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Britax B-Lively Double Review

Basic side-by-side that struggles to keep up with similarly designed options
Britax B-Lively Double
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $500 List | $499.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Smaller, comparatively lightweight
Cons:  Harder to push and turn, harder to use
Manufacturer:   Britax
By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 9, 2021
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 6.2
  • Maneuverability - 30% 5.3
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 8.4
  • Quality - 10% 6.0

The Skinny

The Britax-Lively Double is a side-by-side double stroller with enough features to keep most parents content. It has dual canopies, independently reclining seats, and a quick and compact fold. We like the straightforward fold and the lighter weight, but overall the stroller is harder to use than most. It didn't perform well in our tests for maneuverability and the features aren't as simple as some of the similar competition. While we understand the appeal of the Britax name and tradition of quality, we think there are other side-by-side options that offer more.

Editor's Note: This gear review was updated on December 10, 2021 to include new sections designed to help make a better buying decision with advice from the experts.

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Pros Smaller, comparatively lightweightMultiple seating options, accepts 2 car seats, easy to use, priceVery budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potentialGreat protection from elements, easy to access storage, extra convenience featuresEasier to push and turn, lower price
Cons Harder to push and turn, harder to useHarder to push and turn, heavier, lower qualityLower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggleHarder to push and turn, no car seat compatibilityHeavy, poor car seat attachment
Bottom Line Basic side-by-side that struggles to keep up with similarly designed optionsBetter than average option that offers much for growing families with style similar to higher-end optionsBest on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spacesBudget-friendly option with lots of nice features that make it easy to useGood maneuverability for the price but harder to use and very heavy
Rating Categories Britax B-Lively Double Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti... Joovy ScooterX2 wit... Baby Trend Navigator
Ease Of Use (45%)
6.2
7.4
5.3
6.7
5.2
Maneuverability (30%)
5.3
5.9
8.3
4.4
7.3
Weight/Folded Size (15%)
8.4
4.0
6.2
6.0
2.2
Quality (10%)
6.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Britax B-Lively Double Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti... Joovy ScooterX2 wit... Baby Trend Navigator
Weight 27.1 lbs 34.6 lbs 30.6 lbs 31.4 lbs 39.7 lbs
Folded Dimensions 31.9"W x 12"H x 28.9"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L 32.8"W x 16.5"H x 34"L 29.5"W x 15"H x 38.3"L 32.9"W x 19"H x 34.8"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38" Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax None None Any Baby Trend Infant Car Seat
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Britax
Any Britax infant car seat
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
None None None
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
Number of Car Seats Accepted 2 0 0 2
Recline Front/Left Seat Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Recline Rear/Right Seat Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Extra Large Large Very Large Large
Sun Shade Size Large Medium Small Large Small
One-handed Fold No Yes No Yes No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 32"/43.5 33"/44.7" 40.6" 41.9" 41"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes No Yes No
Included Accessories None None MP3 Speakers None MP3 Speakers
Setup Time 5-10 min 10-15 min 10-15 min 10-15 min 20-25 min

Our Analysis and Test Results

Britax came to the US in 1996 after a long, illustrious run in Europe for over 70 years. They quickly become known for their infant car seats and quality strollers. Britax makes a variety of car seats from infant to boosters and multiple stroller options. They purchased BOB strollers and now offer high-quality jogging strollers.

Performance Comparison



Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - the b-lively has what you need, but all of it is just slightly...
The B-Lively has what you need, but all of it is just slightly harder to use than the higher ranking choices.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


Thanks to stiff competition in this lineup of strollers, the B-Lively struggled to keep up and earned a lower than average score for ease of use compared to the competition like the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double.

Fold and Unfold


The fold is a quick and straightforward process of frame release and a handle pull. You'll need to hands, but it is easy enough to accomplish, and you can do it in a flash if you need to.

Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - the b-lively has a press to set and release brake pedal on the right...
The B-Lively has a press to set and release brake pedal on the right side of the stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The single-action brakes on the B-Lively worked well in our tests and are easy to set. Releasing is also easy with a design that is pain-free to foot tops.

The canopy backs on the B-Lively have multiple pockets and each flap...
The canopy backs on the B-Lively have multiple pockets and each flap holds up to 2 lbs.
The storage bin on the B-Lively is large enough but it has a 10 lb...
The storage bin on the B-Lively is large enough but it has a 10 lb weight limit and a bar that cuts the rear access in half.

Storage


The under-seat storage bin on the B-Lively has limited access when the seats are reclined. You can access it from the front with the zippered leg rest panel lifted, but moving kid's feet out of the way isn't always easy.

Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - the storage bin on the b-lively can be accessed from the front, but...
The storage bin on the B-Lively can be accessed from the front, but we wonder how useful this will be with little legs in the way.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The bin is large enough for supplies for two, but the weight limit is only 10 lbs. This limit is average, but there are options with three times as much limit. There is still a bar through the center of the bin that inhibits use.

Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - the canopies on the b-lively are large and feature mesh windows...
The canopies on the B-Lively are large and feature mesh windows covered with a flap.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


Each seat on the B-Lively has an independent canopy. The sunshades are UPF 50 and have a medium-sized mesh window with a fold forward cover and no closure mechanism. They are relatively large and stay tight when open.

Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - the b-lively buckle is harder to use than the last version and we...
The B-Lively buckle is harder to use than the last version and we don't think it functions as well.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


Each seat has a 5-point harness with padded shoulder straps. Britax has changed the harness and buckle o the new model, and we feel it loses some ground over prior models. The Harness tightening method feels more flimsy than it used to. Closing the buckle now requires two hands, and opening it requires removing the straps from the buckle one by one.

Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - the recline adjustment on the b-lively is a somewhat dated and less...
The recline adjustment on the B-Lively is a somewhat dated and less expensive option that works well enough, but it requires two hands to lift it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The seats both recline on their own for individualized comfort. The leg rests, and footpad are stationary but at a slight angle for comfort. The seatbacks recline with two straps and a plastic toggle. It can recline with only one hand, but you'll need two to raise it, and we prefer the push-button style on some of the competition.

Car Seat Compatibility


The B-Lively is only compatible with one infant car seat of the Britax brand only. The adapter is sold separately and comes with an attached snack tray for the second passenger. This design locks you into Britax only infant car seats and a must-use snack tray.

Ease of Setup


The B-Lively Double comes mostly assembled, and it took us under 8 minutes to assemble. The manual is useful and is good compared to the competition.

Our box came damaged and was missing a wheel, but once we got all the parts, we were able to get things rolling with the attachment of wheels and canopies.

Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - the front wheels on the b-lively can be locked in place to help it...
The front wheels on the B-Lively can be locked in place to help it stay true over uneven surfaces, however, this didn't help it much in our tests for maneuverability.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


Due to the dual wheel on each front leg design of the B-Lively, it struggled in our tests for maneuverability. Historically, in our tests, we see that this design, coupled with plastic wheels, usually results in a harder to push and turn stroller. While it manages well enough on flat surfaces, any bump or uneven surface causes some issues with the ability to continue forward. Grass and gravel are even more challenging, and this isn't one you'd want to take very far off the beaten path.

Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - the b-lively is one of the lightest and smallest options in the...
The B-Lively is one of the lightest and smallest options in the review.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


Weight and folded size are where the B-Lively gets an opportunity to shine. This double measures 11,063 cubic inches when folded, making it the smallest in the group. It weighs just over 27 lbs, which also makes it one of the lightest options in the lineup. If you have limited space or can't lift heavier items, this could be the game-changer you've been looking for.

Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - britax has created a mid-range product compared to the competition...
Britax has created a mid-range product compared to the competition and the general quality of the B-Lively reflects this and is on par with the price point.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The B-Lively has average quality compared to the competition and is probably on par for the price. The fabric is ripstop, easy to clean, and feels skin-friendly. It has a better footrest than previous Britax options we've seen, and the storage bin material feels sturdy.

Britax B-Lively Double double stroller - the b-lively handlebar adjusts on a pivot point by rotating up or...
The B-Lively handlebar adjusts on a pivot point by rotating up or down. This design places a taller pusher closer to the rear axle within kicking range.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This stroller sports an adjustable handlebar covered in dense foam, and the bar is split in the middle with a strange triangle that will limit one-handed pushing. This lack of thoughtful design and attention to detail hurts the Lively compared to the competition. The wheels are plastic, and while potentially better than other plastic options in the review, they aren't great. This impacts durability and longevity as a dented plastic tire will hurt maneuverability down the road. Overall, the quality is good for the price, and we think most parents will be happy with it, but it isn't the best thing going.

Twins


The B-Lively might be suitable for older twins who can sit on their own, but infants can't be pushed simultaneously as it only accepts one infant car seat carrier. While you can make that work with a baby carrier, it does mean you will need to wear one child at all times. Also, it will only accept Britax brand carriers, so if you want an infant seat from a competing brand, you will need to look elsewhere.

Should You Buy the B-Lively Double?


Perhaps. The B-Lively is not a stellar stroller, and it isn't as easy to push as some of the competition. However, it is lightweight and smaller when folded than much of the competition, making it a potential choice if those metrics are important. If you have older twins or siblings of similar age, this stroller could be a good choice as it is good for napping and has a large canopy. The single-action brakes and adjustable handlebar are nice features, but the storage bin isn't as useful as we'd like. Overall, this could be a good choice for your family if you prize size and weight over moving off-road or higher storage for errands.

What Other Double Stroller Should You Consider?


This stroller is similar to the Baby Jogger City Mini 2 Double in design, looks, and quick fold method. It is lightweight and compact when folded with deep recline seats and big canopies. Both strollers earned identical scores in every

metric and overall, making it a tough choice for most parents. This decision could be made by budget, as the list price for the B-Lively is lower than the City Mini 2 (depending on sales). Or you could make a choice based on infant car seat choice as the City Mini 2 is compatible with more car seat brands. The B-Lively is also 3 lbs lighter and somewhat smaller, giving it a leg up if those measurements are important to you. If budget is a concern, and you have no need for infant car seat compatibility, then the Joovy Scooter X2 with Trays earned only one less point overall and is significantly cheaper.

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