Brand Spotlight: The Best Bugaboo Strollers and Pushchairs
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Dutch brand Bugaboo’s high-end strollers are the epitome of luxury in the parenting world and have been snapped up and loved by many A-listers and modern, style conscious parents alike. Bugaboo strollers are definitely seen as a statement piece which instantly catches the eyes of passing parents. In fact, many have claimed that it is because of the brand’s past and present clientele that Bugaboo strollers are now seen as a ‘status symbol’ and must-have for many new parents.
Are Bugaboo Strollers Worth It?
Bugaboo has earned its stellar reputation in the market for producing the highest quality premium and luxury pushchairs, catering for the demands, needs and lifestyles of every parent and providing them with the utmost ease and convenience during their parenting journey.
Bugaboo strollers are designed and built to last. Granted, they’re not cheap but you also get what you pay for and that’s a world-renowned, high quality, luxury stroller which addresses every comfort and convenience aspect that every parent and baby needs.
Fun fact: Did you know that the 3 sets of overlapping rings in the Bugaboo logo represent its 3 key principles which are mobility, movement and connection?
Which Bugaboo is Best?
To help us answer this question, we’ve teamed up with Bugaboo to discover and learn more about their Top 5 best Bugaboo strollers and pushchairs, which we’ve ranked below in order of popularity (and have determined objectively by using Bugaboo’s volume of sales statistics). Regardless of the ranking however, when finding the best Bugaboo stroller for you and your child, you need to make sure that it fits your budget, lifestyle and individual needs.
1. BUGABOO FOX2: THE ONE
Loved by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Bugaboo’s hero and most iconic stroller (Fox) just got even better with their recent release of the Bugaboo Fox2.
Ranking top place for being the best of Bugaboo strollers, the Bugaboo Fox2 was met with an impressively long waiting list before it was even released and offers the best ride ever. The Fox2 has been designed to meet the needs and demands of stylish parents, who are looking for the crème de la crème of strollers that meets all of their requirements, but most of all is suitable for use on all terrains.
When comparing the super-selling Fox2 against the rest of Bugaboo’s line of strollers, its ultra advanced all terrain ability is unparalleled, providing a smooth and effortless ride on nature walks, beaches and cobbled streets too. It also takes the gold for being the most comfortable Bugaboo stroller for babies (and parents too!). This is thanks to the four large puncture proof wheels with little friction on the surface and advanced central joint suspension on the Fox2 which make it extra sturdy and smooth on all terrains.
Comfort & Convenience
For added comfort for your baby, the Bugaboo Fox2 is also made using premium fabrics with extra padding in the carrycot and seat and comes with an airy mattress (included with all Bugaboo strollers) to keep your little one super cosy and snug when they’re out and about.
All Bugaboo strollers allow for the seats (which can be used from 6 months) to be world or parent facing, with 3 reclining positions too: sleep, relax and sit up straight. The same also applies with the carrycot (which can be used from birth).
The Bugaboo Fox2 now comes with a peekaboo window which is built into Bugaboo’s signature extendable sun canopy. This provides extra ventilation for your little bub as well as added comfort and reassurance when they’re communicating with you.
The carrycot now also comes with two easily accessible pockets at the front for you to easily store and grab all your handy essentials.
The attachable 360 degree carry handle now allows parents to avoid manoeuvring their child awkwardly when transferring them in and out of the stroller. Now all you need to do is click the handle, turn it towards you, then click it back in once done.
Navigating the Bugaboo Fox2 is akin to power steering: effortless, easy and smooth and can be done with just one hand, especially when turning corners, riding on busy roads and through tight spaces.
A massive bonus with the Bugaboo Fox2 is its slim compact fold ability with the bassinet or seat still attached with just a few clicks. You can then proceed to remove the wheels to make it even more compact (ideal for car boots or hallways).
Perfect for Tall Parents
The Bugaboo Fox2 is actually the highest of all Bugaboo strollers and so the seat (which sits at 59cm from the ground) can easily be used as a highchair at restaurants. The high seat placement and height adjustable handlebar (88-108cm) also ensures less back strain for parents.
Car Seat Compatible
The Bugaboo Fox2 is also compatible with most car seat brands with the use of separate adapters. The Bugaboo Turtle Air by Nuna car seat has been designed specifically to fit the Fox2 and so doesn’t require any adapters.
The Bugaboo Fox2 weighs in at only 9.9kg. The large under seat basket of the Fox2 can hold a maximum weight of 10kg and also includes storage pockets for smaller items.
The Fox2 is suitable from birth with the use of the carrycot provided which can hold a maximum weight of 9kg. After this point your child would move on to the seat which can hold a growing child of up to 22kg.
Bugaboo knows exactly what its fashion conscious clients are after when it comes to aesthetics and therefore offers a variety of customisation options. This includes the colour of the frame (aluminium or black) as well as a range of different colours for Bugaboo’s extendable sun canopy, and then a choice of black or grey fabric for the ultimate chic finish.
Which.com has given the Fox2 an impressively high test score (and an even higher score for the Fox2 travel system!) and has even awarded it with its ‘Best Buy’ seal of approval.
At time of writing, the Bugaboo Fox2 is currently the best selling pushchair at John Lewis and is already out of stock on the retail giant’s website despite its very recent release.
Parents on madeformums.com absolutely love the Bugaboo Fox2, especially the fact that you can easily add a buggy board to the stroller at a later date (which can hold 20kg) so it can accommodate two children at once. This allows you to get increased longevity from the stroller and more importantly, two happy children!
The Bugaboo Fox2 is available to purchase at Bugaboo.com
2. DONKEY3: BEST BUGABOO STROLLER FOR A GROWING FAMILY
The Bugaboo Donkey3 is simply the perfect single and double stroller in one, that grows with your family. If you’re a mum or soon to be mum of twins, or have young children close in age, or perhaps you’re planning to have more children in the future, the Bugaboo Donkey3 was made for you!
Single & Double Stroller
The incredible Bugaboo Donkey3 now converts from a single (or mono) stroller into the ideal double (or duo) stroller even faster in just three clicks. This is all whilst maintaining its slim design that is still perfectly able to fit through standard doorways with ease. Siblings can sit side by side and parents can easily communicate with both children at the same time.
Side Carry Basket
In single configuration, the Donkey3 includes a side carry basket that can store goods and essentials of up to 10kg in weight. This is ideal for snacks, toys, wet wipes and drinks bottles.
The Donkey3 can tackle any terrain smoothly and effortlessly with its large foam-filled tires, which are also great for getting on and off sidewalks quickly and easily.
Comfort and Convenience
The Bugaboo Donkey3 also comes with an integrated peekaboo window on the extendable sun canopy, two front pockets on the carrycot and a 360 degree rotating carry handle.
The Donkey3 also allows for easy one hand power steering thanks to the foam wheels on the stroller that reduces the total weight of the stroller by 0.5kg for easier fuss-free travelling.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Bugaboo Donkey3 is car seat compatible using separate adaptors that can be used with car seat brands including Bugaboo, Maxi Cosi and Britax Romer car seats, to name a few.
Some may think that a double stroller would be quite bulky and opposed to the idea but the Bugaboo Donkey3 is actually much slimmer than you think. When in single configuration, the Donkey3 is the same width as the Bugaboo Fox2 at 60cm and when in double configuration, it is only 40cm wider than the Fox2!
The Bugaboo Donkey3 weighs in at 13kg (with seat attached) which is 3kg lighter than its predecessor, due to its lighter wheel design. Each seat can hold up to 22kg (which is around age 5-6 and is an upgrade from its predecessor, Donkey2 which could only hold a maximum weight of 17kg).
The under seat basket can hold 10kg in weight in single or in double mode. When in single mode, the Donkey3 seat or carrycot can be used alongside a carry basket which can hold an additional 5kg.
You can now customise your Bugaboo Donkey3 by choosing between a range of different colours for the extendable sun canopy, a grey or black fabric interior and a black or aluminium frame.
Can accommodate up to 3 children at once!
If the stroller is being used with one seat and a carrycot (accommodating a toddler and baby), there is even the option to add on a wheeled board so a third child can also ride along with their siblings.
The same can be said if the children are the same or similar ages, i.e. if you’re using two carrycots or two seats, you will always have the flexibility to add on a wheeled board for your eldest child.
The add-on wheeled board can hold a maximum weight of 20kg.
The Comfort Wheeled Board is available to purchase at Bugaboo.com
Common reviews by owners of the Bugaboo Donkey3 mention how much they love that the Donkey3 converts from a mono to a single so easily, smoothly and quickly.
The Bugaboo Donkey3 is available to purchase at Bugaboo.com
3. CAMELEON3 PLUS – THE CLASSIC BUGABOO STROLLER
Proof that old is gold. The Bugaboo Cameleon is where it all began and it is still going strong since launching in 2005. The Bugaboo Cameleon has been adapted and improved over the years to meet the changing demands and needs of the modern day parent, but the foundations remain the same.
In 2018 the latest Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus was released which now comes with more styling options, even more practical features and a completely redesigned under seat basket.
The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus comes equipped with two small wheels at the front and two large wheels at the back, which make it great for urban travel and riding on different terrains.
The Reversible Handlebar
The best part about the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus and definitely its unique selling point is the reversible top handlebar. This allows you to tackle tougher terrains with the larger wheels at the front, or alternatively breeze through smoother terrains with the smaller wheels at the front, all by just switching the side of the handlebar. Pure genius and so simple!
Two Part Fold, One Part Hold
Unlike the other Bugaboo strollers, the Cameleon3 Plus may not fold with the carrycot or seat attached in one BUT it is extremely easy to take apart and once closed, the seat or carrycot actually slots into a designated area of the closed frame, so you’re ultimately just picking up one piece to store away. This is a great way to compensate for the two part fold, as once the Cameleon3 Plus is stored away, it takes up the same amount of space it would have done as a one part fold stroller anyway!
Comfort and Convenience
The new Cameleon3 Plus now comes with a new vegan leather handlebar and 360 degree rotating carry handle.
The Cameleon3 Plus weighs in at 9.6kg making it slightly lighter than the Fox2. The under seat basket can carry a maximum weight of 4kg and the seat can hold up to 17kg.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus is compatible with the Bugaboo Turtle Air by Nuna car seat with matching adapters as well as Britax Romer and Maxi-Cosi car seats with separate adapters.
Unlike the rest of the Bugaboo line, the Cameleon3 Plus doesn’t come with very many customisation options and is only available to purchase in three (very chic and classic!) styles:
- Black sun canopy, black fabrics and black frame;
- Grey sun canopy, grey fabrics and aluminium frame; and
- Black sun canopy, black fabrics and aluminium frame.
Many parents have loved the easy manouverability of the Cameleon3 Plus as well as the lightweight design which makes folding away and opening the stroller quick and fuss-free.
Did you know? The Bugaboo Cameleon is a favourite among A-listers including Sir Elton John and Gwen Stefani!
The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus is available to purchase at Bugaboo.com.
4. BEE5: THE BEST BUGABOO STROLLER FOR THE CITY STROLLER
City mamas, this ones for you! The Bugaboo Bee5 is a super comfortable, lightweight and compact urban stroller for parents on the go or for parents who are simply after an easy and super fuss-free stroller. The Bugaboo Bee5 now offers a new level of comfort and an even smoother ride.
Perfect for Parents on the Go
The Bugaboo Bee5 is ultra light, easy to navigate and a breeze to ride around tight corners, cobbled streets and apartments. At only 53cm wide, it fits onto public transport easily and is super lightweight so can be transferred on and off public transport, as well as up and down stairs with minimal effort.
Comfort and Convenience
The Bugaboo Bee5’s advanced independent four-wheel suspension is one of the best on the market for a small sized stroller. This, paired with the fact that the Bee5 is so lightweight, provides the easiest manoeuvrability for you (with just one hand, thanks to its power steering capabilities!) and ultimate comfort for your child too.
The adjustable handlebar makes the Bee5 suitable for people of all heights and the seat comes with extra padding to ensure that your child is comfortable at all times.
The Bugaboo Bee5 weighs in at 8.9kg making it one of Bugaboo’s lightest and most compact strollers. The Bee5 is designed to hold up to 22kg in total (including the 4kg allowance for the under seat basket, which also includes a handy extra pocket).
Car Seat Compatibility
The Bee5 is compatible with Britax-Romer and Maxi-Cosi car seats as well as the Bugaboo Turtle Air by Nuna car seat with the use of separate adapters.
One Piece Fold
The Bugaboo Bee5 folds into one piece in seconds, regardless of seat position. It also folds into the ideal size for storing and includes a self stand feature (similar to the self stand functionality you’ll see on bikes) to stand the stroller upright at home or in very tight spaces.
The Bugaboo Bee5 has also been listed as a ‘Best Buy’ on Which.com with an impressively high test score too!
Did you know? The Bugaboo Bee is used and loved by the Beckham’s!
The Bugaboo Bee5 is available to purchase at Bugaboo.com
5. ANT: THE BEST BUGABOO STROLLER FOR TRAVELLERS
For an even more fuss-free and ultra lightweight stroller that is perfect for parents that are frequent travellers, check out the Bugaboo Ant. Wherever you are in the world, you can rest assured that the Bugaboo Ant will provide a stress free and enjoyable experience for both you and your baby during your travels.
Weighing in at only 7.2kg (making it the lightest Bugaboo stroller yet!), the Bugaboo Ant is accepted as a carry-on luggage by over 50 airlines, so there’s no need to worry about purchasing an extra stroller just for travelling!
Despite its lightweight composition, the Bugaboo Ant is actually pretty robust with its ability to carry a child from birth (using the Bugaboo Baby Cocoon) until the child weighs up to 23kg!
Pull-Along Trolley Mode
The Bugaboo Ant comes equipped with a handy pull-along feature so you can simply roll it through airports like any other stroller luggage, easily, effortlessly and of course ever so stylishly.
Comfort and Convenience
You also get a rear luggage basket (which is ideal for easily accessing essentials during a flight) and under seat basket, which provides an additional storage capacity of 8kg combined.
As with all other Bugaboo strollers, the Bugaboo Ant also comes with a large extendable sun canopy and integrated peekaboo window.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Bugaboo Ant is compatible with Maxi-Cosi, Cybex and BeSafe car seats with the use of separate adapters.
The Bugaboo Ant won the Made for Mums Silver Award this year (2020) for the Best Compact Fold Pushchair. The judges were impressed by how small the Bugaboo Ant became once closed and how it is as tiny as a shopping bag (measuring only 55cm x 38cm x 23cm once closed).
Other parents say that they have never come across a pram that folds down so small and so easily, whilst remaining sturdy and without compromising on functionality and style. Well, that’s Bugaboo for you!
The Bugaboo Ant is available to purchase at Bugaboo.com