Britax Nexus - DISCONTINUED

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In a nutshell

An excellent lightweight stroller to suit tight budgets

  • Pros

    Lightweight, smart, easy to unfold, cosytoes and raincover included

  • Cons

    Fiddly to fold, forward-facing only, backrest toggle awkward

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Our review

The Britax Nexus stroller would be a perfect budget buy… if it wasn't for one pesky toggle!

The Britax Nexus is a lightweight stroller that, unlike the majority of budget strollers, comes with a cosytoes and rain cover included. It features an adjustable back rest that can be lowered to lay flat, making the stroller suitable for use from birth. It's forward facing only, but the stroller features a plastic viewing window in the hood through which not only could I see my son, Joe, but Joe could look up at the sky (and the rain), which he seemed to love. Despite being a lot of stroller for the money, the Nexus doesn't look 'cheap', apart from the coloured plastic on the harness, but that's a small quibble.

What we love

The stroller was easy to build. Attaching the wheels and hood was simple and then all I needed to do was move the harness straps to make it suitable to use with my son, since he is under six months old. This was not exactly easy, but in my experience moving straps never is and at least no covers needed to be removed. In the end, it was simply a matter of poking the straps through the holes.

I like that the hood pocket is roomy and has a zip. The carrying handle is useful too and useable since the stroller is extremely light. It looks smart – the zip-on cosytoes in particular looks very good quality – and the medium brown and pale blue colours of the Iced Coffee style are attractive and stylish. The rain cover attaches easily and fits well.

What to watch out for

Lowering the backrest drove me insane. It should be simple – just a matter of sliding a toggle down a strap - but I found it an irritatingly fiddly job, which I had to do two-handed, holding the backrest up with my forehead and which left me with a chafed thumb!

The folding instructions irritated me too since they advise raising the backrest to its upright position and locking the front wheels. When I'm folding a stroller, I generally need to do it speedily and haven't the time to spare for raising backrests (particularly via a toggle as irritating as this one) and locking wheels. I tried folding the stroller without raising the back or locking the wheels and it worked fine. In fact, I found it easier to simply push the backrest up (without using the toggle), hold it in place and then fold. The brake also seems to be a bit flimsy and often I wasn't sure whether it was on or not.

Who is the Britax Nexus stroller best for?

Mums on a budget looking for a lightweight stroller that does exactly what it says on the box.

MadeForMums verdict

The Britax Nexus stroller is a lot of stroller for the money. If it wasn't for a couple of small niggles, it would be pretty much perfect.