With baby #2 on the way, we set out in search of a double stroller to accommodate both kids. My daughter doesn’t ride in a stroller too often these days, but there are certain occasions (theme parks, airport travel, etc.) that she still wants to be in the stroller. (Mom wants her in one too.) So, I started the hunt. When I found the Britax B-Ready stroller, I knew I found what we needed.
First, you have to know that I am picky about strollers. With K I went through no less than 8 strollers – most returned within just a a few days of purchase, some I ended up stuck with as they collected dust in our garage. Since I know more this time around, being an experienced mom and all, I performed all of my usual “tests” on the Britax B-Ready, and I am happy to say it has passed my series of tests.
Check out my video review.
Product Features –
- For use with children from birth when using infant car seat, bassinet or second seat. For babies six months and up when just using top seat only.
- Reversible top seat with 3 recline positions
- Large canopy with sun-visor and ventilation window
- Click & Go integrated infant car seat adapter
- Simple fold with automatic chassis lock
- No re-thread, adjustable, 5-point harness and head pad
- Comfort ride 4-point suspension
- Converts to in-line double stroller
- Large underseat storage
- Adjustable handle height with comfort grip
- One-step, linked parking brake with indicator
- Removable storage bag with insulated drink holders
As you can see in the video, there is a lot to love about this stroller. From the versatility to accommodate one or two kids in 14 configurations to the HUGE storage basket with multiple access points for your gear this stroller is outfitted with all the bells and whistles. The one-touch break system, even has a color visual so you can know with one glance whether the lock is on or not. Another thing to love in the Florida heat is no air-filled tires — so no worry of a flat tire on your kids’ ride!
Unfortunately, no product is perfect. For me the biggest con of this stroller is the lack of a child tray accessory. Let’s face it, your kids will eat and need entertainment in the stroller. I have fallen in love with the child tray on my current stroller. The B-Ready offers a bar (comes with the stroller), which I like OR snack cups (additional), but they can’t be used a the same time. I believe there are some universal snack cups that can be used with the stroller, but I haven’t gotten them yet. A small con to work around, but worth mentioning.
The other con is the width of the wheels and weight of the stroller. Both features make the stroller extra stable, and I appreciate the need for them, but it does make maneuvering though a narrow store a bit tricky. The stroller weighs 26 lbs, so it does take two hands to lift it into your car, but if I can do it, so can you. And let’s be real, the stroller is ready for two kids size and weight make sense.
Whether you are having your first or your second child, the Britax B-Ready is a great stroller that will grow with your child(ren). The stroller has an MSRP of $499.99, but it is available on Amazon for $399.99. In my opinion, you can skip the bassinet feature and just use one of the infant car seats (which is much more versatile), which you will need for the car anyway. There are two options for infant carriers to use with the B-Ready, the Chaperone and the B-Safe. We have decided we are going to go with the B-Safe for baby #2.
Disclosure – I received a Britax B-Ready to facilitate this review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Wow..I don’t need to be thinking of a double stroller just yet, but this one looks fab!
Britax makes some amazing products! Thanks so much for the review!
Looks like it has amazing versatility.
What an awesome stroller! I love that you can access the underseat storage from the side. Genius!
Tonya Hopkins says
I like how it reclines. Britax makes awesome strollers
I like the big basket
the stroller is a lot heavier in person than I thought it would be
It is heavy, for sure. But is actually lighter than some of the other double strollers I looked at. (I looked at one that was 52 lbs – twice the weight.)
Wow! Look at that recline!
I know, it is fab. Like how my daughter was pretending to sleep! LOL!
Denisha W says
love this stroller, even though i dont have one. its so versatile and chic. maybe one day we can get one too, working on another baby 😀
Jan Messali says
Britax is a brand I trust, and this looks like a great stroller. I’m going to look into them. Thanks!
This is really helpful. I am overwhelmed as a new mom to be and am looking for all the advice I can get!
Laura L. says
This really looks like a great stroller. I’m pregnant with our first child, but since we hope to have at least two, it’s good to know that there are products like this out there.
Peggy Tuchman says
Wow- I learned more from your review on this stroller than I did from the gentleman at the baby store. Thanks
How does this stroller do in the grass or “off road”? Also I notice that it does not have foot rest for the kids, how do the kids like that?
Good questions. It does really well in the grass. In my experience, strollers with 3 wheels (like this one) handle very comfortably in the grass. (This is another reason I like solid tires vs air-filled tires, they seem to push better in the grass.) I mean, it is a smoother ride on concrete for sure, but it isn’t like pushing a ton of bricks! I haven’t done any true off roading – with gravel or dirt yet… that test will come when we hit the petting zoo/pumpkin patch in the fall. But it does well in the grass.
There actually is a bit of a foot rest, it just isn’t much. If you look back at the pics, you will see that the bottom of the seat attachment is contoured in for a bit of a foot rest. At this age, K’s legs have gotten so long she has to bend her knees to use it. It isn’t a problem, and when riding around she seems to do so most of the time, but for the pictures just was just plain being silly with me 🙂 She uses it to boost herself up into the seat as well.
Hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any other questions!
Kelli Rogers Taniguchi says
Hi there Jen… Thanks for the stellar review. I am pregnant with baby boy #2. By the time I give birth, my 1st, son will be 5. He is bigger for his age. Doesnt always ride in a stroller, like your daughter but at the carnival and other places, like airports, etc it’s a must. We live in Hawaii, so obviously we fly 2 to 3 times a year. How tall is your daughter and what does she weigh? Im trying to get an idea for the height limit for this stroller?! My son is about 45 inches tall and about 47 lbs. Do you think it would still work on occation with an infant seat at the bottom attached? Im looking into getting the Chaperone. I registered for this, if I do not get the Chaperone, Ill look into the B safe if I purchase myself. amazon has the best deals it seems for these with the free shipping as well.
Also, when using the car seat on the bottom seat, I do need the attachment not included, right?! It’s not like the one where you can just click into the frame?
How hard do you think it is to use just the frame with the infant seat? I am having a C-section, so dont want to be lifting heavy things… but I think it’s safe to say just the frame is probablly about 15lbs alone, right?!
Thanks so much for your help! 🙂 Aloha!
Hi Kelly – CONGRATS! Let’s see if I can answer everything here for you 🙂
My daughter is 3 1/2, so about 34 lbs and about 37 inches tall. We discovered (when we went to purchase it) that the weight limit for the second seat (which attaches in the back for the older child is 30 lbs – so that’s not an option for us or you). So, sitting on top is the only place for an older child (which is actually better as they can see around like this). So with 2 kids, you do need the “Britax B-Ready Lower Infant Car Seat Adapter” in addition to the stroller (which I bought on Amazon -http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003OGVAGA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=babubl-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B003OGVAGA). We used this at Disney 2 weeks ago, and it was AWESOME. (Plus we got stopped by several moms admiring and asking about our stroller.) The stroller max weight is 55 lbs in the top seat, but I can’t find anything that says how much combined weight with 2 kids. I think on occasion, like an airport you would be ok, but I can’t find anything to back that up for sure.
As far as using it as a stand alone stroller for the baby. The car seat clicks in and out of that base with ease. Not having had a C-section, I can’t really compare. But I am able to manage it fine – and she is just 6 weeks now. It is big, so a bit bulky, but it isn’t too bad (the seat on top adds some serious weight, but just the frame not bad at all). Now, when you have that extra frame on for the car seat, that has to be removed before you fold it… So that will be one extra thing you have to contend with at the airport. I guess you would need a separate tag for that bar frame to check at the gate.
By the way, I decided on the B Safe car seat vs the Chaperone. I was all about saving that extra weight (the Chaperone is heavier) – LOL.
The biggest thing I learned at Disney is that with the car seat on the bottom facing you, I found that my knees bumped the car seat (I am 5’6″). My husband (who’s arms are longer) cleared it fine (he’s 6’2″). Now, with the seat facing forward no problem, but facing back bump. (The difference is that facing backward you have to add an extender to make it fit – it’s confusing until you see it, but just know there is a difference.) That said, I still walked around Disney and was fine, just a note. 🙂
Other than that, the stroller pushes like a DREAM! I hope this answered everything. If not, let me know 🙂