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Britax B-AGILE Review

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Britax B-AGILE Review
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216 Reviews
Reviewed On: 11 Oct 2011
Sophie Bell
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Sophie's Verdict:

Review Summary

Summary

Altogether the Britax B-AGILE is great value for money and will comfortably accommodate your child from birth to walking without you ever getting frustrated with it's functionality. 

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What’s good
  • Simple to use
  • One handed fold
  • Lightweight
  • Great for public transport
What’s not so good
  • Could get dirty in the fold
  • Won't stand vertically

Review Content

Britax B-AGILE Review

After our in-depth preview of the Britax B-AGILE at the beginning of the month, the real thing has finally arrived in the Pushchair Expert HQ to much excitement. Since seeing the literature on how the B-AGILE works I was dying to discover whether it lives up to expectations.

For starters, the box is tiny! Britax class this as a lightweight stroller, but I class strollers as umbrella folding convenience pushchairs, not the sort of thing you would aspire to for your initial purhchase. I class the B-AGILE as an all rounder, that could see you through from birth up until such time as a pushchair is no longer needed.

Childsplay

The Britax B-AGILE is one of the easiest pushchairs I have ever put together – it's just a matter of popping on the wheels and the canopy and you are ready to go – no qualifications needed. We have the Chilli Pepper, the brighter of the two colours, in for review.

It feels like Britax have taken a closer look at popular models, like the Babyjogger City Mini and the Maxi-Cosi Noa to combine some of their better ideas with a few of their own to produce this lightweight, uncomplicated, compact pushchair.

Folding

Top of the bill on the B-AGILE showreel has to be the fold.

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One of the safety regulations stipulated in the UK is that all pushchairs have a two stage fold. This means that they must have a safety release mechanism of some description that preceeds the fold. The B-AGILE has a grey safety button on the right hand side of the frame (if you are behind it), this button need to be clicked in before you can move on to the fold.

Now for the magic...with one hand, simply pull up on the handle found in the crease of seat and the whole frame folds in half automatically clasping shut thanks to the locking bracket. From here it can be thrown into the boot of your car or transported easily as it only weighs 8kg.

Unfortunately it cannot be stood upright to minimise its footprint, it has to lay flat, hopefully this will be a feature they will incorporate in future versions. However, the 23.5cms back wheels are easily removed by pulling the adjacent silver release catches. At this compacted size it would easily slide down the behind a front car seat, fitting snuggly in a footwell.

The smaller 16cm front wheels are also straightforward to remove using the buttons above them. The levers below the release buttons lock the wheels or allow them to swivel, depending on which setting you choose.

Opening the frame is as satisfyingly simple as the fold; release the closure clasp and shake out the frame. Plus all the workings are encapsulated so there is no chance of anyone's fingers getting a nasty nip.

The soft stuff

The seat on the B-AGILE is made from the same fabrics that Britax use in their B-SMART and B-DUAL pushchairs, it has the feel of a soft, brushed cotton which is kind to infants and toddlers sensitive skin. The seat has a span of 29.5cms and a back height of 47cms with further head room of 6cms, a capacity that would easily accommodate taller or older children. Sadly it is not a reversible seat, but then it wouldn't be able to perform the clever fold if it was - a necessary compromise. (However, an infant in the carrycot or the car seat faces the parent.)

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The seat recline is controlled using tapes and a slider, which is smooth in the recline;  just press the button on the slider and drop the backrest to whatever angle suits your child.  Sitting your child upright again can be a struggle because you have to pull the tapes apart, which in turn pushes the slider up, acting as the brake on the angle of the backrest. I am sure we will gather a wider opinion on this from our long term testers over the coming months.

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The canopy is vast, on top of which, it has a zip out net segment that increases its reach even further. A peephole, mesh window allows you to spy on your passenger, although its Velcro closure would be more subtle if it was magnetic. An apron at the rear, hangs down to enclose the seat when it is reclined, it also incorporates a large pocket for all the bits and bobs you would otherwise balance precariously on the canopy. This apron can be zipped off completely to reveal the mesh enclosure at the rear of the seat which delivers maximum ventilation to a sleeping child.

The five point harness can be adjusted to three heights, one of which is super small, showing just how infant friendly this pushchair really is.

The practical bits

The brakes on the B-AGILE are no-nonsense, flip-flop friendly press on/flick off brakes. The basket is average sized, not huge but still big enough to be useful. It is awkward to access when the seat is fully reclined but that is to be expected when the seat has the ability of laying fully flat.

The foam handle is sadly not adjustable and has a fixed height of 100cm but not many one-piece pushchairs do have this option. It is not a problem unless you are exceptionally tall or exceptionally short, for most people a metre is an accessible height that feels comfortable to push.

The raincover engulfs the whole of the pushchair with an excellent protrusion at the front so that your passenger won't feel vacuum packed into their seat. It's Velcro fixings are easy to attach in a hurry, plus the whole thing folds down to a small bundle meaning that it won't take up the whole of your basket space.

Conclusion

The Britax B-AGILE is, without doubt, an ingenious solution to unnecessarily complicated pushchairs. It is well engineered and superbly finished with the ability to transform into the travel system you need to get around. It is ideal for the majority of parents - car drivers who do a lot of nipping around and don't have the skill set of a scaffolder to erect or dismantle their pushchair!

I am all about making life easier and the Britax B-AGILE  is aimed at people like me. It's not a trophy pushchair but it will transport your child in comfort and rid you of the irritations brought about by over-complicated, dysfunctional equipment. The one-handed fold is the epitome of simplicity, and simplicity is a factor that doesn't get enough consideration when you are buying your first pushchair especially when you are going to be using whatever you choose daily, for at least two years!

It's not particularly practical for anyone like Peppa Pig – muddy puddles will prove a problem as when it's folded, the front wheels touch the rear apron. Plus older children who are attempting periods of walking will engrain mud or dirt into the rubberised fabric covered footrest – not wholly ideal.

I also hope that Britax resolve the issue of it being able to stand vertically independently, it's a huge plus to be able to keep it out of the way without having to prop it up against something. This would make the B-AGILE perfect for anyone who uses public transport because you could fold it with one hand, stand it up while you sit comfortably with your child on your knee.

Altogether the Britax B-AGILE is great value for money and will comfortably accommodate your child from birth to walking without you ever getting frustrated with it's functionality.

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