Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W Single Stroller Review

Baby Jogger City Mini

OVERALL SCORE

80

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The City Mini is designed for the modern day urban family. The three wheel stroller can easily maneuver through crowds and obstacles. It has a compact build, so it can travel in tighter spaces. Your baby will love the reclining seat and large sun canopy. The handlebar height is not adjustable and is better suited for taller parents. The City Mini is popular among moms on the go. The true one-hand fold and small folded size make this stroller great for transporting around. It’s car seat compatible – even your newborn can use it. While it has the look of a jogging stroller, it is not designed to be jogged with. The City Mini is a popular everyday stroller with a midrange price tag. In fact, it’s so versatile, it may be the only stroller you’ll ever need to buy.

How the strollers are reviewed

The following chart rates the stroller for the most important stroller criteria for product specifications, effectiveness, parent preferences, and child comfort. Check out our guide to standard strollers to see how this stroller compares to others!

RATING (SCORE):

   Poor (1-2)   Fair (3-4)   Good (5-6)   Very Good (7-8)   Excellent (9-10)
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Durability
Weight
 EFFECTIVENESS
Brakes
Compact
Ease of Use
Folding
Grip
Maneuverability
Rough Terrain
PARENT PREFERENCES
Accessories
Easy to Assemble
Easy to Clean
Storage
COMFORT
Child Comfort
Sun Canopy
Suspension

Durability

Very Good – 8/10

This Citi Mini was rated as an 8 in this category due to its durable wheels and sturdy fabric. The tires in this stroller are inflated with lightweight foam instead of with air, ensuring that you will never get a flat tire unexpectedly. It also feels very sturdy compared to other strollers.

Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini
Baby Jogger City Mini

Weight

Excellent – 9/10

This stroller weighs 18.4 pounds, making it very lightweight compared to other strollers of the same caliber. This light weight makes it easy to pick up and stow away into areas such as the backseat of your car.

Brakes

Very Good – 7/10

Many reviewers have been satisfied with the braking capabilities of the Citi Mini. A parking brake is placed on the stroller in a convenient location so that it is easy to access when busy parents are in a rush!

Compact

Excellent – 9/10

This stroller is fairly compact, and becomes even more compact when folded. It fits effortlessly into small spaces, such as the backseat of a car or a small storage compartment if needed. Additionally, the tires are only 8.5 inches, adding to its compactness.

“Favorite parts are the one hand fold, room for a bigger kid, and double front wheel. That double wheel really helps in keeping is from getting stuck sideways!”
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Ease of Use

Excellent – 10/10

This stroller was rated very high in this category due to how easy it is to open, close, and maneuver. It is also very simple to use when it comes to adjusting the handlebar, the seat, and the canopy.

Folding

Excellent – 9/10

The Citi Mini only requires one hand to fold, making life easy for busy, multitasking parents who may be in a rush. This stroller only requires one step when it comes to folding it. All you need to do is pull the strap in the middle and the stroller folds instantly. It also stands on its own when folded.

Grip

Very Good – 8/10

The handlebar on this stroller is not adjustable, and some reviewers have commented that it is seated too high for them to grip comfortably. This makes it favor taller parents..

Maneuverability

Excellent – 9/10

This stroller is so easy to maneuver that it only requires one hand to push! The front-wheel suspension in tandem with the forever-air tires make this stroller very versatile and simple to steer. The double front wheel adds stability and easy tunability in tight spaces.

“With five children and four grandchildren this is by far the best stroller I’ve used
They sit very deeply and comfortably and the seat is wide enough to last until they outgrow strollers and I have one grandson who is extra tall and very sturdily built although not fat and I can see him lasting in it until he’s five if he’s still willing to go in it then”

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Rough Terrain

Very Good – 7/10

The Citi Mini handles quite well on rough terrain due to its reliable suspension and forever-air tires. Many reviewers have commended this stroller for its ability to handle bumpy surfaces well. Keep in mind that this is a standard stroller and not a jogger, so while it fares well on grass, you shouldn’t take this on the trails with you. For everyday use, this should handle the terrain with ease.

Accessories

Good – 6/10

The Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini has an abundant amount of accessories that you can purchase to complement the basic features of this stroller, such as a child tray and cup holder. These accessories do not come with the stroller itself, which increases the cost if you need them.

Easy to Assemble

Very Good – 8/10

Assembling the stroller is straightforward and simple. In about 10 minutes after arrival, you will have a fully functioning stroller to use! Anyone can put this stroller together, you don’t need to be an engineer to figure it out!

Easy to Clean

Very Good – 8/10

The fabric used on this stroller is thick and durable. The best way to clean the stroller is to spot clean it when it gets dirty. The material is easy to clean.

“This model is great for walks around town and it is very maneuverable. The handle is the perfect height for me and my husband (5’7″ and 5’8″) and my brother who is 6’1” was very comfortable pushing his nephew around town in it. I still use the jogging stroller I have for more uneven terrain but this is great for walking around the city as well traveling since it folds so easily. “
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Storage

Good – 6/10

The storage compartment on the City Mini is a bit awkward to access.  There is an arching bar that makes the storage compartment hard to reach. It’s big enough to hold most of your stuff, but it is not the most convenient design.

Child Comfort

Very Good – 7/10

Your child will be happy to ride along in the City Mini.  The seat is deep, so even if your child is larger, they will still have a comfortable time in the stroller. The back has a deep recline, which allows your baby to enjoy a nap on the go. The sun canopy is huge, adequately protecting your little one from harmful sun rays. The stroller has plenty of padding. The sturdy forever inflated wheels provide a smooth ride, even if you take the stroller on some bumpier surfaces.

Sun Canopy

Excellent – 9/10

The sun canopy provides great protection from dangerous sun rays. The three sections fold down to create a hood over your baby’s head.

Suspension

Excellent – 7/10

The always inflated wheels give the stroller a smooth ride for you and your baby. This stroller has a suspension system that help maneuver through rougher surfaces. The City Mini can take on grassy fields as well as the smooth city sidewalk. It’s not an all-terrain stroller, but the 7 inch wheels and suspension let the stroller glide along with ease.


What do experts say?

Baby Jogger City Mini
Baby Jogger City Mini

“For parents who want a stroller that can do almost anything but jog, the City Mini is a nice option at a nice price, that might be the only stroller you need to buy.” – Baby Gear Lab

 

“If you really want *just one* stroller in your life, you could get this stroller with the car seat adapter and be done with it.” – Lucie’s List

 

“At $230, mid-priced among traditional strollers. Not for babies under 6 months, as it does not convert to carriage, and is not car-seat compatible. Not intended for jogging, per the manufacturer.” – Consumer Reports


Specifications

BassinetsNo
Car Seat CompatibilityYes
Child’s Age Range6 months  – 5 Years
Dimension41.54 x 43.7 x 24.21 in
Forward/Rear FacingForward
Handlebar HeightHigh
JoggingNo
One Hand FoldYes
Passenger Capacity1
ReclineFull Recline
Weight17.6 lbs
Wheel Size 8″

Where to buy?

Amazon$221.02
Target$259.99
Buy Buy Baby$259.99

Our Rating Process

Our team has read through thousands of customer and expert reviews to understand what consumers like, or dislike, about them.  We gather information about the stroller and its attributes that you can’t find by doing a traditional google search and present them to you.  Because each stroller is unique and has its own set of features, the search process can be strenuous.  In the end, you need to find a stroller that is meant for your needs.  By rating them on the most important criteria, we can help you find the stroller that will be the best fit for you and your growing family.  We also reach out to real moms to find out what they’re looking for.  After all, they’re the one’s who know what’s best.

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