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Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Legacy Review


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The Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Legacy
Price:   $180 List | $143.99 from Amazon - 20% Off
Pros:  Beautiful design with thoughtful features, multi-use, heavy duty hardware
Cons:  Heavy, slouchy shape, expensive
Bottom line:  A favorite among our team, multi-functional, stylish, and easy use as a breast pump bag
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Manufacturer:   Ju-Ju-Be

The Skinny

Although the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Legacy is not a bag initially designed to hold a breast pump, it did the job well. It was the favorite bag we tested among all the moms we encountered. They loved its polka dot pattern, gold metal hardware, and the light colored satin fabric interior. Its easy convertible carrying options (from handbag/briefcase, to backpack, to shoulder bag) was an added bonus and we found it fit all of the necessities for both pumping and work nicely. While it was one of the more expensive bags we tested, we loved it and think moms who want a fun and stylish bag to carry all of their things in will love it too.

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Natalie Hale
Review Editor, BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Tuesday
November 11, 2014
Everywhere we went the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Legacy got attention. Moms and dads praised its style and fell in love further when we showed them the interior. While built to be a diaper bag, the Legacy actually makes a decent breast pump bag as well. It fit the three pumps we tested and their accessories well. Things did get a little tricky when we tried to fit in our additional personal items, but the many compartments within the Legacy addressed just about every concern.

Performance Comparison


The Ju-Ju-Be Legacy with the Specra S1 Hospital Grade Pump. The only downside to the Legacy is that you have to remove the pump when in use. This is great for pumps like the Spectra S1 and Harmony Manual but less than ideal for the electric Medela pump.
The Ju-Ju-Be Legacy with the Specra S1 Hospital Grade Pump. The only downside to the Legacy is that you have to remove the pump when in use. This is great for pumps like the Spectra S1 and Harmony Manual but less than ideal for the electric Medela pump.

Ease of Use


This was a relatively easy bag to use, which is why we awarded it a score of 7 of 10 in this category. With three carrying options (handbag/briefcase, shoulder bag, or backpack) moms can easily configure the bag to a mode of transport they desire for the day. Since it doesn't have a specialized pump storage compartment, we just stored the pumps in the large main pocket, and because the zipper extends all the way to the bottom of the bag, it made setting up for pumping a breeze. There was no digging for parts and we could leave the pump right in the bag if desired. Clean up was just as quick and easy.

Quality


Here are the shoulder straps of the Ju-Ju-Be. They are well padded and make for a comfortable wearing experience.
Here are the shoulder straps of the Ju-Ju-Be. They are well padded and make for a comfortable wearing experience.
The Legacy is made with quality materials and it shows. While initially concerned with how the fabric would hold up, we found the Teflon® coating kept the bag looking just as nice as the day it arrived on the exterior. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the interior as the lighter fabric showed every spill, but this was not enough to deter our affection, as the bag is machine washable. We fell in love with the heavily weighted gold colored hardware and the zippers held up well over heavy use. Over all, we awarded the Legacy the highest score out of all the bag for its quality materials with a 9 of 10.
Pretty hardware on the Ju-Ju-Be.
Soft gold interior of the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Legacy is a silky-feeling fabric that tends to hold on to stains  but it can be thrown into the washing machine for easy cleaning.
As the Legacy is machine-washable  it passed our liquid test with flying colors.
 

Weight/Bulk


The Legacy was one of the heavier bags we tested. At 2 lbs. 10 oz. it outweighed every other bag in the competition with the exception of the Ness Mamie. We attribute the majority of this extra weight to the heavy metal fixtures. Also, because it is a fabric bag, it does not have a lot of structure. Consequently it takes the shape of whatever is in it. We found some items would add bulges and bulkiness to the bag, which we think could pose a problem when trying to navigate tight spaces. We awarded it one of the lowest scores for this category, a 4 of 10.
We love the hands-free backpack-carrying option the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. offers.
We love the hands-free backpack-carrying option the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. offers.

Features


Loaded with great features, this bag received a high score at 8 of 10 in this category. Some of the features include: AgION antimicrobial treatment of the bag, removable shoulder and backpack straps, five exterior pockets (two zip closures and three open slots), memory-foam changing pad, stroller clip compatibility, machine wash option, a bungee cord key ring, eyeglass cleaning cloth (genius!) and a plethora of interior pockets to store change, a photo or other loose items.
Pretty hardware on the Ju-Ju-Be.
Pretty hardware on the Ju-Ju-Be.

Style


As we mentioned earlier, this bag received the most attention of all the bags we tested. It combines three of the hottest trends on the market: a backpack, polka dots, and gold hardware, which is why we awarded it a high score of 8 of 10 in this category.

Best Applications


This is a great multi-use bag that we think moms will love. While it might be too "cute" to carry in a very professional office, it definitely would work well as a diaper bag or method to carry a breast pump in a more informal setting. We think moms will appreciate the many carrying options it offers, particularly when it is used as a backpack as it becomes hardly noticeable and comfortably balanced which is a nice option for moms that may have to carry their personal effects long distances.

Value


The B.F.F. Legacy was among the more expensive bags we tested, but we think it is well worth the higher price tag. The many accessories it includes and its ability to be used for many different purposes could eliminate the need to buy both a bag for your breast pump and a diaper bag. The fact that it is machine washable is an added bonus which makes cleanup a breeze should the bag begin to look a little worn.

Conclusion


We loved the Ju-Ju-Be. It had consistently high reviews by other moms online and in person. We think its fun style and ease of use make it a great option for moms who want a bag that can keep up with the busy lifestyle they lead.

Other Versions and Accessories


There are three more versions of the B.F.F. Legacy:

Video


We invite you to skim through this long You Tube review video featuring the B.F.F. Legacy in The First Lady. It goes through its use as a diaper bag but really touches upon the plethora of organizational space this nicely made, easy to clean, and very useful bag provides.
Natalie Hale

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