If you’re in the market for a full-size stroller but prefer to keep the weight and overall size to a minimum the Bugaboo Dragonfly or UPPAbaby Cruz V2 may be the perfect fit for your family. Bugaboo and UPPAbaby both offer a full line-up of premium strollers; from larger all terrain models to tri-fold travel options. Both the Bugaboo Dragonfly and UPPAbaby Cruz V2 are fully featured mid-size strollers that offer best-in-class performance, stability and function at a manageable size and weight.
Bugaboo consistently excels in engineering and design, offering wow factors that make their strollers stand out from the rest. The Bugaboo Dragonfly is no exception. While the Dragonfly is impressive from wheels to canopy, its stand out feature is its ability to be folded with the bassinet attached or with its stroller seat facing in either orientation. Most strollers require the seat to face forward or the bassinet to be removed when folding. The Dragonfly is an ideal choice for city families, it can be quickly and compactly folded with one step and one hand, whether on the go with the Dragonfly bassinet, toddler seat or an infant car seat. Don’t be fooled by its lightweight and petite size, the Dragonfly features all-wheel suspension and is built to tackle cobblestone and broken, bumpy sidewalks.
UPPAbaby Cruz V2
UPPAbaby designs their products with one focus front and center: making parents' lives easier! The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 offers quality, superior performance, ease of use and a one step- standing fold. It’s 10” rear wheels and all-wheel suspension make it a reliable partner from city to suburb. Equipped with a giant storage basket holding up to 30lbs, the Cruz V2 is ready to carry your baby and all their “stuff” wherever the road may take you!
UPPAbaby Cruz V2
What features do parents love about the Bugaboo Dragonfly and UPPAbaby Cruz V2?
Both the Bugaboo Dragonfly and UPPAbaby Cruz V2 share many common features, including: all wheel suspension; reversible stroller seat with one handed recline; infant car seat compatibility; and UV protected, ventilated canopy. Check out a full list of features below:
Features: Bugaboo Dragonfly
- One-hand compact fold with patented self-stand design, fold with seat included
- Lightweight (17.4 lbs) to carry over your shoulder or pull like a trolley
- 22 lbs of underseat basket, plus extra rear pocket for even more storage
- Full suspension and new urban wheel design for smoother rides in the city
- Sustainably built to last with bio-based material, reducing CO2 footprint by 21%
- Reversible and adjustable seat, fully reclinable with just one hand
- Padded 5-point safety harness can be adjusted for height
- Extendable UPF 50+ sun canopy has a pop-out visor and peek-a-boo panel
- Suitable from 6 months to approx. 4 years (max. 50 lbs)
- Car seat compatibility with dedicated adapters (sold separately)
- The handlebar grips are made of 100% vegetarian leather
- Designed in the Netherlands and built in Bugaboo's own factory
Features: UPPAbaby Cruz V2
- Suitable from birth with Bassinet or Infant Sung Seat accessories
- Full-size reversible Toddler Seat
- Five-point, no-rethread harness
- Extendable canopy with UPF 50+ protection, zip out fabric and mesh panels
- Vented peekaboo window
- One-handed, multi-position recline
- Adjustable handlebar
- Extra-large, easy-access basket with 30 lbs weight limit
- All-wheel suspension
- Front wheel locks with visual indicators
- Mesa Infant Car Seat attaches directly to stroller without adapters
- 100% full-grain leather accents
- One-step fold, stands when folded
Fabrics and color options: Bugaboo Dragonfly vs. UPPAbaby Cruz V2
UPPAbaby boxes the Cruz V2 in a variety of pre-set color combinations. The frame comes in either aluminum or black, the toddler seat fabric is charcoal and a pop of color is added with different color canopy options.
The Bugaboo Dragonfly also comes in a variety of pre-set neutral color combinations. The frame is offered in either Black or Graphite.
Are the Bugaboo Dragonfly or UPPAbaby Cruz V2 stroller fabrics washable?
Bugaboo Dragonfly: All fabrics are machine washable at 86°F. The faux leather grips can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Always consult the washing label for the exact instructions.
UPPAbaby Cruz V2: All fabrics are washable. Spot clean or hand wash in cold water with mild detergent. Dry flat and away from direct sunlight before re-use or storage. DO NOT bleach, iron or dry clean.
How does the Bugaboo Dragonfly and UPPAbaby Cruz V2 compare in weight and size?
The Bugaboo Dragonfly and UPPAbaby Cruz V2 are considered mid-size strollers and are on the lighter end of the fully-featured stroller weight scale. While the Dragonfly is slightly lighter weight and folds a bit more compact the Cruz V2 offers larger rear wheels and a more generous storage basket.
Size and Dimensions: Bugaboo Dragonfly vs. UPPAbaby Cruz V2
- Bugaboo Dragonfly: Frame + Seat: 21.8 lbs, Frame:17.4 lbs
- UPPAbaby Cruz V2: Frame + Seat: 25.5 lbs, Frame: 19 lbs
Basket Weight Capacity
Seat Back Height
- Bugaboo Dragonfly: 2 years
- UPPAbaby Cruz V2: 2 years extends to 3 years if registered within 3 months of purchase
- Bugaboo Dragonfly: 6 months to 50 lbs (from birth with bassinet or infant car seat)
- UPPAbaby Cruz V2: 3 months to 50 lbs (from birth with bassinet/ infant snugseat or infant car seat)
Configurations: Bugaboo Dragonfly vs. UPPAbaby Cruz V2
The Bugaboo Dragonfly is sold with the bassinet in a bundle or without. The stroller seat can be used from 6 months to 50 lbs. The bassinet can be used from birth to 6 months or until baby can sit up unsupported. While the Bugaboo Dragonfly is infant car seat compatible, the bassinet is the best choice for longer periods of stroller use. Whether purchasing with the bassinet or without, the Bugaboo Dragonfly always comes boxed with a set of infant car seat adapters. The infant car seat adapters allow for a variety of Dragonfly/car seat combinations. The best looking, most cohesive match is the Bugaboo Turtle Series made by Nuna.
The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is only sold with its toddler seat that can be used from 3 months to 50 lbs. While the Cruz V2 is infant car seat compatible, as previously mentioned, it is best to go with a lay flat surface for use from birth. UPPAbaby offers two newborn solutions (sold separately) that can be paired with the Cruz V2 stroller. The UPPAbaby Bassinet makes for easy transitions on and off the stroller and provides a cozy environment for use from day one! A more budget friendly alternative to the bassinet is the Infant Sung Seat, this accessory is an infant insert that is placed into the stroller toddler seat to create a newborn ready, flat position within the stroller seat itself. For seamless in-and-out of the car scenarios, the Cruz V2 offers direct compatibility with UPPAbaby Mesa Series infant car seats.
What infant car seats are compatible with the Bugaboo Dragonfly?
The Bugaboo Dragonfly Car Seat adapters allow for compatibility with many infant car seats. View the current compatible option here!
What infant car seats are compatible with the UPPAbaby Cruz V2?
The most organic pair to the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is UPPAbaby's Mesa Series infant car seats. The Mesa Series are directly compatible with the Cruz V2 stroller frame without the need for infant car seat adapters. View all current car seat compatibility here.
Can the Bugaboo Dragonfly or UPPAbaby Cruz V2 be converted to a double stroller?
The Bugaboo Dragonfly and UPPAbaby Cruz V2 are strictly single strollers and do not have the capability of holding two stroller seats. However, both Bugaboo and UPPAbaby offer compatible ride-on-boards that make it quick, easy, and convenient for older siblings to hitch a ride! Both ride-on-boards directly connect to the frame of each stroller and can be pushed upwards and stored away when not in use. The Bugaboo Comfort Wheeled Board+ comes with a removable bike seat attachment, allowing an option to sit or stand. The Cruz V2 Piggyback offers generous foot-space but only allows for a standing child.
Is the Bugaboo Dragonfly or UPPAbaby Cruz V2 easier to fold?
The Bugaboo Dragonfly is a bit easier to fold, it can be folded with one hand and with the seat positioned either parent or world facing, it can also be folded with the bassinet attached. While the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 can be folded in one motion, the seat does have to be world facing and the stroller can not be folded with the bassinet attached. The Cruz V2 requires two hands for folding.
Folding the Bugaboo Dragonfly:
Step 1: Activate the brake by stepping on the brake pedal.
Step 2: Bring the handlebar down using the large button until the handlebar reaches the FOLD stripe.
Step 3: Press the large button while sliding the FOLD button to whichever side you prefer.
Step 4: Lift the handlebar upwards and use a bit of momentum to bring the front of the stroller towards you. The seat should fold down automatically at this point.
Folding the UPPAbaby Cruz V2:
Step 1: Activate the brake by stepping on the brake pedal
Step 2: Make sure the seat is facing forward (or has been removed from the frame if not)
Step 3: Lower the handlebar to its shortest setting
Step 4: Lift up on the grey tabs at the right and left hand sides of the handlebar and lower it toward your feet.
The Cruz V2 automatically locks when folded and stands upright, resting on the two rear wheels and two small rubber bumpers in the middle of the handlebar.
Hinge the lock inwards and lift the handlebar up to open the stroller.
What accessories are offered for the Bugaboo Dragonfly or UPPAbaby Cruz V2?
Bugaboo and UPPAbaby both offer a buffet of accessories! If you opt for an UPPAbaby or Bugaboo bassinet, one of the best ways to expand on the function of the Dragonfly or Cruz V2 is to purchase a Bugaboo or UPPAbaby Bassinet Stand. Not only do these bassinets pair beautifully with their corresponding strollers but they can also be used as a primary overnight sleep system when paired with their corresponding bassinet stands! While both of these stands give your gear multiple uses they are very different.
The Bugaboo Bassinet Stand is fully collapsible and can be folded to a size that is perfect for travel. When baby outgrows the Bugaboo bassinet, the stand can also be paired with the Dragonfly stroller seat and used as a travel highchair.
The UPPAbaby Bassinet Stand is a bit larger but a beautiful piece of furniture. Once baby outgrows the UPPAbaby bassinet, the stand can be converted to a hamper by purchasing the UPPAbaby Hamper Inserts.
Check out our full list of compatible accessories:
Bugaboo Dragonfly Accessories:
- Rotating Bumper bar
- Parasol+ Attachment Clip
- Infant Car Seat Adapters
- Integrated Carry Strap
- Bugaboo Dragonfly Rain Cover
- Bugaboo Universal Bassinet Stand
- Dragonfly Bassinet Stand Adapters
- Bugaboo Comfort Wheeled Board+
- Cup holder
- Footmuff and Performance Winter Footmuff
- Seat liner
- Smartphone holder
- Changing bag
UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Accessories:
- Toddler Seat Bug Shield
- Toddler Seat Rain Shield
- Bumper bar
- Bassinet Stand
- Infant Sung Seat
- Cup Holder
- Snack Tray
- Carry All
- Cozy Ganoosh Footmuff
- Cruz V2 Piggyback Ride-on-board
- Travelsafe Travel Bag
- Changing Backpack
What are the Pros and Cons of the Bugaboo Dragonfly and UPPAbaby Cruz V2?
Bugaboo Dragonfly: Benefits
- Tallest seat back
- Lighter weight and more compact compared to Cruz V2
- Folds with one hand
- Folds with bassinet attached
- Folds with seat either parent or world facing
- Extra storage pouch that can be hung from handle bar for easy access to essentials
- Included car seat adapters
Bugaboo Dragonfly: Drawbacks
- Car seat adapters needed to pair with infant car seat
- Smaller rear wheels
- Rain Cover sold separately
UPPAbaby Cruz V2: Benefits
- Directly compatible with UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats (no adapters required)
- Comes boxed with toddler seat rain and bug shields
- Snack Tray Accessory offered
- Larger rear wheels compared to Bugaboo Dragonfly
- Large storage basket
UPPAbaby Cruz V2: Drawbacks
- Heavier and larger fold compared to Bugaboo Dragonfly
- Car seat adapters sold separately for off brand infant car seats
Is the Bugaboo Dragonfly or UPPAbaby Cruz V2 a better stroller?
We LOVE both the Bugaboo Dragonfly and UPPAbaby Cruz V2 strollers. Deciding between the two really comes down to which stroller's features and functions match best with individual lifestyle needs. The Bugaboo Dragonfly is ideal for city life, making for swift and easy public transit experiences, utilizing its versatile one-handed fold. The Dragonfly is also the best choice for older children and taller toddlers!
If simplicity is key, the adapterless pairing of the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 and Mesa Series infant car seats is the way to go! The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is also perfect for families that need extra storage space. If your stroller is your main source of transportation the Cruz V2 will easily take you through your day and hold all of “the things” needed along the way!
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