Best Easy Folding Buggy 2017
Baby Jogger City Tour Review
An easy fold cannot be underestimated when you're in the market for a lightweight buggy , so much so it earns its own Mumsnet prize. The Baby Jogger City Tour could not be bested when it came to folding prowess
If you're a fan of the Baby Jogger City Mini, the Tour will be right up your street. The City Tour's quick fold was our favourite in the category. It collapses at the push of a button and is by far the easiest to do with one hand. Not only that; this buggy is lightweight, has ample storage space and can be easily steered with one hand for that extra bit of convenience.
What's in the box?:
Chassis, wheels, storage bag, manual
- One handed fold
- Large storage basket
- Lightweight (7.6kg)
- Only suitable from 6 months
- Rain cover not included
- World facing seat
- Folds at the push of a button
- Reclinable seat
- Front wheel suspension
- 7kg storage basket
Suitable from: 6 months
Dimensions when folded: H25 x W62 x L80 cm
Maximum weight for shopping basket: 7kg (additional 1kg of storage)
RRP: £269 at time of review
Estimated resale value: £160
How does the Baby Jogger City Tour handle?
The City Tour is a slick mover. During the testing period we pushed this buggy across grass, hills and rough pavements, we also used it on public transport. Lifting the buggy up bumpy kerbs and onto buses was very easy and even with a weighty toddler on board, we were impressed by how easy it was to handle. It's one of the lighter strollers at 7.6kg, making it easy to lift and to steer with one hand (so you can hold a coffee in the other – bonus!).
How comfortable is the City Tour?
Unlike the Silver Cross Reflex and the Joie Nitro who have all wheel suspension, the City Tour only has suspension on the front wheels, nevertheless, we felt it still offered a comfortable ride for our mini tester.
Like most newer buggies, the City Tour seat has a five point harness and a reclining seat which can be adjusted using a strap at the back of the chair. Unfortunately, it doesn't recline to completely flat, but as this is a stroller for children aged 6 months and up, small children should still find it comfortable enough for an afternoon snooze.
How easy is the Baby Jogger City fold?
The fold on the Baby Jogger City is one of its main selling points and it doesn't disappoint. Replicating previous Baby Jogger models, you simply push a red button, lift the handle in the middle of the seat and the Baby Jogger folds. It is the easiest of all of the folds we tested. A lot of brands claim to offer a one hand fold, but this is one of the few that truly delivers.
Reopening the buggy can also be done with one hand by releasing a side clasp and shaking it out. We found this invaluable when using public transport alone, with a baby on one arm; it saves faffing and allows you to use the steps in stations and in buildings.
Despite its quick fold, it's not the most compact buggy on the market. Although Baby Jogger claims it can fit into an overhead locker, when folded the City Tour is a little bit taller than the ever so compact Babyzen YOYO+.
How easy is it to carry when folded?
The City Tour stroller is easy to carry when folded; it has a handy shoulder strap and even fits into a lightweight, backpack-style carry bag, which is the right size for hand luggage when travelling. While you wouldn't use the travel bag on a day to day basis, we thought it could be useful on holiday, or even to keep it neatly stacked in the car boot.
How much storage does the City Tour have?
Although this pushchair boasts a tiny fold and lightweight chassis there is a sizable shopping basket that holds up to 7kg. For comparison, the Baby Zen YOYO+ only offers a 5kg capacity shopping basket. In addition to this, there is a separate zipped pocket that can hold an extra 1kg, handy for valuables (or snacks).
Despite its lightweight frame, the stroller is definitely sturdy enough to hold a shopping bag or two on the handle with a buggy clip. All this is perfect if you have more than one child’s worth of things, or if you're going on a grocery run!
Is the BabyJogger City Tour compatible with baby car seats?
If a travel system is a must, you'll have to look elsewhere; the City Tour can't be used with a baby car seat, and the buggy's seat unit can only be used from 6 months. However, for a slightly older baby, we were impressed by what we got at a very reasonable price.
Are there any extras?
The City Tour comes with a bag for transporting the buggy and a SPF 50+ sun canopy, but a rain cover isn't included. The Baby Jogger rain cover costs £19.99, alternatively you can buy an unbranded universal rain cover for £5-£15.
What do Mumsnet users say about the Baby Jogger City Tour?
“For a pram in the city I would suggest a stroller like a Baby Jogger City Tour. So practical, folds tiny, super light, not only would it fit in any boot but also a backpack.”
“We have the Baby Jogger City Tour and recently used it for both international and domestic flights. It fit as hand luggage in the overhead bins on all flights and was great to have it as soon as we got off the plane. It does have a slightly strange seat angle but my DD has no problems with it (15 months) and it does recline well. We have the green colour as it was cheaper than the other colours so that might be something to consider.”
“I'm in love with my Baby Jogger City Tour…it's been my favourite purchase”
What colours can you buy the Baby Jogger in?
The City Tour is available in onyx, juniper, and violet (otherwise known as black, green and pink).
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