If you’re comparing the City Mini 2, GT2 and the Elite 2 – especially if you’re looking at them online – it can be really tricky to tell them apart.
And fair enough!
In my mind, they are all the same stroller, just with some incremental upgrades.
Starting with the City Mini 2 being the more affordable and lighter weight option, offering fewer features. Up to the Elite 2 which is a bit bigger and heavier, while offering more features at the higher price point. And of course, the City Mini GT2 is the middle option sitting in between them in price, features, size and weight!
What do they have in common?
The seat size, dimensions and functions are identical. Same height, width, canopy space, same harness, same recline function.
They offer three riding options for newborns:
- The seat is suitable for newborns when fully reclined.
- They come with adapters for the Baby Jogger City Go Capsule included.
- There is the option of a bassinet sold separately.
All their accessories (sold separately) are interchangeable including:
- Belly Bar
- Child Tray
- Adapters (including capsule adapters, bassinet adapters)
- Rain Cover
- Bug Shield
AND most importantly – they all have the same super-simple “Quick Fold” technology that Baby Jogger is known for.
How Are They Different?
As I mentioned above the GT2 is a step up from the City Mini 2 and the Elite 2 is a step up from the GT2. The key differences are the size, weight, seat capacity and price point.
|Model||Weight||Weight Limit||Folded Dimensions||Approx Value / RRP|
|City Mini 2||8.7kgs||22.5kgs||28 X 65 X 77cms||$399 / RRP $579|
|City Mini GT2||9.7kgs||29.5kgs||33 X 65 X 82 cms||$629 / RRP $799|
|City Elite 2||11.6kgs||34kgs||35 X 67 X 85cms||$749 /RRP $949|
The Mini 2 doesn’t have an adjustable handlebar, it has a footbrake instead of the hand brake, and it only offers front wheel suspension. Also, the wheel quality isn’t as good as the GT2 and Elite 2 – it’s the kind of material that will get marked from things like sharp rocks and gum nuts over time.
It’ll still handle the usual suburban terrain – footpaths, roads, grass, gravel tracks etc. Just the wheels won’t look new for long and it’ll be a bit of a bumpy ride on rougher terrain without all-wheel suspension.
I would recommend the City Mini 2 to a family looking for the ultimate value for money pram that will go from birth through to possibly a 5-6 year old. Perfect for parents looking for a simple, easy to use, compact and lightweight stroller for everyday use.
The City Mini GT2 is in the middle and the most popular of the three strollers. It has all-wheel suspension and better quality wheels, so it’ll handle the same suburban terrain as the Mini 2, but it’ll be a nicer ride. And it does have an adjustable handlebar and hand brake.
I’d recommend the GT2 for parents who are happy to stretch the budget for quality finishes, especially the better wheels and suspension. The GT2 does still offer excellent value for an all-around everyday pram.
Lastly, the Elite 2 is more of an all-terrain stroller. It has much bigger wheels, all-wheel suspension, while still being reasonably compact for everyday use as well. It’s a great stroller that will take you anywhere you want to go with a little one. Also, the adjustable handlebar does go up a bit higher than the GT2, so it’s a good option for taller parents.
The Elite 2 is for active parents, who want to be able to stroll on gravel tracks, grass and bumpier terrain with ease.
The Elite 2 is also a great option for parents who foresee needing a stroller for longer. For example, because they’re regularly going on extended hikes that little legs just can’t keep upon. Or, if parents are trying to postpone the purchase of mobility devices like a wheelchair, as the weight capacity of 34kgs could accommodate a child well into primary school (8+ years old). You would need to remove the canopy when they outgrow the height.