With the release of the new Select 2 the big question everyone is asking is how is this new Select 2 different from the City Select and City Select Lux.
So I’m going to go through all the features, details, and upgrades between the Select, Select Lux and Select 2.
Firstly, it’s important to note that the City Select and City Select Lux have now been discontinued. There will of course be some overlap with retailers having stock of all three models, but moving forward the only time you’d really be tossing between the Select 2 and the previous Selects would be if you were purchasing second hand. Though given these strollers are so well made they’re nearly indestructible I don’t doubt this will still be a question well into the future.
What do they all have in common?
All three Selects – the original Select, Select 2, and Select Lux share the following features.
- They convert from Single to Double.
- Weight capacity of 20.5kgs Per Seat
- Main and Second Seats are the same size and weight limit.
- Travel system compatible – Maxi Cosi or City Go Capsule.
- Parent facing and forward facing seats.
- All terrain wheels and excellent suspension.
- Pockets on the back of the seats.
- One handed recline on seats.
- Telescopic handlebar
- Adjustable Footrest
As you can see all the Select models just tick so many boxes of what parents are looking for in a pram. From the big features like easy fold, and single to double capabilities, to the finer details like adjustable footrest and one handed recline. The Select models are practical, easy to use and thoughtfully designed.
What is compatible between Select models?
Some accessories will be compatible between the models, but not all, so be careful when choosing your accessories.
The Select Capsule Adapters, Weather Shields (rain cover), Bug Shields (UPF 35) will fit all three models.
The Original Select Belly Bar and Child Tray will fit the Select 2.
Second Seat Kits and Second Seat Adapters are specific to their model and aren’t interchangeable.
Lastly, the Bench Seat and Bassinet Kits will not be made for the Select 2.
What has been updated?
The Seat Is Newborn Ready
The BIG difference upgrade with the Select 2 is the seat has been approved for newborns directly into the seat without the need for a bassinet, bassinet kit or insert . So you won’t need anything else to go from birth through to toddler with the City Select 2.
The City Select and Select Lux both had the options of either a Deluxe Bassinet, Bassinet Kit, or Capsule for a newborn. This is a great video that shows exactly how the “Bassinet Kit” works.
There is a Baby Jogger Deluxe Bassinet that is compatible with the Select 2, however it’s not ideal for use in double mode.
Because of the newborn ready seat the Select 2 also offers incredible value for money and converts
For example if you were planning to buy a stroller for your newborn now and then later convert to a double pram with a second baby this is how it would price up with all three Select models. The Select 2 in this format would also be suitable for newborn twins, whereas the previous models would need to add on an additional bassinet kit.
|Model||Stroller RRP||Bassinet Kit||Second Seat||Total|
|Eco Select 2||$1199||NA||$379||$1578|
|Classic Select 2||$949||NA||$349||$1298|
They have also reduced the weight of the City Select 2, weighing 8% lighter than the City Select. It is also fractionally narrower. While I don’t think you’d notice the difference in the width, the City Select 2 actually does feel a lot lighter and more balanced to lift.
A smaller change is the City Select 2 has a foot brake, whereas the previous models had hand brakes. This is really a matter of opinion whether this is an upgrade or not – though I do personally prefer a foot brake. I imagine this decision was made to reduce the weight, as the mechanisms for foot brakes typically weigh less than the cabling required for hand brakes.
City Select 2 Eco Collection the Tencel fabrics in the canopy and seat are made from sustainable materials and have thermoregulation qualities. The Select 2 Eco also has a leatherette handle bar and comes with a matching leatherette belly bar included. The regular Select 2 has a rubber handlebar and a belly bar can be purchased separately.
Another small detail. The front of the basket for the Select 2 is a little longer down and elasticised edge, meaning you can easily access the basket now from the front, as well as the sides and back. The back of the Select and Select 2 basket can be zipped out to extend the basket and also improve access for getting bigger items in and out.
Easier to Adjust Canopy Height
The City Select and Select Lux have two canopy height positions, whereas the Select 2 the canopy easily slides up and down the seat frame. Meaning you can incrementally increase the height. Also from observation many parents didn’t seem to be aware of the higher canopy position, and I think being able to simply slide up will see more parents utilizing this feature.
City Select 2 VS City Select Lux
The City Select 2 is essentially an upgrade directly from the City Select, whereas the City Select Lux in some ways is quite a different model and unfortunately there will not be a “City Select Lux 2”.
And I have to admit I am a little bit sad to see the City Select Lux go – it’s been my favourite pram for quite some time and featured on my best pram lists for 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 (the year it was released.)
The big thing I love about the City Select Lux is the way the seats fold with the stroller, making it 30% more compact than the City Select/Select 2.
Also the option of the Bench Seat with the City Select Lux meant parents had additional riding options, which was great for families with large age gaps who didn’t necessarily need a complete seat for their older child, but also didn’t want to opt for the standing Glider Board.
As sad as I am about the City Select Lux being discontinued, I feel that with the Select 2 having the newborn ready seat, being overall lighter weight, as well as the little updates making it easier to use I can definitely see how the Select 2 will be just as popular, if not more so, than the previous Select and Select Lux.
I also think the updates with the Select 2 has been a very clever move to compete with the Uppababy Vista by offering something very different. Uppababy Vista has been an absolute phenomenon in the baby industry and any pram competing in that single-to-double convertible space is working very hard right now to set themselves apart.
Check out my Uppababy Vista VS City Select Lux review to compare those models. I will have an Uppababy Vista VS Select 2 published soon. As well as a Select 2 VS Strider Compact, because with the new Select 2 it’s now positioned closer to the mid-ranged prams rather than that premium price point.