A stroller is probably just about the most expensive item of baby gear that you’ll ever purchase, and it’s certainly not something you will want to buy twice. But with such a huge range of strollers available to choose from, how can you be sure you’ve picked the right one?
Well, we have your back!
In this article, we take a look at some of the most popular strollers made by two of the world’s best-renowned kid’s gear manufacturers, Bugaboo and UPPAbaby. After you’ve read our guide, you’ll have all the information you need to go stroller shopping with confidence.
First of all, let’s meet the manufacturers!
Table of Contents
- 1 Bugaboo: Beautifully Designed, Built to Last a Lifetime
- 2 UPPAbaby: Stylish, Practical, and Fun
- 3 Bugaboo Buffalo vs. UPPAbaby Vista
- 4 Bugaboo Cameleon vs. UPPAbaby Cruz
- 5 Bugaboo Fox vs. UPPAbaby Vista
- 6 Bugaboo Bee5 vs. UPPAbaby Cruz
- 7 Final Thoughts
Bugaboo: Beautifully Designed, Built to Last a Lifetime
Bugaboo is a Dutch design company that’s been at the forefront of stroller design and development since 1999.
These days, Bugaboo has outlets for its products in 50 countries right around the world. Bugaboo also makes infant luggage systems. The manufacturer works hard to create, test, and produce beautifully designed strollers that you can use every day but which will last you for a lifetime.
UPPAbaby: Stylish, Practical, and Fun
UPPAbaby is a U.S. manufacturer that has been making top-end kids’ gear since the 1980s. As a result of this legacy, UPPAbaby’s strollers are typically at the upper end of the price point. However, they are exceptionally well-made and will give you many years of reliable service.
If you buy an UPPAbaby stroller, you know that it will be easy to use, feature-filled, and practical too.
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the strollers produced by these two manufacturers and compare them head-to-head.
Bugaboo Buffalo vs. UPPAbaby Vista
- Comes with: black chassis, bassinet and seat fabric, navy canvas sun canopy and apron with a black faux leather handlebar and carry handle + comes with a matching tote bag which hangs safely...
- Ready to go from day one: the bassinet easily converts into a spacious seat and vice versa + car seat compatible with select car seats (Maxi Cosi, Britax, Chico and Peg Perego / adapters...
- One piece foldable and self-standing & one-hand operation to recline, reverse and release the seat
The Bugaboo Buffalo stroller has a robust frame and is also extremely versatile with an ergonomic, spacious design. Although the Buffalo is no longer available for purchase, you can still pick up a used one if you look around online.
The Buffalo is a dual purpose, all-terrain stroller that performs well both in the city and in the countryside, no matter how uneven the going. The Buffalo can carry up to 77 pounds of luggage and shopping in its many storage compartments.
The Buffalo’s seat is set high and is generously proportioned, making this stroller a super-comfy ride for kids who like to nap or watch the world go by. The seat has a five-point safety harness to keep your passenger safe and secure during your strolls.
The stroller can handle a passenger of up to 50 pounds in weight, making the Buffalo a great choice for you if you have a growing baby.
Handling and maneuverability
The Buffalo has 10-inch swivel wheels in front and an extra two 12-inch, foam-filled rear wheels. That combination makes the stroller a pleasure to push, even in tight spaces and around corners.
You can use the Buffalo from newborn to toddlerhood by choosing the convertible bassinet as a seat option for a young baby.
The Bugaboo Buffalo has a generous SPF 50+ sun canopy that can be extended to provide plenty of protection for your child on very hot, sunny days.
To see a video of the Bugaboo Buffalo in action, check out this link.
- Includes bassinet, full size front or rear facing toddler seat with multi-position recline, toddler seat rain and bug shields, and bassinet bug shield and storage bag
- Compatible with MESA Infant Car Seat - direct attachment, no adapters necessary; Compatible with select Chicco and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats when using adaptors (car seats and adaptors sold...
- Longer bassinet mattress pad with ventilation for added breathability
The UPPAbaby Vista is more suited to urban driving than off-roading, and it does give a smooth ride when used in crowded streets.
You can use the Vista as a travel system, and it’s compatible with the UPPAbaby Mesa car seat without the requirement for adapters. Also, you can buy a bassinet for a newborn and a toddler seat.
The seat has a five-point harness and an aerated, breathable mattress insert for optimum passenger comfort. The seat can carry a child weighing up to 27.5 pounds, and it can be used from birth to around three years of age, although a hefty toddler would most likely be too heavy for the Vista.
You can adjust the seat from upright to flat via an easy-to-operate one-hand recline feature. Also, the bassinet has been tested and approved for overnight sleeping.
The Vista has pretty generous storage capacity with a large underseat basket that will carry up to 30 pounds of stuff, making it ideal for shopping trips and running errands.
Ride and handling
The Vista has foam-filled wheels that give a cushioned ride, and that also means you won’t need to worry about picking up a puncture.
The Vista has a large sun canopy that’s made from SPF 50+ material to keep your passenger safe from the sun’s harmful rays. However, the canopy does fall short when pulled out to its fullest, and it doesn’t provide the same amount of cover that the Buffalo does.
The Vista’s handlebar is comfy to grip thanks to the smart leather covering, but the handlebar isn’t adjustable, and it’s not as long as that of the Buffalo, which could be an issue if you or your partner are tall.
To see a video of the UPPAbaby Vista, click on this link.
When it comes to choosing between the UPPAbaby Vista and the Bugaboo Buffalo, the main consideration for you is where you intend to do the majority of your strolling.
If you want a stroller that’s able to handle uneven sidewalks, country trails, and city streets, the Buffalo is your best option. However, if you only intend to use the stroller for urban shopping, running errands, or strolling along paved pathways in your local park, the Vista would be a great choice.
Bugaboo Cameleon vs. UPPAbaby Cruz
- Ready for Anything: Suitable for children up to 37.5lbs, our infant (with included bassinet) to toddler stroller is there for your family from day one. The new edition offers a spacious...
- Smooth, Safe Ride: The stroller's adjustable suspension provides optimal driving performance as your child grows, which means less bumps on your journey. There's even an easy-access hand...
- Great for Travel: Weighing less than 22lbs with a two-piece fold design, the mid-size Cameleon3 plus provides no-hassle storage at home or on the go. Paired with separate adapters, it's...
The third generation of the Bugaboo Cameleon is an iconic, maneuverable, and luxurious stroller that comes with adjustable suspension and gives an almost perfect push.
The unchanged chassis features a central pivot hub, making it immediately recognizable as a Bugaboo stroller.
The handlebar on the Cameleon is fully adjustable, and you can select from seven different height settings to suit. Once adjusted to your preferred setting, the handlebar clicks securely into place.
One smart innovation from Bugaboo is that you can lift the Cameleon’s handlebar up and over the seat. That’s so handy if you’re eating in a restaurant, as it means you can push your child right up to the table without the hassle of taking them out of the stroller.
Also, you can flip the handle to convert the stroller into the two-wheel mode and pull it behind you, which is ideal if you are moving over tough going, such as sand or deep gravel. Genius!
Wheels and tires
The Cameleon’s wheels measure 6-inches in front and 12-inches at the back. There’s also a front suspension that can be adjusted, and the front wheels can be locked. However, once locked, the wheels can only rotate through 180-degrees, 90-degrees to either side.
The rear tires are foam-filled, meaning that they have slightly less cushioning than on earlier models.
The Cameleon’s brake is mounted on the handlebar, which sounds great, but it’s actually quite tricky to engage. You’ll need to use two hands to set the brake. However, the brake is very effective once it’s set.
The Cameleon has a large, semi-circular canvas storage basket with a rigid base, and it’s slung below the center of the stroller chassis. You can use a drawstring to create a cover for your things, and you can leave your things in the basket, even when the stroller is folded.
The seat is very generous and sits in a kind of cradle arrangement that’s formed by the frame. Along with its ideal structure, the wipe-clean material makes cleaning the footrest a breeze.
You can also choose from three recline positions, ranging from completely flat, semi-upright, and upright. Although the recline feature is not one-handed, it’s straightforward and simple to operate.
Likewise, the five-point safety harness is very easy to adjust, and the buckle is a dream to fasten. Due to this, you no longer have to stress and struggle to secure a wriggling toddler in the seat!
The Cameleon has a bumper bar that’s a fully gate-opening design, making it easy and hassle-free to settle your youngster in the seat.
The canopy gives good sun coverage for your passenger and is quiet to move. However, it’s a very simple design with no flip-out mesh visors or a peek-a-boo window.
The Cameleon only be folded once the seat has been removed. That’s a bit of a pain, but the operation is pretty straightforward. Also, if you’re not careful, the foam part of the handle can touch the floor during the folding process.
To see a video of the Bugaboo Cameleon, click on this link.
- Includes toddler seat, rain shield & bug shield-Full size front and rear facing toddler seat-180-degree recline with one hand
- Adjustable canopy with peek-a-boo window-Extendable UPF 50+ sunshade
- Bumper bar with neoprene or leather cover in select fashions-One-hand, adjustable handlebar with leather cover in select fashions
The stroller is a solid workhorse that performs well in the city and in the park. Although it’s at the upper end of the price point, the Cruz is feature-packed and represents excellent value for money.
Handling and ride
Despite its slick, urban looks, the Cruz can handle tree roots, gravel, grass, and even stony hiking trails with ease. Thanks to the four, solid plastic wheel, the Cruz provides a relatively smooth ride for your passenger.
However, the Cruz is quite a heavy stroller, and that can be an issue for some parents when negotiating steps and getting on and off buses and trains. Negotiating regular doorways is fine, but you might find narrow store aisles to be a tight squeeze.
Maneuvering the Cruz one-handed isn’t easy, as the front wheels have a habit of sticking unless you have them positioned completely straight.
The Cruz comes out on top when it comes to onboard storage, and its enormous shopping basket far outstrips the canvas bag version of the Bugaboo Cameleon. However, don’t be tempted to overfill the basket, especially if your walk home is up a steep hill!
Also, you get three handy storage pockets where you can carry essential items such as wipes, diapers, phone, keys, etc.
Unlike the Cameleon, you can fold the Cruz with its seat attached. Unfortunately, the stroller isn’t particularly compact once folded, and it does take up a lot of trunk space.
The Cruz is self-standing once folded and will fit in a closet or hallway when folded without the canopy and seat attached.
You can use the Cruz for a newborn provided you buy the Infant SnugSeat or the Carrycot separately. However, it’s important to note that the toddler seat can only be used for infants aged six months and older. This is due to the fact that its a bucket seat design, so it doesn’t lie flat.
The seat is pretty generous and will take a child of up to 33 pounds in weight. In addition, you can also switch the seat around to face front or rear, according to your child’s mood.
The generous canopy can be extended an extra three inches to grow with your little one.
The Cruz’s handlebar has the luxurious touch of a 100 percent leather cover that is REACH-certified, so you know that no harsh chemicals that could harm your baby have been used in the tanning process. The hand-sewn handlebar cover has a perforated pattern too that ensures your hands won’t slip while you’re pushing the stroller.
The handlebar can be adjusted quickly and easily to the perfect height for you.
The canopy is huge and well-made from thick fabric. There’s a peek-a-boo window with a silent magnetic closure so that you can keep an eye on your napping child without waking them.
Also, there’s a big SPF 50+ pop-out sun visor that extends right down to the bumper bar for extra sun protection when required. You can also slide the canopy up and down the frame to make extra space for tall toddlers.
The Cruz has a bright red footbrake that’s easy to find in its central location between the back wheels. Unfortunately, the brake is not flip-flop-friendly, which could be a pain if you like to wear sandals in the summertime.
The Cruz is a bulky stroller. That said, it will fit into most family car trunks if you remove the seat and fold up the leg rest. For an even more compact package, you can remove the big back wheels. However, that’s a hassle you just don’t need, especially if you’re dealing with a fidgeting toddler at the roadside.
Both the Cruz and the Cameleon are very well-made strollers that are built to last.
If you’re a shopaholic who likes to pack a lot of gear onto her stroller, you have to side with the Cruz and its huge basket. However, if you want a stroller that handles terrain other than smooth sidewalks and malls, you’d have to take a serious look at the Cameleon.
So, we’ve already looked at the UPPAbaby Cruz and the UPPAbaby Vista. Now let’s see how these two regular strollers compare with the Bugaboo Fox.
Bugaboo Fox vs. UPPAbaby Vista
The main difference between the Bugaboo Fox and the UPPAbaby Vista is that the Vista is a convertible stroller that can take two or even three children if you add a ride-along board.
However, if you’re an active family with just one child, the Bugaboo Fox would suit your lifestyle better than the Vista. The Fox is smaller and more agile than the Vista and can handle uneven terrain, thanks to its larger wheels and its ability to convert to a two-wheel configuration.
- Seamless Maneuverability: For a smoother, more comfortable ride for both parent and baby, the Fox Classic Complete full-size stroller features durable all-terrain wheels and advanced...
- Intuitive, One-Piece Fold: Tired of fumbling with awkward strollers? We get it! The Fox Classic Complete easy-fold stroller effortlessly collapses into one piece and has a self-standing...
- Car Seat Compatible: The Bugaboo Fox is compatible with the Bugaboo Turtle Infant Car Seat without the use of adapters. When used with separate adapters, it is compatible with top car seat...
The Fox has its focus on the comfort of your passenger. Due to an advanced all-wheel suspension system and all-terrain wheels, the stroller can handle all kinds of going, including hiking trails and cobbled streets. So, this is the perfect choice of stroller for active families who spend much of their time out and about with their child.
You can use the Bugaboo Fox for a newborn, right through to toddlerhood.
One extremely popular feature of the Bugaboo Fox is that it doesn’t need a separate bassinet. The frame can be used for both the seat and the bassinet, as all you need to do is change the fabric that’s set around the stroller frame. That can save you a lot of space, as you won’t need to store a bassinet once the baby has outgrown it.
The Fox boasts a height-adjustable handlebar and a reclinable seat that can be positioned to face you or look out on the world. Along with this impressive flexibility, the stroller is easy to push and steer, even if using one-hand. Once you’ve finished using the Fox, it easily folds away into a compact size for easy storage and portability.
To take a look at the Bugaboo Fox in action, check out the video clip at this link.
Bugaboo Bee5 vs. UPPAbaby Cruz
If you’re searching for a lightweight stroller, you may want to consider the UPPAbaby Cruz and the Bugaboo Bee5. Both these strollers have been around for a while now, and have gone through various iterations of development and alteration in response to user feedback.
- Great for Travel: Weighing less than 20lbs, the Bugaboo Bee5 Complete stroller is our lightest, most compact stroller! Whether navigating the city or taking a trip, the one-handed, one-piece...
- Designed for Comfort: With a plush seat and extendable back rest and foot rest, our easy-fold stroller customizes the fit as your baby grows for the ultimate in comfort. Parent facing or...
- Ultimate Protection: Whether its direct sunlight, sleet or harsh winds, the Bugaboo Bee5 includes all the necessary accessories to make sure your baby has the best protection. Our water...
Bugaboo’s strollers are usually extremely urban-focused. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t work for families who are also into spending time in the Great Outdoors.
These are seriously rugged strollers, easily lasting for a decade with minimal maintenance and regular use. Also, both brands’ compatible spare parts mean that you can upgrade your older model with more current fabrics, baskets, wheels, and canopies without needing to buy a brand-new stroller.
Features of the Bee5
The Bee5 has a brilliantly overt suspension system that features thick, durable three-inch coils on its rear and front wheels. These coils give the Bee5 a bounce that allows the vehicle to cope with bricks, cobblestones, and broken sidewalks with incredible ease. Also, the Bee5’s rounded frame distributes the weight of the passenger and basket evenly among all four wheels. That prevents too much pressure being placed on one particular spot as you traverse rough spots.
In addition to this, the seat on the Bee5 is reversible. As a result, this stroller can fold with the seat facing either way. The harness straps are incredibly easy to adjust, and these have to be some of the most user-friendly straps to deal with. Furthermore, you can raise the seatback and the seat itself as your child grows to accommodate a larger child.
Other notable features of the Bee5 include a reversible seat, and extra-large UV 50+ canopy, leatherette handlebars, and compatibility with a bassinet.
The leather-look handlebars on the Bugaboo Bee5 are vegan-friendly, whereas all editions of the UPPAbaby Cruz 2018 have real leather trim. The Bee5 also has an adjustable handlebar that can accommodate a parent of 6’5” and over without the risk of the pusher accidentally kicking the rear of the stroller.
The Bee5 is almost completely customizable, enabling you to match your stroller with your lifestyle. For example, you can choose the frame finish, seat fabric, faux leather trim, canopy color, and even the wheel caps!
The Cruz is one of the most popular and well-renowned stroller manufacturers on the market today. This is because UPPAbaby makes a range of strollers to suit every lifestyle, and the Cruz is their urban model.
Along with its impressive design, the Cruz boasts some of the best features for a stroller of its niche. For example, it has a reversible seat option offering five different recline positions, which is two more than the Bugaboo Bee5.
The Cruz has a huge canopy, just like the Bee5, and all the fabrics used on the stroller are easy to clean. However, UPPAbaby is the only manufacturer to use genuine leather in their stroller trim.
In a nutshell
The Cruz has a range of unique features that set it apart from competitors in its weight class, including:
- The Cruz has a bassinet and stand (both sold separately). The bassinet is also sleep-safe, so you can use it with the stand for overnight trips, rather than just for use with the stroller.
- The Cruz also has a standing fold, which makes it perfect if you live in a small apartment or have a home with limited storage space.
- The underseat storage basket on the Cruz is one of the largest you’ll find on comparable strollers. Access to the storage basket is also easy, and that makes a refreshing change from many strollers where it’s awkward to get to your things. That’s great news for you if you want to use the stroller for shopping trips.
The Cruz can be used for children from six months and upward. However, you can use the stroller for a newborn, provided you use UPPAbaby’s SnugSeat newborn seat insert.
However, it’s the Cruz’s wheels that optimize it for urban use. The wheels are made from rubberized foam like those on the Bugaboo Bee5, but the Cruz doesn’t have rear-wheel suspension. The Cruz’s frame is solid in comparison to that of the Bee5. Consequently, the Bee5 can get rather bumpy over uneven pavements or rough terrain. The Cruz does have front-wheel suspension, but it is minimal.
So, the Bugaboo Bee5 and the Cruz both weigh around 19 pounds. However, their profiles are very different.
- The Bee5 feels like a regular stroller, travel stroller hybrid, thanks to the small storage basket and low profile. Also, when folded, the Bee5 is extremely compact and portable.
- The Cruz feels bigger with a longer, wider profile and a huge underseat storage basket. Also, the standing fold gives the Cruz the feel of a full-sized regular stroller, rather than a travel stroller.
Both the Cruz and the Bee5 are equally portable and fit comfortably into the trunk of most family cars. However, if you have an extremely compact car, the Bee5 is your best bet.
If you’re on a budget, it’s worth noting that the Bee5 comes in quite a bit more expensive than the Cruz.
To see a video of the Bugaboo Bee5, click the link.
So, now that you’ve read our detailed comparison of UPPAbaby and Bugaboo’s regular, lightweight strollers, you’ll be better informed as to which model would be the best fit for your family and your lifestyle.
Whichever brand you ultimately go for, you can be confident that your purchase will be well-made, feature-packed, safe, and reliable.