Sometimes you just don’t realise how much you rely on things that are always there until they’re not. We have just gone through a massive 28 days without a car and I don’t think I have enough words to describe how terrible it was. But actually it wasn’t the car which was the worst thing, it was having to manage without a double buggy as on the second week our double pushchair decided it was a great time to snap in two.
The amazing people at Britax saw my plea on Twitter for someone to save us, and sent us the B-Agile Double Puschair to review. And again, there are no words to describe how grateful I am to them because we had school runs to attempt with a 7 year old who has Hypermobility, a 3 year old and an 18 month old. It was awful!
The Britax B-Agile Double Pushchair is a side by side double, different to our previous one which was a one behind the other double. The side by side type of double was something we’d recently looked at but had been concerned about getting through doors or walking along pavements.
The B-Agile was pretty much built when we took it out of the box. The only assembling that needed was to push on the wheels and attach the hoods. It looked huge in our tiny living room and we joked that this was definitely the people carrier of the pram world. Quite beastly.
When I consider buying a new pram or pushchair, I have to check that the handles are short enough for me. I’m 4ft 7in tall and look like a child when pushing a regular stroller which knocks my confidence completely. The Britax B-Agile has an adjustable handle bar by clicking the circular buttons at either side. The handle has so many height adjustments so you can get a perfect fit from one extreme (my 6ft husband) to me or even smaller, P1 who loves to help.
The hoods for each seat are separate which allows you to adjust depending on your child’s preference or if you only have one in at a time. Both hoods have a large zipped storage compartment at the back which is great for putting your purse, keys and phone or anything else you might need to hand. The hood also extends so that your baby can be sheltered from the sun, however the extension part is a mesh fabric which I have found can be rather annoying if the sun is at a particularly difficult position.
Each seat has a 5 point harness. They are adjustable at each point; crotch area, sides and shoulders. I have found the padded shoulder straps to be slightly stiff at the moment and P3 looks a little awkward at times. The seat is padded and can be lowered flat using just one hand.
The wheels of the B-Agile Double are smaller than I’d expect on a double. Our previous double had real tyres and it’s going to be interesting to see how these ones wear over time and with weight. Each seat is suitable from birth to 15kg which is around 4 years. However my 7 year old is diddy like me and weighs about that so on school runs I am able to take her in it too.
The storage basket at the bottom is huge! Although I’m trying to downsize the amount I take with us on trips, it has been so useful to have the space to carry more shopping in whilst we have had no car. I also love the very handy feature that the foot rests unzip and you can gain access to the basket when your child is sleeping with the seat flat restricting access at the back.
The Britax B-Agile Double has one brake on the right hand side which is easily clicked on and off with a really strong hold considering the size of the pushchair. I have found this pushchair to be so incredibly stable compared to our previous 3-wheeler and it’s been a joy going up or down the curbs swiftly.
I probably wouldn’t recommend this pushchair to someone with a smaller boot space in their car, however it does actually fold quite small. Literally in half by clicking a switch and pulling up with the handles in the seats. It took me a good few attempts to get the back of this as I’m so small but it is quite easy when you know.
I actually love the Britax B-Agile Double Pushchair. It’s light weight, so smooth to push and there’s plenty of seat space for each child. I have found that people tend to mind out of the way when we are walking along the path and are much more polite about letting us through. I have also found that I need to find ways around slimmer paths or cars parked up on the curb with the double as of course it is much wider than a single. It just about fits through a standard door but I do worry a bit more when I’m out.
The Britax B-Agile Double Pushchair has an RRP of £300 and I think that is such a good value. The quality is amazing for that price and we can’t wait to enjoy our new double pushchair more.