Best Britax Travel Systems

Updated September 2019
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Buying guide for best Britax travel systems

Last Updated September 2019

Transferring a sleeping or fussy baby from car seat to stroller can be a minefield. One wrong move and you'll have a screaming infant on your hands. A Britax travel system can make this transition far easier. A travel system consists of two parts: a standard stroller and an infant car seat. The car seat attaches to the stroller (using Click & Go Connectors, in the case of Britax models) so you can push your baby around without actually removing her or him from the car seat.

There's plenty to consider when choosing a Britax travel system. Effectively, you're purchasing a bundle of two separate items, so you'll need to consider each independently of the other. You should weigh the safety features of the car seat along with the stroller’s practicality, such as its maneuverability and ease of folding. Read on through our buying guide and ponder our favorite Britax travel systems to help you decide which model is right for you.

The canopy on your baby's stroller will provide some protection from rain, although it isn't fully waterproof.

Key considerations

Car seat safety

It's important to look at the safety features of the car seat that's included in your Britax travel system. Depending on the model you choose, it may include features such as a steel frame for durability, side-impact protection, a shock-absorbing base, and a five-point harness. Some models also have stitching that releases in stages in the event of an impact, which slows any forward momentum and prevents jarring.

Stroller wheels

Your Britax stroller may have three or four wheels. You're probably already familiar with four-wheeled strollers, since this is the classic design. Four-wheeled models are great for general use, such as trips to the store, use on the school run, and rolling about town. Three-wheeled models are slightly less stable than standard four-wheeled options, but they compensate for that in maneuverability. The three-wheeled design gives you a much tighter turning radius and is also best for jogging, as long as the front wheel can be locked in a forward-facing position. Also consider the size of the wheels — larger wheels give your baby a smoother ride on uneven ground. 

Safety first

Safety-conscious parents will love that this Britax travel system contains the B-Safe Ultra car seat, with its SafeCell Impact Protection System, which utilizes a steel frame and base that absorbs impact to protect your little one in a collision. The B-Lively stroller is lightweight and easy to maneuver thanks to its three-wheeled design.

Foldability

Trying to fold your stroller with your baby in one arm while attempting to control a rambunctious toddler can be a nightmare. Luckily, some Britax strollers have an exceptionally simple one-handed folding mechanism. These models simply fold in half, however, so they're not especially compact when folded, which is bad news for anyone with a small trunk.

Maximum weight limit

Although they can vary slightly, the majority of car seats included in a Britax travel system have a maximum weight of 35 pounds, and the majority of strollers included in a Britax travel system have a maximum weight of 55 pounds. Assuming you kids don't outgrow it lengthwise or widthwise, your child could be in their car seat until the age of two or three and in their stroller until they get too old to need a stroller. 

EXPERT TIP

Ideally, your baby shouldn't sit in the car seat for more than two hours at a time. This includes in-car time as well as time spent using the seat in stroller mode.


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Features

Canopy

The stroller canopy shades your baby from the sun. In fact, most Britax strollers have canopies with UV 50+ protection and an extra-large footprint in order to cast more shade. In a handful of stroller models, there's a peekaboo window in the top of the canopy, allowing you to keep an eye on your little one. Some Britax car seats also feature UV-protective canopies, although they don't have windows.

Storage space

The stroller should have a storage basket beneath the seat, which is handy for carrying baby and toddler supplies such as diapers, bottles, sippy cups, snacks, and changes of clothes. Some models also include additional zippered storage pouches for valuables or other important items.

Recline positions

Britax travel systems tend to have an "infinite recline" feature. Of course, it's not literally infinite, but you can recline your baby's seat to a near-flat or fully flat position. You can also set it to any degree of incline, rather than being limited to preset notches or stages.

Color or print

You'll find Britax travel systems in a range of colors and patterns, from basic black to adorable cow print. The color you choose comes down to personal preference, as it doesn't affect the performance in any way. That said, black does absorb more heat, so your baby might feel hotter in an all-black stroller or car seat.

FOR YOUR SAFETY

Be sure to properly adjust the safety harness in your child's car seat, as this is what will keep them securely in their seat in the event of a collision.

Britax travel system prices

Britax travel systems are mid-priced compared to those from other brands. The most affordable option costs around $350, while the most expensive will run you around $550. Expect to pay roughly $400 for an average Britax travel system.

Tips

  • Choose a Brittax travel system that's light enough for you to manage. If it's too heavy to lift the car seat onto the stroller, you won't be able to use it as intended. Remember to factor in the weight of your baby.
  • Keep your baby rear-facing for longer. All Britax travel systems feature rear-facing only car seats. Research shows that rear-facing car seats are far safer for kids than forward-facing alternatives. So why not keep your child in a rear-facing option as long as possible?
  • Look for signs your child has outgrown the car seat. The car seat in the majority of Britax travel systems accommodates children of up to 35 pounds, which kids tend to reach between the ages of two and three. However, many kids will be too tall or feel too cramped in their car seat before reaching this weight.
  • Register your product with Britax after purchasing. This will make it easier if you need to make a claim under Britax's warranty. Plus, you may receive any relevant updates or advice from the company.
EXPERT TIP

You should hear a "click" when you've properly attached the infant car seat to the stroller base.


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Budget-friendly

If you're looking for a more affordable option, the B-Agile & B-Safe 35 Travel System is similar to our top pick but costs less, due to it being an older model. It's still completely safe and highly functional however, proving that economical doesn't have to mean cheap. The B-Safe 35 has excellent side-impact protection and a contoured shell to minimize side-to-side movement.

Other products we considered

There are only so many Britax travel systems on the market, so you won't find a large number of options beyond our top choices. However, you can choose from another couple of travel systems if none of our favorites quite fit the bill. The Britax Travel System B-Lively Stroller & B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat is a more affordable alternative to similar travel systems that use the B-Safe Ultra. The B-Safe 35 doesn't have quite as many safety features, but it is still highly effective at keeping children safe in car accidents.

The Britax Pathway & B-Safe Ultra Travel System combines the Britax Pathway — a lightweight four-wheeled stroller — with the B-Safe Ultra — a top-notch car seat with double-layer side protection, staged-release stitching to slow forward momentum in a collision, and a steel frame for additional protection. What's more, the "cowmooflage" cow-print design is adorable.

The canopy on your baby's stroller will provide some protection from rain, although it isn't fully waterproof.

FAQ

Q. Why choose Britax over any other brand?
A.
Britax has been manufacturing car seats since the 1960s, and so has the advantage of experience. Although known for making quality products, they tend to be far more affordable than some high-end brands.

Q. How do you fix the car seat into your car?
A.
The car seat portion of your travel system must be securely fixed in your car. The vast majority of Britax car seats come with a base that you can keep fixed in place in your car, allowing you to simply click the seat in place on top of it, which saves the hassle of manually fixing it in place each time. However, you can also choose to use the LATCH system, assuming your car is compatible with it (as are nearly all vehicles made after September 1, 2002).

Q. Are Britax travel systems suitable for use on rough ground?
A.
This partially depends on the model you choose — large-wheeled and three-wheeled strollers are easier to push "off-road" — but any Britax can be used on rough ground.

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