Mellow Mummy: Britax B-Agile Double Buggy Review : Taking life as it comes...

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Britax B-Agile Double Buggy Review

Lara and Holly have been using the Britax B-Agile Double Stroller for a couple of months now after we were sent it to try out in late summer. Even though Lara has now more or less grown out of the pushchair after a mammoth growth spurt last month, the B-Agile Double has become my stroller of choice on most of our family trips and there are lots of reasons why...

B-Agile Double Buggy
Two monkeys at Beale Park, Theale in their Britax B-Agile Double Stroller

When we first received the Britax B-Agile Double, Holly had still been using our lay-flat pram so I was REALLY glad that the two seats on the B-Agile reclined separately so that I could fully recline Holly's side of the buggy to lay her completely flat. The hoods also expand and collapse seperately so if I want to shade Holly from the wind or sun I can do so without cramping Lara's style.  To be very honest, Lara has now outgrown the B-Agile (it is officially rated from birth to 15kg) but Lara quite regularly needs an afternoon nap when we are out and about and will request to sit in the buggy when she is tired.  When she isn't in the buggy, I use the spare seat as storage!!!

As a side-by-side double stroller I was expecting the B-Agile to be a bit of a beast but honestly, it is VERY compact for a double buggy. It is only 2cm wider than my existing Mothercare travel system and, if I am in the right frame of mind, I can just fit the B-Agile Double through my front door (I can't then fit it through any of the internal house doors though!).

I find the B-Agile double easier to manouvre than my pram. There are two wheels at the back and two sets at the front. The wheels are hard and someone had warned me that I would find this a bit of a shock after having used inflated tyres before but I much prefer the feeling of pushing the B-Agile and despite having put it through its paces on grass, farmland and pavements I have yet to experience any problems; I also like the peace of mind of knowing I'm not going to suffer a blow-out! The fact that the B-Agile is remarkably light for a double pushchair also contributes to its good manouvreability.

Saying that, the B-Agile double isn't a lightweight stroller - I do have to muster up some energy to lift it into the boot but thankfully it is incredibly easy to expand and collapse. The stroller expands with just one clip to undo and then whoosh it pops open. The first time my next-door neighbour saw me unfold a double buggy with just one hand he stood there speechless! To collapse it you have to press a button and pull a strap; its not as easy as opening it but it is still one of the least faffy strollers I have ever come across.

The Britax B-Agile oozes quality. The fabrics of the seats and hood are smart, black and very sturdy. The buckle of the belt is a bit plasticy and in order to adjust the straps you have to pull the straps out of the buckle which caused me two broken nails, then tears, then total collapse on the floor in an angry heap to wait for my husband to come home from work to help me!

In terms of size, I am sooooooo happy with the B-Agile double.  Because it folds in one piece the double buggy actually takes up considerably less space than my old two-piece travel system.  In fact, I am quite enjoying having space in my boot for more than just a buggy!

Important features for me were:-

  • An easy-grip handle that adjusts effortlessly (my husband and I like the handlebars to be at totally different heights).
  • A big storage space under the buggy for me to put parcels and coats and stuff into. the space on the B-Agile is very large but can be difficult to get to due to the low ride height of the seats above - parcels don't often fit but coats for the whole family definitely do.
  • Adaptors for an infant carrier included so that you can turn it into a travel system for Britax car seats.
  • Availability of a bumper bar (although I was a bit disappointed that one of these didn't come as standard with the B-Agile double).
  • Raincover included.

The Britax B-Agile Double Stroller is available exclusively at Mothercare for £349.99.
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