Today I will be reviewing The Baby Jogger 2016 Select Double Stroller. To find out if it's right for you and your family, read on!
Best Features of The Product
- Good Storage
- Company Stands Behind Products
- Most versatile tandem stroller on the market today, the City Select was designed to keep your family rolling as it grows from one child to two
- Now sold with the Second Seat Kit included, the City Select Double is allows parents to mix and match seats, bassinets and car seats to suit their family's needs
- Over 16 different combinations from double tiered car seats to a bassinet and single seat combo (Car Seats, Bassinet Kits and accessories - sold separately)
What Other People Are Saying
The Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller is an inline double stroller. Inline also means tandem, meaning, one of the seats sit in front and one sits in the back. It has 16 possible configurations if you use conversion kits.
When I first looked at this stroller, I wondered how in the world you could run with this. This is something I've wondered with all the double strollers so far that I reviewed. But upon reading more, the company does say, despite the Baby Jogger name, this stroller is not intended for running. Baby Jogger does make a double stroller for running with one wheel in the front that is similar to this product. So, keep that in mind if you are looking for a stroller solely for running or jogging.
The seating is stadium-style. The back seat sits higher. I like this feature because it allows the child in the back to see out and enjoy the surroundings. You don't see this stadium-style seating in many tandem strollers.
Another nice thing about the tandem seating is that this stroller will fit between normal sized doorways. This truly is a huge advantage for when you want to get between clothing aisles or into the house without taking out both of your little passengers.Each seat is tested to carry 45 pounds of child. The seats each work independently as far as the recline and canopy features.
Double strollers can weigh much more compared to single strollers. But The Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Double Stroller weighs quite a bit more than most at 38 pounds. This is with both standard seats attached.
Despite the heavier weight, it is not hard to push just as long as you are walking, not running. It does have plastic wheels and two wheel shocks which is not a particularly nice feature.
My Personal Experience With The Baby Jogger Company
I really wanted to give this stroller a great rating. This is because I loved my single Baby Jogger stroller that I used years ago for running with my child. All of the competitive running mom's used the Baby Jogger Brand. I loved mine and literally covered thousands of miles with my little girl on board.
After a couple of years, the top bar started bending and then broke. Did I mention the thousands of miles covered? I considered it just normal wear and tear. I contacted the company to ask if they had a top bar that I could purchase. I told them how much I had run with it and just wanted to purchase that piece. To my surprise, they sent me a brand new baby jogger stroller immediately in the mail! I used it with my little girl until she was 5 years old.
The company totally went above and beyond to stand behind their stroller. With that being said, this stroller doesn't compare to the single Baby Jogger stroller I had that was made for fast running. Granted, this is a double, but the weight and wheels just don't match up unfortunately. But I can vouch for the Baby Jogger company standing behind what they make.
There are hand-operated front parking brakes, though no brakes for stopping on the go. Since this stroller is intended just for walking, this won't be an issue as much as if someone wanted to go faster. It still would have been nice if they included hand-operated brakes for stopping for when you are walking downhill.
Folding Up The Stroller
This stroller requires two hands to fold it up for storage. Many of the doubles only require one hand. Reviews from parents found the ease at which it folded to be contrary to what Baby Jogger advertises. The folding up of the stroller has 5 steps.
Releasing the stroller was also hard. It requires the person to bend to the ground to release the hard-to-use lock. Then you have to lift the side to unfold it.
Both canopies have peek-a-boo windows which is nice. Not all doubles have windows on both canopies. A common complaint though, for the windows, is that the tinting is so dark, it is hard to see through them.
The Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller does have a configuration system in place for two car seats. This is a great feature for any family with twins.
The Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller does not score high with parents on maneuverability. Being able to push a double around with ease, would be one of the biggest features I would need for any stroller I spend my days pushing around. If you've ever pushed around a difficult grocery cart, you know how old this can get very quickly. Unfortunately, this stroller does not rank high among parents in the maneuverability category.
The storage for the City Select is abundant. The bottom bin has a generous and spacious 15 pound weight allowance. You should be able to fit a large beach blanket, diaper bag, and stuffed animals into the container. Overall, the storage on this stroller is very good.
The Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller also has mesh pockets and elastic tops on the back of each standard seat. Each pocket can hold about a pound of weight. For the mesh pockets on the back of the seats, it can hold water bottles or sippy cups.
Unfortunately, the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller is on the high end of the price range for a double. If it was the top of the line, I could see paying more, but it does lack in several areas.
The Baby Jogger Company is one of the first innovators in terms of creating baby jogging strollers. However, this double just doesn't stack up to what I personally expect from this company. This double stroller is also one of the heaviest strollers out there.
The Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller does have a pretty great configuration system though, especially great for parents of twins. I like that it allows for carrying two car seats. The hand-operated parking brake is unique among strollers, however it would be nice if it also had a brake for going down hills.
Overall, for walking or touring the aisles at the grocery store or mall, this is a nice double stroller because of it's narrowness. It will allow you to get through tight places with ease.
To read our entire review of the top ten double strollers of 2018, check out our article here.