Bugaboo Cameleon 3
Buy from John Lewis (lowest price)
The Bugaboo Cameleon is a bit of a humdinger. It ticks pretty much all the boxes and has armies of adoring fans who insist that it provides value for money, despite the eye-watering price tag. We’re inclined to agree – you’ll still be using it when the dent in your bank account is a distant memory.
The standard set includes the carrycot (allowing it to be used straight from birth) and pushchair seat. This can be switched to be parent-facing or world-facing, so you can change their point of view as they grow older. The car seat adapters (sold separately) also allow it to be used as a travel system with a range of car seats including the Maxi-Cosi Pebble and Cabriofix.
The Cameleon’s big inflatable tyres do provide a manoeuvrability benefit by allowing you to push it around on all terrain, including sand and snow. It is also perfect for a city stroll as its weight distribution and design allow you to swivel around undesirable pavement deposits using nothing more than your fingertips. However whilst it’s relatively lightweight at 9kg, it is rather bulky, so if you have a lot of stairs in your life the Bugaboo Bee is probably going to be more up your street.
It’s also worth noting that If the first thing on your mind when you picture yourself with a new buggy, pram or pushchair is ‘How easily will it fold?’, you may want to move on over to the Mountain Buggy Swift, which is a one-handed-fold affair. The Cameleon is a slightly more complex process as there are several parts to manage and it’s fair to say that there’s a bit of a knack to it.
When buying a Cameleon, you get to do a bit of designing. You can choose an aluminium or black painted chassis (aluminium is £50 cheaper!), then you decide the colour of your hood, followed by the pram apron. In our experience, this whole process brings a lot of websites to their knees and you can easily end up hating pushchairs and the internet. However John Lewis have got their act together with it and have a check list of all the things you need. It’s still not effortless, but set aside a bit of time and you’ll get the combo you need.
In summary, the Bugaboo Cameleon is pricey and bulky, but if you’re not short on space (or money), this is a versatile, durable, top-of-the-range piece of kit that is likely to see your child through the whole of their buggy life.
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