Parents who want an all-terrain double stroller with a little style will want to check out the Bumbleride Indie Twin. Reviewers give it high marks for both style and substance: It tackles rough ground with ease and looks good doing it. The Indie Twin is suitable for use from birth, but it has a slightly lower upper weight limit than other doubles.
Recalls to note. The Bumbleride Indie Twin has five-point harnesses, a foot-operated parking brake and a safety strap for light jogging.
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.
Fits through doorways. The Bumbleride Indie Twin folds easily, but a couple of reviewers say the manual plastic locks feel flimsy. The stroller does not stand when folded. Owners say the fabric is easy to clean, and the recent Movement edition offers a more water-repellent option than the standard model. Parents can adjust each seat's canopy, recline and footrest independently, so one child can snooze while another takes in the view. Unlike some other doubles, the stroller is able to fit through standard doorways. At 34 pounds, it is heavy, but about average for double all-terrain models.
Style and substance. The Bumbleride Indie Twin offers a smooth ride on bumpy terrain and maneuvers like a smaller stroller, reviewers say. It's also one of the most stylish all-terrain strollers on the road, and owners love the range of colors. The Movement and Natural editions, new for 2012, offer additional fabric choices. The front wheels swivel for greater maneuverability, but parents can lock them for better performance off-road or while jogging. However, serious runners should probably look at a fixed-wheel double stroller that offers more stability at higher speeds. Most reviewers say the Indie Twin is bulky when folded, though no more so than most competing models.
Owners say the Indie Twin's storage basket is large, and they like that the stroller comes with a cupholder. Take note, though -- the stroller doesn't fit through doorways if the cupholder is attached. The large UV-resistant canopies with peek-a-boo windows earn a lot of raves, as do the adjustable handlebars and footrests.
The Indie Twin has a full recline, so parents of newborns can use it from birth. Its combined weight limit is 90 pounds. The stroller can accommodate nine car seat models, but only one at a time except in the case of the Maxi Cosi Mico. Optional accessories include a bassinet (*Est. $150), snack tray (*Est. $40), foot muff and liner (*Est. $65), bumper bar set (*Est. $35), non-PVC rain shield (*Est. $45) and car-seat adapter (*Est. $22).
Generally good. The Bumbleride Indie Twin comes with a limited one-year warranty. Customers say the company responds quickly to complaints and requests for parts.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. Editors test and rate 11 all-terrain strollers for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and off-road maneuverability. The Bumbleride Indie Twin is included in this roundup. The report also includes an overview of how the testing was performed and specs for each stroller. User reviews are available, but do not factor into the rankings.
Review: All-Terrain Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Excellent BabyGizmo.com's Hollie Schultz clearly loves the Bumbleride Indie Twin, the site's top all-around double stroller pick. In an in-depth video review, she praises the tall seats, adjustable footrests, big individual canopies with peek-a-boo windows, easy recline suitable for newborns, adjustable handlebars, seat ventilation, big basket and cupholders. She also likes the maneuverability and shows that the tires pop off easily for storage. She doesn't note any cons.
Review: BabyGizmo Bumbleride Indie Twin 2011 Review, Hollie Schultz, July 15, 2011
Review Credibility: Excellent Babble.com editors pick the best double strollers after testing several models with a baby, toddler and 3-year-old. The Bumbleride Indie Twin gets their nod for best luxury double stroller. The Indie Twin earns praise for its all-terrain abilities, maneuverability, comfy seating and handlebar, generous storage and large canopy. The editors say it wouldn't be the best stroller in an urban setting because of its size, but it can grow with a child from birth.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Double Strollers, Editors of Babble.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Excellent Horton names a number of top double strollers for every lifestyle after testing several models with moms in real-life use. The Bumbleride Indie Twin gets her nod as one of the best doubles for all-terrain and jogging. She says the stroller is great for parents of twins or those who have kids close in age, because it can accommodate two Maxi Cosi Mico infant car seats; it's also compatible with other car seats one at a time. She likes the flat recline, style, adjustable footrest, maneuverability, big canopy, generous basket, cupholders and color choices. She does say the stroller is rather bulky and not the best for hard-core joggers.
Review: Babble Blogger Favorites: Top Double Strollers of 2012, Michelle Horton, Dec. 3, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent After expert and parent tests, Bayless gives the Bumbleride Indie Twin a nod as one of iVillage.com's best double strollers of 2012. It scores 5 stars, along with the BOB Revolution SE Duallie and Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double. Bayless praises its stylish looks, maneuverability, seat recline and color choices. She also likes the baby head-and-shoulder padding, adjustable footrest, large canopy and parent storage. On the downside, she wishes it came with a tire pump and could accommodate two infant car seats.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Double Strollers of 2012, Kate Bayless, June 14, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 75 reviewers give the Bumbleride Indie Twin an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Buzzillions.com. They say the stroller is durable, comfortable and easy to set up. They also like the maneuverability, smooth ride and stylish looks. Some reviewers do find the Indie Twin heavy and bulky when folded, and a few report quality issues such as broken frames and scratchy fabric. Customer service gets good reviews.
Review: Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Bumbleride Indie Twin gets an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars in more than 20 Amazon.com reviews. Owners like the canopy, narrower width, style, easy-to-wash fabric, all-terrain ability, adjustable footrest, recline and maneuverability. Customer service gets good reviews, and Bumbleride responded to those with issues on Amazon.com. One reviewer says a recalled stroller was shipped after he was told that wouldn't happen. Reviewers dislike the stroller's bulk, cupholder, tricky recline, deep seat well and flimsy fold locks.
Review: Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Bumbleride Indie Twin is crowned About.com readers' Best Double Stroller for Twins over four other finalists, including an all-terrain competitor, the Valco Baby Twin Trimode EX. In an in-depth review, the Indie Twin is praised for seat features that can be adjusted independently. While Prindle Fierro says the stroller is heavy, she praises the comfort it provides kids and the conveniences for parents, including the large storage basket. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: 2012 Parenting Twins & Multiples About.com Readers' Choice Awards, Pamela Prindle Fierro, Not Dated
9. The Cleveland Leader
Review Credibility: Very Good This in-depth, real-world review calls the Bumbleride Indie Twin the "top of its class." It offers a smooth ride, fits through most doorways, handles terrain well and has independent seats, Kent says. The cupholder doesn't fit through doors and the stroller is "a beast folded up," but no more of a space hog than other doubles she has owned, she says. She compares the Indie to the much pricier Bugaboo Donkey and says the Indie feels better constructed.
Review: Product Review: Bumbleride Indie Twin Natural Edition Side-by-Side Double Stroller, Julie Kent, Nov. 13, 2011
Review Credibility: Good This double stroller roundup looks at the Bumbleride Indie Twin and seven other doubles, including several all-terrain models. However, it does not compare them or note any cons. Holt praises the Indie Twin's maneuverability, SPF 45 canopy, adjustable footrest and smooth ride.
Review: The Double Stroller Showdown, Christina Holt, April 23, 2012
Review Credibility: Good This all-terrain stroller roundup picks the Bumbleride Indie Twin as one of the eight best double strollers, but it does not compare them or note any cons. Bryant likes the Indie Twin's stylish look and colors, large UV-lined canopy and adjustable child footrests.
Review: Twice as Nice: 8 Great Double Strollers, Kelly Bryant, Not Dated