Bugaboo Bee Original review

Our rating 
4.3 out of 5 star rating 4.3
User rating
£575.95 RRP
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In a nutshell

Fantastically stylish, this cute buggy is so easy to push you can do it one-handed. It has lots of features to make your life easier, too.
Fold/unfolding
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Manoeuvrability
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Comfort for child
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Style
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Durability
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Worth the money
3.5 out of 5 rating 3.5
Pros: Easy steering and pushing even with one hand, amazing sun canopy, grows with your child, rear and forward facing seat
Cons: Can be expensive if you get carried away with accessories
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The beloved Bugaboo Bee has had a makeover, boosting its appeal as a stylish urban buggy to now include some great extra practical features. So, from the Dutch company known for innovation and design, are the extra features worth it and how do they work?

We have the review of the new Bugaboo Bee 3 here. 

Bugaboo launched the original Bee in 2007, and has now relaunched it in 2010. A perceived downfall of the original compact Bee was that some children had outgrown it by the age of 2. The new Bee has a height adjustable backrest and sun canopy to fit children from infant to toddler years, so it grows with your child. It also has a circular joint system creating an easy way to lift and turn the seat so your child can face you or the world. The frame is also a bit wider, but not enough to make a real difference, and the above new features more than make up for it.

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The Bugaboo Bee retains all the original traits that made it so popular in the first place. It’s stylish, has a much-loved sun canopy in an array of different colours and is very compact.

Seeing your baby from newborn to 4 years/17kg (thanks to the new extendable seat), the Bugaboo Bee has a one-piece frame that’s easily folded with one hand, a height adjustable handle bar, 4-wheel independent suspension and foam-filled rubber tyres for easy manoeuvrability and a unique swivel wheel system so you can steer it with one hand. There’s a 5-point safety harness and lots of lovely accessories available including the baby cocoon needed for a newborn.

Price wise, the Bee is £459, the cocoon for a newborn is £67 and that adjustable sun canopy is £49.95, taking the total to £575.95.

What we love 

The Bugaboo Bee is small, cute, and stylish, and with practical features that are so well thought-out, it’s hard not to love.

The vibrant, colourful, sizable sunshade has to be its defining attribute, but it’s not just to look good. As someone who is quite paranoid about her daughter’s rather pale skin, this sunshade has been amazing. It extends quite far over the buggy, giving your child near-full protection, and Tippi loves it. When I look in she seems so happy under her little tent, and it gave me peace of mind. And, now that the new Bee sun canopy and seat extend, you can use the buggy for longer than before.

The Bee is also so easy to push, particularly handy when you’re out shopping with a child who likes to walk a lot. Even one handed I can push the Bee and hold my daughter’s hand at the same time. And I’m 7 months pregnant.

The new circular joint system that enables you to turn the Bee to be a forward or rear facing buggy couldn’t be any simpler to use. You just fold the chair forward, pick it up and turn it round. And it is that easy!

There are a lot of wonderful accessories you can buy with the Bee, including the cocoon, which is necessary if buying for a newborn. It’s soft, comfortable and again easy to attach.

Then there are the other little aspects adding to its appeal. The foot brake is secure, the height-adjustable handle bar moves up and down like a dream and it just feels like quality. It proves why the Bugaboo Bee has been so popular, and now that it grows with your child, I can see its popularity growing too.

What to watch out for

It’s hard to find faults with the Bugaboo Bee but sometimes it’s almost too easy to push. If Tippi leans to one side it can cause the buggy to veer off and I have to work hard to keep the buggy straight. That may have something to do with me living in an area with slanted roads!

The Bugaboo Bee is quite expensive, but can be worth it if you’re hoping to use it for a long period. Just make sure you shop around for the right deal. If buying it as a package including the cocoon you may make quite a saving, but if you buy the buggy, sun canopy and accessories separately you could be looking at a much higher price.

Who is the Bugaboo Bee best for?

Mums about town that like to look good and push without breaking a sweat.

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MadeForMums verdict

A fantastic buggy that looks distinctive, stylish and cute, and works great in an urban environment. The revamped Bugaboo Bee is so easy to push, you can do it one-handed. Even though the price can be slightly high, if you shop around there are good package deals to be had. The new features, which extend the life of the buggy, are well worth it!

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Bugaboo
Model Bee
Price £575.95

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 4 years

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 9kg
Dimensions W:53cm
Dimensions (folded) H:32cm W:45cm L:85cm

Features

Travel system compatible Yes
Compatible car seats Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat (£115)
Seat facing direction Forward facing and parent facing
Front wheels Lockable swivel
Recline positions 3
Features
  • Compact
  • Suitable for births
  • Front swivel wheels
  • 4-Wheel independent suspension tyres
  • 3 Position reclining seat
  • New easy reversible seat
  • New height adjustable backrest
  • New extendable seat
  • One-piece fold
  • Height-adjustable handle
  • Large sun canopy
  • Travel system compatible (using car seat adaptors)

Accessories

Optional extras
  • Cocoon (included in total price shown)
  • Sun canopy (included in total price shown)
  • Footmuff
  • Changing bag
  • Car seat adaptor
  • Seat liner
  • Parasol
  • Breezy sun canopy
  • Cup holder
  • Wheeled board
  • Transport bag
  • Iphone holder