First-time parents are more often willing to pay a little more for safety and quality. Britax is one of the high-end brands when it comes to baby products. There is no surprise that parents would want to give only the “best” for their child. A Britax Baby Travel System seems to be a “must-have.”
Getting a complete travel system would usually include an infant car seat, a base, and a stroller. More often than not, parents are seldom happy with the combo as a whole.
They only are impressed with either the stroller or the car seat, but never with both. Since the Britax products are more flexible nowadays, it would be better to “customize” your own travel system.
So what’s another way to have a Britax Travel System that will justify the price that you will be paying for?
Let’s take a closer look.
Last Updated: February 23, 2017
Because of the recent recalls on certain models for the Britax B-Safe 35/Elite 35 models as well as B-Agile Strollers, I am starting to have doubts.
The B-Safe infant carriers recall deals with reports about the handle starting to show cracks in them and therefore has the tendency to break while carrying it. Learn more about the recall here.
The B-Agile strollers, as well as some Bob Motion strollers, also have been recalled for specific models because of reports about the faulty infant car seat receivers when used as a travel system. Infant car seats have fallen from the stroller without warning. Learn more about the recall here.
The most popular Britax travel system nowadays is the Britax 2016 B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System.
This combo consists of:
The 2016 B-Agile 3 Stroller can be pretty impressive. But as with any other product, there is always a downside (more of that later).
Getting the previous version of B-Agile 3 (2014) will not help because it doesn’t steer well in general. And getting the Britax USA B-Ready Stroller instead seems to be a half-baked solution only.
The Britax 2017 B-Ready Stroller seems to be the best competition against the 2016 B-Agile 3 stroller.
And because the Britax and Bob are the same company now, we can include the 2016 Bob Revolution Flex in the options.
So in this review, we will try to look at three strollers.
- The 2016 Bob Revolution Flex Stroller (which gets my vote)
- The 2016 B-Agile 3 Stroller and
- The Britax 2017 B-Ready Stroller
You can read my full review of the 2016 Bob Revolution Flex Stroller here to see how it got my vote.
And as for the infant car seat, I will leave you to read my review on their comparison as to how I concluded that you are better off with the B-Safe Elite.
Let’s start with the 2016 B-Agile 3 Stroller.
- It is easy to maneuver with one hand and it moves well. It works well in all terrains, too.
- It is relatively compact when folded and it easily folds. Once folded, it is easy to carry it.
- There’s a lot of room for your stuff (storage basket)
- The height of the stroller is not adjustable.
- It doesn’t have a place for your toddler’s feet.
- It’s a little tricky to open.
- It doesn’t come with any accessory.
Why then would I not recommend the 2016 B-Agile 3 Stroller to go with your B-Safe Elite car seat?
The Britax infant car seat will sit nicely on the B-Agile 3 stroller. However, the release button near the frame seems to be vulnerable. It can make the connection between the infant car seat and stroller loose, and therefore unsafe. Once the button is broken, you don’t have a choice but to wait until your child is old enough to sit in the stroller (around 6 months) therefore defeating the purpose of having a complete travel system.
Once the button is broken, you don’t have a choice but to wait until your child is old enough to sit in the stroller (around 6 months) therefore defeating the purpose of having a complete travel system.
How About The 2017 Britax B-Ready Stroller?
- It is easy to fold the stroller.
- It is very good in quality.
- It is easy to assemble.
- The seat is comfortable for your little passenger.
- You have the option to add extension adapters to accommodate a second seat for another child. And it can fold even with the second seat. If you use it as a single or a double stroller, you can make the seats both rear-facing and forward facing and a combination of both.
- It has a good canopy coverage with a peekaboo window on top. The cover of the peekaboo window uses a magnet instead of a loud velcro.
- It can get hard to maneuver.
- When a second seat is attached, it will not stand on its own when folded.
- It would take up a lot of space. It also gets heavier as you make it a double stroller.
The 2017 Britax B-Ready stroller seems to be almost perfect. Why then do I still prefer the 2016 Bob Revolution Flex over it?
The 2017 Britax B-Ready and 2016 Bob Revolution Flex are almost of the same price. So we don’t have to battle on which one can help us save money.
The compatibility to other infant car seat brands is possible to both. And getting the 2017 Britax B-Ready stroller would even let you customize it to become a double stroller.
The single deal-breaker for the 2017 Britax B-Ready is the fact that it can get hard to maneuver over time. And because it is relatively new in the market, it has yet to prove its quality.
How Then Can You Have A More Useful Britax Baby Travel System?
Choosing an infant car seat to go with the stroller should be the main concern. While the Britax B-Safe Elite is a better option than the B-Safe 35, I would consider to skip both and look into other brands and get a car seat adapter to attach the car seat to the stroller.
While the Keyfit 30 is not from Britax, it can prove to be better than the Britax car seats that usually come with a typical Britax travel system.
The 2016 Bob Revolution Flex, although doesn’t have “Britax” in its name, is still from Britax since Bob and Britax have already merged companies.
My Britax Baby Travel System conclusion, ironically, doesn’t carry the “Britax” name in it. But the makers of the amazing Bob Revolution Flex is still Britax/Bob. You can still have a useful Britax Travel system except for the fact that we totally skipped the option to utilize the Britax infant car seats.
What do you think?
You can click any of the following links to help you decide.
Read Amazon Reviews Of The Three Strollers:
Read Amazon Reviews Of The Britax Infant Car Seats:
And Here Are My Reviews Of My Personal Recommendations:
(don’t forget that it needs this adapter).
Let me know what you think!