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Britax B-Agile 3 ReviewPrice: $270.00 List | $202.49 at Amazon - 25% off
Pros: Price, lightweight, compact easy fold
Cons: Average maneuverability, few conveniences
Bottom line: An above average option with a budget friendly price
The Britax B-Agile 3 is a budget friendly high ranking stroller that earned a Best Value award in this review. This stroller has the best score for weight and folded size and impressive scores for ease of use and maneuverability. While this small option has much to offer with a large storage basket, a cozy seat, and bigger canopy, it doesn't come with some of the conveniences you may be hoping for like a parent console or cup holder. The B-Agile 3 is easy to push, navigates tight spots with ease, and is light enough to do double duty as a travel stroller. This option is definitely one we recommend to friends.
The Britax B-Agile 3 earned a Top Pick award in our Hunt for the Best Umbrella Stroller with a 4th place rank and features that make it suitable for everyday use and travel.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Britax has issued a recall for the 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. The adapters can disconnect from the stroller causing a fall hazard for baby in the infant carrier. Consumers should dispose of adapters and contact Britax for their remedy kit. For more information, or to see if your stroller is affected, please visit the Britax Safety page. In addition, Britax is currently redesigning the infant car seat adapters for other brands including Chicco, Peg Perego, and Graco. These adapters will not be available for purchase until sometime in 2018.
Britax was started on the belief that parents and children should live life without limits 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 works with car manufacturers, governments, and child passenger safety experts to create 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.
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.
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 B-Agile has a large sun shade, 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.
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 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.
Ease of Setup
The B-Agile 3 took us 5:42 minutes to set up. 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 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 in 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 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 and pushers will be comfortable using the B-Agile 3.
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:
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 using a brand other than Britax, Cybex, Nuna, and Maxi-Cosi.
Britax also makes a few other strollers that we have reviewed and tested in the past. These include:
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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