The Britax B-Agile is a highly maneuverable stroller that accommodates children from birth to 55 pounds. It weighs in at just 16.5 pounds, and folds into a compact package to fit in most car trunks. It includes adapters for two highly rated Britax infant car seats, and accepts other brands of car seats with an optional adapter (*Est. $50).
Britax's premier protection extends to strollers. Known for setting the safety standard in car seats, the company's foray into strollers doesn't skimp on your child's other four-wheeled ride. The Britax B-Agile has a five-point padded, adjustable, no rethread harness. The buckle is secure enough that even a child at the upper end of the weight limit shouldn't be able to undo it. It has one-touch linked brakes, and the front wheels lock and unlock with the touch of a button.
Only one hand needed to do most things. Reviewers say the Britax B-Agile is very easy to use and push, with a simple, one-handed fold that locks automatically. The recline is a strap mechanism that can be adjusted with one hand, but requires two to put the seat back up. As with Britax car seats, the B-Agile harness is a front-adjustable, no rethread style. When used with a Britax car seat, the car seat snaps in easily to the "Click and Go" adapters. The stroller also gets good marks for ease of cleaning the fabric.
Good stroller for parents on the go. The B-Agile doesn't have the option of attaching a bassinet and the seat doesn't reverse, but the seat is suitable from birth and accommodates a variety of car seats. It folds small enough to fit in the trunk of even a Mini Cooper, according to one reviewer. One expert source says the B-Agile has a standing fold, but Britax doesn't list that feature and owners say the stroller is wobbly if you try to stand it when folded, plus it ruins the foam covering on the handle. It is easy to carry when folded and the large canopy provides full sun protection, with a large, mesh ventilation and peek-a-boo window. While the underseat basket is just medium-sized and can be hard to access with the stroller reclined, there's a large storage pocket on the back of the seat.
The handles on the B-Agile aren't adjustable, but the axle is curved so even taller parents say they don't end up kicking the stroller while walking. Although it's not an all-terrain stroller, the B-Agile works very well on more challenging terrain such as gravel, playground mulch and grass, reviewers say. The footrest isn't adjustable, but is long compared to other strollers; in video reviews, even a 4-year-old at the upper range of the weight limit fits comfortably in the large seat. An optional standing board (*Est. $90) is available for toddlers or older children. A cup holder (*Est. $15) and child tray (*Est. $25) are sold separately, which parents dislike.
The B-Agile hasn't been around long enough to get a good feel for long-term durability, but Britax has a good reputation for building solid, quality products.
Standard stroller warranty. Britax offers a one-year warranty on all products, and gets good reviews for responsive customer service.
The Britax B-Agile is a top pick for a lightweight stroller because it works from birth with or without a car seat, gets great ratings for ease of use and fits in virtually any car trunk. This may not be the best stroller for city use, since it neither stands when folded nor has a bassinet option, but may be perfect for parents who rely heavily on their cars.
1. Which? magazine
Excellent Editors of Which? magazine give thorough reviews of all 32 strollers they deem to be "Best Buys," including the Britax B-Agile. Maneuverability, ease of use, convenience and safety are taken into account. There are quite a few owner reviews, as well.
Review: Pushchairs: Best Buys, Editors of Which? magazine, As of Aug. 2012
Excellent Schultz gives a detailed critical review of the Britax B-Agile, testing it and demonstrating fit with two children of various ages. She calls the B-Agile easy to use, comfortable for larger children and highly maneuverable. Her only quibble is with the Velcro closures on the canopy window.
Review: Britax B-Agile Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, April 28, 2011
Very good The Britax B-Agile earns 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 180 customer reviews, getting high marks for its light weight, compact fold and ease of use. However, even happy owners grumble about the extra cost for a cup holder, and say the basket is too small and hard to access. There are scattered complaints about the stroller being hard to unfold and the buckle being tough to release.
Review: Britax B-Agile Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Aug. 2012
Very good StrollerQueen Janet McLaughlin tests the Britax B-Agile, comparing it to the Baby Jogger City Mini -- which many other reviewers do, as well. She says the B-Agile maneuvers well and is easy to use. The review takes a good look at the B-Agile's features, but isn't particularly critical.
Review: Britax B-Agile Review, Janet McLaughlin, Aug. 10, 2011
Very good The Britax B-Agile gets close to 100 reviews spread over several models and colors. Owner feedback is overwhelmingly positive, with most posters saying they love the stroller for its capabilities as a travel system with a good car seat. Others call it lightweight, and easy to use and push. Many complain about the small basket, and the lack of a cup holder or accessories.
Review: Britax B-Agile, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Aug. 2012