Why you will love it: The Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller is a transformer that converts from a bassinet into a 3 place, dual-direction chair that can carry children from birth to age 3.
Experts: Great maneuverability, simple to adapt to varied configurations, smooth and responsive steering
We've also always loved the massive storage bag that slings beneath the stroller and the adult's cup holder that clips on the handle. With practice, I discovered to get the stroller into its traveling bag in around three minutes, a terrific supply of dad pride. (Dads understand what I am talking about. Moms, also.)
(And by the way, that's the ideal spelling, not"chameleon" such as,y'know, the chameleon.) But when our Bugaboo Cameleon finally broke after almost exactly four decades of almost daily usage, suppose what stroller we bought to replace it? Another Bugaboo.
In terms of child relaxation, this stroller is tough to beat. The bassinet is heavy, softly padded, and can continue to keep a baby warm and protected from sunlight. The chair tilts to varying places to allow a kid to bend for a rest or sit up when they want to see everything around them. And the large, shock-absorbing wheels keep the ride comfortable even over solid ground.
When I say simplicity of usage, I mean two things. First, it is quite simple to steer, reacting even as you navigate tight ends, trundle up or downhill, or push your stroller's foam-filled tires over rough terrain. Second, the versatile, modular stroller is easy to configure in a variety of ways. The framework moves from a newborn's bassinet to an infant's chair into a toddler-sized setup in just a couple of minutes.
Through its life span, our Cameleon logged over 2,000 miles In my rough estimation. That variables in an almost everyday walk which has been more than two kilometers long plus thousands of errands, museum and zoo visits, all-day trips through vacations, etc. We used our Cameleon five or six days per week from the initial days when our child was born through the day its central locking mechanism snapped, making the chassis a fancy paperweight. All those years and the many miles help make the $1,200 price tag much easier to stomach.
Now to be honest, even if packed down, this stroller is still pretty bulky. But I'll wager you also would think about purchasing another following years spent with your initial.
An article from Mom's Stroller Reviews states the Cameleon's"maneuverability is totally great" and enjoys "the all-terrain brakes are filled." Along with a survey of ratings left on the respected website Consumer Affairs discovered that the stroller has a typical 4.5-star rating among its most satisfied owners.
Disadvantages: Very Pricey, rather bulky
Every bit of this stroller that can be removed for storage or during a reconfiguration is controlled through transparent white buttons, clasps, or locks that are readily identified and easy to operate.