Stroller Review: Bugaboo Cameleon — Is it really worth it?

Photo of my daughter doing a cartwheel next to the stroller as people juggle behind her on a plaza lawn.

Here’s my daughter doing an aú (ahh-ooh), a Capoeira move better known as a cartwheel, at the Farmer’s Market in Arcata, Calif. Oh, and the Bugaboo Cameleon was there too.

When friends and strangers spot the Bugaboo Cameleon we’ve been test-driving for almost four months, their first reaction is, “What a beautiful baby! My he’s big.”

Oh, but sure, conversations invariably turn to the new stroller and eventually its approximate $900 price tag. They all want to know, is it really worth it? Is it a status symbol or does it have a ton of cool features?

Photo of my daughter holding the stroller handlebar with my son seated in the stroller. This is a product shot from inside our house on a white background.

My four-year-old and four-month-old. The handlebar is set at its lowest height. Product shots not used in this review can be found in my Flickr set.

I’ll preface this review by explaining that I’m not motivated by style. I’m all function over form. For our first child four years ago we bought a Phil & Ted’s E3 after meticulously comparing strollers without a clue what features would become important to us.

What follows is an overview of our major likes and dislikes with the Cameleon, the sort of stuff that comes to mind when talking to friends. In order not to miss something important, this review is presented partially in the format of bullet point features (claims) found in Bugaboo marketing materials.

Product photo of the complete Bugaboo Cameleon components before assembly, laid out on my living room floor.

The complete Bugaboo Cameleon base kit, minus a mosquito cover that comes with the kit.

Photo of the Cameleon on a sidewalk at a parade with the bassinet attached.

Cameleon-as-bassinet at the Rhododendron Parade in Eureka, Calif. Shriner car provided for scale.

Bassinet — A bassinet is a wonderful thing. I’m accustomed to jogging strollers, so it was a surprise plus for our newborn to be laying completely flat and facing us. Moreover, the bassinet’s shade coverage is insane. First there’s a zippered cover that shields the lower half of the infant and then a full sun canopy that makes direct sunlight hitting the kid very unlikely (I dread the task of rubbing chemical sunscreen on an infant).

It felt like you could achieve 80 or 90 percent coverage when you wanted, with a handle in front of the opening, making it sort of like peaking into a cave to see my son. When configured as such, it kept away baby-groping strangers.

The bassinet easily detaches and has a handle for carrying. We didn’t use it, but it would come in handy when completing a walk and wanting to bring the baby inside while storing the chassis elsewhere such as a garage.

One downside is that the same seat frame is used for the bassinet and regular seat and there’s some setup involved in the switch (Velcro straps, inserting a mattress). This is more of an issue if you have an infant and an older toddler who trade off.

Choice of tailored fleece fabric — Our demo had orange and black canvas.

Reversible seat — The seat is easy to reverse. Push a large square button on both sides of the stroller and lift up. It’s a flawless design that gave me a certain satisfaction in hearing the seat click into place.

Reversible handlebar for city or rough terrain — Pull two switches on the handlebar and the bar flips so the stroller can be pushed in reverse. We regularly flipped the bar to alternate between our son facing us and facing outward. You can achieve the same effect by lifting the seat and reversing it, but it’s faster just to flip the handlebar.

If you’ve never had a reversible stroller, hey, it can be a big deal. Our son transitioned from insisting on seeing our faces all of the time to being content watching the world go by. In the early phase, an outward-facing stroller would be untenable.

Having the larger tires in front helps you handle rough and loose terrain better, but it’s slightly harder to steer because the swiveling wheels are now in the rear position.

Product photo of the Cameleon in 2-wheel mode.

2-wheel position for sand or snow — I plead ignorance. My wife did the jiggering and couldn’t figure out how to convert to 2-wheel mode using the included photo instructions (Bugaboo provided the above image).

However, the 2-wheel mode strikes me as unnecessary. We dragged the stroller half a mile over several dunes and I’m confident it would have been a pain-in-the-ass either way. Any stroller would be. Once on the flat beach, we used the Cameleon normally with all four wheels and it was delightful. At that point I would have despised being unable to let the stroller stand upright.

Four photos of a teddy bear placed in the stroller demonstrating the bare chassis and the seat tilted at three angles.

Bare chassis and three tilt positions of the chair. Yeah, the handlebar is set at the lowest height in all of these photos. Sorry.

3-position tilting seat — It’s an awesome feature. Unlike most strollers that only tilt the back, the Cameleon tilts the entire seat, back and feet together. We regularly used the three positions.

  • Lay flat for sleeping (bassinet or not).
  • Middle tilt because our son couldn’t sit fully upright yet.
  • Full tilt for our 4-year-old daughter.
Photo of the stroller packed in the trunk of a Subaru Legacy.

The Cameleon packed in a Subaru Legacy.

Photo of the stroller packed in the trunk of a Toyota Camry.

The Cameleon in a Toyota Camry.

Another photo of the stroller packed in the trunk of a Toyota Camry.

Another insertion into a Toyota Camry.

Folds compactly — Technically, true. However, the Cameleon doesn’t have a one-handed fold. To pop the stroller in your car trunk, you remove the seat and place it somewhere. Then, you (sometimes) flip the handlebar to rest over the big wheels and then pick up the chassis.

While it’s not a difficult process, it’s far enough removed from regular one-piece folds that it was sometimes a psychological barrier that caused us to not bring the stroller with us.

The Cameleon strikes me as best suited to a family that leaves the stroller intact at home ready for use, rather than ferrying it around by car.

In our situation, the Bugaboo Bee might be a better fit because it does offer a one-piece fold.

Swivel wheels with adjustable suspension — The wheels swivel or can be easily locked. The suspension has four settings; we left it on the heaviest setting. Our 4-year-old rode in the stroller on many trips to the grocery store, reporting it was comfortable, but no more comfortable than our Phil & Ted’s stroller.

Extremely maneuverable — True. Swivel wheels are a key feature to have and when combined with the reversible handlebar, it qualifies as extremely maneuverable.

Aerosleep mattress — (for the bassinet) It certainly felt comfy. My wife says, “I would have curled up on that.”

Adaptable to various car seats — An adapter can be purchased for infant carriers such as Graco SnugRide and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio. We don’t own an infant carrier, so I didn’t ask to review this accessory.

Separate bassinet/seat fabric — Ours came in classic orange and black canvas.

Photo of three controls on the Cameleon handlebar described in the caption that follows.

1. Handlebar height adjustment knob.

2. Brake release button.

3. Handlebar reverse lever.

Parking brake on the handlebar — (#2 in the image above) The brake sets easily and is in a convenient location. However, when you press the release button on the outside of the handlebar, the plastic brake handle snaps instantaneously downward. If your fingers are in the wrong position, you get smacked. Our son heard his first four letter word on our first outing.

My wife is left-handed, so depending on which way the handlebar was facing (it’s reversible remember) she would get her fingers snapped. It’s a significant usability issue that should be re-engineered in future models.

Product photo of my daughter sitting in the stroller.

Four-year-old in the Cameleon. She fits for now.

For children from 0 to approximately 4-years-old — True. The bassinet clearly makes it usable from birth. Our 4-year-old is 39.5 inches tall and her head skims the underside of the stroller shade.

All material is washable — We didn’t wash anything, but the canvas is easily removable via Velcro, snaps, buckles and/or O-rings (a button hole placed over a protruding pin).

5 point harness — Yep, it’s there.

Telescopic handlebar — The handlebar extends 8 inches. To adjust, you twist a knob on each side of the handlebar, pull or push, and then tighten the knobs.

My wife found the handlebar easy to lower to her height preference. I prefer a handlebar that adjusts in predefined increments so that I’m using the same height each time. But in usage, I rarely noticed the height or bothered to adjust the handlebar.

Higher seat/bassinet frame — Our son was much easier to access in the bassinet than when reclined in our Phil & Ted’s stroller. It’s the difference between, say, bending 30 degrees and bending 60 degrees. Thus, it’s much easier to place our boy in and take him out-of the Cameleon.

Four photos of a teddy bear inside the Bugaboo bassinet with the sun canopy set at different levels of coverage and the cover zipped on or off.

The bassinet removed from the chassis with sun canopy in various stages of coverage.

Larger sun canopy for coverage — The sun shade does descend much further than I’ve seen on other strollers to provide better protection from the sun. It also has three settings (fully retracted, halfway deployed and fully deployed).

Larger underseat bag for storage — It doesn’t look big, but it holds more volume than an average bag because it has a drawstring canopy. Where other bags would spill items, on the Cameleon you can stuff it and cinch it closed. My wife felt more comfortable placing her purse inside because she could hide it from view. The bag’s weight limit is 8 lbs.

(Stroller) weight approximately 20 lbs — Okay, I’ll take their word for it. The stroller wasn’t unwieldy, except on the sand dunes and carrying it up an unexpectedly steep forest trail (see photo near the end of the review).

Because the stroller separates into two pieces for placement in a car trunk, it’s not heavy handling two separate pieces. On several occasions we removed the wheels for car storage and they came off very easily.

Photo of the mosquito net attached to the stroller.

Mosquito cover.

Mosquito cover — You remove the sun shade fabric and use the skeleton to slip on the bug cover. It goes on sort of like a hair net. It’s funny looking, but rock solid.

Photo of the rain cover attached to the stroller.

Rain cover, or baby Michael Jackson hyperbaric chamber.

Rain cover — It’s slightly more involved than the mosquito net, but still easy to put on and off. Most importantly, it’s a tailored fit. Many rain covers on other strollers look a bit sloppy, but the Cameleon is snug and sleek.

Okay, But Is Bugaboo Worth the Price?

Oh, come on. You know the question is facetious. First, a $900 stroller must be within your price range. If it’s not, you can buy a $300 stroller and be content, or for that matter, a $50 stroller, depending on your intended use.

So what are you really paying for?

My wife says: “You’re paying for a badass system that has interchangeable parts that work seamlessly from birth to 4-years-of age.”

Other people might be attracted to the custom fabrics, the style and status that Bugaboo represent. As my wife interjects again, “It is very sleek looking and noticeably different.”

In our rural setting where Target is the primary source of baby gear, people are pushing a lot of BOB and Graco strollers. So the Cameleon did get noticed.

For me, the stand-out features are the awesome bassinet, the awesome tilting seat, the awesome sun shade and everything having the feel of being well made. And it comes with a range of accessories… the bassinet, the mosquito net, the rain cover, maintenance kit and tire pump.

If we had the cash to spare, we’d buy one. “If” being the operative word. Are you getting an appreciably better stroller than you can buy for $300 or $500 less? Yes.

Photo of the stroller, my wife, my daughter and her friend standing next to an enormous tree in a forest.

Requisite photo of the tiny Cameleon next to a ficus tree.

Close-up of my wife, my daughter, my daughter's friend and the stroller in front of the enormous tree. They are staring up at the forest canopy.

Oh, okay, it’s two conjoined redwood trees (small as far as redwoods go) on the Sequoia Park trail adjoining a playground park and city zoo in Eureka, Calif. The boy in red is our town fair pal, who accompanied us with his (off-camera) grandma.

Photo of my son sleeping in the stroller.

Asleep in the forest. My son is lying horizontally in the chair, not bassinet. This configuration means he is bent slightly in a seated position, but he has no trouble sleeping that way.

Photo of my wife and a friend's grandma carrying the stroller up a steep forest trail.

The Cameleon was carried up a steep narrow trail (as any stroller would be). A hat tip goes to our daughter’s friend’s grandmother who accompanied us that day, but only netted a decapitated presence at the top of this image.

Photo of the stroller at the beach. A hole is visible dug in the sand near the stroller.

Token beach photo. Several toddlers dug a hole. It was later used as a urinal by a young boy in our group.

Photo of my son asleep in the stroller at the beach.

Asleep at the beach.

Photo of my daughter sitting in the stroller wearing a colorful shall and blue sunglasses.

We’re at a waterfront watching kineticnauts paddling in the bay. Sorry, no images. This isn’t a sculpture review.

Photo of my son smiling under a blanket in the stroller.

Also see: A Flickr set
of staged product photos I shot, but didn’t use in this review. This
has been my second most time-intensive product review. My sanity
willing, the longest will debut in a few weeks.

The Cameleon is available at Amazon, and a million other places.

[The stroller was loaned to Thingamababy for this review. The dark blue micro fleece blanket seen in some photos is a separate accessory we received long before this review clicked into place. Yep, it's warm.]

Hat tip to the grand poobah of stroller gurus, Greg at DaddyTypes. The stroller loan came about after I posted a comment there about the fleece blanket. The Bugaboo PR folks are on it.

Comments

32 Responses to “Stroller Review: Bugaboo Cameleon — Is it really worth it?”

  1. Inki says:

    Thanks for the very thorough review! Back before my daughter was born, we did briefly consider this stroller, but opted for a cheaper Graco one that had a removable car seat in it. I’m happy we did, since we ended up using the stroller a total of about ten times in her first year! Turns out we’re more into babywearing (especially these days, since there’s A LOT of construction going on everywhere, they’re putting in a light rail system in our town and getting anywhere with a stroller seems like a major pain).
    The Bugaboo does look like a really cool stroller though!

    August 22nd, 2008 at 5:14 am

  2. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    Looks really cool, IF you’ll use all those choices. Me, I can see myself hating to remove the sun roof to put on other pieces. What do you do with the pieces you remove?

    OTOH, I’m really happy with current stroller with a large built-in sunshade that costs $700 less than that one :) (Though right at the top of our budget for a stroller. I have not yet spent $900 on any one item for the baby, unless you count the hospital stay!) The only downside it had was the smallish basket. However, if you are only able to put 8 lbs in that basket, probably a smaller one is better for me as I’m sure my purse alone weighs more than that!

    No, you can’t use it with an infant. But our snap and go worked fine for those months, for about $50 more.

    August 22nd, 2008 at 6:05 am

  3. Nancy says:

    Nice review, but I notice your wife still has her ring sling with her in one of the photos. Yay for babywearing!

    August 22nd, 2008 at 6:06 am

  4. Christy says:

    I just can’t get past the price tag. It almost killed me to pay $100 for a Maclaren Volo recently, so I just can’t imagine paying that much for a stroller. Yes, I realize that it will “grow” with your child, but geez. I just can’t do it!

    Although I do think they are sleek and sassy looking. I would certainly take one if it were given to me!

    August 22nd, 2008 at 7:33 am

  5. anjii says:

    There’s a fairly similar stroller line called Contours by Kolcraft. We have the tandem double, which was only $200 and is AMAZING! That thing will go anywhere, and easily. And with both seats being reversible, you can have the kids both facing forward, both facing you, facing each other or back to back. The huge basket underneath will hold a LOT of weight as well. I’ve had 3 jugs of milk and a bunch of other groceries in there at once, no problem. My 3 1/2 year old fits in his seat great, with lots of room to spare, and my 11 month old is thrilled to face his brother and play, when he doesn’t want to be worn by me. There are times when me oldest is home with daddy, and I have baby in a mei-tai, and I’ll still use the stroller (with just the one seat, in case he doesn’t want to be worn), because then I don’t have to carry my (very heavy) purse and shopping bags, etc, while I’m carrying baby.

    There are places I go where I won’t dare to bring a stroller (particularly a large double), and rather just wear baby and hold 3 year olds hand, but for the most part, I still don’t understand how babywearers without strollers manage… where do you put the purse, diaper bag, etc??? I couldn’t live without my various carriers, but I certainly wouldn’t want to live without my stroller either. JMHO…

    August 22nd, 2008 at 7:57 am

  6. Stephanie says:

    Yeah, I can’t get past that it’s $900. It seems more of a status symbol than anything. I’m sure they can design something great for way less. I guess it’s one step in stroller evolution.

    August 22nd, 2008 at 8:53 am

  7. JMo says:

    Thanks for the thorough review. This is such great info to have and I will point all of my friends looking at the Bugaboo to this link.

    I’ve always wondered what I was missing out on, and now I know. But with 2 years under our belt with the BOB Revolution (front swivel wheel and infant car seat adapter), I definitely think we made the right decision for our lifestyle. Especially when we go hiking and jogging (which is weekly).

    August 22nd, 2008 at 9:20 am

  8. MoJo says:

    We also own a Phil & Ted e3 and I curious if you have a review on it? We have a small list of complaints and haven’t met too many other people who have the same stroller. I am wondering if you have any of the same complaints?

    August 22nd, 2008 at 10:01 am

  9. AJ says:

    MBR, storage wasn’t an issue. The rain and mosquito cover take up minimal space. The seat and bassinet use the same metal frame, so it’s just the fabric and bassinet mattress/board that you store and it easily goes in a closet or whatnot.

    MoJo, I’ll take your Phil & Ted complaint in e-mail. Yes, it’s not a perfect stroller.

    August 22nd, 2008 at 10:21 am

  10. Natalie says:

    My MIL insisted on getting us a Bugaboo frog. I loved using the bassinet when the kidlet was tiny, and that was where he spent his first night at home, since we had set up the crib in the other room and I couldn’t bear to have him that far away. It does roll nicely around the neighborhood and other places we’ve used it (old city with rough, uneven sidewalks). I think we used the rain cover three or four times, and only my husband used the mosquito net during the infant phase. We also did a lot of baby-wearing, partly since we only have a convertible car seat, and who wants to push a stroller everywhere?

    It was not the best stroller to have when we traveled by train a few times. Having a stroller that folds up into two parts was difficult to get on and off the train when schlepping baby and luggage! And he stopped wanting to ride in it once he was about 18 mo. old, so it hasn’t been used much since then.

    I sometimes wish we had told the MIL we would rather have had one of the higher-end Maclaren umbrella strollers (one where the seat folds flat), or maybe the BOB stroller if she really thought we needed pneumatic tires and needed to spend a little more $. But she probably wouldn’t have listened anyway – she really wanted to get us one of those huge, old-fashioned prams with the spoked white wheels. The only way I talked her out of that was to remind her that we drive compact sedans with small trunks!

    August 22nd, 2008 at 12:07 pm

  11. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    I meant, when moving things around when out and about. Not at home. Rain comes and goes around here. And I find our hood is good enough for it anyway. So that might be the answer on the Bugaboo. They wouldn’t get used.

    August 22nd, 2008 at 1:18 pm

  12. Karen says:

    That is one great review. I’m always wondering if its a status symbol. I would love one but my husband would never spend that much money on a stroller would rather spend it on an Apple computer. We were considering the Phil and Ted stroller for our third kid but never got one. I’ll have to say that the mosquito feature would works great for us esp. for traveling overseas that has massive mosquitoes. That would be an awsome feature to have. I’m not thrill with our huge Graco double stroller but we got it on sale and my 2 older boys sits together at the back seat while we put the baby car seat at the front side. So we are maximizing the usage by fitting 3 boys in 1 double stroller ;0). But if I get offer to review this stroller and get to use it or keep it, I would do it in a heartbeat. One thing I know is that my friend who is an OB has one of these Bugaboos. When they went traveling and checked in the stroller at the airport, it was severely dented (of course it pissed them off) when they got it back. So from then on they travel with the cheaper stroller.

    August 22nd, 2008 at 3:37 pm

  13. Sigrid says:

    Nicely written review. We’ve used our Bugaboo Frog since our son was born. Two and a half years of daily use, still loving it, so for us, it has definitely been worth the money. He slept in the bassinet inside the house as well for a few months before moving into a crib (this was the only time we used mosquito netting, to keep the cat out). It’s very comfortable for him even now, easy to maneouver. We live in an urban environment so do almost all shopping, errands etc by foot, so for us, a top quality stroller was important. I know we DIDN’T get it as a status symbol, because my husband picked it out of the line-up of potential strollers at the store as soon as he saw it, and he has NO CLUE about stroller status. It has absolutely the best rain canopy going, like a boy in a bubble. Everyone else I know seems to have gone through multiple stollers, but we’ve been totally happy with just this one.

    Downsides: comes apart into two pieces to fold, so takes time to get in and out of a car. I did gate check it once and it came through fine.

    If bugaboo made a double stroller, I’d have bought one for our infant twins. Sadly, they don’t, at least not yet.

    August 22nd, 2008 at 6:38 pm

  14. Mama Peach says:

    Thank you for the great review! It definitely seems that a lot of thought, time, engineering, and design went into this stroller. I do like how the base model would come with just about everything you would need. Although with a 900 + price tag, I think it SHOULD come with all of the bells and whistles. I love that infants can ride facing the parent – something I think is very important.

    One thing that did make me say to myself ‘eeep’ is the size of it when it is folded. I know you say compact, but that looks huge to me. I barely ended up using my stroller at all because I wore my daughter everywhere, but when she was one year of age, I replaced her ridiculously huge Graco Quattro flat-fold stroller with a Peg Perego Pliko P3, which I absolutely LOVE. We wanted something that would essentially live in the trunk of our car as we have no garage and minimal space inside to store a stroller. Plus we wanted to always have it for ‘backup’ should we need it. The umbrella-style fold of the P3 suited us perfectly, and I find it very manageable even with a toddler in one arm.

    It certainly is a beautiful-looking stroller although when I do see the odd one here I do think ‘status symbol’ as the reason for purchase; you may have just changed my mind on that!

    August 23rd, 2008 at 6:03 am

  15. Mary says:

    I must be out of the loop because I didn’t know about this stroller. Regardless, I wouldn’t want to spend that much money on a stroller. With my son, we received, as a gift, an Evenflo Travel System – so we got the infant car seat and the stroller. Unfortunately, one day at the Renaissance Festival one of the tires broke (The terrain at the festival is very hilly and rough). We wore him the rest of the day in his sling, after bringing the stroller back to the car. After repairing it, the strap to recline the seat broke. I gave up and tossed it. We’ve had various cheap strollers (mostly umbrellas) since, but we rarely use them. With baby number two on the way, we are looking at two strollers: Baby Trend’s Sit & Stand or Kolfraft Contours Options Tandem Stroller (mentioned by anjii). We really are leaning towards the Contours stroller because of the options to change the kids’ facing; however, I’m mixed because of the number of reviews that are bad, as well as, good.

    August 23rd, 2008 at 1:12 pm

  16. K G S says:

    The stoller is pretty, but I was most struck by the photo of the farmers’ market — you could practically fit our local (Chandler, AZ) farmers’ market inside the Bugaboo in summer. You Californians are lucky!

    August 24th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

  17. Anne says:

    We’ve got a Cameleon and it has worked out great for us. My baby girl actually slept in it for almost two months because we also wanted her near. The bassinet is a real plus.

    Some additional comments on the features mentioned:

    The telescopic handlebar was critical for us since my husband is quite tall; although possibly many other models have this as well.

    The raincover works great, I have been stuck in more than one downpour while out walking and you don’t actually have to remove the sun canopy to use it. I came home soaked but my daughter was perfectly dry … as were the items in the underseat bag because of the drawstring closure and the material that faces the pavement on the underside.

    I have also checked the Cameleon in on one international flight and it came out fine. I did however put it in a stroller travel bag (not the expensive one sold by Bugaboo, but a cheaper model). The gate agent in Frankfurt said “oh you were smart to do that” and while I felt a bit awkward ‘unpacking’ and reassembling the stroller on the jetway I guess it helped since I figure this person may have seen plenty of manhandled strollers in their time.

    Bottom line, though, is that the Cameleon is not that air travel friendly – although I don’t know what I would have done without since it was the perfect place for my daughter to sleep during the layover … once she was older, we transitioned to the Volo for plane trips.

    I won’t deny that the look and the feel played a role in my decision to buy a Cameleon albeit a minor one. Plaid and teddy bear patterns are not to my liking and we both like the sporty look. But to each their own taste … one relative thinks it’s quite ugly and doesn’t miss an opportunity to say so …

    August 27th, 2008 at 8:27 am

  18. cowsandlemonade says:

    I really dislike strollers, I think back of the times of my mother n law who did not have the luxury or even heard of ‘strollers’, having to carry her 3 year old son and being 9 months pregnant when her country went to war, walking more than 10 miles to a safer village to avoid the war. How lazy are we to walk from the car to the grocery store? The only thing I used for my children was the Bjorn, I preferred the easement and closeness and it made them sleep better.

    August 27th, 2008 at 10:13 am

  19. Megan says:

    Great review – We have a Cameleon, and we almost didn’t get one because the “status symbol” thing made us cringe. We have limited space in our 900 square foot condo, so it was important for us to find a stroller that could double as a bassinet – there simply aren’t many strollers out there that fit this bill! We got the Cameleon and tons of accessories off of Craig’s list for about half price in almost new condition, so I’d suggest that option to people turned off by the price. It’s an awesome stroller – it just WORKS. I can spin it one-handed down the narrowest of store aisles, it handles hiking trails with aplomb, and it just… works. We use the Graco carseat adapter and it works perfectly – I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to transition to the stroller seat so we can use the raincover and mosquito net (also useful for warding off the prying fingers of strangers). Plus we could probably sell it on Craig’s list when we’re done with it and recoup a lot of the cost – that’s where the status symbol thing works in our favor.

    August 27th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

  20. Maria says:

    There is one other nice benefit to the bugaboo for us – we never bought an infant car seat. We were going to do lots of baby wearing so there wasn’t the need to carry the little one in the car seat. We saved the money and just bought a britax that went from 5lbs to 45lbs. The bugaboo is always in the car. When we go out to eat or to friends houses baby can stay in the basinette or seat as the cameleon seat frame has a bar so it sits level on the floor and the seat frame also fits restaurant slings. We were lucky enough to have nice hand-me-downs of almost everything so the stroller was our one big splurge and we don’t regret it one bit.

    August 27th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

  21. Lucy P says:

    Hello! Hopefully you all will pardon my ignorance, but how does one get around buying an infant car seat? What do you do with the baby in the car? What if the baby is sleeping in the bassinet and then you have to go somewhere…do you have to wake the baby up and move it into something else? We are expecting our first child in April, and I really like the idea of the Chameleon because of the bassinet and that you don’t have to purchase several strollers for several purposes. Also, has anyone looked at the Quinny vs. the Cameleon? Thank you!

    September 21st, 2008 at 6:19 am

  22. Victoria says:

    I wore my son in a Baby Bjorn almost the whole time he was really little. He loved it and it was easy to store. I had a secondhand Graco stroller given to me that I used for longer trips, but it hardly got used. As soon as he was big enough to sit up (and getting a bit heavy), I got a Maclaren umbrella stroller and I’ve been really happy with it. I’m glad I didn’t spend that much, because as soon as he started walking, the stroller sat unused most of the time. It can sometimes be a challenge walking and shopping with a toddler on the loose, but we enjoy ourselves even if some errands take a little bit longer.

    September 25th, 2008 at 7:36 am

  23. anjii says:

    Lucy, I think she means that without the “travel system” of a tradtional infant seat and compatible stroller, she could go straight for a convertible seat which, depending on the make and model can be used rearfacting for infants as small as 5lbs, and eventually as a forward facing seat for older children.

    October 5th, 2008 at 8:27 am

  24. BH says:

    I was tossing up between buying a Mountain Buggy and the Cameleon before the birth of our son. Because we do a lot of extended travelling I wanted a robust stroller that could handle a few knocks that inevitably occur with air travel…I was sold into the Mountain Buggy because it supposedly had a super strong frame. The very first trip we went on the axle was bent (despite being in the Mountain Buggy travel bag). Needless to say I was very disappointed. We went out and purchased the Cameleon (which I should of done in the first place) and couldn’t be happier. It is super easy to fold (despite the two steps), it does fold up much smaller than the Mountain Buggy, the functionality of the Cameleon is far superior to the Mountain Buggy too. One of my favourite features is that with the seat in the upright position it makes a great high chair at a cafe/restaurant as the stroller can easily fit underneath the table.

    November 6th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

  25. Lola says:

    My son is almost 2 and I just bought myself the Cameleon stroller and It is one of the best strollers Ive ever had. The money is well worth it

    February 5th, 2009 at 10:05 am

  26. marie says:

    I love this stroller, it is wonderful. I bought the cameleon when my son was about 6 months old so I never got to use the bassinet,bummer, but i used the sling most of the time in the beginning anyway(and still do). I get so many comments and compliments over it. I bought it used on eBay for $300.00 so I paid way less than the $900.00 for a new one and got a lot of extras included. The only things that I dislike about it is you have to take the seat off to fold it and it is impossilble to open if you don’t have two free hands(and one foot), but compared to the huge strollers that the carseats sit on its worth it. Those big, bulky, heavy strollers are horrible to take in and out of the car. When i had my first son they were my only option. I only wish they had this when my first was born. Just bragging: just the other day our family was at the park and there was another couple with a musty slider and they were going all the way around on the sidewalk b/c their stroller couldn’t handle the steep uphill terrain. We just flipped the handle bar, leaned the seat so our baby was laying back and me and my husband both took one side of the handle. We took it straight up leaned on the back wheels with no problem and made it up the hill way before the other couple were even halfway up the sidewalk. We love it.

    February 23rd, 2009 at 4:11 pm

  27. Jennifer says:

    I am researching strollers, as this will be our first baby so i have nothing to compare too. I am wondering about the seat with this Camaleon – the fact that your baby would always have their legs in that sitting position, no mattter if you had the seat upright, mid-tilted, or full reclined (or is that the case with any Infant Car Seat/Stroller Combo unit, and any other stroller??) Also, re: the bassinet. The manufacturer states you should use the bassinet only – up until your baby is 6 months…but i would think the “restriction” of laying flat ONLY even at 5 or 6 months would not be ideal for baby?? And does this bassinet meet the CPSC requirments? Thanks to anyone that can provide input on these things!

    March 2nd, 2009 at 7:25 pm

  28. Jennifer says:

    One more question. I’ve just learned there is no Child Tray. Does anyone find that to be a major con?

    And does anyone know of an aftermarket universal child tray that is compatible with the bugaboo cameleon, it seems a tray would be so convenient when your child is old enough to feed crackers to themselves, while you are pushing them around all day or even just for a nice long walk….

    thanks!

    March 3rd, 2009 at 8:27 am

  29. Jennifer says:

    and another question….

    When baby is young and in bassinet part of stroller – is there a con to taking the bassinet into a restaraunt. if you have the car seat adapter, you can just take baby in car seat and put on one of those restaraunt provided slings, where the car seat fits right into, than baby is pulled up right at the table with you. however the bassinet – would you put it on the floor? that seems unsafe to me, both for strangers to go by, or i don’t know step on accidentally, would not want it on the floor in public place when i’m at the table. or does the bassinet fit in the restaraunt sling, just as the stroller seat or infant car seats do? again, thank you :)

    March 3rd, 2009 at 9:05 am

  30. Ari says:

    OMG, I have hit the jackpot… one more reason to get (YET ANOTHER) stroller…. ooooh, i soo want one of these now, but i think we’ll need the E3 before we’ll get this one, sadface.

    Wonderful wonderful review! thank you!

    April 5th, 2009 at 9:04 am

  31. Jenny says:

    LOVE our Bugaboo Chameleon. We went back and forth on whether it was worth the money. Then we thought about all of the “stuff” we own that we paid stupid money for (the mountain bike, the kayak, the nice vacuum cleaner) and decided.. hey, this is our KID. She deserves a good quality stroller! My husband is an engineer and was most impressed with the design of the Bugaboo. Like someone above said: It just works. No cheap parts that are going to break, no cheap materials,and just a very elegant design. It is VERY easy to maneuver and rides so smoothly, I don’t feel like I’m rattling her to death when we’re off of the pavement. We bought the Graco Snugride adapter and it has worked wonderfully. My daughter is now 5 months old and enjoying the seat in a slightly reclined position. I’ve also wondered about the lack of a child tray, but I figure we’ll adapt to what we have and not miss the tray!

    May 6th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

  32. Kristina says:

    We have the Cam too. Bought it second hand from Craigslist…no way I would spend 900 for it. But when you get it second hand you can resell it for almost what you paid, if you take care of it.

    The stroller works well in restaurants…no need to take the bassinet off..just flip the handle down to the floor, tuck it under the table and pull the whole thing up to the table. Probably doesn’t take up as much room as an infant seat in one of the restaurant’s slings.

    Yes there are after market snack trays. Carry You makes one and the Phil and Teds Vibe snack tray can fit on it too.

    May 12th, 2009 at 2:35 pm