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Britax Blink

*Est. $150
Reviewed
January 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Britax Blink

Pros
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Ample storage
  • Carry strap included
Cons
  • No cupholder
  • No rain canopy available
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The Britax Blink is an umbrella stroller that consistently wins high praise from experts and owners for its wide range of features. Reviewers often compare the Blink to a Maclaren brand, a pricier stroller with similar features. The Blink gets high marks for maneuverability and comfort, with an easy, smooth recline mechanism and an adjustable foot rest. Most reviewers say the Blink is easy to lift in and out of car trunks and is great for travel because of the carry strap. Those who need an umbrella stroller just for quick trips around town may want to consider the Kolcraft Tour Sport, a feature-laden stroller at half the price that weighs just 11 pounds. The Britax Blink was part of a recent umbrella stroller recall because of the danger that children's fingers could be amputated in the hinges (although no injuries have been reported with the Britax Blink, and Britax now provides hinge covers).

We found the best reviews for the Britax Blink at expert review sites BobbysBest.com and StrollerQueen.com. Although neither site compares one stroller to another, they do offer comprehensive reviews of individual strollers. ConsumerReports.org included the Blink in its review of 17 strollers, ranking them for ease of use, maneuverability and safety. User sites such as Buzzillions.com and Diapers.com offer important insights into long-term issues that may arise with products, and the Britax Blink is well-represented with reviews on both sites.

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Our Sources

1. BobbysBest.com

This website reviews only a few strollers, but the reviews are critical, test-based and sometimes quite detailed. The Britax Blink is one of three umbrella strollers BobbysBest.com recommends.

Review: Lightweight Umbrella Stroller, Editors of BobbysBest.com 

2. Buzzillions.com

More than 60 contributors to this consumer review site give the Britax Blink 4.1 out of 5 stars, saying it's easy to set up and use, durable and attractive. Top praise goes to its convenience during travel and comfort for the child. Some complain it's not easy to recline with one hand, and it doesn't have amenities like a cupholder or toy bar.

Review: Britax Blink Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com

3. Diapers.com

The Britax Blink garners a rating of 4 stars out of 5 in 46 reviews on this consumer review site, with particularly high praise for maneuverability, sturdy design and portability in airplane or car. A number of reviewers love the optional travel bag, but a few say the stroller seems heavy and wish it had a cup holder.

Review: Britax Blink Stroller, Assorted Fabric Styles, Contributors to Diapers.com

4. StrollerQueen.com

Self-described "stroller queen" Janet McLaughlin includes several umbrella strollers in her top picks, including the Britax Blink. The reviews are subjective and based upon her own experience, but that experience is extensive and she provides a detailed review.

Review: Britax Blink Review, Janet McLaughlin

5. ConsumerReports.org

ConsumerReports.org compares 17 umbrella strollers, including the Britax Blink, ranking them according to ease of use, safety and maneuverability.

Review: Strollers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org

6. About.com

Heather Corley, About.com's baby products guide, lists her favorite lightweight strollers, including the Britax Blink, which she personally tested. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: Britax Blink Stroller Review, Heather Corley

7. Amazon.com

On Amazon.com there are few recent user reviews, although a recalled Britax Blink model that is identical to those now on the market but without the hinge covers, received 4.1 stars out of 5 in 36 reviews. Users praise its light weight, ease of maneuverability, long canopy and reclining back/leg rest combination -- a plus for older or taller toddlers. The two most common complaints in all user reviews are the lack of a cupholder and rain canopy, but a few parents say that their Blink's closing mechanism warped or broke, or say the seat is too narrow.

Review: Britax Blink Umbrella Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com

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