Bugaboo Bee: Busy as a Bee

03/25/2008 at 10:43 AM ET

BugaboobeeBugaboo rocked the stroller world with their Frog stroller. Itturned the everyday necessity of a stroller into a status symbol. Thenwith the addition of the Cameleon we got a taste of a stylish statussymbol. So it’s no surprise that their venture into the land of lightweight strollers would be of the same caliber.

The Bugaboo Bee is one of the best lightweight strollers I’veever had the opportunity to push — It’s nimble and quick and ofcourse, attractive! Celebrities like, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck and Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson are all proud owners of this compact ride.

Click continue reading to see detailed photos and to read the entire Bugaboo Bee review.

The Seat
Dsc02102Dsc02100Nothing about the Bugaboo Bee isforgotten! For such a small, lightweight stroller sometimes the small details get ditched with the design, but that’s not the case with thismarvel. The seat is simply the beginning. First of all it grows withyour child. The seat bottom can actually slide in and out to make for alonger seat bottom with the push of a button (pictured right). This feature helps ensureyour child’s comfort by making sure their legs are always dangling at acomfortable height and from the knee.

Dsc02105The five point harness is simply fastened by a locking clip. Unlike some strollers, this five point harness also is by two long straps on each side, meaning you don’t have to do the two shoulder straps and then connect them to the middle. I appreciated the ease of use this made for me.

  In what is truly a unique feature for a lightweight stroller, but a standard feature of a Bugaboo, is that the seat can face forward or rear. Dsc02121Flipping the seat is a bit of a task, so you’ll want to get the seat in place before each voyage the way you want it. But it’s still pretty easily done and a great feature to have.  You simply pinch the tab in the back of the seat (pictured right) and pull the seat bottom out. Then push in the buttons on the side to release the seat side and reposition it the way you need.

Reclining the seat is very easy and I wassurprised at all the positions the Bugaboo Bee seat could do. You simply squeeze the black tab at the top back of the seat and let the seat drop down to the position you desire. When facing forward there’s three positions and when rear facing there’s also three. Because the Bee can recline all the way, it is OK to use with babies from birth on up. The Bee also has car seat adaptors will help it top the list for people who want a lightweight car seat stroller and then lightweight stroller later.

Dsc02106The sunshade is more than generous and I found it really provided my child with great coverage. Plus, it has several positions, so you can do a little coverage or a lot with a simple push and pull. A "nest" accessory is available for converting your Bee seat into an almost bassinet for infants. And the stroller also came with a rain cover, to keep your little one safe for the elements.

The Frame 
Dsc02123The frameis made of a lightweight aluminum and weighs in at a mere 12 pounds (17 pounds total including the seat). The shape of the frame is actually very compact and glides around crowded areas with ease. I never felt like this stroller was cumbersome and there was really nowhere I felt I couldn’t take it.

Dsc02098The fold is truly a sight to witness. With a simple pull of the handlebars, while pushing a button, and then a push of the foot on the pedal-like foot button the stroller compactly folds to the perfect shove-in-your-car size! The Bee can be folded with the seat on, in forward facing-mode only, or with the seat off to allow for more storage options. Either way it’s a completely flat fold that will leave you plenty of room in your trunk for other items.

Dsc02112The handlebar telescopes up and down easily, much easier then Bugaboo’s other strollers, and allows for just about anyone to find a comfortable height. You simply unlatch the two tabs on the right and left sides and pull the handlebar up and down as necessary, then relatch the tabs to lock it in place.

What has always set Bugaboo apart from other stroller manufacturers is their attention to detail and design. The frame of the Bee is no exception to this, it’s simply styled in such a minimalist way that it looks great all the time. All the buttons and items that make the stroller function are in white and blend perfectly with the black and shiny aluminum frame.


TheRide

While the Bee lacks the truly smooth ride of the other Bugaboo strollers, it’s still got a great ride. The key difference in this stroller is the 6" foam filled rubber tires versus the air-inflated wheels of the others. The suspension is still excellent and the Bee handles bumps in the road with grace and style.

I was able to push this stroller through the mall without batting an eye and it moved effortlessly along the smooth tiled floors. Pushing it to the park I got a better feel for how the suspension system really works. It certainly held it’s own, though it wasn’t quite as smooth of a ride for my child.

Final Thoughts
For a lightweight stroller this baby really delivers! At 17 lbs. it’s a little on the heavy side, BUT it packs a lot in and you can’t get much more minimalist in the design. I love the colors it comes in and how easy most of the features were to use. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but some of the trickier features required a little bit of practice to get just right, but there is nothing that is difficult to use about this stroller.

Pros
Reversible seat
Ease of push and maneuverability
Simple open and close requires minimal effort

Cons
Can’t reverse the seat with the child in it
Doesn’t come with a cup holder
Hard rubber wheels allow for a slightly rougher ride

Tip Test (Empty stroller with weighted diaper bag hanging fromhandlebar)
5lbs: No change — it didn’t tip any easier backwards
10lbs: Increased Tip-ability — the stroller tipped much easier

Buy Yours
You can get your Bugaboo Bee< /strong> at Let’s Go Strolling or by checking Bugaboo‘s site for a list of retailers .

— Bronwyn

Bugaboo Bee Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stroller  Name

 

 

Bee

 

 

Manufacturer

 

 

Bugaboo

 

 

Price

 

 

$529

 

 

Weight

 

 

17 lbs

 

 

Folded  Dimensions

 

 

12 x 17 x 35"

 

 

Stroller  Width

 

 

17”

 

 

Stroller  Length

 

 

26"

 

 

Seat  Back Length

 

 

19"

 

 

Seat  Width

 

 

10.5"

 

 

Seat  Depth 

 

8-12"

 

 

Max.  Weight Limit

 

 

37.5 lbs

 

 

Max.  Height Limit

 

 

N/A

 

 

Min.  Age

 

 

From birth

 

 

Frame

 

 

Aluminum

 

 

Type  of Tires

 

 

4 Foam-filled rubber tires

 

 

Seat  Features

 

 

Multi-position tilting recline

Rear-facing or Forward-facing

 

 

Carseat  Compatibility

 

 

Graco and Peg Perego (with additional car seat accessory)

 

 

Standard  Accessories

 

 

sun shade, under seat basket, rain cover

 

 

Optional  Accessories

 

 

Nest, footmuff, parasol, carseat adaptors, Breezy Canopy, Transport Bag and Cup Holder  

 


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Hanna on

You can buy a cupholder for the Bee!

Lisa on

Just wanted to add that you can in fact fold the Bee with the seat in either forward or reverse positions. There’s actually a video on Youtube where a lady demonstrates with her Bee how you can do it in either mode. Hope this helps.

Baby Prams on

Great review! You said it very well – it’s attractive. I have yet to test it out for myself but will do so in the near future. I didn’t know so many celebs were fans of the Bugaboo.. must be a recent phenomena as they’ve really uped their design, look & image in the past year.

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