After Jacob was born just under 2 months ago we were sent the Britax Affinity Pushchair to review.
I have to say its been rather a long time since I reviewed a pushchair since Joshua is 5 this week.
The last one I reviewed from Britax was the Britax B-Agile 3 Pushchair back in 2012/2013 with Joshua so I was looking forward to getting to know this pushchair.
Before the pushchair arrived I was really impressed with the concept of this design with the pushchair being something customisable.
The chassis frame comes in 3 different finishes, white, chrome and black and when the pushchair arrives the seat unit is a standard grey/black material along with your chosen colour in the form of a colour pack … but the genius in the concept for me is the colour pack options. So if you were investing in a pushchair to use for several children over a duration of time and you fancied a blue first but then you fancied a different colour you would only have to purchase a second colour pack! (meaning a gigantic saving not having to buy a pushchair again) however you would have to purchase another carrycot as that comes in your set chosen colour.
We chose the black chassis and the blue colour pack as most of my regular readers already know Ollie is an Everton fan and if he had his way everything we owned would be blue!
The Britax Affinity is aimed at 6 months to 3 years for the pushchair and has a fully reversible seat unit meaning you can have it forward or parent facing, whichever you decided on, along with a multi recline, air-filled tyres and its lightweight chassis it makes for really superb manoeuvrability and that became super obvious on use.
I had a Caesarean section with Jacob and my initial pram/pushchair was so heavy on pushing that it made it very painful to get out and about.
The Britax Affinity was far lighter by comparison, it turned easily and with its super comfortable handle bar as it’s slightly smaller in diameter than lots I have seen, meaning it meant I could get my small hands round it totally which all added to the comfort factor.
Talking about the handlebar, I adored the option to adjust the height of the handlebar by tilting it up or down instead of sliding up and down as it put the angle in a perfect line to ensure I could push with ease.
The pushchair seat unit we have not used fully as Jacob is less than 6 months old and I intend to obviously follow this review up with an update when Jacob becomes big enough to use it daily but from having a play with the seat unit when it arrived, I loved the easy recline, the easily adjustable harness but my love of parent facing pushchairs means that this is perfect as it can be faced out or parent facing depending upon your preference and it can be done with a simple click, lift and turn.
The colour pack for the pushchair comes with a clip on panel for the shopping basket to colour coordinate it, an apron to cover little legs, harness pads, seat pad and the beautifully large hood!
Now … the hood I have to say this is a total favourite for me, it comes in a lovely size to start with but with a built-in zip you can undo another section to the hood making it even bigger ensuring more of your little one is covered and it even comes with a breathable mesh so in the summer it gives extra ventilation.
There is even a peek a boo style window so you can see your little one when the seat is in the forward facing position.
Next to tell you about is the shopping basket … I am a sucker for a reasonable sized shopping basket *cough cough* no idea why! … so it was nice to see this one was generous, it wasn’t the biggest one I have seen but it was more than adequate for day-to-day life and I did love how easily you could get things in and out … and with the mesh that came over the front and top so you could really maximise just how much you could fit in without fear of anything being lost under the wheels or tipped out when getting up and down a kerb!
The Britax Hard Carrycot has obviously been the used option for us with Jacob being newborn when we started reviewing it as he needs to be laid completely flat. However with it being super spacious we can use this option for him till around 6 months.
It has a really large hood that covers baby well and with the option of the pop out sun visor it was really helpful when out and about to keep him well covered. The inside of the carry cot it’s also colour coordinated with the side padding, mattress and the padded carry cot cover it making for a really stylish look.
The carry cot cover can be opened from either side with a really sturdy zip and with a popper to finish, it keeps everything tucked in and neat that only adds to the overall look.
The cover also has a flap which can be laid flat to see more of baby, laid forward to cover more of baby or you can even stand it up (like in the picture above) and it blocks out almost all of the sun so easier for napping!
The large handle in the hood is really well padded for comfort when lifting off the carrycot from the chassis (you don’t need adaptors to fit as it slots straight onto the frame)
I loved how easy the rain cover for the carrycot was to pop on and off and it fitted really well, ensuring that nothing got wet, my only little like for this would have been is to have a zip fitted on the edge of the plastic and material round the hood so on days where its hit and miss with the weather it would be nice to leave the rain cover in situ and just open up it up without taking it off each time it stopped raining .. this obviously would be a ‘would love to have’ and the current rain cover certainly does a fine job of keeping things dry.
The fold for the pushchair is fab as it folds back on itself making it a fairly compact fold when folding separately from the carrycot or pushchair seat unit and it certainly made packing the boot with shopping and pushchair easier.
It has a handy locking clasp on the side so it keeps it compact, I would have loved to have seen some kind of handle/strap on the chassis to hold onto when you fold it back on itself as you do have to bend to keep hold and pick it up and maybe a strap or handle would have meant less bending and easier scooping to throw in the back of the car… but again this really is a personal opinion and doesn’t take away from the fact its fab.
Overall I have throughly loved using the Britax Affinity and can’t wait to use it with the seat unit when Jacob is bigger (which I will of course update you on at that point)
Using this pushchair through my recovery from my section has been super as it really is a user-friendly option, stylish and functional so it ticks all the boxes for me for both town use and off road.
Thank you Britax for allowing me to test drive this beautiful addition to your collection … I can’t wait to take it out on further adventures as it has been a hit with us all.
Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purposes of this review, all thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.