STROLLER WAR: UPPABABY MINU OR BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2

 

 

If you’ve been eyeing the Uppababy Minu for your baby’s next stroller, know that you are not alone in appreciating this wonderful and well-thought of gear. It has been my current stroller obsession since it came out but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it is the best travel and everyday stroller that you can find in the market. In fact, I’m pitting the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 against it today because I consider them very similar in features despite the difference in price points.

Before you make the final decision of purchasing an Uppababy Minu or a Baby Jogger City Tour 2, let’s go through the details of these 2 to see which stroller is truly worthwhile to have.

Is the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 a more practical option than the Uppababy Minu?

Let’s compare, shall we?

Baby Jogger City Tour 2Uppababy Minu
Folded Dimensions (inches) 17 x 7 x 21.620.5 x 11.5 x 23
Stroller Weight (lb)14.3`14.8
Stroller Weight Capacity (lb)45 50
Storage Weight Capacity (lb)1511

Size and Portability

Babies and toddlers are already a handful that’s why every parent needs a stroller that are not burdensome to carry around. The Uppababy Minu and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 are great gears to bring along as both can be folded into a compact square and doesn’t take much space in car trunks, train compartments or airplane overhead bins. The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a slight advantage in terms of fold size, 17 x 7 x 21.6 inches, a bit smaller compared to the Uppababy Minu’s fold size of 20.5 x 11.5 x 23 inches. 

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight Baby Stroller with Carry Bag, Perfect for Travel, Slate
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight ...
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One advantage of the Uppababy Minu over the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is it’s carry strap that is quite convenient for parents who are in a hurry. On the other hand, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 does have its own bag for storage and carrying.

 

2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
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Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight Baby Stroller with Carry Bag, Perfect for Travel, Slate
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight ...
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The are both lightweight, Minu weighs only 14.8 lbs and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is 14.3 lbs. Not much of a difference there.

If you are a frequent flyer, these strollers will serve you well during travels. They are small enough to fit into plane overhead bins so these 2 stand a  chance to be permitted for hand carrying. Make sure to check with the airline first as some have stricter luggage policies than others.

Weight Capacity

What’s great about the Minu and the City Tour 2 is they both have high weight capacities for a lightweight stroller. The Minu has a maximum weight capacity of 50 lbs while the City Tour 2 can hold a child until he or she is 45 lbs heavy.

 

2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
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That said, the Minu has an advantage in this aspect as it can be used  longer.

Ease of Fold

Another good reason to consider the Uppababy Minu is because of its true one-hand fold. If you are without company, this one-hand fold feature is super convenient as it allows you to hold your child on one arm and fold  your stroller using the other.

Watch the folding demo of the Uppababy Minu below.

 

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s folding mechanism requires only a hand to fold but unfolding it is another story as it requires two hands to separate the base from the handle. Check out the video below.

 

 

The difference of both strollers is their unfolding mechanism, Uppababy Minu unfolds in a way that it springs back to position unlike the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, which needs a little more assistance. 

Comfort

These 2 are somehow similar in the comfort aspect. Uppababy Minu and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 both have reclinable back rests that are great for babies who love to nap while strolling. Both can recline as low as 140-145 degrees so your little one’s back and neck are fully supported as he or she sleeps.

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight Baby Stroller with Carry Bag, Perfect for Travel, Slate
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight ...
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Both gears also have adjustable leg rests which is a nice feature especially for younger babies with shorter legs. The seats and canopy height of the Minu and the City Tour 2 are spacious enough to accommodate growing tots up until they no longer need a stroller.

 

 

Also similar are their canopies, both have 2-paneled canopies with pop-out sun visors that are made out of UPF 50+ material to add some protection for your baby against the sun’s harmful rays. As for the rest of your baby’s body, I recommend that you get an additional canopy extension to provide him or her with more shade.

 

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Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s Peek-a-boo window

 

Their peek-a-boo windows are also very similar. Both have large peek-a-boo mesh windows at the top that has a flap cover. I just have to mention that I love Uppababy Minu’s magnet flap closure more than Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s velcro closure because the velcro sound is noisy and is enough to wake up a sleeping baby.

 

Travel-System Ready

I love travel-system ready strollers because they are very versatile to be used from birth until your baby becomes a toddler. These types of strollers are more cost-effective in the long run.

Most people I know, who bought a heavy travel system, including myself, ended up buying a lightweight stroller eventually. Travel systems are full-featured but heavy, which could be such a pain to bring along. A good travel-system stroller that matches your lifestyle is a great investment because it could be the only stroller that you’ll ever need.That is why, personally, I recommend lightweight, travel-system strollers such as the Uppababy Minu and Baby Jogger City Tour 2.

If you have a newborn and you prefer to use a bassinet, both strollers can be attached with a bassinet to give your baby a flat-lie position. For the Uppababy Minu, it is called a From Birth Kit.

 

 

and for the Baby Jogger City Tour, it’s called a Tour 2 Bassinet

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Carry Cot, Jet
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Carry Cot, Jet
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However, I give plus points to the Uppababy Minu as its stroller seat can accommodate an infant as young as 3-months old. Just make sure that you recline the back rest so your baby’s spine and head are protected and of course, don’t forget to secure the harness! Some parents add infant inserts to provide more cushion for the baby.

As for the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, you will have to wait until baby is 6 months old for him or her to enjoy the stroller without the bassinet. One downside of both strollers is that both seats are not reversible and only allow world-facing position.

Both strollers are also compatible with infant car seats.

Uppababy Minu is compatible with the following brands:

 

CYBEX Aton 2 Infant Car Seat, Black Beauty
CYBEX Aton 2 Infant Car Seat, Black Beauty
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As for the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, it is compatible with the following infant car seat models:

 

Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat and Base - Black/Grey
Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat and Base - Black/Grey
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Maneuverability and Suspension

Baby Jogger City Tour 2Uppababy Minu
Wheel Size (in)
5 front, 5.9 rear5 front, 7 rear
SuspensionFront wheel4-wheel

Cruising on smooth and rough roads won’t be a problem with both strollers. The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has 5-inch front wheels and 5.9-inch back wheels that make it perform well even off-road. It also has front-wheel suspensions that absorb mild shocks so baby will feel less vibrations while strolling.

 

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight Baby Stroller with Carry Bag, Perfect for Travel, Slate
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight ...
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As for the Uppababy Minu, although it has smaller back wheels (5-inch front and 5.7-inch back} the all-wheel suspensions make it also easy to maneuver and adaptable even on less desirable road conditions.

Both strollers have front swivel wheels that make them sensitive to push. They also can be manually locked for a more stable ride.

 

Safety

Both strollers have a standard 5-point harness that will ensure that your baby stays in place while you stroll.

The 2 strollers have different braking mechanisms.

The Uppababy Minu, it has 2 color coded levers on each rear wheel. The red lever on one side is for engaging the brake, the green lever on the other side is for releasing it.

Uppababy Minu vs Mountain Buggy Nano
Uppababy Minu Rear

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 has a basic one-step brake that is very intuitive to engage and disengage.

Steering

Adding an stylish touch to its gear is Uppababy Minu’s horizontal handlebar which is covered with 100% genuine leather that looks better as it ages. The height of the handlebar is about 41-42 inches from the ground. Tall parents need not hunch while pushing the Minu.

 

Uppababy Minu's 100% Full-grain leather handle
Uppababy Minu’s 100% Full-grain leather handle

The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 also has 1 horizontal handlebar with a height of approximately 38-39 inches from the ground. If you are of average height, this stroller’s handle is at a comfortable level to push but if you are a taller person, the Uppababy Minu might suit you better.

 

Price

The Minu retails at around $400 on Amazon while the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 costs just around half Minu’s price.

 

 

 

Conclusion

The Uppababy Minu is definitely a high-end purchase. In terms of materials used, it does feel more premium than Baby Jogger City Tour 2 which is more of a budget stroller. But, having almost identical features, I would say that regardless of which you choose, both strollers are a winner for travel and everyday use.

Check out what other users have to say about the Uppababy Minu and the Baby Jogger City Tour 2.


Ciao,

Sheila

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