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Britax B-Agile 3 Combo Review
Price: $270.00 List | $215.99 at Amazon - 20% off
Pros: Lightweight, easy car seat attachment with Britax
Cons: Plastic wheels make it harder to push
Bottom line: Budget-friendly with easy car seat attachment
The Britax B-Agile 3 packs a lot of bang for the buck for both a standard stroller and a good stroller and car seat combination. This budget-friendly stroller came in 5th place out of 15 products, managing the high score in our safety metric and a good score in the weight and folded size category. The B-Agile proves it has enough of what it takes to make most parents happy without breaking the bank or their back. While it has plastic wheels, and only a medium sized storage bin, we think the B-Agile is one to consider.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Britax Click & Go Recall Notice
Britax issued a recall for the Click & Go car seat adapters that come standard with the Britax B-Agile 3 and Britax B-Agile Double strollers. The strollers are safe to use, but the car seat attachment adapters that work with the Click & Go infant car seats are not. The adapters can disconnect from the stroller, leading to a potential fall hazard. Consumers should dispose of the adapters immediately and request a remedy kit from Britax. For more information about this recall, and to see if your stroller is affected, please visit the Britax Safety Recall page.
This chart includes the overall scores for each combination tested in this review. The B-Agile is shown in blue.
The following sections include details on how the B-Agile 3 performed compared to the competition during testing.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The B-Agile 3 earned a 6 of 10 for ease of car seat attachment. This score is average for the group, which means the B-Agile neither impressed nor disappointed. The high in the group is a 10 earned by the Doona Combo, which is a single product that does the work of a car seat and a stroller, so no attachment is required.
The B-Agile stroller comes with the adapters for use with any Britax Click & Go car seats. An additional adapter can be purchased to use with the B-Agile with the following car seats: Chicco KeyFit, Chicco KeyFit 30, Graco SnugRide models (not compatible with the Click Connect models), and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio models (excluding the award-winning Primo Viaggio 4-35). We tested the B-Agile with the Chicco Keyfit 30, Britax B-Safe 35, and the Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect.
The B-Safe seat adapters come with the stroller and snap into place with no assembly required. The infant carrier can be installed on the adapters without removing the seat or the canopy. In fact, this is the only seat we tested that allows the canopy to stay connected. This means the B-Safe can potentially use the canopy on both the stroller and the car seat giving baby added protection from the elements. Installing the seat isn't very hard, but you will need to add a lot of pressure to the carrier to ensure it is clicked fully into place and have the toddler seat back fully reclined. We recommend a good tug on the handle to ensure attachment because sometimes we thought it was fully attached when it wasn't. The carrier is easier to release than attach, with the push of a button and easy lifting off of the adapters.
The native Britax seat is by far better and easier to attach to the stroller than the others we tried. However, all of the seats were harder to connect than they really should be and some felt connected when they weren't. Because of this, we suggest parents give a good tug on the carrier with each option to ensure the seat is securely connected.
Weight and Folded Size
The B-Agile earned a score of 7 of 10 for this metric. This score is the second highest score for this category, and it tied with the UPPAbaby Cruz Combo and Bugaboo Bee. The high score for this metric is a 9 shared by all the dedicated frame strollers in the review, including the award-winning Chicco Keyfit Caddy. The non-frame Doona weighs only 16. 5 lbs for the car seat and stroller combined, the lowest combined weight of any options we tested.
The B-Agile weighed 17.9 pounds in our tests, which is higher than the 16.5 pounds the manufacturer claims. This weight is on the heavier side for new moms or mothers who've had a C-section, and means that many will be unable or not allowed to lift it. However, it is still lighter than some of the competition and is far lighter than the Revolution which is over 26 pounds. The lightest in the group are the frame strollers which offer very little in the way of convenience features, so they can remain light and easier to manage. The lightest in the group is the Baby Trend with a weight of 10.9 pounds.
Folding the B-Agile is very easy and can be managed with one hand, so you have a free hand to hold your baby in the carrier. This product auto-locks once folded, has a carry strap to make transporting it easier, but it does not self-stand. Folding the B-Agile takes 2 steps, and you will need to bend to about 45 degrees. It will not roll once folded, so parents will have to carry it even a short distance. It requires two hands to unfold, which is still easy with only 2 steps. This does, however, mean that you will need to set your baby down to achieve an open stroller.
The B-Agile earned a 6 of 10 for maneuverability, which is slightly above average but 3 points below the high of 9 earned by the BOB Revolution Flex.
The low in this metric is a 3 for the Chicco Bravo LE that we had difficulty turning on hard flat surfaces as well as uneven terrain.
For ease of pushing on the pavement and flat surfaces, the Britax is similar to the City Mini. However, the Britax has a shorter wheelbase and a slightly narrower width that made it better at negotiating turns and narrow spaces. This stroller can be pushed with one hand, but you probably won't want to, it took a lot of effort to move on the flat surfaces, and it was a struggle on the carpet. If you use both hands, it is easy enough to use on hard surfaces. Things get a little trickier on grass where turning isn't as easy, but you can get it rolling; turning and rolling on grass is harder. The double front wheel design on this product is not our favorite, and pretty much every stroller that has this design is harder to push because the wheels get caught on objects and pull the stroller off course on a regular basis.
You can find more details on the maneuverability of the B-Agile in our standard stroller review.
Ease of Use
The B-Agile earned a 5 of 10 for ease of use, which is the average score for this metric. The high for the metric is 7 for the Chicco Bravo.
This product has a medium size storage bin under the seat. We were able to fit our medium size diaper bag inside with average access from the sides and back. There is a cross bar that runs across the back of the bin that curves up and limits access to the bin significantly. In addition to the bar, the toddler seat is fully reclined with the infant carrier attached making the bin fairly far under a second obstacle limiting access. The sides are more open, but smaller. The maximum allowable weight for the bin is 10 lbs, which is about average for the group with the best having a maximum of 25-30 lbs and the worst closer to 8.
There is additional storage on the back of the canopy on this Britax. The pocket is large and zippered, but it does swing from the back when you walk. The real downside, however, is that the canopy will not be on the stroller unless you pair this with a Britax car seat. The pocket doesn't list a weight allowance, but we wouldn't put much in it given its attachment to the canopy.
The canopy on this stroller is large and offers additional ventilation and a medium sized mesh peek-a-boo window. The canopy is adequate for the stroller, and the toddler seat, but given that you won't be able to use this canopy with most of the car seat options it won't do you much good. If you want the added protection, the canopy offers we suggest you pair this stroller with the Britax seats. They are easier to attach and feel more secure anyway, so it is a natural choice if you don't already own a seat.
The Britax scored average for this metric with a 6 of 10. The high for the group is 8 earned by the UPPAbaby Vista Combo and the BOB Revolution. The low is a 3 for the Chicco Keyfit Caddy, bare bones frame stroller with little to assess for quality and a low price to match its score.
The B-Agile has a nice sturdy frame that is finished well and has a little flex. The components and materials attach to the frame nicely giving it an overall pleasing fit and finish. The back of the frame curves up and while this limits the storage access, it does prevent taller parents from kicking the rear axle while strolling.
The wheels are a type of plastic called Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) that are foam filled. Britax claims that EVA is "rubber-like, " but we found it be simply a bit better plastic than the hard plastic wheels found on low-end strollers. In our side-by-side comparison, we found the B-Agile wheels had more in common with the plastic wheels on some of the other strollers than they did with the foam filled rubber wheels on strollers like the UPPAbaby Cruz. The foam helps give some density to the wheels to prevent them from becoming misshapen, but it would be better if the tires were rubber. The wheels are larger than most low-end hard plastic wheels, and they do spin freely without resistance or hiccups commonly found in the cheaper plastic wheels. We do not feel like they have the same level of durability or quality as the rubber options in this review.
This stroller has rear shocks, but they aren't great; it took a lot of pressure for us even to get them to move, and we suspect lighter weight babies won't be able to engage the shocks at all. In fact, when we first reviewed them, we thought they didn't have rear shocks at all! The handlebar is stationary and sits at 40 inches from the ground. It is a relatively good height, and we liked the oblong shape of the tubing.
This product is hand washable and has a 2-year limited warranty.
Ease of Setup
This Britax earned a 9 of 10 for ease of setup, tying with a few other strollers. The high is a 10 earned by the Doona as it comes completely assembled. It took us 5 minutes and 42 seconds to unpack the box and prepare the stroller for use. The documentation is good compared to some of the competition, and the instructions are clear with helpful corresponding pictures for each step. You do not need tools to complete assembly.
The best application for this stroller is everyday around town activity. The B-Agile is a great stroller that works well with toddlers and babies in an infant car seat. It isn't the best at off road fun, and you don't want to jog with it, but it will get you and baby where you need to go on paved surfaces and flat terrain with ease and in style.
The B-Agile is the cheapest standard stroller in this review. While the frame strollers are considerably cheaper, the B-Agile is a product you will be able to use until your baby is past his strolling years. We feel the B-Agile is a good value for most families, and its ability to work with the Britax Click & Go strollers make it an even better value because it can be used for newborns and smaller babies before they are big enough for the sling seat.
The Britax B-Agile 3 is a nicely priced stroller that offers families what they need without a lot of the features they don't. This stroller earned a high score in the safety metric and worked well with Britax compatible seats. We like that the canopy can stay on with the Click & Go models and the native seats don't require straps. While the B-Agile does have the dual front wheel design, we aren't big fans of, this stroller manages just fine on flat surfaces with just enough skill over grass and gravel to make it to the play park. This stroller does have a limited storage space, but if you aren't running errands, it should be enough for a well-stocked diaper bag and a water bottle for mom.
Other Versions and Accessories
The same parent company that makes the Britax B-Agile 3 also makes the BOB Revolution Flex Combo. This option didn't score that well here but earned higher scores in our standard stroller review with an Editors' Choice award.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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