Admittedly, I had intended to write this review six months ago but the advantage you all have of my tardiness is that I have been using the Baby Jogger City Select hardcore for the last 9 months. It is our way about town in New York City and I have lots of feedback after using this stroller extensively as both a single and double stroller.
First things first, after showing up to New York City with my side by side double, I quickly realized I needed an inline double stroller, with two full size seats and lots of storage. You can’t walk a block in New York City without seeing a City Select be it a single or a double. There is a good reason why people who don’t use cars daily rely on the City Select: it is well made and super functional. Here’s our detailed thoughts – excuse the long review but we have included reviews for both SINGLE and DOUBLE right here!
What we love:
– Versatility: the City Select is super versatile. The seats can face the parent or out to see the world, the seat reclines in multiple position in either direction, the footrest is adjustable, the handlebar is adjustable – basically, you can customize the City Select to meet your needs. This means this stroller can aptly grow with your child. I should also mention you can purchase car seat adapters in order to use almost any infant car seat on the market as well as there is a bassinet feature available for additional purchase. Bottom line, you can have your baby riding how you want, when you want.
Further adding to its versatility the City Select easily becomes a double stroller. I will talk more about using the City Select as a double later but I think the ability to make this stroller a fully functioning double stroller is such a bonus. Even if you are unsure of having a second child, it is nice to make one stroller investment. The best part about the City Select as a double is that the second seat is as big and functional as the first seat. It can recline, face in or out and has the same great features (like the canopy). We have tested many double strollers in which the second seat was a “rumble” seat or one that was smaller and less functional. Sure these types can transport two kids but the City Select ensures both kids can ride comfortably.
– Easy fold: in true Baby Jogger fashion, the City Select is super easy to fold. Simply lift up on the two sides and the stroller collapses to a flat fold and locks in place. Pop the handlebar upright and your stroller unfolds. I love the fold here and it would be great for suburban moms that are in and out of cars, easy for traveling/gate check and easy for urban moms in/out of cabs. You won’t find a more slick, easy fold on a full size stroller. The fold is flat and compact enough that I would imagine it could fit in most trunks.
– Ample canopy: also a characteristic of Baby Jogger strollers, the City Select has a great canopy. It is adjustable to give you the amount of shade you need and ample enough to create a comfortable napping environment. There is a top peek a boo window that operates on a magnetic clasp (which is so nice and silent so you don’t wake a sleeping child with a velcro clasp).
– GIANT basket and storage: Seriously, I didn’t believe how big the basket is on the City Select until I got the stroller. It is HUGE. Eloise climbed in it during assembly and there was room for at least two more kids! I have put so much stuff in this basket – from a weeks worth of groceries to sand, playground toys, a diaper bag and more. The basket is awesome and so generously sized. My girlfriend actually has her small dog ride in the basket on family walks! There is also a mesh pocket on the back of the seat which is really nice size and great for bottles, sippy cups, sunscreen, wipes, etc. You certainly won’t be short on storage with this stroller.
– Durable: the City Select is super sturdy thus giving it a smooth ride for your littles. There front two wheel can lock for particularly rough terrain. Excuse my language but we have been beating the crap out of this stroller for nine months. Daily use on long jaunts around the city, on uneven terrain, in all types of weather and the City Select still rolls as well as it did on day one.
– Budget: While the City Select isn’t the most budget friendly stroller on the market it is better priced than some of its competition at around $500.
The City Select does feel a little long from handlebar to front wheel than some other single strollers. This really comes in to play in crowded areas, tight door frames (like two sets of doors close together) or small turning radiuses. If you are living the suburban life, this probably won’t bother you so much but maybe on crowded days at the Zoo or museums, etc. However, in the more urban world this may be a pretty big consideration. I have used this often with just one seat and it has been a slight issue but one I can always easily overcome. In my mind it is worth dealing with this extra length for the enmourous basket (and ability to convert to a double) but is something worth noting.
AS A DOUBLE
I have used the City Select most with two seats. You’ll need to purchase the Double Seat Kit. It is super easy to pop the seat, no tools required. All of the things I love about it as a single are true of the double but here’s some thoughts specific to using the two seat:
Seat configurations: I love all the seat configurations. I have found that most of the time I had both girls facing me. Especially in nasty weather so our stroller bunting wouldn’t drag on the ground of the lower seat and to keep the lower seat sitter more dry and comfortable. As the weather has gotten nicer we do more of the two facing out and again, both girls are comfortable and enjoy looking at scenery other than me. From time to time I will have them face each other and while this is my favorite configuration, depending on one or the others moods this may not work. Luckily, it is an easy switch to “separate”. One thing I want to point out is that no matter the seat configuration you do not lose your storage ability. Sure with the second seat parent facing there are an extra set of feet in your storage basket but there is still plenty and I mean plenty of room for lots-o-stuff.
You also have the ability to use an infant car seat adapter (or two) or bassinets. A second seat can configure front/back and/or recline either way. So this is a great stroller for twins, in fact our editor, Dory has it for her twins or a great stroller for parents with different age children like myself.
Seats: I mentioned this earlier but I love that both seats on the City Select are full size seats that recline and can be used up to 45 pounds. Many other inline double strollers have a smaller seat that leaves a second child in a less comfortable or functional seat. Having both seats equal was my #1 consideration in selecting an inline double stroller.
Inline seating: Whether you in a crowded city like New York or just around town, it is really nice to have the inline double for space purposes. When I had a side by side double, there were many stores I simply could not maneuver. While I had no trouble getting in the store’s door width wise, the aisles and layout of the store were impossible in certain instances. It is just easier to get around being longer verse wider.
The ability to use it as a single: I love that I can pop the second seat off and use the City Select as a single stroller. Often times I would take Eloise to school or Margaux to a music class and was easily able to convert my double stroller to a single.
Considerations as a double:
It is a simple physics issue but the City Select is rather difficult to steer one handed vs some of its side by side counterparts. You just have a much longer stroller that takes more torque (as my husband says). This can be somewhat cumbersome if you need an extra hand for an umbrella, a phone call, a sip of coffee – you know what I mean. I don’t think this is a unique characteristic of the City Select but rather one of all inline doubles. There are definitely days I miss my side by side double for this reason.
I mentioned the single felt long handlebar to front wheel well you can imagine this is magnified a bit when you add the extra seat. The frame itself doesn’t get any longer but the stroller itself changes and so does the weight of what you are pushing. This extra length makes it very difficult to pop up curbs/a single stair or get over larger door thresholds. I do both of these things quite often so have gotten used to having to put my foot on the bottom bar and put nearly all my weight on the handlebar but I wish there was a way to make the maneuverability as a double a little bit better.
When I bought the City Select I also bought the Glider Board thinking it would be a great way to transport two kids in a single stroller. I have to say I just didn’t love it. It is a handy way to get around town in a single stroller with two kids but the board itself doesn’t maneuver all that well. The board stows when not in use and is easy to get on/off and depending on your situation could be a good addition to the stroller.
Overall, the City Select is a fabulous stroller as a single or double. It is a workhorse that is built with a parent and child’s best interest in mind is going to last through one, two, three kids and beyond. No matter your lifestyle, the City Select can adapt to fit your needs.