Review of the new britax b-free stroller.

Britax B-Free Stroller Review

by Pamela Halstead |

The newest member to the Britax line of strollers is the B-Free. The B-Free is a three-wheeled stroller that can be used as part of a travel system. It comes complete with standard features seen on most strollers, such as the one-hand fold mechanism. It does have additional features not seen on most strollers, such as an adjustable handlebar and extra basket storage.

However, it is lacking some features that I look for, such as standard cup holders for the parent. And because it is new, it currently comes in at a high price point. While it is a quality stroller, I would suggest checking out the features it has to make sure it has everything you are looking for.

Image of the Britax B-Free Stroller, Midnight

 

Key Features

Specs:

Minimum child weight: you can use the stroller from birth – but Britax recommends using as a travel system (with an infant car seat) until your child has head and neck control

Maximum child weight: 65 pounds

Maximum child height: 45 inches

Folded dimensions: 32″L x 24″W x 15″H

Product weight: 22 pounds

(Side note: Do you see that huge upper weight limit! This seat is great for older kids. See more best lightweight stroller options for 3, 4, and 5 year olds in our article.)

Travel system compatibility

The B-Free works with all Britax infant seats. If you don’t have or don’t plan on having a Britax infant seat, you can purchase a car seat adapter for the B-Free. The car seat adapter allows for a wider range of car seats to be compatible with the B-Free.

This isn’t the only Britax stroller that makes a great travel system. Take a look at our Best Baby Travel System article to find more travel system reviews.

Huge canopy

 

Image of the Britax B-Free Stroller, Midnight

The Britax B-Free has an amazingly huge canopy. With its size and added SPF protection, it is sure to provide full coverage from the sun, or rain, when needed.

The canopy features a zipper which, when unzipped, expands the canopy even more than shown above, providing the fullest protection.

Storage

One of the most compelling features on the new B-Free is the amount of storage space it offers. It has 7 storage pockets, so you can organize all of your necessities. It also features a very big storage basket that you can access from the back or the front of the stroller.

The front access is something you won’t get on all strollers, and it is a neat feature. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve jam-packed the storage basket on my stroller with so much stuff, only to realize that what I needed was at the front of the basket, smushed underneath everything else. I’ve been at the zoo, or at the park, and had to unload almost everything in the basket to get to the bottom of it.

The fact that this stroller has that front access eliminates this problem. The front portion of the basket is accessible by flipping up the seat’s calf rest. This keeps the stroller more compact while still offering that front access. So you really can stuff the stroller full of everything you need and not worry about being unable to access it!

Infinite recline

A good stroller allows for an array of recline options to make sure your little one is comfortable no matter how they’re feeling. The B-Free has what they call “infinite recline.” This means there aren’t 3 or 4 set recline positions. Rather, you can recline the seat anywhere from a seated position to laying almost flat. This is accomplished using a drawstring type of mechanism. Loosening or tightening the drawstring will bring the back of the seat to a different level, depending on what your child prefers.

Not only is this great because of the unlimited options, but it also works a lot more smoothly than a recline adjustment where you have to squeeze the bars and click them into a slot. I have firsthand experience with this, as after a little while, the recline adjuster on my Graco stroller became harder to adjust. I would almost have to shake the back of the seat in order to get it to adjust. Obviously, when you have a sleeping child in that seat, this is not something you want to have to do. The drawstring mechanism featured on the B-Free is much smoother and gives you a better chance of not disturbing your little one.

Adjustable handlebar

You can get a stroller with all the specs – lots of storage, good maneuverability, and one hand fold. But if it isn’t comfortable to push, you’re not going to love it.

I feel pretty lucky when it comes to adjustability. I’m just about 5 feet 6 inches, so I’m average height. I typically don’t have issues when it comes to products that aren’t adjustable.

However, when I purchased my umbrella stroller, I went back and forth on whether or not to get one with adjustable push handles. I decided not to because I didn’t think it would be so bad, but I was wrong.

I love the concept of an umbrella stroller, but I do not use mine because the push handles are so low that actually hurts to push it. And I’m not even that tall! I can’t imagine being a couple inches taller and being able to push that thing. I was so disappointed spending $30 on the umbrella stroller only to not be able to use it. I can’t imagine spending hundreds of dollars on a full-sized stroller and having the handlebar too low or too high to push.

Long story short, the adjustable handlebar has parents in mind. I can tell you from experience that you are not going to want to push a stroller at an uncomfortable height. So if you are above average height, or this has been an issue for you in the past, the B-Free may be the answer to your problem.

Weight limit

The child weight limit for the B-Free is 65 pounds. This is an upgrade over the most recent Britax stroller, the Britax B-Agile 3, which has a weight limit of 55 pounds. Actually, most strollers on the market have a weight limit of 55 pounds or lower. The B-Free gives you freedom to use the stroller for a longer period of time.

Concerns

Versatility

At the price point that the B-Free comes in at, I was expecting it to be more like the Britax B-Ready line of strollers. The B-Ready strollers allow for many different seating options. You can have your child sitting facing forward or backward, you can add an additional seat if you have two children, and so on. The B-Free only has two options. You can use it with an infant seat, where the infant is rear-facing, or you can use it without the added infant seat, with the child sitting forward-facing.

Stroller weight

I do prefer a stroller that weighs under 20 pounds, and the Britax B-Free comes in at 22 pounds. If you’re familiar with the Britax B-Agile 3, it is 18 pounds, so the B-Free does come in as significantly heavier. This is a disappointment to me, because I feel like many strollers are aiming to be as lightweight as possible, and Britax added weight here instead of keeping it super light.

Cup holders

The Britax B-Free doesn’t have standard cup holders for child or parent. It does have cup holder pockets within the child seat, but they’re a bit awkward and may be uncomfortable for your child as they get bigger. I like having the child tray and the cup holders in the back for the parent, as this gives a sturdy place to store things. It’s odd to me that Britax doesn’t include those features on this new stroller.

Price

I do think the B-Free is overpriced given the features it offers. It does have some higher end features such as the adjustable handlebar, but it lacks some basic features such as a child tray and cup holders.

Summary

Pros

Listed here are features that are harder to find on less expensive strollers:

  • Big canopy
  • Front access to basket storage
  • Infinite recline
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Higher weight limit

Cons

  • Not versatile (especially when comparing to other strollers within this price range)
  • No cup holders
  • Weight – while it’s not a very heavy stroller, I would expect it to be lighter than it is since it is a more expensive option

My Recommendation

Britax is known to put out quality products, and the B-Free stroller is no different. While I do believe this is a quality stroller and offers some great features, such as the adjustable handlebar and easy-to-access storage, I was hoping to see more features, such as multiple seating options.

It really comes down what features you are looking for. Do you need that adjustable handlebar? This may be the right stroller for you. Are you looking for a variety of ways to use the stroller? You should check out your other options.

Because of the price, I was expecting more features. However, this is a quality stroller and will last you longer than many other strollers on the market because of that extra 10 pounds of weight that it will hold.

Pamela Halstead
I am a stay at home mother to one son. With a background in safety and health, I am very safety-conscious, especially when it comes to products for my child!

Comments 6

  1. You mention that the B free has a car seat adapter that can be purchased to allow for a wider range of car seat compatibility. Do you know if that adapter will allow for the stroller to work with the Chicco Key Fit 30 car seat? If so, do you know what the adapter is called and where I can buy it? Thanks in advance!

    1. Experienced Mommy

      I asked Britax that question and they said it doesn’t work with Chicco models. Here was there exact answer:

      Thank you for reaching out! At this time the B free will only take a Britax , Nuna Pipa or Maxi Cosi. The stroller comes with the adapters for the Britax and we sell the other clips for the above mentioned seats separate. We do not have an adapter for Chicco.

      1. We had the same question. When the store that we had purchased our stroller reached out to their Britax sales rep they stated that they are coming out with a new universal adapter that will work for the Chicco Keyfit 30. At this time they didn’t have a release date on the universal adapter.

  2. Do they plan to faze out the B-Agile? The double B-Agile has the adjustable handlebar (which I think all strollers should feature, personally, being short and having a husband who’s significantly taller than I am). But the extra features (handlebar, larger canopy, and higher weight limit) just seem like a “B-Agile deluxe”. Why start a whole new line? I’d say either make the B-Agile a bare bones (and much cheaper) stroller and the B-Free the standard, or just upgrade the B-Agile with B-Free features and not have 2 very similar strollers with similar price points.

    1. Experienced Mommy

      Very true. Yes, they plan to phase out the B-Agile this summer. There is another new stroller coming called the B-Lively which looks like it will make a good B-Agile replacement

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