Type: Infant seat, five-point harness.
Limits: 4-35 lbs., 32″.
NHTSA ease of use rating: Not yet.
Pros: Based on the well regarded Graco SnugRide 35 LX, no rethread harness, six position recline base. Good safety and ease of use.
Cons: Pricey, doesn’t work natively with Baby Jogger strollers (so far). Requires separate stroller adapter purchase. Giant warning labels inside seat headrest. Canopy requires two hands to adjust, noisy.
Comments: Infant Car Seat: Baby Jogger City GO. When Graco bought Baby Jogger in 2014, both companies came out ahead. Graco added Baby Jogger’s hot-selling strollers to its strong offerings in car seats and other gear. Baby Jogger gained Graco’s expertise in infant seats—and the results are Baby Jogger’s first infant car seat, the City GO.
Released in mid 2016, the City GO is based on the excellent Graco SnugRide 35 LX . . . it uses that seat’s shell, but the base is all new, with six position recline. The City GO features a height adjustable headrest, no rethread harness, ergonomic handle with molded grip, premium LATCH connectors—basically, all that you’d expect from Graco.
And yes, there is a large, three-panel canopy that offers 50 SPF protection.
In the future, Baby Jogger will adapt its strollers to work natively with the City Go, that is pair without a separate adapter. Alas, at the time of this writing, you’re going to need a separate adapter ($21) to work with Baby Jogger’s own strollers. To add to the confusion, there are different adapters which work with different Baby Jogger models. Hello?
So just to review, you buy this seat for $160. Then shell out another $21 for an adapter to work with one of Baby Jogger’s $200-$600 strollers. Such a deal!
What is the real world feedback on the Baby Jogger City Go? So far, so good. As we’d expect for a seat based on the Graco SnugRide 35 LX (which is still on sale as of this writing for $40 less than the City Go), readers generally say it is easy to use and adjust.
A few dissenters that that while the seat has a no rethread harness, you need to turn the seat upside down to adjust the harness. Our other top recommended seats require no such gymnastics. Another criticism: the Graco-like canopy requires too hands to adjust—and makes a loud clock while adjusting (waking baby). While the canopy fabric matches the Baby Jogger’s City Select, it is somewhat noisy and bulky when you adjust the canopy.
Finally, you see the above picture of how the seat looks, right? Here’s how it looks in the real world:
Notice those giant warning labels on either side of the baby’s headrest? That’s something Baby Jogger omits from its product shots of the City Go. Those warning labels irked more than a few parents, since so many pictures are taken with baby in the infant car seat.
We’re guessing safety regulators or Graco’s lawyers ordered the warnings in that position, but it’s bait and switch (in our opinion) to show the seat sans labels as it appears on numerous web sites.
These are somewhat minor quibbles, but when you cross this price point in infant car seats, folks justifiably have higher expectations.
So, at this point, you have two paths. You could bite the cost bullet and go with the Baby Jogger City Go. Or wait until Baby Jogger integrates this seat with its stroller line by having built-in adapters. Since Baby Jogger sells adapters for many brands of car seats, you might as well save some bucks and get one of our recommended seats over this one. At some point soon (we assume), Baby Jogger will tweak its stroller line to have built-in adapters for this seat.
Bottom line: not a bad first effort. But the lack of native stroller compatibility with the Baby Jogger line drags down the rating of the Baby Jogger City Go. Rating: B+