by Amy Venzke February 05, 2018 5 min read

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.

But what are the differences between the versatile Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus and the company's newest stroller, the clever Bugaboo Fox?

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 lower-priced 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.

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.

Bugaboo Fox vs. Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus Stroller Comparison

Bugaboo Fox vs. Bugaboo Cameleon Price

With the added features of the Bugaboo Fox comes a higher price point. The Bugaboo Fox starts at $1,199, which is $200 more than the starting price for the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus.

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 April 2019).

Bugaboo Fox vs. Bugaboo Cameleon Weight and Dimensions

The Bugaboo Fox is similar in size to the Cameleon3 but folds more compactly. When folded, both the length and height of the Fox are several inches shorter.

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.

Bugaboo Fox

  • Dimensions: 33-42"L x 24"W x 35-43"H
  • Folded dimensions (without seat): 26"L x 21.3"W x 7.5"H
  • Folded dimensions (with seat): 15.7"L x 23.6"W x 34.6"H
  • Weight of stroller with seat: 21.8 pounds
  • Weight limit: 48.5 pounds
  • Wheel size: 8.5" for front wheels; 12" for rear wheels

Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus

  • Dimensions: 35"L x 24"W x 44.5"H
  • Folded dimensions: 35"L x 20"W x 12"H
  • Weight of stroller with seat: 21 pounds
  • Weight limit: 37.5 pounds
  • Wheel size: 6" for front wheels, 12" for rear wheels

Bugaboo Fox vs. Bugaboo Cameleon Fold

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 Fox vs. Bugaboo Cameleon Wheels and Maneuverability

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.

Bugaboo Fox vs. Bugaboo Cameleon Colors

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:

  • Base: Aluminum frame with black fabrics or Black frame with grey melange fabrics
  • Canopy: Black, Steel Blue, Ruby Red, Soft Pink, Fresh White, Sunrise Yellow, Grey Melange, Blue Melange

More color options are available for the Bugaboo Fox, which allows parents to choose a "style set" in addition to the base and canopy. To build a Bugaboo Fox, choose these three components:

  • Base: Aluminum or Black
  • Style Set: Black with black wheels and handlebar grips, Grey Melange with white wheels and black handlebar grips, Blue Melange with white wheels and cognac handlebar grips
  • Canopy: Black, Steel Blue, Ruby Red, Soft Pink, Fresh White, Sunrise Yellow, Grey Melange, Blue Melange

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:

  • Soft Pink: Aluminum frame, Soft Pink canopy, Grey Melange fabrics ($1,031)
  • Black: Black frame, Black canopy, Black fabrics ($1,099) 

The Fox is also available in these one-box combinations:

  • Fresh White: Aluminum frame, Fresh White canopy, Black fabrics, Dark Brown grips, White wheel caps ($1,199)
  • Blue Melange: Aluminum frame, Blue Melange canopy, Blue Melange fabrics, Cognac grips, White wheel caps ($1,236)
  • Black:Black for all components ($1,310)

Bugaboo Fox vs. Bugaboo Cameleon Seat and Seat Height

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).

Infant Car Seats Compatible with Bugaboo Fox and Bugaboo Cameleon

With the Bugaboo Fox, Bugaboo is releasing car seat adapters for Nuna/Maxi-Cosi/Cybex, Peg-Perego, Britax and Chicco. 

The following car seats are compatible with the Bugaboo Cameleon3:

These car seats will fit the Bugaboo Fox:

Questions?

Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. We also offer free shipping and no sales tax outside of Arizona! If you have more questions about the Bugaboo Fox and Bugaboo Cameleon3, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com. 

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Amy Venzke
Amy Venzke

Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. That includes you! Feel free to contact her with questions at amy@strolleria.com