BOB vs Britax: Running Trails or Running Errands?

If you’re looking for a new stroller to replace your existing one, or you’re expecting your first baby, you’ll want to make the right decision the first time. Strollers can be expensive, and the last thing you want to do is end up buying twice.

In this article, we take a look at the BOB Revolution and the Britax B-Agile. These two strollers are both of excellent quality and are equally well-made. But there are differences between these strollers that could make either one the right or wrong choice for you. To help you decide which stroller ticks all your boxes, we’ve compared the two models head-to-head.

Let’s get started!

BOB Revolution

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BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller - Up to 75 Pounds - UPF 50+ Canopy - Easy Fold - Adjustable Handlebar with Hand Brake, Black
  • Locking swivel front wheel for stability when jogging and easy mobility while on the go in the city. The frame material is high strength aluminum alloy
  • Air filled tires and mountain bike style suspension system offers an ultra smooth ride, while the adjustable handlebar with hand brake provides downhill control
  • No rethread harness, one hand near flat recline, and 2 step fold allows for easy adjustments; ventilated, padded seat and extra large UPF 50+ canopy ensures a cool, comfortable journey

The Revolution is designed and built for the family who likes to spend time outside. Although it’s not strictly an all-terrain stroller, the Revolution will take you and your little one off-road over a variety of different ground. Also, you can use the Revolution as a jogging stroller.

The BOB Revolution comes in two versions – the Revolution Flex and the Revolution Pro. The differences between these two strollers are relatively minor, but they are worth mentioning here.

First, the Flex and Pro come in different colors, and with the Flex, you get the option of a black frame. Second, the Pro has a hand-operated drum brake, making it much easier to slow the stroller when you’re traveling downhill. Of the two models, the Flex is the most expensive.

Check out the Revolution in action in the video below:

Things we like:

  • Lightweight, welded aluminum alloy frame for durability
  • Lockable front swivel wheel
  • Easy, quick two-step fold
  • Single seater capacity of 70 pounds, or 50 pounds per seat in the Duallie double version
  • High-tech suspension system and adjustable shock absorbers
  • Huge, adjustable sun canopy with peek-a-boo window
  • Multi-recline position padded seat with five-point harness
  • Safety wrist tether and foot-activated parking brake on rear wheels
  • Generous underseat storage basket, and extra storage pockets on the rear of the seat
  • Five-year frame warranty and one year warranty on fabric and small parts

Room for improvement:

  • Safety harness buckle is not completely toddler-proof
  • Safety tether is fitted to the handle, so if you fall, you could tip the stroller over backward
  • Tether is also fixed to the right side of the handlebar, which is awkward for left-handers
  • Some users found the assembly instructions very complicated

Britax B-Agile

Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller, Meadow
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  • Lightweight 3 wheel stroller design with 1 hand quick fold for easy transport
  • Infinite stroller seat recline to accommodate sleeping infants or attentive toddlers

The Britax B-Agile is a lightweight, three-wheeled stroller that’s durable and sturdy. The B-Agile isn’t an all-terrain stroller or a jogger, but it will still take you and your child to the park, the mall, and along easy hiking trails too. Once folded, the B-Agile is pretty compact, so it will easily fit into your car trunk or closet at home.

You can view the Britax B-Agile in action below:

Things we like:

  • Compatible with most major car seat brands
  • Infinite-position seat recline
  • Generous underseat storage basket and extra seat-back zippered pocket
  • All-wheel suspension system
  • One-step braking system
  • Big sun canopy with mesh peek-a-boo window for added ventilation
  • Simple, quick one-handed fold with auto-locking feature
  • Locking front swivel wheel
  • Unique, no-re-thread, fully adjustable five-point padded safety harness with head pad

Room for improvement:

  • Some parents feel that the seat should come more upright
  • Cup holder should be included, considering the price of the stroller

BOB Revolution vs. Britax B-Agile

Age suitability

If you’re expecting your first baby, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Revolution can be used from birth, provided that you use the stroller with a car seat. Like all BOB strollers, the Revolution will accommodate car seats from big brands, including Chicco, Graco, and Peg Perego. Also, you can convert the Revolution into a complete travel system by using the car seat adapter accessory.

If you’re not using a car seat, BOB recommends that your infant is at least eight weeks old to ride safely. If you intend to go jogging, your child must be a minimum of six months old and be able to hold his head up without assistance.

As the B-Agile’s seat lies virtually flat, you can use the stroller for a newborn or add a car seat to create a travel system. Buy a universal adapter so that you can use your stroller with most major car seat brands.

Measurements

The BOB Revolution measures a compact 37″ x 25″ x 16” and weighs in at a surprisingly lightweight 25 pounds.

In comparison, the Britax B-Agile comes in slightly smaller at 29″ x 22.75” x 10″ and weighs a feather-light 16.5 pounds.

Handlebar

The handlebar on the Revolution is adjustable through nine positions and extends up to 45-inches high on the Flex and Pro strollers. Tall parents won’t have a problem with clearance of the stroller chassis while they’re striding out, thanks to the position of the handlebar. The handlebar is padded for comfort and wicks away sweat so that your grip remains safe and secure at all times.

BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller - Up to 75 Pounds - UPF 50+ Canopy - Easy Fold - Adjustable Handlebar with Hand Brake, Black

The B-Agile doesn’t have an adjustable handlebar, which could be a deal-breaker for some parents. The handlebar height is 40 inches from the ground, which seems to fit both tall and petite parents. The handlebar is covered with foam like that of the Revolution, giving excellent grip and a comfortable push.

The cleverly-designed rear axle on the B-Agile is curved, ensuring that tall parents won’t ever kick the back of the stroller when striding out.

The seat

Your child will ride in comfort in the Revolution thanks to the multi-position recline, super-comfy padded seat. The adjustable five-point safety harness will keep your little one securely in his seat, whether you’re walking or running. The seat fabric is comfy yet firm enough to ensure proper posture and excellent support. You can recline the seat to an almost flat position, and additional flaps fitted to the back of the seat can be adjusted to overhang the seat, protecting your child as he sleeps.

BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller - Up to 75 Pounds - UPF 50+ Canopy - Easy Fold - Adjustable Handlebar with Hand Brake, Black

The Revolution takes one hefty child of up to 70 pounds, and two kids of 50 pounds each can ride in the Duallie version of this versatile stroller.

The B-Agile has a super-roomy seat that’s well-padded and really comfy, but can only cope with a child up to 55 pounds. Like the Revolution, the B-Agile’s seat also gives proper support and promotes good posture for your child. A bonus is the wipe-clean, non-slippery seat cover fabric.

Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller, Meadow

The B-Agile’s seat recline is drawstring operated, allowing you to set the seat into the most comfortable position for your child. Although you can manage the seat recline with one hand, you’ll need two hands to push the seat back upright again. Extra ventilation is provided by a large mesh window in the back of the seat. You can also use the mesh backing to give additional protection by creating an enclosed area for your sleeping child.

The B-Agile’s seat has a five-point safety harness with an adjustable, faux-suede fabric head pad for extra comfort. The buckle on the safety harness is totally child-proof, unlike that of the Revolution that could allow a dexterous child to escape!

The B-Agile’s safety harness is different from that on the Revolution in that the harness adjustment system works via a concealed adjuster in the back of the seat. The adjuster changes both the head pad and the harness straps simultaneously. The harness is so adjustable that it can be fitted to suit kids from one to six years, quickly and easily! How cool is that?

Handling and maneuverability

The Revolution has an adjustable suspension system that can be tweaked to suit kids of different weights. You can adjust the suspension to a loose setting for a heavy kid and make it stiffer for a lighter child. That means a smooth ride for your passenger over pretty much any terrain.

When negotiating uneven ground, you can lock the front wheel of the Revolution. For tighter cornering or when negotiating crowded city streets, simply unlock the front wheel. Bottom line: if you want a stroller that can turn on a dime and comfortably handle rough ground, the Revolution is your best bet.

The B-Agile is a very sturdy stroller that won’t tip over. As it’s a three-wheeler, you’ll find the B-Agile very easy to maneuver. And your passenger will enjoy a super-smooth ride over almost any surface, including cobblestones, broken sidewalks, playground mulch, and uneven grass. Like the Revolution, the B-Agile has a lockable front wheel for better stability too.

Even though it’s not an all-terrain stroller, you won’t need to worry about getting a puncture when you hit the trail with the B-Agile because it has solid rubber wheels. Unlike the Revolution, the B-Agile has a linked parking brake that engages both the rear wheels when you activate it. Although it’s not flip-flop-friendly, the foot pedal is easy to operate.

Canopy

The fully-adjustable canopy on the Revolution gives an impressive 1250 of coverage for your child, ensuring that your little one will enjoy a shady, cool ride on even the hottest summer days. A neat touch is the Velcro tabs that allow you to secure the canopy in the back position so that it doesn’t fall forward.

BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller - Up to 75 Pounds - UPF 50+ Canopy - Easy Fold - Adjustable Handlebar with Hand Brake, Black

The Revolution’s large peek-a-boo window allows you to keep a constant eye on your child when the canopy is extended.

The B-Agile also has a large sun canopy like the Revolution, and its peek-a-boo window is extra-large and ventilated too so that your child stays cool on warm days. The B-Agile’s canopy doesn’t have an extension or a visor, but it’s so big it doesn’t need one to provide excellent coverage for your passenger.

Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller, Meadow

Storage

The Revolution has a large underseat storage basket with neat side pockets for items such as small toys, a sippy cup, and snacks. There’s also a small storage pocket on the seat back that will take a diaper, wipes, and even a small change of clothes too.

BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller - Up to 75 Pounds - UPF 50+ Canopy - Easy Fold - Adjustable Handlebar with Hand Brake, Black

To store the Revolution itself, simply fold the stroller via the simple two-step mechanism and use the clip and strap to keep everything in place. Simple!

Like the Revolution, the B-Agile has a two-step fold, but it has the advantage of an auto-locking feature. Unfolding the stroller is even simpler, needing just one pull to open up the buggy so that you have the other hand free to hold onto your child.

Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller, Meadow

The B-Agile has a smaller storage basket than the Revolution, but it’s still spacious enough to carry a diaper bag. Although you can easily access the basket from the side when the seat is fully reclined, you can’t get into it from the back. More storage space is available in the very generous zippered pocket on the seat back. Here, you’ll find plenty of space to store your cell phone, snacks, keys, and your wallet.

Britax 2017 B-Agile Lightweight Stroller, Meadow

Accessories

There are plenty of handy accessories that you can buy to add to the Revolution stroller, including:

  • Handlebar console
  • Ventilated weather shield
  • UV protective sun, wind, and bug shield
  • Warm Fuzzy plush seat pad

The B-Agile also offers a decent array of optional accessories, including:

  • Child snack tray with cup holder
  • Parent cup holder
  • Travel bag to keep your stroller clean and well-protected in transit
  • Rain cover
  • Mosquito net

Wrapping it up

If you’re looking for a very well-made, robust stroller that you can use for jogging, running, off-road strolls, and for shopping trips locally, the BOB Revolution could be what you’re looking for. You can use the Revolution for a newborn or infant, as long as you create a travel system by fitting a car seat to the stroller. You’ll love the plentiful storage space and super-generous sun canopy that will keep your child protected in hot weather.

If you need a more general purpose stroller that you can use for shopping trips, for running errands, and on trips to the park, you might like the Britax B-Agile. This stroller has superb handling for you and gives a really comfy, safe ride for your child. Also, you have a more comprehensive range of optional accessories to choose from that allows you to customize your stroller, just how you want it.