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Britax b dual

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Katsand Mon 31-Dec-12 04:07:48

I'm trying to make my mind up what double tandem to go for. Really like the idea of the b dual but have read that the seat is to shallow. Anyone using one with older (3 years) children. I got 16 month daughter and 3 month son and would like my choice to last me.

Katsand Wed 02-Jan-13 21:36:23

So why does britax have the b dual here and the b ready/ strider in other places???

Katsand Wed 02-Jan-13 21:38:13

The strider looks good and more compact but I guess there's no point in p

Katsand Wed 02-Jan-13 21:40:22

No point in looking at importing as I then as well can spend extra money and get a oyster. The be ready I was looking at was from America and the 2011 model and it would come to £300 including postage. So that was a different story ...

Ihateparties Wed 02-Jan-13 21:49:05

The longevity was the thing we wondered about, I had the duo but not for very long, 6 weeks maybe. The fabrics and seats etc. were fine, the frame okay, the wheels very cheap looking. It worked well though. The other one I have not seen. All in all really not sure on quality over time hmm

Katsand Thu 03-Jan-13 02:09:52

And how was the size ( on the smyths one) ???
I saw the duellette and the lady who owned it was really happy with it then I looked and saw review saying it won't fit older child as too small.

Katsand Thu 03-Jan-13 02:16:27

Do another quick question... If the width wasn't an issue would you say the b dual is a good choice or are there other downsides. My fear is that the seats are to shallow and children won't be comfortable that's the reason I also looked at b ready. If I can't get the oyster ... Would you recommend the b dual or the b ready???

Tiggywunkle Thu 03-Jan-13 16:12:59

The B-Dual is a good choice. For a long time it was probably the only mid price range double pushchair that I could really recommend. But the seating positions really arent good. The advantage the B-Ready seems to have is that there is a footrest which I think would really help with the UK pushchair. But I have had several Britax pushchairs and the seating position on all isn't right and I would be hestitant about importing one just to find out...

But there is a lot of positive with the B-Dual eg it folds as one piece, I like the choice of options for where the children go, the huge basket, the push etc. The width never bothered me - it went through the doors we needed to although it did scrape on one! The quality seems good which really is what is missing on the Duellette and Dimples Duo. However I love what these two do especially the two children facing each other option.

I would hang out for the Oyster Max....at least find out what the latest expected date of arrival is (and then let us know!)

Katsand Thu 03-Jan-13 16:24:46

Thank you all for your advice. My plan is to wait for oyster and take my partner and show him. Then go from there. But I'll still consider the b dual if he doesn't go with the oyster :-)

Looking at it I'm not sure how happy an older child would be in the back seat with the slope but im only planning on having the toddler in it untill 2.5 then the baby will go in the back.

I've not noticed a problem with the shallowness of the front seat, it doesn't look any different to my Bsmart, which my mum uses occasionally to take my dn out in and she's 3

I think that's a good plan, the oyster does look very nice!

Ihateparties Thu 03-Jan-13 18:56:39

I know someone using the b dual with a just 3yo in the lower seat, it's working fine for them but i suppose it wouldn't with all children.

Tiggywunkle Thu 03-Jan-13 20:46:27

Moomins - I have just twigged that you plan to use the carrycot with the lower seat? Have you tried it because it really doesn't work very well. I usually advise people to use a soft cot in the lower seat for the baby, and then put the toddler on top. It is possible to have the carrycot on top but the toddlers I have known have got frustrated at the lack of room and both parents ended up ditching the carrycot. You may want to have a look at it.

No I'm planning to use the carry cot on the top, although even with the adaptors on it's a bit close to ds3s face when he's sat underneath. We have been thinking about buying a soft carrycot for the bottom instead but I'd prefer the baby to be on top.

Although yes we may find ds3 gets annoyed with it, I bought it for the BSmart and wanted to get a little more use out of it but we might have to rethink it!

squeezeemout Thu 03-Jan-13 21:07:04

I've been using a b-dual with my new born on top in a B-Smart carrycot and my 15 month old underneath & it's such a tight squeeze, even with the extension clips she hates it & I hate it too.
I've also had the littlest underneath & biggest up top rear facing but struggle to get LO in place in the cosy toes with her snowsuit on, although once in she does look really cosy.
Sorry I know that wasn't very helpful, but thought I'd let you know, but if you do go with a B-Dual you could buy mine!

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