Britax B-Agile is lightweight stroller that is a big competition for City Mini. It has been updated in 2016, but stayed the same for 2017.
Just like City Mini, it has an easy one-hand fold and weighs only 16.5 lbs! You can take it to the mall, park or for a walk around your neighborhood. B-Agile is designed for parents on the go who take their child with when running errands and traveling.
While it’s not an all-terrain stroller, it can handle some of the terrain if you take it off road. The rubber wheels will have no problem tackling mulch, grass and gravel, while all-wheel suspension will absorb some of the bumps providing your child with a smooth ride. This is a truly one-handed stroller that is very easy to push and navigate especially on the flat surfaces.
B-Agile is a VERY stable stroller (especially for being so light) that’s not going to flip over if you hang a bag of the handle bar. It has great features like huge canopy, roomy seat, and large mesh window in the back. The seat has very deep recline that can accommodate a newborn. This stroller can be used from birth and up to 55 lbs. You can easily convert it into a travel system by using included car seat adapter.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because I think it’s one of the best lightweight strollers on today’s market. B-Agile can be purchased for around $220 on Amazon. Or you can buy the whole travel system with B-Safe infant car seat for around $200 on Amazon. Great deal! BTW, I always link to Amazon because it has best prices and free shipping/free returns. You can buy a stroller, test it and if you don’t like it just ship it back. Love it!
-Huge canopy. The canopy is absolutely great. It will cover your child from the sun at any time of the day. It has three panels with large peekaboo window. The peekaboo window is made out of black mesh that provides some shade while allowing for the air to get in. The closure is noisy Velcro that I don’t like (I wish it was magnetic).
-Handle bar. It has one handle bar, so you can talk on the phone and push the stroller at the same time (I call it cell phone friendly handle bar). Although it is non-adjustable, it is conveniently positioned in the middle 40″ from the ground to accommodate taller and shorter parents. Of course it would be nice to have an adjustable handle bar.
-Roomy seat. It is 13.5″ wide and 25″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. This is a huge seat. Even your 4 year old will fit in it (not like they need to be in the stroller at four). The stroller can be used from birth and up to 55 lbs. It has a nice infant headrest that will provide extra support for your newborn. The infinite strap recline offers many positions to choose from. You need only one hand to recline it, but two hands to bring it back up. The recline is nearly flat and can be use for the newborn (I would recommend waiting at LEAST for 3 months before putting your baby into the stroller). The seat is not very upright. I know some kids like my baby Sophia LOVE to sit very upright.
-5 point harness. It is a padded adjustable 5 point harness. To adjust the straps, you don’t need to re-thread. They can be easily adjusted from the back of the seat by sliding up and down. The buckle requires a lot of pressure so your 4-year old wouldn’t be able to unlock it. Pad that protects the belly from the buckle is conveniently sewn right to the seat.
-Mesh window. After reclining the seat, if you lift the back of the canopy, you will see large mesh window. It will provide nice air circulation on the hot summer day. And you can always cover it if the weather gets windy or cold.
-Large pocket. If you recline the seat, you will see a large zipper pocket in the back of the canopy. It is great for small items like cell phone, keys, and sunglasses.
-Tall leg rest. Although it is not adjustable, it is very comfy. The leg drop is 10″ tall which is great for older kids.
-Large basket. For 2016 the basket has been improved. It’s a little larger and sits deeper so you can fit much more stuff than before. You can easily access it from the back of the sides.
Here is how the basket looks from the back.
-Wheels. It has three rubber wheels, with 9.5″ wheels in the back and 5.5″ double wheel in the front. The front wheel is swivel but can be locked in place for more stability. These wheels will have no problem tackling grass, mulch or gravel.
-All-wheel suspension system. I love when strollers have all-wheel suspension system. It makes the ride so much smoother for a child. While it is not an all-terrain stroller, the suspension will help to absorb some of the bumps if you decided to take it of the road.
-Flip-flop friendly brake. It has one pedal brake located on the right wheel. You can lock both rear wheels just by stepping on it.
-One-hand fold. I absolutely LOVE it! Just like City Mini, B-Agile has that easy one-hand fold parents want. You can hold a child in one hand and fold the stroller with the other. How great is that? I like the fact that you don’t need to bend down to fold it. First, push the safety button located on the side of the stroller to unlock the folding mechanism. Next, pull the strap located in the middle of the seat and the stroller will fold. The automatic lock will insure the stroller will stay folded. Easy!!! And the weight is ONLY 16.5 lbs – it’s nothing!!! (that’s probably the weight of my diaper bag. LOL) You can just pull the strap and throw it into the trunk. I usually don’t hold my child while doing it, but I always have something like diaper bag or a cell phone in the other hand. Note: It does not stand on its own. It is very compact. The folded dimensions are 22.75″W x 10″H x 29″L.
-Car seat adapters. INCLUDED! Now, you can tranform your stroller into a travel system. It works only with Britax Chaperone and B-Safe infant car seats (top rated car seats), which I think they did on purpose so you would buy their car seats. Smart! If you want to use other car seats like Graco, Chicco, and Peg Perego, you will need to purchase a universal car adapter separately.
-No bumper bar. I wish the was a bumper bar or a snack tray included.
-Non adjustable handle bar. The handle bar is 40″ from the ground which might not work for much taller or shorter parents. Test it first! Also, think about all the grandparents and friends that might be pushing the stroller.
Baby Gizmo as always has a great video overview of a previous model.
Updates for 2016
For 2016 Britax has some very minor updates for B-Agile model. There are only a few changes:
- More upright seat.
- New wheels. They’ve added treading to the tires and also updated the rims.
- Larger basket. The basket sits deeper now and has higher sides so you can fit in more stuff. Also the crossbar in the back is straight now which creates easier access.
- New foot rest design. Apparently, a lot of kids would try to step on the foot rest to get into the stroller which sometimes would fall. To avoid the tipping, they changed the foot rest so you can’t really place you feet on it. I see the idea behind it, but I think it’s a little odd that kids’ legs will just hang all the time.
- New beautiful colors. There are six new colors to choose from.
Stroller weight: 16.5 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lb
Folded dimensions: 22.75″W x 29″L x 10″H
Handle bar height: 40″
Seat to canopy height: 25″
Rear wheels: 9.5″
Front wheel: 5.5″
Overall length: 38.25″
Overall width: 22.75″
Britax B-Agile vs City Mini
Engineers at Baby Jogger were probably in tears when they saw B-Agile. It looks so much like City Mini, but have some better features and lower price! Here are the differences (thank God! I thought they just copied City Mini).
-Seat. The bottom of the seat has more support and is firmer on B-Agile than City Mini. So, B-Agile wins the seat!
-Strap adjustment. The City Mini harness straps are attached to the seat with the clips. To adjust them, you need to unclip them and move them up and down. To do that you will definitely need to take your child out of the seat and use both hands. Well in B-Agile, straps can be easily adjusted with one hand from the back of the seat, so you don’t even need to take your child out.
-Weight. There is not a big difference in weight. City Mini weighs 16.8 lbs while B-Agile is 16.5 lbs.
-Basket. The basket on City Mini sucks! It is small and is very hard to access it. B-Agile has a little bigger basket that is much easier to access.
-Frame design. While City Mini has this rear axle between the rear wheels that can get in the way if you have long legs, B-Agile has a curved frame that will give you more room for your legs.
-Wheels. On B-Agile the rear wheels are larger at 9.5″ and the front wheel is smaller at 5.5″ than on City Mini that has 8″ wheels. Not a big difference in handling the terrain.
-Handle bar cover. City Mini has a rubber cover while B-Agile has a foam.
-Fabric. B-Agile fabric is a little softer and nicer than City Mini, but they both are easy to clean.
As you can see, B-Agile wins in a lot of things and if I had to buy one right now, I would get a B-Agile. Sorry City Mini … my feelings are just not the same anymore.
Britax provides only 1-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be an original owner. Here is more information on the warranty.
The Britax B-Agile 2016 is available in five beautiful colors. All strollers come with a stainless steel frame.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Britax B-Agile 2017 in one of the five beautiful colors for around $220 on Amazon (free shipping/free return and no sales tax). Or you can buy the whole travel system with B-Safe infant car seat for around $200 on Amazon.