The City Mini may not be the perfect stroller, but it's close. Built to last until your child, or multiple children, outgrows it, it's easy to use and fits a variety of lifestyle needs. It has all the important features, such as a full recline, huge canopy, a one-handed fold and plenty of storage. Most accessories are not included, but, overall, this is a stroller with excellent cost of ownership over the long run.
Keeps toddlers in their place. The Baby Jogger City Mini comes with all the safety features you'd expect in a high-end stroller, plus some. It has a five-point fully padded, adjustable harness, plus a padded sheath over the buckle to discourage children from fiddling with it and possibly escaping -- something that earns kudos from parents of wiggly toddlers. The stroller comes with one-touch, linked brakes. The front-wheel suspension keeps your baby from too much jostling, but, in spite of its name, it is not a jogging stroller, something that seems to confuse many consumer reviewers.
Famous for its fold. The Baby Jogger City Mini's biggest selling point is its easy, one-handed fold that reviewers say is as simple as can be. The stroller's other features are just as easy: The recline is a one-step, one-handed move; the front wheels lock with a tap, and the rear wheels pop off easily with the push of a button. Its linked rear brake is foot-operated. The harness's hook can be adjusted from the front of the seat, so there is no rethreading involved. The stroller seat is machine washable, but must be air-dried attached to the frame.
Grows with your child. The full recline on the Baby Jogger City Mini makes it suitable for infants, and it's compatible with several car seats with optional adapters (Est. $70). It gets a few complaints from parents of preemies that the harness fits too loosely, but a compact pram (Est. $170) and a bassinet (Est. $260) can accommodate the smallest baby. It has a 50-pound upper weight limit, and owners say its generous canopy clearance makes it a good choice for older or taller children. An optional glider board (Est. $80) is available so older children can hitch a ride.
Great for many environments. Unless you're a serious jogger or hiker, the Baby Jogger City Mini will work for you. It's narrow and maneuverable enough to navigate the aisles of small boutiques, while the locking EVA wheels can handle rougher terrains. The stroller folds compactly to fit in most car trunks, and at 16.8 pounds, lifting and carrying it is a breeze. It gets raves for its huge, almost full-coverage canopy with ventilation and two windows. Although it's a no-frills stroller, a variety of accessories are available to pimp the ride. Storage is plentiful and easy to access.
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. Authors Denise and Alan Fields conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. Their section on strollers is detailed and offers a wealth of useful information. Both the Baby Jogger brand in general and the City Mini are reviewed and rated against dozens of other popular strollers.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
The Baby Jogger City Mini comes in fifth overall, out of 21 strollers tested, with an overall score of 72 out of 100. Spurrier says it's an excellent product at an attractive price, and likes that it's light and compact, but notes that it doesn't maneuver well on rough surfaces.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini Single Review, Juliet Spurrier , MD, Nov. 22, 2013
Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz gives a detailed, critical review of 2012 City Mini, testing it and demonstrating fit with her own children. She raves about the ease of use, large canopy, comfort touches for the child, and, above all, the one-handed fold and automatic locking. She would like an adjustable handle.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini 2012 Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, Feb. 23, 2012
In more than 120 reviews, the Baby Jogger City Mini earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners like its maneuverability, the one-hand fold, light weight and easy push. A few complain about the lack of included accessories.
Review: Baby Jogger City Mini Single Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2014