Bugaboo Cameleon 3
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Bugaboo Cameleon 3

DISCONTINUED in 2018
The iconic, flagship urban bucket-seater with a gate-open belly bar
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The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is the third generation of the iconic high-end urban Bugaboo Cameleon. It was released in 2012. Of all the versions, it has the most improvements.

The chassis of the stroller has a more robust center and will no longer lock-up after being folded. The significantly larger shopping basket was also improved. You can hear the clicking sound when adjusting the handlebar. It helps you orientate in individual positions. The hand strap is now smaller and not adjustable. The front solid wheels have simpler joints. They can be removed by pressing the white button in the front, instead of pulling the wheel mechanism from above.

The seat and the carrycot textiles are attached to the same frame which is simply attached to a chassis. The bucket seat can be tilted to a fully reclined position. The seat with wider leg rest is reinforced in the joints. The swing-away bumper bar makes it easier to put the child into the seat. The improved safety harness can now be adjusted with one hand simply by sliding it. The Cameleon 3 is available as a 2in1 stroller system, you can also purchase a separate chassis. The basic 2in1 stroller system does not include a color set, which you have to buy separately. Purchasing other ones later will allow you to customize your stroller throughout its lifespan. You can choose between standard length or extendable hoods. With the optional car seat with adapters, you can create a 3in1 stroller system. The Cameleon 3 has a leatherette handle and bumper bar (instead of the foam ones) since 2017.

It can be purchased in many color designs including special and limited editions, best known of which are Sahara, All Black, Neon, collaboration with designers Viktor&Rolf, or collaboration with Diesel - Diesel Military. The year 2017 also brought the New Classic Collection, Kite, Elements, Atelier Collection, designer Niark1 edition and the tiger-patterned We Are Handsome collaboration, followed by the toucan-patterned We Are Handsome col. 2 in 2018.

Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Features & Specifications

The Basics

Type
2in1 stroller system, 3in1 stroller system, Chassis-only
Stroller weight
9.6 kg
Unfolded dimensions (h×w×l)
113 cm x 60 cm x 91.5-104 cm
Folded dimensions (h×w×l)
90 cm x 60 cm x 30.5 cm frame only
Chassis material
Aluminum
Country of origin
Netherlands
Only available as a stroller system
Yes

The Seat unit

Maximum weight capacity - seat load
17 kg
Recommended age range (best to use with a child of)
0-36 months
Reversible seat unit
Yes
Easy-release memory button(s) on the seat or the carrycot
Yes
L-shaped, bucket-type seat unit
Yes
Reclining backrest
Yes, 3 positions
Full-recline backrest (a bigger-than-a-150-degree-angle to a lie-flat)
Yes
Backrest recline type
Side-buttons-operated recline mechanism
One-hand backrest recline system
No
Extendable backrest
No
Legrest positioning
No
Extendable leg rest
No
Wipe-clean layer on the leg rest
Yes
Footrest
Yes
Backrest height
47 cm
Width and depth of the sitting surface
31 x 27 cm
Total length of the seat unit
94.5 cm
A higher seat unit's position on the chassis
No
Height-adjustable seat
No
Seat unit's proper attachment indicator
No
2in1 convertible carrycot/seat unit (pramette travel system)
Yes
Fabrics removable for cleaning
Yes
Seat fabrics cleaning
Machine washable
Safety harness type
5-point
Harness padding
Yes
Height-adjustable harness belts
Yes
Ventilation integrated into the seat
No
Second seat can be attached (single-to-double convertibility)
No

The Canopy (Hood)

Seat unit equipped with a canopy/hood
Yes
Extendable canopy/hood
Yes
The canopy/hood features a sun visor
No
Floating, follow-the-sun canopy
No
Height-adjustable canopy
No
Removable canopy
Yes
Waterproof canopy
No
UV protection in the (canopy) fabrics
Yes
Ventilation integrated into the canopy
No
A pocket integrated into the canopy
No
Peek-a-boo viewing window present on the canopy
No
Reinforcing side clasps present on the canopy
No

The Bumper bar

Bumper bar
Yes
Bumper bar type (style)
Bar
Removable bumper bar
Yes
Gate-opening (swing-away) bumper bar
Yes
Height-adjustable bumper bar
No
Bumper bar features a fabric (non-wipe-clean) cover
No
Bumper bar features an extra crotch strap
No

The Wheels

Number of wheels
4
Front wheel(s) type
Rubber-coated wheels
Rear wheels type
Foam-filled tires (puncture-free)
Front wheels diameter
15 cm
Rear wheels diameter
30 cm
Swivel wheels
Yes
Lockable wheels
Yes
Removable wheels
Yes
All wheels are double wheels
No
All-terrain version of wheels available to purchase separately
Yes
Wheels equipped with mudguards
No,
Two-wheel mode
Yes

The Suspension

Suspension
Yes
Wheels with suspension
Front
Suspension type
Open springs
Adjustable suspension softness
Yes
Rocking chassis
No

The Brake

Central brake system/type
Hand-operated
Deceleration handbrake
No,

The Fold

Folding system
Flat (compact) fold
One-hand fold
No
Plane-travel-friendly stroller with an ultra-compact fold (suitable as carry-on luggage)
No
Folds with the (forward-facing) seat attached
No
Folds with the rearward-facing seat attached
n/a
Self-standing fold
Yes
Auto-lock feature of the folded chassis
No
Folded stroller can be pulled behind like luggage
No
Stroller folds and/or unfolds by itself
No
Equipped with a carry strap/carry handle
No

The Handlebar

Handle height adjustment
Telescopic
Handlebar material
Leatherette (PU/eco-leather)
Handlebar height
97-113 cm
Reversible handlebar (handle can be flipped to the other side)
Yes
Safety wrist strap
Yes

The Basket

Shopping basket
Yes
Large shopping basket
Yes
Basket's weight capacity
4 kg
Closable basket
Yes
An extra basket can be attached to the frame
No
A pocket integrated into the seat/elsewhere on the stroller frame
No

The Carrycot

Carrycot compatible
Yes (without adapters)
Internal dimensions of the carrycot - mattress measurement
75 x 31 cm
Carry handle on the carrycot
Yes,
Inclining carrycot mattress
No,
Foldable carrycot
Yes,
Rocking-base carrycot
No
Ventilatilated carrycot base (bottom ventilation system)
Yes,
Carrycot installable in the car instead of a group 0+ car seat (Auto carrycot)
No,
Carrycot positioned high on the frame
No

The Car seat

Car seat compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Car seat sold separately
Yes
Maxi-Cosi/Cybex car seat attachment-type adapters available
Yes
Britax Römer car seat attachment-type adapters available
Yes

The Accessories & Extra features

Parent tray/organizer on the handlebar (included)
No
Cup holder can be attached
Yes
Reflective elements
No
No pushchair mode/seat-unit configuration available
No
Rain cover included
Yes
Mosquito net included
No
Leg cover (apron) included with the seat unit
No
Seat liner/insert included
No
Changing bag included
No
Carry bag/transport cover for the folded stroller included
No
Motorized/Baterry-powered
No
LED light(s)
No
Built-in audio speakers
No
A storage/bag can be attached instead of a seat
No

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Parent reviews of the Bugaboo Cameleon 3

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For me top for city and countryside

5

The deep bassinet lasted us until 9 months. Seat is superb. Spacious basket, adjustable handle. For me top for city and countryside.

  • Lightweight
  • Operable with 1 hand
  • Great extra seat
  • Large basket
  • Awesome accessories
  • Price
  • Some may mind the positioning, I don't mind
  • Less cushioned

Superb stroller. I recommend it. I have used it used with the seat only. For a baby I find it hard, not enough cushioning. On smooth surfaces it's fine; off-road, on broken pavements, it rattles. It's nice to maneuver, quite stowable in the car, handbrake.

Ideal stroller for the city centre

4

I was happy with it. My son didn't like the bucket seat. Ideal stroller for the city centre.

It had everything we needed ♥

5
  • Seat both forward and reverse-facing
  • Reversible handle
  • Bumper bar enhancement
  • Canopy replacement
  • City and off-road
  • Lots of accessories
  • It's heavy to use with my almost 3 year old daughter, so we're switching to Bee

Our favorite stroller - it had everything we needed ♥

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Good handling
  • Quality
  • Accessories
  • Price

In 3 years of use I can't complain about anything. Apart from the high purchase price I am satisfied with everything. Ideal for the city, where a lightweight foldable stroller that is easy to handle is needed.

The only stroller that met my expectations...

Solid frame, not like previous models

5

Awesome design. Replacement of canopy cover, etc... Solid frame, not like previous models.

  • Low weight
  • Design
  • Tiny wheels can't handle tougher terrain
  • The basket is impractical and difficult to reach under the carrycot
  • Price
  • Large dimensions when folded

Amazing for the city. Terrain and snow, though, the front mini wheels with suspension can't handle.

  • perfect for tall parents
  • it's super easy to find preloved accessories and extras
  • works wonders on any terrain
  • the seat has a fixed L shape which isn't great for the baby's posture when sleeping
  • the folding mechanism is prone to breaking...
  • doesn't fit in any car, we have a 500L Fiat and it fills our trunk completely

We loved it and used it a lot. But it's got a few flaws...

Design-wise, the best on the market

4
  • lightweight
  • compact
  • variability of accessories
  • seat unit can be clicked on in both directions
  • extending canopy
  • easy manipulation (even with one hand)
  • removable wheels (possible to change the small ones for big in winter and difficult terrain)
  • large shopping basket with a weight limit of up to 10kg
  • bad access to the basket, when you have the carrycot on

I already have it for a second child. With the older one, we used it for short walks and moving around the city up to her 2.5 years. I didn't need an umbrella stroller or anything "smaller", Cam is compact and reasonably lightweight. We traveled with it also by air (2 times) - while using the convenient Bugaboo travel bag. Except for the really bad access to the basket, when you have the carrycot on, it has no cons for me. But after 7 months it is no longer a problem - the baby then passes on to the seat unit part. We even managed to tackle some difficult terrain - for those often passing through a forest, there is the possibility of changing the smaller wheels for larger ones. Great is also the extendable canopy, and the quick changing of the direction of travel with the seat - even when the child is sitting in it. For me, design-wise, the best on the market, at least at the time we bought it - 4 years ago. 👌🏼

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