Top buggy brands Bugaboo pushchairs
Bugaboo pushchairs came to prominence in the UK when film star Gwyneth Paltrow chose a Bugaboo Frog for her first baby, Apple, born in 2004.
The Dutch buggy brand has been around since 1999 and the pushchairs’ bright, swappable fabrics and stylish design make them a popular choice among fashionable, active parents.
The high price of Bugaboo pushchairs makes them an aspirational choice. Celebrities photographed with Bugaboo buggies include Gwyneth Paltrow, Elton John, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr and Mariah Carey.
What’s a typical Bugaboo pushchair like?
Our table reveals the key information you need to know about this brand and its products from our rigorous testing both in the lab and with parents.
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Bugaboo pushchairs ‘unite form and function’, according to their designer, combining durable stylish frames with bright, washable fabrics.
Take a look at our pushchair owners' views so see what parents thought of Bugaboo as a brand in our survey of more than 1,000 parents .
There are three pushchairs in the Bugaboo range and they can all be used as a travel system with certain models of child car seat.
Three Bugaboo models
The Cameleon 3 is an update of the Cameleon 2, and is apparently a faster and more user-friendly version. It has a limited-edition counterpart designed by Viktor & Rolf. It comes with two fabric 'kits' that can be positioned to create a pram body for newborns or a pushchair seat for older babies.
The Bugaboo Bee is more like a traditional buggy, with a reclining backrest and seat that can face in both directions.
How much does a Bugaboo pushchair cost?
Expect to pay from around £440 for the Bugaboo Bee to around £800 for the Bugaboo Donkey Mono (with a single seat).
If you’re prepared to buy second-hand, prices on eBay (checked May 2013) average:
- £330 for the Bugaboo Bee (we found prices ranging from £135 to £525 depending on the condition and the accessories included)
- £395 for the original Bugaboo Cameleon (we found prices ranging from £200 to £590 depending on the condition and the accessories included)
Read our advice guide on buying second-hand baby products before you buy.
You can also pick up second-hand versions of the Bugaboo Frog and Bugaboo Gecko, which are no longer being made.
How we review Bugaboo pushchairs
Our experts in the test lab put each Bugaboo pushchair through more than 30 tests to check its strength, durability and safety, in line with British standards.
We assess how easy the pushchair is to push, to adjust for children of different ages and to fold up. We also test whether it will fit unfolded on an escalator and on public transport, or folded in the boot of a small family car. We even find out how easy it is to remove food stains from the pushchair fabric.
The final part of our testing involves a panel of parents (and their babies), who rate the appearance and features of the pushchair and take it for a spin to see how easy and convenient it is to manoeuvre on pavements, bumpy ground, up and down stairs and around other obstacles.
You can find out more about how we test pushchairs and read customer views from parents who already own each pushchair in our full pushchair reviews.
Bugaboo Cameleon 3 review
Which? members can check out our full review of the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 to see how this pushchair performed in our tests, watch our video review and read the views of parents who already own this pushchair.
Bugaboo Bee review
Check out our full Bugaboo Bee review to see how this pushchair fared in our tests and to read the views of parents who already own it. It also includes a video of the pushchair in action so you can see how well it performs.
There have been problems with the Bugaboo Bee’s wheels in the past. In September 2011 we reported that Bugaboo was offering Bee owners replacement wheels, as the buggy’s original wheels could jam and cause the buggy to tip over. Check out our Q&A guide to the Bugaboo Bee wheel problem to find out more.
Bugaboo Donkey review
You can also watch our first look video review of the Bugaboo Donkey to see this pushchair in action as a single and a double.
Where to buy Bugaboo pushchairs
Mothercare and John Lewis are two of the biggest chains selling Bugaboo products in the UK.
Bugaboo pushchairs are also sold by independent pushchair retailers and on nursery websites – it’s easy to search for local stockists on the Bugaboo website.
Check out our advice on the best websites for buying baby products.
Bugaboo pushchair warranties
All Bugaboo pushchairs are sold with a two-year manufacturing warranty.
To validate the warranty, register your pushchair with the warranty card provided or enter your details online at Bugaboo.com.
It’s worth registering - Bugaboo identified an issue with the Bee’s brakes in 2009 and issued clip-on brackets that rectified the problem to owners who had registered their warranty card.
Phone number: 0800 587 8265
Fax 020 7385 5888
Address: Bugaboo, Unit 23/7, 187 Munster Road, PO Box 44146, London SW6 6AW