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Is it worth investing in a Bugaboo pushchair?

We’ve found four Best Buy Bugaboo pushchairs and two Don’t Buys to avoid

Is it worth investing in a Bugaboo pushchair?

Bugaboo’s stylish pushchairs certainly turn heads, but they can cost up to twice as much as other brands.

Buying a pricey pushchair is a gamble, but the good news is that we’ve tested all Bugaboo’s animal-themed pushchair range, including the Cameleon 3, Donkey Duo 2 and Bee 5, as well as the newer Ant and Fox strollers.

Find out the pros and cons of each Bugaboo pushchair below or go to our best pushchairs to see if any were impressive enough to become Best Buys.

Bugaboo Ant – from £429

Typically Bugaboo pushchairs can be quite bulky and heavy, but the small and mighty Ant weighs just 7.2kg.

It’s also compact enough to be cabin baggage-approved for a number of major airlines.

We found something surprising when testing the Ant. Take a look at the Bugaboo Ant review to see how this lightweight stroller fared in our tests and visit the Bugaboo Ant travel system review to see if we found any issues with attaching the Bugaboo Bee 5 Cocoon or an infant car seat.

Pros: Lightweight and compact, reversible seat unit, can be wheeled along like a suitcase when folded, height-adjustable handlebar, all-wheel suspension

Cons: Car seat adaptors sold separately (£35), fiddly to change seat direction, time-consuming to set up, multi-stage fold, bumpy on off-road terrain

Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Plus – from £849

The Cameleon is Bugaboo’s flagship pushchair and it’s been a bestseller for the Dutch buggy brand since 2005.

The Cameleon 3 Plus is the latest incarnation of this multi-tasking travel system, with a redesigned shopping basket for easier access and a sleek new seat unit.

It’s so-called because like its namesake, it can change to suit its surroundings, whether it’s rural countryside, urban surroundings or even snow and sand.

Go to the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Plus review to discover if this truly is the case, and take a look at the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Plus travel system to find out how easy it is to attach a baby car seat or convert the seat unit into a carrycot.

Pros: Copes well with most surfaces, adjustable suspension on the wheels, no re-thread harness, spacious seat unit, unique reversible handlebar

Cons: Have to remove seat before folding, no self-catching clip to hold it together when folded, car seat adaptors sold separately (£40), handbrake is tricky to release, no peekaboo window on the hood

Bugaboo Fox – from £949

Foxes are smart animals, known for being nimble and adaptable to any environment, and this is the ethos behind the intuitive-to-use Bugaboo Fox travel system pushchair.

It has sizeable all-terrain wheels, central-joint suspension and additional rear-wheel suspension to help it feel smooth and light to push.

It’s highly customisable and at the time of writing parents can choose between nine hood fabric colours, two chassis colours, four seat fabric colours, as well as different wheel cap options and handlebar grips.

Our parent testers put it through its paces in our specially designed obstacle course that includes uneven grass, gravel and off-road terrain.

See our Bugaboo Fox review to find out if we recommend investing in this pricey pushchair.

Pros: Large all-terrain tyres, light to manoeuvre, flip-flop-friendly brake, large 10kg shopping basket with pockets, can fold as a one-piece or remove seat for a compact fold

Cons: Heavy and bulky when folded, time-consuming to convert the seat into a carrycot, car seat adaptors sold separately (£40), two-hand fold, time-consuming to set up

Bugaboo Donkey Duo2 – from £1,315

The Donkey Duo 2 is a sturdy travel system pushchair that has an adjustable chassis, so it can be used with one child or extended to be used with two.

This single-to-double convertible pushchair isn’t cheap, but it’s future proof and offers growing families a flexible solution as each of the seats can be swapped for a carrycot or car seat.

As befits its name, the Donkey Duo 2 also offers a large amount of storage, with a 10kg shopping basket, as well as an extra 5kg side-luggage basket that can be used when in single mode.

Read our Bugaboo Donkey Duo 2 single review to find a full rundown of everything you need to know and go to the Bugaboo Donkey Duo 2 double review if you’re thinking of buying this pushchair to use as a side-by-side twin pram.

Pros: Lots of options to transport one or two children, sizeable 10kg shopping basket and additional side-luggage basket, height-adjustable handlebar, large foam-filled tyres, all-wheel suspension

Cons: Very heavy and bulky when folded, wider than most pushchairs, awkward to use on public transport, car seat adaptors sold separately (from £48), unfolding is tricky

Bugaboo Bee 5 – from £549

Most suited to cities and urban environments, the lightweight Bee is known for its excellent manoeuvrability and unique curved look.

It’s ultra-compact, so it’s ideal for crowded or tight spaces and is easy to carry and store, which is handy if you have limited space in your home.

The seat unit can lie flat, so it’s suitable to be used from birth.

Or it can be used with the Bugaboo Bee 5 carrycot or Bugaboo baby cocoon, as well as infant car seats from a number of major brands.

Visit the Bugaboo Bee 5 review to find out if there’s anything you should watch out for and to see the star ratings from our tests.

Pros: Very easy to steer, smooth on pavements, large hood, compact fold, well-padded seat that can be extended for older children

Cons: Bumpy on rough surfaces, brake isn’t flip-flop friendly, can be tricky to fold, shopping basket could be bigger, carrycot adaptors (£34) and car seat adaptors (£40) sold separately

New from Bugaboo 2020

On 1st April 2020, Bugaboo is launching the Fox 2 and the Donkey 3, and we’ll be getting our hands on them soon to reveal our first impressions.

Check back in April for our Bugaboo Fox 2 first look review and Donkey 3 first look review.

We’ll also be putting both of these pushchairs through our full pushchairs test, which includes safety and durability testing, as well as assessing how easy it is to use, to push over different surfaces and whether it’s comfortable for the  baby.

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