When it comes to choosing the perfect stroller for your little one, the options can seem endless. Two popular contenders - one more urban and one more outdoorsy - are the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 and the Bumbleride Era.
Given an all-terrain upgrade in 2020, the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 stroller is versatile, lighter weight, and packed with helpful features such as a larger storage basket, and higher seat back.
The Bumbleride Era is as versatile as it is colorful, featuring eco-friendly materials and air-filled tires for optimal handling.
These two strollers are similar in price and size, and both are a great fit for families seeking a stroller that's rugged enough for a trail or snowy day, yet convenient for daily errands. But the two also differ in several ways, including aesthetics and style, fabrics, and wheels.
UPPAbaby CRUZ V2
Redesigned and updated in 2020, the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 is UPPAbaby's full-featured single stroller geared towards parents who want it all, but in a more compact size than the convertible UPPAbaby VISTA V2 stroller.
Features include an extendable canopy, adjustable leg rest, multiple recline positions, removable and reversible seat, car seat compatibility, and generous storage basket!
Learn more about the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 from when it was first launched in this video:
Bumbleride brings its eco-conscious, adventure-ready style to the Bumbleride Era, the company's first stroller with four wheels and a reversible seat that allows your child to face you or face forward.
While not intended for jogging, the Era has air-filled tires to provide a smooth ride when strolling over grass, sand, snow and other rough surfaces! The Era is also full of features parents are seeking in an everyday stroller, like newborn ready, car seat and bassinet compatibility, a standing fold, and plenty of storage space.
The fabrics on Bumbleride strollers are water-resistant, thanks to PFC-free durable water repellant, and plastic components are made from 25% recycled recycled fishing nets. Plus, the Era is the first stroller to feature a handlebar made of cork—an all-natural material that's durable, antimicrobial, comfortable, non-toxic and sustainable!
UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 vs. Bumbleride Era Price
The UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 stroller comes with the stroller frame, seat, leather belly bar, rain shield, and bug shield.
To see the current pricing of the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2, click here.
The Bumbleride Era comes with the stroller frame, seat, bumper bar, air pump, and wrist strap.
To see the current pricing of the Bumbleride Era, click here.
UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 vs. Bumbleride Era Specifications
The UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 and Bumbleride Era are similar in size and weight, however, the CRUZ V2 offers a roomier under basket that holds three times as much as the Era. The Era has bigger air-filled tires, which may make the ride smoother on rougher terrain.
Let’s take a look at all the specs below!
- CRUZ V2: 37"L x 22.8"W x 40"H
- Era: 32.5"L x 24.5"W x 40.5"H
- CRUZ V2: 16.5"L x 22.8"W x 33"H
- Era: 29.5"L x 24.5"W x 13"H
- CRUZ V2: 25.5 pounds
- Era: 27 pounds
- CRUZ V2: 50 pounds
- Era: 55 pounds
Seat Back Height
- CRUZ V2: 20”
- Era: 18”
Seat to Canopy Height
- CRUZ V2: 23”
- Era: 20”
- CRUZ V2: 10”
- Era: 9.5”
Leg Rest Length
- CRUZ V2: 9”
- Era: 13"
- CRUZ V2: 7" front wheels, 10" rear wheels
- Era: 8.5” front wheels, 12” rear wheels
Basket Weight Capacity
- CRUZ V2: 30 pounds
- Era: 10 pounds
UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 vs. Bumbleride Era Configurations and Bassinet
Bassinets aren't required for using the stroller with a newborn, but they are recommended for a few reasons.
A bassinet allows a baby to lie completely flat, rather than in a slightly upright position in the car seat, which allows for open airways and a better-supported head and neck. Bassinets are also more ventilated than car seats, which tend to make babies sweaty with their protective foam.
Both strollers also work with compatible car seats (see below).
Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 and Bumbleride Era
The UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 works with the UPPAbaby MESA car seat series out of the box with no adapter needed! Just simply take off the CRUZ V2 stroller seat, and snap the car seat in. It also works with other brand car seats with the use of an adapter.
The Bumbleride Era does not work with any car seat out of the box, but does offer adapters for leading brands.
UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 vs. Bumbleride Era How to Fold
UPPAbaby CRUZ V2
To fold the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2, first lock the brake to stabilize the rear wheels and make sure the seat is facing forward (or has been removed from the frame if not). Lower the handlebar to its shortest setting, then lift up on the grey tabs at the right and lefthand sides of the handlebar and lower it toward your feet.
The CRUZ V2 automatically locks when folded and stands upright, resting on the two rear wheels and two small rubber bumpers in the middle of the handlebar.
Hinge the lock inwards and lift the handlebar up to open the stroller.
Two steps are required to fold the Era. First pull the small levers behind the backrest and lean the seat forward. Then, pull the triggers on the stroller frame and guide the handlebar down.
The Era automatically locks when folded and stands upright.
See how to fold the Bumbleride Era in the video below.
UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 vs. Bumbleride Era Colors
For current colors of the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2, click here.
For current colors of the Bumbleride Era, click here.
UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 vs. Bumbleride Era Pros and Cons
So which stroller is better: the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 or the Bumbleride Era? They both handle all-terrains well, but the Era has air-filled tires, and the CRUZ V2 offers larger storage capacity. Let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of each.
UPPAbaby CRUZ V2
- Higher storage basket capacity of 30 pounds
- Can be used with UPPAbaby MESA car seats without any adapters needed
- More accessories available for purchase including: snack tray, parent cupholder, PiggyBack board, cozy ganoosh, and more
- Weight limit is 5 pounds less than the Era
- Smaller wheels may not be as good for rougher terrain
- Air-filled tires offer more shock absorption over rough terrain
- Made with eco-friendly and sustainable materials, including cork handlebar and 100% recycled fabrics
- Holds a child up to 55 pounds - 5 more pounds than the CRUZ V2
- Air-filled tires are prone to flats and require maintenance
- Does not have leather details
- Weighs more than the CRUZ V2
Strolleria is an authorized retailer of UPPAbaby and Bumbleride strollers dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents.