2017 Bumbleride Speed vs. New 2018 Version
The 2018 version of the Bumbleride Speed has redesigned fold triggers that are more ergonomic and easier on the fingers. The canopy has been raised 1.5 inches to give more head space to older toddlers using the stroller. Bumbleride uses a water repellent treatment on their canvas fabrics and they have switched to a more eco-friendly treatment that will degrade faster in the environment and cause less potential toxicity in the long run. There is a new selection of colors for the 2018 Speed and a price tag that is $20 higher than the old version. Below you can see two strollers side by side, the 2017 (left) vs. the 2018 (right).
Hands-on Gear Review
The Bumbleride Speed works with a variety of car seat brands depending on which adapter you choose to purchase. However, some require using a strap for a secure connection (like the Chicco/Graco pictured her), which hurt its overall score.
The Bumbleride company was launched in 2004 by Matt and Emily Reichardt in San Diego. After having their first baby, the family was compelled to create baby gear for active families. Bumbleride is dedicated to creating safe products with the environment in mind using 100% recycled polyester made from post-consumer water bottles.
The BumbleSpeed speed (in blue) struggles to work well with car seats, and the heavier weight hurts its overall score in rank in this review.
The details of how the Speed falls short in the competition are included below.
Using the Chicco adapter requires removing the canopy and a two-step attachment process making this harder to use than much of the competition.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
Bumbleride makes adapters that work with some seats from Chicco, Cybex, Graco, Maxi Cosi, Nuna, and Peg Perego (available in April 2018) including the Chicco Keyfit 30, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, and the Cybex Aton 2. We tested the Speed Car Seat Adapter - Graco/Chicco (below left) and the Speed Car Seat Adapter - Maxi Cosi/Cybex/Nuna (below right).
The Chicco adapter requires a screwdriver to install, and you need to remove the canopy to use it. The canopy is easy to remove, and it decreases the weight somewhat, but it is still annoying that you can't leave it on. The adapter is both a click in and a strap adapter with the second step being mandatory for safety, but we worry parents will forgo it anyway. It isn't that easy to install the carrier or remove it, but at least you can't do it wrong, and it feels somewhat stable.
The Speed is heavy for a full-size stroller and larger when folded than some of the competition. While normal for a jogging style stroller, it outweighs fulls-size options and many of the strollers that work well with infant car seats.
Weight and Folded Size
The Bumbleride Speed is the second heaviest stroller in this combo review giving it a score of 4 of 10 for this metric. It weighs 27.9 lbs and measures 13,283 cubic inches. Only the BOB Revolution Flex Combo weighs more, with both the BOB and the Thule Urban Glide 2 Combo folding larger. This makes the Speed a poor choice if you have limited space or want to avoid carrying heavy items.
The rubber front tire on the front swivel wheel helps the Speed earn high marks for maneuverability.
Thanks to the larger rubber tires and jogging stroller design the Speed is very maneuverable with an 8 of 10. Only the Thule Urban Glide 2 Combo earned a higher score for this metric.
The front wheel swivels easily, which in combination with its short footprint, helps make it very easy to maneuver. You can lock the swivel in one of two locking positions. This makes it good at moving over flat surfaces as well as rough and bumpy ones.
The Speed features an adjustable handlebar and a padded sling seat with all-wheel suspension. This makes it comfortable for passengers and pushers.
The Canopy pocket remains on the Speed even after you remove the main canopy for car seat attachment.
Ease of Use
The Speed disappoints for ease of use with a 4 of 10 score. This score makes the Speed one of the more difficult options to use when combined with an infant car seat.
Fold and Unfold
The Speed requires two hands to fold with side frame locks (above left)that need to be pulled simultaneously. It isn't hard to fold, but it has multiple steps and is somewhat convoluted. This stroller self-stands when folded and has a carry handle which makes its weight a little easier to manage.
The Speed brake pedal is large but only average for ease of use thanks to a rougher underside that makes it hard on the top of feet and shoes.
The Speed's brake is a large center pedal that are average to operate. The bottom of the pedal is somewhat rough, making this pedal sort of painful on bare or sandaled feet.
The Speed storage bin is large and carries up to 10 bs, this is average for a jogger and more than the frame products made for car seat attachment.
The Bumbleride's large storage bin can hold up to 10 lbs. It is easy to access from the rear only and fit our large diaper bag during testing. The Speed also has pockets on the back of the canopy for quick access items. It isn't bad compared to some of the car seat combos, but there are full-size strollers that hold more supplies.
We tested the Speed with the Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat and Chicco adapter.
The Speed's canopy is large, but unfortunately, it is not usable in combination with the infant car seat. This lack of canopy use is true of several of competing products too, and some require removing the canopy, or they don't have one at all. But it is nice when a stroller has a canopy to be able to use it for additional protection.
Ease of Setup
The Speed is harder to set up than much of the competition with a 4 of 10. It took us just over 14 minutes to put this stroller together. The documentation is good with pretty clear directions once you get past the multiple pages of warnings in all languages. We were able to assemble it using only the pictures.
The Speed is nicer quality with durable materials and a sturdy frame with little flex and few plastic components.
After maneuverability, the Speed scored best for quality with a 7 of 10. The Speed has a sturdy frame with thick canvas material and solid connections. The tires and wheels are nice with ball bearing hubs that allow for smooth rolling over every surface and tracking and locking mechanisms that work well. The Speed has an attention to detail we don't remember on previous Bumblerides, and we like the overall design and finish.