Britax has an impressive safety record with their car seats but, until recently, they were known primarily (at least among my mom friends) for their toddler seats and high weight limit boosters.
I personally used other infant seats, even though I knew that Britax is the industry leader in crash safety standards, because of the convenience of travel systems. Living in suburbia, my main use for a stroller is when my baby falls asleep in his car seat and I do not wish to wake him up to get him into the baby carrier.
Now, Britax has released several strollers that are compatible with their car seats so Britax will truly take you from birth up to 120 pounds. And Britax is bringing the same level of research and development and commitment to safety to their strollers that they brought to car seats.
Britax sent me the B Agile to review with the new B Safe Car Seat. I will have more to say about the B Safe later.
The B Agile is a compact-fold stroller that occupies a middle ground between the lightest weight strollers and full-size strollers. If you are looking for a more substantial stroller that still folds up compact and is easy to lift in and out of the car, the B Agile will fit your needs.
Here are the specs from the manufacturer:
- Age/Weight of Child: Birth to 55 lbs
- Product Weight: 16.5 lbs
- Maximum Unfolded Dimensions: 22.75 x 40.5 x 38.25
- Maximum Folded Dimensions: 22.75 x 10 x 29
- Seat Back Height: 20
- Seat Depth: 10 / 13.5
- Shoulder Width: 15
- Harness Slots: 10.5 x 12.5 x 15
- Buckle Strap Depth: 4.5
I really like the three-wheel design for added maneuverability and it is nice to have the travel system option as part of the package.
Another great feature is the “infinite positions” seat recline. Lift or lower the slider to change the seat position as desired. You can also lift the seat straps without removing them with another slider hidden in a zipper pouch. As with all Britax products, you get a well thought-out design.
A full, high canopy, keeps kids out of the sun and allows even a very tall, older child to sit comfortably. My five year old does not ride in strollers but she would still fit comfortably, even with the canopy fully extended.
The only comfort feature I would love to see added is an adjustable foot rest. The foot rest is, however, very well-padded and roomy.
There is plenty of optional ventilation, which can be easily covered or opened, depending on your needs and the weather.
The storage is also more than sufficient and the bottom storage area can be accessed from the side when the seat back is fully reclined.
When paired with a Britax seat and the included Click & Go attachments, the B-AGILE becomes a travel system. The convenience of being able to use a Britax infant seat in a travel system without added accessories is the primary reason I am excited about this development. Matching-up the seat to the Click & Go attachments takes a second longer than other travel systems I have used but I do feel more secure hearing that click and knowing the seat is definitely locked in place.
The key to a compact stroller is, of course, the fold. Britax uses a one-handed fold. The user simple unlocks the frame by pressing a gray button and then grabs and pulls up on a strap located where the seat meets the seat back. Unfolding is as simple as unlocking the frame and pulling up on the stroller handle. I really like the push-button lock since sometimes it is hard to tell with other strollers if the frame has locked or unlocked.
WANT IT: Britax B-AGILE ($250, on sale right now for $212)