The Mia Moda Facile is a relatively inexpensive umbrella stroller with extras that parents and reviewers appreciate, including a reclining seat, front-wheel suspension and extra storage pockets. While the Facile is subject to some complaints about durability, the majority of parents say that it performs well for the price.
A stable ride. Expert reviews give the Mia Moda Facile high marks for safety, particularly in regard to stability. The Facile has a five-point safety harness and independently locking rear brakes.
Maneuvers well for tall parents. Taller parents praise the Mia Moda Facile, saying the relatively high handles make it comfortable to push. Expert reviewers also say that the Facile is very easy to maneuver around tight corners. While parents like the Facile's compact umbrella fold, at 15.8 pounds the Facile is not the lightest umbrella stroller available, and some parents wish it was lighter.
The seat reclines almost flat. The Mia Moda Facile's four-position reclining seat is a standout feature in its price class. Parents say that the seat reclines almost flat, making napping, bottle feeding and resting on the run a reality. Parents also like that there is an adjustable leg rest. The canopy is not large, but most parents find it sufficient. Some parents wish that the under-seat storage basket was bigger, although there are additional storage pockets on the canopy. The main complaint about the Mia Moda Facile is with the durability of the wheels, canopy, footrest and joints of the stroller.
Customer service not responsive to complaints. Mia Moda strollers, including the Facile, are covered by a one-year warranty. A number of consumers note that they contacted customer service via email and received no reply.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate 35 single umbrella-style strollers for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and folded size. The Mia Moda Facile 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: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent These online stroller reviews are additional materials to supplement Chapter 9 of the 2011 edition of the book "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields. The authors provide ratings for overall brands and for individual models. The bonus materials include a section on the Mia Moda brand as well as a discussion of the Facile specifically.
Review: Bonus Material: Extra and Archived Stroller Reviews, Denise and Alan Fields, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Based on more than 100 reviews, the Mia Moda Facile stroller gets an average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Most owners say it's a great travel stroller, and like the taller handles and leg extension. The Facile also gets high marks for comfort for a sleeping child because of its four-position recline. Some complain it's hard to maneuver and that the storage basket is small and difficult to access.
Review: Mia Moda Facile Stroller in Carbon, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The Mia Moda Facile stroller gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 in more than 20 user reviews. Taller owners love its extended handles and say it's comfortable for older babies, but others say it can be difficult to fold and steer. Several complain of durability issues, particularly with the wheels.
Review: Mia Moda Facile Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013