B-Agile 3 Replaced by 15% Less Expensive B-Lively
The B-Agile 3
has been replaced by the B-Lively
. This is more of a case of a product name change than a functional upgrade. The B-Lively is nearly indistinguishable from the B-Agile, and Britax has not touted major changes in their announcement of the B-Lively. Rather, the B-Lively appears to be the same old stroller that we liked when it was called the B-Agile 3, with the following changes:
- Superficially different wheel hubs
- Slightly bigger storage basket
- $40 lower list price, $230 vs. $270
The photos above show the B-Agile 3 $270 list (left), and the nearly indistinguishable B-Lively $230 list (right).
We'll be testing the new B-Lively in September 2018, and will post a complete review soon. In the meantime, our detailed review of the B-Agile 3 is included below which tells you the functional story on both products.
Hands-on Review of B-Agile 3
The Britax B-Agile 3 makes a good everyday option for regular and lightweight stroller use.
Britax was originated on the idea that parents and children should live life fully and make the most of every moment. Britax strives to design products that are both safe and smart. They have been making baby gear for over 70 years. Britax first launched in the United States in 1996 after significant success in Europe with the best-selling car seat. The company is taking a special interest in side impact protection (SIP), car seat installation, and strollers of various kinds. Britax partners with car manufacturers, governments, and child passenger safety experts in order to construct new and safe products for families. Britax recently acquired BOB strollers.
The chart below is a comparison of the overall scores for all 19 products we purchased and tested for this review including the B-Agile (in blue).
The sections below provide details on how this stroller performed in our tests for each metric. The scores earned for each metric are used to determine the overall score with an emphasis on Ease of Use and maneuverability.
The B-Agile 3 has several features for convenience and comfort, which are easy to use and function as expected.
Ease of Use
The B-Agile 3 earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use. This is one point higher than the similar Baby Jogger City Mini.
Ease of use impacts your daily experience with a product. The B-Agile has features that include an easy fold, large storage, and large canopy.
The B-Agile has a similar fold pull loop as the Baby Jogger City Mini and is very easy to use. The frame lock will prevent little ones from accidentally folding the stroller should they use the handle to help climb up into the seat.
Fold and Unfold
The B-Agile has a simple one-handed fold that requires the pull of a handle located on the seat. This is similar to the fold found on the Baby Jogger City Mini, but it has a safety release button as well to prevent little ones from folding the stroller while climbing in. This stroller has an automatic lock and a carry strap, but it does not self-stand. Unfolding the B-Agile is also easy, but is a two-handed operation.
The B-Agile has single action brakes with a large pedal that is easy to press and lift, which makes it sandal foot friendly.
The B-Agile storage bin holds a maximum of 10 lbs, and we were able to fit our Extra-large Diaper Bag inside (above left). The bin has easy access from the back and sides and is a better design than the similar Baby Jogger City Mini, which has a bar that interferes with access. You can even access storage with the seat reclined. This stroller has two small pockets on the back of the canopy, but they don't close completely, and larger items could fall out. Previous versions of the B-Agile 3 had a large zippered pocket that we preferred (above right).
The mesh peek-a-boo window on the B-Agile is easy to see through and has a cover that closes with Velcro.
The B-Agile has a large sunshade, but not quite as big as the one found on the Baby Jogger City Mini. It does have a nice mesh peek-a-boo window that allows easy viewing of baby and works as ventilation on hot days. The window cover is a hook and loop closure, which can be sort of loud if your baby is sleeping. This shade works well and looks sharp, covering past the seat bottom edge.
While the shoulder padding on the B-Agile harness adds comfort to baby, it can get in the way when you try to adjust the straps.
The B-Agile has an average 5-point harness. The buckle has two pieces and is fairly stiff to connect and release, but it won't hurt your hands to operate. The harness straps are average to adjust, and they slide up and down. The shoulder straps have additional padding that increases comfort but makes adjustment more difficult. The height adjustment is a rethread style and requires pushing the plastic strap end through the back slot and reinserting into the new chosen height.
The B-Agile seat back reclines almost flat for napping comfort.
The seat on the B-Agile 3 has a very deep recline that is almost flat for cozy napping. The recline adjustment is average to use. While it is one-handed to lower two-handed to lift, the one hand can get a little out of control if a baby is in the seat when you lower it so using two hands is just easier. There is nice padding on the seat bottom and back, including the leg rest that is non-adjustable. This stroller has no real foot, and there is a fairly thick seam on the seat behind the knee bend that could chafe bare legs.
Car Seat Compatibility
Britax is currently redesigning the majority of infant car seat adapters for use with the B-Agile. At the moment, they are only offering the Britax Infant Car Seat Adapters for Cybex, Nuna, Maxi Cosi and the Britax adapter that comes with the stroller. All other brands adapters will be available sometime in 2018, though a specific date has not been disclosed.
In February 2017, Britax announced a recall on their Click & Go car seat attachment adapters for the Britax B-Agile 3 strollers. While the stroller itself is still safe to use, the adapters used to create a travel system with the Click & Go car seats are not. In some cases, the car seat adapters may disengage from the stroller causing a fall hazard for baby in the infant carrier. Consumers should cease use of adapters and get in touch with Britax for their remedy kit. If you are looking for more information on this matter, or to find out if yours is one of the affected strollers, you can go to the Britax Safety page
. Also, Britax is redesigning the infant car seat adapters for other brands, which includes Chicco, Peg Perego, and Graco. These adapters will not be available for purchase until sometime in 2018.
Ease of Setup
The B-Agile 3 took us 5:42 minutes to set up, which is a low average time. This time includes unpacking the stroller from the box up to fully assembled and ready to use. It requires no tools to assemble, and the manual is only average. This stroller is very easy to put together compared to some of the competition.
The B-Agile is easier to maneuver than it looks, thanks to a three leg design.
The B-Agile earned a 6 of 10 for maneuverability. This is one point lower than the Baby Jogger City Mini that earned a 7. This stroller's three-leg design makes it good at navigating tight spaces, and it is so easy to push and turn you can often do it one handed depending on the terrain. Moving off-road is only a little more difficult as it rolls easily through grass, as long as you don't try to turn. It can be a little rough over gravel as the dual front wheel can catch on smaller bumps and rocks causing the stroller to struggle to stay on course. We were unable to push this stroller over a 1-inch curb, and popping up onto a curb is about average with a stiff handlebar to keep things steady.
This stroller has all-wheel suspension, compared to the Baby Jogger City Mini's single front wheel shock. It also has a foam covered stationary handlebar that is 42 inches from the ground, a sling-style seat, and adequate padding for passengers.
The B-Agile three leg design helps create a stroller with a small turning radius that navigates smaller spaces with relative ease.
The tires are foam filled plastic, which isn't as nice as rubber, but they are larger than other plastic wheels which translates to a smoother ride. We think passengers, as well as pushers, will be comfortable and enjoy using the B-Agile 3.
The B-Agile is one of the largest folded strollers in our lightweight stroller review, but it is one of the smallest in the full-size stroller review.
Weight and Folded Size
The B-Agile 3 earned an 8 of 10 for weight and folded size, which is the high score for the metric. This Britax stroller weighs 17.4 lbs and measures 6,658 cubic inches when folded. It is the lightest and smallest stroller in this review, making it a good option for those with limited space or parents hoping to use it as a lightweight stroller as well as their full-size option.
The lighter weight and smaller size helped the B-Agile make the cut-off for inclusion in our Umbrella Stroller Review. This stroller earned a Top Pick award for a lightweight umbrella that can also work as your everyday stroller.
This stroller earned a 5 of 10 for quality compared to the competition. The B-Agile 3 has a nicer shaped frame than the Baby Jogger City Mini, which translated into less axle kicking while strolling. The fabric is skin-friendly and made with ripstop material. The overall look is simple and functional without a lot of fluff or standout features or materials. The frame has little flex (even when curb popping), and the components and connections are nicely finished and tightly connected with few to no flaws in construction.
The B-Agile 3 is relatively bare bones and parents hoping for more will want to consider adding some accessories to their stroller. Britax offers some accessories that will definitely make strolling life easier. We think the following are worth a look-see:
- Britax Stroller Organizer — The stroller organizer is a parent console with a cup holder on each side and a zippered storage pocket in between. It straps to the handlebar to keep frequently used items close for quick access. Parents should use caution when using cup holders items can (and do) fall out and could potentially land on the baby. Never Ever put hot liquid of any kind in a stroller cup holder.
- Britax B-Agile Rain Cover — The rain cover on the B-Agile 3 is made of clear vinyl and drapes over the stroller to keep baby dry and away from the weather. This cover will be indispensable if you live in areas where it rains or snows regularly. This cool cover will help keep baby dry and cozy without blocking their view of the world around them.
- Britax B-Agile Sun and Bug Cover — This sun and bug cover wraps around the B-Agile with a tight elastic designed to keep bugs at bay and baby bite free. Depending on where you live and how bad the seasonal bugs are in your area, this kind of cover could be a must-have. There is 360 sun protection keeps baby free of burns and does dim the seating area for potentially better napping.
- Britax B-Agile Child Tray — Britax offers a plastic tray, which is removable, and has a snack section and cup holder. The tray is easy to clean and helps keep snacks and liquids close at hand for older babies. Younger and smaller babies won't be able to reach the tray, but toddlers will definitely appreciate the added treasure storage or activity space.
- Britax Infant Car Seat Adapters for Cybex, Nuna, Maxi-Cosi — This is the single adapter available for combination with the B-Agile until sometime in 2018 when Britax plans to relaunch adapters for other brands.
At this time Britax has not provided a specific launch date for the new adapters and parents shouldn't plan to create a travel system with the B-Agile.
Britax also makes a few other strollers that we have reviewed and tested in the past. These include:
- Britax B-Ready — The Britax B-Ready stroller can grow with your family thanks to versatile seating options that can accommodate two and a possible third. This stroller is compatible with a variety of infant car seats, will work with two at the same time, offers a large storage bin, and has rubber foam filled tires. This stroller did not score that well in our Double Stroller Review coming in 11th out of 18 products tested.
- Britax B-Agile Double — The B-Agile Double is a side-by-side two-seater with identical features and functionality for both seats. This stroller can accept only one infant car seat, so it works for children of different ages or older twins who no longer need a car seat carrier. The B-Agile Double has a large storage bin, simple fold, and large sun shades. This stroller mimics the B-Agile 3, only with features and seating for two.