The Bumbleride Flite is a top pick in at least one expert roundup and gets high marks from consumers as well for its true newborn compatibility: It has a full recline, complete with infant head support, and is car seat compatible. Experts say it's a great city stroller, lightweight at 14 pounds, easy to fold and maneuver, and a comfortable ride for children. It gets few complaints, but it's pricey compared to most umbrella strollers.
Solid on safety. The Bumbleride Flite is equipped with a height-adjustable, padded five-point harness and a padded head cushion to support newborns. The rear brakes operate independently, and the front swivel wheels lock for greater stability. The stroller locks closed automatically when folded to prevent it from unfolding accidentally. Parents say the Flite buckle is easy to secure, but there are comments that its one-touch design may be too easy for toddlers to open.
Lightweight for travel without sacrificing stability. Reviewers describe the Bumbleride Flite as sturdy in spite of its light 14-pound weight. Expert reviewers say that even fully loaded, the Flite maneuvers with stability and confidence on smooth surfaces. One standout usability feature is the Flite's basket. While users say it is small, it is accessible from the front, which means parents can access the contents when the seat is reclined. It has a smooth recline and a quick, two-step fold. Quite a few owners complain that that the canopy is difficult to move.
Supports newborns. The Bumbleride Flite is truly newborn-friendly, with an infant support pillow and car seat adaptability; the adapter is included. The Flite has a relatively large seat that can accommodate children up to 50 pounds, with a height-adjustable, padded harness and more back support than most umbrella strollers. The footrest is fully adjustable. In spite of complaints about a stiff canopy, once in place it's large with UV protection.
The Flite includes a cup holder, and other accessories are available, like a snack pack, parent pack, rain cover and travel bag.
Kate Bayless gives the Bumbleride Flite 4 stars out of 5, and the parent reviewer gives it 5 stars. Bayless likes its compact fold and comfort touches; the parent reviewer loves the ease of use. Bayless would like to see a more accessible basket, adjustable handlebars and more back padding. Both wish the canopy wasn't so stiff.
Review: The 17 Best Umbrella Strollers, Kate Bayless, Oct. 22, 2012
2. Baby Bargains
The 2013 edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields, covers a variety of stroller manufacturers. The authors provide overall ratings for brands and for individual models. Their reviews take into account parent feedback and personal research and experiences. In the latest edition, they discuss Bumbleride in detail and the Flite specifically.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags and other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
Hollie Schultz likes the Bumbleride Flite's roomy seat and removable infant headrest. She notes the buckle is too easy for a toddler to undo. She says the canopy is stiff, but that it may be an advantage in windier places.
Review: Baby Gizmo Bumbleride Flite 2011 Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, Sep. 1, 2011
The Bumbleride Flite is Babble.com's pick for best umbrella stroller. Editors say that the Flite offers the "best balance between minimalist style and functional features." Their conclusion is that the Flite is one of the most maneuverable and comfortable, and it offers the best longevity.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Strollers, Editors of Babble.com, Not dated
The Bumbleride Flite receives an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars in about 45 customer reviews. Owners say it's a sturdier version of an umbrella stroller, easy to push and maneuver. There are complaints about the small basket, small canopy and two-hand fold.
Review: Bumbleride 2011 Flite Lightweight Compact Travel Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013