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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
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Price:   $1,149 List | $1,099 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy Chicco seat attachment
Cons:  Difficult to attach Peg Perego, heavy, expensive
Manufacturer:   Bugaboo
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Apr 23, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 5
  • Maneuverability - 10% 6
  • Safety - 10% 8
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 4
  • Quality - 5% 7
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 4

The Skinny

The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 earned 68 points out of 100 in our review for stroller car seat combinations. The score gave it a higher rank tying with the UPPAbaby Cruz Combo. 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 attachmentSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons Difficult to attach Peg Perego, heavy, expensiveLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line High price for a heavy, harder to push stroller but the Chicco Keyfit 30 is easy to attachBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresEasy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleCompact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Rating Categories Bugaboo Cameleon3... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (35%)
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Weight Folded Size (30%)
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Maneuverability (10%)
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Specs Bugaboo Cameleon3... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 17.6 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 23"W x 11.7"H x 38"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 37.5 lbs/40"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
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
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold No No Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Manual Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold No n/a Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 39.8"/44.2" 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 32"/44.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Medium n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories Rain Cover, Bassinet Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None None
Setup Time 14:13 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

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".

The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 works well with the Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat adapter.
The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 works well with the Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat adapter.

Performance Comparison


The following chart is a comparison of the overall scores for each combination we tested.


The information below offers details on how the Cameleon compared to the competition during testing.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The Cameleon tied with the Bugaboo Bee3 Combo for ease of car seat attachment with 9 of 10 scores.

The Chicco adapter for the Cameleon is a metal loop that requires assembly but it easy to use.
The connectors on the Cameleon for the Peg Perego were easy to attach to the frame but difficult to use with the car seat.

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

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 adapter because the sides do not align very easily. Several testers significantly struggled to attach the seat.
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.

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 required 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 fits easily and with little pressure into the adapter on the Cameleon.
The CHicco fits easily and with little pressure into the adapter on the Cameleon.

Weight and Folded Size


The Cameleon earned a 5 of 10 for weight and folded size and is neither light nor small.

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.
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.

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.

Maneuverability


The Cameleon earned a 6 of 10 for maneuverability.

The swivel wheels and suspension on the Cameleon are both adjustable.
The swivel wheels and suspension on the Cameleon are both adjustable.

The smaller footprint of this product makes it easier in tight spots, but it doesn't turn as well as some of the others 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 wheels are foam filled rubber and we like the performance of rubber and foam if you are worried about a flat tire, but if you aren't going to be off-roading, it seems like overkill and the performance of pneumatic tires might be preferred. 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.

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 about the Cameleon.
Attaching the Peg Perego to the Cameleon is the most difficult thing about the Cameleon.

Ease of Use


Much like its little brother, the Bugaboo Bee3 Combo this stroller did not perform well in our tests for ease of use with a 4 of 10.

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.
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.

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

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 8.8 pounds and it only worked with our medium size diaper bag.
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.

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 is more complex than a frame option  but not as complex as a jogging style product.
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.

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 earned a 7 of 10 for quality.

The aluminum frame is more robust than the Bugaboo Bee3, and we like the way it looks. It feels sturdy, but there is some flex that 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 in the bottom.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team