The Baby Jogger City Mini Double is a fairly lightweight and compact side-by-side that's easy to fold and maneuver, though it might not make it through narrower doorways. The seats recline nearly flat for infants and are roomy enough for older kids Parents love the great sun protection provided by the individual canopies. The handle is high and not adjustable, so this may not be a good choice for very short or very tall parents.
Good basic features. The Baby Jogger City Mini Double has two fully adjustable, five-point, no rethread padded harnesses that buckle securely. The linked, rear foot brake locks with one touch. The two large canopies provide great sun protection and have retractable weather covers to keep them safe from the elements.
There have been no reports of tipping. However, many reviewers cite problems with front wheels locking spontaneously, requiring replacement wheels. There are no recalls, but be aware that this could be an issue, especially on rough surfaces.
A smooth ride. At 26 pounds, the Baby Jogger City Mini Double is lightweight, easy to steer and turn, and has front-wheel suspension to absorb bumps. It performs best on fairly level surfaces, and although reviewers have no trouble wheeling it through playground mulch or gravel, this is not an all-terrain stroller. The front swivel wheels can be locked for long-distance strolling.
The stroller is designed to fit through standard doorways. Many reviewers report difficulty getting it through narrower doors and halls.
Reviewers praise the quick two-hand fold, though some smaller women find it cumbersome to manage. The stroller doesn't lock automatically, but it does stand when folded and fits into most car trunks.
Room to grow. The durable Baby Jogger City Mini Double accommodates a newborn to a 50-pound child in each seat (100-pound total weight capacity) and can take kids from infancy to toddlerhood to preschool. Many reviewers say their 5-year-olds fit comfortably. Seats are roomy and well-padded, and independently recline nearly flat. Some parents say the seats can be hard to recline at first, but are mastered with practice.
The stroller only accepts one infant car seat at a time with optional universal Baby Jogger Car Seat Adaptor Double (*Est. $92), so it is not a true twin stroller. Another drawback is skimpy storage. While parents like the seatback storage pockets, they say the under-seat basket is small and hard to access.
The handle is fairly high and not adjustable, which can be a problem for very short or very tall parents, and reviewers don't like having to buy accessories like cup holders and snack trays separately, because it adds to the stroller's already comparatively high cost.
Issues resolved promptly. The Baby Jogger City Mini Double has a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and a one-year warranty on textiles, soft materials and other components. Customer service is helpful and responsive; those who report trouble with the wheels say the manufacturer sent replacements within seven to 10 days.
Review Credibility: Excellent Editors at ConsumerReports.org test and rate 11 double side-by-side strollers for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and folded size. The Baby Jogger City Mini is included in this roundup. ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. The report also includes an overview of how the testing was performed and specs for each stroller. User reviews are available but do not factor into the rankings.
Review: Double side-by-side strollers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz demonstrates the Baby Jogger City Mini Double in a video review. She likes that it accommodates infants and older children (her 5 year old fits in it comfortably) and is fairly lightweight and easy to maneuver and fold. She loves the huge canopies with two peek-a-boo windows, but wishes the storage basket was easier to reach. Since the handle is not adjustable and doesn't telescope out, she says taller parents might hit their feet on the crossbar while walking.
Review: Baby Gizmo Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, June 21, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good Only a handful of users review the 2012 Baby Jogger City Mini Double, which debuted in June 2012, but on average give it 4.8 stars out of 5. (The 2011 model receives 4.4 stars in about 100 reviews.) Users generally praise it for its maneuverability, though a few find it too wide for doorways. Reviewers also feel that for the price, accessories like cup holders and snack trays should not have to be purchased separately.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller averages 4.4 stars in nearly 30 reviews. Parents rave about its maneuverability, smooth ride and easy fold, and find it more compact and lightweight than other side-by-sides. Several have problems with the front wheels locking (this seems to only be an issue with 2010 and 2011 versions) but remedy the situation with replacement wheels from the manufacturer. Reviewers don't like the tough-to-access storage basket or that you have to purchase most accessories separately, which increases the cost of this already pricey stroller. A few shorter moms say the non-adjustable handle is too high for them.
Review: Baby Jogger 2011 City Mini Double Stroller - Black, Contributors to ToysRUs.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good About.com Twins & Multiples guide Pamela Prindle Fierro reviews the Baby Jogger City Mini Double after the accolades it receives from her readers. She says that the nearly full recline, well-padded seats and five-point restraint system make it a top pick for twins. She praises its maneuverability, fairly compact and lightweight size, and ability to fold easily, but notes difficulty getting through narrow doorways and halls. Overall, she says it's a good choice for strolling around town. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller for Twins, Pamela Prindle Fierro, Not dated
6. Pregnancy & Newborn
Review Credibility: Good Beth, a contributor to Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, calls the Baby Jogger City Mini Double the perfect everyday stroller. While testing it out with her own kids, she concludes that it's ridiculously easy to maneuver and fold/unfold, even at seven months pregnant, and fits into trunks. She finds the five-point harness simple to adjust, though reclining the seats takes a little practice. She likes the large canopies but says the storage basket is skimpy and hard to reach. She wishes that cup holders and snack trays were standard.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini Double, Beth, Jan. 31, 2012
Review Credibility: Good In her video review, mom blogger Melissa Lawrence demonstrates the pros and cons of the Baby Jogger City Mini Double, factoring in feedback from her readers. She finds it a good option for twins or babies close in age like hers, but says the fact that it only accommodates one infant car seat is a drawback if you have twins. She loves how easily it folds and how simple it is to recline the seats for infants. Her readers don't like the tough-to-access storage basket and the fact that you have to buy most accessories separately, which ratchets up the price considerably.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini Deluxe Double Stroller Review, Melissa Lawrence, June 14, 2012