Review: Britax Affinity Pushchair

When our brand new Britax Affinity Pushchair arrived on the doorstep I felt relief wash over me; our previous pushchair (Sola) was quite cumbersome and was getting rather tired, so I was excited to see what our new model pushchair would bring.

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.

Vital statistics 
Age group: From birth to 17kg (approximately 4 years)
Weight: 11kg
Facing: Parent and front facing – very easy to change by pushing up two buttons and lifting to switch.
Wheels: Air-filled
Raincover? Yes
Harness: Five-point safety harness with padded straps
Dimensions (when erect)
Height: 95cm
Width: 60cm
Length: 101cm
Dimensions (when folded)
Height: 66cm
Width: 60cm
Length: 33cm

First thoughts?

Easy to assemble. I couldn’t wait to open the box and assemble the Britax Affinity. The chassis was very easy to put together, and it was up and running within 30 minutes of opening the box. The colour pack comes separately, and this was a bit more difficult to assemble as it was quite fiddly – this probably took me a further 30 minutes to do, plus a cup of tea to steady my frustration with the not-massively-useful instruction booklet (it was too early for gin).
Aesthetically pleasing. However, once I had finally finished assembling everything I must say I was very impressed. The Britax Affinity is incredibly smart looking and I may have (definitely did) stroked it a few times.

The Good

Smooth Handling. The Affinity really is a total pleasure to push! We reside in a very hilly town, trekking up at least three very steep hills a day, and I’ve actually relished taking the Affinity out – in fact, I will so far as to say it has motivated me to get out of the house and take Busby for a walk on a, sometimes twice, daily jaunt. The front wheels have two settings (forward facing or rotating) so you can decide on your terrain and change accordingly with a touch of a button.

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.

Suspension. I am so in love with the suspension on the Affinity! As I’ve said above, our town is incredibly hilly and many of the streets have cobbles; Busby must have felt the difference immediately as our previous pushchair didn’t have suspension. The suspension can be adjusted, although I haven’t needed to do this.

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.

High seat. Busby loved being able to see everything from a higher perspective – although it does mean that little hands are nearer to shelves when shopping.
Colour packs. The basic Affinity model arrives “colourless” which means you can personalise it with as many colour packs as you wish! The colour packs come in 6 different colours and are sold separately, so if you get fed up with one colour you can easily buy another colour pack to create a whole different look. Genius!
Basket. Initially I thought the basket looked small, but actually it’s incredibly deceptive. I love that you can pile lots up in it – great for our picnics and mid-week food shops.
Handlebar. The handlebar is adjustable – which is great for families who like it in different positions. I also like that it’s leatherette, so absolutely fine to get soggy, and doesn’t leave your hands saturated in the rain as a foam bar does.

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.

 

The Bad

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.


The Ugly 

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.

Anything to add?
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.
The most important feature of a pushchair isn’t the fancy brake, nor the canopy hood, it is whether your child is safe and comfortable in it. Busby absolutely loves the Affinity; she always looks very comfortable, and it’s definitely had the sleeping stamp of approval (almost every time we’ve used it!). The 5-point harness keeps her very secure and she loves watching the world go by the high seat. The Affinity feels very sturdy and safe, without compromising on appearance; one doesn’t fear the busy streets of London or Brighton with this chariot in hand.
You can buy matching changing bags, cosytoes, carrycots and different colour packs separately. The Affinity is also compatible with a few of the Britax carseats, including the Baby Safe plus SHR II, which makes it ideal for newborns.I would definitely recommend the Britax Affinity to other parents looking for a smart, smooth pushchair. I am frequently stopped in the street and asked about it. It’s great for small boots and is a pleasure to use! The only thing I really dislike about it is the rain cover – but that is easily solvable by buying a separate, universal one.
The Britax Affinity costs £450. For this price you get: the chassis, wheels, bumper bar, rain cover, newborn inserts and wedge, and a colour pack of choice. The Britax Affinity is available to buy on the Britax website.
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*I was sent the Britax Affinity Pushchair free of charge in exchange for this review. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.*

17 Comments

  1. 14th July 2014 / 12:30 pm

    i am so glad you wrote this review, we are expecting baby no 3 and having read other reviews on this pushchair I was going to persuade the hubby that we needed to buy it. The other reviews I read have mentioned nothing about the raincover, which I really need to fit well doing the school run on foot in all winds and weathers. You also state cosytoes is extra and considering the price I would want it included, back to the drawing board i think. Is the basket cover supposed to be a lid?

    • 14th July 2014 / 6:02 pm

      Nope – basket insert is just for decoration!

      It’s a jolly good pram – the rain cover is the let down though, but you could always buy a universal one? xx

  2. 15th July 2014 / 7:55 am

    Great review, very thorough, choosing a pushchair is such a difficult decision!

    Helen X

  3. 15th July 2014 / 10:36 am

    What a fab review! I love pushchairs, I have an obsession with them haha. I’ve got my new iCandy Peach arriving this week and excited to review it too 🙂 x #triedandtestedtuesday

  4. 15th July 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Great review with lots of detail. Love that it folds small to fit in small car boots, we only had a small car with our first child and it was hard to find a pushchair that didn’t fill it! Also like that it’s easy to put up and down. #tried&tested

  5. 15th July 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Oooh I love the look of this! Loving the white chassis and the fact that you get a choice too. Think I would’ve gone for that blue too- so bright and happy! Fab review 🙂
    x

  6. 16th July 2014 / 7:23 am

    This is a smart pushchair, I love the design and I don’t blame you for stroking it! It is a shame that a couple of little things weren’t ironed out before it hit the shops. I’ve got a Maxi cosy one and the basket underneath is so small and a nightmare to get anything in it xx

  7. 16th July 2014 / 8:21 am

    Oooh I do love the look of this, I love the big back wheels and the suspension, although I hate raincovers that are not generous enough, it’s a huge niggle of mine! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  8. 16th July 2014 / 2:30 pm

    It’s flipping gorgeous! I LOVE the white frame and blue colour combo that you chose. It looks like a fab pushchair over all but I think the raincover issue would be a bit of a pain! A proper fitting raincover is SO important.
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  9. 16th July 2014 / 8:36 pm

    I love the colour you chose and it looks big and sturdy so will last long into the toddler years! great honest review hun xxx
    #TriedTested

  10. 30th July 2014 / 8:33 pm

    I do love the look of this! I love the colour you chose too #TriedTested

  11. Evelyn
    20th November 2016 / 3:19 am

    How is the white frame holding up? I like the look but am worried about it staining or scratching easily?

  12. Siobhan
    8th January 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks for the review – it was great to read and compare the affinity and the affinity 2. Just one question for you. Is the coulor pack on the affinity 2 compatible with the original affinity?

    Thanks again!

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