When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I quickly realized a single stroller wouldn’t meet our needs anymore and immediately dove down a rabbit hole of double stroller research. So much research I feel like I’ve earned my doctorate in “Double Strollerology.” (I’m not sure whether to be embarrassed or proud of this fact.)
However, in my research one brand that consistently kept coming up in both conversation, reviews, and mom chat groups was Baby Jogger. And there are good reasons why—reliability, quality, and beautiful simplicity, to name a few. Plus, don’t forget that awesome fold.
I’ve been a Baby Jogger fan since 2015, so when I heard they were relaunching some of their strollers, I was eager to check them out and do a Baby Jogger City Select 2 stroller review.
Here’s what I found when reviewing the Baby Jogger City Select 2.
Overview of the Stroller
The Baby Jogger City Select 2 does what few strollers can. A full-sized single stroller, it can easily turn into a double. And, drumroll please, it can also take on a third kid when you add the glider board.
It’s a beast of a stroller that can take a whopping 45 pounds in each seat (FYI: the average 4-year-old is 40 pounds) and gives you the flexibility and choice of many different seat variations.
Despite being able to carry like a pack mule, the Baby Jogger City Select 2 actually folds up quite compactly. In fact, it folds 20% smaller than other comparable strollers on the market. Mine goes in the back of my hatchback and still leaves me room for groceries.
Like other City Select modes, the City Select 2 is a modular stroller, meaning you can adjust it to fit your needs. The base model will come with the stroller frame (which has a lifetime warranty) as well as a seat that can be used both parent or forward facing. You then can decide what else you need to make this stroller work for you as your family grows. And with its telescoping handlebar, it’s not only adjustable for kids, it also meets the needs of parents tall and small.
This stroller offers so many different kinds of configurations that it can fit the needs of so many different families. As a mom of five little ones, the City Select is our car stroller.
I attach my infant’s car seat and with that awesome, spacious basket I have my own personal shopping cart when going to the grocery store. I can attach a second seat if I have my unruly toddler with me. And if my three-year-old is just not having it with walking, I can easily flip the glider board and the telescoping handle up and Voila! Temper Tantrum avoided.
One, two, or three kids? It’s no problem. I even have a friend who uses the basket as a puppy cart when walking her toddler and 4 pounds Pomeranian. (Hey, the basket holds up to 15 pounds!)
How We Rated this Stroller
For this Baby Jogger City Select stroller review, the following were considered:
This stroller comes in at a higher price point than others on the market, especially when you factor in the added accessories. However, in the luxury stroller category, it is on the more affordable end. That, coupled with the limited lifetime warranty on the stroller frame, makes this a solid investment.
The City Select 2 comes with some thoughtful safety features and all strollers either meet or exceed ASTM and/or EN 1888 testing standards.
The storage lock assures that the stroller won’t fold out when engaged. The flip-flop friendly parking brake is easily accessible while the canopy peek-a-book windows allow you to check in on your little ones. Most importantly, the puzzle-piece harness buckles keep wiggly toddlers in, although lining up the buckle pieces can sometimes be a pain.
The City Select 2 was designed for both parents and kids. The telescoping handlebar is one of the easiest I have ever used and is super useful, especially with parents of different heights. Both the seat recline button and footwell adjustment button allow your little ones to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride…and maybe even nap for a while.
When napping, the UV 50+ canopy is generous and if you need to check in on them, the magnetic peek-a-boo window allows you a noiseless way to do so.
Style and function go hand-in-hand with the City Select 2. Not only do the City Select 2 fabrics look luxurious, they are actually ridiculously easy to keep clean, despite the mess your kids might make. (Goldfish and juice boxes, I’m looking at you.) Seat fabric is washable on a cold, delicate cycle, and should be hung dry.
There aren’t a lot of strollers on the market that can claim a one-step fold, but the City Select 2 is one of them. By pulling up on levers, the stroller folds with either the seat on or off. It then locks automatically. The unfolding is just as simple and merely requires you to unlock the stroller and pull the handlebar to unfold.
Although you can easily fold with one seat on, I do tend to take it off as it allows for a more compact fold. Additionally, while the fold is incredibly easy, be prepared to do a bit of lifting to get the stroller in your car. At just under 27 pounds, the City Select 2 is lighter than comparable doubles on the market but it’s not lightweight.
For this Baby Jogger City Select stroller review, I used my 6-month old, 2 and 3 year-olds as guinea pigs. I am happy to report that all-too satisfactory naps at some point during this time. And that came as no surprise.
With two full-size seats that can recline coupled with adjustable footwells that allow them to stretch out, the City Select can easily become a nap on wheels. While identical in functionality, if you wanted to boost the style of your City Select, you could opt for the City Select Eco model, which would upgrade your seat fabric and give you a bumper bar and handlebar with leatherette detail.
All in all, this City Select stroller gets a 5-star rating from Truly Mama.
Pros & Cons
Flexible seating options
Takes up to 3 kids
Higher price point
Features to Love
By now, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I’m a big fan of this stroller, but here are the specific features that make the City Select 2 a winner in my book:
Set-up and installation
Setting up and using the City Select 2 could not be easier. I had it out of the box and assembled in less than 20 minutes. Attaching and taking out both seats is as simple as clicking them into place.
Helpful customer service via email
When I attempted to contact customer service over the phone, the wait was longer than expected and not all my questions were answered completely although the representatives were polite.
I found that contacting customer service via email led to more efficient and complete answers.
Baby Jogger offers a range of accessories from car seat adapters and prams to carry bags and parent consoles to really make the stroller useful for your particular needs.
Keep in mind the base model of the City Select 2 only includes the frame and one seat. The additional seat, glider board, and car seat adaptors need to be purchased separately to make this a multi-function stroller.
The City Select comes in two models: the City Select 2 and the upgraded City Select Eco, which includes a leatherette handlebar and bumper bar as well as antibacterial TENCEL fabrics.
City select fabrics may be machine-washed cold on a delicate cycle and hung dry. The stroller itself should be kept dry and should not be left outside exposed to the elements.
Car seat compatibility
Baby Jogger offers adapters for almost all major car seat brands, including their own. Car seats compatible with the City Select 2 include:
- Maxi Cosi
You will need to purchase the specific adapter separately to turn this into a travel system. The City Select 2 is also one of the few double strollers that can take two infant car seats, making it an ideal stroller for twins.
The back wheels measure 12”, while the front come in at 8” and all four are made of polyurethane, which unlike air tires, will never go flat. The City Select 2 stroller has front-wheel suspension, which is a change from their previous Lux model, that had all-wheel suspension. Tires may be cleaned with a damp cloth and then dried completely before use.
“The Baby Jogger City Select 2 does what few strollers can. A full-sized single stroller, it can easily turn into a double. And, drumroll please, it can also take on a third kid when you add the glider board.
City Select 2 Specs
- Dimensions: 8” W, 41.1” H (singles mode)
- Fabric: City Select 2 includes polyester and nylon fabrics while the City Select Eco contains TENCEL (an eco-friendly type of rayon) fabrics.
- Seat sizes: While other double strollers have a smaller second seat, the City Select 2 can take on two full-sized seats, which feature height-adjustable canopies and 45 pound weight limits.
- Stroller weight: 4 pounds (as a single)
Before You Buy
There are a couple things to consider before you invest in this stroller. Cost may be a factor, especially when you add in the accessories you may need to make this stroller work for you. Weight is another. While Baby Jogger took off a sizable five pounds for this new model, it’s still not a light stroller. If you have any back issues or medical conditions that prevent you from lifting, this is not the stroller for you.
Another aspect to consider is the type of terrain you intend to stroll on. This stroller is perfect for grocery store runs, the mall, museums, and crowded places where a side-by-side double would get stuck. If, however, your main strolling places include the outdoors, playgrounds, trails, and hills, you might want to consider a side-by-side stroller as pushing a tandem double can be difficult on hills, especially when fully loaded. Plus, if you are expecting twins, this will be one of the few strollers that can accommodate two car seats and later two parent-facing seats.
Overall, the Baby Jogger City Select 2 has a lot to offer. Although not the cheapest double on the market, it is a solid investment piece, especially those with growing families.
Its combination of functionality and style make it a quality contender. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the features they left out of this new model that had been in previous City Select models: these include folding seats, all-wheel suspension, and optional ride-on bench.
Overall, while I admit I do wish the City Select 2 had some of the features that the City Select Lux did, overall it’s a great investment for any growing family.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the City Select stroller worth it?
The City Select 2 and Eco strollers are worth it if you are looking for one stroller that can cover all the stages of your growing family. It’s a great stroller if you need to go between doubles and singles mode.
What’s the difference between the City Select and City Select 2?
The City Select 2 and Eco models are the newer version and replacement for the City Select and City Select Lux. The City Select 2 and Eco models are lighter than previous models. However, they do not contain some of the convenient features such as folding seats and ride-on bench that customers loved in the City Select Lux.
Can you put a newborn in a City Select seat?
You’ll need an infant car seat or pram for a newborn, both sold separately.
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