Fashion meets function with the Britax Affinity Stroller. Read my full review and see for yourself if this chic stroller is the one for you.
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I love strollers. They're sort of my "thing" when it comes to baby gear. I've had the opportunity to review quite a few brands and styles, and although I can't keep them all (how many strollers can one family own?!), I just cannot part with my Britax strollers. You can check out my review of the Britax B-READY and my review of the Britax B-AGILE travel system to see why I love these strollers so much. To say I was thrilled to see the Britax Affinity come to the US market would be an understatement. I could not wait to test out this amazing looking new stroller with my little guy.
Britax Affinity Stroller Review
The Britax Affinity was designed to fit into the luxury category of strollers. It's sophisticated and super fashionable, yet totally functional. Britax did things a little differently with this stroller (which I LOVE); they have several options for you to choose from so you can customize the Affinity to fit your tastes. The stroller is made up of two separate components: the stroller frame and the color packs. You'll need both in order to have one complete stroller unit, but the fact that they're sold separately allows you to choose the fashions you like best to make it you own.
The frame of the Britax Affinity is made of light-weight aluminum and is available in three colors: black, white and silver. Each frame comes with a seat, rain cover, and sun cover/mosquito netting.
The color packs are sold separately, and they'll complete the look of your stroller. There are six bold and bright color options available, and honestly I love each and every one. Each color pack has a MSRP of $99 and comes with a canopy, shoulder and buckle pads, basket liner, and machine-washable padded seat liner. Each component is made of high quality material and I love, love, love the seat pad. It was easy to attach and the fact that it's all machine washable is a big plus in my book!
Okay, now I'll switch gears and tell you about my experience with the Affinity. I've mentioned it before, but assembling baby gear is not on my list of "favorite things to do" - BUT, I try to assemble things myself so I can give you first hand information and to show you that it can be done if you don't happen to have a buff man around the house.
As I mentioned, the Britax Affinity is a two part stroller, consisting of the base and color pack. When I unboxed the base, I was relieved to see that there were NO screws or washers, or crazy little pin do-hickeys to attach the wheels, or anything else for that matter. It was pretty much assembled and all I had to do were pop the wheels on. It literally took about 1 minute to do that and then snap the seat onto frame. The process was quick and painless.
As you can see, the base frame and seat are sleek and modern. I chose the silver frame and I love the clean look. Another thing that I love about the Affinity base is that it's compatible with the Britax CHAPERONE and B-SAFE infant car seats and bassinet, thanks to it's integrated CLICK & GO integrated adapter system.
Featured here is the stroller base with the B-SAFE infant car seat. It's SO easy to just click the infant carrier into the adapters and go. As with the seat on the Affinity, you can click the infant carrier into the frame so that baby is either facing you, or facing outward. If you have another brand of infant seat, have no fear. The Affiity is also compatible with other major infant car seat brands when used with their Infant Car Seat Adapter Frame, such as Chicco Key Fit, Chicco Key Fit 30, Graco Snugride 32, Graco Snugride 35, and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio.
Now, let's look at the stroller with the color pack in place. I chose "Red Pepper" because I just can't help myself when it comes to red strollers. They are just too fabulous looking!
Isn't she gorgeous?! This stroller is in the luxury category for good reason; it's chic and really blends high fashion with functionality. The red is a little hard to photograph in direct sunlight, but trust me, it's bold and a true red.
The seat on the Affinity is nice and cozy thanks to the padding of the seat in the color pack. From the bottom of the seat (where your child's bottom sits) to the top of the seat back measures 20.5" and it's about 21.5" from the bottom of the seat to the very top of the seat canopy. The seat is 12" wide and measures 14" from the seat bottom to the bottom of the footrest (although measurement is a little tricky since there's a bit of curvature). There's a 5-point harness to keep your child safe and secure and my toddler has yet to be able to escape from the stroller by himself. Just a note, you will have to rethread the harness straps to adjust them, but that makes sense since you may want to change out (or launder) your seat pad and that would make it much harder to do if there was a no rethread system. The seat comes with a leatherette wrapped bumper bar that has "Affinity" on the front. I love the high-end look of the leatherette and I especially love that it so much easier to clean than foam (which can get SO gross from sticky-handed toddlers).
The photos above show you how the seat reverses from forward facing to rear facing. This is extremely easy to do just by squeezing the release on each side of the seat and lifting up to detach it from the frame CLICK & GO adapters. These adapters are also where you'd attach your Britax infant car seat or Affinity bassinet. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this feature. It's especially useful when you have a small baby and would prefer to make eye contact with him or her, and have them in your direct line of sight.
The Britax Affinity seat has 4 recline positions and lays pretty flat when fully reclined. Since the seat itself doesn't become 100% flat (it remains in the "V" shape), the seat is recommended for ages 6 months and up. The weight limit on the seat is very generous and it can accommodate a child up to 55 pounds. To recline the seat, there are two levers you'll need to depress on each side of the seat on the front. This is much different than the other strollers in the Britax line-up that feature a recline lever or sliding mechanism on the back of the seat.
The leg rest easily adjusts up or down by pressing on the buttons on each side of the seat. This is a great feature for when your little one falls asleep and you want to recline them but not have their feet dangling in the breeze. The area where your child's feet will hit is made of a durable, heavy-duty material that's really easy to wipe clean.
Speaking of falling asleep... maybe your little one needs a little extra shade to snooze. The canopy on the Affinity has you covered - quite literally. The canopy is generous and becomes even more so when you unzip the hidden zipper to reveal the mesh panel that allows the canopy to stretch a bit further and it allows for great air circulation. There's also a peek-a-boo window on the canopy with a magnetic closure (yay for no velcro!). The peek-a-boo window is made of plastic (and not mesh), but that's perfectly fine since you can use the hidden mesh panel as a huge peek-a-boo window if you prefer.
Let's talk about the wheels and suspension system on this beauty, since they lend a lot to the overall comfort of this stroller. The back wheels on the Affinity are pneumatic (or air-filled) which means they're rugged and can pretty much handle most terrains. The air-filled back wheels measure 11 inches and the hard rubber front wheels measure 6 inches. As if the pneumatic tires weren't enough, the Affinity also has an adjustable suspension system at the back of the stroller to provide a super smooth ride for your baby. There's also a linked parking brake on the right rear wheel that so easy to push and release, you can even do it in flip flops.
There are three things that really matter to me, as the caregiver and stroller pusher, when it comes to choosing a stroller: the handle bar & ease of pushing, storage space, and the fold. These features really make or break it for me. Sure, I want my baby to be comfortable, but I need to be comfortable as well, and the stroller has to be a good fit for our lifestyle.
The handlebar on the Britax Affinity articulates upwards or downwards (ranging from 32 inches all the way to 41 inches) and is wrapped in soft leatherette. Again, LOVING the leatherette. It's so much easier to keep clean than foam. The handlebar also features a hand grip in the middle of bar that's designed for one-handed steering. This is a fantastic feature and really makes the stroller maneuver easily with just one hand.
The Britax Affinity has a very generous cargo basket underneath the seat that can hold a large diaper bag. The opening is about 13 inches wide and fits quite a bit, but you won't really be able to access the basket from the front on the stroller. You'll have limited access from the side as well. That's about all for storage on this stroller. Cup holders do not come included (which is quite typical for luxury strollers), but you can purchase the Britax stroller organizer for less than $30, and I highly suggest you do.
The Britax stroller organizer easily attaches to the stroller handle via hook and loop straps and features two insulated beverage holders, a large center compartment with magnetic closure (this is super convenient for keeping my keys and a bit of money safe when we're out strolling), and three outside pockets for storage for smaller items. It also has a collapsible design that does not interfere with the stroller fold.
Speaking of the fold... the two handed fold on the Affinity is quite easy to do by just pulling upward on the two lever tabs on the stroller frame and pushing the handlebar downwards. Be sure to adjust the handlebar all the way upwards if you want the stroller to come to a standing fold. There's an automatic chassis lock on the frame to keep the stroller in the folded position until you're ready to stroll again.
The stroller folds into a fairly compact unit. Pictured here is the stroller in the back of my compact SUV. I think it would fit well in almost any standard size car trunk, van, or SUV. The stroller weights in at 25 pounds, so it's not like lifting a feather in and out of the car, but 25 pounds is pretty common for a full-size lifestyle stroller. I don't have any problem managing it.
I know I mentioned it earlier, but I wanted to show you the included Sun Cover/Bug Cover and perforated Rain Cover. I really appreciate the fact that Britax includes these two accessories (which are pretty much necessary in the south), so thank you Britax!
My little guy seems really content while strolling in the Britax Affinity. In these photos he's almost 28 months old, 30 pounds, and 36 inches tall. He's quite tall already, but still has room to grow.
From my point of view, I'm really enjoying this stroller. The pneumatic wheels and suspension system are fantastic for handling most of the terrain we navigate and the stroller truly handles like a dream. It is SO easy to push and glides along with little effort. I also love the one-handed steering grip on the handlebar so I can
play Candy Crush have my cell phone handy in case of an emergency while we're strolling. The clean lines and aluminum frame are super attractive and I'm totally delighted that I can change the color packs as I see fit. If our next child is a girl, I'm totally buying the Cool Berry color pack without a doubt!
Check out my video review of the Britax Affinity to see some of the features in action:
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