrander tests the Baby Jogger City Select with her two small children. It receives a rave review, with Ostrander noting the stroller's superior durability and compact frame. She says it can be slightly harder to push when used as a double with larger children, but the positives far outweigh the stroller's drawbacks.
Review: Baby Jogger City Select Stroller Makes Light Work Out of Two Kids, Rachel Ostrander, July 30, 2010
6. Canadian Family
Five strollers are featured but no rating system is provided, so it's difficult to compare models. Reviewers like the Baby Jogger City Select for its easy single-to-double conversion, but they say the lack of a full recline makes it difficult for riders to nap, and the stroller's length and weight are definite disadvantages.
Review: The Best Double Strollers of 2010, Editors of CanadianFamily.ca, July 12, 2010
GrowingYourBaby.com offers thorough, comprehensive stroller reviews by moms. Staff writer Kiersten tests the Baby Jogger City Select for three months with her four children, ages 5 months to 5 years. She praises its ample storage, versatility and ability to keep all kids comfortable, including her 5-year-old, although the seat is a bit small. The stroller can be difficult to maneuver when loaded with two children and day-to-day essentials, she says, and its weight and length can make it a challenge to push and control.
Review: Featured Review: The Baby Jogger City Select, "Kiersten", Oct. 21, 2010
8. Fit Pregnancy
Fit Pregnancy magazine recommends the Baby Jogger City Select in its 2011 buyer's guide, but doesn't explain how the stroller was tested or selected. Details on the stroller itself are also limited.
Review: Baby Jogger City Select: Ultra Convertible, Rachel Sturtz, 2011
Buzzillions.com compiles reviews from retailers such as BabiesRUs.com, Target.com and REI. There's less feedback for the Baby Jogger City Select than for other high-end strollers, but it performs overwhelmingly well in owner reviews. Most users give the stroller 5 out of 5 stars, praising its flexibility, smooth ride, plentiful storage and durability.
Review: Baby Jogger City Select Single Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Dec. 2011
Amazon.com features more than 50 user reviews of this stroller, and most are positive. Owners appreciate the City Select's unique design, ample storage and high quality. However, about half of the owners here note major drawbacks, in particular the stroller's heft and lack of accessories.
Review: Baby Jogger 2010 City Select Single Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Dec. 2011