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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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. 👌🏼

I expected more

3
  • Hand operated central brake
  • Design
  • Driveability
  • Bad accessibility of the basket with a carrycot
  • Felt wobbly
  • Price
  • The hood seemed all the time creased
  • Cumbersome folding, and not in one piece

I expected more, especially with such a high price.

I will stay with Bugaboo - even for a second child

4
  • ease of manipulation
  • easy to fold
  • lightweight chassis
  • extended hood
  • many spare parts and accessories available
  • rattles on uneven surfaces
  • foam handlebar and bumper bar

I bought this pram because of its design, which appealed to me, and also because of its features. Easy to operate with one hand, super easy to walk with it between store shelves. The carrycot is lightweight and easily clicked off and on the chassis. I have a winter baby - the extending hood was an enormous advantage for me. It protects the baby from the wind and makes the inside of the carrycot much warmer, even if it’s cold outside.

I minded the most that the front wheels rattled (my husband solved the problem though) - it’s probably due to their easy replacement system for winter / off-road wheels. Thanks to the easy removability of the front and rear wheels, I could fit two carriages in the trunk of my car, so I could travel even with my friend with no problems. I will stay with Bugaboo - even for a second child.

The ultimate stroller

4
  • for almost every terrain
  • quick folding
  • fully washable
  • easy to change its look
  • brake on the handlebar
  • fold is not in one piece

The ultimate stroller - it meets about a hundred criteria for an ideal stroller.

From the practical point of view, it fell short

3
  • Design
  • Basket size
  • Price
  • Basket functionality/accessibility
  • Folding

This is a beautifully designed, timeless, and stylish stroller - but from the practical point of view, it fell short.

The first disappointment was the moment when I went to buy baguettes - and I couldn't put those few pieces in at the same time (so I ended up putting it one by one). The basket is large, but the access with the bassinet on the chassis is almost impossible. Good maybe for a book or a wallet 😜

The handlebar is kind of loose - given the fact that it can be reversed. But the pushing with a reversed handlebar is truly an art to be mastered, and I couldn't.

The folding was also difficult for me. Later on, the folding mechanism was getting stuck, which was another problem.

I loved the bucket-type seat, but my son liked to be in it only when he was awake - he didn't want to sleep in it.

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. 👌🏼

I seem unable to give it up

5
  • perfect manipulation
  • design
  • interchangeable hoods
  • great accessories
  • bucket type of seat unit
  • easily folding/ unfolding
  • all-terrain ability (with the sold-separately all-terrain front wheels)
  • spacious shopping basket that you can close with the pull-on strap (kind of like a bag)
  • access to the basket while using the carrycot

We are very satisfied - a perfect stroller. The only downside is the difficult access to the basket when we used the carrycot (but when I was loading something bigger, I simply tilted the carrycot a bit, and there we go). So, I got used to it, and still consider this the best stroller - and it would always be my first choice. I seem unable to give it up, even though we don't use it much anymore since my daughter is almost 3 years old.

  • Bucket-type seat unit
  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Many many color combination
  • Reversible handle - convenient changing of the direction even while pushing the stroller
  • Optional large front wheels for harsh terrain
  • None really
  • With the optional winter front wheels is the manipulation more difficult

Absolutely satisfied with this stroller. Although we used only the seat part, I don’t regret buying it. My daughter sat in the bucket-type seat comfortably and literally slept in it for hours. Reversibility and low weight are also big advantages.

  • we conquered every terrain, even a forest
  • large carrycot
  • a little too low to the ground - it is, therefore, a bit more difficult to take the baby out from the carrycot

The little one still sleeps in it in the garden. He is already 73 cm tall and still fits in the carrycot.

  • compact
  • lightweight
  • a great center of gravity = easy to get up curbs or stairs
  • long carrycot
  • cannot be folded with the seat unit clicked on the frame
  • hard to get into the basket if using the carrycot

A perfect urban stroller, usable even in a forest (since you have the possibility of switching to off-road wheels). Variable - large selection of color combinations. Bucket type of seat part - a huge advantage; my daughters, even when sick, could sleep in it for 2-3 hours, which was not the case if we put them in their bed.

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