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Britax B-Smart 3

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Brand: Britax / Type: Carriage / Number of Seats: 1 seat

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      23.09.2013 12:40
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      Good pushchair as long as you're strong and have a large car.

      The b-smart is attractive and comes in a nice range of colours. When I tested it instore it felt great, glided effortlessly. Once you take it out onto real pavements and have to get it up and down kerbs it's a different story. I found it heavy to steer and a real effort to get up a kerb, not only because of the weight, but also because the front wheel will swivel and get stuck in a sideways position. You can lock the front wheel to stop this happening, but then you'd have to tip the pushchair to turn corners, so this isn't very practical.
      On the plus side, the seat unit is well built and the adjustable leg support makes it comfortable for both babies and toddlers. There are 3 recline positions, one of which is lie flat, so it is suitable for newborns. There is plenty of room for a 3 year old in the seat. I like that the seat is quite high up which makes access and contact with your child easier than on some smaller pushchairs. It can be either parent or forward facing and is straightforward to unclip the seat and reattach the other way round. The bumper bar comes on and off easily and can be swung to the side for access. One of the selling points of the hood is the zip which allows the front of the hood to come lower down and shield your child's eyes from the sun. The snag with this is that the section of hood which unzips is made of a mesh which does not give UV protection. If it offered sun protection, this would be a brilliant feature. The basket is a generous size, but is open at the back so whatever you put in has to be contained within a sturdy bag. If you just put things in loose or in an ordinary carrier bag they are likely to fall out. The brake isn't great, it only seems to lock one of the wheels so the pushchair rolls about a bit on public transport. It also sticks a bit and doesn't always go off and on properly.
      I used the carrycot and car seat on the b-smart and was happy with how they worked. Both simply clip onto the frame without needing adapters. That was another selling point for me. I had seen friends lugging around huge adapters for their pushchairs and couldn't be bothered with that! The carrycot is lovely - sturdy and comfortable for my little one. It is also quite generous in size.
      Overall it is a decent pushchair, but the weight of it and the large fold ultimately made me replace it with something else.

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  • Product Details

    Pushchair suitable for children from birth to 15 kg, Can be combined with the Baby-Safe infant carrier, sleeper and carrycot, Rearward and forward facing seat, Multi-position seat recline including lay-flat position, Simple compact fold with automatic fold lock