The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is a luxury all-terrain stroller that has a reversible seat, and reversible handlebar and comes with a matching bassinet. It is a 3rd generation model of the Bugaboo Cameleon designed for everyday life.
You can take it to the park, shopping center, or for a walk in the neighborhood. Since the seat is removable, you can use it as a frame with an included matching bassinet or with an infant car seat (purchased separately). This buggy grows with your baby!
For this year, the handlebar and the bumper bar were upgraded to vegan leather which makes this stroller even more elegant.
The maneuverability is absolutely great! The all-terrain foam-filled 12″ rear wheels and adjustable front-wheel suspension will provide your child with a smooth ride.
What is interesting about Cameleon 3 is that when you reverse the handlebar, the large rear wheels will become your front wheels allowing you to get through the rougher terrain like grass, mulch, or even snow.
One very unique feature of Cameleon 3 is its ability to transform into a TWO-WHEEL mode by removing the smaller front wheels. I’ve never seen a stroller do that! Supposedly, it will make it easier to go over sand or snow.
I have not tried it myself, but it does look very unstable to me. Other features that parents enjoy are a large canopy, a roomy seat, and a large basket. With all these great features Cameleon 3 weighs ONLY 21 lbs.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because I absolutely love the design and the high quality of all the materials. This buggy will last you for years and multiple kids. Love the included bassinet for the newborn.
Since the all-terrain wheels are foam-filled I don’t have to worry about a flat. The canopy is the best! The weight is also important for me because I have a bad back so throwing heavy strollers around is not my thing.
Of course, it does have some drawbacks like bulky fold, lack of adjustable footrest (like on most luxury strollers), and lack of peekaboo window. But the main problem I have with Cameleon 3 is the super high price of $1,219. What?! I know…
I would never be able to spend that much money on a stroller. It’s more like a down payment for a car for my child. LOL. It comes in eight colors and retails for $1,219. It does include a bassinet, bumper bar, and rain cover. I also would like to see a cup holder included for that price.
The canopy used to be large. Now it has a zipped-in extra penal that makes it absolutely HUGE. It goes all the way down past the bumper bar. Unfortunately just like all Bugaboo models it still does not have a peekaboo window. I also would like to see a mesh somewhere for better air circulation on a hot summer day.
I absolutely love this handlebar! It’s not only telescoping, but is also reversible which is a very rare feature. It goes from 39″ up to 44″ from the ground. Great for shorter and taller parents.
To get over rougher terrain, you can reverse the handle so that the rear wheels are in the front. That way, it will be much easier to get over grass, mulch, or gravel. They say it can go over even snow (I have not tried that). Since 2017 the handle has been covered with vegan leather instead of foam.
To avoid tipping the stroller backward when the seat is fully reclined, hang your diaper bag on the frame using stroller hooks. You can also use it to hang your water bottle or shopping bags.
There is a strap attached to the handlebar that prevents the stroller from running away from you (not like you are going to jog with it, but I guess some people use it).
In a previous model, the hand brake made multiple clicking sounds when you lift it, now it’s just one click.
The seat is very roomy. It is 13″ wide and 23″ high from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. The depth of the seat is 11″. It can hold a child from 6 months and up to 37.5 lbs.
Since the seat is one molded piece, it will keep its ‘V’ shape when reclined, so your child is ALWAYS in a sitting position even when he is sleeping. It has 3 recline positions that are adjusted by pushing two white buttons on both sides of the frame. You will need both hands.
I am not sure why wouldn’t they do a one-hand lever recline like on the Bugaboo Donkey model. The seat is also removable and reversible. All you need to do is push two buttons on both sides and swing it around. Easy! Now, your child will be facing you. The seat is made out of durable material that is also machine washable.
The footrest has a 9″ leg drop with plenty of room for a growing child.
INCLUDED! It is a removable swing-away bumper bar that is now covered with vegan leather.
It has a padded adjustable 5-point harness with a center release buckle. The straps slide up and down without re-threading!
It has a large easy-to-access basket that can fit a lot of stuff. It’s attached to the frame with snap straps instead of velcro. And what I REALLY like about it is that you don’t have to remove all the stuff from the basket before folding the stroller. There is a material that you can cinch up to keep all the stuff from falling out.
I can’t count how many times I folded my stroller forgetting there was stuff in the basket. One time, I forgot a bottle of sunscreen. Of course, it fell out when I folded the stroller AND I ran it over with my car when I was backing up. I thought my tire got flat when I heard a popping noise. LOL.
For even more storage I would recommend getting a universal stroller organizer. That way you can take not only your coffee cup, but also a LOT of stuff including keys, phone, water, wallet, snacks, diapers, toys, and more. The amount of stuff it can fit is unbelievable.
It rolls on four all-terrain foam-filled rubber wheels with 12″ wheels in the back and 6″ in the front. To remove the rear wheels, you just need to push a white button and the wheels pop right off. The front wheels are swivel but can be locked straight for more stability. These wheels can tackle ANYTHING!
The font wheels have an adjustable suspension system with four positions.
Now this is a unique function that I’ve not seen yet. You can actually remove the small wheels and reconfigure the frame to transform it into a two-wheel mode. While in this mode it will be easier to get over snow and sand on the beach, it is not very stable, so I wouldn’t go very far. You will need to remove your child from the stroller before converting it.
The fold has been updated to make it easier. Thank God! There were SOO many complaints from parents who said the frame would lock up sometimes driving them crazy.
Have you ever seen a crazy-looking parent kicking and hitting a stroller out in the parking lot? That was probably a lucky owner of a Cameleon. LOL.
We (the parents) are pretty stressed out as it is, and a little stroller malfunction can push us right over the edge. Anyways, it’s still a two-piece two-hands fold. You need to remove the seat before folding the frame. To fold the frame, push two white buttons located on both sides of the frame and fold the frame down.
The new fold has a little less steps than the old one. The folded dimensions without the wheels are 35″L x 20″W x 12″H. Bulky! I also wish there would be something preventing the handlebar and the basket from scrapping the floor every time you fold and unfold it.
INCLUDED! One of the selling points of the Cameleon 3 is the included bassinet. You can easily convert your stroller into a fab pram by replacing the seat with the bassinet.
You can convert it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. It works with the most popular brands like Peg Perego, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, Britax, Cybex, and Chicco. Check out my list of the top 10 safest car seats.
-Rain cover. INCLUDED!
-No peekaboo window. For such a large canopy there should be a peekaboo window. What luxury stroller doesn’t have one? I don’t know why none of the Bugaboo strollers have a peekaboo window.
-Bulky. It will take a LOT of room in your trunk. That big one-piece seat and the frame will not fit in a smaller car.
-No adjustable footrest. Since the seat is one molded piece, it does not have an adjustable footrest that many other similar luxury strollers have.
-Little storage. Except for the basket, there is no additional storage for small items like keys or cell phone. I would like to see a zipper pocket in the back of the canopy or the seat.
-High price. It retails for $1,219 which is one of the most expensive strollers on the market.
-Low weight limit. The seat can accommodate a child only up to 37.5 lbs which is on a lower side compared to most of the stroller that has a weight limit around 50 lbs.
-Two-hand recline. I am not sure why they did this two-hand recline instead of a one-hand lever recline in the back of the seat like Bugaboo Donkey has. You need both hands to push buttons on both sides. Why?
Here is a video overview of the Cameleon 3 2017 features.
Here is another great video from BabyGizmo that goes over some of the accessories.
Stroller weight: 21 lbs
Weight limit: 37.5 lbs
Folded dimensions: 35″L x 20″W x 12″H
Handlebar height: 39″ – 44″
Seat to canopy height: 23″
Rear wheels: 12″
Front wheels: 6″
Overall length: 34″
Overall width: 24″
Bugaboo provides a 3-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be an original owner.
The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 has 8 different colors for the canopy and two seat colors plus 7 special collections that have different color combinations of the seat, canopy, and bumper bar.
Where to buy it
You can get Bugaboo Cameleon 3 in one of the eight beautiful colors for around $1,300. The price can vary depending on the color and the collection. This is an expensive luxury stroller that doesn’t have any good sales. It does include a bassinet, bumper bar, and rain cover.