The Baby Jogger City Select convertible stroller is a top pick by experts and parents for its versatility. It can be arranged in 16 different seating configurations with the purchase of optional accessories. It can be used for twins or two children of different ages and has the ability to accommodate two car seats or two bassinets. It's a high-end stroller with a price to match, but owners warn it can be heavy to push and maneuver with two kids.
No issues here. The Baby Jogger City Select has a convenient hand-operated parking brake on the handle and locking swivel wheels in front. The five-point, no-rethread harnesses are padded and easy to clasp and adjust. Reviewers love the large multi-position canopies that provide plenty of sun protection.
Decent for a double. The Baby Jogger City Select has a narrow profile, so it easily fits through doors, store aisles and between parked cars. Maneuverability isn't always a breeze though. It can be quite heavy to push when carrying two children, and one Amazon.com reviewer says it takes "super human" effort to lift and get up and down curbs, which can be remedied somewhat by putting the bigger child in the seat closer to you.
The Forever-Air tires never go flat and handle varied terrain like snow, grass and mud, although it is not an all-terrain stroller. The stroller has a one-hand fold but doesn't self-lock or stand.
Many accessories must be purchased separately. Getting the most versatility out of the Baby Jogger City Select requires purchasing optional accessories, including the Second Seat Kit (*Est. $180), one or more car seat adapters (prices vary) and one or two Bassinet Kits (*Est. $100). With all of that, there are 16 different ways to position the kids. They can face you, the world or each other in a number of combinations, and the stadium seating gives each kid a good view. A button reclines seats to four positions fairly easily with one hand, though one reviewer says it is stiff to operate. Parents say it's easy to get kids in and out of the stroller, even though you have to bend down to reach the front seat.
A few reviewers say they worry their older toddlers may outgrow the seats, but at least one expert reviewer notes that her 5 year old fit well; the canopies adjust upward to add several inches to the seat height. As a bonus, the peek-a-boo windows on the canopy close quietly with magnets, instead of noisy Velcro. The City Select has a telescoping handle to accommodate both short and tall parents.
Reviewers rave about the large storage basket that can be accessed from all sides but say the fabric is flimsy and rips easily. For the high price, they want cup holders and snack trays included, instead of being offered as optional add-ons.
Ranging from 28 to 34 pounds, depending on seating configurations, the City Select is not easy to lug on public transportation, a consideration for urban parents. Suburban parents need to know that it may not fit in smaller car trunks.
Long, solid warranty: Baby Jogger has a limited lifetime warranty on its stroller frame and a one-year warranty on textiles and soft materials. Baby Jogger has an excellent reputation for customer service.
Review Credibility: Excellent In its annual double stroller review, Babble.com selects the Baby Jogger City Select as a favorite for versatility, saying it's best for parents looking for a stroller to last through multiple kids and stages. It has 16 different seating configurations and works as a single and a double. Since it accommodates two car seats, it's a good pick for twins. Though it's a bit long, editors say it's narrow enough for city streets and note that the Forever-Air tires can handle bumpy terrain. They call the one-hand fold "simply brilliant" but think the stroller might not fit in super-compact trunks.
Review: Babble Blogger Favorites: Top Double Strollers of 2012, Michelle Horton, Dec. 3, 2012
2. Which? magazine
Review Credibility: Excellent Which? magazine is the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, but offers much more extensive reviews, detailed explanations from testers about testing methods and full specifications and recommendations. They provide in depth coverage of the Baby Jogger City Select that includes product testing by parents and experts.
Review: Baby Jogger City Select review, Editors of Which? magazine, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Editors of SheKnows.com used parent testers to evaluate various double strollers in the tandem and side-by-side category, eventually narrowing it down to nine top double strollers in its "double stroller showdown." Editors say the Baby Jogger City Select is a versatile choice for growing families because of its ability to convert from single to double, to take two car seats and to be arranged in 16 different configurations. Parents love that it's customizable and that the large storage basket can be easily reached from all sides.
Review: Double Strollers: Which One Is Right for You?, Christina Holt, April 23, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz loves everything about the Baby Jogger City Select, noting that it expands with your family, going easily from single to double with optional car seat adaptors, bassinets and second seat. Though it's a "luxury stroller for a luxury price," she feels it's well worth it for its durability, sturdiness and multiple seating configurations.
Review: Spotlight Product Review: Baby Jogger City Select, Hollie Schultz, Jan. 17, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good Amazon.com users rate the Baby Jogger City Select an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in about 50 reviews. It gets raves for its versatility and ability to accommodate two children in over 16 configurations, and many call it the "best double" ever. However, many acknowledge that it is heavy to push and lift -- and extremely expensive with optional accessories adding significantly to the price.
Review: Baby Jogger 2012 City Select Single Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good Though her site focuses mostly on running strollers, Kelly Morse reviews all types and calls the Baby Jogger City Select the Best Twin Baby Stroller of 2012. As the mom of triplets and an older child, she's familiar with the challenges of multiples. She says superstar features include the ability to hold two infant car seats that face parent or forward, easy conversion from single to double and its quick and easy fold. She says it maneuvers well and easily grows with your family.
Review: Best Twin Baby Stroller 2012, Kelly Morse, July 22, 2012