Experts and owners agree that the Britax B-Ready (*Est. $460) may be the only stroller you'll ever need, from birth to stroller graduation. That is, if you don't mind paying the fairly high base price, plus extra for a car seat, bassinet and second seat to convert the B-Ready to a double. It also holds two car seats, making it a true twin stroller, although it holds only one bassinet. Also, it's only compatible with the Britax Chaperone infant car seat. Reviewers say the B-Ready is sturdy, versatile, and easy to steer and maneuver. The reclining second seat wins praise by both owners and experts. It's simple to fold, unfold and attach/detach accessories.
Except for one complaint that the button to release the second seat stuck a bit when the stroller was new, we found no criticism in expert reviews about the B-Ready. All seem to agree it was worth the luxury price. Several owner reviews complain the B-Ready does not perform well off-road or in rough terrain, but, to be fair, it is not an all-terrain stroller. The longer wheelbase that accommodates the second seat impacts Britax B-Ready's maneuverability. If you're only going to use it as a single stroller, and want a luxury stroller, a better choice may be the well-reviewed UppaBaby Vista (Est. $980).
There were ample professional reviews of the Britax B-Ready, and fewer owner reviews -- not an unusual situation with a pricier stroller. We found the best professional reviews at Babble.com, StrollerQueen.com, RatedByMom.com (a division of BabyGizmo.com) and MagicBeans.com. Strollers were put through their paces in real-world situations as well as tested for ease of use in assembling and disassembling various accessories. Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com did not have as many reviews of the B-Ready as garnered by less expensive strollers, but existing reviews were helpful for assessing owner experiences.
Babble.com editors tested a variety of convertible double strollers (strollers that can act as singles or doubles with an attachable second seat) with a 5-month-old, 18-month-old and 3-year-old on ease of assembly, use, breakdown and storage, and in a variety of environments. All were tested with attachable second seats. The Britax B-Ready was named the best convertible stroller.
Review: Babble Best 2010: Double Strollers, Editors of Babble.com, Jan. 2010
Self-described "stroller queen" Janet McLaughlin puts the Britax B-Ready through its paces, using it as both a single and double stroller and giving it high praise in both configurations. Her reviews are subjective and based upon her own experience, but that experience is extensive and she provides a detailed review.
Review: Britax B-Ready Stroller Review, Janet McLaughlin, June 2010
The site, a division of BabyGizmo.com, posts family-related content and reviews. Hollie Schultz tested the Britax B-Ready with two children of different ages and sizes.
Review: Spotlight Product Review: Britax B-Ready, Hollie Schultz
MagicBeans.com is an online baby-gear retailer. They also do in-depth product reviews, but, although they attach and detach the various accessories, they do not seem to test the stroller in a real-world situation or with a child or children in tow. In the review of the Britax B-Ready they compare it to three similar strollers, giving the B-Ready high marks in that comparison.
Review: Britax B-Ready Stroller - An In-Depth Review, Sheri Gurock
The Britax B-Ready earns 4.8 stars (out of a possible 5) in more than 15 customer reviews. Owners love the second seat option and say it's comfortable for children in a range of sizes. They also praise the adjustable handles, ample storage, easy-to-engage brakes and various seat configurations, particularly the recline features of the second seat. Some say it doesn't handle well in rough terrain and can be tricky to learn how to fold.
Review: Britax B-Ready Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Britax Baby B-ready Baby stroller earns 4.2 stars (out of a possible 5) in a handful of reviews, with owners saying it's durable and comfortable, but expensive for the stroller's overall features and performance. Most appreciate its versatility, but also note that it's heavy and bulky when folded with two seats attached.
Review: Britax Baby B-Ready Baby Stroller Black, Contributors to Buzzillions.com