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 favorite since it came out but Baby Jogger City Tour 2 offers almost the same features for only half the price.

 

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS UPPABABY MINU – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

Size and Portability

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

 

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.

 

2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
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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 is its carry strap that is quite convenient for parents to use.

 

2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
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On the other hand, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 does have its own travel bag for storage and carrying.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller - 2019 | Compact Travel Stroller | Lightweight Baby Stroller with Carry Bag, Perfect for Travel, Slate
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The are both lightweight, Minu weighs only 14.8 lbs and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is 14.3 lbs.

If you are a frequent flyer, these strollers will serve you well during travels.

They are small enough to fit inside airplane overhead bins. Hence there’s a big chance that both will be permitted to be a hand-carry luggage.

Uppababy also has its own travel bag which you can buy separately. The Travelsafe bag is not only for storing your stroller but also acts like an insurance for your Uppababy cargo.

All you have to do is register your gear and your Travelsafe bag here -UppaBaby Travelsafe Registration before departure.

 

 

The manufacturer will cover any damage incurred during the flight as long as your gear is still under warranty. Find out more about Travelsafe bag here.

 

Weight Capacity

The Minu can hold up to 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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Other Good Lightweight Stroller Options

 

Ease of Fold

One good reason to consider the Uppababy Minu is 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.

 

 

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

 

Uppababy Minu and Baby Jogger City Tour 2 both have reclinable back rests that are great for babies who love to nap 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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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.

 

UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
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Both gears also have adjustable leg rests which is a nice feature especially for younger babies.

The seat and canopy of the Minu and the City Tour 2 are roomy enough to accommodate growing tots up until they no longer need a stroller.

 

 

Similarly, both have 2-paneled canopies with pop-out sun visors that are made out of UPF 50+ material.

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.

 

 

 

Their peek-a-boo windows are also very similar.

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

 

Both have large peek-a-boo mesh windows at the top that has a flap cover.

 

 

But I prefer Uppababy Minu’s magnet flap closure more than Baby Jogger City Tour 2’s velcro closure because velcro just sounds noisy and could wake up a sleeping baby.

 

Travel-System Ready

I love travel-system ready strollers because they are very versatile to use 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.

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

 

2018 UPPAbaby from Birth Kit - Jordan (Charcoal Melange)
2018 UPPAbaby from Birth Kit - Jordan (Charcoal Melange)
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and for 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 because its stroller seat can accommodate an infant as early as 3-months old. Just make sure that you fully recline the back rest so your baby’s spine and head are protected.

Some parents add infant inserts to provide more support for the baby.

As for  Baby Jogger City Tour 2, it is recommended for babies to use, without a bassinet or car seat, starting 6 months onwards.

Both strollers are non-reversible and only allow world-facing position.

Uppababy Minu is compatible with the car seat models :

 

 

  • Nuna

 

 

 

 

 

As for the Baby Jogger City Tour 2, it is only compatible with

 

  • City Go Infant Car Seat

 

  • Graco Click Connect

 

 

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 a  front-wheel suspension 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 easier to maneuver and adaptable even on less desirable road conditions.

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

 

Safety

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

The 2 strollers have different braking mechanisms.

Uppababy Minu,  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

 

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

Steering

Adding a 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

 

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

 

Minu retails close to $400 on Amazon. Color options: Jordan (Charcoal),   Teal (Ryan)  and  Jake (Black)

Check the latest price here.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2 costs just around half of Minu’s price. It ranges from $230 to $250 USD online. Color options: Jet (Black),  Seacrest (Blue)   or  Slate (Grey). 

Check the latest price here.

 

BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS UPPABABY MINU – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

The Uppababy Minu is definitely a big purchase. In terms of materials used, it feels and looks more premium than Baby Jogger City Tour 2 which is more of a budget stroller.

Buy with the 2 having almost identical features, I would say that Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is not a bad option at all if you find Uppababy Minu a little pricey and impractical.

 

 

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

 

 


 

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