Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bugaboo Cameleon Review

I thought it is a great idea to start my product reviews with Bugaboo review. Usually stroller and furniture are the two big chunks of money you spend in preparation for your bundle of joy. I spent a lot of time searching for these items, I mean a LOT!

Now, I might not be the most impartial person to review Bugaboo Cameleon because I absolutely love it! Don't worry. though, I will be very objective.

Let's start with pros. It's really really lightweight. When we were buying bugaboo we considered Quinny Buzz 3 and 4 (which I really liked) and Uppababy Vista (which I hated but hubby insisted). Bugaboo was the lightest one. It folds very easily, but I wish it can be folded with seat attached. The arched push handle is a big plus, because it makes bugaboo very easy to steer with one hand while you sip your coffee. Big basket is great. Adjustable suspension helps a lot when you stroll on uneven surfaces. Compared to other strollers Bugaboo is way easier to maneveur around tight corners.

First disadvantage: Bugaboo Cameleon is one of the most pricey strollers in the market. Usually you are looking at a price tag about $800+. But, this is obvious to prospective bugaboo buyers. what is not obvious is that you should be aware of other expenses, too. First off, during summer the tailored fabric, where baby puts her head, makes the baby sweat like crazy! So, you probably want to invest in breezy canopy ($40)- no universals for this one. Also, a sunshade (25) and maybe a footmuff for winter ($130).

Second disadvantage: The need for adapters to put a car seat on the chassis and I gotta tell you it's not the easiest task to do. I really really hope Bugaboo is working to design its own car seat that can be clicked directly on the chasis. We have a Maxi-Cosi car seat. You have to put adapters on car seat first to put it on the chassis. Imagine: baby is sleeping in the car seat, you take the car seat out of the base. Try to hold still car seat with one hand (about 15 pounds min.) and click the adapters!!! It's impossible. You can suggest clicking the adapters just once and using the car seat with adapters on. But, no that's impossible, too. With adapters on you can't use the car seat with its base. And it's not safe, so you should not do it. If you are buying bugaboo, research the car seat that is easiest to use. Maxi Cosi is not the one. Oh, by the way, your baby is awake and crying her eyes out by now. I wonder if Bugaboo works better with other car seats such as Peg Perego and Graco.

Aside from the price tag, and the car seat problem, I love my Bugaboo. I take every chance to get my baby out with it. My baby enjoys it, and it has been very easy to put her to sleep. I just lay the seat flat with one move and there you go, she is as comfortable as sleeping in her bed. Also, I love the colors and new pattern tailored fabrics ($150). If you don't mind spending more money you can change the color of your stroller whenever you want, just buy another tailored fabric set.


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