I met Jon, from Britax on the first day of the ABC Kids Expo. What a wonderful man he was. I promised I would write a review on my personal experience with the Britax B-Ready stroller. This was a stroller I purchased on my own, so a VERY unbiased review.
We took it on a neighbourhood walk. Here are my first impressions of it while walking:
-Pushes GREAT, almost as good, fully loaded, as the Phil and Teds three wheeler.
-Very comfortable seats for both children.
-Easy to fold
-It has nice suspension
-Its a big stroller, not exceptionally wide, just larger then I am used to
-The children loved to look at each other
-It pushes no different with the larger child in either seat, either direction, meaning it still pushes great, and it wasn’t tippy at all
-It has a section in the middle of the nicely padded handle, with extra grip on it, making it easier to push and steer one handed.
-The rear seat is really easy to put on, take off, and recline.
-The harness is going to drive me CRAZY if I don’t figure something out. I might try glue. I don’t THINK you need to be able to take the shoulder straps off the waist belt, but I will have to really check it out. I actually talked to Jon about this. Jon says they will be devising a new “clip” that will still be able to come apart, but will “click” together. This clip is supposed to be updated on the new production of seats. It wouldn’t look, or act any different (I am told), but will stay together easier.
-the basket is AMAZING!! SOOOooooo much room for both the toddlers feet/legs and a diaper bag, and easier to access then the phil and teds. I could never get things out of my diaper bag in the phil and teds, cause my toddler would just kick at me for leaning over him. With this basket, its very easy to access from the side or the front without disturbing the rear rider.
-Love the materials they used. The fabric is soooooooo nicely padded and comfortable. I personally purchased the red stroller, but being at the ABC Kids Expo, I got to see all the others, and that emerald green is to DIE for. Maybe Jon can send me a green rear seat, and we can do a “Christmas B-Ready”!!! Really, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bright colours of the red and green on the material they used in the B-READY.
– LOVE LOVE LOVE the mesh in the peak-a-boo window on BOTH canopy’s. It was hot out tonight, I opened the baby’s window, and the air just flowed through, and the flap stays open with magnets.
So far, I am really in love. This stroller may actually keep me busy for a while, and keep me from buying any other strollers for some time. Its that cool.
I have taken it around the neighbourhood, through grass, rock, pavement, curbs, mulch, and so far it is amazing. My mom (who is in some of the photos!!) even enjoyed pushing this stroller, and she thinks I’m NUTS, for my stroller obsession. The true test was when my DH and I took the children into Vancouver City one evening for the international fireworks display. It was interesting to see how it did in crowds, and for a sleeping stroller, for when they fell asleep afterwards. IT DID GREAT! My Husband LOVES it, and he hates strollers. Whenever we go out, I don’t even have to ask him to put it in the van, its the first stroller he goes for (for a double).
For Britax’s reputation in the past, for poor quality strollers (sorry Jon, but that is the opinion of other moms, ;0)), the B-READY seems like it is very well made.
One of the other complaints I have is, I WISH they offered air tires. The tires that are on it are okay, but I HATE plastic tires, and these ones are all plastic. The spokes, and the foam tires. The rest of the stroller is sooooo well made (so far) and they put crappy tires on it. I don’t get it!?!?!?! This, I also spoke to Jon about. Will Britax listen, and offer air tires as an option? We shall see………
Anyway, that’s all I can comment on so far.
This is my honest opinion, and things may change over time. I will be sure to keep updating if I receive any more B-Ready products. I’d love to use the Chaperone infant seat on the stroller, and the bassinet as well. So, if I get a change to do that, I will be sure to update with more pictures and my findings.
So, I got to take this beauty to Vancouver for the fireworks display. Its like it was made for me!! LOL!!
First, it fits PERFECTLY in the back of our van, in the well, standing up on its end, and it doesn’t flop around, or bang against the tailgate. (We have a Dodge Grand Caravan).
My DH, who is 6’3″, doesn’t kick the back seat at all.
He HATES my stroller addiction, and usually hates every single stroller I bring into the house, or at least has horrible complaints about them, and this time he actually really enjoyed pushing this stroller. His only complaint was, “I wish this thing had air tires!”. HA, the same thing I said!! He also was wondering why it was so hard to “tip” backwards to get up over the curbs!! LOL!! I explained it to him!! “Honey, Britax designed it to not tip when there is a child in the back toddler seat, and not one in the front seat, so it makes it harder for US to tip is as well”. He said he could live with it!! LOL!!
I have been using it, faithfully since we got it (for a few months now) and I am STILL IN LOVE !!!! I usually know right away if I am really going to keep a stroller or if its going to end up on the chopping block, and right now, its staying off of Craigslist!! I will update again, after I have had a chance to use it for longer, but honestly, I have owned a few hundred strollers, and I have to say, this one, I can’t say enough good things about.
Britax, thank you for your safe carseats, and now THANK YOU FOR THE B-READY!!!
Editor’s note: We would be remiss not to point out all the seating configurations on the Britax B-ready stroller, like the universal carseat adapter, the bassinet and a second stroller seat, plus a full array of other accessories like rain covers, mosquito nets, cold weather boots and snack holders.