The Bugaboo Cameleon is a full-featured luxury stroller that consistently wins praise from experts and owners for its safety and durability. It also gets high marks for maneuverability, comfort and appearance, and comes in a wide range of color and fabric choices. Users particularly like its bassinet feature, large canopy and adjustable suspension. The Cameleon is one of the most expensive strollers on the market, however, and experts -- and even some satisfied owners -- question whether it's worth the high price tag.
The Cameleon bills itself as an all-terrain stroller, but a common complaint from parents and reviewers alike is that it doesn't perform well on challenging or uneven surfaces. Others grumble about the stroller's tricky folding mechanism. Overall, the Cameleon's biggest fans seem to be parents who live in the city and walk virtually everywhere, and don't need to fold it very frequently. It may be a satisfying pick for those with deep pockets, but more budget-minded parents who want an all-terrain stroller should look at the top-rated but more moderately priced BOB Revolution SE (*Est. $313) .
StrollersAndPrams.com extensively reviews the Cameleon, complete with dozens of helpful photos. BabyGaga.com conducts a similarly rigorous evaluation, grading the Cameleon in 11 performance areas and comparing it to other full-featured strollers. "Baby Bargains," a book that gives respected expert buying advice, says the Cameleon is tough to review simply because it's so expensive that few people own one. That may explain the relatively small amount of user feedback at generally reliable sites like Amazon.com. The best and most numerous owner reviews of the Bugaboo Cameleon come from forums at JoggingStroller.com and MumsNet.com, a U.K.-based site. New York Magazine also tests the Cameleon as part of a review of eight strollers on the streets of New York City.
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The 2007 version of the Cameleon gets an extensive review, complete with dozens of photos of its features, functions and accessories. (Bugaboo updates its models regularly, so the 2007 may not be the same as the 2011 model.) The reviewer considers the Cameleon's ease of use, style, features and maneuverability, and pays close attention to the procedure for folding it. The stroller ultimately receives a score of 4.5 stars out of 5 for its excellent suspension and attractive features, but editors say it doesn't perform well on more challenging terrain.
Review: Bugaboo Cameleon Review, "Annabel", Not Dated
Editors at BabyGaga.com test 21 standard strollers in 11 performance areas. The Bugaboo Cameleon gets high marks, earning an overall A grade from both expert reviewers and parents, who like its top safety rating and excellent maneuverability. The stroller earns its lowest ratings in convenience, with some owners complaining that it's difficult to fold and bulky once folded.
Review: Bugaboo Cameleon, Editors of BabyGaga.com, Jan. 20, 2011
3. Baby Bargains
This book includes buyer's guides and ratings on a variety of baby gear, and authors Denise and Alan Fields conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. The Bugaboo Cameleon gets an A grade due to its overall quality and sturdiness. Because of its complex folding procedure, however, the authors recommend it primarily for parents who live in urban settings and don't have to continually disassemble/reassemble the stroller to get it in and out of a car trunk.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition, Jan. 2010
4. New York Magazine
Faye Penn and her baby Ezra test eight trendy strollers -- and an inexpensive Fisher-Price lookalike -- on New York City's cobblestones, buses, stairways and subways. Penn likes the Cameleon's super-smooth ride, but says it's awkward on stairs, and difficult to maneuver on and off public transportation.
Review: This Is How We Roll, Faye Penn, Jan. 27, 2008
In about seven owner reviews, the Bugaboo Cameleon gets an overall rating of 3.7 stars out of 5, winning praise for maneuverability, style and sturdy construction. Some users report having trouble folding the stroller, and others say its storage basket is too small and difficult to access with the bassinet in place.
Review: Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller, Contributors to JoggingStroller.com, As of Dec. 2011
MumsNet.com is a European website with articles, forums and product reviews. The Bugaboo Cameleon receives a score of 7.9 out of 10 from nearly 100 owners, getting high marks for ease of use, value and quality. Users like its stylish design, maneuverability and comfort, as well as its large rain and sun canopies. There are a few negative reviews, with complaints about difficulty folding the stroller, bulkiness after it's folded and poor performance on challenging terrain.
Review: Bugaboo Cameleon, Contributors to MumsNet.com, As of Dec. 2011