Weight: 10 lbs
After a few design iterations, I feel like the B-Safe seat (and variations of it) are getting pretty good. Would it be my top pick as just a standalone car seat? No. But for the price and compatibility with the B-Lively or their double stroller, the B-Ready, for example… it’s a pretty good package.
The Britax B-Safe comes in 3 different versions: the B-Safe 35, the B-Safe Ultra and the high-end “Endeavors” (more on those below)…. Kinda sucks that the entry seat is now the “35” (which means weight limit of 35 lbs, which is… just silly) and it got more expensive ($199, for all intents and purposes). At $199, it’s exactly the same price as the beloved Chicco KeyFit… See also Best Infant Car Seats.
It’s still a very deep, narrow seat due to the sidewalls that offer good side impact protection. Sadly, the narrow walls cause it to be outgrown quite early for larger babies, much to the disappointment of parents. Therefore, I would not recommend this seat for larger babies.
Britax seats are also made with a steel frame, so it’s really in a different class than the Gracos, Evenflos and BabyTrends of the world. Because of the steel reinforcement, it’s also a heavier seat. You’ll hear about this a lot in the reviews (heavy!!). But remember…. a heavy seat is a seat you’d want in a bad accident. #truth
So where does it stand? It’s not an economy seat and it’s not a luxury seat either – *It’s somewhere in the middle*. The canopy is awesome, IMO, and the seat is easy to install, complete with built-in lock-offs. The LATCH connectors are awesome, especially when you compare them to nail-breakers, like the entry level Gracos. It’s little things like this I generally like about Britax.
Outside of the “deep/narrow” issue, another practical problem is stroller compatibility. If you get this infant seat, you’re pretty much married to a Britax or BOB stroller; it’s nearly impossible to find adapters for this seat with other stroller brands.
The Ultra model has an easy-to-remove cover (for the inevitable puke, blowout, or spit up), a no-rethread harness, which makes it much easier to adjust the height of the straps without having to perform surgery (similar to the higher end Graco SnugRide 35 LX), and cool mesh fabric to keep your little one cooler for a more comfortable ride. Those features make the Ultra well worth the extra $20, IMO.
The fancy-pants Britax Endeavours is trying to compete with the Nunas and Cybexes of the world (in the luxury space). Like those brands, the Endeavours has an anti-rebound bar and a European belt path. I’ll note that it’s waaaaay heavier than its European counterparts, at over 11 lbs (vs. 8 lbs for the Pipa). And just like the B-Safe 35, this car seat is still narrow.
Given the choice between the Endeavors and the Pipa, at that price ($300)… I would choose the Pipa.
Bottom line: The Britax B-Safe 35 and Ultra are a solid, well-built seat for a middle of the road price. Just know they are outgrown by bigger babies rather early. If you’re looking for a great seat with some really solid safety features, you won’t be disappointed. It makes extra sense if you’re planning on a Britax or BOB stroller anyway, but Britax seats are generally not compatible with other stroller brands.
*The Britax B-Safe is an American-style seat; the Ultra and the Endeavours are Euro-style.
A pro (and a con) of the B-Safe is his compatibility with Britax and BOB strollers (Britax owns BOB).
Your lightweight stroller option: Similar to the Graco Breaze, Britax makes the B-Mobile umbrella stroller ($159) which accepts Britax car seats and later becomes an umbrella stroller. At 16 lbs, it’s also not that lightweight for an umbrella but again, you’re getting more use out of it (vs. just a regular frame stroller).
Your travel system option: Here is where it gets special in the Britax department… the Britax B-Safe 35 car seat + B-Lively (current price $386) – or the upgraded B-Safe Ultra travel system ($449) – is an awesome combination (my top pick, perhaps, value-wise). See our full B-Lively review.
Ponder all of that^^.
Both of these strollers utilize the Britax Click & Go connection systems, so you don’t have to buy a car seat adapter for your Britax infant seat.
In the jogging stroller department, if you are already sold on a BOB, B-Safe 35 goes with any of the BOB jogging strollers (with an adapter). Britax is really good at bundling nice products together for a crazy-good price, so take advantage!
Are you a runner? Read about our favorite jogging strollers.