Bumbleride Review – I Found a Sustainable Baby Stroller!

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Last Updated on October 2, 2022

When I was pregnant, a stroller was the item I spent the most time researching — we had a lot of functional requirements plus I wanted something eco friendly. With so many stroller brands and types on the market I was actually surprised how difficult it was to find a company that prioritized sustainability, safe materials, and transparency.

Enter: Bumbleride.

I was thrilled to find Bumbleride because it checked all the boxes of what we needed (and then some), and is pretty comparable or even better priced than many of the non-sustainable brands I looked at. If you’re in the same boat, looking for an eco friendly and functional stroller, here’s my Bumbleride review:

Bumbleride Era review
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We have the Era reversible stroller* (in Dawn Grey) which I chose mainly for its convertibility — it can be used from infants to small children (up to 55 pounds). I was also drawn to its air-filled tires and suspension since I knew we’d be taking it through snow, on gravel paths and other rougher terrain. Additionally, I wanted something that wasn’t too large and awkward to take into stores and that folded easily and compactly.

Handling: The Era handles our snowy and sometimes very icy afternoon walks amazingly well. The air-filled tires are so much better for bumpy terrain than solid ones, and they have impressive grip on ice. I actually really appreciate holding on to the stroller during icy walks because it make me slip less!

I even recently had another parent approach us to ask what kind of stroller we had because they saw how much better it handled the snow than theirs.

Going for a walk in the snow with the Bumbleride Era

Fabrics: Bumbleride uses fabrics made from 100% recycled plastic bottles that are Oeko-Tex certified, which means they’ve been tested and don’t contain any toxic chemicals — pretty important for babies who suck on everything and also good to know nothing harmful is against their skin. Such a relief to find a non toxic stroller! Additionally they offer organic cotton infant inserts and seat-liners, which is great if you prefer something more natural or have a baby with very sensitive skin.

Handlebar: The adjustable handlebar is great since my husband and I are very different heights. The cork it’s made out of is a sustainable material and doesn’t feel freezing to touch in winter, like plastic or metal. I would actually love to see them incorporate more cork into their products!

Weight: Weighing 27 pounds, the Era is an average weight for its size and features. While not the most lightweight or travel-friendly stroller, we still found it easy enough to carry and maneuver — even while going up and down our front stairs every time.

Bonus features: The stroller has a very large pop-out canopy which initially I didn’t think was necessary, but has been great for keeping the sun off baby at any angle. My only tiny criticism would be that it would be nice if there was a little loop inside the canopy to hang a toy or something to look at when the baby is fully reclined. I also really like the large storage basket underneath that provides enough room for whatever we need, or even a grocery run.

Manufacturing: They manufacture the strollers in a family-run factory in Taiwan that pays fair wages, doesn’t have overtime (which is unfortunately required in many factories) and actively works to reduce their waste.

Bumbleride Stroller Accessories: Customize Your Stroller

Bassinet: We also got the bassinet attachment. It isn’t at all necessary, since you can use the stroller right away with newborn infants and Bumbleride also has an organic infant insert for more support, but I liked being able to unclip the bassinet and move my daughter without disruption if she’s napping. The bassinet is also overnight rated so it’s safe to sleep in for long periods. We often used just the bassinet for her to nap in and it was especially helpful to have a portable bassinet when visiting people.

Using the Bumbleride Era with bassinet attachment

If you go out a lot and plan on having your baby nap in the stroller quite a bit, or if you want a bassinet that also attaches to a stroller, it’s a useful addition. I also find it’s especially convenient when going to restaurants or cafes since you can put the stroller next to your table and there’s a nice place for baby to sleep.

Cup holders: We also have the Bumbleride parent pack attachment, which includes 2 cup holders and a little space for your phone, keys, etc. It’s a great attachment for us since almost all of our outings involve bringing water bottles or picking up a coffee or tea (in our reusable mugs of course!).

Car seat adapters: Bumbleride offers adapters for various brands that allow you to connect your infant car seat to the Bumbleride stroller frame. We opted to get a convertible car seat instead of the bucket + forward facing, but if you have an infant bucket seat it seems like a great option.

Overall, I’m very happy with our Bumbleride stroller and love all the practical and sustainable features. We’re looking forward to using it for years and trying out the different positions as our daughter grows. 😊

If you’re looking for an eco friendly stroller I hope this review was helpful!

Update 2021 – toddler stroller & stroller quality: We’ve been using it now for over 2 years and still love it! It’s held up wonderfully well, is good quality and has had no issues.


Also check out my other sustainable baby must-haves!

* For transparency: I approached Bumbleride and they did gift me the Era stroller, however I was ready to purchase it myself and as always, gifted products do not affect my reviews of them.

Updated October 2, 2022

5 Responses

  1. Jennifer Lopez
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    Great review! planning to get this once it comes back in stock! Question though, how long were you able to use the bassinet attachment? My wife is wondering if it is worth the extra expense…

    • Verena Erin
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      Honestly we didn’t use it as long as I thought we would and I think in many cases the infant insert would be enough. However what I did love about the bassinet was that it is overnight rated and we could bring it when going anywhere for my daughter to nap in (sometimes we would even just bring the bassinet and not the stroller if we were visiting people). If you think you could really benefit from a bassinet that can be used both in a stroller and around then I think it’s worth it, but if you’re just using it for walks than the infant insert if probably fine.

  2. Stephanie
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    Great review! I just got a Bumbleride Era so I’m glad to see it will work okay in light snow.

  3. Sofie
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    Thanks for the review! I do have a question, i don’t know if you can answer: do you know how big the seat unit is when reclined? Our dautgher is really long 🙂 I wonder if she will be comfortable napping in it for the next year or two (she is one now 🙂 )

    • Verena Erin
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      The seating area can open/fold down at the feet and so it opens up and turns from “infant mode” to a regular stroller as they grow, and it’s fairly easy to adjust from sitting to more reclined.

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