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Bumbleride Indie 4 Review

The Bumbleride Indie 4
Price:   $600.00 List
Pros:  Quality components and design
Cons:  Hard to use features, difficult to maneuver
Bottom line:  Nice materials, but we struggled to use most of the features
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Manufacturer:   Bumbleride

The Skinny

The Bumbleride Indie 4 is sort of a boring stroller with average scores in every metric and a rank of 15 out of 19 strollers. It isn't that there is anything terribly wrong with it, there just isn't anything terribly great either. While many parents would likely find nothing wrong with this product if they don't use any other stroller, it just didn't impress compared to the competition in our tests. Given that it has a higher than average price tag, we would have liked to see it perform better in our testing or been easier to use overall.

Update — November 2016
Bumbleride is no longer producing the Indie 4. However, the Bumbleride Indie is the original three-wheeled version of the same stroller and is still available. Read more below to learn about the differences.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
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January 28, 2016

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Indie 4 vs. Indie


The Bumbleride Indie and the Indie 4 are very similar strollers. Both weigh the same, have the same weight capacity of 55 lbs, and function the same when it comes to the brakes, harness, and fold method. The original Indie features a handlebar that adjusts on a pivot point rather than telescoping in and out like the Indie 4. Self standing while folded is another added bonus. Below is the Indie 4 on the left and the three wheeled Indie on the right.

The Bumbleride Indie 4
 

Performance Comparison


The chart below shows a comparison of the overall scores for each stroller tested in this review. The Indie 4 is shown in blue.


The sections below offer further information on how the Indie performed in our tests for each metric.

The Indie 4 comes with a bassinet in addition to a toddler seat.
The Indie 4 comes with a bassinet in addition to a toddler seat.

Ease of Use


The Bumbleride earned a 4 of 10 for ease of use, which is below average and only 1 point higher than the lowest score of 3 earned by the Quinny Buzz Xtra. The high for this metric is an 8 shared by the UPPAbaby Vista and the UPPAbaby Cruz.

The storage bin on the Indie is large and fit our large diaper bag.
The storage bin on the Indie is large and fit our large diaper bag.

Storage
The Bumbleride has a large under seat storage bin that fit our large diaper bag (though just barely) during testing. The maximum allowable weight is not listed for this stroller, so we aren't sure if there isn't one or if they haven't determined it yet. Ease of access is average, and can only be managed from the back of the stroller where it is located far under the handle requiring most parents to squat down for easy access. In addition to the under seat bin, there is also a zippered pocket on the back of the canopy. This is a good spot to put your keys or mobile phone, but it isn't that great and won't hold much more.

The Bumbleride with the seat up and the canopy closed.
The canopy on the Indie attaches to the seat back with snaps that can be undone to recline the back further down.
 

Sunshade
The photos above show the Indie with the sunshade closed and open.

The Bumbleride has a medium sized canopy with an SPF of 45+ listed by the manufacturer. It does offer additional ventilation for baby and a peek-a-boo window for parents who want to take a look at baby while strolling.
The peek-a-boo window on the Indie is smaller and closes with a magnetic strip
The peek-a-boo window on the Indie is smaller and closes with a magnetic strip
The window is small and made of mesh, but has a nice cover with magnetic closures that are silent, as opposed to those made of hook and loop closures that are not only more difficult to use but are loud and could wake a sleeping baby when used. The shade has no additional protection for the low sun by way of a bump out or visor, and while you can lower the shade to block some sun, it will leave the back of the seat exposed if reclined, which isn't great.

The zippered stow pocket on the back of the canopy of the Bumbleride Indie is a good place to store a mobile phone or keys.
The zippered stow pocket on the back of the canopy of the Bumbleride Indie is a good place to store a mobile phone or keys.
Convenience
The Bumbleride comes with a single cup holder, that is open, and there is a small zippered pocket on the canopy. When tested the cup holder is compatible with a baby bottle, water bottle, and sippy cup. The cup holder is removable for easy cleaning. When we tested this holder with taller or heavy bottles the cupholder had the tendency to rotate and the bottles would fall out. The stroller does not have a child's tray or storage for children, but does offer a removable bumper bar. This is not uncommon for the group, but some did offer either a small pocket or a simple tray.

The Indie has a removable padded bumper bar.
The Indie has a removable padded bumper bar.
This stroller offers an adjustable leg rest and foot rest. The leg rest is padded, and the foot rest is wide and made of what feels like a durable rubber material. This leg rest and foot pad scored well in our review compared to the competition with only 4 strollers scoring higher.

The recline on the Bumbleride is a push button pull operation with a strap from each side.
The recline on the Bumbleride is a push button pull operation with a strap from each side.
The seat back on the Bumbleride reclines using two hands. It has adjustable straps that allow a recline range from 17.2 degrees from flat to 59.1 degrees. The straps do not slide that easily, and in our tests some testers had to use two hands on each side to move them, making the process complicated and hard to manage with a baby in the seat. We aren't the only ones that found the recline awkward and hard to manage; several online commenters and reviewers also felt it was difficult to operate and were frustrated by how hard it was to lower.

Other conveniences included with this stroller are a bassinet and car seat adapter bar. This stroller offers no tray or storage for kids like some of the competition did.

The double front wheels on the Bumbleride Indie 4 are harder to maneuver than most of the 3 wheel strollers.
The double front wheels on the Bumbleride Indie 4 are harder to maneuver than most of the 3 wheel strollers.

Maneuverability


The Indie 4 earned a 6 of 10 for maneuverability; this is average for the group. The high score for the group is a 9 earned by the BOB Revolution Flex. The Indie front wheels are lockable for easier maneuvering on rougher terrain.

The swivel front wheels on the Indie can be locked in place for easier pushing over rough terrain.
The swivel front wheels on the Indie can be locked in place for easier pushing over rough terrain.

The ease of pushing and turning on pavement isn't great with the Indie 4. It isn't terrible, but we wonder if the three-wheeled version might turn tighter. It is less responsive than the Revolution and either of the City Mini stroller types. We were able to manage our whole course pushing this stroller with one hand, but it took some muscle and effort that some of the competition did not, and was much easier with two hands. It makes relatively wider turns than a lot of the other strollers but is still surprisingly responsive to our movements. Managing small bumps and carpet did not make much of a difference for ease of pushing this stroller. This stroller is also not too bad on rougher terrain, but not as good as the other jogging type strollers.

Quality


The Indie is about average for quality compared to the competition.
The Indie is about average for quality compared to the competition.
For quality the Bumbleride earned a 6 of 10, tying with many of the other strollers we reviewed. The high for the metric is an 8 for the UPPAbaby Vista and the BOB Revolution Flex.

The fabric on the Bumbleride is disappointing compared to the competition. It has a rough canvas on the outer edge of the seat with a smoother feeling, with more tightly woven material in the middle. It feels like it would be difficult to clean and the rough edges would be uncomfortable on bare skin. The outside of the canopy is made of the same material as the seat edge and feels durable. The footrest is made of a flexible textured rubber that might leave dirt in the textured areas. The peek-a-boo window is made of a loosely woven mesh that feels more plastic than many of the others in the review. It didn't snag easily in our review despite it feeling like it would. The under seat basket is made of a stiff and slick fabric with mesh sides (it feels different than the peek-a-boo window material) and feels very strong.

The frame feels fairly solid, but it also feels cheap considering the higher price tag of this stroller. The handlebar has some flex which makes the stroller and frame feel less sturdy than it might otherwise. It does not have the best fit and finish out of the group and looks like a slept in pair of pajamas. There is a lot going on with all the parts of the frame, and there is a lot of play in the frame when you push it or wiggle it from side to side.

This stroller has pneumatic wheels that feel genuinely solid even if they are smaller than some of the competition and definitely smaller than most of the jogging style options.

The handlebar on the Indie 4 rotates on a pivot point to adjust the height.
The handlebar on the Indie 4 rotates on a pivot point to adjust the height.
The handlebar is adjustable in height from 26.5 to 44.5 inches. Our testers did not like how the handle feels in the hand compared to the other strollers in the review. In addition, when the handle is at a good height for taller users it puts the user's feet too close to the stroller and resulted in us kicking the brake while walking.

The Indie 4 has a fairly comfortable ride all things considered with 4 wheels shocks and a sling style seat. It could be more comfortable if the suspension was adjustable, or the seat was less stiff and the padding was thicker. However, it did score higher in our tests than most.

Safety


This stroller earned a 6 of 10 for safety, which is the average for the group. The high is an 8 for the Baby Jogger City Select.

The brake pedal on the Bumbleride is large  but we thought it was set a few times when it really wasn't.
The brake pedal on the Bumbleride is large, but we thought it was set a few times when it really wasn't.

Brakes
The Indie 4 has single action brakes that are easy to set and only average to release. The brakes are not sandal foot friendly because you need to use the top of your foot to release the brake and it is stiff. The sliding resistance of the brakes are good and the play is 0.5 inches which is good.

The cup holder on the Indie 4 is on the side of the frame and less of a safety concern than those behind baby.
The cup holder on the Indie 4 is on the side of the frame and less of a safety concern than those behind baby.

Cup Holders
The cup holder is 4 inches deep and is placed high and to the left of the seat. There is a moderate cup holder safety concern given the location of the cup holder above the baby's head, but the side location means it is unlikely that a falling object will land on baby's head.

The buckle on the Bumbleride is strangely designed and difficult to release.
The buckle on the Bumbleride is strangely designed and difficult to release.

Harness
This stroller has a 5 point harness that is fairly easy to put on, but somewhat harder to take off. The harness is fairly easy to adjust. The buckle on this stroller is the same buckle as the Baby Jogger products except this one has the Bumbleride logo on the button. This buckle snaps together pretty easily, but the buckle has a button on the front and a knob on the backside, and during testing, we had a tendency to squeeze both at the same time, and it won't work this way. It will take some practice and patience to work this buckle.

The folded Bumbleride does self-stand  but we found this to be a tricky and often unsuccessful operation.
The folded Bumbleride does self-stand, but we found this to be a tricky and often unsuccessful operation.

Weight and Folded Size


The Indie 4 earned a 6 of 10 for weight and folded size which is about average for the group. The stroller weighs 24.1 pounds which is on the heavier side for this group of products, and it measures at 25"W x 15.3"H x 31.8"L and 12,164 cubic inches. The folded size is larger than the average in our tests. It would be easier for most parents to lug a smaller stroller. The Britax B-Agile 3 and the Baby Jogger City Mini both weigh about 17.5 pounds which is much easier to lift and carry around if necessary.



The Bumbleride scored relatively poorly on folding. It requires two hands to fold in a process that takes five steps. We consider it one of the more difficult strollers to fold in the group and is not one most parents will likely want to do on the fly in the city. It is better than the strollers that require the seat to be removed, but it isn't as easy as some of the others. It folds similarly to the Revolution but it isn't as easy or intuitive. You must have the belly bar down to fold the stroller, and you will have to compress it significantly to use the automatic fold lock, which sort of makes it more of a manual lock than automatic. Unfolding the stroller is easier than folding, but it's still only average for the group, using two hands and three steps.

The Bumbleride has to be really compressed to engage the manual lock to keep the fold closed.
The Bumbleride has to be really compressed to engage the manual lock to keep the fold closed.

The stroller does self-stand, sort of. While it claims to and the pictures show it standing, we had difficulty with this and found that the wheels and handlebar need to be adjusted just so in order for it to stand without falling over, and even then it will sort of tilt to the side on the bumper on the handlebar that is there to protect the foam cover.

This is the Self-stand of the Indie. It requires the handlebar be folded down and the wheels moved in just the right spot prior to folding.
This pictures shows the Indie sort of tilted to the side as it fell off the bumper and onto the foam covered handlebar.
 
The photos above show the self-stand of the Indie, which we found unreliable due to ease of falling over. The pictures above demonstrate the side tilting problem we experienced in our tests.

The Bumbleride does offer a carry handle, but it is in a poor location for easy carrying. The handle is too high, and you have to hold your arm raised and out to the side which is uncomfortable and awkward. Holding your arm out and bent for a prolonged period isn't easy, and doing it carrying a large 24-pound stroller is even worse and potentially impossible for some. You might be able to use the handle for lifting up and putting the stroller somewhere, but you won't be walking with it, at least not very far.

Ease of Setup





The Bumbleride is harder to put together than at least half of the strollers in the group, and it ranks close to the bottom in the competition. It took us a little over 13 minutes to put this stroller together from start to finish. Only three strollers in the group took longer to setup than this one. Despite the difficulty, we had during setup the documentation is very good. It has nice clear pictures and good explanations. There are more parts to put together than most of the competition, and you will need a wrench and pliers to tighten the bolts on the front wheels.

Car seats attach to the Indie 4 with the toddler seat intact.
The car seat adapter bar that comes standard with the Indie 4 works for more brands and models of car seat than any other stroller's standard options.
 

Car Seat Compatibility


The Indie 4 comes with a car seat adapter frame that works for Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 32, Graco Click Connect 40, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Chicco Keyfit 30, Britax Chaperone. Both the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 won Editors' Choice Awards in our infant car seat review. Installing the adapter does not require the seat to be removed, so the adapter clicks in quickly and easily. Installing the infant seat onto the adapter is only about average for ease of use as is the removal of the seat. The foot of the car seat rests on the back of the stroller seat. This could be good or bad because you can adjust the recline of the car seat somewhat by adjusting the back of the stroller seat, but then you'll have to worry about the position of the back of the stroller seat. The seat installs with a strap-in method, which is not our favorite. We prefer a click in connection because it is simpler, faster, and less likely to be done incorrectly. While there is nothing inherently wrong with the strap method, we worry some parents won't complete the process because it is more difficult than just pressing the seat onto a connection point. This particular setup also isn't that stable once it is installed. While we did not experience any false installations, where we thought it was installed but wasn't, it is still more difficult than a lot of the competition, and it requires a lot of jostling and manipulation to get it seated properly.

Additionally, there is another car seat frame bar that can be purchased separately for use with the Maxi Cosi Mico, Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Maxi Cosi Prezi, Nuna Pipa, Cybex Aton, Cybex Aton 2 or Cybex Aton Q car seat. We did not test this adapter.

Best Applications


There probably isn't a best application for this stroller. While it is an interesting option and it scored better than some of the others in the competition, it really didn't impress in our tests. Overall, no matter what you are looking for in a stroller there are better options available.

Value


This stroller has a ticket price of $600. It is not one of the cheaper strollers on the market or in this review, but there are other strollers in our review at or near this price point. With the exception of one, all of the award winners in this review cost less, making the Indie 4 not the best value in the group.

The Bumbleride Indie 4
The Bumbleride Indie 4

Conclusion


The Bumbleride comes with a lot of accessories that make it feel like a good solution for an extended period of babyhood. The Indie 4 scored about average in most metrics, and below for ease of use and setup. It failed to impress in most tests and essentially blends into the background when compared to the rest of the group. While we wanted to like this stroller, it simply failed in comparison to the rest of the products. With so much competition on the market, parents have a lot of options to consider, and the details begin to matter more. This stroller did not measure up and given that most of the award winners cost less the Indie 4, it is not a stroller we recommend.

Other Versions and Accessories


Bumbleride makes several different strollers in addition to the Indie 4 including the Indie 3, the Indie Twin, and the Flite (a lightweight umbrella stroller). We have not reviewed any of these strollers.

The following accessories are available for purchase to use with the Indie 4: Parent Pack, Snack Pack, Mini Board, Non-PVC Rain Cover, Footmuff & Liner, Travel Bag, Diaper Bag, and a Maxi Cosi / Cybex Car Seat Adapter compatible with: Maxi Cosi Mico, Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Maxi Cosi Prezi, Nuna Pipa, Cybex Aton, Cybex Aton 2 and Cybex Aton Q.

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   Oct 21, 2016 - 06:39am
This is a BOGUS Review. Why do I know? Because I OWN it and I have been using it for over a year now and I REALLY like it.

The Indie 4 Stroller is an All Terrain Stroller that has 4 wheel suspension with rubber tires (yes, you heard that right ALL 4 wheel suspension). My baby loves riding in his stroller outside or anywhere I take him because it is comfortable on bumpy roads. Why did I choose 4 wheels? It is so that I can effortlessly lift the stroller while going over a curb and not have to deal with a single front wheel from tipping my baby over to one side like other 3 wheel strollers.

I did extensive research before I decided on this stroller because I didn't want to end up buying 2 or more strollers to go to the mall and go outdoors with my baby. This stroller is light weight, rugged, convenient (ex. large under basket, includes a cup holder), easy to maneuver, easy to fold, and good quality. Furthermore, you can be assured that parts and accessories are easily replaceable on the Bumbleride website. Therefore, this stroller will last for a loooong time. It also comes with a 3 Year Warranty.

Do your baby a favor and please go to babygizmo.com for a REAL full review of this wonderful stroller. This stroller was worth every penny.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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