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Britax B-Agile 3 Combo Review


Stroller and Car Seat Combo

Best Value Award
Price:   $270 List | $269.99 from Amazon
Pros:  Light, easy car seat attachment with Britax
Cons:  Plastic wheels, storage, handlebar
Bottom line:  Budget friendly w/ easy car seat attachment
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Manufacturer:   Britax

The Skinny

The Britax B-Agile 3 packs a lot of bang for the buck for both a standard stroller and a good stroller and car seat combination, which is why it won Best Value awards in both categories. This budget friendly stroller came in 7th place out of 15 products, managing the high score in our safety metric and the second highest score in the weight and folded size category. The B-Agile proves it has enough of what it takes to make most parents happy without breaking the bank or their back. While it has plastic wheels, and only a medium sized storage bin, we think the B-Agile is one to consider.
The Britax B-Agile 3 has also won awards in our Best Baby Stroller Review and the Best Umbrella Stroller Review making the B-Agile 3 the only single seater to win awards in 3 different reviews.

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
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June 19, 2016
The Britax B-Agile 3 has an aluminum frame, with a trike design that has dual front wheels (a design we aren't that fond of for maneuverability). This product offers a one hand fold, auto-lock and single action brakes. The Agile as all wheel suspension, medium sized under seat storage with a 10 pound weight capacity, and a zippered pocket on the back of the canopy. This stroller comes compatible with all Britax Click & Go car seats, and there is an additional adapter available for purchase to use with the Graco SnugRide, Chicco Keyfit and Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio (excluding the award winning Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35).

Performance Comparison



Ease of Attaching Car Seat


Installing car seats on the B-Agile is easier without the obstruction of the canopy. Removing the canopy makes installation easier  but leaves the user with only 1 canopy for baby coverage.
Installing car seats on the B-Agile is easier without the obstruction of the canopy. Removing the canopy makes installation easier, but leaves the user with only 1 canopy for baby coverage.
The B-Agile 3 earned a 6 of 10 for ease of car set attachment. This score is average for the group, which means the B-Agile neither impressed nor disappointed. The low score in this metric is the BOB Revolution Flex Combo with a 1 and additional strap restraints for carrier installation. The high in the group is a 10 earned by the Bugaboo Bee3 Combo, which has a car seat adapter loop that allows the infant car seat carrier to be placed inside where it clicks in place all by itself.

The Britax car seat adapters come with the B-Agile and are small and relatively unobtrusive.
The Chicco adapter for the B-Agile is larger and has more components. It also requires the additional strap step we aren't fond of.
 
The photos above show the car seat adapters for the Britax seats (left) and the Chicco option (right).

The B-Agile stroller comes with the adapters for use with any Britax Click & Go car seats. An additional adapter can be purchased to use with the B-Agile with the following car seats: Chicco KeyFit, Chicco KeyFit 30, Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30, 32 and 35 (not compatiable with the Click Connect models), and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio models (excluding the award winning Primo Viaggio 4-35). We tested the B-Agile with the Chicco Keyfit 30, Britax B-Safe 35, and the Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect.

The Britax adapters slide easily into the fold pivot joint on the B-Agile.
The Britax adapters slide easily into the fold pivot joint on the B-Agile.
The adapters are easy to put on and take off the B-Agile.
The adapters are easy to put on and take off the B-Agile.
The B-Safe seat adapters come with the stroller and snap into place with no assembly required. The infant carrier can be installed on the adapters without removing the seat or the canopy. In fact, this is the only seat we tested that allows the canopy to stay connected. This means the B-Safe can potentially use the canopy on both the stroller and the car seat giving baby added protection from the elements. Installing the seat isn't very hard, but you will need to add a lot of pressure to the carrier to ensure it is clicked fully into place and have the toddler seat back fully reclined. We recommend a good tug on the handle to ensure attachment because sometimes we thought it was fully attached when it wasn't. The carrier is easier to release than attach, with the push of a button and easy lifting off of the adapters.
The Britax car seat carrier needs to be aligned on both sides of the B-Agile before lowering it into place on the adapters.
The Britax car seat carrier needs to be aligned on both sides of the B-Agile before lowering it into place on the adapters.

The Britax release handle when used on the B-Agile.
The Chicco carrier is release from the B-Agile with the use of the release handle on the back of the carrier.
 
The photos above show the car seat release handles for the Britax (left) and the Chicco (right).

The Chicco adapter for the B-Agile sits higher up and further out than the Britax adapters.
The Chicco adapter for the B-Agile sits higher up and further out than the Britax adapters.
The Chicco adapter slides onto the Britax adapters that come with the B-Agile stroller.
The Chicco adapter slides onto the Britax adapters that come with the B-Agile stroller.
The Chicco and the Graco both use the same adapter. This adapter does not require any assembly and it just clicks in place much like the Britax adapter. The adapter adds 2 pounds to the overall weight of the stroller, and you will need to remove the canopy with both seats, which increases the difficulty, but you will only need to remove the canopy once. If you choose to leave the canopy on you will need to tuck the car seat under the canopy to get it to attach properly. For the Chicco seat we had difficulty getting the right side to engage properly every time. Even after multiple attempts we still had to double check the connection and often it wasn't latched on all the way. With the Graco seat we had trouble with the connectors on the end of the carrier that didn't always fully engage. In addition, when we did get the carrier installed properly we were able to shake the bottom connections loose with only a moderate amount of effort. This left us feeling really unsure about the Graco and B-Agile combination.
The Chicco car seat attaches to the adapter on the B-Agile frame much the same way it does on the car seat base.
The Chicco car seat attaches to the adapter on the B-Agile frame much the same way it does on the car seat base.

The native Britax seat is by far better and easier to attach to the stroller than the others we tried. However, all of the seats were harder to attach than they really should be and some felt attached when they weren't. Because of this we suggest parents give a good tug on the carrier with each option to ensure the seat is securely connected.

Weight and Folded Size


The Britax is the smallest folded stroller in this review with the canopy on or off.
The Britax is the smallest folded stroller in this review with the canopy on or off.
The B-Agile earned a score of 7 of 10 for this metric. This is the second highest score for this category and it tied with the UPPAbaby Cruz Combo and Bugaboo Bee. The high score for this metric is a 9 shared by all the dedicated frame strollers in the review, including the award winning Chicco Keyfit Caddy. The BOB Revolution Flex has the low score in the group for being the heaviest and largest folded package it earned a 3.

The B-Agile weighed 17.9 pounds in our tests, which is higher than the 16.5 pounds the manufacturer claims. This is on the heavier side for new moms or mothers who've had a C-section, and means that many will be unable or not allowed to lift it. However, it is still lighter than some of the competition and is far lighter than the Revolution which is over 26 pounds. The lightest in the group are the frame strollers which offer very little in the way of convenience features, so they can remain light and easier to manage. The lightest in the group is the Baby Trend with a weight of 10.9 pounds.

The B-Agile can be folded with the car seat adapters in place  though Britax does not recommend doing so.
The B-Agile can be folded with the car seat adapters in place, though Britax does not recommend doing so.
The B-Agile somewhat makes up for its heavier weight with a smaller folded size of only 6,414 cubic inches, which is the smallest folded stroller in the group, beating out even the frame stroller options. The largest product is once again the Revolution with a folded size over 15,000 cubic inches.

Folding the B-Agile is very easy and can be managed with one hand so you have a free hand to hold baby in the carrier. This product auto-locks once folded, has a carry strap to make transporting it easier, but it does not self-stand. Folding the B-Agile takes 2 steps, and you will need to bend to about 45 degrees. It will not roll once folded, so parents will have to carry it even a short distance. It requires two hands to unfold, which is still fairly easy with only 2 steps. This does however mean that you will need to set baby down in order to achieve an open stroller. It is easier to unfold if it is lying on the ground, so you will need to bend all the way over to pull it into an open position. This is something that might prove difficult for moms who've had a C-section or anyone with a bad back.

The B-Agile scored better than average for commuting thanks to its smaller footprint and ease of maneuvering in small spaces. The smaller folded size makes it better at car trunk travel than some of the competition, but it could have been lighter so it was easier to lift. It does conform to the public transport law in some areas of being smaller than 2X4 feet so you may not have to fold it to take the bus or subway, but if you do it won't self-stand or roll when folded so you will be stuck carrying it. This can be difficult for new moms thanks to the weight, but managing the stroller, baby in the infant carrier, a diaper bag and any other items at the same time might prove impossible for most parents traveling solo. It is one of the longer strollers given the stationary handlebar which makes it sort of a burden in small cafes.

Maneuverability


The front swivel wheels on the Britax can be locked for easier maneuvering.
The front swivel wheels on the Britax can be locked for easier maneuvering.
The B-Agile earned a 6 of 10 for maneuverability, which is slightly above average but 3 points below the high of 9 earned by the Revolution. The low in this metric is a 3 for the Chicco Bravo LE that we had difficulty turning on hard flat surfaces as well as uneven terrain.

The B-Agile has foam filled plastic wheels that aren't as nice as some of the competition.
The B-Agile has foam filled plastic wheels that aren't as nice as some of the competition.
For ease of pushing on pavement and flat surfaces the Britax is similar to the City Mini, however the Britax has a shorter wheelbase and a slightly narrower width that made it better at negotiating turns and narrow spaces. This stroller can be pushed with one hand, but you probably won't want to, it took a lot of effort to move on the flat surfaces and it was a struggle on carpet. If you sue both hands it is easy enough to use on hard surfaces. Things get a little trickier on grass where turning isn't as easy, but you can get it rolling; turning and rolling on grass is harder. The double front wheel design on this product is not our favorite and pretty much every stroller that has this design is harder to push because the wheels get caught on objects and pull the stroller off course on a regular basis. Negotiating the B-Agile over curbs and stairs isn't great, but it is better than the BOB Motion Combo thanks to a stiffer handlebar that allows for more control.

You can find more details on the maneuverability of the B-Agile in our standard stroller review.

Safety


The single action brakes on the B-Agile are easy to set and release.
The single action brakes on the B-Agile are easy to set and release.
The B-Agile scored an 8 for safety, tying with the Bugaboo Cameleon; this is the highest score in this metric. The low for the group is 5 earned by the Chicco Liteway. For safety we consider possible pinch points, tendencies to tip, and how well the brakes work.

This Britax has single action brakes that are easy to set and are sandal foot friendly. The brakes have about 0.5 inch of play in them once set and the sliding resistance is only average compared to the competition. This is below average for the group where the most play in brakes was 1.25 inches for the Chicco Liteway Plus.

The B-Agile does not come standard with any cup holders so there is not an inherent safety concern for cup holders. Some strollers have cup holders that are set high on the frame under or connected to the handlebars. Many of these holders did not score well in our testing because items fell out of the holders and into the carrier where baby would be sitting.

The B-Agile performed better than any other product in our tests for the amount of weight that can be applied to the handlebar before the stroller toppled backwards. This stroller required over 56 pounds of pressure on the handlebar before it tipped. The average weight for the group is 26 pounds, which makes it well above average. For side tipping the Britax fell at about 16 degrees from flat; only three other products tipped sooner.

To find out more about the Britax B-Agile safety considerations, please read our review of this stroller in our standard stroller review. This will include features and performance that are not applicable to the stroller as it works with car seats, such as harnesses and buckles.

Ease of Use


The storage bin on the B-Agile is medium in size and holds up to 10 pounds.
The storage bin on the B-Agile is medium in size and holds up to 10 pounds.
The B-Agile earned a 5 of 10 for ease of use, which is the average score for this metric. The high is a 7 for the Chicco Liteway Plus, but given that it didn't score well overall a good score for ease of use doesn't make it a good choice. The high for the metric is 7 for the Chicco Bravo.

This product has a medium size storage bin under the seat. We were able to fit our medium size diaper bag inside with average access from the sides and back. There is cross bar that runs across the back of the bin that curves up and limits access to the bin significantly. In addition to the bar, the toddler seat will be fully reclined with the infant carrier attached making the bin fairly far under a second obstacle limiting access. The sides are more open, but smaller. The maximum allowable weight for the bin is 10 pounds, which is about average for the group with the best bins have a maximum of 25-30 pounds and the worst closer to 4.

There is additional storage on the back of the canopy on this Britax. The pocket is large and zippered, but it does swing from the back when you walk. The real downside however is that the canopy will not be on the stroller unless you pair this with a Britax car seat. The pocket doesn't list a weight allowance, but we wouldn't put much in it given its attachment to the canopy.



 
The photos above show the canopy on the B-Agile as it works with the canopies on the Britax seat (left) and the Chicco (right).

The canopy on this stroller is large and offers additional ventilation and a medium sized mesh peek-a-boo window. The canopy is adequate for the stroller, and the toddler seat, but given that you won't be able to use this canopy with most of the car seat options it won't do you much good. If you want the added protection the canopy offers we suggest you pair this stroller with the Britax seats. They are easier to attach and feel more secure anyway so it is a natural choice if you don't already own a seat.

The B-Agile does not come standard with a parent console or child's tray (they do offer an accessory for an additional fee). It does offer a few other conveniences like a padded leg rest and adjustable recline. You can read more about these features in the B-Agile review in our standard stroller review as these features are not used in a car seat stroller combination.

Quality


The B-Agile earned an average score for quality in our tests  which reflects its lower price.
The B-Agile earned an average score for quality in our tests, which reflects its lower price.
The Britax scored average for this metric with a 6 of 10. The high for the group is 8 earned by the UPPAbaby Vista Combo and the BOB Revolution. The low is a 3 for the Chicco Keyfit Caddy, a bare bones frame stroller with little to assess for quality and a low price to match its score.

The B-Agile has a nice sturdy frame that is finished well and has little flex. The components and materials attach to the frame nicely giving it an overall pleasing fit and finish. The back of the frame curves up and while this limits the storage access, it does prevent taller parents from kicking the rear axle while strolling.

The wheels are made of a type of plastic called Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) that are foam filled. Britax claims that EVA is "rubber-like" but we found it be simply a bit better plastic than the hard plastic wheels found on low-end strollers. In our side-by-side comparisons we found the B-Agile wheels had more in common with the plastic wheels on some of the other strollers than they did with the foam filled rubber wheels on strollers like the UPPAbaby Cruz. The foam helps give some density to the wheels to prevent them from becoming misshapen, but it would be better if the tires were rubber. The wheels are larger than most low-end hard plastic wheels and they do spin freely without resistance or hiccups commonly found in the cheaper plastic wheels. We do not feel like they have the same level of durability or quality as the rubber options in this review.

This stroller has rear shocks, but they aren't great; it took a lot of pressure for us to even get them to move and we suspect lighter weight babies won't be able to engage the shocks at all. In fact, when we first reviewed them, we thought they didn't have rear shocks at all! The handlebar is stationary and sits at 40 inches from the ground. It is a fairly good height and we liked the oblong shape of the tubing.

This product is hand washable and has a 2 year limited warranty.

Ease of Setup


This Britax earned a 9 of 10 for ease of setup, tying with a few other strollers. The high is a 10 earned by the UPPAbaby Cruz and the low is a 2 for the Bugaboo Bee, which requires assembly of almost every part. It took us 5 minutes and 42 seconds to unpack the box and prepare the stroller for use. The documentation is good compared to some of the competition and the instructions are clear with helpful corresponding pictures for each step. You do not need tools to complete assembly.

Best Applications


The best application for this stroller is everyday around town activity. The B-Agile is a great stroller that works well with toddlers and babies in an infant car seat. It isn't the best at off road fun and you definitely don't want to jog with it, but it will get you and baby where you need to go on paved surfaces and flat terrain with ease and in style.

Value


The B-Agile is the cheapest standard stroller in this review. While the frame strollers are considerably cheaper, the B-Agile is a product you will be able to use until baby is done with his strolling years. We feel the B-Agile is a good value for most families, and its ability to work with the Britax Click & Go strollers make it an even better value because it can be used for newborns and smaller babies before they are big enough for the sling seat.

Conclusion


The Britax B-Agile 3 is a budget friendly stroller that offers families what they need without a lot of the features they don't. This stroller earned a high score in the safety metric and works well with Britax compatible seats. We like that the canopy can stay on with the Click & Go models and that no straps are needed with the native seat. While the B-Agile does have the dual front wheel design we aren't big fans of, this stroller manages just fine on flat surfaces with just enough skill over grass and gravel to make it to the play park. This stroller does have a limited under seat storage space, but if you aren't running errands it should be enough for a well-stocked diaper bag and a water bottle for mom.

Other Versions and Accessories


The same parent company that makes the Britax B-Agile 3 also makes the BOB Motion Combo and the BOB Revolution Flex Combo. Neither option scored that well in this review, though they both earned higher scores in our standard stroller review with the Revolution earning an Editors' Choice award. However, when it comes to pairing one of these options with an infant car seat, the B-Agile pulls ahead of its more expensive brothers.
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