Product Spotlight: Baby Jogger City Select Review

As part of my “Product Spotlight” series, I offer this post to highlight the reasons why I chose the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller and list the pros and cons related to having one. Hopefully, my Baby Jogger City Select review will help you come up with a list of features that matter most in your own search for the perfect double stroller. 

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Whether you’re expecting twins or searching for a stroller to comfortably accommodate both a toddler and an infant, the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller is an option worth considering.

Baby Jogger City Select with Chicco Keyfit 30 car seats

Baby Jogger City Select with Chicco Keyfit 30 car seats

(Please note the Baby Jogger City Select, despite its name, is not intended for jogging. If you intend to run with two children in tow, I recommend the Bob Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller, but that is the subject of a separate post.)

Because we were living in Brooklyn and expecting two babies, we wanted to invest in a durable, versatile double stroller that would get us around city sidewalks, park trails, and bumpy side streets. Since I hadn’t paid much attention to any stroller before, I used my walks to and from the subway to begin my research on the various double strollers other moms used. Paying special attention to the features I liked and didn’t like, I started putting together my personal list of double stroller must-haves.

Narrow Width

Since most homes and businesses are smaller in New York City, I knew I wanted to find a stroller that would be easy to navigate through doorways, grocery store aisles, and along crowded sidewalks. This led me to search for tandem strollers in which the seats are stacked one in front of the other.

Equal Viewing & Seating

I eliminated any tandem double strollers that did not offer equal viewing and seating options for both children, which is not necessarily bothersome when you have an infant and a toddler. For my twins, though, I didn’t like the idea that one would have a less interesting view or less comfortable ride.

Compact Storage

With little storage space in our small Brooklyn apartment, we wanted a stroller that was collapsible and could be easily stowed. (This feature came in handy when we went to restaurants that lacked storage space for a large stroller.)

Based on popularity and reviews, my top three requirements left me to choose from the following four tandem double strollers.

You can click on any of the images for additional information about each model:

 

Graco Duo Glider Classic Connect Stroller

Baby Trend Sit-n-Stand Double Stroller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller

Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both the Contours and Baby Jogger strollers offer a surprising number of comfortable configurations for twin infants, twin toddlers, and an infant and young toddler. You can check out additional information, including a video, about the Baby Jogger City Select double stroller here. Click here for more information and video about the Contours Options Elite tandem stroller. 

Popularity

Ultimately, what pushed us to choose the Baby Jogger City Select over the Contours model was the prevalence of the Baby Jogger stroller in the city. We figured a more popular model would not only meet our needs and expectations as city dwellers, but would also be easier to resell in the future. We were right on both accounts.

Pricing

When it comes to pricing and shipping on items I purchase for my children, I tend to find the best deals at Amazon, but there are a few other websites, like AlbeeBaby and Target, that are worth checking out for large items like strollers. You can check out my complete list of top recommended websites for baby stuff in this post here.

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As much as I loved my Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller those first few years, I do not believe a perfect stroller exists. As such, I thought it would be helpful to list some additional pros and inevitable cons I noted that are specific to this particular tandem double stroller:

Pros

  • Durable frame carries a lifetime warranty and one-year warranty on small parts and fabric
  • Large storage space supports the weight of many items (diaper bag, groceries, blankets, curious toddlers, etc.)
  • Handle bar has dual settings to reduce strain on parents of varied heights
  • Items in storage space are easily accessible while seats are upright in stroller frame 
  • Front wheels offer two different settings to allow for varied maneuverability

Cons

  • Seats must be removed in order to collapse frame, leaving at least three parts to store
  • One front wheel had the tendency to unexpectedly shift from its loose to fixed setting
  • Items in storage space underneath are more difficult to reach when seats are fully reclined
  • Seats must be facing handle bar in order for both to fully recline

 

For parents of multiples, a stroller is key to portability and accessing the world outside your home with young children. As such, a double stroller is one of the single most important pieces of equipment you will purchase as a parent of twins. I hope this post gets you closer to making that all-important decision. If you have any additional questions about the Baby Jogger City Select, please feel free to send me an email at carmen@fit4twins.com.

 

Your turn: What are the factors you considered before purchasing your stroller? What model stroller did you end up purchasing? Are you happy with your selection?

  12 comments for “Product Spotlight: Baby Jogger City Select Review

  1. Margaret
    November 23, 2015 at 6:03 am

    This is a really good review of a much needed product. When you have a toddler and a baby it is far less complicated to use a twin setup like Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller. Your review was well written and your pictures very relevant. I’m glad you pointed out that this stroller is not meant for jogging. The name does seem to indicate that it is. This is a very nice looking site and I’m sure it will help a lot of new mums.

    • November 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Margaret, thank you for your kind comment. It is always nice to get some feedback on how I’m doing. 🙂 I approached this review the way I would if I were having a conversation with a friend, and hopefully, that proves to be an effective way to share product information with other parents and parents-to-be who need it! I was slightly disappointed to learn that my Baby Jogger stroller was not intended for actual jogging, so I knew that note had to be included. I plan to include a review of the double jogging stroller I do recommend, the Bob Duallie, in the future. Thanks again.

  2. Victoria
    November 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Hello Carmen

    Great review of the Baby Stroller City Select . A single stroller for twins, is definately essential and requires careful thought. It’s great that you point out about the fact that the seats need to be removed if you want to collapse the frame. That is something to consider as it could be rather inconvenient.
    You quite rightly say that there is no perfect stroller which makes reviews like yours even more essential if we hope to get one as close to right as possible!!
    Thanks to you
    Victoria

    • November 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Hi Victoria, thank you for your comment. I am so pleased you found my review helpful. I strive to be honest with every post, so hopefully that will not go unnoticed. A stroller is definitely essential when you have to tow around more than one child at a time. I like how you worded that – as consumers, our best bet is to do all the research we can and “hope to get one as close to right as possible.” Happy, healthy stroller-hunting!

  3. marcelg
    November 28, 2015 at 4:07 am

    This is really good to see – I have 5 friends who are expecting in 2016 so far and I know how important it is to have a great quality stroller.

    I’ll have to email them your link because I’m sure they have enough on their mind. Then again it may make a great shower gift.

    When we had our babies we really made use of our jogger. Kinda miss those days!

    • Fit4Twins
      November 28, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Hi Marcel, thank you for your comment. Sounds like you will have a lot of friends joining the parent club soon! It would make a very nice baby shower gift – I was fortunate enough to receive mine from my parents. One of the coolest things about the Baby Jogger City Select is that, even if you are only expecting one child, it is still a high-quality, durable, and versatile stroller. You can buy it with one seat (unless you score a deal on a free second seat), and if you plan to expand your family fairly quickly after the first child, you do not need to purchase a whole second stroller. The stroller can grow with a growing family in this way too. Feel free to give your friends my email address, carmen@fit4twins.com, if they have any further questions.

  4. Barry
    December 9, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Thanks for this review! I am impressed by your knowledge and obvious caring of young children of any age. My grandson and his wife gave birth to twin boys. I can understand right where you are and where you’re going.

    Your website is very well put together and quite easy to read. I enjoyed every page, especially the letter to the Australian mother. Congratulations on a great job.

    Barry

  5. December 10, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Hi Barry, thank you for your kind comment and feedback. I am so pleased you enjoyed reading my content. I am definitely a dedicated caregiver, but I am certainly no expert. We all try to do the best we can and impart what we know to future parents. At least that’s how I see it. Please come back soon, and feel free to let your grandson and his wife know about my website. If there is anything they would like me to cover, they can email me at carmen@fit4twins.com.

  6. Stephanie
    December 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    What a gorgeous website you have built for new parents, especially those with twins. I never thought what it would be like to have baby twins in a crowded area such as New York. I have only been to New York a few times, but until I read your article, I never thought about the obstacles new parents of twin babies would have in NY when space was so narrow and tight and people were living on top of each other. I can only imagine what it must be like at times when leaving and returning to your small Brooklyn apartment you described.

    You have created a great website to help parents find the right products and this article on tips on knowing the right type of double stroller to select is awesome.

    I did not have twins, but both of my children were close in age and I did have a double stroller because I had a young toddler and a newborn and needed one for those purposes.

    • December 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Hello, Stephanie! Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment. Funny, I lived there and still sometimes forget how difficult having twin babies in NYC was! Fortunately, we lived on a ground floor apartment so I never had to worry about too many stairs. I remember watching many NYC supermoms lugging multiple children (of varied ages) along with strollers up and down several flights of stairs to get to upper-floor apartments or to ride the subway. I have been meaning to write a post about having twins in NYC, so thank you for the reminder!

      Coming from a mom, it is wonderful to know you found my Baby Jogger City Select review to be helpful. I also plan to write a second review for our second stroller, one we adopted when we moved to the ‘burbs!

  7. curtis
    January 17, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I like your site and particularly your review of the Baby Jogger City Select double stroller. It can be a hassle sometimes getting around with just one let alone a double. I like that you included other brands other than the one you personally chose. I also like that your advertisements fit with your website.

    • January 25, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Hello Curtis, thank you for your comment and feedback. It is always great to hear how I’m doing. With my reviews, I prefer to discuss products in the same way I would with a friend, in the same way I proceed with my own purchasing decisions. I appreciate you recognizing this approach, as I hope it will resonate with many others. If you’re looking for an easier way to get around with an infant (or two), check out this previous post on the new LugBug!

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