In a nutshell

A decent-looking, but expensive, lightweight double buggy best suited to urban use. While it is travel system compatible, it can only have one car seat attached

What we tested

  • Fold/unfolding
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Manoeuvrability
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Comfort for child
    A star rating of 2.5 out of 5.
  • Style
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 2.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 3.1 out of 5.


  • Light and easy to manoeuvre on pavements, simple and quick to assemble, simple and quick to fold and unfold, good storage basket,large hoods make excellent sun shades, compatible with Britax car seats, can be used as a single or double buggy


  • Squeaky, not that robust or comfy for the price, not great on uneven terrain, second seat not included in the price, limited options for twins – can only take one carrycot or car seat and lower seat always faces forward, rear wheel guards make the overall width awkward for doors

The Britax B-Dual is a stylish new tandem buggy that can convert to a single option. However, its performance isn’t the best, the essential extras add up and it’s not ideal for twin babies.


Britax, best known for its wide range of car seats, has revamped its award-winning buggy range in 2010. The new range includes the versatile B-Dual.

In single-buggy mode the B-Dual’s seat can be forward or rear facing. The main seat can also be swapped for a carrycot-style car seat, the BABY-SAFE Sleeper, or one of three other Britax car seats. A second, forward-facing seat can be added underneath to turn it into a double buggy. Both seats recline fully so are suitable from birth to around 3 years (15kg).

When it comes to folding the buggy, its collapsed dimensions are 53cm x 69cm x 100cm, but this can become smaller still if the seat units are removed: 30cm x 69cm x 84cm.

What we love

The assembly instructions are clear and took me from box to buggy in under half an hour. Once assembled it’s easy to fold and unfold, without having to remove the seats.

For a tandem buggy, the B-Dual feels amazingly light and easy to push on flat surfaces. The front wheels can be fixed or swivel, which makes steering a breeze.

There’s a good distance between the top and bottom seats meaning the child who goes underneath has a better view than in many other tandems of this style. And because the second seat is removable, you can convert the B-Dual to a single buggy and get more years of use from it if your children are different ages.

As a single, it’s travel system compatible with Britax car seats, which feature Britax's CLICK & GO system, so no separate car seat adaptors are needed.

The storage basket is roomy and zips provide handy access from the front and sides for when the second seat is in use and you can’t reach the basket from behind.

My favourite feature is probably the huge hoods – these unzip to reveal a mesh panel, providing babies with a view when lying flat and extending the range of the hood so it’s an excellent sunshade.

Overall, the B-Dual looks sleek and stylish and comes in a good range of colour options.

What to watch out for

It squeaks. I found it became more and more squeaky with each use and no amount of lubricating spray helped. On one trip around a department store I was actually embarrassed at the noise I was making with every turn!

Unfortunately, what the B-Dual gains in lightness it loses in sturdiness. It didn’t perform as well off road (I’m not talking mountains, just uneven grass) and I thought it gave my twins a rough ride at times. That may be a tough criticism however, as it’s not sold as an all-terrain buggy.

The 5-point harness had quite a flimsy, fiddly click fastener and the straps could use better padding, particularly between the legs where there’s none.

Despite adjusting the height of the shoulder straps my babies never seemed quite secure enough and often slumped to one side or slid down, especially in the lower seat. The instructions do say that both seats should be fully reclined until your baby is 6 months old but, as any mum will know, non-sleeping babies like to be part of the action a little earlier than this. It’s worth bearing in mind that an older child in the lower seat would effectively have his feet in the storage basket, reducing its capacity and his comfort.

The B-Dual’s rear wheels are wider than other tandems, perhaps due to their cheap-looking plastic guards (to stop little fingers reaching from the lower seat into the wheels). This meant I couldn’t get the buggy in through my front door, and I often misjudged spaces when manoeuvring around shops. For me, the main advantage of a tandem over a twin is the narrow width so I found this annoying.

Although the B-Dual is sold as suitable for twins from birth, I personally wouldn’t have wanted to put a newborn in the lower seat as it’s so low to the ground and seems exposed and uncushioned – and it can only face forwards. The option of a carrycot (which you need to buy separately) is for the main seat only. As a twin mum I would say this buggy is really better suited to children of different ages – a newborn in a carrycot in the main seat and a toddler underneath.

The brake only locked the rear right wheel, which was a problem when travelling on the bus, as I had to hold the buggy still to prevent it from swinging around every time the bus cornered.

The mesh panel in the hoods, while brilliant for extending the coverage the hoods gave, did seem to attract insects (presumably they thought they could fly through it).

Finally, as this is promoted as a tandem, with the word ‘Dual’ in the name, it seems incredible to me that the second seat is not included in the price (£449.99). At an extra £99.99 for the second seat, it makes the overall cost pretty steep. Add on a raincover (surely an essential in the UK) and two cosytoes and you’re looking at £675 – a price that, overall, I did not feel was consistent with the quality.

Who is the Britax B-Dual tandem buggy best for?

Parents planning a second child who prefer whizzing round the streets to careering across the park.


MadeForMums verdict

The Britax B-Dual is more suited to children of different ages than twins, and better for urban use than off-roading. It’s light and versatile, switching between a single, travel system and tandem, but watch out for the squeaks and the mounting cost of “extras”!

Product Specifications

Suitable for
Child age (approx)Birth to 3 years
Both seats suitable from birthYes
Dimensions & Weight
DimensionsH:119cm W:69cm L:110cm
Dimensions (folded)H:53cm W:69cm L:100cm
Travel system compatibleYes
Compatible car seatsBritax BABY-SAFE Sleeper, Britax BABY-SAFE car seat, Britax BABY-SAFE plus car seat, Britax BABY-SAFE plus SHR car seat
Seat facing directionForward facing and parent facing – Second seat forward facing only
Front wheelsLockable swivel
Recline positions4 – Second seat: 3 positions
  • Lightweight aluminium chassis
  • Simple compact fold with automatic fold lock
  • quick-release wheels
  • Puncture resistant tyres
  • Spacious shopping basket
  • Adjustable handle height
  • 5 point safety harness
  • Padded seat and chest pads
  • Inbuilt suspension
  • multi-position seat including layflat
  • Detachable shower-proof hood with viewing window for births
  • Soft grip handle
  • Adjustable calf support
  • Second removable seat
  • Compatible with britax car seats
Accessories includedDetachable apron for main seat
Optional extras
  • Second seat unit, £99.99 (required to make this tandem and included in main price shown)
  • Raincover, £24.99
  • Cosytoes, £49.99
  • Britax BABY-SAFE Sleeper, Britax BABY-SAFE car seat
  • Britax BABY-SAFE plus car seat
  • Britax BABY-SAFE plus SHR car seat