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.
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:
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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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
* 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 September 12, 2022