City Select



City Select Stroller 
By- Donnarae Phillips

About:The Baby Jogger City Select stroller can be used as a single or a double with just a few changesIt can be configured where both seats are facing forward, or both facing backward. They can face each other or have their backs to each other. So many options for the different stages kids are in. It’s the same width of a single stroller because the two seats are one in front of the other. Kind of stadium seating like where the back seat is higher up than the front, so both kids can still see where they’re going.
Price: On their website for the current years model it’s $499.99 (for the single) and $679.94 (with the double seat kit). This is pricey, yes, but we found a previous season model on albeebaby.com for much cheaper. Right now Albee baby’s single is $299.99 and double is $499.99 for the 2013 model. I think Amazon also has some deals on previous season models. The only difference (that I know of) between the years models is the way the harness attaches to the seat. The previous years models are a little more difficult to adjust, but I have a friend with the new harness attachment and she thinks they can come off too easily at times. 

Ease of Use: This is a pretty easy to use stroller. I can steer this with one hand even when there are two kids in it. The wheels turn well and follow what I am telling them to do. No wonky wheels to try to realign. I can open a door and maneuver the stroller through with one hand. One downside is when there are two kids in the stroller, especially if the heavier one is in the front seat, it can take a bit of muscle to get it up on a curb or over a large bump. Nothing that can’t be done, just takes some effort to pop a wheelie. 
Also, the material of the seats are a canvas type material and wipes up easily. 

Looks: When I first saw this strollerI just saw it with a car seat in it. I thought it looked a little weird, but I think it’s because I was used to seeing the traditional travel system strollers and not the higher end strollers like this one. However, it looks well made with great materials and a nice design. They also have nice colors to choose from. 

Found At: Major baby goods stores like Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us, etc. Amazon and other online carriers as well. We bought ours on Albeebaby.com

Quality: High quality material. The basket on the bottom can hold my 3 year old without any problem. I haven’t found anything yet that I feel is cheaply made or low quality. We’ve used it for almost a year and a half now and nothing has broken or ripped or really even shown much sign of wear. We use it a lot too. 

Best Use: single or double stroller. Ive been asked a few times if I think it would work as a jogging stroller and my answer is,I’m not sure as we use our Chariot for jogging. The front wheels lock, so it could work for short runs, but again, I’m sure.

Star Raiting4.5 of 5 stars

Why we liked itSo many reasons we chose this one above any others.

1. The handle bar extends, so it’s more comfortable for taller people. (This was a huge selling point for my 6’3” husband)

2. The brake is not operated by the foot. It’s on the side of the handle bar, so it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing flip flops or not. (Big deal for me since I live in flip flops 10 months of the year). 

3. Both kids can see while they’re in the stroller.

4. You can attach a baby car seat with a separate attachment. I have a Britax car seat and the attachment was only $20 and very small. Depending on the car seat, the attachment sizes vary. 

5. The rain/shade covers pull down pretty far. They have a lot of coverage and there is a magnetic peek a boo window on top.

6. The wheels can be removed easily

7. Easy to steer and maneuver

8. Can attach a glider board for a 3rd child to stand on and ride (Never used one, so I’m not sure of the quality, but nice to have the option)

Cons:
1. It's not as lightweight or compact as an umbrella stroller or some smaller single strollers.
2. Larger kids can feel a bit cramped depending on the seat configuration
3. Can be difficult to get up a curb or large bump
4. Won’t fold up with both seats attached
5. It’s not a stroller that can be folded up with one hand, and can take a little finesse, but once it’s done a few times, you get the hang of it. 
The biggest reason I even started looking for another stroller was to have one that would be able to be used as a double, but that I could snap the car seat carrier in when my baby was little. We already own a Chariot double stroller, so I knew I didn’t want one for running or that was a double wide one. This stroller did what I needed, but as I researched and asked around, I found many other features I liked but didn’t know about. Like I said in the beginning, I don’t believe there is a perfect stroller, but we’ve been very pleased with this purchase and will be sad to see it go when we no longer need it.