Bugaboo Buffalo Stroller Review 2013

bugaboo_buffalo13The Bugaboo Buffalo is a luxury all-terrain stroller that comes with a matching bassinet. It’s an everyday stroller designed for active parents who like to run errands, go shopping, and take long walks in the park. The four shock absorbing foam-filled tires can handle any type of terrain providing your child with a smooth ride. There is even a two-wheel mode that you can use to tackle rough terrain like sand or snow. The Buffalo model has a narrow frame of 24″ making it perfect for navigating narrow store isles (For comparison City Mini is also 24″ wide).

It’s full of great features like one-hand recline, reversible seat, adjustable handle bar, and large basket. I always complain about Bugaboo canopies, but this one is absolutely HUGE. LOV it! The seat can be used from 6 month and up to 37.5 lbs. If you want to use it from birth, simply replace the seat with the included bassinet and Whola! You got a beautiful pram! You can also convert it into a travel system by getting an infant car seat adapter. When it comes to functionality, Bugaboo decided to make it easy by making all the functional sections on the stroller white. Now, even if you didn’t read the instructions (who has the time!), you can figure out how to adjust any of the parts.

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because despite the innovative design and many great features, I don’t like that it’s bulky, expensive, heavy weight, the canopy doesn’t have a peekaboo window, and there is no automatic lock. The canopy also sits very low comparing to other strollers on the market, so your child might grow out of it fast. I am also not a big fan of one-piece seats that keep their ‘v’ shape when reclined. I like to be able to create a bed like environment for my daughter.

The Buffalo model is definitely designed for parents who have a lot of MONEY! Because this puppy is not cheap. You can buy it for around $1,129 on Amazon.com (free shipping/free returns and no tax). It comes with a matching bassinet, rain over, and bumper bar. You will need to buy a cup holder and a child’s tray separately.

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Pros

-Huge canopy. You know how I was always complaining about Bugaboo canopies? Well, the Buffalo canopy is absolutely GREAT! It’s huge and goes all the way down pass the bumper bar (I guess they heard me. LOL). It will completely shade your child any time of the day. The canopy is still attached to the back of the seat and doesn’t convert into a ‘floating canopy’. I would also like it to unzip in the back, like in many other strollers, to provide more air circulation on a hot day. While the canopy size has improved, there is still no peekaboo window…

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-Telescoping handle bar. The handle bar goes from 36″ to 43″ from the ground. This is one of the longest extensions in the Bugaboo line. What I really like about it are two small hooks on the handle bar that you can use to hand your diaper bag. That’s right, Buffalo is one of the few strollers that allows you to hang your diaper bag up to 13 lbs from your handle bar! I usually just hang it anyways on any stroller without reading instructions. My diaper bag is not that heavy and that’s where I like to place it. But, I am glad Bugaboo thought about it.

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-Run-away strap. There is a short run-away strap attached to the handle bar. This safety feature is designed to prevent the stroller running away from you in case the handle bar slips out of your hands.

-Reversible seat. The seat is 12″ wide at the base, 34″ wide across the shoulders and is 9″ deep. The seat back is 20″ high with a measurement of 22″ from the bottom of the seat to the top of the canopy. This is a very low canopy height comparing to other strollers. If you have a tall toddler, you might have to buy a new stroller (or make him walk. That’s what my mother did when I was little. We had one crappy stroller and I turned out OK. LOL.) You can easily revers the seat by pulling two white levers on the side to unlock the seat and swinging it around. It has one-hand lever recline with 3 recline positions facing both ways. Since the seat is one molded piece, the whole seat will recline keeping its ‘V’ shape. I like it more when only the back of the seat reclines creating a flat bed-like environment for my child. The seat can be used for a child from 6 months and up to 50 lbs. All the seat and canopy fabrics are machine washable.

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-5 point harness. It has an adjustable padded 5 point harness with a center release buckle that you need to push on both sides to unlock. Eeasy! No puzzles to solve. This reminds me of my mom, who tried to figured out how the buckle works on my stroller (Indie). Oh God, it took her forever! My baby Sophia was screaming by the time she gave up and asked me to do it. And of course she blamed me for buying the wrong stroller with the wrong buckle. Parents, you gotta love them… The harness on Buffalo is very easy to adjust, no re-threading needed. All you need to do is just move the clip on the strap up and down to the desired height. This is great because you  can do it on the fly without removing your child from the seat.

-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! The bumper bar is swing away for easy ins and outs. It also acts as a carry handle for the included bassinet.

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-Large basket. The basket can hold up to 22 lbs and is easily accessible. You can definitely fit your large diaper bag in it. It also has a large elastic pocket at the front of the basket where you can store your small mommy items like keys, Tylenol,  and wallet.

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-Parking brake. It has a red foot pedal in the back that locks and unlocks both rear wheels. It is not flip-flop friendly.

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-Large wheels. It rolls on four foam-filled tires with 10″ wheels in the front and 12″ in the back. This means you will never get a flat. The front wheels are swivel wheels and can be locked straight facing forward or reward. When folding, I would recommend locking them facing forward for more compact fold. The wheels pop off with a push of a button in case you need to remove them. I like that sleek sporty look the wheels have with that white stripe on the inside.

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-Two-wheel position. Just like Cameleon 3 model, Buffalo also has a two-wheel mode that you can use to get over rough terrain like snow or sand. Unlike on Cameleon 3, you don’t need to remove front wheels to put your stroller into a two-wheel mode. First, make sure the seat in rear-facing position and the front wheels are locked straight. Next, pull levers located on the frame and push the rear wheels forward. Now, you have a two-wheel mode! The stroller is not that stable in this mode because most of the weight will fall on you so I recommend using it only for short distances.

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-Easy fold. This is one piece fold, meaning you don’t need to remove the seat before folding. To get a stand fold and to make it as compact as it can be, you will need to make sure the seat is facing forward, the front wheels are locked, and the seat is in a second recline position. You will need to use both hands to fold it. It’s kind of bulky. To fit it into a trunk of a smaller car, you will probably need to remove the seat and the wheels. The folded dimensions with the seat are 35″L x 21″W x 13″H (according to the Bugaboo site).

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-Bassinet. INCLUDED! Just like with Cameleon 3, Buffalo model comes with a bassinet/carrycot. The bassinet can be used independently from the stroller, meaning you can put it on the ground and it will stand supported by the frame adapters. The bassinet doesn’t have it’s own canopy, so you will need to use one from the stroller.

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-Rain cover. INCLUDED!

Cons

-No suspension. Because most of the luxury strollers have a suspension system, I was expecting it.

-No automatic lock. Once folded, I wish there was an automatic lock. I am actually surprised to see no lock at all, not even as trap. There is nothing holding this stroller together when folded.

-One-piece seat. The Buffalo has a one piece seat that keeps its ‘v’ shape when reclined. I like to be able to recline ONLY the back of the seat to create a more comfortable environment for my daughter while she is sleeping.

-Low canopy. The canopy located only 22″ from the back of the seat which it’s pretty low comparing to other strollers.

-Bulky. To make it more compact when folded, you can take off the seat and all the wheels. But, because the seat is one piece, it will still take up a lot of space.

-Very expensive. How many of us have over $1,000 for one stroller? I definitely don’t. I was able to test this stroller only because one of my friends has it. Housewives of Beverly hills are probably standing inline. LOL.

-No cup holder. For that price, I definitely expect to have a cup holder and a child’s tray. Can you blame me?

Video Review

I found a great detailed review from Rock A Buy Baby Reviews. Take a look.

Specs

Stroller weight: 26.2 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 35″L x 21″W x 13″H
Handle bar height: 36″ – 43″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Front wheels: 10″
Rear wheels: 12″
Overall length: 34″
Overall width: 24″

Bugaboo Cameleon 3 vs Buffalo

Don’t know which one to choose? I know it can be confusing. Here is a quick comparison for you.

Stroller Cameleon 3 Buffalo
Weight 21 lbs 26.2 lbs
Weight limit 37.5 lbs 37.5 lbs
Folded dimensions 35″L x 20″W x 12″H 35″L x 21″W x 13″H
Canopy size Large Huge
Canopy height 25″ 22″
Fold Two piece One piece
Handle bar Adjustable & reversible Adjustable
Wheels 12″ and 6″ 12″ and 10″
Suspension Adjustable suspension No
Bassinet Yes Yes
Price $890 $1,130

As you can see the only from the chart above, Buffalo model has bigger front wheels, larger canopy, and is designed more for all-terrain, while Cameleon 3 is designed more for urban lifestyle. The Buffalo weighs more and is more expensive than Cameleon 3. The Cameleon 3 has suspension system, higher canopy, and reversible handle bar. Which one would I choose? I don’t know… The Buffalo has much better canopy and one-piece fold that I like, but Cameleon is lighter and has suspension.

Warranty

Bugaboo provides 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner. Here is more information on the warranty.

Available colors

For 2013 Bugaboo Buffalo comes in sand and black base colors with 6 different canopy colors: black, red, petrol blue, pink, offwhite, and royal blue. All strollers come with silver frame.

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Comparison Chart

If you want to see how Buffalo compares to other Bugaboo strollers take a look at this comparison chart.

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Where to buy it

My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Bugaboo Buffalo in one of the six beautiful colors for $1,129 on Amazon (free shipping/free return and no sales tax).  Since this is a luxury stroller, I didn’t see any sales on it.

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~Susan Brian

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