Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Review
Pros: Excelent organization, comfortable carry, under the radar design
Cons: Only one carry style, expensive, annoying straps
Manufacturer: Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back
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|Pros||Excelent organization, comfortable carry, under the radar design||Beautiful design with thoughtful features, multi-use, heavy duty hardware||Roomy, Mommy pocket, insulated bottle pockets, nice changing pad||Easy to access interior, great price, nice exterior organization||Compact, easy to use, good for travel|
|Cons||Only one carry style, expensive, annoying straps||Heavy, expensive, zipper problems||Heavy, a bit cumbersome, not as stylish as similarly priced bags||Lacks inner pockets, straps uncomfortable||Only room for 1 cloth diaper (compared to 4-6 disposable diapers)|
|Bottom Line||An abundance of pockets offer excellent organization, but with difficult to adjust straps||A thoughtful bag that is multi-functional and stylish but it is expensive and heavy||With all the bells and whistles, this bag has oodles of storage, but it is heavy and less stylish||This easy-to-clean and practical bag has a unique stay open feature that makes access simple but is not as comfortable to carry||A convenient, attractive, well-made traveling changer with only enough room for the bare necessities|
|Rating Categories||Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back||Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F.||Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared||Skip Hop Mainframe...||Skip Hop Pronto|
|Ease of Use (35%)|
|Specs||Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back||Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F.||Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared||Skip Hop Mainframe...||Skip Hop Pronto|
|Carry Style||Backpack||Backpack/Tote||Tote/Crossbody||Backpack/Crossbody/Tote||Wrist Strap|
|Dimensions||12"W x 16"H x 5"D||14"W x 12" H x 6.5" D||14"W x 18.5"H x 6.5"D||14.8"W x 14.2"H x 6.2"D||12"W x 8"H x 3"D|
|Weight||2.34 lbs||2.8 lbs||3.5 lbs||1.8 lbs||0.75 lbs|
|Insulated Pocket/Cooler||Yes, 2 insulated pockets||Yes, 2 insulated pockets||Yes, 2 insulated pockets||Yes, 2 insulated pockets||No|
|Included Accessories||None||None||None||None||Wipe case|
|Cleaning/Care||Machine washable||Machine washable||Machine washable||Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent||Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Ju-Ju-Be company is based in southern California and was started by Joe Croft and Kristin Hunziker. As business partners, they had a goal to create a diaper bag that would help ease the journey of parenthood. Ju-Ju-Be first introduced their quality line of diaper bags in 2005 and have since been offering unique features such as anti-stain treatment and machine washability in all their bags. With top-notch organization and a lifetime guarantee, Ju-Ju-Be bags have been a crowd favorite for over 15 years.
The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is one of our favorite bags to date. Although it only has an average number of pockets, they are all perfectly sized and situated. With an abundance of cool features like elastic straps and large, center-zip pockets, the organization of this bag is unparalleled. Paired with its memory foam carry straps and high-quality construction, we love to use this bag day in and day out. When packed with all the items from our list of essentials, we found a perfect spot for everything and still had room to spare. We even found ourselves searching for more things to put in the extra pockets.
Features unique to most Ju-Ju-Be bags include crumb pockets, a memory foam changing pad, an Agion-treated inner lining that resist bacteria, mold, and mildew, and a waterproof exterior with a stain-resistant Teflon treatment. All materials are free of PVC. If you need one more reason to love this bag, the whole thing is machine washable. Babies are messy, and diaper bags are there for it all; blowouts, spit-up, spilled milk, and the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to clean your diaper bag.
Another Ju-Ju-Be specialty is the mom pocket. True to form, the Be Right Back has one of the best mom pockets among the bags in our selection. An easily accessible zippered pocket on the front of the bag includes a key clip, super soft sunglasses pocket, and a variety of mesh pouches and zippered pockets perfect for smaller items like lip balm, wallet, phone, and other mom essentials. We love that this bag is not only functional for your baby but can also reduce mom's load by eliminating the need for a purse.
The Be Right Back has zippers that reach all the way around the bag, resulting in an ultra-wide opening that lays the contents out for display. You can stuff the pack to its limits without having to worry about digging through a mess later on. It is all easily and immediately accessible. This feature reminds us somewhat of a suitcase, and we love the added level of usability.
There is a lot to love about the Be Right Back; however, there are a few limiting features. It can only be carried backpack-style, and most other options we tested offer various carrying methods. However, the carry method is a personal preference, and we did not find this bag any less comfortable for its lack of options. The numerous compartments can come in handy, but you could get lost in the pockets if you're not careful. We recommend choosing a dedicated pocket for your items so that as you use your bag, it will become automatic to reach for the right pocket at the right time.
We also had some trouble with the should strap adjustment. The hardware is minimalistic and not that easy to loosen, and we found that the two rings would often get crossed when trying to tighten the straps. We were surprised by the difficulty of this process, as everything else about the Be Right Back was smoothly functional very user-friendly.
The Be Right Back has a basic unisex design that both mom and dad will feel comfortable carrying and is on the smaller side of the diaper bag spectrum, so you don't have to be worried about weighing yourself down by overloading it. Although, you may have to be pickier about what items you do pack. It is similar in size to the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F., but when we pack the two bags side by side, the Be Right Back does not fit quite as many supplies.
While available in many fun colors and prints, this bag will not win any style awards. It has a very elementary, sensible design that focuses more on functionality than on fashion. Practicality may be right up your alley, but if you want something more unique or fashion-forward, other bags may be a better fit.
The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is a great diaper bag that we love to use and would recommend for almost every parent. The organization is unbeatable and high-quality construction along with a lifetime warranty from Ju-Ju-Be means that you will be able to use this bag through multiple children; perhaps even passing it on after your kids are out of diapers. If you are searching for the perfect diaper bag for mom, dad, and baby, then you can't go wrong with the Be Right Back.
— Abriah Wofford
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