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Britax B-Agile Double ReviewPrice: $450.00 List | $249.99 at Amazon - 44% off
Pros: Easy to lift and carry, folds small
Cons: Harder to push and turn, disappointing quality of materials
Bottom line: Good option for those who value lightweight and small over ease of pushing
The Britax B-Agile Double is a side-by-side stroller that is easy to use. It has dual sunshades, 5-point harnesses, and recline seats that are cozy for napping. It offers open rear and front zippered access to storage and a canopy pocket for smaller items. The B-Agile performed well in this review, but the competition was stiff, and it missed winning an award. While it is one of the lightest and smallest folded options in the group, it was harder to maneuver than much of the competition, and this left us wishing for more. That being said, it did manage to rank in the top third of products making it a possible contender depending on your needs.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
A recall notice has been issued for the Click & Go car seat attachment adapters used with the Britax B-Agile Double stroller. The stroller is safe to use, but the car seat adapters that come standard with the stroller are not. The adapters are for use with the Click & Go Britax car seats and have been shown to disconnect from the stroller, resulting in a potential fall for baby. Consumers should immediately dispose of the car seat adapters and contact Britax to request a remedy. To see if your stroller is affected, or to find out additional details about the recall, please visit the Britax Safety Recall page. Currently, this stroller is not compatible with any car seat and parents should not attempt to use this stroller as a travel system.
The Britax B-Agile Double is a side-by-side double stroller that was recently redesigned with minor but significant changes. This stroller is lightweight, compact and easy to fold. It has under seat storage, with zippered front access and foam covered adjustable handlebar. It has an aluminum frame, two canopies with ventilation, and all wheel suspension.
The chart shown below is a comparison chart that shows the overall scores for the strollers we tested in this review. The Britax B-Agile Double is shown in blue.
The sections below provide additional details on how the B-Agile Double performed compared to the competition for each metric. Metric results were used to determine the overall score.
Ease of Use
The B-Agile earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use, tying with the Mountain Buggy Duet, Baby Jogger City Mini Double, Baby Jogger City Select Double and the Graco FastAction Fold Duo.
Fold and Unfold
The photos above show the frame release button, and the pull handle used to fold the B-Agile.
The fold of the B-Agile is very easy and quick to accomplish. This stroller requires two hands to operate, but it is only two steps including the frame release (above left) and pull handles (above right). It also self-stands and auto-locks. It is only slightly more difficult to unfold with only two steps. Testers liked the quickness of the fold even if it did require two hands.
The brakes on the B-Agile are single action and are easy to set and release and are sandal foot friendly. The Britax B-Ready Double brakes are easier to use, but the B-Agile certainly won't cause you any trouble.
The storage on the B-Agile (above left) is somewhat unique as it has access from the back, sides, and zippered access from the front (above right). The access is easy, and the bin is large enough to fit our large diaper bag inside. The bin has a maximum allowance of 10 pounds. The basket would be big enough for the extra-large bag, but the bar in the middle of the bin restricts full access. This B-Agile also has two smaller pockets, one on the back of each seat back. The pockets are convenient, and each holds up to a pound, but they aren't as nice as the previous version which was larger and zipped closed.
Each seat on the B-Agile has a canopy for individual comfort and personal choice of coverage. They are large compared to the completion, and both have added ventilation. They each have a medium-sized peek-a-boo window made of mesh with window covers with hook and loop closures. We prefer magnetic closures because they are silent and won't wake a sleeping baby, but the hook and loop variety is easier to operate than the toggle type that requires two hands to manage. These canopies are similar to those found on the Baby Jogger City Mini Double. They come down almost as far with the same amount of ventilation and one less peek-a-boo window. The canopies both stay taut and look nice when open.
The photos above show the B-Agile with seat backs up and canopies closed, and canopies fully open and seat backs fully reclined.
The B-Agile has 5-point harnesses that are about average to get on and take off. Each harness is easy to adjust, earning top marks in this test. Adjusting the harness is the same for both the upper and lower strap. It can be adjusted by sliding a plastic part up and down the strap.
The leg rests on this stroller are padded, but they do not adjust. The leg rests go down to a wide and durable footrest. Both seats recline and have hard to use adjustment toggles. The toggles require two hands to operate and seem more difficult than they should be. They do recline in an infinite number of positions. The maximum recline is 31 degrees from flat. This is a sloped back that babies could nap in, but there are seats in the review that come closer to a true flat than these.
Ease of Setup
The B-Agile earned a 6 of 10 for ease of setup. It took us just over 8 minutes to put the stroller together from taking it out of the box to ready to stroll down the road.
The documentation for this stroller is great; the instructions are clearly delineated step-by-step with simple, concise directions and illustrations. The canopy takes longer than anything else to put together and it's the most likely place parents could have trouble.
The one area that the B-Agile disappoints in is maneuverability, earning only 5 of 10. This stroller is harder to push than a lot of the options in its price range and had turning capabilities more on par with a less expensive stroller.
Maneuvering on hard flat surfaces is easier than uneven terrain, but the dual plastic wheel design this stroller shares with so many others makes it hard to keep on track. It is also on the wide side compared to some of the competition, and we had trouble fitting it through our test door and tighter turns on the test course. The wheels feel a little uneven when pushing, but not as difficult as the Baby Jogger City Mini Double.
Moving on grass and gravel is harder with the extra wheels on the front trying to pull the stroller off course when they bump into small objects in the pathway. The grass is easier than gravel, but either way, it might not be the best stroller if you need to take it off the beaten path frequently. Curbs were only okay to traverse, but better than the Britax B-Ready Double.
Weight and Folded Size
The B-Agile Double is one of the lighter and smaller options in the group. This double stroller manages a weight of just 27.9 pounds, which is close to the lightest option, the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite at 23.4 pounds. It is also lighter than the average for the group of 32.3 pounds. The heaviest stroller in the group is the Baby Trend Navigator at over 39 pounds.
Folded the B-Agile is the smallest option in the review at 10,649 cubic inches. This is small enough to fit in most standard trunks, but it is still on the wide side 31.8 inches long, so you'll still want to measure your trunk before you buy.
The B-Agile earned a 6 of 10 for quality, which is just above average for the metric. The high score is a 9 for the Thule Urban Glide 2 and the Thule Chariot Cross 2.
The fabric on the B-Agile is a little nicer feel than the Baby Jogger City Mini Double and we liked the rubberized footrest that looks like it will wear better over time than some of the competition. The seat and the canopy are both made from the same ripstop material that feels similar to a high-quality tent. The fabric feels like it will be easy on the skin and very easy to wipe down. The footrest is a very sturdy, durable rubber feeling material that looks like it can take a licking and keep on ticking. The fold joints on the frame are covered with the same elastic material as the Baby Jogger City Mini Double and it is remarkable how similar the two are to one another. The storage bin is thick canvas with mesh sides that didn't snag in our tests.
The B-Agile frame is aluminum and might be what helps keep the overall weight to a minimum. It is almost identical to the City Mini except it curves up in the back at the bottom, so you don't kick it as often as the Mini. The overall fit and finish are nice with fabric that wraps around the frame well without looking frumpy.
The wheels are made of plastic and feel very similar to the those found on the less expensive strollers in the review. In our opinion, Britax would be smart to improve the wheels with rubber options that would improve maneuverability and put it on par with other products in the price range.
The handlebar is adjustable from 35.5 to 43.7 inches from the ground. This is one of the wider ranges in the review with some only having a 4-inch range. It feels good in the hand and is nice and wide. Britax has covered this bar in dense foam with no plastic center portion so you can push this product with one hand from the center if you'd like to. The handle is a nice diameter, and the foam feels firm, but we worry about longevity as our previous B-Agile came with a tear in the foam near the handle hinge.
The B-Agile has all around suspension and a sling style seat with average padding. While the ride is probably good, it would be better with more padding or adjustable suspension. However, some of the competition doesn't have suspension or only offer two-wheel suspension, so this is a step up.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
As a result of the 2017 recall on the Click & Go adapters, Britax no longer considers this stroller as compatible with any car seat of any kind including the Britax brand car seats. Parents should not attempt to combine this stroller with any car seat as no adapters are currently considered compatible.
This stroller isn't the best option for twins unless yours are older and sitting upright on their own. You could pair this stroller with the Joovy Twin Roo+, a dedicated frame stroller that accepts two car seats from various brands to create a better twin friendly package. However, if you have older twins the identical seating arrangement on the B-Agile will probably prevent fighting and be a good choice for children of the same age.
Unlike the Mountain Buggy Duet, the B-Agile has a reasonably priced Britax B-Agile Double Child Tray at just under $25. We think this is a nice addition to most strollers and becomes even more useful as baby gets older. The other accessory we recommend is the Universal Adult Cup Holder. This cup holder attaches to the side of the stroller frame, which makes it less of a potential safety hazard than those that sit behind and above baby.
Britax also makes the Britax B-Ready Double that we also tested in this review. The B-Ready did not score as well as the B-Agile, and we feel the B-Agile is a better value overall. The upside to the B-Ready is it accepts two infant car seats unlike the B-Agile, but given its overall lower performance we don't think this is a good enough selling point.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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