Over the past couple of months, we have been testing out the Britax B -Motion 3 pushchair. The pushchair is unlike any other pushchair I have used before as it has three wheels and is suitable across many types of terrain. I have broken the review up into different sections below to make sure I cover everything and give it the excellent review it deserves. The B-Motion 3 was awarded a Which Best Buy Award in 2013 and after a couple of months of using it, I can really see why.
The pushchair was delivered in large box and was mostly constructed. All I had to do was click three wheels into place, attach the hood and adjust the straps to the lowest baby setting. I was able to set it up within 30 minutes from straight out the box to ready for it’s first ride, while looking after Thomas and Daniel at the same time.
First Trip Out
We took it for a short walk once it was ready to go. The five point safety harness is easy to put the child into and it feels very safe and secure. Daniel went to sleep straight away in it so it must be comfortable. The pushchair lies flat making it suitable for newborns. Daniel’s longest nap has been 3 and 1/2 hours in it so he must like it. I was immediately impressed with how light and easy it was to push. I could push it while holding Thomas’ hand or helping him with his scooter or balance bike. The large hood/chunky handle makes it perfect to hold scooters and balance bikes as shown above.
The Shopping Test
The B-Motion 3 has a quite deceiving in size shopping basket. At first glance, you think that you are not going to get much in it, however once you start putting stuff in, I was quite surprised at how much I was able to store underneath. My Mia Tui changing bag is too large to go underneath so I have been using a buggy clip to attach it to the handle. The pushchair is very stable and is able to cope excellently with the weight of my changing bag without any threat of toppling over. When shopping in clothes shops for example, you can occasionally get stuck with it as the front is narrower than the back so you have to watch out as you get the front through but then have to reverse back out as the real wheels are stuck. I imagine this is a problem with most three-wheelers though.
The All Weather Test
The B-Motion 3 comes with its own raincover and it is very easy to fit. It is not fitted quite correctly in the photo above but you get the right idea. The pushchair also has an extendable hood with netting in the middle. This netting is for ventilation and although I can see its uses, I would much prefer a hood that was solid with perhaps two smaller ventilation panels that were covered, which you could open up when needed. There is one covered ventilation/viewing panel on the rear of the hood already which is very useful. Another panel is the extending part of the hood would be more useful to me than just one large ventilation panel that you cannot cover up. What do you think?
The Big Brother Test
Thomas (who will be 3 years old at end of October) no longer needs a pushchair unless we are going longer distances. We normally use a buggy board for him. However, due to the large wheels it is quite difficult to get a buggy board attached onto the frame. The gap between the handle and the hood is only just big enough for a toddler’s head. Therefore, I would not recommend this pushchair if you do need a buggy board. We generally just take the bike or the scooter with us now or Thomas just walks. Thomas has sat in the pushchair as you can see above to test it out. The B-Motion 3 is suitable up to 17kg (approx 4 years old). I do not use the bumper bar with Daniel but think I would fit it if Thomas was in it regularly, just to hold him in a bit more. He likes it but it is Daniel who is in the pushchair most of the time.
The Car Boot Test
The pushchair has a one handed fold mechanism. You push the grey button on the side of the pushchair up and in and then pull the black handle (underneath where your child sits) to fold. The pushchair folds exactly in half as you can see in my car boot above. The pushchair is quite heavy for me to carry in and out of the car, however as it is light to push, I will forgive it being a bit heavy to carry as it means it is very study and robust.
The Countryside Test
With its large air filled tyres, the B-Motion 3 can deal with the majority of terrain our countryside has to offer. I tested it over gravel, mid, long grass, cattle grids and uneven country roads. The pushchair dealt with it with relative ease. I used the locking front wheel to help get it over the cattle grid above. Occasionally we did get a tiny bit stuck though as sometimes the bigger real wheels can get over stuff while the front wheel gets stuck. To counteract this, I just pulled the pushchair on its back wheels. It made the ride slightly uncomfortable for Daniel but he did not seem to mind. He smiled and laughed throughout.
The Race For Life Test
A few weeks ago, I did a 10km (about 6 miles) Race For Life. I pushed Daniel in the pushchair for most of the 10km. My mom did 1km with it as I was getting tired. The B-Motion 3 was a dream to push throughout and dealt very easily with the varied terrain at the venue.
Overall, we are very impressed with the B-Motion 3 and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any of my friends who are looking for a pushchair. It comes with adapters so you can fit Britax car seats on the frame, making it the perfect pushchair solution for people who do not want to bother with full travel systems. It is not parent facing, however if you want something that can deal with trips to the countryside, running, a trip to the shops that does not take up loads of space in the boot then I really do not think you can do any better than the B-Motion 3.
Disclosure: we were sent a B-Motion 3 for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own. We were not required to write a positive review.