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.
Age group: From birth to 17kg (approximately 4 years)
Facing: Parent and front facing – very easy to change by pushing up two buttons and lifting to switch.
Raincover? Yes Harness: Five-point safety harness with padded straps
Dimensions (when erect)
Dimensions (when folded)
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.
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.
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.
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.