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Britax B-Ready Double ReviewPrice: $650.00 List | $499.99 at Amazon - 23% off
Pros: Accepts two car seats, easy to push, narrow for tight spaces
Cons: Heft makes it hard to lift and carry, second seat sits low in storage bin
Bottom line: Heavy and harder to use with disappointing second seat functionality
The Britax B-Ready Double is an inline double stroller that offers sleek styling and a shorter footprint that will draw you in. The ability to accept two infant car seats and very versatile seating configurations is also intriguing. Unfortunately, when you look closer the love affair dies and the reality of it being harder to use with poorly designed features hits home. The second seat on this stroller sits in the storage bin rendering it virtually useless, and the almost 38-pound weight is too much for some parents to lift, much less carry. The disparity in the rider experience is significant and could leave one child with little front visibility, nowhere to stretch their legs, and the ability to touch the ground. We think the B-Ready could be a good stroller, but the poor performance in our tests left us wanting more and looking elsewhere.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Britax B-Ready Double stroller is an inline style product with stadium style seating. This frame has 14 different seating configurations and works with a toddler seat, infant car seat, and a bassinet or any combination of two. The stroller works as is with Britax Click & Go infant car seats, as well as some Chicco, Graco SnugRide, and Peg Perego models with the purchase of additional adapters. The standard seats hold children from 6 months up to 55 pounds. The B-Ready has foam filled rubber tires, frame suspension, automatic frame lock, storage bin, cup holder, non-rethread 5-point harness, adjustable handlebar and a large canopy with ventilation.
To use the B-Ready as a double stroller, you will need to purchase the Britax B-Ready Second Seat separately. Our list price for the B-Ready Double includes the second seat so that stroller prices can be fairly compared.
This chart includes the overall scores for all the double strollers tested in this review. The B-Ready is the blue bar.
The sections below include details from our testing for each metric and show how the B-Ready compared to the competition.
Ease of Use
The B-Ready only earned 5 of 10 for ease of use, which is something you want to keep in mind when thinking about this stroller. Ease of use is a reflection on your daily experience with this product and the performance of its features. The lower the score, the more likely you are to experience frustration suing the product.
Fold and Unfold
The B-Ready has an easy fold even if it does require two hands and has five steps to complete. You only need to bend about halfway over to accomplish the fold, and the stroller auto-locks and self-stands, which is nice as you might be juggling infant car seats or two small children. However, given that some of the strollers only have one or two steps, it is still a more involved process than much of the competition.
Unfolding this stroller is a little more complicated and only rated average compared to the competition. Once again you will need two hands, and a halfway to the ground bend. Perhaps, if you have nothing to compare it to, the folding and unfolding process will seem like a good one, but it struggled to match the ease of the competition.
The photos above show the color code difference between a set brake (left) and a released brake (right).
This Britax has single action linked brakes that require only one pedal be pushed to engage both brakes. The pedal has a convenient color coding system that lets parents tell at a glance if the brake is correctly set or the stroller is free to roll. The brakes are easy to set and release with a second tap on the pedal to get strolling they are very sandal and barefoot friendly since they don't require popping the pedal up from underneath.
The B-Ready has an under seat storage bin that has a maximum allowable weight of 10 pounds. extra-large diaper bag inside. It has access from the back and unique zippered openings on each side for additional access. Unfortunately, everything we have said about the storage bin is only true when using the B-Ready as a single stroller. As soon as you add the second seat, the tray becomes virtually useless as a storage basket as it then becomes the only space for the second passenger's legs and feet. The bin is also likely to get dirty once little ones are big enough to walk, as their shoes will carry whatever dirt they have walked through into the bin with them. This is a similar experience to the Phil and Teds Dot, and we wish both brands had opted for a design more like the UPPAbaby Vista where the second seat doesn't impact storage at all. Why? Two children come with supplies for two, so eliminating storage for the sake of the additional child, just means parents will be carrying supplies on their back instead of in the stroller and we think parents have enough to do.
It has one adult cup holder in the form of an open basket style that clips on the side of the frame. It is removable, and the basket prevents it from collecting dirt and liquid. We like that you can take it off, but we found it hangs off in an awkward fashion when the stroller is folded and can get knocked off when squeezing it in your trunk. This holder is compatible with our test baby bottle, water bottle and sippy cup. It probably won't work with wider bottom items or the squat sippy cups with handles. The B-Ready does not offer a cup holder or tray for passengers, but it does have a removable belly bar or arm rest.
Unlike the Phil and Teds Dot that only offered a canopy on the main seat, the B-Ready has a canopy on both seats. The sunshade on the main seat is nicer and larger than that found on the second seat, but at least it has two, and the second seat garners some protection from the elements from the primary seat itself. The main canopy is large with a large peek-a-boo window. The window is made of mesh and offers additional ventilation if desired. The closure on the window flap is magnetic and silent when opened. Given that some of the competition failed to provide a closure at all, it is nice to see one made in our favorite style. The second seat canopy is about half the size of the main seat, and it also sports a mesh window with magnetic closure, but the window is once again about half the size of the main seat.
The seats on this Britax both have 5-point harnesses with the same buckle and adjustment method. The harnesses are easy enough to get on and off, but they are very easy to adjust. The shoulder straps on the main seat are the non-rethread adjustment that works smoothly and has two different settings. The back seat is a rethread adjustment with infinite height possibilities up to 12.5 inches from the seat bottom. The crotch strap on both seats has only one position, but it is adjustable. The buckle on both seats is the same and is somewhat stiff. It requires two hands to close and only one hand to press it to release. You will need two hands to remove the straps as they will not pop out automatically.
The leg rest on the B-Ready is padded, and the front seat leg rest is adjustable. The front seat also has a foot rest while the back seat has neither a footrest nor a leg rest. Also, when the back seat reclines the lack of leg and footrest makes it look like baby's legs would be hanging uncomfortably. It might have been a better design if the recline moved only the seat back instead of rotating the entire seat back.
Both seats on the B-Ready have a one handed recline feature with four positions. The pull handle style of recline is easy to operate compared to much of the competition, including the Phil and Teds Dot that had multiple two-handed steps. The main seat reclines further than the second seat, but not enough to cause interference with the lower passenger. The main seat reclines facing either direction.
The photos above show the B-Ready with the seats upright and canopies closed (left) and the seats fully reclined and the canopies completely open (right).
The B-Ready also comes standard with integrated adapters for attaching two Britax Click & Go infant car seats. The car seat attaches in the same location as the standard seats and the process it quick and relatively painless.
B-Ready Second Seat
The Britax B-Ready is sold as a single stroller with double seat capabilities. You will need to purchase the B-Ready Second Seat separately to connect to the B-Ready Frame. If you would like to use infant car seats with the B-Ready, the Britax Click & Go infant car seats will work without adapters (though adapters must be purchased for the second seat), and other brand adapters are sold separately.
Ease of Setup
The B-Ready isn't that easy to put together taking over 11 minutes from start to finish. It has a great instruction manual, with clear step-by-step concise instructions with illustrations. It isn't hard to assemble, it just takes more time than most and has more parts. The canopy takes longer than anything else.
The B-Ready is a nice mover earning a score of 7 of 10 for maneuverability. The foam filled rubber tires and single front wheels design make it easier to push and turn than the products that have plastic tires or dual front wheels. The B-Ready tied with the Phil and Teds Dot and Mountain Buggy Duet in this metric. The easiest strollers to push and turn have pneumatic rubber tires, and include the Thule Urban Glide 2, Thule Chariot Cross 2 and the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie which scored 9s.
The B-Ready rolls and turns smoothly, even if it isn't as easy as the jogging strollers. Thanks to a smaller footprint, this Britax managed well in tighter spaces, and while some parents in online reviews felt it was large and had trouble negotiating small spaces, it is smaller than the side-by-side products and many of the long tandem options, so we feel it performs well compared to the competition. The frame does have more flex to it than it should which gives the overall experience an American luxury car experience as opposed to a sports car nimbleness.
The B-Ready performed almost as well off-road maneuvering over grass and gravel better than much of the competition. Once again, the large rubber tires of the jogging strollers were better, but if you don't want to commit to the three wheel jogger, this one can get you over a green belt or the gravel at a playground without much trouble. It was also okay on curbs, but the heaviness of the stroller coupled with the flex in the frame left us feeling somewhat unsure of whether or not it should go up curbs.
Weight and Folded Size
The B-Ready is a beast of a stroller, and there is no way to sugar coat the 37.7-pound weight. Only the Baby Jogger City Select Double and the Baby Trend Navigator weigh more than the B-Ready at 37.8 and 39.7 lbs. Because of this weight, the B-Ready earned the low score of 3 of 10 for weight and folded size, tying with the Chicco Cortina Together. The high score in this metric is 9 for the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite, which has a weight of only 23.4 pounds, and the Britax B-Agile Double with a small folded size of 10,649 cubic inches.
The folded size of the B-Ready is 19,622 cubic inches. It isn't the largest package in the group, but the weight and the awkwardness of the folded B-ready make it hard to lift and near impossible to carry. If you are worried about lifting items or concerned about the space in your trunk, then the B-Ready may not be the best stroller for you.
Quality helps bring the B-Ready up in the overall rank with a score of 7 of 10 where the high is 9. The Thule Urban Glide 2 and the Thule Chariot Cross 2 have the high score for the metric.
The fabric on this stroller is similar to that found on the Baby Jogger City Select but it feels nicer to the touch. It has better padding throughout, and the fabric is smoother. The fabric on the shoulder height adjustment headrest is made of a soft suede-like fabric that feels like it would wear well and feel good on the cheek. The footrest on the main seat is a nice heavy rubberized fabric that is easy to clean, but the second seat has baby's feet inside the storage bin which doesn't feel as sturdy or as durable and is not as easy to clean.
This stroller has a nice solid looking frame, but the connections could be tighter as it has a lot of flex when there is weight in the seats. The tires are puncture proof foam filled rubber, and the wheels are hard plastic. The overall fit and finish of this stroller are nice, but frumpy when compared to an option like the UPPAbaby Vista which has a similar design but is so well put together that is reminds us of a well-made German car.
The handlebar on the B-Ready is adjustable by rotating the bar on a pivot located on either side of the frame. The range varies between 33.4 inches from the ground to 44.3, which makes it one of the widest height ranges in the group. The bar feels really good in the hand, and we really liked the size of the handle and the rubber center. The entire width of the handle is open without a center portion for folding or standing, so you can comfortably hold it without modification. We liked the slight ergonomic curve of the handle, and the foam feels firm and sturdy.
This stroller offers front and rear suspension. On the front, the shocks are on the wheels, and in the rear, they are up on the frame and fail to provide the same level of suspension as those found on the front wheels. This leads to an arguably less comfortable riding experience for the back seat passenger than the front.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
The B-Ready accepts two infant car seats and is compatible with some Britax, Chicco, Graco, and Peg Perego (strap in method only). We tested the B-Ready with the Britax B-Safe 35, Chicco Keyfit 30, Graco Classic Connect 30, and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35. None of the adapters require assembly, and the toddler seat needs to be removed to attach any of them to either location because they use the same attachment points. All of the seats click in place with the exception of the Peg that clicks and has a strap to secure it.
The Graco is the easiest seat to install, but it is on the wobbly side once secured. It earned the highest score in the group, with the Britax right behind it. The worst of the group is the Peg that was hard to install, remove, and felt unstable. Also, we worry parents will forget or forgo the strap. The Britax seat is probably the best overall with no adapters needed, no chance of installing it wrong, and it is the most secure feeling.
The B-Ready could easily work for twins and would work especially well for infant twins as the frame can accept two infant car seats that include Britax and other brand options. That being said, this stroller is already the heaviest option in the group, and we think two children of equal size will become a burden on the pusher as they grow larger and increase the overall weight being pushed. Also, this stroller is the style where one seat sits below and almost under the main seat. This means a different rider experience for each seat, one that is so different that the passengers will likely argue who gets to sit where when they are old enough to realize and express their preference.
Even though Britax is a brand name many parents are familiar with and equates with quality, the B-Ready stroller is simply too cumbersome, heavy, and awkward to have a best application. This stroller is one of the heaviest options in the group and testers and online reviewers alike feel it is hard to lift when folded and difficult to juggle into a trunk. The wide back wheels and the storage bin filled with the second passenger also decrease the appeal of this product and leave us feeling like there isn't an application it would work for that another product couldn't manage better.
The B-Ready has a list price of $650, which is about the mid-point in prices for the group. For a stroller that accepts two car seats, has rubber tires, and an adjustable handlebar, it feels like a relatively good value. However, there are several options in this review that scored higher and cost the same or less, some of which will also accept two infant car seats. The Mountain Buggy Duet is one of these options, as well as the Peg Perego Book for Two. If you don't need two car seats, there are even more options that scored higher and cost the same or less in this review, including the Joovy Scooter X2 (Best Value winner), the Thule Urban Glide 2 (Editors' Choice and top scorer), BOB Revolution Flex Duallie (Top Pick for All-Terrain), the Britax B-Agile Double and the Baby Jogger City Mini Double. We think better performance in our tests, higher scores, and lower prices equals a better value.
The Britax B-Ready is an inline double stroller made with quality materials and user-friendly design. It has all wheel frame suspension, an adjustable handlebar, rubber foam filled tires, and rear fenders to protect little hands from wheel spokes. Unfortunately, this stroller failed to perform well enough in our tests to score higher than the bottom third of the products and disappointed us in its ease of use and practical features. While this stroller will accept two infant car seats, the standard seating arrangement offers a vastly different riding experience for each passenger; with different canopies, recline angles, and field of view, the seat differences are beyond just the obvious high and low to the ground double decker arrangement. Add to this the lack of storage space thanks to the second passenger using the bin for leg room, and the second heaviest weight in the group, and you have a stroller with too many faults to be a real contender.
Other Versions and Accessories
Britax also makes the Britax B-Agile Double, a side-by-side stroller that we also tested in this review. The B-Agile scored higher and offered the same riding experience for each passenger, and is far lighter and smaller than most of the competition. It is also about $200 cheaper than the B-Ready. The downside is the B-Agile doesn't accept two car seats, but given that the car seat life is a short one compared to the potential lifespan of the stroller, we think it is an acceptable trade-off for a better product at a better price.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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