Even though it's still early days and I won't need the stroller for almost a year, I've been obsessively researching and trying to decide on a stroller. I had the opportunity while nannying to experience a Baby Jogger City Elite Double, and I was sold. That thing glides over even the roughest surfaces like they are butter, and even though it's big, it didn't feel like it to push. I was able to push the two babes straight across a hilly park with one hand and not an ounce of exertion.
So while I don't need a double, I'm now toying between the single city elite, or the city mini. I'm in Canada, and so with all the research I've found, no matter where I'm buying/shipping it from, the city mini comes in at about 299, and the city elite comes in at 499. Now I can't decide which is the better option.
I'm not jogging persay, but I do want to be able to take it out for walks as exercise, hopefully everyday from Spring to Fall. I also want to be able to take it through the park as well as camping in the summer, so over tree roots, gravel, bumpy terrain. I'm dedicated to babywearing, so I'm not as worried about things like grocery shopping, or a quick mall run. The stroller really will mostly be used for outdoor, with the occasional museum or zoo run "in public".
I lean towards the City elite, because that's what I have experience with. The other pros in my head are:
-Adjustable handle (I'm 5'4, DH is 6'4)
-Plastic on the footrest, where the mini is fabric
-comes with parent console (DH finds this a con, he would rather buy a separate one)
-larger wheels = smoother ride
-construction overall seems more sturdy
-higher weight limit (75lb vs 50 for the mini)
-View windows have magnets instead of having to rip the velcro open and perhaps wake baby
The cons for the elite (mostly from DH)
- It's $200 more, and I just don't know I can justify that.
-It has a larger wheelbase, which makes it approx 2.5" wider, and harder to walk around malls/grocery stores etc. Doorways are a concern.
-It's a bit longer as well
-takes up more room folded
Pros for the Mini:
-Nicer colors. Silly but true
-Am I really going to need to push over 50lbs of toddler?
-Easier fit through tight spaces
-stroller itself is lighter (easier to move for storage)
Cons for mini:
-I'm most worried about the fabric at the footrest. I'm not sure how this would hold up compared to the plastic base. I just keep thinking of how often you see babies/toddlers kicking their feet in boredom, and wondering if they're going to rip through the fabric
-Smaller wheels (8" vs 12 I think in the elite)- Worried this will mean a much less smoother ride, less accessibility to "offroad"
-No parent console... though I can buy one of these for cheaper than they value it at.
-Concerned about construction overall, specifically how tight the fabric is pulled in some spots. DH said it seemed less well made than the elite.
-The velcro on the view flaps looked cheaper (and louder)
Phew! As you can see, I've put a ton of thought into this... i just haven't made it to convincing myself the Elite would be worth the extra $200... or conversely that I won't buy the mini and wish I had just spend the $200.
I'm open to other suggestions, but I really did like the look/shape/ride of the Baby Joggers. I haven't been a huge fan of the phil and teds, or bobs just for the shape difference.