The Britax B-Ready convertible stroller may be a good choice if you have twins or two children relatively close in age because it accepts two infant car seats at once. However, to achieve its advertised "14 different seating configurations" requires the purchase of additional components. In spite of the additional cost of accessories, parents and experts give this stroller high marks.
Great safety features. Reviewers rate the Britax B-Ready highly for safety. The five-point no re-thread harnesses are secure, and the one-touch rear brake is easy to operate, although a few owners had problems with it breaking after a few months and had to get a replacement from customer service. The front swivel wheels lock easily. The frame is sturdy and stable, and older kids can climb into the stroller when it's empty without it flipping over.
Bulky but maneuverable. At 32 pounds with the second seat, the Britax B-Ready is a heavy stroller. One Amazon.com reviewer called it "the Humvee of strollers." The wide wheelbase can make it difficult to fit through narrow doorways or store aisles. Yet, most reviewers feel that, while it could be heavy to push, it was still fairly easy to maneuver, and the foam tires provide a smooth ride over many types of terrain. Still, the stroller can be hard to hoist, so it's probably best for people who don't need to lug it up and down stairs or onto public transportation.
Folding can be tricky -- it takes two hands -- but most got the hang of it with practice. It self-locks, but the lock doesn't always stay closed with the second seat in. It doesn't stand when folded, and there is no carrying strap to help lift it.
Parents love the adjustable handle, although some wish it telescoped so taller parents' legs don't hit the stroller while walking. Both seats recline easily with one hand, but it can be a little hard to get a child in and out of the smaller second seat, since it only faces forward and requires you to crouch down. Converting the seat to different positions is a snap.
Owners report that it's generally easy to clean.
Stylish, versatile, and comfortable -- for a price. The big selling point of the Britax B-Ready is that it can be configured in 14 different ways to accommodate two children of different ages in a combination of a car seat and a seat, or a bassinet and a seat; two children of the same age in a combination of car seats and seats; as well as a single child in either a car seat, seat or bassinet.
However, out of the box the Britax B-Ready comes with a single seat that accommodates a child from 6 months of age and up. To reach those other configurations requires separate purchases, including: one or two car seats (one Britax car seat adapter is included, an adapter for other brands is $49.99, the adapter for the second Britax car seat is $79.99), a second seat (*Est. $113) and a bassinet (*Est. $150).
In spite of the additional costs associated with toting a second child, reviewers like that the Britax B-Ready accommodates twins or children of mixed ages. However, a few owners say the optional second seat was too small and that toddlers could quickly outgrow the 35-pound weight limit. It's also hard for children to see out of the lower second seat. One thing to consider when positioning seats: If you have a child in the smaller bottom seat and an older child in the top seat, face the top one forward so the younger child doesn't get kicked.
The swing-away bumper on the bigger seat makes it easier to get kids in and out, but reviewers wish it came with a child snack tray or cup holder. The included parent cup holder is flimsy, reviewers agreed.
Both canopies have viewing windows that close with magnets, which are quieter than Velcro, a big plus when kids are sleeping. Parents don't like that the canopy on the bottom seat drags on the ground when folded.
Prompt assistance. The Britax B-Ready has a one-year limited warranty against defective materials or workmanship with proof of purchase. Buyers who dealt with the customer service departments got an immediate response and said replacements were sent out the same day.
Review Credibility: Excellent Babble.com picked the Britax B-Ready as a top convertible stroller, praising its ability to go from single to double and be configured in 14 different ways. They compared it to the UppaBaby Vista but feel it's a better choice because its optional second seat reclines in four positions with one hand, and it can be folded down with the stroller. Editors love the gigantic canopy, storage basket and foam-filled rubber tires that handle uneven terrain easily. However, they note that all these features can make the stroller tough to squeeze in tiny trunks.
Review: Babble Blogger Favorites: Top Double Strollers of 2012, Michelle Horton, Dec. 3, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent The Britax B-Ready scores the top rating of 5 stars out of 5 from both editors and parent reviewers in this roundup of the 15 top double strollers of 2012. Editors call it sleek, stylish and versatile, and they love that the large storage basket can be accessed easily in all 14 seating configurations. They also like the full coverage canopy; adjustable handlebar; foam tires; four-position, one-hand seat recline; and the ability to fold the stroller with the second seat in. However, they wish it came with cup holders, snack tray and safety wrist strap. The parent reviewer loves the padded, easy-to-use harness system; the ease of switching seats; and its smooth maneuverability.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Double Strollers of 2012. Which One Should You Buy?, Kate Bayless, June 14, 2012
3. Canadian Family
Review Credibility: Excellent Canadian Family readers help editors rate the seven best strollers that convert from single to double, listing both pros and cons. The Britax B-Ready rated an 8.5 out of 10. Among its plusses are its easy fold, 14 seating configurations (when used with separately purchased second seat), smooth maneuverability (thanks to large foam wheels) and easily adjustable straps. But the parent tester said the second seat was less comfy than the main one, and it barely fit in her VW Jetta.
Review: Family Tested: The Best Single-to-Double Strollers, Editors of Canadian Family magazine, Summer 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent Editors of SheKnows.com used parent testers to evaluate various double strollers in the tandem and side-by-side category, eventually narrowing it down to nine top double strollers in its "double stroller showdown." Editors say the convertible Britax B-Ready wows parents with its 14 different configurations -- it accommodates two car seats with separately sold adaptors, making it perfect for twins and children of different ages.
Review: Double Strollers: Which One Is Right for You?, Christina Holt, April 23, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz has always been a big fan of the Britax B-Ready, but she says that the 2012 addition of foam-filled rubber tires makes the stroller even more appealing. Her latest video review focuses on updated features, and she notes that parents with older models of the B-Ready can upgrade it with an optional tire kit. The B-Ready is also the top stroller in BabyGizmo.com's top five double stroller recommendations.
Review: Baby Gizmo Britax B-Ready 2012 Video Review, Hollie Schultz, March 13, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Britax B-Ready Stroller 2012 averages 4.5 stars out of 5 in over 90 reviews. Buyers say it's solid, stable and well constructed, with many seating choices when you purchase the optional second seat. But reviewers note that it is heavy, tricky to fold and hard to hoist up stairs or into trunks -- where it may not fit anyway. Still, most reviewers are willing to deal with these inconveniences.
Review: Britax B-Ready Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good This roundup of 22 "cool new strollers" includes the Britax B-Ready. Editors praise its versatility, noting that it can be configured in a "whopping 14 possibilities" with the second seat, and seats can be positioned rear or forward. With separately purchased car seat adaptors or bassinets, the stroller becomes a complete travel system for newborns, and then grows with your children. The review is not comparative. There is no mention of testing, and several of the strollers are discontinued.
Review: Our Favorite New Single, Double and Travel Strollers, Melanie Monroe Rosen, Not dated