Spotlight Product Review: Baby Jogger City Mini Double

Baby Jogger has been providing active moms and dads with strollers for more than 26 years.  The Baby Jogger Company was born in 1984 when Phil Baechler created the first jogging stroller, making his jogs with his infant son easier and more enjoyable.

The Baby Jogger City Mini Double is the same City Mini that we love but twice the fun! CityMiniDouble Spotlight Product Review:  Baby Jogger City Mini DoubleThis side-by-side double has an easy, compact fold and a rather lightweight frame.  It has the quality that we’ve come to expect from Baby Jogger and is great for travel and everyday use with two children.

The City Mini Double weighs in at a very reasonable 27 lbs.  And, yes, this is the true weight.  We weighed it!  Set on a quality aluminum frame with the one of the fastest and easiest folds around and features for mom and baby alike, the City Mini Double is one of the best lightweight, double strollers around.  It is 29” wide so not to worry it will glide through your standard doorway.

The City Mini Double sports two roomy seats with a combined weight capacity of 100 lbs!  That is two 5 year olds!  Each seat is 12” wide with a 19 1/2” seatback and measurement of 26” from seatback to canopy.  Our taller 5 year old tester at 43” fit in the seat without her head even hitting the canopy.  Each seat has an excellent 5-point, padded harness that is easy to adjust to fit snugly on a small child yet big enough with room to grow for a larger child.

The City Mini Double seats have an almost flat (150 degree) recline that is easy to recline with a strap system.  When reclined, the seats are well ventilated with a large mesh window to allow air to flow through, and a drop down weather cover allows you to close the mesh back when the weather is cool or rainy.  This feature is fantastic in warmer weather!

Let’s talk canopies!!!  The City Mini Double has two individual, GIGANTIC canopies, and believe it or not, they actually shade your child completely from the sun.  The canopies are almost twice the size of other stroller canopies on the market!  Plus, the canopies have 2 peek-a-boo windows.  They are that big!   We can’t say enough how much we LOVE these canopies!

There is a taller handlebar (it’s not adjustable though) that measures 41” from ground to handle.  We did find that the handlebar still keeps our taller parents a bit closer to the rear wheels than they would prefer.  Our taller dads found themselves kicking the back of the frame more than once while strolling with the City Mini Double.  So, we suggest if you are over 6’0, you might want to test it first.

Underneath the seat is a large basket (that they made larger for the 2010 model!) that has convenient side access for smaller items.  Yes, the basket is very large but the problem is that you won’t be getting anything of size (let’s say even a small diaper bag) in or out of the basket with children in the seats.  While it is impossible to get a diaper bag in the basket with fully reclined seats, even with upright seats it is still a problem.  The access to the basket just isn’t that good for larger items!

The City Mini Double has four 8-inch wheels and a suspension system that gives your little riders a pretty smooth ride.  The maneuverability on this stroller is fabulous. It turns on a dime, is easy to push and can even be controlled with one hand. If you have two 5 year olds in it at near weight capacity, it is of course going to take two hands to turn, but with smaller children, it’s no problem.  Knowing that it’s not meant to be an all-terrain stroller, we did find that it can handle bumpy roads, brick streets and small rocks but it might provide a bumpy ride for baby.  The front wheels even lock straight to help tackle that bit of all-terrain a little easier.

Our favorite feature besides the canopies is the easy fold (patented “Quick-Fold” technology).  Is it a one handed fold like the City Mini Single?  Nope.  Two hands are needed for this fold and there is no getting around that!  Folding the City Mini Double is still super easy though! All you have to do is unsnap the two safety straps from the frame and pull up on both folding strap in the seat (they say “fold) and the stroller folds flat.  It’s that easy!  And by flat, we mean it’s only about 12 inches high when folded. The City Mini Double even has a standing fold!  It has a manual locking strap to keep the frame locked when transporting though we’d like to see an automatic lock added for more convenience.  With its folded dimensions of 30.5″ x 29″ x 12″, this stroller is a compact package that is easy to transport and fits in even smallest trunks.

Another great feature of the City Mini Double is that with an additional adapter it accepts many infant car seats to make it a travel system.  It will only accept one infant seat at a time but the universal car seat adapter is designed to fit several car seats including, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, Britax Companion, and most Graco and Evenflo models.  There is even a separate adapter to fit the hard-to-fit Chicco infant car seat!

There are many great accessories that are sold separately for the City Mini Double to fit everyone’s needs including:  Rain/Wind Canopy, Bug Canopy, Footmuff, Belly Bar, Belly Bar Console, Child Tray, Parent Console, Car Seat Adapter and a Cup holder.

If you are looking for a lighter-weight side by side double stroller that maneuvers beautifully, easy to fold, has  fabulous sun canopies (one of the best), large and roomy seats, accepts an infant car seat and a sports a taller handle, the Baby Jogger City Mini Double is the stroller for you!!  To watch our full video review of the Baby Jogger City Mini Double, click the video below:

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*Thanks to Joggingstroller.com for sending us the Baby Jogger City Mini Double for review!*

Comments

  1. says

    I was hoping you could help with a quandary I haven’t been able to find an answer to! I currently have a single City Mini and I’m in LOVE … but we recently found out we are expecting number 2 and the babes will be about 18 months apart therefore a double stroller is necessary!

    I am very *very* interested in the double City Mini – but have seen the car seat adapter and it looks like a monstrosity! What I loved most about the single City Mini was that the adapter was easy on/easy off – so we could choose whether to keep him in the infant seat (like when he was sleeping for a quick run into the post office) — or to put him directly into the stroller for a nice walk. Is the adapter for the double just as easy to put on and off? I hope so!! Thanks in advance.

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  3. Jennifer Neubig says

    I need help!! I really want to buy the Baby Jogger City Mini double, but I have no idea if it’s worth the extra $129 it will cost me to get the 2011 model vs the 2010 model? The stores only have the 2011 model on display so I can’t compare the two. My kids are 5, 2, and 10 months. I really would like to save the $129 and just get the 2010 online, but is the 2011 really better? Help!

  4. Ruth says

    Hi Everything is fine with the stroller, but the Chicco Car seat addapter doesn’t actually SNAP into the adapter that’s supposedly made specifically for it and you have to strap it in. My two year old girl almost drop the baby to the floor because it is so unsafe, how can they sell it? and now I call the company and they will not issue a refund.

    On the other side you can not really forl the stroller with the infant adapter, it is really terrible I probably wouldnt have bought this stroller if I had known all that in advance.

    Does anyone has problems with this Chicco infant adapter too?
    Thank you!
    Ruth

  5. Helen says

    Jessica,

    I wanted to know the exact same too – how much more upright is the 2011 city mini double with the extra strap. I called up Baby Jogger and they told me it is 2 inches more upright, whatever that means, and the seat angle is 120 degrees when at the most upright position. I tested the stroller at a store and it seems the City Mini Double has much more headroom than the City Select.

    Helen

  6. Jenny says

    I’m trying to figure out if this stroller is good for actually jogging or not. Any feedback?

  7. Jessica says

    I am in between this baby jogger double ( the 2011) and the baby jogger City select double. I like the 2011 because they are adding an extra strap to help the kids sit more upright, but how much more upright? My oldest 2 year old loves the sit straight up. So this is a must for us.
    Please help
    Thank you
    Jessica

  8. Jonathan Mccoy says

    Thank you for the review. My wife and I recently bought a City Mini double stroller for our newborn and 18 month old. We were about to buy the accesory to attach our Britax Chaperone car seat that we already have but read that it will not fit a double (only a single stroller). If this is true(please confirm) can we use the City Mini Compact Pram as a worth while everyday option? Or, is there a paticular carseat that has good ratings that works best with the City Mini double. Thank you in advance.
    Jonathan and Jamila McCoy

  9. Jennifer says

    I’m debating between the Phil and Ted Dash, this stroller and the City Select. Both of my boys are tall and chubby as babies. (My 7 months old weighs 23lbs). I feel like the baby looks squished in the double kit on the Phil and Ted, and that my 3 yr old looks squished in the top seat on the Select. They fit fine in the mini, but then I’m stuck with a side-by-side. Any advice?

  10. Karri says

    Hi Hollie,
    Question, I was wondering what you recommend between this stroller and the Uppa Baby with the rumble seat? I have a 7 month old and 3 year old.
    Thank, Karri

  11. Rowena says

    Hi Hollie,

    Thanks for your excellent reviews. I am struggling between the Maclaren twin techno and this stroller. Which one do you think is a better buy? Are they pretty much the same when it comes to comfort?

    I am using the stroller mainly for everyday use and travel. I have 2 boys, one 3yrs old and a 4 month old.

    Thanks.

    • hollieschultz says

      Hi Rowena,
      I would go with the City Mini Double over the Maclaren Twin Techno without hesitation. The Baby Jogger is easier to fold and easier to maneuver! Plus, the Baby Jogger has much, much better canopies. Go with the Baby Jogger – you won’t be disappointed!! – Hollie

  12. Leah says

    Megan-I had heard the same and tried it on the double with an empty car seat at the store. No good! It’s so unstable with my Peg Perego car seat that it fell right off with a small nudge.

    I do have a question. I’ve heard the City Mini double is very bulky when folded with the car seat attachment on it. I haven’t been able to find an answer anywhere with the dimensions. Please help!

  13. megan says

    i have seen people say that the belly bar can be used to hold an infant car seat. it’s clear that this isn’t a good long-term solution for the car seat but will do in a pinch. do you know if an infant car seat can rest on the double belly bar? or just the single?

  14. Stacie Morris says

    I am in between this and the Bumbleride Indie Twin. Do you have a preference or insight to which will last the longest?

    • admin says

      Hi Stacie,
      I think both strollers will definitely last you through a few kids! It depends on what type of stroller you are looking for. The Bumbleride is definitely heavier and bulky (especially when folded) but it’s an all-terrain stroller that you could even use to jog with. The Baby Jogger is more compact and lighter but isn’t for sport use and won’t tackle all-terrain nearly as well as the Bumbleride. Hope this helps! – Hollie

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