Baby Jogger City Elite
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Baby Jogger City Elite

DISCONTINUED in 2019
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The Baby Jogger City Elite is a luxury three-wheel stroller. The large wheels with maintenance-free tires can handle all kinds of terrain or light jogging. The non-reversible seat is very spacious. Thanks to a weight capacity of 34 kg, it can handle even a bigger child. You can adjust both the backrest and leg rest to a flat position. Using adapters, you can attach a car seat or a carrycot to the stroller. You can choose the narrower foldable Compact carrycot or the sturdy Deluxe carrycot. All accessories, including the bumper bar or a snack tray, must be purchased separately.

Baby Jogger City Elite Features & Specifications

The Basics

Type
Pushchair (seat and chassis only), 2in1 stroller system, 3in1 stroller system
Stroller weight
11.9 kg
Unfolded dimensions (h×w×l)
117 cm x 67.5 cm x 119.5 cm
Folded dimensions (h×w×l)
85 cm x 67.5 cm x 35.5 cm
Chassis material
Aluminum
Country of origin
USA
Stroller available as a pushchair (seat unit configuration) only; newborn accessories (like a carrycot) need to be purchased separately
Yes

The Seat unit

Maximum weight capacity - seat load
34 kg
Recommended age range (best to use with a child of)
0-48 months
Reversible seat unit
No
L-shaped, bucket-type seat unit
No
Reclining backrest
Yes, infinite recline
Full-recline backrest (a bigger-than-a-150-degree-angle to a lie-flat)
Yes
Backrest recline type
Strap-operated
One-hand backrest recline system
No
Extendable backrest
No
Legrest positioning
Yes, 2 positions
Extendable leg rest
No
Wipe-clean layer on the leg rest
No
Footrest
Yes
Backrest height
51 cm
Width and depth of the sitting surface
35 x 24 cm
Total length of the seat unit
99 cm
A higher seat unit's position on the chassis
No
Height-adjustable seat
No
Seat unit's proper attachment indicator
No
2in1 convertible carrycot/seat unit (pramette travel system)
No
Fabrics removable for cleaning
Yes
Seat fabrics cleaning
Machine washable
Safety harness type
5-point
Harness padding
Yes
Height-adjustable harness belts
Yes
Ventilation integrated into the seat
Yes
Second seat can be attached (single-to-double convertibility)
No

The Canopy (Hood)

Seat unit equipped with a canopy/hood
Yes
Extendable canopy/hood
Yes
The canopy/hood features a sun visor
No
Floating, follow-the-sun canopy
No
Height-adjustable canopy
No
Removable canopy
Yes
Waterproof canopy
Yes
UV protection in the (canopy) fabrics
Yes
Ventilation integrated into the canopy
Yes
A pocket integrated into the canopy
No
Peek-a-boo viewing window present on the canopy
Yes
Peek-a-boo window can be closed/covered
Yes
Quiet (magnetic/no velcro) peek-a-boo window
Yes
Reinforcing side clasps present on the canopy
No

The Bumper bar

Bumper bar
No
Bumper bar can be purchased separately
Yes
Bumper bar features an extra crotch strap
No

The Wheels

Number of wheels
3
Front wheel(s) type
Foam-filled tires (puncture-free)
Rear wheels type
Foam-filled tires (puncture-free)
Front wheels diameter
30 cm
Rear wheels diameter
30 cm
Swivel wheels
Yes
Lockable wheels
Yes
Removable wheels
Yes
All wheels are double wheels
No
Wheels equipped with mudguards
No,
Two-wheel mode
No

The Suspension

Suspension
Yes
Wheels with suspension
Front
Suspension type
Mechanical (internal spring-loaded mechanism)
Adjustable suspension softness
No
Rocking chassis
No

The Brake

Central brake system/type
Hand-operated
Deceleration handbrake
No,

The Fold

Folding system
Flat (compact) fold
One-hand fold
Yes
Plane-travel-friendly stroller with an ultra-compact fold (suitable as carry-on luggage)
No
Folds with the (forward-facing) seat attached
Yes
Folds with the rearward-facing seat attached
Yes
Self-standing fold
No
Auto-lock feature of the folded chassis
Yes
Folded stroller can be pulled behind like luggage
No
Stroller folds and/or unfolds by itself
No
Equipped with a carry strap/carry handle
Yes
Outward fold (the seat fabrics are on the outside after folding)
No

The Handlebar

Handle height adjustment
Pivoting
Handlebar material
Rubber
Handlebar height
84-117 cm
Reversible handlebar (handle can be flipped to the other side)
No
Safety wrist strap
Yes

The Basket

Shopping basket
Yes
Large shopping basket
Yes
Basket's weight capacity
4.5 kg
Closable basket
No
An extra basket can be attached to the frame
No
A pocket integrated into the seat/elsewhere on the stroller frame
Yes

The Carrycot

Carrycot compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Internal dimensions of the carrycot - mattress measurement
74 x 35 cm (Deluxe, 70x33 Compact)
Carry handle on the carrycot
Yes,
Inclining carrycot mattress
No,
Foldable carrycot
Yes,
Rocking-base carrycot
No
Ventilatilated carrycot base (bottom ventilation system)
No,
Carrycot installable in the car instead of a group 0+ car seat (Auto carrycot)
No,
Carrycot positioned high on the frame
No

The Car seat

Car seat compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Car seat sold separately
Yes
Maxi-Cosi/Cybex car seat attachment-type adapters available
Yes
Britax Römer car seat attachment-type adapters available
Yes

The Accessories & Extra features

Parent tray/organizer on the handlebar (included)
Yes
Cup holder can be attached
Yes
Reflective elements
No
No pushchair mode/seat-unit configuration available
No
Rain cover included
No
Mosquito net included
No
Leg cover (apron) included with the seat unit
No
Seat liner/insert included
No
Changing bag included
No
Carry bag/transport cover for the folded stroller included
No
Motorized/Baterry-powered
No
LED light(s)
No
Built-in audio speakers
No
A storage/bag can be attached instead of a seat
No

Parent reviews of the Baby Jogger City Elite

4.6/5
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  • Folding
  • Positionability
  • Canopy and ventilation
  • Lightweight frame
  • Plenty of storage space (I didn't miss the classic changing bag, which is normally thrown over the sleeve... can't be put on this stroller, but I don't miss it at all)
  • Durability of the covers
  • Large
  • Nothing :)

Fantastic pram. Two of my children grew up in it, and I even drove my dog in it when he couldn't walk on his own anymore.

What's the best about it:
1. Folding - it's so easy and quick. Just beware, we messed one up in the joint part because we folded it even fully loaded (we always had a bunch of stuff down in the net)... so I recommend to take everything out of the net before folding, because a 1000 times it's ok, but then one day it broke and we bought a new one.
2. Positioning - it's great to put the baby to sleep, to put it on the back + what's more, it has a footrest, so you don't need to put anything under its legs externally.
3. The canopy - the kids are super protected from the sun. No need to add any sunshades or anything like that... and the roof can also be uncovered to let the wind blow through, which is great in the hot summer.

But there's a lot of other things I appreciated. It's big - I carried a lot of stuff in it, it was easy to handle. In short, great :)

  • easy to use
  • off-road
  • high load capacity
  • indestructible wheels
  • huge canopy

Absolutely the best. My daughter has been sleeping in it since she was a baby.

The one-handed folding is unbelievable

5

It's really spacious, cushioned, and the one-handed folding is unbelievable. My husband thought it wouldn't fit in the car when we went on vacation, but after simply removing the wheels, it was very small and very foldable. And one more great thing - and that's the sun canopy. It's very large, so it protects the baby from the sun and the wind. Moreover, all the windows are magnetic, so when you are putting the baby to sleep, you don't disturb the baby by undoing the velcro or the snaps (studs).

I had a tricycle before, but this one is very light and can be carried with one hand.

Ges over any terrain

4
  • traverses different terrain without problems
  • smooth ride on large wheels
  • easy to operate with one hand
  • is a bit wide, some doors it won't fit in
  • a little higher weight

A superb pram, goes over any terrain.

  • Large off-road wheels
  • Also usable for running/inline
  • Spacious for larger kids
  • High carrying capacity - we often put both our children in it
  • Large hood
  • Also suitable for tall parents
  • Possibility to adjust the legs
  • No reversibility of the seat

Excellent off-road stroller, easy to handle, usable also for sport-loving parents. If it had a reversble sports part, I would give it 10 points :)

  • Stability
  • Handling
  • Well positioned center of gravity
  • Suspension on moderate terrain is sufficient
  • Adjusting handle
  • Positioning to almost full recline
  • Huge canopy
  • Rubber-covered parental handle
  • Fabric fades in the sun
  • Poor access to the basket
  • The base package is completely without accessories
  • Higher price, but it corresponds to the user comfort

We were looking for a stroller for the city, which at the same time can easily cope with a more peaceful terrain (lawn, dirt road, forest). After a very long selection we chose the Elite.

At first I didn't want a three wheeler (before I had only four-wheeled strollers), Elite seemed huge according to the written dimensions and the price was quite high (we were buying for our second child and we don't plan to have another one). Then I found the Elite in a nice condition on a second hand market and the choice was clear. It rides great. It is not at all noticeable that it is almost 12 kg. It has a very well positioned seat, it is stable. In real life it doesn't feel like a huge thing at all, but at the same time it is not a lightweight low-quality Valco Snap. The suspension front wheel and the hanging seat are quite enough for our requirements. But if we lived in a village, I would probably buy the more off-road Summit x3.

It has a huge canopy, it can be positioned to almost full recline, it is easy to fold, it has a pretty large basket. Of course, it has its disadvantages - it's hard for me to get into the basket (you can't really compare it with the Britax B-Motion plus), the fabric does tend to fade in the sun (probably all Elites do, except for the Charcoal colour), the parent handle is rubber, which is very uncomfortable for me, so I have a PU leather cover sewn on it, and the pushchair doesn't have any accessories and you have to buy everything.

We are very satisfied with the selection and I recommend looking in the classifieds. I got it after one child, still 2 months under warranty, with complete accessories for a nice price.

  • Handling
  • Easy folding
  • Spaciousness of the lying area
  • Sturdy and stable
  • Brake on the handle (especially useful if you have sandals)
  • Large canopy with ventilation
  • Poor access to the basket when lying down
  • Accessories must be purchased (no handle in front of the child in the basic set of equipment)
  • Higher price (but balanced by quality)

Stroller suitable for the city and countryside. It is perfectly maneuverable, easy to fold (just pulling the strap) and takes up little space. In case it still wouldn't fit in the boot of a small car, the wheels can be detached with a single click.

The pushchair version has an adjustable leg rest. The bassinet is positioned quite high on it, so there is no need to bend down to the baby. Unfortunately, it is this height of the bassinet that seems to make the stroller not as stable in the field as it is in the sports version. But again, don't imagine tipping the baby out! This is a really slight instability at a high sideways tilt, where other strollers would have a problem. In the pushchair version, the stroller sits on the ground perfectly.

I appreciate the long canopy with ventilation. What bothers me is the poor access to the basket when the pushchair is in the reclined position. The whole stroller is solid, the weight seems maybe high (about 12 kg) on paper, but in real life it is not noticeable at all. The child's lying/sitting area is large, so the child is comfortable there and can fit easily at three years old. I have another, smaller stroller available, but I think the comfort of using this stroller is so high that I wouldn't trade it for another.

The stroller is so versatile - it handles beautifully in the city, and it can go through more difficult terrain (forest paths, dirt roads). However, if your goal is to use the stroller for running, skating, I would choose the Summit model from the same manufacturer - the same if you are going to use the stroller regularly in really challenging terrain.

For me, it's one of the best strollers on the market and you definitely won't make a mistake buying it.

  • Large wheels
  • Spacious
  • Long hood
  • Up to 35 kg
  • Ventilated
  • Nice in design
  • Operable with one hand
  • Traverses any terrain
  • Higher price
  • Heavier to load in the car

I have nothing to complain about this stroller - despite its weight it is easier to handle than any lightweight stroller. It has a long hood with holes, which is great in summer. It fits a 3-year-old big boy, who sleeps comfortably, but it's also a great fit for a 7-month-old baby. For me the best money were invested in this stroller.

After a couple of weeks I replaced it with the Summit X3. The front wheel suspension was completely inadequate for gravel roads with stones. It's fine on gravel-free roads. Experience only with the Deluxe bassinet.

It suited my active mom's needs perfectly. Large canopy, excellent ventilation, it's a three-wheeler, so you need to learn to push it right, of course. The only downside was that a foot cover was missing in the winter, but I solved this with a quality cosytoes I bought separately.

Your questions about the Baby Jogger City Elite

1)

I have the Baby Jogger City Elite stroller and need to know a certain screw size. One of our screws fell out and my wife will not use it again until I get another screw put back in. We do not know where the screw is so I cannot figure out the size. Any help in this area will be appreciated.

Hi, Luke!

You should definitely contact any stroller repair service AND the this Baby Jogger customer service/support WITH attached pictures of what is missing. They should help you out with the dimensions as well as, possibly, with providing the screw. Like this, I can't tell which part and which screw, the best is to ask the manufacturer or an official service.

.eli - 09 Sep 2021

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