Hey friends! I am so excited about today’s post, because I feel it can really help you moms and mommies to be with the massive decision of which stroller to invest in. First of all, I am 1000% Baby Jogger all the way. So, I am comparing two strollers BY Baby Jogger. I test drove and read reviews for every single brand of stroller there is on the market. Baby Jogger continuously hit the mark and had the best reviews all in all. I felt so confident with our *HEFTY* purchase, and I don’t regret it one bit. Zero buyer’s remorse over here, folks!
Today’s comparison is between the City Luxe, which is what I have, and the smaller City Mini. A lot of it will come down to price and your personal lifestyle. I have a bestie who went with the Mini, so next to my own experiences with the City Mini as I was testing strollers, the pros and cons list for that one will heavily come from her personal use and opinions. (Thanks Mikayla! xoxoxo)
The City Luxe
This is the stroller I have! It feels sort of like the G Wagon of strollers. I mean, seriously. The price shows it, but it was worth every penny IMO. Why did I go with it?
Firstly, the size. Though this is a con in the same degree (I will get to that later), the catch all below is amazing. In fact, while choosing my stroller I considered grocery shopping. This is a main reason I went with this one! I don’t have to take the carseat in and put it in the cart. Instead, I actually just go grocery shopping and put my groceries in the catch all below. It made shopping with Knox one less step of carrying in the car seat and getting him situated in a cart that now has zero space for me to put groceries in. Now that Knox is big enough to sit in the actual seat (we no longer attach the car seat to the adaptors on top of the frame), it is SO EASY to go anywhere and do any shopping.
The add-ons: The City Luxe is THE stroller to have if you plan to have any more kids. We are future thinkers, and this fit the bill. The City Luxe has the ability to add on seats, benches, and bassinets. Meaning, When Knox is, say, 3… and I have a newborn… (hypothetically speaking haha!), then I don’t have to buy a new stroller. Rather, I simply add a bassinet to the frame and the seat attaches at the front. It’s AMAZING. So, though we spent $600+ on this stroller, we will only have to buy an add-on seat down the road. More now, less later was our mindset.
The Durability: I am really impressed with how sturdy this carseat and stroller are. We have travelled with it on road trips multiple times now, and it went to Georgia with us by plane. I am very impressed! The warranty is also fantastic.
Clearly the pros of this stroller outweighed the cons, but there are a few worth mentioning. It IS big. This works great for us, because we live in a home and don’t need to worry about being in tighter places. However, when I have been shopping at the mall with Knox or tried to navigate more narrow spaces, it’s been near impossible. But, since majority of shopping that I do is Target or wide aisles at the grocery store, it really hasn’t been horrible for me.
You have to buy any extra necessities. Ex: cup holders for the handle bars, a tray for the front when baby sits up and can eat, etc. These are all extra. They are cheaper than I expected ($20 on average for things, give or take), but when adding that to your $600 stroller/seat + $300 carseat… every little things adds up.
It’s heavy. My mom mentions it every time she pulls it out of the car, and she says she needs to buy herself a “grandma stroller.” It is no doubt heavier, but even still, it’s very easy to fold up and steer. It’s light as a feather once you’re maneuvering it.
The City Mini
This one is petite and sweet. And, hundreds less than the City Luxe. This one is no doubt a better option for people who live in the city or apartments, and have only one kid. It takes up way less space in your closet, and it is significantly more narrow for elevators, tight squeezes, mall shopping, etc. It doesn’t have the ability to add on future babies, though. If I had the money, I would have bought both the Luxe and Mini to be honest. I would love to have the mini on hand for when I am going places I know I will want to be able to maneuver in and out of spaces easier. It’d be easier to travel with, too. But, again, it doesn’t have the capabilities the City Luxe does. But, come on, that cognac brown leather on the Anniversary Edition makes me drool.
It is GREAT for running with baby, because it’s a great cross between a jogger and a true stroller with the sleek narrow build & three wheels. Mikayla says “It’s so freaking functional!” It easily weaves in and out of stuff, and is sturdy on gravel because of the wheels. It’s very easy to fold and pack!
Can’t be added onto, and -like the Luxe- doesn’t come with add-ons like cupholders for mom or trays for baby.
Mikayla ended up buying a different carseat brand, because she felt it actually worked better with the stroller than the actual Baby Jogger CityGo. I didn’t have this experience with City Luxe, but it’s definitely worth looking into if you are going with the Mini!
All in all, if you want a Baby Jogger, either of these are honestly amazing options. It truly depends on you. We are two very happy first time mamas with the perfect Baby Jogger stroller for each of our personal lifestyles. The Luxe made sense for Paul and me with our neighborhood and home. I also am not a runner! I didn’t need that piece of the puzzle for my stroller choice like Mikayla did. She lives in the city and in an apartment, so the mini was perfect for her! The Mini is so cute, and IMO a little more sleek looking, too! So, again, it’s all down to preference or if you want to think ahead for more babies.
Below I have both strollers linked, the CityGo carseat, the CityGo Adaptors needed for the carseat to the frame until baby can sit up in the stroller (around 5-6 months), the adaptors for a second seat, and a couple add ons I have or will get (with a second baby- which isn’t anywhere near happening FYI lol).
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