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Bugaboo Cameleon3 Review

Poor overall performance despite quality materials and a nice look
Bugaboo Cameleon3
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $1,149 List
Pros:  High quality, good safety score, good sun protection
Cons:  Higher price, disappointing max storage allowance, heavy
Manufacturer:   Bugaboo
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Aug 30, 2019
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RANKED
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 6
  • Maneuverability - 30% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 4
  • Quality - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Bugaboo Cameleon3 has been discontinued.

The Bugaboo Cameleon3 didn't make it into the top half of the products in this review. It has some interesting features, and it scored well on safety and quality, but it failed to impress us in many of the performance metrics we test. Given the comparatively high price tag of this stroller, we had expectations that it would fare better in our tests against the competition. With several strollers costing far less with higher scores, it is hard to truly love this stroller, though it might be a sleek urban dweller that meets the needs of those looking for a sharp looking ride that works well with a car seat.

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Pros High quality, good safety score, good sun protectionEasiest to push, jogger, high quality, easy to useLess expensive jogger, great maneuverability, durableEasy to use, lots of supplies fit in storage, great features, suspension, no flat tiresPrice, lightweight, compact fold
Cons Higher price, disappointing max storage allowance, heavyBulkier, harder to transportLarger, may be hard to lift and carryHeavier than old Cruz, more expensiveDual-front wheel, hard to access storage
Bottom Line Poor overall performance despite quality materials and a nice lookA cool-looking multi-purpose jogging stroller that is also great for everyday useVersatile option with quality craftsmanship and features for jogging or everyday useA high-quality option with lots of useful features and an impressive design with an eye for detailsA budget-minded stroller with the features you need and not much else
Rating Categories Bugaboo Cameleon3 Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Rambler UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Baby Jogger City Mi...
Ease Of Use (45%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Maneuverability (30%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Weight Folded Size (15%)
4.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
8.0
Quality (10%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Bugaboo Cameleon3 Thule Urban Glide 2 BOB Rambler UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Baby Jogger City Mi...
Weight 25.1 lbs 24.4 lbs 25.1 lbs 25 lbs 19.3 lbs
Folded Dimensions 23"W x 17.2"H x 40.5"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 25.3"W x 13.5"H x 38.5"L 22.9"W x 16.5"H x 33"L 25.7"W x 10.6"H x 31.1"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 37.5 lbs/40"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 49 lbs/43.7"
Minimum:
Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: 0 - 8 wk.
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 74 lbs/44"
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Click-in Car Seat Adapters Britax
B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Cloud Q, Aton 2, Aton Q
Maxi-Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Prezi
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Maxi-Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
Nuna
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Nuna Pipa
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
Uppababy Mesa
Clek Liing
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Britax-Romer
Baby-Safe, Baby-Safe Plus II
Chicco
KeyFit Plus
Combi
Shuttle 33
Evenflo
Discovery 5
Graco
SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st
Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio SIP
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
None None
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Medium Large Large Very Large Large
Sun Shade Size Large Large Large Large Large
One-handed Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No No No Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 39.8"/44.2" 30"/46" 38.8" 40"/43" 41"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Included Accessories Rain Cover, Bassinet None None Rain Shield, Bug Shield City GO infant car seat adapter.
Setup Time 14:13 min:sec 5:13 min:sec 5:30 min:sec 5:54
min:sec
4:23
min:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Bugaboo company creates high-end quality strollers to help people "move freely". Bugaboo started in 1994 by developing what they call "game-changing" products. They try to make gear so families can explore the world in "comfort and style."

Performance Comparison



The Bugaboo Cameleon has a variety of seating arrangement options...
The Bugaboo Cameleon has a variety of seating arrangement options and high-quality materials, but overall it is very expensive and harder to use than the less expensive competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Bugaboo is easy enough to use, but for the price, we think it should be simpler.

Fold and Unfold


The Cameleon requires two hands to fold, does not have an auto-lock, self-stand, or carry handle. It takes 5 steps to fold and is hard. The fold requires the removal of parts and means you will also be carrying or storing multiple items. Removing the seat is time-consuming and results in a two-part package. Unfolding the stroller is easier (though still only average) and also requires 2 hands to operate.

When releasing the handbrake on the Cameleon you need to be careful...
Setting the Cameleon hand brake is as easy as pushing the lever...

Brakes


This stroller has a single action handbrake that is easy to set and release. You need to watch that the lever doesn't "slap" the back of your hand when you release it and it is stiffer to set than the other hand brakes.

While the storage basket on the Cameleon can be removed and carried...
While the storage basket on the Cameleon can be removed and carried as a bag, it is hard to fit much in it given the frame bar that runs across the top of the basket.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The storage bin is smaller with a maximum weight limit of 8.8 lbs. We fit our medium diaper bag inside with easy access from all sides. The basket can be removed and used as a bag, but it isn't a quick process.

The canopy on the Cameleon is large, but has no peek-a-boo window.
The canopy on the Cameleon is large, but has no peek-a-boo window.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The sunshade is large and has a UPF rating of 50+. It is nice looking, but it lacks ventilation and a peek-a-boo window, which ruins the happy dance we want to do.

A lot of parts need to come together in order to use the buckle on...
A lot of parts need to come together in order to use the buckle on the Cameleon.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


This Bugaboo has a 5-point harness that is easy to put on and even easier to take off. It has adjustable shoulder and crotch straps that adjust smoothly. There are six pieces to put together, but it still manages to be easy to assemble.

Recline of the Cameleon seat frame happens with pushing buttons on...
Recline of the Cameleon seat frame happens with pushing buttons on each side simultaneously.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The stroller does not have an adjustable leg rest, but it does have a footrest. The footrest is wide and covered with durable unpadded material. The seat back on the Bugaboo reclines and requires two hands to press the buttons at the same time. Some find it difficult to adjust the recline from the back of the stroller.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Cameleon 3 does not have any car seat compatibility standard, but you can purchase adapters for the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Chicco KeyFit, Chicco KeyFit 30, Britax B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe Elite, Cybex Aton 2, Aton Q, Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, Mico NXT, and the Prezi.

At 17 pounds 9 ounces the Cameleon is heavier than all of the car...
The Cameleon car seat attachment is better than most of the...

We tested the stroller using the Chicco 30 adapter. To use the adapter you need to remove the seat. The adapter clicks into the stroller and the car seat clicks into the adapter; there are no straps attachments. The car seat falls into place with very little effort or pressure needed. It is also easy to remove and feels really stable. We did not experience any problems installing the seat.

Ease of Setup



The Cameleon took over 14 minutes to assemble earning it a low score. The documentation is poor, and the pictures are a little confusing.

The Cameleon has rubber foam filled tires.
The Cameleon has rubber foam filled tires.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


The Bugaboo has a smaller footprint that helps it make tighter turns. It rolls fairly smoothly, but it doesn't turn as easily as some of the others, and the frame has a decent amount of flex that makes it harder to push. It is a relatively easy stroller to push with 2 hands, and 1 hand is possible but harder than the competition. Rolling on the carpet is more difficult.

The swivel wheels and suspension on the Cameleon are both adjustable.
The swivel wheels and suspension on the Cameleon are both adjustable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The off-road rolling is tough in standard mode but gets easier in off-road mode. The steering is hard to get used to and we had trouble with it some front tipping over the curb and both front wheels fell into the grate when we tried to traverse it. The off-road mode gave this stroller a score bump it wouldn't have otherwise had.

The Cameleon can fold into 2 pieces making it potentially easier to...
The Cameleon can fold into 2 pieces making it potentially easier to stow.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


This stroller weighs 25 lbs and 2oz and measures a total of 16,002 cubic inches. The weight is above average for the group, but the folded size is larger than all but a handful of other strollers we tested.

Quality is one of the only metrics the Cameleon excelled in.
Quality is one of the only metrics the Cameleon excelled in.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


This Bugaboo performed well in our tests for quality, which isn't a huge surprise given its higher cost and most higher scoring options cost less than this stroller.

The fabric on this stroller is some of the nicest in the review. The entire seat is very soft, finely woven canvas. It seems durable and withstood our tests for snagging. It might be more difficult to clean, but it seems worth it given the nice feel. The footrest is a stiff, slick, heavy canvas and the canopy is a softer canvas that is slightly thicker and more durable than the seat canvas. The basket is the same heavier canvas as the canopy.

The aluminum frame on the Bugaboo is a little more robust than other Bugaboos. The frame feels solid and has a nice finish. The fit and finish of this stroller are clean and the fabric lays nicely. The wheels on the Bugaboo are foam-filled rubber.

The handlebar on the Cameleon has a telescoping adjustment.
The handlebar on the Cameleon has a telescoping adjustment.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Cameleon3 has an adjustable handlebar with an average feel thanks in part to almost flat tubing. The bar is a little higher than the Bee 3, and it is reversible depending on the stroller configuration. This stroller only has shocks on the front wheels, but they are adjustable. It has a sling-style seat with good padding, but it jiggles. We think these elements combine to create a more comfortable ride.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team