The best city stroller is the one that helps the baby’s mother (or father) guide their infant or toddler down busy streets safely. The requirements for a stroller within a congested city with its many uneven roads, twists and turns are somewhat different to a comfortable ride along country roads. Altogether, the mobile carrier for your young child must be robust enough to handle the bumps, while gently cushioning the ride for the infant.
In many ways, parents view strollers as an extension of the baby seat in their car. The safety must be built into the design and construction of every mini stroller to ensure the young life is protected from bumps, rain, and other unwanted realities outside the home.
Is a Stroller Necessary?
The average parent finds they make use of a city stroller many times each week as it holds small kids up to 50 pounds. Whether it’s to go out jogging and to bring the baby along for the ride, a spot of shopping, checking out a local market, or strolling through the mall, this product is an ideal solution to get both baby and parent out and about (only some strollers are usable for jogging; check with the manufacturer). After all, babies don’t like to be kept indoors all the time. They’re inherently curious and are stimulated by new sights, smells and the little events going on all around them.
What Types of Strollers Are Available?
There are city strollers, full-size strollers, and umbrella strollers.
The city strollers are the focus of this guide. The best stroller for city use is one that is robust enough to convert for multiple purposes within a single product. It’ll be light enough to be lifted easily out of either the back seat or the trunk to put it to use. It’ll be affordable too. The wheels are also more durable to handle the bumps with uneven city sidewalks.
The full-size strollers are a different breed. They have a car seat that is detachable and usually holds a baby weighing up to 25 lbs. The seat is usable both in the car and inside the stroller, which makes it possible to detach it while the baby is napping, carry it out of the vehicle, and fit into neatly inside the full-size stroller. The full-size stroller is more expensive, and it’s difficult to find a single product that’s a perfect choice for parents who tend to be careful shoppers for their baby. This type of stroller replaces the city stroller and car seat in a single product.
The umbrella stroller is one designed to be compact rather than durable. This type is intended for toddlers rather than infants because it lacks both comfortable cushioning and support for longer journeys. The real benefit of this kind of stroller is how light and portable it is. The umbrella with the baby beneath it is cute and often draws a crowd eager to catch a glimpse of the child. The umbrella stroller is only suitable for babies who are over six months old who can sit up without assistance.
Now we break down the features worth considering & factors to be aware of with a City Stroller:
Depending on the type of city stroller, it’s usually a simple matter to lift the sides up to begin the folding process. The frame itself folds down quickly and extremely compactly. A latch is present to lock the folded-up frame into its smaller dimension to avoid it opening during transport or when storing it. Whether minimizing its size on a city bus or placing it in storage, the foldable metal frame is a starting point for the stroller.
The handlebar is part of the frame. It rises above the base to meet at the top for the parent to skillfully guide the stroller. Handlebars are either fixed height or they are of the telescoping handlebar variety. The latter is adjustable to make it either higher or shorter depending on the height of the parent pushing the stroller along. The adjustable option is also useful to allow the baby to grow and still fit inside without the handlebar getting in their way.
The seat must be built to be comfortable over a reasonable period. Otherwise, the baby will squirm uncomfortably in the seat, and one risks them wriggling right out of it. Ideally, the seat must offer several recline angles to allow the parents to alter the position of the baby for when on the move or stationary. Some footwells are adjustable to change in accordance with the angle of the baby seat. The weight capacity is likely to be between 25 pounds and 50 pounds with most seats, depending on whether the stroller is designed for infants and infants about to become toddlers, or larger toddlers.
Some seats are also reversible. The option of reversibility is almost in a category of its own. It is a useful option to have when the baby doesn’t enjoy facing outwards towards the street. Being able to reverse the seat direction is a handy extra, but not seen by all parents as an essential one. Being able to turn the baby away from intense sunlight is most helpful in parts of the country that receive sunny weather many months of the year.
A sun canopy that extends over the top of the city stroller protecting the tiny occupant from sun rays is a great inclusion in any model. The material often has been treated with UV 50+ sun protection to avoid damaging rays bleeding through the fabric to the child below. Some canopies include a small window that secures magnetically making it easier for the parent to check on their sleeping baby whenever they want. Quality canopies are height adjustable depending on the angle set.
The weight of the stroller is often something that parents forget to consider when making their selection. However, even when folded down, the full weight of the item must be lifted and carried out of either the back seat or the trunk of the car. Depending on which parent is doing the lifting, the weight matters more than one thinks, especially if carrying the baby under one arm while lifting out the stroller to set it up quickly to place the baby inside it.
Most strollers have four wheels. Sometimes they’re positioned in the four corners, but other times two of them are at the front and centrally placed to create a triangular wheel arrangement. Most often, the wheels are approximately 8-inches in diameter and set to swivel in any direction to help easily maneuver around road obstacles.
Rubber tires are most common, but larger 12-inch inflatable tires are starting to be seen too. The advantage of the latter is their ability to roll effortlessly over any surface, but unless they are specially formulated, the inflated tires always run the risk of deflating at the wrong time. Higher quality products tend to sport wheels and rolling systems that are considerably more robust.
The stroller must be sturdy enough to avoid the risk of flipping over. With the folding feature, the ability to lock the frame into place and avoid accidentally activating the folding-up feature is important too.
For a city, mini stroller best price is a factor in the purchasing decision but not always the key one. Deciding on the types of features that you must have with the stroller and then looking at the prices of suitable city stroller models is the best approach to take.
Baby Jogger City Select Stroller In Onyx
The Baby Jogger City Select Stroller in an advanced model that can be adjusted into 16 configurations and has no fewer than 14 accessories (available separately). The product is not so much a stroller as it is a complete travel system for parent and baby. The only significant risk with this product is the initial overwhelm when it comes to understanding the multitude of ways that it can be adjusted to the immediate needs of the mother and child. Few parents will likely ever use (or even try out) every configuration.
A second seat (or three seat combo) is an additional conversion option that can be purchased separately with the addition of a new baby rather than having to replace the product with a dual stroller. When in the single baby configuration, the stroller holds a child up to 45 lbs which are certainly high enough to handle toddlers up to a good size.
The steel frame, combined with both nylon and polyester makes for a robust structure and material that’s comfortable to the touch. The product adopts a quick-fold technology that allows it to be folded up quickly to store it away in the car or bring onto the local bus while taking up less space.
The sun canopy is also a useful feature – especially in hotter climates and states that receive the better weather – which is easily adjustable. The UV 50+ sunlight protection prevents the sun rays penetrating the protective fabric.
- Highly capable city stroller on four 8-inch wheels
- Available in six colors
- Protective sun canopy with UV 50+ sun protection
- Telescoping adjustable handle for growing babies and parents who are different heights
- Patented fold up process to reduce the total size for easy storage
- 16 possible configurations and 18 accessories (most sold separately)
- Optional extras to convert to a dual or tri-seat stroller
- Dizzyingly array of configurations that may cause overwhelm in parents who want something simple
- Frame doesn’t always lock into place; parents need to check the frame is secured before moving forward
- Good for city streets, not useful off-road or for walks on sandy beaches
- Most accessories are sold separately which increases total cost of the purchase
The Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W is noted as a 3-wheel city stroller, but it actually has four wheels. The reason for the misunderstanding is that the front wheels are presented in the center front, as a pair, with the steering column set between them. The triangular orientation of the wheel infrastructure is, therefore, different to other models that have a four corners, four wheel approach.
What this model gives up a little in overall stability (it’s still extremely stable), it more than makes up for in improved maneuverability due to the dual front EVA wheels and lighter body making it easier to turn and lift the stroller. This is not a factor for many dads, but mothers certainly will appreciate the greater ease with turning and lifting without needing to have female bodybuilder biceps to do it.
Babies up to 50 lbs are supported with the 2016 City Mini 3W Single Stroller. The front wheel suspension adds comfort, and multiple recline positions make every ride a pleasant one. The sun canopy with peek-a-boo double windows and UV 50+ sun protection works wonders in the bright sunlight too.
- Lightweight stroller build for ease of use in city environments
- Available in 5 colors
- 50 lb baby weight capacity
- Adjustable angle sun canopy with UV 50+ sun protection
- 8-inch EVA tire wheels, lockable front wheels, and front suspension
- Use an infant seat inside this product
- One-handed use is improved, and easier as this model is 5 lbs lighter than the Baby Jogger City Select Stroller
- Quick fold technology for packing up the stroller quickly
- 4-wheel stroller may not be as stable as the four corners, 4-wheel design
- Diaper storage below the seat is far too small and difficult to access
- Child’s snack tray isn’t ideally positioned
- Unlikely to fit babies under a year old and support them successfully
The Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller is designed to sacrifice none of the extendibility that comes with the many accessories (sold separately) while making it simpler to take the baby for short trips. The reasonable 18.4 lbs basic weight of this stroller, without adding extra accessories, is reasonable.
The four-wheel design includes two at the front center for a triangular wheelbase rather than a rectangular one. The 8-inch EVA tire tread enjoys good road grip and are durable for city roads, sidewalks, and the odd uneven surface, but aren’t intended for off-road or garden use. The front wheels enjoy the front suspension system and are lockable when needing to keep the stroller in a fixed position.
The seat can recline into multiple positions and is covered by the overhead canopy which blocks out sunlight using UV 50+ sunray protection. A baby or toddler up to 50 lbs is supportable in this stroller. The unit also folds up neatly and can be carried with one hand downstairs.
- Lightweight, simple 18.4 lb single city stroller
- Available in 5 colors
- Quick fold up system for carrying or storing
- 50 lb infant and toddler carrying weight
- 8-inch EVA tires with front suspension and front wheel locks
- Multi-position seat, overhead sun canopy with UV 50+ sunray protection and see-through window
- Velcro enclosures for the canopy runs the risk of waking the sleeping baby when adjusting it (a magnet fit would be better)
- Frame is not covered for use on curbs or stairs
- Undercarriage storage is not as large as one would like
With the Baby Jogger City Select Second Seat Stroller, the idea of having to buy a double-wide stroller with two front position seats is a thing of the past. The versatile design is setup from the beginning so that one seat is facing the front and the other is facing towards the mother or father. With such a design, there is no need to have a wider stroller which ensures that it is far easier to maneuver down tight alleyways and narrow gaps without difficulty that would be impassable with a side by side double seating stroller.
This model is a strong city stroller which holds two babies or toddlers up to 45 lbs weight each. It is true that some single seat strollers hold up to 50-pound babies, but the 10% loss of weight carrying capacity is surely worth the ability to transport two babies at the same time easily (either a friend’s baby on a trip out to the park or ready for when the family expands).
The seats each recline into one of four positions. When needing to pack up the stroller, it folds down to a compact size in a single step process that’s extremely convenient. The fabric is polyester throughout for its breathability and versatility. The seats can be mixed around, car seats used, and bassinets added where needed.
- Carry two babies in a standard width stroller
- One baby faces forward, the other towards the parent
- 45 lb carrying capacity per child
- 16 orientation combinations
- Available in 9 colors
- Sun canopy with UV 50+ sun protection with magnetic enclosure rather than Velcro
- Adjustable telescoping handle to manage different heights of both the child and the parent
- Made from polyester rather than a mix of materials
- Sacrifices 5 lbs. of carrying capacity per child compared to some other stroller models
- 5-point harness adjusts tighter and looser a different way than other models which could be confusing
- Smaller inside than believed; larger toddlers outgrow this model faster than expected
The Baby Jogger 2014 City Mini GT Single Stroller is a free-wheeling, three wheelin’ transport for a single baby or small infant. The stroller is intended for more than just city terrain as it’s been fitted with robust all terrain wheels. These larger 8.5-inch tires have a non-flat feature to ensure they stay viable and an ample front suspension to keep the ride comfortable over the odd surface that’s bumpier than expected.
The sun canopy is a movable one, rather than being fixed in position to irritate the child who likes to occasionally look up at the sky. Peek-a-boo windows make it easy to check on the sleeping baby without disturbing him or her. There is a UV 50+ sun protection built in to protect their developing eyes and sensitive skin from the sun rays.
The padded seat reclines right the way back to an almost flat angle. The top of the seat is vented to allow heat to escape. The handlebar is adjustable up and down to be ideal for the different heights of the mother, father, or the nanny. A convenient parking brake is easy to access and only takes one hand to operate. The one-handed fold process is straightforward and quick to pack down the stroller to transport it or put it away after all-day use.
- Rugged city stroller that is usable in the village
- 5-inch all terrain non-flat tires matched with a front suspension for smooth rides
- Available in 5 colors
- Soft padded seats with multiple recline positions including almost complete flat
- Sun canopy with UV 50+ sun protection and clear windows to see through
- Adjustable handlebar for parents who are different heights
- Fast fold up process that’s performable one-handed
- Easy to clean material
- Not suitable for jogging or walking on the beach; ok for walking trails
- At 22 pounds, this stroller is heavier than quite a few other models on the market
- Solid tires, not inflatable ones
- Hanging anything on the back makes the stroller unsafe
- Center of gravity near the front makes the unit more likely to tip over than other strollers
When selecting a city stroller, it is essential to decide what you want to use the product for. While clearly, we all wish to provide easier transport for our baby or babies, there are some significant features that separate one stroller from another.
A stroller is either a single baby transport or can hold and carry two babies at the same time. With the dual transport option, they either come in a similar width with a forward and back orientation for two seats or a side by side design that’s traditional but more restrictive for easy access when out shopping.
Most city strollers are strictly speaking only for the sidewalk and crossing the road. Going up and down curbs or using them to go downstairs invalidates any warranty with these products. There is the occasional all-terrain stroller with chunkier wheels designed for more robust use, but this needs to be clarified ahead of purchase. There are also some strollers suitable for jogging; these have different designs to avoid the legs hitting the front of the stroller with each stride (none of the models reviewed above qualify in this category).
Lastly, beyond the type of use, most models of city stroller offer 10+ accessories that may be purchased separately. It’s sometimes cheaper to buy a stroller that includes a second seat rather than to buy one separately as an accessory, for instance. Something to bear in mind. It’s also not uncommon for families to own multiple strollers to cover different uses.