Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Stroller Review
The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is a luxurious and versatile stroller featuring a reversible handlebar and seat as well as a matching bassinet. This model is 3rd generation from the Bugaboo manufacturers and is designed for everyday activities.
It is perfectly adapted for strolling the park, ambling about the neighborhood or visiting a shopping center. The child’s seat is removable and the frame can be used with a car seat (sold seperately) or with the matching bassinet that is included, so you have a stroller that will develop with the size of your infant. Amazon brings it to us here at the best price.
The stroller maneuvers with superb fluidity, the large 12″ rear wheel and adjustable fore wheels that support the stroller keep the ride smooth and easy. The cool thing is, when moving through rough terrain such as a tangled lawn or park, the handlebar can be reversed and the large rear wheels can become the fore wheels and this makes navigating rough terrain like mulch, grass, gravel or such, a piece of cake.
One other interesting thing this versatile model can do is flip into two-wheel mode, by taking off the removable front wheels. When I saw this I envisioned a wheelbarrow of sort and it didn’t look at all secure. Nevertheless, the spiel is that it will make the trek over snow or sand much easier, which I would like to see in action.
More Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Features
Another great feature is that the basket area itself is spacious and comfy with a large canopy, this is a favorite feature with parents. The Cameleon only weighs 21 lbs, even with this broad array of features and accessories.
Out of a perfect 5 Star Rating this model receives 4.5. The points it lost were, the lack of an adjustable foot rest, limited storage area, high price and the size of the contraption. At this price it should have had a better canopy design and a Follow-the-Sun feature. The V shaped seat is not recommended for infants older than six months. I would also like to be able to adjust the footrest and lay the back down, and create a horizontal bed for my baby.
Even though this generation came out with more bells and whistles it was sold at the same price. The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is priced at $889 – $1090 on Amazon depending on the color, free shipping and no taxes.
Included in the package is a bassinet, rain cover and bumper bar, there is no cup holder. I have put a list of specifications here for you.
Pros of the Bugaboo Cameleon 3
Large Canopy –The canopy is quite large and makes a roomy shelter, but it does not provide coverage completely, particularly when the seat is fully reclined. The canopy doesnít feature a peek-a-boo window, as a parent that disturbs me, but oddly none of the Bugaboo Strollers feature peek-a-boo windows. For the price they ask for this model, this is not a feature they should have skimped out on.
Telescoping Handle Bar — In order to accommodate parents of varying heights the handle is adjustable and can be set to stand 39í inches above the ground to 44″. The adjustments can be set anywhere along this range and clicks are heard so you will know when to lock it in place.
Run-Away Strap — A Safety feature that prevents the stroller from leaving your control, this would be a helpful precaution for stopping on an incline or jogging, Maybe? Nevertheless, this models run-away strap is considerably shorter than the previous models.
Handbrake — This models handbrake is secured with a single click unlike older generations that went through a series of clicks till becoming secured.
Reversible Seat — The reversible seat is also very roomy, 13″ wide and 23″ from the back of the seat to the canopy above. The seat depth is also 11″ so that it can hold an infant younger than 6 months quite comfortably.
Roomy Foot Rest — The footrest is another upgrade from previous editions when they were smaller, the foot drop is now a full 9″.
Bumper Bar — Included in the Standard model is a swing aside type with a sturdy foam cushion.
5- Point Harness — This 5 point harness features a center release buckle and extra padding for added comfort and support. The straps have been updated and are now easier to adjust. No more having to rethread the apparatus.
Larger Basket — The basket is another feature that has been updated. It is much larger now and also features a handy cinch that can be set in place to keep the contents of the basket from falling out when folded up. I have lost many items simply by forgetting them when closing up and stowing the stroller in the back of the car. Sometimes I am lucky enough to find them later, once I drove over a bottle of sunblock. The larger basket also fastens in place with snaps rather than the velcro we saw in other models, which is good. It is still not as big as easy to get to as Iíd like it to be, though.
Wheels — It rolls on four foam filled wheels 6 ì in the front and 12î wheels in the back. The rear wheels can be removed by pushing white buttons on the side. The front wheels that swivel can also be locked in place for improved stability.
Two-Wheel Mode –This is not the most common feature of a stroller, but the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 can be set into two- wheel mode that supposedly makes it easier to push through sand and across snow. As I said before this doesn’t appear very stable so just don’t plan to cross the tundra.
Front-Wheel Suspension — The front wheels are fitted with an adjustable suspension system that has four different settings.
Easy Fold — About time they made the folding up process a bit more user friendly. The older models had me up in arms at times. Have you ever seen a wild eyed mother delivering karate chops to a smoldering hunk of mangled machinery, probably a Cameleon owner. As parents we were very happy to see that the process now has been greatly facilitated, now all you have to do is hold and release the system locks on either side and push the stroller downward and voila!
Reversible Handle Bars –To easily find your away over rough terrain, the handlebar can be released and the advantage of 12î foam filled tires can be unleashed. this way cruising over grass, mulch, leaves or sand is a breeze. They say it can travel over snow but I donít live that far North or South.
-Matching Bassinet — and It s Included in the standard model. This was one of the greatest selling points of the Bugaboo Cameleon 3, it can be transformed from stroller to a fab pram by removing the seat.
-Rain cover. INCLUDED!
Cons of the Bugaboo Cameleon 3
- …and the Peek-a-Boo Window? — After all the work into making a large luxurious looking canopy all they accomplished is obscuring all those smiles and moments that are so fleeting and why does this luxury stroller not have a Peek-a-Boo Window?
- Bulky –I mean don’t think this will make a shopping trip unless youíre shopping for postage stamps there will be little room in the trunk for anything else.
- One Piece Seat –This means junior is always in a seated position when it would be better if sheíd lie down when sleeping.
- Storage Space –The storage space is also an issue I wish they would attend to, there are no compartments for items
- No Cup Holder –It is anything but the cheapest stroller on the market and it doesn’t have a cup holder, Shameless! You can buy one for the additionally exorbitant amount of $25.
Bugaboo Cameleon 3 made Updates
I have already discussed some of the most prominent adjustments that have been made on the Bugaboo Cameleon 3, but here they are one more time. We have also received a good stroller safety guide from a respectable clinic which can be found here.
Easier Fold — Still a two hands and two piece process but has been made significantly easier and is now completed in one smooth motion.
Run Away Strap –Maybe shorter than on previous models but still there.
Harness Adjustment — Now this can be done by sliding the strap up and down no more need to rethread the system.
Wheel Release –The wheels can be released by simply pushing the large white wheel release buttons and they pop right off.
Larger Basket — It is larger than its predecessor and also securely snaps in place rather than being suspended by a velcro snap.
Bassinet Strips — On this model the bassinet strips are sewn into the fabric to prevent them from becoming pulled out and lost.
Remember its always good to check the latest on their website at Bugaboo where they always have new info and tips.
Video Demo of Bugaboo Stroller
Here is a video of a Folding and Unfolding of the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Stroller
Where to buy it
Amazon is usually the best place to buy a quality stroller, it certainly offers the best deals on shipping handling and no sales tax. You can purchase your Bugaboo Cameleon 3 in a variety of colors that will cost a bit different depending on your taste.