In collaboration with Baby Jogger
I know you ladies are just as obsessed with stroller reviews as me, so I’m excited to share my thoughts today on our new Baby Jogger City Select LUX 2017 Stroller in the Slate color. I’ve been using it for a few months now, so I feel like I can give a proper review now.
There’s two types of double strollers — the tandem style and the side-by-side. Then there’s also convertible single-to-double strollers and double strollers that stay as doubles without having the option to move seats. The Baby Jogger City Select LUX is a convertible single-to-double tandem style stroller, meaning the two seats sit vertically/longways down the stroller chassis and the seats can be added or removed to convert its use. We also have a side-by-side convertible stroller that I plan to share my thoughts on whenever I get a chance to photograph it professionally. Each type of double stroller has its pluses and minuses, but today we’re focusing on my tandem style convertible stroller.
What I love most about my City Select LUX is that it’s relatively lightweight and fits through narrow doors and aisles with ease. I also really love the stretchy pockets on the back of the seats and the large stretchy basket underneath. I like that the parking brake is on the handlebars, so I don’t have to worry about ruining my shoes. Both seats are identical and hold 4-45 lbs each, so there’s no big seat and small seat type of thing. The sun canopy with clear-view windows and UPF 50+ protects my babies from the sun and is a generous size. Setup was simple enough, and I didn’t have to look at any instructions (I have a good amount of stroller setup experience, though, haha). And the all-terrain wheels are big and never need to be filled.
Seats can be front facing, parent facing, or sibling facing. There are actually 20+ possible configurations, but so far I like it how you see it in the photos below as well as both kids facing my direction. I don’t have any car seat adapters or bassinets for it, but my 11-month-old son is about to make the transition to his big boy car seat anyway. I have the main stroller plus the extra seat, which you can buy together or separately. The compatible car seats with separate adapters are the nuna PIPA/Lite/LX Infant Car Seats, Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat, and Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio Infant Car Seat.
Don’t you just love seeing all the ways you can convert this stroller? I want to try out more configurations and see if my kids and I like them. The City Select LUX would be an awesome option for twin parents too, since you can put two car seats on it or even two bassinets.
What I don’t absolutely love about it is that the stroller chassis can’t get any smaller when it’s converted back to a single stroller. It feels like a long stroller as a single, but I can get over that in exchange for the ability to add a second seat in seconds plus not having to do anything to the chassis other than add the second seat adapters when converting. It’s also a little stiff in handling, but I have to remind myself I can’t compare it to $1500+ double strollers I’ve pushed. Also, this is a personal preference, but I don’t love 5-point harnesses; I know it’s safer and a lot of strollers now use them, but I hate fumbling with puzzle pieces while strapping in two kids. All pretty minor and personal preferences though.
City Select vs. LUX
What’s the difference between the regular City Select and the LUX? The LUX version folds 30% more compact than the original City Select, with a secure fold latch for easy transportation or storage. The LUX also has the upgraded premium textured-neutral fabrics for a sophisticated look. I picked the Slate grey color because I liked how it looked, and my other double stroller is all black, so I wanted to have options (crazy stroller lady, I know). I also like the light grey because it’s not too bad on showing dirt, but the fabric sets are all removable and washable anyway.
For an “affordable luxury” single-to-double tandem stroller, the City Select LUX is well-built, beautifully-designed, and very handy. I can see why so many parents choose this stroller, both right away when they have their first child (or twins) as well as later on when they need a double stroller, like me.
I thought I wouldn’t need a double stroller since my daughter was so independent and rarely wanted to sit down, but I was wrong. It’s so nice to have a spot for my toddler to sit when she gets tired, as well as (let’s be honest) a way to keep her secure so I can push both kids without having to run after anyone. Plus, after the baby came, my daughter started to really want to do everything my son was doing, kind of a vying-for-attention thing. Perfectly normal, but I’m so glad I have a double stroller for both my babies now. I felt so bad when she would ask to sit in the stroller while I had my son in it, and I had nowhere to sit her down (I did use a toddler board on my Stokke Xplory, but that wasn’t a true seat and she couldn’t nap in it).
After having two kids, I would highly recommend a convertible stroller to anyone having their first baby who might have another in the next few years. There’s a few options out there in this category of stroller, and I feel the City Select LUX is the nicest-looking “affordable luxury” stroller in the US market right now. The regular City Select is quite handsome too and on sale right now!
Do you have the City Select? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
If you want to read my thoughts on all my single non-converting strollers, check out this blog post.
Photos by Bleudog Fotography
In collaboration with Baby Jogger. The City Select LUX stroller was provided to me for review purposes; all opinions are my own.