Style-conscious parents who need a stroller that can handle some bumps will want to consider the Bumbleride Indie. The light aluminum frame and easy fold make the Indie a good choice for parents who will be on the go, and the stroller comes in a wide range of colors and fabrics. However, true road warriors should note that some experts and users say the Indie isn't as smooth or sturdy as some other all-terrain strollers in its price class.
Recalls to note. The Bumbleride Indie has a five-point harness, foot-operated parking brake and safety strap. An expert reviewer says the one-touch harness button is great for parents, but older toddlers will easily undo the buckle. Bumbleride voluntarily recalled the Indie in early 2012 due to an issue with the front wheel that could result in a fall hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said two tipping incidents caused minor injuries. Bumbleride pulled the affected strollers from the market, and there is a fix offered on the Bumbleride website.
Light for an all-terrain stroller. At 20 pounds, the Bumbleride Indie is quite light for an all-terrain stroller, which parents appreciate. It also earns praise for a comfortable ride and strong maneuverability. The Indie folds easily, but it does not stand when folded and lacks an automatic lock. Some say the stroller's deep seat well means their children slouch and strain to get a better view, and a couple of reviewers say strap adjustment is cumbersome. Fabric is reportedly easy to clean, and the recent Movement Edition offers a more water-repellent fabric.
Beautiful, but bulky when folded. The Bumbleride Indie gets raves for its eye-catching color choices, and the recent Movement and Natural editions offer even more fabric choices. Reviewers say the Indie handles a variety of tasks with ease, from errands to trail hiking. The front wheel swivels for greater maneuverability, but parents can lock it for better performance off-road or while jogging. However, reviewers recommend dedicated runners consider sturdier fixed-wheel jogging strollers. While the Indie is light, some say it is bulky when folded -- food for thought for parents who have small trunks or limited storage space.
The Indie has an ample storage basket and includes a cupholder, though some reviewers say the cupholder is flimsy. The large canopy includes a peek-a-boo window, but the deep seat well can make it tough to actually see a child through the window. Reviewers like the adjustable handlebar and footrest.
The Indie has a full recline, so parents of newborns can use it from birth. However, its 45-pound weight limit is lower than that of many competing models, so parents who want the option to stroll with much older children should look elsewhere. Optional accessories include a car-seat adapter (*Est. $20), bumper bar (*Est. $20), bassinet (*Est. $150), snack tray (*Est. $40), non-PVC rain shield (*Est. $35) and travel bag (*Est. $90). For parents who need to tote two children, the Indie does come in a double (*Est. $520).
Good service, average warranty. The Bumbleride Indie is covered by a limited one-year warranty. Indie owners give the company high marks for friendly service and swift replacement of busted parts.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, and discusses a variety of stroller types including all-terrain. There are also rankings of top all-terrain strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. They discuss the Bumbleride brand in detail and the Indie in particular.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2012
2. Which? magazine
Review Credibility: Excellent Which? magazine is the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, but offers more extensive reviews, as well as detailed explanation of testers and testing methods and full specifications and recommendations. They provide in-depth coverage of the Bumbleride Indie that includes product testing by parents and experts.
Review: Bumbleride Indie Review, Editors of Which?, Oct. 31, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good After expert and real-life tests, Bayless gives the Bumbleride Indie a nod as one of iVillage.com's best strollers of 2012. She praises its versatility on different terrain, full recline, large basket and big canopy. The fold is "super simple" and the 20-pound weight and carry strap bump up the stroller's portability, she says. However, the fold could be flatter and she wishes the stroller had an automatic lock instead of two manual locks.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Strollers of 2012, Kate Bayless, Sept. 17, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In this video review, BabyGizmo.com's Hollie Schultz likes the Bumbleride Indie's roomy, wide seat, adjustable footrest, deep recline, huge canopy, swivel wheel, easily removable tires and generous basket. She also praises the one-handed push, smooth ride and maneuverability on all surfaces. She calls the stroller lightweight and easy to travel with, but wishes it had an automatic fold lock. She demonstrates that toddlers can escape the harness easily. The Indie is among Schultz's top five all-terrain picks.
Review: Baby Gizmo Bumbleride Indie 2011 Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, May 16, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 30 parents give the Bumbleride Indie an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. They love the stroller's look and color choices, rugged tires, large canopy and versatility. However, some reviewers say the deep seat keeps their children too reclined, while others dislike the awkward strap adjustment and say the stroller is bulky when folded. Some say the cupholder is flimsy. Some reviewers say the stroller is not as sturdy as a BOB, and recommend dedicated joggers go with that brand instead. Customer service gets high marks.
Review: Bumbleride Indie Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Bumbleride Indie earns an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 50 user reviews on Buzzillions.com. Users are taken with the colors, smooth ride, weight, maneuverability and versatility. They dislike the bulky fold, and some say they don't like the Indie for jogging. Customer service generally earns praise.
Review: Bumbleride Indie Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good This all-terrain stroller roundup looks at the Bumbleride Indie and four competitors, but does not compare them or note any cons. Holt praises the Indie's lightweight frame, flat recline, adjustable footrest and multifunction bumper bar. She also loves the compact fold, roomy basket and large canopy.
Review: These Strollers Get the Job Done Right!, Christina Holt, Dec. 23, 2011
Review Credibility: Good In an in-depth review based on her experience as a Bumbleride Indie owner, Annot calls the Indie "effortless to push" and easy to fit in the trunk of a sedan. She also loves the canopy, maneuverability and large cargo basket. The Indie performs well on gravel and sand, she reports. However, she says the clip that reclines the seat can be tricky to maneuver, and she wishes there were more positions for the adjustable handlebar.
Review: Bumbleride Indie: An Unbelievable All Terrain Jogging Stroller, Keri Annot, Sept. 13, 2011
Review Credibility: Good Markham proclaims himself a "fanboy" of Bumbleride after testing the Indie Natural Edition with his child. Among his raves are the versatile locking swivel wheel; comfortable ride; easy fold and recline; large canopy; weight; adjustable handle and footrest; and fabric. However, he questions the durability of the cargo basket, plastic-rim wheels, foam handle and plastic wheel locks. He also says the cupholder is flimsy.
Review: Bumbleride Stroller Review: Indie Natural Edition, Derek Markham, June 2, 2011