Britax B-Agile Stroller review

Britax B-Agile Stroller (black)They see me Strollin’

The Britax B-Agile Stroller (2012/2013 edition, for 2014 see 3/5/14 entry) is a fairly lightweight easily-compactable stroller that my wife and I received from some very generous co-workers.

Before I begin, thanks to all the people linking to us on this review. We’ve used the referral traffic to buy Maggie a toy or two (we’re small time).

As a note, the stroller has been recalled as of January 2014. Please check out this post if you haven’t already.

Updated 5/31/2016 (see bottom) (I’ll keep updating as long as people keep reading and I keep using it) we also have a full website full of randomness – I just mention this because this old review gets more views a day than the rest of the daily updated website. This review has been going on for two years now.

Britax B-Agile Stroller features

The Britax B-Agile Stroller has a 5-point safety locking harness, an adjustable padded supportive seat, and is compatible with purchase of an adaptor with most major infant car seat manufacturer’s products so you can snap a car seat in there without having to unhook and rehook your baby.

Britax B-Agile Stroller, adaptor, and Graco car seat
Britax B-Agile Stroller, adaptor, and Graco car seat

As it stands right now, I’ve only used the Britax B-Agile Stroller with the carseat adapter and my carseat, so the review is mostly limited in scope to what I’ve run across so far.

The Britax B-Agile Stroller in use

I’m not a terribly tall man, I come in at 5’11” and have shorter than average legs, so I shouldn’t feel like I’m overwhelming this stroller, but I feel like it’s always just out of reach. I’m also always kicking it or attempting to walk beside it because it’s just not quite the right fit for me.

The triangular design of the wheel placement means that hitting a curb at the perfect angle will send the entire thing tipping. I had that happen to me today and was not particularly pleased. Learn from my fail – hit curbs dead on and this will never be a problem.

The ride is remarkably smooth, I’m not entirely sure how it is so smooth, but going over what should be a jolty surface barely seems to translate into the car seat area. We drove it over rocks and a little bit of trail today and the ride was amazing.

I found that the rear-wheel placement always felt like they were 2-3 inches too far out making walking beside the stroller uncomfortable and snaring chairs when I went into a restaurant.

Britax B-Agile Stroller transform!

The stroller folds down into a fairly small-footprint for traveling in a trunk or backseat. Pressing a button on the side and pulling the strap that’s indicated to pull you can collapse the thing in about a second and a half.

Should be noted that although there is text indicating to pull the strap, that without pressing the button on the side that has no text you will not succeed in doing anything except lifting the stroller off of the ground. Press button, hold, pull strap.

After the thing is collapsed, it will lock with a little latch on the side. To open the stroller back up, just flip the plastic latch and things should open right back. They claim it has a one hand quick-fold, but evidently I’m not capable of this one-handed feat. Update: it does, the button just wasn’t sticking and holding when I initially hit it.

See The Britax B-Agile Stroller in action

Wrap-up

Handles are a little too low if you’re 5’11. It’s a little wide. If you’ve got a different car seat you’ll need to purchase a small piece of metal for $40 to make your non-Britax car seat work in it (it’s seriously like $2 worth of labor and shipping,) as a medium sized man I feel the thing’s got an oddly large feeling footprint for something that’s too small.

If you entertain dreams of using this as a jogging stroller, crush those dreams right now.

The Britax B-Agile Stroller is available from Amazon for $184.99.

Updates 6/20/13

After ten weeks of use, the wheels are beginning to show some wear. Were I to guess I’d say they look to be about 1/4th worn down.

You’ve got to be very careful closing the thing or you can get your finger stuck in a closing vice. Yeah. Not a pleasant thing.

The shortness of the thing has started to wear on me and I’m looking for some handlebars to attach.

6/27/13

Notice a white chalky substance forming on the handles… it’s dried up sweat. Also appears to be milk stains on the base which reminds me to mention that if you have the cupholder addition (strongly advised) you make sure to remove bottles from it.

7/1/13

just a pic of the tires – showing some wear at 11 weeks of use

Britax B-Agile Stroller tire wear at 11 weeks and moderate usage

 

Starting to lose definition of the tire bumps which in theory means you can slide a bit easier… but no noticeable effect.

One of the wheels has started squeaking. Will know more on that when I get a chance to look at it. Only seems to squeak at very slow speeds.

7/22/13

Squeak disappeared, not had a lot of use lately except for one day when I had to push Maggie up a hill and then off-road at an angle up a hill. This thing is heavy when going at a constant incline, it also feels like it would tip if you’re on a steep incline, but it didn’t.

Then again, I’m using a car seat adapter in it and my center of balance is quite a bit higher than it’s built for.

Have managed to capture my hands while opening the thing twice now, only once did I hurt ’em. Not sure what needs to be done, but beware holding near the car seat mount area while opening the thing up.

7/24/13

Britax B-Agile Stroller wheels at 3 monthsHave found using the combo of a Graco car seat and a Britax adapter that it is entirely possible to hear the click of the car seat without it properly latching. I learned this as I had to descend a sidewalk and while holding the car seat to stabalize it unsnapped halfway… I don’t know how to describe properly the sense of “oh holy crap” that happened.

Wheels are still smooth, but not much worse for wear – although mostly have been on carpet.. probably only 10 more miles added to the tires on land.

Right wheel has a definite squeak at certain speeds.

7/27/13

After having my hand crushed twice while attempting to one-arm the baby stroller open, let me show you where to NOT hold the Britax Stroller when you’re opening it up:

2013-07-27 11.53.59 2013-07-27 11.53.49

 

The pictures above show the best grip point when holding, and the worst grip point when expanding. They’re the same. I learned my lesson after the second finger-in-vise episode. This is most likely not an issue if you’re not holding a baby in one arm and attempting to assemble the stroller using the other.

(left) fingers being squished, (right) best grip location.

8/12/13

At about four months I have reached the point where I can one-hand everything to do with this stroller. After playing with other strollers I am not a fan of the wheels on this one for my uses. Your uses may vary, mine involve outdoors all terrain mostly.

The wheels are absolutely perfect for stores, malls, places where the sidewalk was not constructed in 1961 and then abandoned to weeds. Unfortunately I don’t really travel these areas too much.

The base is absolutely too wide for a baby stroller, however for a toddler stroller that’s different. My writings above were based on baby stroller width. Eh, my bad… still, it’s a heap’n hunk of wide-load for a new parent.

Wheel still squeaks occasionally, seems it’s only squeaky at certain speeds. Still looking for something to raise the handle bars up a bit so I don’t have to hunch over or keep kicking it as I’m walking. 5’11.5 is just a little taller than this was made to fit.

8/19/13 first use without carseat adapter

As mentioned before, I’ve been using this with a Britax universal adapter and a Graco Snugride 32 car seat. While Maggie is not of the age to be sitting unaided in the stroller, she fits now so we went on a leisurely walk close to the house and man what a difference.

The thing is no longer badly balanced. With Maggie in the carseat and perched so high getting up and down sidewalks was an event. Now it’s just pop the wheels up and go… no danger of baby tipping over.

Without the carseat I really had no tipping concerns… I mentioned above that you can hit a curb at an angle and tip… I’m assuming that’s still possible, but the balance is so much nicer now. The ability to pop baby up into sitting position or lay her down to take a nap also added to the features making this a much nicer ride.

So – to be clear here – this really works well as a stroller, I do not think it works so well as a car-seat base. The carseat just rides too high and screws with the balance. I very much dig the idea of it, but the carseat really feels like it needs to be about 7 inches lower. I can’t describe the difference in ride with baby where baby’s designed to be.

On other things, wheel stopped squeaking, tires show a little more wear at four months walking on sidewalks and a little off-roading, but not terrible, and I have learned black stroller gets super hot in sun.

9/12/13 the Britax B-Agile as a pack mule

Britax B-Agile holding a lot of stuffSome things I’ve noticed lately are that when we go anywhere the underside storage on the B-Agile is simply not enough for more than baby stuff. As such we’ve discovered that the B-Agile can handle having several items slapped onto the handle bars.

The max I believe we’ve ever had (baby included) with this thing was two low-profile lawn chairs, baby bag, purse, two phones, drinks (down low,) toys and formula (under car seat/adapter) and food. Basically the thing became a giant shopping cart with what you can hang off of it.

Unfortunately, with all that you do lose some stability, especially when you take baby weight off the front of it. But then again, it’s not really supposed to do this I’m assuming.

Attached is a pic of Baby M riding with just a daddy bag weighing about 13 pounds hanging off the back. Under/behind the Graco car seat there’s a 32 oz baby formula can, a couple of towels, a tablet, and some work I had to bring home.

10/3/13 Baby M fits now

Baby M’s in a stage now where she seems to fit properly into the B-Agile, and she also is fitting in the Graco car seat whenever I need that. So she had her first stroll in the rain yesterday. It wasn’t particularly bad rain, it was just misting fitzing.

After a while of seeing that the rain was not going to leave her feet alone I popped an umbrella, and then finally decided to turn the stroller around and drag it backwards as the misting was not letting up on her piggies.

I’ve had a chance to play with some other strollers, I’m pretty sure most of my beef with this one can be solved by some handlebar extensions.

I tried a little later to change the angle of the seat, that’s a little bit difficult with a baby laying in it but doable. I’ll try again when it’s not misting mode and see if it’s any easier.

10/12/13 the state of the wheels/stroller

Britax B-Agile stroller wheel at 6 months Britax B-Agile front stroller wheels at 6 months

You can click to expand these pictures. Rear wheels (first pic) you can see are getting pitted, the divots are worn a bit. The wheels seem a little louder than they used to on sidewalk. The front wheels just look bad. The side wall has lines in it like a lot of weight was put on them

Other than the wheels still occasionally deciding to squeak and the handle grip starting to show some wear, not a terrible lot going on with the thing.

10/28/13 gravel is not our friend

Took Maggie to Honeysuckle Hill Farms this weekend to get some photos of her and pumpkins, but also just because I kind of dig these sorts of things.

They’ve got a large amount of the area with grey filler gravel, which is fine to walk on but with 17 pounds of baby and about 10 pounds of stroller+random stuff in the bottom it ended up sinking the stroller.

I ended up popping a wheely for most of the loose gravel areas as the front wheels tended to plow straight on in.

Also, an ear of corn can bring this to its knees… but I wouldn’t expect it to handle that with such small tires. So, not particularly great for rough-terrain off-roading, but did get the job done with only two dead stops, neither of which bothered Maggie.

11/5/13 the photo is finally ready

Paul behind the Britax B-Agile StrollerI promised in the comments I would attempt to get a photo of what a nearly six foot man looks like behind the Britax B-Agile stroller. Finally after months I managed to get this…

So you understand what you’re seeing – this is Maggie in her Graco carseat facing forward on the Britax B-Agile stroller universal adapter.

I’m standing directly behind the stroller, perhaps and inch or two with feet basically on the wheels. Basically I had drawn the stroller back for the photo, this is not how I’d walk as the thing’s almost on my foot.

Based on what I can figure out from my arm, I have roughly three inches of extension here, which at that angle gives me about eight inches with arms extended from front of feet to back of wheel.

Basically I’ve determined I’d be happy with about four more inches of distance and two to five of height.

For quick comparison – I’m 5 feet 11.5 inches tall. In shoes with about a quarter inch sole. My belly button is above the handle.

11/18/2013 Four inches too short

I decided to figure out exactly where my feet landed today while pushing the empty stroller (friend was holding the baby.) With arms comfortable and with my standard gait, my feet naturally had the inclination to be past the wheel hub.

This leads me to kicking the tires or whatever’s in the bottom basket if I’m walking and not thinking about my stride.

Unfortunately this means for me I have to keep my arms totally extended in order to walk naturally, which ends up bugging my shoulders. If I relax my arms I shuffle along fine. I’d be able to walk perfectly if the handles came back four more inches I think.

Stroller still holding up, wheels feeling softer and rubbery now and showing seam. Also looking worn hard. Squeaking has been gone for a while now.

12/11/13 this is not a snow stroller

The long and short of it is this doesn’t plow through snow or crushed gravel too particularly well. Small wheels = dig.

12/22/13 Hey Southwest Airlines, don’t strand parents without this

Southwest stranded us in three airports without the stroller. You have no idea how much I appreciate this thing after having to haul a very annoyed baby around airports in four states. Yeah four, checked it in state one, and after re-routing in state four finally got it back.

Always pack a chest burster in carry on is what I learned. Otherwise you’re going to walk a couple of miles carrying a sweaty infant.

12/30/13 it can handle a 40 pound kid assault

At Zoo Lights in Oregon a child of a friend of ours jumped into the seat without any modifications from baby mode. Worked fine. Worked surprisingly fine actually. We interchanged between our 20 pound infant and the four-year-old without any adjustments needed.

Only thing that happened was due to us still having the car seat adapter struts in, there was a shirt that got stuck for a second. Not a biggie. We didn’t have the car seat with us so there was no adapter in, just the struts.

1/2/14 the handle’s getting worn

Britax B-Agile Stroller handle starting to wear
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At this point we’re almost nine months in, the handle foam has started showing little cracks and minute tears throughout the thing. Mostly it’s not where my hands go, nor where anything puts any stress on the thing, so I’m a bit confused as to these.

There’s a chance that the damage came from the airline, but the thing seemed pretty untouched afterwards. My best bet is the heat and cooling of the car it’s stored in are contributing factors, but who knows.

It looks more like stretch tears. Can’t feel ’em, nor do they hamper use.

1/27/14 the problems walking

Just a quick video of exactly what I’ve been talking about with the handlebars being too short. Shows you where my feet land naturally while walking behind the stroller. Arms at close to full extension.

This stroller would be much better if I was about 5″5, with slightly longer arms.

1/30/14 Stroller recall

The stroller has been recalled for partial fingertip amputation hazard. The recall involves some parts you can stick on that will keep your fingers from getting destroyed.

You can read detail here.

3/5/2014 New 2014 model, same ol’ same ol

Britax B-Agile Stroller 2012 vs Britax B-Agile 2014 Stroller
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The 2014 version is out, it’s called the Britax 2014 B-Agile stroller on Amazon. Functionally it’s the same, cosmetically a bit different. Also supposedly not affected by the recall of the previous versions.

Here’s a link to it and a picture of it next to the 2012/2013 version so you can compare. Click the picture to go to see it on Amazon. Clicking and buying from that will earn us the huge blogger dollars, so feel free to remove the link embed code &tag=tib06=20 should you feel this review wasn’t worth referral money.

 

Going by the reviews and what you can see above, there’s no functional differences, the things that were affected by the recall have been fixed in this model, the frame has been exposed a bit in front, and the canopy is slightly different.

I’m not sure the wheels are different even though they look like it as my wheels looked more like the ones on the right than on the left.

4/11/14 handle foam damage

The foam on the handle seems to have got some damage on the side. At one year of use the handle, some squeaky wheels that settled down, and the potential for finger amputation, the stroller has held up pretty well.

I’ll get a picture of it, but it’s just split. Damage occurred most likely in a trunk.

4/30/14 30 inches of baby dislike this

Something Maggie’s been annoyed at recently is the lack of ability to see out the sides. She’s also constantly trying to sit straight up to get a better view of the world.

In short, at 30 inches she’s not particularly fond of this as a seating choice.

I’m also less than enthused about the prospect of adjusting the seat recline position every time I do it. It’s a pain with a baby on the other side. It’s also annoying I can’t get it to sit straight up and down. I’m sure that’s for safety, but it bugs the baby, who wants to see the world.

5/30/14 seat adjustment woes

When I initially started this review I was mostly using this with a car seat. We’ve since transitioned and with longer times in the seat, Maggie requests to be up or reclined a couple of times on an average stroll.

I do not like the seat adjustment. I don’t even know how to properly describe it, but it’s two straps and an adjustable cube. To make the seat go up, you press and hold a release on the cube with one hand, push and hold the seat into an upright position with your other, then pull each one of the straps through with your other hand.

Yup, that’s too many hands. I’ve substituted a head to push the seat into position, which is very difficult when you have a baby’s weight on it.

It’s easy enough to adjust if you flip the stroller sideways, but not particularly a dream in action.

6/9/14 what a 14 month old in the stroller might look like

A couple of days before she hits 14 months, 90-95th percentile for height

6/18/14 The removal of the car seat adapters buckles

We received the stroller as a gift, and said gift came with car seat adapters installed by the gifters. We haven’t used the car seat adapter for some time, but the little buckle things on the stroller have remained.

The other day I went to look at them figuring it would be a struggle to remove, I was wrong. You can remove and stick the adapters back in one-handed and do it right.

Britax B-Agile Stroller car-seat adapterBritax B-Agile Stroller car-seat adapterBritax B-Agile Stroller car-seat adapterBritax B-Agile Stroller car-seat adapter

 

Congrats to Britax on that – those adapters are really well done. I’d been preparing for yet another long and complicated baby project for nothing.

Oh yeah, if anyone wants to purchase those or a hunk of metal that makes the Graco baby seats work it it, drop me a line.

6/30/14 I’m validated by other parents

As I was strolling in Shopryland the other day Maggie was struggling to sit up so she could see the world (you can look up about a page to 30 inches of baby dislike this,) and we passed another stroller/parent combo and overheard “look, she’s struggling to lean forward too.”

Today I was also at Shopryland for a bit to deliver the stroller to ITMama due to accidentally leaving the stroller in my car, saw another kid leaning forward as best as he could…

Maggie’s pulled so hard she loosened the restraints over the last few uses… either that or she’s lost size, and I don’t think she has.

8/21/14 heavier baby tripod tipover time

Maggie’s gotten a bit larger these days and wants to see the world. As such she keeps leaning forward and there doesn’t seem to be anything built into the back of the stroller to keep her from pulling the entire thing forward, so even if the seat back is set to down she’s able to lift the seatback and her to a sitting position.

What this now means is that if the front tips down (such as going down a stair step,) she goes forward into the restraints and the seatback is pulled straight forward.

This happened twice (Nashville doesn’t invest in sidewalks except where they won’t be used, there are some dropoffs) and both times I was suddenly aware that a tripod shape with a high shifting center of gravity is not ideal. Nothing happened, baby didn’t fall out, baby didn’t even almost fall out, but I did have to wrestle to keep the wheels on the ground as she jerked to see what was going on and threw the balance off.

The range of movement allowed a fairly strong baby is where the problems seem to lay for me. I’m going to tinker with the thing and see if there’s any way I can lock the back of the seat so she can’t throw herself forward or backward at the exact instant I’m trying to navigate South Nashville’s obstacle course sidewalks.

Baby ~25 pounds with 4-6 inches of wiggle room + downward angle + tripod setup = eek.

Still, been pretty happy with this stroller.

11/18/14 19 months in and still chugging

Not been using this as much lately as Maggie demands being carried or walking, but broke this out the other day on a long walk as there was no way to direct her in the right direction. At 19 months Maggie is determined that if it has wheels she’ll be the one pushing it, and the B-Agile doesn’t allow for that very well at her current height.

The wheels look a bit pitted, but they don’t squeak any more and the ride is still smooth.

I guess with the added weight of the baby I’ve started realizing that the stroller is a bit heavier than I’d like it to be. But that is more of one of those straws breaking the camel’s back sort of things as it’s stroller+26 pounds or so.

Were I to do it again with this stroller, I’d have gotten the handlebar extenders, but at this point with the amount we’re using it it’s fine as it is.

Tried it out as a jogging stroller for about a block (my slow jig jogging pace). Don’t try it. Center of gravity on a turn is too high. It’s not designed to be a jogging stroller, it’s not built like one, it just isn’t one. If you want to try it out as one, slap a watermellon in there and go for it.

3/16/15 Spring weather and breaking out the stroller

Got the stroller out for the first time in a while. Went to take the 23-month old out for a spin at the Nashville Zoo. I don’t think we’ve used the stroller since last year as Maggie either wanted to ride on shoulders or walk. This time we broke out the stroller and she indicated she wanted in immediately.

This is where I noticed that little ledge directly above the front wheels is remarkably useful for a toddler her size to knee-up and climb into the seat, which she did many times.

I’m not entirely sure that the restraints are set right now. They look like they are but Maggie will remove the shoulder portions while I’m not looking. She’ll still be strapped in with the lap belt, but it seems like something she’s into.

The weight of the stroller, which seems so light in comparison to the toddler plus the toddler suddenly hit yesterday. Then again, that might be because we’ve all been confined to the house for what feels like months. But there was some significant umph pushing around Maggie yesterday.

Everything’s still holding up 23 months in.

5/7/15 The stroller is giving Maggie an ab workout

Maggie sitting forward
Sitting forward you can see she’s pulled the back a good foot forward

Although Maggie will lay back and be strolled for a few minutes, at two years and a month she’s now wanting to see the world… everything in it. And she can’t do that with the obscured side views so she has to sit up.

We went on a couple of mile walk last night and the grunts from her sitting up to look around were fairly amusing. Buckled into the unit, she pulls the backing forward with her. It’s not a pleasant way for her to ride until she gives up trying to see the world.

The stroller and her have reached the point where they’re heavy. When I am holding her in one arm and attempting to unfold the stroller in the other, it’s a haul.

The only thing really feeling degraded at two years out is the handle foam feels the slightest bit crunchy. Nothing major, just I think that in the next year the handle foam will need to be replaced. That or it’s just filthy.

6/1/15 something stinks

Just check your bottom storage rack area before you fold it up. We’ll leave it at that. Still airing out the thing. Totally not its fault.

7/14/15 the weight now weighs on me

Take one 29+ pound toddler, add one 16.5 pound Britax B-Agile Stroller (according to Amazon, I haven’t weighed it,) I now feel like I’m pushing a tank. A very well moving tank, but I am starting to think it’s time to consider switching to something lighter or getting into shape.

Considering it’s lasted for a good two years three months and is in the same condition it was at six months, I’m considering this a win at the moment.

The wheels still look bad, but they never got worse. The squeak worked itself out. So far still mostly positive.

3/7/16 good run, still running

Coming up on year three now. The handlebar foam is getting a bit stiff and brittle. Pushing a 30+ pound toddler in this takes some effort.

As I’ve mentioned the handlebars are not the right height for me so I have to put extra effort into turns up hills, and everything in general. Throw in a hefty near threenager and we’ve got something I no longer particularly want to use for her.

Kim’s moved onto babywearing with #2, and I’d rather #1 ride my shoulders these days, but that stroller did a lot more than I expected of it. Still on good condition, wheels still look meh, still works perfectly.

4/12/16 the wheels on the stroller go round and round

I had a chance the other day to examine the stroller for a while. Basically we were sitting in the grass waiting for something to happen at Mule Day and I wanted to see if there was anything new going on with the wheels.

There was. The plasticy wheels are now feeling rubbery. That only took three years.

They still feel plastic on the outside, but if you squeeze them they’re responding like rubber tires.

Still holding up the same as last entry.

5/31/16 it would be seriously easier to carry a toddler and the stroller, surprisingly easy cleanup

Had my first huge “wish I had not brought the stroller” moment at the Tennessee Renaissance Fair this weekend. It has to do with the gravel they use in some worn out areas (construction gravel, grey) and a toddler (Maggie,) who refused to walk.

What ensued was the small front wheels continually digging into the gravel so far that I was actually completely stopped by the wedged stroller on probably 30 occasions. I regret not attempting to use my brain until near the end, but the only way to traverse that gravel was to turn the stroller around and let the larger wheels handle it.

The tiny front wheels got my full weight at a 90 degree angle several times that they decided to plow down and hit something hidden.

The next day baby A decided to vomit a bottle of milk and some solids all on the interior of the stroller. It looked like about a bowl full of vomit pooled up in the seat and the front areas. We had to transport it back home with only minimal wiping, at which point I removed everything and cleaned it with a garden hose, let dry, and that was that.

Cleanup was surprisingly easier than I’d anticipated. Also if I’m remembering correctly this is the first major cleanup this has had to have in 3+ years.

4 / 5 stars     
  • oh I wish I’d seen this review before I bought this stroller. I want to like it. There’s a lot to like. But I live in Czech Republic with cobblestones. Nuff said. My bad for ordering it online without seeing it first. Sigh.

    • you might want to look at getting some large rubber wheels… rubber wheels would run over cobblestones significantly better… I can’t find anything for the b-agile, but I bet there is somewhere that sells them… if I can find any I’ll post them here and on the site

  • Karla

    I’m sorry but I can not agree with this, I have the same stroller for 10 months and I have had no problems and I have the britax car seat, organizer, and child tray. Love love love. I hope you know that the britax car seat is the safest in the market. Britax made sure that the carseat would hold up in the worst condition. Before I bought this stroller I researched a lot and wanted a stroller that would be safe and reliable. My wheels are fine and I go everywhere with this stroller. Also if you read reviews on babies r us and babycenter. Many people speak extremely very well of Britax.

    • Karla

      Get the warranty it worth it, I have it

      • If the thing is great, then there’s no need for a warranty. I fail to see what you cannot agree with, this whole thing is a running blog of three months of experiences (at the moment) with the thing and most are not openly negative, just observations.

        Are you disputing that it’s not a four out of five star stroller?
        Are you saying my claim that it’s too short for a 5’11 man is incorrect? I can show you what it looks like standing next to me – requires hunching.
        Would you like me to post video of the wheel squeaking? They do.
        The pictures of the wheels are indeed real, I can post video of it.
        And I’ll post next the area to keep your hand out of while opening the thing up.

        I also said nothing about the Britax car seat, I wrote about the Graco Car Seat and the adapter that Britax makes.

        I’m not paid by Britax, or anyone, to review their product so you get my experiencing with the thing. I also do it over the course of months with pictures like the above with the wheels slightly wearing down (and in my case squeaking.)

        But yeah, if you believe in a product there’s no reason to purchase a warranty on it, and this is a positive 4-star review with notes, so your disagreeing with it… you’ll need to pick a particular point to disagree with.

        I’m not attempting to sell this product, I’m attempting to give an account of how it’s functioned… considering there’s no profanity and me claiming they should burn for it, it’s a positive review.

  • Treza

    Loved this. … laughed hard

  • Dionne

    Thanks for writing the review … helps the OCD researchers like me! I’m 5’9″ and was planning on using the stroller on trails (even ones, but trails nonetheless!). The other weird thing is that I love the peacock color, but Britax is not planning on bringing out a matching carseat.

  • Fabio

    Thanks for the review!
    I’m seriously considering buying this stroller, but I’m worried about the height.
    I’m a little taller than you (6”). It´s very uncomfortable pushing the stroller?
    You can post a picture of you with the Stroller so I can get an idea of ​​how it looks?
    I have searched other Strollers but this pleased me to be very compact when folded and not as fragile as the umbrella strollers.

    Are you regretted of this buying? Is there another model that would indicate to look?

    Here is a suggestion for the problem of handlebar height:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VPCQTA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002VPCQTA&linkCode=as2&tag=tib06-20

    • I’ll see about getting a picture of me with the stroller a little bit later today. That stroller bar you posted would probably be exactly what I need to remedy my gripes with pushing it.

      It’s not terribly uncomfortable as it is, but after a half hour of walking or so I find that I’m walking next to the stroller rather than behind it so I can walk faster without kicking the thing. That doesn’t work so well as I keep kicking the wheels or I’m taking up far too much space and have to keep going behind.

      I find myself pushing with just my fingertips quite a bit as if I want the thing far enough in front of me to not keep getting kicked that’s the only way to do it.

      I didn’t purchase it, it was a gift from ITMama’s co-workers. If I had purchased it there would be a small amount of regret regarding the handle height, but that’s pretty standard. These are not made for tall people to push without discomfort. I would also have a little regret on getting these tires. I’d rather have inflatable tires.

      I have no other recommendations, I’ll check next time I’m at Target and see if I see something that looks like it was designed to be pushed by the taller crowd or would be any better. I’m ok with the Britax as it stands, I just write a lot on it because people seem to want to read it.

  • leah

    Re. the squeaking wheels and the wheels wearing down quickly, if you contact Britax directly, they will send you a replacement set of wheels. The newest models have different wheels, as the problems you described were common.

  • Zeke

    Leah, re: the different wheels, you might be thinking of the B-Ready stroller, not the B-Agile. Britax appears to have fitted 2012 and later B-Readys with foam-filled tires, rather than the plastic/nylon ones they used to come with (you can even retrofit older ones: http://www.britaxusa.com/accessories/2012-b-ready-wheel-kit). In fact, if you google image search the B-Ready, it almost looks like the B-Agile got the old B-Ready’s wheels.

    And, sadly, the B-Agile stroller has no such replacement/upgrade kit.

  • Fabio

    Thanks for the photo!

  • Tin

    Thanks for the review. In hindsight, which stroller would you have gotten? I don’t think I’ll be doing as much walking as you do but who knows.

    • Honestly I don’t know… this isn’t a comparison review as this stroller was given to us. From what I’ve seen I’d probably go for 4 wheels as opposed to 3 as I’ve had tipping issues and digging into gravel and snow, and I’m not particularly fond of the method to raise and lower baby. But I don’t know what’s the best out there.

      If I find something better I’ll mention it though.

  • jango

    hey paul, i am looking at britax B-agile and the greco modes click connect…. one of the issues i see with the britax is that it seems like it is kinda unstable due to the two front wheels being so close together…. what do u think based on ur experience with it? also, do the front wheels have to be locked(for sideways movement), and if so how do we turn?

    • I think the thing is stable as long as you’re using it as a standard stroller with no adapters. Once you get into raising the center of gravity with a carseat/adapter kit it does tend to become slightly less stable. When Maggie was in the Graco car seat I did have two incidents in which I didn’t feel stable when transitioning from sidewalk to road. I’ve since learned to just hit sidewalks dead on as opposed to at a slight angle which was what each of the incidents were.

      That said, when my daughter is using it as a normal stroller now without the car seat adapter that put her up about 3.5 feet in the air, I would struggle to find a way to tip it. You can tip, but it would require work. I was so/so on it with the car seat, I’m digging the stroller significantly more as a front facing stroller.

      Not sure what you’re talking about on sideways movement – the only wheels that change direction are the front, which allow you to turn, the rear are always facing forward, so the only sideways movement will be from the front. I think there’s a way to lock these, but I’ve never investigated. If you were wanting to move the stroller left while facing forward as far as I know the only way to do that would be to lift the rear wheels up and start sidestepping. The front wheels would turn and allow you to do that.

      If you can clarify on the sideways movement I’ll get back to you later today… I’ll have the stroller with me today so I can order the recall repair kit and can experiment however.

  • jango

    thanks for the reply, so should i be concerned if i want to use the britax b safe car seat on top of the britax b agile stroller? regarding the movement of the britax stroller, ive read on a few blogs that the stroller manual apparently states that if using with an infant car seat (and adaptor), the front swivel wheel must be in the locked position during use. Which is why i had the question about how to make a turn, u would probably have to lift the stroller each time u wanna make a turn…. sorry if i have confused you…. thanks

  • Hrmm, I’ll have to consult the manual, it’s been a good 10 months since I looked at it. I never had the front wheels in the locked position, but if you have them you’d need to life either the front or the back in order to turn.

    Man, I can’t imagine using that thing without the ability to turn the front wheels…I guess it would make it slightly more stable when rotating, but it would also make it less movable… yeah… I’ll put a watermellon or something in the carseat and see what the thing’s like on stability / see if I can cause a tip probably in two days… at the moment it’s raining and freezing, tomorrow it’s raining all day. Neither of these days makes me want to be out in them 😉

  • jango

    thanks, hope the weather improves soon!!! 🙂

  • samantha

    It says in the directions to never forward face a carseat. And I think it says it right on the stroller.

  • Yes, it’s due to the angle of the seats being able to chuck a baby out if they’re not strapped in, whereas with rear facing even if the straps failed you have the entire rear of the stroller protecting in the event of a strollover.

    Basically that you could pitch the entire stroller onto the baby if you were somehow going fast enough.

    Assuming you’re mentioning that because I posed her for two pictures face forward so I didn’t get the back of her head?

  • sorry for the delay, came down with a severe cold, then the flu, then something else. Been a very snotty feb. I’ll try and get this test done this weekend.

  • After a month of being sick, ready to show the balancing with locked vs unlocked, but we’re in snowmageddon at the moment so no video of stroller tipping. erf…

  • Laura

    awesome review. honest! I am storn between this and the City Mini GT. There’s a lot to like/ perfer about the Britax over the City Mini, but I’m a girl that’s 5’10” and hubby is 6 foot. Being able to tackle grass, and areas with very light gravel is important. IF the Britax can defintiely handle lighter terrain I want to go with it simply b/c of the curved bar at the bottom as opposed to the straight of the City Mini.

    • I’ve used it for Maggie’s entire life. It can tackle light grass and light gravel. It is not particularly great at non-packed gravel as it sinks, but that’s just tire displacement. I don’t know if a 4-wheeler is any better as the only place I’ve had trouble our friends with the 4-wheeler (which actually has 6 wheels as it has two double front) were in the same boat.

      Got no dog in the game though (other than if someone clicks a link of mine and then buys something I might get an amazon commission) so if you’ve got any questions or need pictures of something lemme know.

      I’m about to do a balance test video on it to see where the tipping point is in various usage scenarios… unfortunately it’s raining like mad today so not getting around to it today.

  • zipper head

    Good morning Paul, thanks for the EXTREMELY thorough review. Did you find any issues with the wheels being plastic rather than rubber? Traction issues?

    • Traction has never really been an issue as your shoes are the primary point of traction in the stroller equation. The wheels stick well enough that I don’t see that there would be a difference between rubber and whatever this rubberized plastic is.

      If the thing had softer rubber wheels it would do much better on somewhat rocky surfaces and have a little less vibration transmitted to baby butt, however I don’t think it would be a huge reduction of transmitted shaking as we’re not dealing with a lot of weight on it.

      Rubber wheel would also add a little weight which might be a pain.

      Wheels are looking ragged at nearly 14 months, but they keep performing the same as they have been. The looks of them do not seem to have any effect on the performance.

      Rubber wheels would also be significantly quieter in some situations, but these usually are in gravel and you wouldn’t be worried about waking a baby or making noise so much there.

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  • Holly Wood

    Does anybody know if britax replaces the 2012 b angile for new stroller scense mines recalled for finger loss

    • If it’s on the recall list, you just send them your info. They send you a kit that you apply and it makes it so you can’t stick your fingers in there.

      They do not replace the stroller, just send you about $6 worth of stuff to make it so you can’t lose a finger

      • Holly Wood

        I received the kit but rod them I had no no time to sweat fixing it so they offered to send me a New replacement so yes Britax is the Best Thanx !

  • Hello Paul, I think the only concern for me now, based on your review is the mere fact that baby tends to lean forward due to the upright seat angle. Are you implementing a workaround (say add a pillow at baby’s back) for this or just accepted this limitation as it is?

    • Just to clarify – she is using her muscles to lean herself forward to see out, not the stroller is leaning her forward. Stroller seat is at a reclining angle that she (and other babies evidently,) tend to dislike.

      You can lean the seat back to almost flat. The problem is the more reclined the seat is the more they’re looking up and wanting to see out. So then you have a baby pulling the seat back up.

      Baby can pull the seatback to nearly past 90 degrees, but it does seem to top out at straight up. At 16 months I need to figure out a solution I think. I don’t think there’s a danger of her getting out but she’s not happen unless sitting upright… so pillows or something probably.

      Worst thing I’ve had so far is her struggling to sit upright and going down a single step she was dangling forward when she wouldn’t have if she was at the max angle the seat goes forward.

      I think there’s a solution, but I’ll have to figure it out. We’ve been using the stroller a bit less lately as she’s started walking.

      I’ll see what I can come up with.

      • Pads

        Thanks for the feedback! Yes, that’s what I meant – stroller seat reclining angle is not too upright, which causes babies to lean forward. We are expecting in a month, and I have been decided with the Britax for a week now until I read your blog regarding this downside (maximum upright angle 56 degrees). I am now looking into considering other options but always come back to the Britax with overall value and offering.

        If you don’t mind my asking, if you had to get a second stroller to replace what you have, would you go for a Britax again?

        • The only thing (other than the seat angle) that I do not like currently about it is that when a child is attempting to lean forward it throws off the balance.

          This thing has been pretty good for us – I might have gone with a quad instead as I’ve had two instances where the front wheel somehow got stopped and the stroller tilted. Now in each of these events nothing happened, but it was something I now look out for in any tripod strollers.

          But there’s nothing I’ve seen that jumped out at me and said “this is the stroller, you should get this”.

          Can’t say I wouldn’t want to try something else, but if it came down to an unknown and the Britax I’d probably get the Britax. Once my wheel squeak went away (just from use,) and I learned to fold it properly with one hand it’s been really a good one.

          • Thanks! That gives me more perspective now. Also looking at the quad Britax of the B Agile as well. Might be performing similarly – but it’s quite new offering at this time. Again, this review really helped me a lot – will surely come back with some feedback once I decide to get one of my own already.

  • Hey Paul, just saw the 4-wheeled version of Britax B Agile. Heavier by 4 lbs I think – not sure if they made some improvements.

    • Would that be the Britax B-Agile 4: http://www.britaxusa.com/strollers/b-agile-4 ?

      Gonna have to check that out. Looks like it’s the same backing though “infinite recline positions”

      The wheels are also still pretty close in on the front… guess I’m going to have to go to babies R Us to play with one and see if it’s better.

      Man I wish I had big blogging connections in the baby world

      • Yes that’s the one! Looks like the wife is vetoing – likes the all-black style of the 3-wheel version

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  • lynn

    My husband is 6 feet tall and has no problems reaching this stroller. I also wish the wheels were better but you get what you pay for. Sounds like you don’t like this stroller very much, the affinity might be better for you.

    • It’s all about the arm and leg lengths, not the height. For me I keep bumping into the wheels.

      I don’t hate it, but if there’s a choice between loading baby in it or carrying her/letting her walk I generally prefer walking at this age.

      She despises not being able to sit completely upright so it’s an all-ab workout.

      Oddly with all the complaining I’ve done about the quality of the wheels, am at 21 months, they look bad, but still work.

  • Luke Starnes

    Paul, if I missed it my apologies, but did you ever try anything to fix the stroller handle height? I find it a little short (I’m 6′) and it bothers my back after a long walk. I’ve debated trying to affix some sort of extension to it (some kind of bolt on U), and curious if you’d gone down that road. It seems like another 2-3 inches and it would be awesome. great stroller otherwise.

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  • Javier Salazar Kaemena

    Hi Paul, my wife and I want to buy this stroller for our baby but in our searching on the internet we found many criticisms relating to the wheels , many people say in many forums that wheels aré of very bad quality and with some use it is very difficult to push the stroller straight or it gets very heavy to push or there is a sound all the time, after reading your review we note that you did not have this isue, For us it is a bit complicated because in our country this car costs about 800 dollars, much more than in the US so we do not want to make a bad desicion, do you know if this problems were solved for 2015 models, I say this because although most problems are in strollers of 2012 and 2013 we also see complaints in 2014 and 2015, other alternative we have is the graco travel system antiquity, but it costs around 1000 dollars ,thanks in avance for you help

    • The issue with pushing it straight I believe is related to the issue I have with actually reaching the handlebars. Because the thing is short, and you’ll notice the handlebars are almost directly over the rear wheels, you’ve got a leverage issue. Child leans forward, you’ll have more pull as they’re so far out from the fulcrum point. I can see it being a bit of an issue.

      You hear the wheels. They’re plastic. Rubberized plastic I guess but plastic. If you’re on a good walking trail you don’t hear them so much, old road you do.

      Attaching a picture of the B-Agile 3 which I think is the 2015 version. The issue is still there that the handlebars are almost directly over the rear wheels. You get no leverage. You can get a grip extender (think it’s linked down lower in the comments) and that gives you more leverage to steer. Wheels look the same as I’ve got.

      It’s an OK stroller, but based on every other stroller I’ve seen it’s only pretty good. There’s nothing that makes it amazing. At $800 in this country I’d want something amazing. The B-Agile is a good $200 stroller.

      Now, I’ll stress that I’ve only played with a stroller that was similar to the Graco Antiquity (looked the same to me,) but here are my thoughts on it: harder to accidentally tip, can turn better due to not tipping, Gets caught on things more than the B-Agile (tripod design works better for rolling over stuff). Doesn’t seem to require as much effort overall. Same fulcrum issues.

      Something to consider on the turning is something I’ve been doing unconsciously lately – I just push down on the handlebars, pop a wheelie, and turn. Pushing down causes the handle to be further away from the wheels, then I turn easier.

      What’s the average stroller price there?

  • Laura Bailey

    Hi Paul! What a perfect review, as you use it over a long period of time! I really appreciate your dedication to thoroughly reviewing this stroller. Even though I read your entire piece about this stroller, I’m still left wondering what to do. I have sort of a unique situation, but I think you can give me solid advice about whether this stroller is right for us. My son is eleven years old. He is a mere 43 pounds, soaking wet, and 42 inches in height. His size is due to a severe medical issue at birth that has been resolved, so now he’s trying to catch up with his growth. He is unable to walk, so we are left with two options for getting him around stores …and the and happiest place on earth, Disneyland. We can either put him in a wheelchair, which doesn’t allow him to recline and rest. It also leads to unwanted stares, so I’m adamantly opposed to it. My son Our other choice is to find a stroller, which we’ve found is a real challenge at his current size. I happened to find the Britax stroller on “Hayneedle” for dirt cheap ($150). As a bargain shopper, this appeals to me. As someone who’s going to have to push this thing around, I want to be sure that it’s the right stroller because I’ll be stuck with it for at least two years or until it wears out, whichever comes first. My long winded question for you is this: Do you think a 43 pound, 42 inch tall child will fit comfortably in this stroller? Surely, there’s a better stroller out there for us, but from what I’ve seen, the ideal strollers cost more than my first car did. My back is already damaged from lifting my son, I’m not so sure that this low seat will help that, but the cheap price tag keeps calling my name. What do you think? Thanks in advance!!!

    • a 34 pound 33 inch kid is comfy with at least 5 inches to spare… according to Britax’s website it’s appropriate for up to 55 pound children.

      Using a standardized height/weight chart I found on pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91268329918688139/?from_navigate=true

      it says that a 57.2 pound child could be up to 45 inches.

      To me this would indicate that the stroller should fit a 42″ inch tall child. I’ll check and see if I brought the stroller to work with me today and if so measure about the length from footrest to head.

      keep in mind at 43 pounds you’re also throwing in another 16.5 pounds of stroller so you’re going to be pushing around about 60 pounds of stroller. Now, this isn’t a huge issue as you’re pushing him around anyway, but the triangular design strollers require more torque to turn them I’ve found (although I would think it would be the opposite).

      Long story short it will probably work, I’ll see if I can get an exact measurement if the stroller is in my car in a few minutes.