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Britax B-Lively Review

Basic stroller that is budget-friendly, lightweight and small for occasional strolling
Britax B-Lively
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $250 List | $239.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Budget-friendly, light and easy to carry/stow
Cons:  Not the best mover, lower quality
Manufacturer:   Britax
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Dec 29, 2021
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 6.6
  • Maneuverability - 30% 6.6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 9.0
  • Quality - 10% 5.0

The Skinny

The Britax B-Lively is a compact and lightweight everyday stroller for parents on a budget. This stroller is the smallest folded option in the group of full-size strollers with a reasonable weight good for carrying, and it comes standard with a large canopy, good storage, and unique front storage bin access. This narrow option is not the easiest to push and turn with plastic tires and the dual front wheel design we aren't fans of, so it struggles to keep up with the top strolling products we've tested. However, it can still get the job done for a reasonable price if you are looking for a sturdy strolling option without a lot of special features or impressive design.

Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on December 21, 2021, to include more details and new sections to help you with your buying decision.

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Pros Budget-friendly, light and easy to carry/stowPrice, lightweight, compact foldPrice, lightweight, fairly compact foldEasy to navigate tight places, inexpensiveVersatile seating, feature-full, modern styling, low price
Cons Not the best mover, lower qualityDual-front wheel, hard to access storageBelow average maneuverability, hard to fold, limited storage abilityLimited storage, lower quality materialsLower attention to detail
Bottom Line Basic stroller that is budget-friendly, lightweight and small for occasional strollingA budget-minded stroller with the features you need and not much elseAn interesting concept with harder to use features that doesn't offer enough storage or a useful folding processAn easy-to-maneuver and budget friendly option, but has limited functionalityA nice, expandable stroller with seating options for up to 3 riders and useful features
Rating Categories Britax B-Lively Baby Jogger City Mi... Larktale Coast Baby Trend Expedition Evenflo Pivot Xpand
Ease Of Use (45%)
6.6
6.6
5.6
5.1
7.2
Maneuverability (30%)
6.6
7.3
6.4
8.2
4.7
Weight/Folded Size (15%)
9.0
7.5
8.0
5.5
3.5
Quality (10%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
Specs Britax B-Lively Baby Jogger City Mi... Larktale Coast Baby Trend Expedition Evenflo Pivot Xpand
Weight 18.9 lbs 19.3 lbs 20.9 lbs 23.7 lbs 28.4 lbs
Folded Dimensions 24"W x 9.5"H x 29"L 25.7"W x 10.6"H x 31.1"L 24.3"W x 26"H x 12.3"L 23.1"W x 33.1"H x 16.3"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 52 lbs/43.3"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Britax All Britax Seats Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2 None Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Britax All Britax Seats Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Nuna Pipa
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
Uppababy Mesa
Clek Liing
Chicco
Britax
B-Safe Ultra, B-Safe 35
Maxi-Cosi
Micro AP, Pebble, Cabrio Fit, Citi
Clek
Liing, Liingo
Nuna
Pipa
None Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
None
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Large Medium Large Extra large
Sun Shade Size Large Large Medium Small Medium
One-handed Fold Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 40" 41" 41"/44" 41" 33"/44.7"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No Yes No Yes
Included Accessories None City GO infant car seat adapter. Snack Tray, Cup Holder None None
Setup Time 5-10 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec 15-20 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

Britax launched in the US in 1996 after a successful start in Europe. The company has been creating baby products for over 70 years including their best-selling infant car seats. Britax's goal is to develop safe and useful gear whether it is convertible car seats or strollers. Britax works with governments, manufacturers, and experts on safety to bring parents products for their children.

Performance Comparison



Britax B-Lively full size stroller - the lively bin has front access with a pull tab secret door.
The Lively bin has front access with a pull tab secret door.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The B-Lively is average for ease of use in a metric where it suffers from lack of features.


The B-Lively has a simple, easy to use pull handle to fold.
The B-Lively has a simple, easy to use pull handle to fold.
The B-Lively has an automatic lock mechanism.
The B-Lively has an automatic lock mechanism.

Fold and Unfold


The B-Lively has an easy fold with a quick pull handle on the seat. It has two steps and needs two hands. Unfolding is also simple and can be done one-handed, though some testers felt it wasn't as easy as the fold and required some practice to do well.

Britax B-Lively full size stroller - the single action brakes of the b-lively was easy enough to use, but...
The single action brakes of the B-Lively was easy enough to use, but larger feet will need to be steady to avoid kicking the wheel.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


This stroller has single-action brakes that are very easy to set and release with a process that is simple and foot-friendly with a press to set and release.

The under seat storage bin on the Lively is large enough for most...
The under seat storage bin on the Lively is large enough for most diaper bags with a 10 lb weight limit.
The back of the B-Lively canopy has two open pockets and one...
The back of the B-Lively canopy has two open pockets and one zippered pocket for quick access items.

Storage


The storage bin (above left) is somewhat large but it has a useful and fun access portal on the front not found on all of the competition. The bin fits our large diaper bag and has a limit of 10 lbs. The Lively also has pockets on the back of the canopy with two small pockets and a medium zippered pocket.

Britax B-Lively full size stroller - the peek-a-boo window on the b-lively is really more of a...
The peek-a-boo window on the B-Lively is really more of a ventilation strip with only a fabric cover to keep out the sun and no way to use the window without letting in cool air.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The Lively sunshade has an expansive size and a large mesh peek-a-boo window. The peek-a-boo window has no real "cover" with only additional fabric to fold over it. You cannot view little ones without letting in additional airflow which could be ill-advised in colder weather.

Britax B-Lively full size stroller - the 5-point harness on the b-lively is nothing to write home about...
The 5-point harness on the B-Lively is nothing to write home about with rethread height adjustment and limited adjustment options.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The 5-point harness on the Lively is only average to put on and harder to take off. Adjusting the harness is easier even though it is the less desirable rethread design. The harness has three shoulder height positions and an adjustable crotch strap.

Britax B-Lively full size stroller - the b-lively recline is a basic toggle with two straps. this design...
The B-Lively recline is a basic toggle with two straps. This design is easy to recline requiring only one hand but it requires two hands to raise.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The seat on the Lively is a sling-style seat with non-adjustable padded leg rest and narrow footrest. The seatback reclines with the use of a toggle and can be operated with one hand to drop and two to lift. The seatback has an infinite number of possible angles including almost flat for napping.

Car Seat Compatibility


This stroller comes compatible with all Britax infant car seats. With side adapters, you can attach each seat to the frame of the stroller without removing the main seat or canopy. Attachment requires lining up both sides simultaneously and applying pressure straight down.

Ease of Setup


The B-Lively is similar to other strollers in the Britax lineup with a slightly faster assembly time of just over 5 minutes.



This stroller requires snapping on the three wheels and the canopy. You don't need any tools and the manual is only so-so with instructions that start a few pages into the manual and aren't as good as some with the quick start instructions.

Locking the front wheel on the B-Lively will help it traverse uneven...
Locking the front wheel on the B-Lively will help it traverse uneven terrain with more grace, but you won't be able to turn it until you manually unlock the wheel.
The plastic tires and dual wheel on a single leg design impact the...
The plastic tires and dual wheel on a single leg design impact the maneuverability of the B-Lively which results in a harder to push and turn stroller.

Maneuverability


The Britax B-Lively isn't the best mover which is likely a result of the use of plastic foam-filled tires instead of rubber.


This stroller is small which makes it good for smaller spaces but it struggles over grass and gravel with difficulty turning if the grass is thick. The dual front wheel design is one that historically struggles in testing to stay on track and we prefer single wheels per leg to help avoid pushing problems.

Britax B-Lively full size stroller - the b-lively is the smallest folded option in the group.
The B-Lively is the smallest folded option in the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The Britax B-Lively has a relatively low weight and one of the smallest folds in the group.


This stroller weighs 18.9 lbs and measures 6,612 cubic inches. If you have limited space or worry about where you will put a larger full-size stroller this is a good option and should fit in most reasonable spaces.

Britax B-Lively full size stroller - the b-lively is a nice looking stroller but the overall fit and...
The B-Lively is a nice looking stroller but the overall fit and finish has some cheaper details we dislike over previous iterations of Britax strollers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Britax B-Lively is of average quality, about what you'd expect for a buggy with this price tag.


This stroller has a similar frame to the B-Agile but with an angular look and more pieces which could translate to more flex over time. It has medium weight fabric that is no longer the nice ripstop but it does offer a padded seat and wipable footrest. The wheels are foam-filled plastic which impacts maneuverability and could deform over time, calling into question long-term durability for this stroller. They cheapened the details over previous Britax of yore by replacing magnetic closures over peek-a-boo windows with no closure for the window cover and Velcro for the leg rest hatch instead of the nicer zipper. So, while it looks very similar, the details are lacking and indicate a turn for Britax in regards to overall quality and final fit and finish. Compared to the competition, it doesn't rank high in this testing metric and other contenders, like the BOB Alterrain Pro and Thule Urban Glide 2, outshine the B-Lively and others.

Should You Buy the Britax B-Lively?


The Britax B-Lively is basic and doesn't compare to our favorite strollers; however, it is incredibly lightweight for a full-size stroller. If you'll frequently be lifting a stroller in and out of your vehicle or carrying it, every pound counts, and we think a lightweight stroller, like the B-Lively, can make those tasks more manageable. But, besides that, it's average-performing, and we believe another contender in our lineup might be more enjoyable to use and push.

What Other Full-Size Strollers Should You Consider?


If you'd like to stay within the same price range, check out the Baby Jogger City Mini 2. It's actually relatively similar to the Britax B-Lively, even in weight and fold size, yet offers better quality and maneuverability. Best of all, the City Mini 2 is compatible with more infant car seats if you are looking to create a travel system, which is why it won an award.

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