The Britax B-Agile is so much like the Baby Jogger City Mini that Baby Jogger is suing Britax for patent infringement. Having said that, the B-Agile gets great reviews for the same reasons the City Mini does: It's a highly maneuverable stroller that is easy to use and comfortable for the child. It includes adapters for the Britax car seat, but, in the reviews we read, plenty of people who love the stroller hate the car seat.
Marred by a recent recall. Known for setting the safety standard in car seats, Britax's foray into strollers doesn't skimp on your child's 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 should not be able to undo it easily. It has one-touch, linked brakes and locking front wheels. Car seats lock in securely, particularly Britax brand seats.As this report was being prepared, Britax, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced a voluntary recall of about 225,000 strollers due to significant finger injuries in the folding mechanism. This includes the B-Agile single and double. The hinge on the strollers' folding mechanism can partially amputate consumers' fingertips, break their fingers or cause severe lacerations when they press the release button while pulling on the release strap. If you own one of these strollers, you should stop using it immediately and contact Britax to receive a free repair kit. Contact Britax at 866-204-1665 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday to Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. You can also visit the company's websites at www.britaxusa.com or www.bobgear.com and click on "Safety Notice" in the top right corner, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Only one hand needed for most features. 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 done with one hand, but requires two to put the seat back up. Like the Britax car seats, the harness on the B-Agile 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 gets good marks for ease of cleaning the fabric.
A basic, single stroller. The Britax B-Agile is a basic, single stroller with a seat that fits children from birth to 55 pounds. There are no optional prams or bassinets, but an optional Stroller Board (Est. $65) is available for older children to ride along on. It works with a variety of car seats in addition to the Britax line. Britax also sells the B-Agile in a double version (Est. $320).
Good for the suburban parent. According to one reviewer, the Britax B-Agile folds small enough to fit even in the trunk of a Mini Cooper. At 16.5 pounds it's lightweight and easy to carry when folded. The canopy provides full sun protection with ventilation and a peek-a-boo window. The basket under the seat is described by reviewers as small and hard to access. There is a large storage pocket on the back of the seat. The handles on the B-Agile are not adjustable. The cup holder (Est. $15) and child tray (Est. $25) are sold separately, something that parents don't like having to pay extra for.
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. Authors Denise and Alan Fields conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. Their section on strollers is detailed and offers a wealth of useful information. Both the Britax brand in general and the B-Agile are reviewed and rated against dozens of other popular strollers.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
The Britax B-Agile comes in fourth overall, out of 21 strollers tested, earning an overall score of 73 out of 100. It's a top pick winner for being compact and light, and a great value, and for its compatibility with a top-ranked car seat.
Review: Britax B-Agile Review, Juliet Spurrier, MD, Nov. 27, 2013
The Britax B-Agile earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 110 customer reviews. It gets high marks for its light weight, compact fold and ease of use. 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 it being hard to unfold and that the buckle is hard to release.
Review: Britax B-Agile Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2014
Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz gives a detailed, critical review of the Britax B-Agile, testing it and demonstrating fit with two children of different ages. She says the B-Agile is 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