From the get-go, we knew we’d like the Bumbleride Indie […]
From the get-go, we knew we’d like the Bumbleride Indie Twin. It was really easy to assemble, and that’s a huge deal—every parent knows that putting some of this baby stuff together takes an advanced engineering degree!
The instructions were straightforward, the tools required were minimal, and it took a grand total of 20 minutes to get ready to roll. Once assembled, the stroller is a sight to behold. Aesthetically, it’s neat to look at—sleek, even. The stroller is sturdy, and its 12-inch air-filled tires beg for mileage. It’s not a jogging stroller, but it can handle any kind of terrain (sidewalks, gravel, grass, etc.). At first impression, we were definitely impressed by this well-made, durable piece of equipment.
This is our first (and hopefully only!) experience with twins. While we’d would imagine that other twin strollers may be a bit unwieldy, such is not the case with the Bumbleride. It “handles” and “corners” remarkably well, turning on a dime and easily navigating standard size doorways and wider aisles in stores. The width of the stroller is a slim (for a side-by-side) 29 inches.
The Indie Twin is car seat compatible, which is super convenient for tiny passengers. The stroller comes with a multi-use bar that can accommodate one infant seat (including various Graco, Peg Perego, Combi, Baby Trend and Britax models), but Maxi-Cosi adapters are also available. Thankfully for us, the stroller can take two Maxi-Cosi car seats at a time (instead of just one, as with the other adapters), so both of our twins can ride comfortably in their car seats simultaneously. Admittedly, fitting the car seats into the stroller took a bit of figuring out and messing around. The instructions in the manual that are moderately helpful, but it is not the easiest thing to do. With a bit of practice though, we have it down pat at last.
When our twins are bigger, we look forward to them riding the in stroller sans car seats. The “regular” seats are ergonomically designed, equipped with five-point harnesses, and able to recline independently to a full flat position. The adjustable footrests and generously sized SPF 45 canopies add to the luxurious ride. With a capacity of 94 pounds, we know this stroller will be a part of our family for years to come.
The stroller folds down pretty easily (and even has a carry handle) and stores well, although with it being a twin stroller, you are definitely going to have to have some room in the car. (The measurements on Bumbleride’s site suggest the dimensions of the folded stroller to be 36” x 35.5. x 29”.) The 34-pound stroller isn’t the lightest double on the market, but it’s also not the heaviest and it’s certainly manageable for dad. (Big and heavy isn’t a design flaw—it’s a reality of having twin babies!)
Accoutrement-wise, the cup holders are well placed, there is good storage in the mesh compartment under the seats, and the rain/sun guard is well-made and effective.
All in all, we are really happy with our Indie Twin. We weren’t overly familiar with Bumbleride prior to testing their stroller, but research showed their products to be rated well in terms of safety. It does retail for a pretty penny, but its promisingly long lifespan, smart design, and excellent quality lead us to believe it’s a worthwhile investment.
Price: from $700
To buy: bumbleride.com