We were provided a Britax B-Free stroller at no cost to facilitate a review.
Today I’m going to talk about the Britax B-Free, a three-wheeled stroller that is right up my alley. If you’re considering purchasing, I hope my Britax B-Free review helps you to decide if it’s the right stroller for your needs.
My favorite feature of three-wheel strollers over the traditional four-wheel is maneuverability. Both styles of strollers are great in their own regard but the ease and smoothness of the turns in a three-wheel stroller are fantastic when you need them. For example, when we’ve visited Disney World in the past, the crowds make pushing and maneuvering a four-wheel stroller a bit more difficult. The same can be said for many places where you will need a stroller. I remember the last time we visited Disney, I overheard one of the cast members referring to the end of the night crowd exodus from the park as the stroller derby. I chuckled because of the truth behind that statement.
As the stroller derby began and the crowd moved towards the exit, I missed having a three-wheel stroller. Our fully loaded four-wheel stroller with three children aboard was very difficult to navigate because of the weight distribution, the larger turning radius, and the people all crowded together. The battle to the exit was like a scene out of a child-friendly version of Mad Max where, instead of battling for gasoline and water, we all sprinted towards our air-conditioned hotel rooms. So, when it is appropriate for location, conditions, and needs, I love taking advantage of the agility a three-wheel stroller offers. It’s like driving a zero turn mower compared to a traditional riding mower.
Britax B-Free Review
Anyway, back to the Britax B-Free review. First, as I was talking about before, the maneuverability is out of this world. It’s so easy to push and turn even in really tight spaces. If you aren’t concerned about hypermobility, the front wheel can be locked straight for better stability. The tires are a solid rubber so concern about getting a flat or running low on air isn’t a factor.
Another necessary feature in a place like sunny Florida is the canopy. Oddly, some stroller manufacturers scrimp on the canopy by using poor fabrics or reducing the coverage size. It isn’t just the sun you need to protect your baby from. Rain, while not damaging like the sun, is annoying nonetheless and it’s no fun to be soaked to the bone. The Britax B-Free canopy is massive in relation to the stroller size and offers fantastic coverage with SPF protection. Neither sun nor rain will be as large of a factor with this stroller.
Thankfully, the B-Free isn’t a bloated stroller that is encumbered by its own weight or size. It weighs in at a modest 22lbs with dimensions of 44″ long x 24″ wide x 42″ tall. When folded, those dimensions reduce to 32″ long x 24″ wide x 15″ tall. Again, in a place like Disney World when you have to ride the tram from the parking lot to the park, having a stroller that can fold down as small as possible is a very, very welcome thing. The action of folding the Britax B-Free is very simple and efficient. So simple and efficient, in fact, that you can do it with one hand and have the stroller closed for carrying in a matter of seconds. Unfolding is just as easy requiring the release of a single latch.
Storage is a huge factor when choosing a stroller and the Britax B-Free has that covered in spades. Below the seat is a large basket area that fits all the necessary items that come with taking a baby anywhere. In addition to that, there are seven storage pockets positioned around various surfaces of the stroller fabric: three below the handlebar, one in the bottom basket area, two inside the seating area so your child can store a cup of their favorite drink and a container of snacks, and one under the flip-up calf rest which is also designed to allow easy front access to the bottom storage basket.
The handlebar is actually a key feature for me when testing strollers. Sounds weird, right? Well, I am not a tall person at 5’7″ and I’ve pushed a few strollers that had me kicking the rear frame bar with nearly every step. I cannot imagine how awkward it would be for a tall person. The handlebar was either at an angle that forced me to stand closer to the stroller than necessary or simply wasn’t long enough. Not so with the Britax B-Free. Additionally, the handlebar is adjustable so you can always find that sweet spot with hand position and your distance from the back of the stroller.
Another great feature of the Britax B-Free is the seat recline referred to in-house as “infinite recline”. The seatback can be set in a wide range of angled positions and can, in fact, almost lay flat. If the baby falls asleep, it is so much more comfortable for them to be able to lie as far back as possible to prevent their head from slumping forward which, to me, looks terribly uncomfortable. In contrast, when they are awake, you want to help them maintain proper posture when sitting upright. The adjustability of the Britax B-Free infinite recline seatback will help you get it just right for the size and build of your child. The B-Free can comfortably accommodate a child from newborn all the way up to 65 lbs so you can invest in the stroller without having to worry about your child outgrowing it for quite some time.
Wondering how long you can use this stroller? All of our children actually still fit! Here you can see our 8-year-old, 6-year-old, 4-year-old, and 2-year-old in the stroller. While our 8 and 6-year-old would likely not ride in a stroller these days, I know this may be useful to families with a special needs child.
Finally, an integrated travel system is a feature that every parent deserves in a stroller. If your baby is asleep in their car seat, removing them and then placing them in a stroller and buckling them often comes with a terrible price… an angry baby who awoke too soon and didn’t appreciate being moved from their comfortable car seat. Purchasing a stroller that is compatible with an infant car seat is a smart choice.
The Britax B-Free is available as a travel system that includes the compatible B-Safe Ultra Infant Car Seat and base on Amazon and also as a travel system with the Britax Endeavors Infant Car Seat on Amazon. With a travel system, you can snap the Britax infant car seat into place on the stroller without having to unbuckle or otherwise disturb your baby.
Additional accessories are also available for the Britax B-Free stroller including a sun and bug cover, a travel bag, a stroller organizer that attaches to the handlebar and offers additional storage and cup holders, and a rain cover. At a place like Disney World, all of these sound like welcome additions! You never know when the sun and mosquitos will give way to rain. Having an additional cover to ensure your baby remains free from sunburn, bug bites, and rain is never a bad idea and extra storage always comes in handy at some point.
With all of these features packed into a relatively lightweight aluminum frame, the Britax B-Free is a fantastic choice among the three-wheeled stroller category. Everything about it has been made as easy as possible to use. The excellent steering, folding, storage, comfort, adaptability, and size all combine for a stellar purchase decision. Check one out in person. You won’t be disappointed!