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Britax B-Free Combo Review

Compact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
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Price:   $360 List | $380 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons:  Smaller storage, small front wheel
Manufacturer:   Britax
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 8
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 7
  • Maneuverability - 10% 7
  • Safety - 10% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 6
  • Quality - 5% 7
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 8

The Skinny

The Britax B-Free is a full-size stroller that comes with car seat adapters that work with any Britax infant car seat. This stroller folds small and quickly making it suitable for traveling and transport, but it is heavier than it needs to be, and parents who want something lightweight may want to look elsewhere. The B-Free works well with car seats, and they attach smoothly without a problem. The stroller canopy works well with the carrier in place and offers more protection where you need it. This stroller is a little spendy compared to the similar Britax options, but it is nicer. The B-Free failed to win an award despite its higher score. However, it may fill a niche for some parents, making it one to watch.


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Pros Easy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuverSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy Chicco attachment, lighter
Cons Smaller storage, small front wheelLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnBulky fold, harder to use, expensive
Bottom Line Compact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turnBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresEasy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleStylish stroller with easy car seat attachment
Rating Categories Britax B-Free Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Bugaboo Bee3 Combo
Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (35%)
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Specs Britax B-Free Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Bugaboo Bee3 Combo
Weight 22.6 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 15.3 lbs
Folded Dimensions 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 18"W x 16.8"H x 36"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 37.5 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility Britax All Britax Seats Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Britax All Britax Seats Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton 2, Aton Q
Maxi-Cosi
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Prezi
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes No Yes Yes No
Locking Fold Auto Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes n/a Yes Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 32"/44.5" 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 34.5"/42"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Medium n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories None Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None Rain Cover
Setup Time 6:45 n/a 7:45 8:28 23:03

Our Analysis and Test Results

Britax launched in America in 1996 after significant European success. Britax has been creating baby gear for over 70 years, including their international best-selling car seats. Britax strives to develop products that allow families to make the most of every opportunity while living life without limitations.

Performance Comparison



The B-Free works with any Britax infant car seat carrier with included adapters that work well for an easy attachment.
The B-Free works with any Britax infant car seat carrier with included adapters that work well for an easy attachment.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The B-Free is one of the easiest options to use in conjunction with a car seat carrier.

The car seat adapters that work with the B-Free click onto the frame with a snap on security strap. These straps are not the kind we dislike that secure the carrier to the stroller but are simple set and forget safety straps to secure the adapter to the frame.
The B-Free comes with easy to use car seat adapters that are easy to clip on and use.

The B-Free works with all Britax infant car seats, coming standard with car seat adapters (above) that clip onto the frame on both sides. The car seat then clips into the two adapters for a secure and snug fit. You don't need to remove the seat or the canopy, and the canopy can pull over the carrier for additional protection or privacy.

The B-Free has a fairly compact fold which helped its weight and folded size score. It can be folded with the adapters in place  but we worry this could cause damage to the adapters if you aren't careful.
The B-Free has a fairly compact fold which helped its weight and folded size score. It can be folded with the adapters in place, but we worry this could cause damage to the adapters if you aren't careful.

Weight and Folded Size


The B-Free is light and compact for a full-size stroller which is important in a gear category where being small and easy to carry is King. The B-Free weighs 22.6 lbs making it fairly heavy for a car seat stroller, but it folds into 6,674.40 cubic inches which makes it the fifth smallest when folded.

The tires on the B-Free are foam filled rubber with ball bearings that help them move smoothly. The single front wheel is desirable over the dual wheel on a single leg we often see.
The tires on the B-Free are foam filled rubber with ball bearings that help them move smoothly. The single front wheel is desirable over the dual wheel on a single leg we often see.

Maneuverability


Many of the lightweight and compact strollers that make great options for car seats struggled to be easy to push and turn. The B-Free impresses for maneuverability where the only options to score higher have rubber, air-filled tires. The three-wheel stroller has a locking swivel front wheel and a shorter footprint that help it negotiate small spaces and tight turns. The single front wheel is an improvement over dual-wheel strollers helping it move smoothly and easily over uneven surfaces. It isn't an off-road dream, but it can manage a play park or greenbelt easy enough.

This Britax has a padded sling-style seat and an adjustable handlebar covered in soft rubber. The B-Free is comfortable enough for passengers and pushers.

The B-Free isn't super easy to use with a 6 of 10 but the highest scoring stroller in the review only earned a 7.
The B-Free isn't super easy to use with a 6 of 10 but the highest scoring stroller in the review only earned a 7.

Ease of Use


This stroller is just a little harder to use than the top-ranked options in this metric, but none of them are very easy to use.

The pull handle on the B-Free is located on the seat bottom where it is easy to access.
The pull handle on the B-Free is located on the seat bottom where it is easy to access.

Fold and Unfold


This stroller has a one-handed fold that includes an unlock button and pulling a handle to fold. The stroller auto-locks, self-stands, and has a carry strap making it a quick and easy fold on the go.

The B-Free pedal is small and close to the wheel  but it is still easy to use and is friendly for open-toed shoes with a press to set and release mechanism.
The B-Free pedal is small and close to the wheel, but it is still easy to use and is friendly for open-toed shoes with a press to set and release mechanism.

Brakes


The B-Free brakes are single action brakes that are very easy to operate and are press to release which makes them pain-free for sandaled feet. The brake pedal is small and close to the wheel, but it is easy to use.

The storage bin on the B-Free has an internal mesh pocket and can be accessed from the front and back.
The B-Free canopy has several easy to access pockets including one with a zipper.

Storage


The storage bin (above left) feels substantial, but the access is limited in the back and the front. The maximum weight it can hold is 10 lbs, but we fit our large diaper bag inside. This stroller also has a zippered pocket on the back of the canopy (above right) for smaller items like keys, cell phones, and wallets.

The canopy on the B-Free can be used with the car seat carrier in place for additional privacy or protection from the elements.
The canopy on the B-Free can be used with the car seat carrier in place for additional privacy or protection from the elements.

Sunshade


The canopy on the B-Free can work in conjunction with the infant car seat, making it one of the few that does. It is a large sunshade that works well and doesn't hinder installing the car seat.

Ease of Setup


The B-Free has a straightforward setup with a time of 6:45 minutes. The manual is good, but it may be confusing to parents who aren't familiar with stroller assembly, and we think they could have been clearer.

The Britax B-Free is slightly better quality than the Britax B-Agile 3 with a more solid and sturdy feel to the overall stroller and higher-end materials like rubber tires over plastic.
The Britax B-Free is slightly better quality than the Britax B-Agile 3 with a more solid and sturdy feel to the overall stroller and higher-end materials like rubber tires over plastic.

Quality


The B-Free is somewhat nicer than most Britax strollers, but it has a higher price too. This stroller has thicker seat padding, nicer wheels, and a design with a more polished finished look. The wheels are foam filled rubber with ball bearing hubs that move smoothly. The material is durable, and the connections are tight with a more solid feel than other Britax options we've tested.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz