Bugaboo Cameleon3 – The Road Test

Our Rating

9 Ease of use

10 Durability

10 Fashion/Design

9 Accessories

10 Value for money

How I score it:

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Two Legs, Four Wheels and a Bugaboo

As I walk around John Lewis, bamboozled by the choice of ‘travel systems’, I realis I was entering a whole new world. A world of daytime Mums, a world of adding 30 mins to any given journey. A world of two legs, four wheels and a baby.

My buggy had to be something durable, loveable, functional. It had to withstand my clumsiness, yet fit in to my life – and car.

John, coincidently of John Lewis, was a knowledgeable chap who talked me through this new world. He seemed partial to the ‘UPPAbaby’, but I found it inferior to the Bugaboo. I liked the look of the Quinny, but its tri-wheel system was clumsy. I was put off the iCandy from its loud hood – plus it sounds like a bad nightclub! There was something traditional about the Silver Cross that shouted ‘Downton Abbey’.  While I’d never heard of Joolz before, it turned out to be extremely desirable but unaffordable.

But, with its superior overall look and feel and sarmy of celebrity fans (Elton John, The Beckhams, Gwen Stefani), I was to join the Bugaboo gang./.

My only quandary was to Bee or to Cameleon3? We live in an area that has both city and country. It had to be suitable to both terrains. Plus my husband is a big man, so it needs to work for him too. All fingers pointed to the Cameleon3.

Now, a few weeks on, I’ve road tested the product to its limits, and I’m reassured to say it was the right decision.

Stroll it like Beckham (other Dad’s available)!

Beckham, Cowell, or maybe Martin – each Dad has their own style, none more so than this celebrity clique.

If you’re looking to invest in a good travel system, here’s why I recommend it:

  • Bugaboo is a premium brand that screams good quality and years of experience. This is reflected in a superior product that won’t let you down.
  • It’s a smooth ride. Like a Mercedes gliding over a freshly tarmacked road. It’s a well-designed machine.
  • Strong, durable and equally suited for country walks as city dwelling.
  • It’s sexy, it’s stylish, it never goes out of fashion. It’s the Sofia Vegara of the pram world!
  • You can tailor it to your personality. Therefore take your pick of the range of colours, accessories and limited edition versions (Diesel, Andy Warhol designs, etc)
  • It will never lose its re-sell value. This isn’t something you might be thinking about now, but it’s reassuring to know that it’s a good investment.
  • Bugaboo has excellent custmer service. Friends have told me that damaged parts have been easily replaced by them.
  • It is well designed, with a wrist strap for reassurance, and easy to collapse and assemble parts. As well as the carrycot, it comes with the seat for 3 months +.
  • It works with the Maxi-Cosi car seat.
  • Its accessories are awesome – the cup holder, the changing bag, the footmuff. Once you buy in to the brand, you’ll want it all!

Bugaboo Cameleon³ – Demonstration Videos here

All Images Courtesy of Bugaboo

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What doesn’t work for me?

  • Like all models, the Cameleon3 isn’t perfect – here’s a few Bugaboo bugbear’s I’ve noted:
  • The basket is not generous, and for the first three months accessing it is a constant annoyance.
  • It can be heavy to lift if you’ve had a cesarean (which I did) – that said you do get use to it (which I did!)
  • To fit it in my car boot I have to take the wheel off, or remove the boot shelf.

Wrapping it up…

We heart the Bugaboo, it’s practical, durable and fashionable. It’s timeless and loved by the jet-set, from the Ecclestone’s to the Beckham’s. We just hope that K-Middy will be joining this elite gang, with Princess Charlie – c’mon join the ride!

The Bugaboo Cameleon3 is available in John Lewis, starting from £729.

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