New Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller Review

September 6th, 2012

Bugaboo Cameleon3 StrollerThe New Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller

is being released this week. The much anticipated stroller improves on the, already massively popular, Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller. At first glance, you might not notice much of a difference at all. That’s because the major changes are mostly structural (manufacturing enhancements) and not aesthetic.

So, you may ask yourself what the real differences are, and how they will really affect you and your decision to buy one of these beauties. Here’s a helpful rundown for you;

Color Options
New for the launch of the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller is a brand new base color. Black has now joined the lineup, along with current colors Sand, Dark Brown, and Dar Grey. Even though the Dark Grey color often passes for black, more and more customers have been asking for a true black and Bugaboo delivered.

Tailored Fabric Sets
This is, perhaps, the most noticeable aesthetic change. Previously, the tailored fabrics came in 3-piece sets; (1) the stroller canopy, (2) the bassinet apron, and (3) the seat inlay. Going forward, Bugaboo made the tailored fabrics 2-piece sets consisting of the stroller canopy and bassinet apron only. This creates a more visually streamlined look. To make this easier to visualize, your stroller seat will now be the color of your base color (Sand, Black, Dark Brown, or Dark Grey). The seat inlay or “slip cover” is gone! Also new to this year’s color pallet is the introduction of Petrol Blue.

Bugaboo Cameleon3 StrollerEasy Unfolding
For those of you who have tried the current Bugaboo Cameleon, this will resonate well. Bugaboo removed the two small clips that hold the stroller chassis’ front and rear frames together when collapsed. Without these clips unfolding the stroller is much simpler and easier.

Refreshed Design
As I eluded to earlier, the design has not changed much. However, what has been changed makes a huge difference. The main aesthetic difference is in the front wheel top rims. In the previous version, the front wheels penetrated trough the wheel slots much like a stem on a fruit. The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller has a clean cap, or to use my fruit analogy, the stem has been sliced off! It creates a much cleaner look. The other noticeable change is in the wheels. The design is more current with eye catching 5-Star spokes.

One Hand Release Bassinet
Bassinet can be released by one hand from the chassis. You will still need to push the bassinet release button on each side, but it’s now possible to push one at a time, rather than having to push them both at the same time (thus needing 2 hands).

Bugaboo Cameleon3 StrollerEasy Releasing Wheels
All Bugaboo Cameleon3 wheels can easily be released by Bugaboo’s recognizable white buttons. This feature is particularly useful when putting the stroller in the Bugaboo Transport Bag.

Stronger chassis
The chassis is made even stronger; the new construction of the connecting plastic joints and the aluminum tubes going into those parts, makes the total stroller more solid. I have, personally, had a Bugaboo Cameleon stroller for 5 years and never had an issue. So, I can imagine that reinforcing an already tried and tested product will only lead to more satisfied customers and an even longer usage cycle.

Flat Fold Bassinet (With Attached Fillets)
Fold your bassinet fully flat with a few easy adjustments for compact transportation and storage. The basinet supports, or fillets as they are more formally referred to as, are much easier to put up and take down. This makes it very easy to fold it up and make it more compact in a hurry. To ensure that you never lose them, these fillets are now woven into the bassinet fabric.

Padded Adjustable Harness
The height-adjustable shoulder buckles secure a safe fit for a growing child. Basically, the seat buckle padding is a little thicker and more comfortable. Additionally, it is now easier to tighten the straps to secure your child once in the seat, making it safer than ever.

Bugaboo Cameleon3 StrollerMaximized Underseat Bag
The maximized underseat bag optimally uses the available space under the stroller for storage of your goods and can be closed, so your belongings don’t fall out when carrying the compact chassis. If you are very familiar with the old Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller, you will notice that this bag fastens to the stroller frame easier (with clips rather than velcro), and is slightly larger.

Carry Handle
The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller carry handle can swivel! Previously constructed with a single piece of inflexible hard plastic, the new carry handle unclips easily and swivels to provide easy access in and out of the stroller seat.

Even though the stroller looks quite similar to the old Bugaboo Cameleon, don’t be fooled. There are more than enough enhancements on the new Bugaboo Cameleon3 or Cam3 to make it worth your while, and more importantly the $979 price tag.

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Bugaboo Donkey Stroller Review

October 5th, 2011

Bugaboo Donkey Stroller - DUOThe Bugaboo Donkey had a limited production run in early April 2011. Customers snatched them up almost as fast as an iPhone on opening day. Since April, it’s been hard to get one…until now. October 1st marked the nationwide release of the Bugaboo Donkey stroller, which is now available at many retail stores across the US. We started selling them a few days ago, and they are still flying out the door…

There has been so much publicity about this new breakthrough stroller, but there are still so many people that are not quite sure what it is or why and when to buy one. So, I wanted to take a few minutes to answer some of the FAQs we’ve been getting in hopes of providing you all with a better understanding of the wonderment that is the Bugaboo Donkey.

What’s so great about this stroller?
The Bugaboo Donkey is a revolutionary product for it’s function. It is a single stroller that will expand into a double. The expansion is made possible by releasing 3 clips and pulling the stroller out width-wise. It’s really as easy as it sounds. It takes approx 15 seconds to expand or contract the stroller.

Bugaboo Donkey Stroller - MONOAs a parent of 2 boys and a store owner selling these products, I’m a huge fan of strollers that can accommodate multiple children while still being able to function as a true single stroller. In years past, customers would purchase a large, clunky double stroller if they had 2 kids. However, what happens when you only have 1 of them that morning? Or the older one is now in pre-school. Do you just push your large double around with one empty seat? or perhaps buy a single stroller just for those days? Yesterday, I might have advised you to do one of those things. Today, there are a few stroller companies that have engineered the perfect strollers to accommodate a growing family. Bugaboo is one of them, and the Donkey is the newest and best (to-date).

There are 3 Bugaboo Donkey models. Which one should you buy?
Before I answer that, I’d like to clarify that all 3 models share the SAME stroller chassis (frame). So, whether you purchase the MONO, DUO, or the TWIN version, the stroller frame is exactly the same. The Bugaboo Donkey MONO

is for parents with 1 child that are considering having a second in the near future. For those of you that are familiar with the Bugaboo brand, this MONO Donkey is kind of like buying a Bugaboo Cameleon that can expend into something more. Like the Cameleon, it comes with the stroller frame, seat, and bassinet. It also includes a handy side shopping basket for a quick trip to the store or for storing those large cumbersome park toys.

Bugaboo Donkey Stroller - TWINThe Bugaboo Donkey DUO

is for parents with 2 children of different ages. So, if your kids are a couple of years apart, this model is perfect for you. To make it easy to understand, it’s the Bugaboo Donkey MONO Stroller + a second Seat (seat frame/seat fabric/canopy). With this model, you can have 2 seats, 2 infant car seats (when used with the Bugaboo Donkey Car Seat Adapters ), or 1 of each stroller seat, bassinet, or infant car seat. For days when you have both kids, the DUO is great. For times when you just have 1 child, while the other is in school for example, you can convert the frame into the Bugaboo Donkey MONO.

The Bugaboo Donkey TWIN

is for parents with 2 children of the same age. So, if you are having twins, this is the stroller for you. This stroller is the Bugaboo Donkey DUO + a second Bassinet. The idea behind this configuration is to have 2 bassinets for your twin newborn babies. If you have 2 kids of the same age and they are already 3 months or older, the Bugaboo Donkey DUO would be the better model to choose.

So, again, regardless of the model you select, the stroller chassis (frame) will always be the same. So, if you are buying the Bugaboo Donkey MONO stroller now, all you need to purchase for baby #2 is the DUO extension kit which is essentially the second seat.

Bugaboo Donkey Stroller with Infant Car SeatsCan the Donkey fit through a normal doorway?
Yes! The Bugaboo Donkey MONO is 23.5 Inches wide. In the DUO/TWIN configuration, it’s 29 inches. A standard doorway measures 30 inches. So, in every configuration, the Bugaboo Donkey will easily fit through the door.

Is it easy to fold?
Yes! The stroller folds much the same way as the Bugaboo Cameleon. In addition to the 2-piece fold, the Bugaboo Donkey can also be folded as 1-piece. It’s a little bulkier and heavier to do it this way, but if you’ve got the space in your trunk it’s a little quicker. The stroller weighs 28.6 pounds as a MONO and 33 pounds as a double (DUO/TWIN). Definitely one of the lighter doubles on the market.

What about accessories?
Bugaboo has updated most of their stroller accessories this season to be compatible with all Bugaboo Strollers. So, whether you have the Bugaboo Cameleon

, Bugaboo Bee , or Bugaboo Donkey , you will be able to use the new Bugaboo Universal Footmuff , Seat Liners , Parasols , and Wheeled Boards .

Bugaboo Donkey Stroller FoldedColor Options
The Bugaboo Donkey is offered in 2 base colors, Sand and Black. The canopy (Stroller Canopy) and Tailored Fabric (Canopy + Bassinet Apron) colors are Black, Red, Off-White, Pink, Royal Blue, and Sand. In typical Bugaboo fashion, you can mix and match to create your own unique color pallet.

To sum it up, we think that the Bugaboo Donkey is an incredible product; a definite advancement in the stroller industry. Meeting the demands of a growing family, this stroller will be as popular in its MONO configuration as it is as a DUO/TWIN. It’s been a long time coming, but Bugaboo certainly did not disappoint.  So, when you are thinking of dishing out about as much as you would for a used car, I would strongly consider this stroller.

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New Bugaboo Bee Stroller – Review

January 19th, 2010

The New 2010 Bugaboo Bee Stroller

The New 2010 Bugaboo Bee Stroller

The new Bugaboo Bee Stroller will be coming soon. The official date has not been announced, but it will be sometime in the Spring of 2010. Our best guest is sometime between May and July. We are all anxiously awaiting its’ release.

The new 2010 Bugaboo Bee Stroller will look very similar to its’ predecessor, however, there have been a few significant changes to improve the overall performance of the stroller. It looks like the designer, Jaap Der Boer, and the development team at Bugaboo listened to what customers had to say about the old Bugaboo Bee and worked hard to improve the already popular stroller. The seat is much larger and more aerodynamic and the knobs are easier to adjust and turn.

Some of the noteable changes are:

New Backrest
The new Bugaboo Bee features a height-adjustable backrest that simultaneously adjusts with the sun canopy and 5-point harness to four different height positions; a ground-breaking feature that has not yet been seen on any stroller in the market. This feature extends the height of the seat from 20 to 23.2 inches.

Backrest Shape
The new ergonomically shaped backrest has been redesigned to mirror the natural shape of a child’s back making the new Bugaboo Bee more comfortable for the child.Reversible Seat
The reversible seat has been re engineered with a circular joint system that allows the seat to be easily reversed so the child can either face the parent or the world.Wheels and Suspension
New rubber material and signature Bugaboo open star wheel design combine with less rigid, shorter springs for better driving Brakes
Optimized brake system. The way the brake works is the same, but the mechanism has been optimized to keep the brakes secure at all times
The new Bugaboo Bee will now be compatible with the
Maxi-Cosi Mico

and Graco Snugride car seats. There will also be a new breathable seat liner, designed to whisk moisture away from your child keeping them dry and comfortable all year long. With a few improvements, Bugaboo kept the popular sun canopy and footmuff as well. Realizing that many Bugaboo customers have a Bee and a Bugaboo Cameleon or Bugaboo Frog , they decided to make a universal footmuff to fit all Bugaboo Strollers. With all the changes planned for this new 2010 Bugaboo Bee Stroller, this should be a great upgrade to an already popular stroller. It will retail for $649.

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Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller Review

December 7th, 2009

Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller

Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller

Pampered Tot is one of the largest Bugaboo Retailers in the USA. As a Dad to two young boys, I have had a 2006Bugaboo Cameleon for 4 years, and a 2009 Bugaboo Cameleon

for the past 6 months. With my experience as both a parent using one, and a retailer selling them, my goal is to give you enough practical information to help you decide if the Cameleon is right for you.

Let’s start with the version or model, since so many of our customers seem to be worried and confused about getting the latest Bugaboo Cameleon on the market. The significant model change was in the 2008 model year. In 2008, Bugaboo added foam wheels (replacing the air filled ones) and easier height adjustment clips for the handlebar (previously a fly-nut that you had to twist). They have not made any changes to the stroller in 2009 or 2010 (aside from the Bugaboo RED Special Edition Stroller which has a black Chassis).  So, any Cameleon made in 2007 or before is an older model. Anything made in or after 2008 is the new model.

The Bugaboo Cameleon comes in 4 Standard Base Colors (Sand, Red, Dark Grey, and Dark Brown) and one special edition Bugaboo RED Denim Base. These 5 Base colors can be matched up with any of the 9 Tailored Fabric Set colors to provide 45 possible color combinations.

Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller with Accessories

Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller with Accessories

What about functionality? Well, there isn’t much this thing can’t do. The stroller seat and bassinet can be placed on the stroller chassis in either direction, so you can have your child forward or backwards facing. Although, with the movable handle bar, there’s no need to move the seat. Unique to Bugaboo, the Cameleon (and Frog) stroller handlbar can flip forward or back, allowing you to change your child’s position and view without having to remove them from the stroller! It’s a bit harder to push when the larger fixed tires are in front, but it’s a nice feature to have when you want to change your child’s position without disturbing them. Shocks on the front wheels makes for a really smooth ride, not matter where you are. Large rear tires allow you to take this stroller anywhere. We take ours to the park, beach, and on unpaved terrain. It performs well on all surfaces. Add a height-adjustable handlbar for those really tall parents, and you’ve got a complete and comfortable ride for both child and parent.

We get asked about the bassinet feature quite a bit. It’s important to note that the bassinet and stroller seat share the same stroller seat frame. So, you will not be using both at the same time. Parents should be using bassinet and infant car seat (with a Bugaboo Car Seat Adatper) for the first 3 to 9 months, depending on the size of your child and their willingness to use them. Once they are big enough for the stroller seat, you will remove the bassinet from the seat frame and install the stroller seat fabric to it. It’s quick and easy, although not quick and easy enough to switch between the two, so be sure you are ready for the stroller seat before removing the bassinet.

There are so many accessories for this stroller, so you have to break them down into want vs. need. What you really need is a  Cup Holder

and, most importantly, the Car Seat Adapter . The cup holder is pretty self explanatory; It’s great for a coffee or a baby bottle. For the car seat adapter, you have 3 choices; The Graco SnugRide, Maxi Cosi Mico, and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP adapter. Bugaboo created all 3 so that parents could choose from amoung the best selection of car seats on the market.

Bugaboo Cameleon Footmuffs

Bugaboo Cameleon Footmuffs

The footmuff

is essential if you live in a cold climate. We thought we could get away with blankets instead. However, even in Southern California winters, the footmuff is a great item to have. The bottom half of the footmuff stays on the stroller seat like a seat linner (the seat straps poke through it, so they can be used with the footmuff), while the top half just zips up around the seat, creating a warm sealed sleeping bag.

The Sun Canopy

is a great add-on; not a neccessary purchase. However, if summer days are stiffling, your child will appreciate the extra ventilation of the side and top mesh windows. They’ll also appriciate being able to look through them, as it brings in some light and a provides a bit of a view! They come in 9 different colors, so it’s also a relatively inexpensive way to change the look of your Cameleon.

The Sun Shade

and Parasol are both meant to do the same thing; block the rays. However, they do so very differently. The Sun Shade is great because is blocks/protects your child no matter where your stroller is facing. It encloses your child in a cacoon-like pocket, completely sheltered from the

Bugaboo Cameleon Sun Canopy & Sun Shade

Bugaboo Cameleon Sun Canopy & Sun Shade

elements. It’s a little hard to see into the “caccoon” to check on your child, but easy for them to see out. The Bugaboo Parasol is great at shielding your child from the sun, but requires constant adjusting if you are moving in different directions. So, the sun shade is great because it doesn’t require any adjusting. However, if you want to see your child and have better airflow for them, I would recommend the parasol. We used the sun shade when our kids were born (they slept all the time, so it was great to have full coverage), and the parasol when they got a little older and wanted to look around.

The Wheeled Board

is great if you have 2 kids, or if your child gets restless and wants to stand up. Bugaboo just came out with a Universal Wheeled Board, which can be used with any Bugaboo Stroller. Installing it is really easy (2 plastic brackets, no screws). When using it, your child stands in back of the stroller and through the handle bar. The Wheeled Board gets in the way of your walking stride, so you will have to walk with a shorter stride or a little off to the side. When not in use there is a bungy cord draw string to pull it up, much like a draw-bridge so you are able to walk normally behind your stroller again.

Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller (Folded without wheels)

Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller (Folded without wheels)

So how big is it, really? Well, it’s not small, but it will fit into most 4-door and even hatchback car trunks. The 2-piece fold is a little frustrating at first, but shouldn’t deter you from buying one. After 2 or 3 tries, you won’t even notice it anymore. It’s easy to open, easy to put away, and rolls through the tightest spots at the supermarket and small retail shops. The underseat bag looks tiny, but is deceivingly massive. It’s a little tough to access, but has enough room to store just about anything you need for a quick stroll or a long day away from home. 

Hopefully, this has answered many of your questions about the Bugaboo Cameleon. In the 4 years that we’ve had ours, we’ve never had an issue with it. It’s a stylish workhorse. However, if you do have an issue, the stroller comes with a  great 2-year warranty (and the customer service is excellent).

Overall, the Bugaboo Cameleon is a great stroller. Very expensive…but worth the $979 price tag (I can’t believe I just wrote that…).

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