Stroller Review: Bugaboo Bee
Filed under: Baby Essentials
The Basics: 17 pounds. Good from birth to 37.5 pounds. 20 inches at the widest point when it's unfolded. Collapses to 17 by 35 by 12 inches.
The Lowdown: The Bee is Bugaboo's first attempt at a lightweight, compact stroller. On the surface, the Bee sounds fantastic. It has a quick folding mechanism. Once folded, the Bee is fairly compact and relatively easy to store. The canopy is deep; the rain cover offers complete protection from the elements; and it has more seat position options than previous Bugaboos. The child can face forward or backwards.
Perhaps our biggest issue with the Bee is its narrow seat. At 20" wide, the seat is a squeeze for older children. Plus, the "wings" on the side of the seat, limit a child's peripheral visibility and makes the seat feel uncomfortably closed-in. The Bee is also known for its limited storage and an inability to handle rough terrain.
Another important issue to note is that the Bee was recalled in June 2009 after more than 120 reports of brake failure. The company has remedied the issue by developing a set of brackets that can easily be clicked onto the rear wheels of the Bee to secure the brake function. The brackets are now integrated into the stroller's production process. If you decide to purchase the Bee, it is essential to check that the model you receive has these brackets.
In April 2010, Bugaboo is slated to release an upgraded version of the stroller, the Bugaboo Bee Plus. The Plus will feature a wider frame, with a roomier seat and none of those pesky "wings." Improvements to the wheels, handlebar and braking system are also anticipated. All of this sounds fantastic, but it is rumored that these improvements will bump the cost of the stroller to $649.
You'll Want It If: You're a style-conscious parent and you don't mind trading a bit of functionality for incredible design.
The Bugaboo BEE Complete Stroller is available for $530 at Amazon.