Britax B-Free Combo ReviewPrice: $360.00 List | $299.99 at Amazon - 17% off
Pros: Easy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons: Smaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom line: Compact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Folded Dimensions: 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits: Minimum: Birth Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
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 B-Agile, but it is nicer. The B-Free failed to win an award even though only three competitors earned higher scores. However, it may fill a niche for some parents making it one to watch in this review.
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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 create products that allow families to make the most of every opportunity while living life without limitations. They create products with concerns for safety emphasizing side-impact protection, car seat installation, and strollers.
The Britax B-Free (in blue) works well with car seats making it a higher ranking option in this review.
All the details you need to know about the B-Free and its performance during testing are included below.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The B-Free is one of the easiest options to use in conjunction with a car seat carrier earning a score of 8 of 10.
The B-Free works with all Britax infant car seats. It comes 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 be used over the carrier for additional protection or privacy.
Weight and Folded Size
The B-Free is light and compact for a full-size stroller earning a 7 of 10 for weight and folded size 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. By comparison, the UPPAbaby Cruz only weighs 15.3 lbs and is 7,859.91 cubic inches folded.
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 earns a 7 of 10 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 short 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.
Ease of Use
In a metric where the high is only 7 of 10, the B-Free earned a 6.
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 brakes are simple 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 (above left) feels large, but the access is small in the back and the front. The maximum weight it can hold is 10 bs, but we were able to 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 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 and a score of 8 of 10. 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 B-Free is somewhat nicer than most Britax strollers but it has a higher price too. This stroller earned a 7 of 10 for quality thanks to 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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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