Bugaboo strollers have always taken on the personalities of their animal-inspired namesakes.
The convertible Bugaboo Donkey2 hauls everything, including two kids. The all-terrain Bugaboo Buffalo is strong and rugged. The compact Bee5 is the smallest Bugaboo, zipping around the city.
The two strollers share a similar look, size and functionality, and both feature the quality and style Bugaboo is known for.
The Cameleon remains Bugaboo's iconic stroller that pioneered the luxury stroller market 15 years ago. With the debut of the Fox in 2018, the Cameleon became a more affordable option with fewer features (although it also underwent an update in 2018, changing from the Cameleon3 to the Cameleon3 Plus).
Compared with the Cameleon, the Bugaboo Fox offers more features like a one-piece standing fold, improved suspension and larger wheels, a higher weight capacity, and greater customization. Plus, the Fox makes for the most convenient Bugaboo travel system, thanks to the new Bugaboo Turtle car seat that attaches to the Fox without adapters.
In this post, we'll cover all the differences between the Bugaboo Fox and Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus to help you decide which stroller is best for your family.
The Bugaboo Fox is sturdy but lightweight, versatile yet straightforward, and practical yet stylish. In a unique feature, the Fox has suspension built in not only to the wheels of the stroller but also the frame of the stroller to ensure the smoothest ride over any type of surface.
The Fox seat frame can be used with either the included bassinet or seat fabrics, from birth to 50 pounds. Plus, the Fox is the only Bugaboo stroller that can be paired with the Bugaboo Turtle infant car seat for the most convenient, adapter-free travel system.
The Cameleon changed the stroller market when it debuted in 2005, proving that strollers could be sleek, stylish and well-built enough to last through multiple families. Nearly 15 years later, the Cameleon still offers innovative features, like a reversible handlebar and a seat frame that transitions from bassinet to seat.
In 2018, the stroller got an upgrade to the Cameleon3 Plus, adding a bigger basket, more color options and a redesigned seat frame. Learn more about the new model in this Cameleon3 to the Cameleon3 Plus comparison.
The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus starts at $999 for the aluminum frame and $1,099 for the black frame.
While the black frame for the Bugaboo Fox also costs $100 more than the aluminum frame, the customization choices don't stop there. With the Fox, parents can also choose from one of three "style sets," consisting of fabrics, wheel caps and handlebar grips. As a result, the price for the Bugaboo Fox ranges from $1,199 to $1,336.
(Looking for more customization? The Fox used to consist of six separate components but was streamlined to just three boxes—frame, canopy and style set—in Spring 2019).
But despite it being light and compact, the Fox is also tougher than the Cameleon. The 48.5-pound weight capacity of the Fox is 10 pounds higher, helping to extend the longevity of your stroller.
The Bugaboo Foxcan fold with both the seat and bassinet attached, unlike the Cameleon. When folded, the stroller can stand on its own, and the seat can face either direction. The stroller can be locked by twisting components on both sides of the central joint.
The Fox folds even more compactly when you remove the seat, as the back of the seat can collapse for a flat position.
Folding the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus involves two steps: removing the seat, which is self-standing, and folding the frame. While the seat nests compactly on top of the frame, it does not lock or stand when folded as the Fox does.
Bugaboo strollers are known for their ease of push and remain luxuriously smooth even with the weight of the child.
While the two strollers have the same 12" rear wheel size, the Fox has larger front wheels than the Cameleon (8.5" instead of 6"), which aids its maneuverability on rough surfaces. If you're going to be strolling over snow and uneven terrain, the Fox will perform better.
Both strollers feature suspension in the wheels, but in a unique feature, the Bugaboo Fox also has suspension in the central joint of the stroller for enhanced maneuverability.
For both strollers, fabrics can be purchased separately from the frame, allowing parents to refresh their Bugaboo for a new baby, a new season or simply a change of heart.
To build a Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus, choose these two components:
Too many decisions? Bugaboo also offers one-box combinations of both the Fox and Cameleon3 Plus.
The Cameleon3 Plus is available in these one-box combinations:
The Fox is also available in these one-box combinations:
At about 24" from the ground, the seat of the Bugaboo Fox is positioned higher than that of the Cameleon, helping to bring baby closer to you. Some tall parents complain that the baby is too low in the Cameleon (about 21" from the ground).
In June 2019, Bugaboo is releasing its first-ever car seat: The Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna. Manufactured by Nuna with the same design and safety features as the Nuna PIPA series, the Bugaboo Turtle is designed to fit the Fox—making the Fox the only Bugaboo stroller that doesn't require adapters to attach a car seat.
The Turtle won't fit the Cameleon, but the Cameleon3 Plus can be used with several other brands of car seats with the purchase of an adapter.
With the addition of the Turtle, the Fox becomes a bit more convenient to use as a travel system than the Cameleon. You won't have to purchase an additional accessory or spend time attaching and detaching the adapter while alternating use between the car seat and bassinet on the stroller.
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