Britax 2016 B-Agile Double Stroller – Best Twin Stroller Review
Purchasing a new stroller often feels more like taking a multiple choice exam than shopping. There are a whole host of safety features, convenience features, car seat compatibility, harness systems, locking vs. non-locking front wheels, jogging vs. non-jogging, and other features too numerous to mention. How do you know what is going to be the right pick for you, your little ones, and your budget? Few people enjoy making returns to retailers on online websites, and test driving a stroller in the store is not the same as taking one home for a couple weeks and really learning the stroller’s strengths and weaknesses. When you have multiple children under the age of five, it also often means shopping for a double stroller, and then your needs and feature requirements become even more complex since you are purchasing a stroller for two different aged children that needs to be the right fit for them and you. Fortunately, if you are in the market for a double stroller, Britax has a new easy steering, highly-maneuverable side-by-side model that has everything you could want or need in a double stroller. Let’s take a look at why this stroller suits your and your family best, and how it offers years of reliable safety and service.
Britax 2016 B-Agile Key Features
Letting your little ones sit next to each other in the stroller is a great way to foster strong social skills and allow for bonding time between siblings while you are on the go. Better still, one child is not obscuring your view of the other while you are out shopping or walking in the park, so you can easily keep an eye on both kids with just a quick glance. Additionally, when your children start walking on their own, getting in the stroller themselves is made much easier thanks to the double foot rest in the front of the stroller below the seats, as it makes the perfect little step up for them to climb in and out of their seat safely. The 2016 B-Agile from Britax has well-padded side-by-side seating with five point safety harnesses for toddlers, and it keeps even the most rambunctious and wiggly of toddlers safe, secure, and comfortable.
Car Seat Compatibility
In the eventuality that both your children are still in infant car seats at the same time, the 2016 B-Agile is fully compatible with all Britax infant car seats, and can provide secure seat locking with adapters for most other major manufacturers. Drop-in car seat compatibility significantly reduces the transition time from vehicle to stroller, as all you need to do is lift the car seat out of the car and drop it right into the stroller, snapping it securely in place. No fussing, no complicated latching system to fiddle with, just drop the car seats in and go. The value of this type of convenience when you are doing the weekly shopping trip or meeting friends at the park for playtime cannot be overstated. Nobody wants to fight with a car seat or wrestle their little ones in and out of car seats just to use their stroller.
Adjustable Height Push Bar
For parents who fall on the taller or much shorter end of the height spectrum, having an adjustable height push bar feels like a luxury add-on. Having control over your posture while pushing a stroller makes long walks and shopping trips far more comfortable for those on either end of the height spectrum, and the strain it reduces on your arms alone is a welcome relief. All you have to do to adjust the push bar of the stroller to a greater or lesser height is release the catches and adjust it up to 90 degree or lesser angle that suits your personal comfort. When it comes to choosing a stroller, it is often the minor details like adjustable settings for parents that make all the difference.
Wheels and Suspension
The design of this stroller’s wheels and suspension system is all about convenience and quality. Front wheels swivel freely for easy turning and have built-in shocks absorbers to smooth out all the bumps and rumbles of the park, parking lot, or wherever else your travels take you. The rear wheels are fixed in-line wheels that are taller than the front wheels to provide a tighter turning radius in close spaces. I have to say, one of the best features of this double stroller is how smooth the ride is compared to many similar models. Even on very rough pavement or broken trail it keeps on rolling steadily without feeling like it is about to shake apart. Many people get distracted by the look of a stroller’s wheels and suspension before purchasing one without finding out how well the stroller actually rides on the street or in the parking lot, and that leads to a lot of returns and exchanges. The 2016 B-Agile has the ride and wheels you want, and a quick test drive makes that easy to see.
Many double strollers do not offer much in the way of flexible seating arrangements. Either both kids are forward facing in the stroller or they are parent-facing in car seats. The problem is that infants typically ride more comfortably (and more quietly) while facing their parents, as it reduces their general distress at being out and about. Toddlers, on the other hand, are full to bursting with curiosity about what is going on in the world around them and want to be able to see everything that is going on around them as it happens. The 2016 B-Agile offers both forward facing and parent facing positions for car seats, while toddler seats are faced forward. This allows parents to keep their infant and toddler happy simultaneously for walks and errand running no matter where your travels take you.
Weight and Folding Mechanism
The 2016 B-Agile is without a doubt one of the easiest to fold and lightest weight double strollers on the market today. The frame is made of super lightweight aluminum, and at 20 pounds the 2016 B-Agile weighs less than half of what most double strollers its size, making it ideal for daily use without making loading and unloading your stroller from your vehicle feel like a chore. Speaking of loading and unloading, this stroller also has one of the simplest one-handed folding mechanisms that locks when fully open and when fully closed. All you have to do is pull up the locking mechanism and then tug on the double-stitched canvas folding handle, and the stroller folds closed with a scissor motion before locking securely for easy carrying. I really loved how simple it was to unlatch, fold, and lock the stroller right into a folded position. Additionally, a lot of double strollers feature one handed folding operation, but many of them require you to fold the stroller down onto its wheels instead of letting you to fold it in standing position, and if I were to design a stroller for me and mine, I’d want it to fold upright just like the 2016 B-Agile.
- Side-by-side seating for easy steering and handling
- Car seat compatibility with most major manufacturers
- Adjustable height push bar
- Lightweight aluminium frame makes a light-carrying stroller
- Car seats can be forward or parent facing
- Smooth riding suspension
- Best-in-class one handed folding mechanism
- No locking brakes for parking
- Front wheels do not lock
- Sunshades are not removable
- Rear wheels do not swivel
- No parent or child snack or drink trays
- Very little additional cargo space for storing bags or accessories
When it comes to double strollers, you really need to assess what your needs are now, and what they are going to be over the next four to five years that your children will be riding in that stroller. Making an investment in a stroller requires some careful considerations. For example, do you like the pushbar height? Are there trays and drink holders, and are they conveniently placed? Can you reach the cargo area conveniently? All of these questions are important, but in the end you will be balancing out what you need with what you prefer. In terms of meeting both wants and needs for most parents with two stroller-age children, Britax 2016 B-Agile definitely fits the bill and unlike many other brand name strollers, this model accommodates other brand-name car seats.
I recommend this model based on my own experiences with strollers, both good and bad, over the last several years. Many double strollers are just too wide to make it easily through doorways, and others are so heavy and cumbersome that they almost aren’t worth bringing along unless you are going to be walking long distances with your kids along for extended periods of time. In my opinion, the Britax 2016 B-Agile side-by-side strollers set the standard for ease-of-use, maneuverability, and lightweight carrying that is usually only found with single-seat inline models. For my money, it is the best lightweight double stroller investment you can make.
Get your family a Britax 2016 B-Agile Double Stroller, and give yourself the peace of mind that comes with a solid, high-quality stroller that will keep you and your kids safely on the move for many years to come.