The B-Ready is the newest addition to Britax’s family of baby gear. This luxury stroller is part of an elite group of strollers (that only a few are a member of!) that has the ability to go from single stroller to a double tandem stroller with the addition of an accessory or two. With 14 different configurations from a single seat, to a double with two seats or even two infant car seats, the B-Ready is a stroller that will really take you from your first child all the way through your double stroller years! No need to buy a single and then a double stroller when your second bundle of joy arrives! This one does it all! Have twins? It’s great for them as well since it can accommodate two newborns in a variety of ways!
Let’s start with the main stroller seat! (The one that comes with the stroller).The seat is roomy measuring 12” wide with a 21 ½” seatback. With a 24” seatback to canopy measurement, our taller children fit in the seat with no problem. There is a no re-thread, adjustable 5-point harness for safety and adjustable head pad for comfort. The height of the harness and head pad is so easy to adjust by just unzipping a zipper on the back of the seat and squeezing and sliding an adjuster button up and down to find the perfect fit for your child. It’s one of the easiest harness adjusters we have encountered! Plus, the head pad is a nice touch to keep your little rider extra comfortable. We also like that the belly pad that protects the child from the buckle is sewn to the seat fabric so that it doesn’t fall off every time we take our child out. The seat also sports an adjustable footrest with 4 positions and a swing-away and removable baby bumper bar. There is no baby tray but you can purchase the Britax Child Cup/Snack Holders that fit in the same slots as the baby bumper bar.
The seat is reversible to allow the child to face mom or out at the world. Similar to other luxury strollers, instead of just the back of the seat reclining, the entire seat on the B-Ready reclines back easily with a large, one-handed lever. Love the one-handed seat recline!!! The seat keeps its wide “v” shape and has three recline positions. The seat is recommended for 6+ months to 55 lbs. Not to worry though, you will still be able to use the B-Ready for your newborn using the bassinet, car seat adapter or second seat which are sold separately.
The canopy on the main seat is large and sports a large peek-a-boo window to keep an eye on your little rider. We love that the peek-a-boo window is actually a large mesh window that allows air to circulate through the stroller plus has a flap with a magnetic closure. No more disturbing baby with loud Velcro when you are just trying to sneak a peek!
The basket is HUGE! It has very high sides and can hold loads of stuff including a very, very large diaper bag. There are large zipper access holes on the sides and front of the basket to allow you to access the basket from all sides. And yes, the back rider is basically sitting in the basket when the second seat is attached but we were still able to get a large diaper bag in the front of the basket anyway! We love front access to the basket because we are able to access the basket even if there are two riders aboard!
The B-Ready sports an adjustable handlebar to accommodate taller and shorter parents alike. It doesn’t telescope out but it does adjust up and down in four positions (from 33″- 44″) and prevents taller parents from kicking the frame of the stroller with a long stride. The handlebar is one continuous piece (instead of two handles) with a great comfort grip in the center that makes for easier one-handed maneuverability since you can place one hand in the center of the handlebar for turning. While the handlebar height is perfect for taller parents in the singles mode, we did find that we didn’t love it when we turned the stroller into a double. When the rear seat or a lower car seat is added in doubles mode, we found that we were definitely missing a telescoping handlebar. We would love to see Britax change the handle bar to allow it to telescope out even farther to keep our tallest parents from hitting their shins (or thighs) on the rear seat or bottom car seat.
The B-Ready sports 7 1/2″ front wheels and 11″ rear wheels. The front wheels are swivel wheels that have the ability to lock straight for navigating bumpier terrain. While it is technically not an “all-terrain” stroller (especially since they are not air-filled tires) we were able to push the stroller through grass and playground mulch fully loaded. Plus, the suspension system is great for giving baby a smooth ride. On smooth payment, the stroller is easy to navigate one-handed even with a larger child aboard. There is also an one-step linked parking brake that even has a color indicator to let you know if the brake is on or off.
Weighing it 28 lbs (average weight for a full-size single), we didn’t have too much trouble lifting it in and out of our trunks. When you add the second seat, the stroller weight is 36 lbs which is H-E-A-V-Y and takes a bit more muscle if you fold it and lift it with both seats attached. The seats are so easy to remove if you would like to lighten the lifting load though.
The two-handed fold on the B-Ready is very easy to do and it can be done with the seat attached. Apply the brake. Lift two levers on the sides of the handlebar and gently push the handlebar down until the stroller folds into a standing fold. You can even fold it with the second seat attached!! Love that!!! Our only complaint is that when you fold the stroller with the second seat attached – the canopy on the second seat sets on the ground with the standing fold. So, you want to be careful where you set the stroller because the canopy could get awful dirty! It has an automatic lock on the side but we found that the lock does not always stay locked. We would love to see Britax modify this lock a bit to make it stay locked every time while we are lifting and transporting the stroller.
The maneuverability on the B-Ready is great! As a single, the stroller glides along one-handed with very little effort and turns on a dime. When you turn the stroller into a double, it takes a bit more wrist power because you are adding more weight. With two riders aboard, you probably need two hands to push it but we found the maneuverability to be better than most. It’s way better than most tandem double strollers on the market.
The B-Ready turns into a travel system with the included car seat adapters for the Britax Chaperone. You also have the option to buy the Britax Universal Car Seat Adapter to accommodate Graco, Chicco and Peg Perego infant seats.
We love the stability of the B-Ready. This is a well-constructed stroller! When the stroller is in doubles mode, the B-Ready is constructed so well that either seat can be empty (with a rider in the other) without compromising the stability. Our tester could even climb in the rear seat without any worry of the stroller toppling over on him.
The main feature of the B-Ready that puts it in an elite stroller category (which only a few are members of) is the stroller’s ability to go from a single to a double. It starts out as a single but you can turn it into a double by adding the second seat, bassinet and/or infant car seat. So, there is no need for parents to buy a single and a double stroller. The B-Ready does double duty!! Genius!!
We love the fact that you can turn it into a double stroller by adding the sold separately second seat or lower infant car seat adapter. Unlike one of its competitors, you don’t have to get the second seat if you just want to use the lower infant car seat adapter. You can buy the accessories when YOU need them. The B-Ready is all about versatility! There are 14 unique seating combinations from double tiered car seats to a bassinet and a single seat. Or just pick the seating arrangements that work best for you and your kids and buy the coordinating accessories.
So, let’s talk about the lower, second seat. The lower seat is really fabulous! It has some great options for your little rider! First, it reclines! Yep, unlike other strollers with this type of second/basket seating, the B-Ready second seat has 3 recline positions including flat! You heard us right! The second seat can recline flat so that it can even accommodate a newborn! Second, we know you are going to immediately ask if the second seat is smaller. Yep! While it is actually a wider seat than the main seat at 13”, it is a bit shorter. It has a short 18” seat back and a 22” seatback to canopy measurement. It can accommodate up to 35 lbs and we found that our 3 year old (35 lb) tester fit in the lower seat comfortably width-wise but his head did brush the canopy.
We found our best set up was with our smaller child in the lower seat. With the larger child in the main seat, the stroller is easier to maneuver. While the main seat is reversible, the rear (lower) seat always faces forward. The lower seat is very easy to attach to the frame and, again, we LOVE that we can fold the stroller with the lower seat attached! Our only very minor complaint is the second seat is quite low to the ground. Therefore, you are going to really be bending down to get your child in and out of the seat! We accept this gladly considering all the other features of the second seat!
Having twins? We love that you can use 2 infant car seats together or an infant car seat and a bassinet! (The stroller does not work with two bassinets though!) When the twins hit 6 months, you can also use upper and lower seats! The main stroller seat has a weight capacity of 55 lbs while the lower seat can accommodate up to 35 lbs giving the stroller in doubles mode a 90 lb weight capacity.
The B-Ready is a luxury stroller and, of course, is going to cost you a luxury price. At $499 (bassinet, second seat and car seat adapters all sold separately!), it is priced competitively with the other strollers that have similar features. If you are looking for a sturdy stroller with fabulous versatility that will really take you from your first child all the way through your double stroller years, you must consider the Britax B-Ready!
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To watch our full review of the Britax B-Ready in singles mode and in doubles mode, click on the videos below:
Thanks to Britax for sending us the B-Ready for us to review!
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