Britax Affinity 2 & Carrycot [Review]


We were kindly given the opportunity to test out the Britax Affinity 2, suitable from birth (when used with the carrycot) the new and improved Britax Affinity 2 features a larger seating surface, single handed recline adjustment from the back of the seat, apron attachment improvement and a bigger carrycot with a larger apron allowing for children to travel in comfort at all times. We have been the proud owners of the Affinity 2 for about 6 weeks now, and I have to admit I love it.

We were sent the Britax Affinity 2, a colour pack, and the carrycot. You can choose from 3 chassis colours; white, black or silver - we opted for the black. Next, you pick the colour pack, and there are 6 colours to choose from, lagoon green, cosmo black, flame red, wood brown, ocean blue, and mineral lilac. Again I went with black, and the carrycot (which you can purchase as an extra) is also black - purely because I like to stick to neutral colours, and black is pretty good at hiding the dirt babies and toddlers seem to create. I learnt my lesson the hard way with that as Emily's pushchair was cream.


The colour pack includes a seat cover which is really padded and looks super comfy. You simply slide the straps through the harness holes and your buggy will have a whole new look. It also comes with an apron, which secures to the buggy with poppers, and the hood. As Isabelle is only 7 weeks, we haven't used the seat part of the Affinity 2, but will be sure to put up another post when she moves into it.

I never had a carrycot with Emily, as we didn't really use our pushchair for a long while and by the time she went into the pushchair she was too big for the carrycot. This meant that I was really excited to have a carrycot with Isabelle, especially as I now have two children, getting them both out and about safely can be a little bit of a challenge. One of the things that makes it so much easier is the rubber centre of the handlebar, it provides excellent control for one-handed steering which is so useful when you have two children. I also find it super easy to get the buggy on and off public transport. Most buggy's on the market are big and bulky, making it difficult to get them onto public transport. The Affinity 2 is super lightweight, we have tested it out on both a train and a bus, and we got on really well.


One of my favourite thing about the carrycot is the strap. I always wondered how you would keep a baby secure in the carrycot section, as surely, they move around quite a lot when you go up and down curbs and things. However this isn't something I need to worry about, the padded strap simply wraps around baby's waist, and stays together with velcro. It's really easy to strap them in, and also gives you that added reassurance that they are not going to slide down to the bottom of the carrycot.

The other feature I really love about the carrycot is the mesh netting under the hood. We have had quite a lot of hot weather recently, and the netting has been fab - I was able to unzip it, pull the material back to expose the netting, and it allowed an extra breeze to flow through the carrycot keeping Isabelle cool. It's such a simple addition to the hood of the carrycot, but one that makes all of the difference in hot weather.


The buggy itself is really easy to collapse. You have to release the seat, which is really easy thanks to the Click and Go system, remove the carrycot and then you can collapse the frame. It has a simple release system with a catch to keep your buggy from springing open once it is collapsed. There are trigger buttons on the underside of the handle, which you simply pull up to collapse it. The Click and Go system makes it really easy to release the seat, it also means you can have it parent-facing or world-facing. It's also really handy if you are switching between the carrycot, to the car seat to the buggy seat - as it is very easy and simple to release.

One of the things that Sam really finds useful is the adjustable handle height. The Affinity 2 has an easy to adjust handle - there are buttons on either side of the handle, which allow you to lift it up or down to suit the person pushing it. It also means we can have it on the lowest setting making it easy for Emily to push it along - which she absolutely loves.


Another feature I love is the break, it has a red and green button function, which is so easy to use and makes it obvious if you have the brake on or off. I find this feature really useful when I'm on the bus, as I can simply glance down to check if I put the brake on or not.

The Affinity 2 also comes with a great rain cover, which easily slides on and off. It isn't a massive clear plastic thing, but it is a perfectly fitted cover, with a partial clear plastic and partial grey water proof material. It has held up well in the rain and unlike other rain covers it didn't steam up.


Overall I am really impressed, and I am really looking forward to testing out the seat on the Britax. I love the smooth push of the Affinity 2, the adjustable handle and the strap inside the carrycot. The only thing that I would change is the basket underneath, I would make it slightly bigger but this is just a small thing and doesn't detract from the use of the pushchair. I would definitely recommend the Affinity 2 to everyone, from birth upwards. You can use it as a travel system with all Britax infant carriers, without the need for additional adapters - or like us, you can get the coordinating carrycot.

Priced at £465, the Britax Affinity 2 is really good value in my opinion especially as this will last from the newborn days to the day your toddler no longer needs it. This includes the chassis, wheels, bumper bar, rain cover, apron and a colour pack of your choice. The carrycot and compatible infant car seat can be purchased as extras. Find out more on the Britax website.

I was sent the product in exchange for an honest review. However, all opinions are honest and my own.

22 comments

  1. The adjustable handle is great - so many are fixed height and whilst fine for me, my taller other half hates them! This looks great x

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  2. Aww the adjustable handle is such a good idea - I also have two children with a similar age gap to yours and my eldest would LOVE being able to help push our youngest. I'm really impressed with the look of the pram :)

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  3. I often wondered how you keep them secure in the carrycot too. She certainly looks comfy in there!

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  4. Looks like a really useful travel system. I find britax products very reliable and well made.

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  5. This looks like such a great system and so great that it is easy to collapse that is an absolute must in my book!

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  6. I really miss my buggy/baby days.
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    This looks lovely and sturdy and I just love how low the handle adjusts too

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  7. This looks like a fab buggy, it looks really stylish but it's great that it's also practical!

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  8. That looks great. Not had a Britax pushchair before, but love our DUALFIX car seat, so I'd definitely be interested in seeing the pushchair.

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  9. What lovely photos and your experience mirrors mine in that we didn't have a carrycot for Aaron now. In fact it was so invaluable with Lottie I don't know how I did without it with Aaron but he was a Summer June baby and we did baby wearing and a stroller that was fit from newborn. But Lottie was born in harsh January weather and being snuggled up in the carrycot (like a cot on wheels) was invaluable especially as I don't drive and we were out doing the school run in all weathers. Your photos here are lush. It's a really comprehensive review and lovely buggy. xx

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  10. Ooh looks lovely! I love the adjustable handle (my husband is A LOT taller than me so it's kind of a must for us).

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  11. I love the idea of a strap in the carrycot. Ours didn't have one and I was permanently terrified he'd roll and hurt himself!

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  12. I've never thought of strapping a baby into the carrycot before. She looks so comfy in there.

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  13. This is very similar to the pram I bought for my eldest. It was such a great pram and the handle was so easy to adjust. Your little one looks so snug and comfy as well, perfect for the upcoming autumn.

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  14. What a neat little pram, and she looks so happy in it! An adjustable handle is a great idea.

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  15. It looks like a fab pram - I love the raincover! I don't know why all buggy manufacturers don't make them like that.

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  16. I never came across this when we were looking! We've settled with icandy this time xx

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  17. This looks brilliant and Britaz is a name you can trust. Your little one looks so happy and the pushchair is neutral for a guy to feel really happy pushing it too. Mich x

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  18. This looks like such a nice travel system, it looks so bloody cosy - Britax always seem to have lovely products!

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  19. We found our carrycot invaluable in the early days. This looks like a great travel system and has everything you could possibly need :)

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  20. She looks so comfortable in there. It looks like a great travel system. Love that the handle adjusts as my OH is really tall x

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  21. This looks fantastic - adjustable handles are a must aren't they!

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  22. That looks like a great pushchair, I love the addition of the strap in the carrycot

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