After agonising over chassis colours (you can choose from white, silver and black) and fabric options (there are so many to choose from), I opted for the Blue Sky Affinity with a white chassis.
Harness: Five-point safety harness with padded straps
Extending Canopy. The canopy is probably my favourite feature of the Affinity.
It extends wonderfully (via zip) so your Little Person’s face is protected from the sun – plus you can peep at them through the screen when front facing so you know they’re ok.
The Brake. Another one of my favourite features of The Affinity is definitely the brake! It’s a push foot brake, and is coloured red and green so you know whether it’s on or not – this is fantastic for those sleep deprived days.
You also have to roll the pram back slightly to take it off the brake once you’ve pushed it back to green, which is very useful if your toddler decides that she wants to push it into the road, as it won’t move.
Easy to fold up and down. The Affinity glides down to collapse at the touch of two buttons. I was very impressed at how small it folds and how easy it was to do.
Compact for boot. The Affinity is ideal for small boots! We have a Ford Fiesta and it fits in wonderfully.
Front and Parent Facing. This is a feature I look for in all pushchairs; we only switched Busby to forward facing a few months ago (mostly because I liked looking at her face filled with wonderment whilst she looked upon the world!) It’s very useful to have both ways available.
Changing the position. I like to change Busby into a lying down position when she naps in the pushchair, but the transition from upright to lying is a faff in the Affinity. You have to pull down the two levers on each side, at the same time, to amend the position – and both of these levers are quite stiff. There have been a few occasions where I’ve actually woken Busby up (briefly) whilst attempting to lie her down.
There are supposedly four positions for the Affinity seat, however, getting the seat to remain in these positions is fairly difficult, and I would say that it is more like three.
Rain cover. It’s definitely a (very) tight squeeze to get on, and not ideal if it suddenly starts to rain hard as it’s not immediately clear which end goes where.
It’s very easy to kick off too, as it doesn’t attach to the pushchair anywhere (it’s elasticated). We’ve ended up using our previous prams’ rain cover instead.
Unnecessary basket cover. This is such a silly niggle, but the piece of colour pack that clips into the shopping basket does absolutely nothing and quite frankly is a waste of material! I understand that it is for aesthetics, but once your basket is full of shopping you can’t actually see it. The money would have been better spent improving the rain cover.
The Britax Affinity is definitely suited to an urban lifestyle. It’s very easy to get on and off public transport, including the Tube, and it’s compact enough to fit in one seat space on the bus. Obviously, as the wheels are air-filled, you have to be extra vigilant for glass in town/city centres. I’m not sure this would be the pushchair of choice for a family in the deepest, darkest countryside – it certainly wouldn’t be ideal for muddy dog walks! However, it has fared well in our local field when Busby and I go for our picnics.