We are big fans of the Britax Römer brand having used a range of their pushchairs and car seats with my eldest son Olly in the past, so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to test some of the latest products with our newest addition to the family, baby Freddie. We were sent the Britax Römer Affinity 2 pushchair to review when Freddie was first born and this is how we’re getting on.
The Affinity 2 pushchair is an updated model of the Affinity pushchair which we reviewed with Olly back in 2013. As Freddie is still under six months old, we’ve been using the Affinity 2 chassis with the carrycot which is sold separately. I will update this review once Freddie has been upgraded to the seat once he reaches six months old.
We were sent the Affinity 2 with a black chassis and the beautiful Lagoon Green colour pack. The chassis is fairly light with its dual (front and rear) suspension and removable wheels allowing it to fold away compactly.
All the tyres are removable (ideal for when putting it in the boot of a car or cleaning the wheels) with the front two wheels made of plastic which swivel or lock dependant on the use. The two rear tyres are air filled and puncture free and allow you to conquer any surface be it grass and mud, gravel or concrete.
The brake on the chassis is very easy to use and has coloured indicators to help reassure you when in use. The handle on the chassis is adjustable and can rotate up to a taller user or lowered down to suit a shorter user.
The basket of the Affinity 2 seems a little smaller than what I remember of the original Affinity which is disappointing. Being a Mum of two now, I often do the school run with Olly and find it a struggle to put anything in the basket underneath the carrycot. Whether I see a difference once we use the seat unit, I’m not sure.
Easily adaptable travel system
As we haven’t been able to use the seat part of the pushchair yet, we have been using the Affinity 2 carrycot and the Britax Römer Baby Safe I-Size infant carrier (to be reviewed separately). Both of these accessories have the CLICK & GO® technology which allows them to easily attach to the chassis of the Affinity 2. The CLICK & GO® receivers are integrated as standard so the chassis can accept the carrycot and infant car seat without any hassle. They are so simple, quick and easy to use.
The Affinity carrycot is suitable from birth up to 9kg and is easily attached to the chassis. Inside the carrycot, the mattress and lining are soft and machine washable (good to know with a newborn who gets quite sick hours after his bottle). The canopy of the carrycot matches the apron which can be easily zipped on or off. This is a particular favourite of mine as I love the zipped apron, it makes the carrycot a much warmer environment for Freddie and it’s easier to attach and remove. I do wish however that the sides of the carrycot were the same colour as the apron and hood instead of a light grey colour but that’s just a minor irritation of mine.
For sunnier days, there’s an expanding sun visor which can offer UPF 50+ sun protection which is fantastic to know if we ever get any nice days to test it out! There’s also an air ventilation window which allows you to keep baby cooler when the weather is warm.
The Affinity 2 is a dream to push. It’s lightweight and goes wherever you want to push it. The chassis folds down easily and is compact for transporting in a car when you’re out shopping or on a family day out. I would love to see a cup holder as an addition to the chassis (to purchase separately if needed) as this would be so helpful on the days when you’re out and about and need to keep hydrated.
The Affinity 2 pushchair is priced at an RRP of £460 which I think is fairly competitive. The Affinity 2 carrycot is an additional purchase and is priced at £49.95.
To find out more about the Affinity 2 pushchair / travel system you can visit their website here.