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Baby Jogger literally invented the jogging stroller category 30 years ago when they outfitted a stroller with bicycle tires, designed for runners. The company’s 2003 bankruptcy was probably the best thing that ever happened to the brand—new ownership refocused the brand on lightweight, easy-to-fold strollers with great success. Yes, the company has drifted away from its “jogger” roots, but its multi-function strollers have legions of fans. In 2015, Baby Jogger was acquired by Graco and is now part of their family of baby gear.
The models. Baby Jogger has two main stroller lines: small compact tri-wheel models designed for the city (example: the City Mini) and multi-function models that can expand from single to double under the City Select brand. And yes, the Baby Jogger still has a all-terrain model, the Summit, that you could actually jog with (but we wouldn’t recommend it—more on this in a minute).
The secret sauce to the City Mini is Baby Jogger’s Quick-Fold technology: pull up on one strap and zip! The stroller collapses and folds. No complicated buttons or latches. No multi-step process. The Quick-Fold has super-sized Baby Jogger’s sales of the City series, which boasts four models: the Mini, Mini GT, Elite and Select.
The tri-wheel City Mini (single $260, 17.1 lbs.; double $460, 26.6 lbs.) is Baby Jogger’s best-selling stroller, featuring a full recline and large canopy. In a recent refresh, the City Mini got a few tweaks: a slightly larger seat, an easier to access storage basket and an auto lock feature when the stroller is folded.
The one disadvantage to the City Mini? The fold isn’t very compact. And some folks prefer four wheels to three. Baby Jogger City Tour ($200) answers those needs with a nearly full seat recline and carry bag. With smaller wheels than the City Mini and a 14 lb weight, the Tour is designed more for travel or city environs where you need to maneuver in tight spaces.
FYI: Before the Tour, Baby Jogger sold a similar model called City Mini Zip ($200, 16.5 lbs). The difference is in the fold (the Tour is is simpler, in our opinion). The Zip is still for sale online, but isn’t officially in the Baby Jogger line-up as of this writing.
To appeal more to off-road users, the City Mini GT ($350, 21.5 lbs.) adds bigger, no-flat tires, as well as an adjustable handle bar with brake, a redesigned seat/canopy that provides more headroom, and an easier to access storage basket.
Multi-function strollers that morph from a single to double stroller are a big part of the Baby Jogger line-up: the City Select is sort of like the Swiss Army Knife of strollers. It can be configured 16 ways (see right), with an optional second seat. With a telescoping handle and foam tires, the City Select (28.1 lbs.) costs $475 (plus $170 for the second seat). A bassinet accessory is $93.
New for 2017, Baby Jogger has released a “lux” version of this model, cleverly named the Baby Jogger City Select LUX. The LUX adds five more configurations, including a jump seat that can be used up to 45 lbs. The seat on the LUX version folds in a more compact manner—making the stroller 30% smaller when folded. At 28.4 lbs., the LUX is roughly the same weight as the original model. We like the new added rear wheel suspension. It out now for $629.
If you like the City Select but don’t need the second-child capability, consider the City Premier ($330). This stroller is basically a single version of the City Select but works to 50 lbs. and features a height-adjustable handlebar. The City Premier (28.7 lbs,) also has a reversible seat, 12″ rear wheels and 8″ front wheels and folds with the seat facing the parent.
All the above strollers are designed for urban parents or city use—for hiking or all-terrain adventures, the the Summit X3 comes in single ($330, 27.1 lbs.) and double ($550, 38.8 lbs.) versions. The Summit has 16” rear and 12” front air-filled tires, swivel front wheel that locks, suspension, and the same quick-fold technology you see on the City Series. The X3’s handlebar has a front wheel lock feature, which is nice.
What’ missing from Baby Jogger’s line? If you said, “a stroller for jogging?” you get 500 points. Yes, ironically, the brand that invented the running stroller lacks any strollers that are designed for running. Yes, you can power walk or go for hikes with the Summit X3—but for actual running, we’d prefer a stroller with a fixed front wheel (like the BOB Ironman).
Our view. This is one of our favorite stroller brands for its overall quality and value. Reader feedback on these models has been consistently favorable—the quick fold of these models wins big kudos.
We like the Baby Jogger City Mini as the pick of the litter here—from the canopy to the quick fold, this is an excellent lightweight stroller for the mall and smooth sidewalks. If you prefer a four-wheel stroller with a compact fold, the City Tour is another excellent choice. For more off-road adventures or if you have rough sidewalks, the City Mini GT is pricey but worth it for the tire upgrade.