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Bugaboo Cameleon3 Combo Review

High price for a heavy, harder to push stroller but the Chicco Keyfit 30 is easy to attach
Bugaboo Cameleon3 Combo
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $1,149 List
Pros:  Easy Chicco seat attachment
Cons:  Difficult to attach Peg Perego, heavy, expensive
Manufacturer:   Bugaboo
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 30% 9
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 5
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 7
  • Maneuverability - 5% 6

The Skinny

The Bugaboo Cameleon3 has been discontinued.

The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 offers mixed experiences when it comes to car seat combination and attachments. The Cameleon is a high-end stroller that works well with at least the Chicco car seat adapter but disappointed us with the Peg Perego adapters. While it isn't the heaviest or the largest product in the bunch, we just weren't that impressed with its performance or features to offer it an award or a real nod of approval, especially given the higher price tag.

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Pros Easy Chicco seat attachmentCompact and lightweight, easy car seat attachmentEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldLighter, nice fold, easy car seat attachment, giant storagePrice, 2 infant car seats, easy seat connection
Cons Difficult to attach Peg Perego, heavy, expensiveHarder to push on uneven surfacesDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSomewhat harder to maneuver, handle adjustment button poorly placedHeaver, harder to push and turn
Bottom Line High price for a heavy, harder to push stroller but the Chicco Keyfit 30 is easy to attachHigh quality, compact option that is lightweight with easy car seat attachmentBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleHIgh-quality, full-size choice with impressive features and easy car seat attachmentInexpensive, versatile product good for twins or multiples with easy car seat connection
Rating Categories Bugaboo Cameleon3 C... UPPAbaby Minu Combo Chicco KeyFit Caddy UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Combo Evenflo Pivot Xpand...
Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (30%)
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Weight Folded Size (25%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
2.0
Quality (10%)
7.0
6.0
3.0
7.0
6.0
Maneuverability (5%)
6.0
5.0
4.0
7.0
5.0
Specs Bugaboo Cameleon3 C... UPPAbaby Minu Combo Chicco KeyFit Caddy UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Combo Evenflo Pivot Xpand...
Weight 17.6 lbs 12.6 lbs 11.7 lbs 18.8 lbs 24.3 lbs
Folded Dimensions 23"W x 11.7"H x 38"L 20.4"W x 13.5"H x 24"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 22.9"W x 10.8"H x 30.4"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 37.5 lbs/40"
20 Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
30 Minimum: Infant - Toddler

When stroller seat is in infant mode: birth - 6 months


Maximum: 55 lbs/38"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
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
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico Nxt, CabrioFix, Pebble, and Pebble Plus
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, and Aton Q
Nuna
Pipa
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
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
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Manual Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 39.8"/44.2" 41.2 36"/42" 40"/43" 33"/44.7"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Medium Medium Large Very Large Extra large
Included Accessories Rain Cover, Bassinet Storage bag None Rain Shield, Bug Shield None
Setup Time 14:13 4:23 8:28 5:54 5:15

Our Analysis and Test Results

Bugaboo manufactures high-end strollers and luggage systems with a company-wide goal to "help you move freely." The Bugaboo company was started in 1994 and creates what they refer to as "game-changing" products that help people explore the world in "comfort and style."

Performance Comparison



The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 works well with the Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat...
The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 works well with the Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat adapter.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The Cameleon can be easy or hard when it comes to car seat attachment depending on the kind of adapter.

The Chicco adapter for the Cameleon is a metal loop that requires...
The connectors on the Cameleon for the Peg Perego were easy to...

The Cameleon is compatible with a few more seats than its little brother the Bugaboo Bee3 Combo. With the purchase of adapters you can use the Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe, and B-Safe 35 Elite; the Chicco Keyfit 30 (adapters above left) and the Chicco Keyfit; the Cybex Aton 2 and the Aton Q; the Maxi-Cosi Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, and the Maxi-Cosi Prezi; and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 (adapters above right). We tested this stroller with the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35.

The attachment of the Chicco onto the Cameleon adapter is similar to...
The attachment of the Chicco onto the Cameleon adapter is similar to how it attaches to the car seat base.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Chicco adapter requires some assembly, and you'll need a Phillips head screwdriver to connect the four parts. The adapter is an easy to assemble metal loop that clicks into the side attachment points on the frame. You must remove the standard toddler seat and canopy before attaching the adapter. The carrier drops into the loop and connects on its own with little force. It doesn't get easier than this. The Cameleon's car seat attachment score is based solely on this car seat combination.

The Peg Perego is extremely difficult to attach to the Cameleon...
The Peg Perego is extremely difficult to attach to the Cameleon adapter because the sides do not align very easily. Several testers significantly struggled to attach the seat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The adapter for the Peg does not require assembly and includes two individual connectors that attach to the side points where the toddler seat connects. Attaching the adapters is easy, but connecting the seat is another story. This combo might be the worst in the review, not just for the Cameleon. Attaching this car seat requires aligning both sides simultaneously and pressing down until they click. While it might sound easy, it often needed two people to accomplish in our testing. We had serious trouble getting both sides aligned and repeatedly failed to make the connections on both sides at the same time resulting in the carrier dropping through and failing to attach. This combination could easily result in new moms crying in frustration and giving up. If you have the misfortune of trying to use the Cameleon with the Peg Perego seat, we recommend practicing at home with no baby until you can make the connection every time.

If you already own the Cameleon, we recommend the Chicco Keyfit 30 adapter and car seat. Alternatively, you could try using other options with the loop style connection as opposed to the two side attachments.

The Chicco car seat adapter needs to be removed from the Cameleon in...
The Chicco car seat adapter needs to be removed from the Cameleon in order to fold the stroller. This will leave you with 2 items to carry and store.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The Cameleon is neither light nor small. The Cameleon weighs 17.6 lbs without the toddler seat and canopy and has a folded size of 10,226 cubic inches. While the weight is reasonable, it is the folded size that is harder to manage.

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

Maneuverability


The Cameleon is better than average for maneuverability. The smaller footprint of this product makes it easier to move in tight spots, but it doesn't turn as well as some of the competition thanks to flexing in the frame and handlebar. This stroller is relatively easy to push on hard surfaces with two hands, and while one hand is possible, you probably won't do it. This stroller has two modes, one for off-road, which makes the pushing on rougher terrain easier, but neither mode is great, and we had some tipping problems in off-road mode, and both wheels got stuck in the grate.

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 wheels are foam filled rubber. We like the performance of rubber and foam if you are worried about a flat tire, but if you aren't going off-road, it seems like overkill and pneumatic tires might be preferable. The back wheels are larger than the front, and the front wheels have adjustable shocks, while the rear wheels have none.

The release button for the Cameleon handlebar.
The release button for the Cameleon handlebar.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The adjustable handlebar is a little larger than the one on the Bee, but it doesn't feel that great because the tubing is too flat. To learn more details about pushing and turning this product, please read more in our review of the best full-size strollers.

Attaching the Peg Perego to the Cameleon is the most difficult thing...
Attaching the Peg Perego to the Cameleon is the most difficult thing about the Cameleon.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


This stroller did not perform well in our tests for ease of use which is a bummer given the higher price tag.

The Cameleon is on the big and heavy side compared to the...
The Cameleon is on the big and heavy side compared to the competition, and you must remove the car seat adapter or toddler seat to fold it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


Folding the Cameleon requires two hands and is tough with five steps and bending to the ground with a busy fold that has a manual lock, and doesn't self-stand or offer a carry strap and you'll need to remove the car seat adapter before folding. The unfold is marginally easier, but still a pain and requires two hands and two steps. Once folded, you will be holding the frame, adapter, and the infant carrier (ugh!).

When releasing the handbrake on the Cameleon you need to be careful...
When releasing the handbrake on the Cameleon you need to be careful it doesn't snap back on your hand.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


This stroller has a single action hand brake that is easy to use, but you need to use caution when releasing the brake, so it doesn't slap you in the back of the hand. The brake is stiffer than other hand brakes, but it is still pretty easy.

The Cameleon storage bin looks fairly large, but it can only hold...
The Cameleon storage bin looks fairly large, but it can only hold 8.8 pounds and it only worked with our medium size diaper bag.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The medium-sized storage bin fit our medium diaper bag with access from all sides that is easier to use before you attach a car seat. The bin has a weight allowance of 8.8 lbs. The allowance is the limiting factor, so you may be unable to carry all of your supplies or run errands.

Sunshade


The canopy doesn't work with the car seat adapters, which means you will need to rely on the canopy that comes with the car seat as baby's protection from the elements.

The Bugaboo Cameleon is an example of a standard size stroller. It...
The Bugaboo Cameleon is an example of a standard size stroller. It is more complex than a frame option, but not as complex as a jogging style product.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Setup


The Cameleon is one of the harder products to assemble, taking just over 14 minutes to get ready to stroll. The documentation is poor with illustrations that are difficult to follow and no words to help explain them.

Quality


One would think a high priced product like the Cameleon would rank higher in the quality department. As it is, this Bugaboo is only slightly better than average.

The aluminum frame is more robust than the Bugaboo Bee3, and we like the way it looks. It feels sturdy, but some flex makes it harder to push. The frame design is simple and looks clean, with fewer plastic components. The heavier canvas fabric lays nicely on the frame, and it doesn't wrinkle or bunch. The storage basket material is heavier than the seat and canopy, and it has a plastic piece on the bottom.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team