Bugaboo launched its Cameleon model in 2005 and it’s has been popular since. They of course needed to make an update so they can compete in the market.
Updates such as the Cameleon 3 and Cameleon 3 plus was made to accommodate many families, which made it compete with even the Fox and Bee models.
In this article, I will be comparing the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 and Cameleon 3 plus. To see their similarities and differences.
Go in-depth about their details. Because this is a comparison I will only give a small review of these prams.
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About the Bugaboo Cameleon 3.
When the Cameleon 3 came out it offered a new design and upgrade. Suitable from birth with the canopy and car seats. The seat unit is suitable from 6 months up to 17kg.
A canopy with UPF50+ protection and more colour on the hood. The faces are forward and rear and it can be adjustable with soft fabrics.
Reclinable seat unit as well to give child comfort. With an integrated legrest.
With 5 point harness system and a bumper bar to keep the baby secured. It also has all-terrain wheels and all suspension wheels with puncture-proof tyres.
You are able to take the Cameleon 3 on any terrain you want. Whether it’s pushing it on grass, sand, mud, etc. You can also use the 2 wheels modè for that.
You can move the back wheels to the front and verse versa.
Removable wheels for a more compact fold. Folding it’s easy because it’s only with one hand. A bigger basket to accommodate your lifestyle and it’s easier to have access to.
6 height adjustable handlebar will make things easier for any parent and even taller ones. A convertible carrycot that flattens when folded.
The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 gives you many colours, premium design, and as with all Bugaboo årams, it gives you the option to choose and mix your style of the pram.
Chassis folded dimensions: 90 x 50 x 31cm. Weight: 9.5+kg. Handle height: 100cm to 110cm.
About the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Plus.
The Cameleon 3 plus it’s suitable from birth with the cot and car seat and up to 17kg which is around from 3 to 3 and a half depending on your little one.
Offers a seat unit that is forward and rear-facing and adjustable with straps. It also has a legrest to keep the baby comfortable.
With adjustable harness system to keep baby safe.
With a big canopy with UPF50+ protection. Punctured proof tyres and air foam tyres as well to make the ride easier. All suspension wheels and all-terrain wheels.
You can use a so-called beach mode with 2 wheels mode or a normal 4 wheel is the standard.
Reachable basket from the front and back. It takes one hand to attach things and fold the chassis. Height adjustable handlebar and rotatable bumper bar.
Materials are washable to keep things clean and long-lasting. Available in multiple colours and variants and you can use the frame you want.
The base, etc. A convertible carrycot with many features and compatible with car seats from different brands with the right adapters.
Folded dimensions with the wheels: H:30.5cm W:58.5cm L:90cm. (Weight with the seat: 9.6kg). Handle height: 100cm to 110cm.
Similarities Between the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 and Cameleon 3 Plus.
Seat Unit and Canopy.
When it comes to the seat unit in general both have the same features. Both the Cameleon 3 and Cameleon 3 Plus offer forward and rear-facing, adjustable with straps and a little bit of a legrest.
Both seats have 5 point harnesses which is upgraded from the original Cameleon stroller which was a 3 point harness system.
A big canopy with UPF50+ protection and washable fabrics. So both are also suitable from 6 months with the seat unit and up to 17kg.
Carrycot and Car Seat.
The carrycot is made with premium soft fabrics to give comfort to the baby and it’s only compatible with these two models and not any other Cameleon model.
It is suitable from birth up to 6 months and is available in many colours. Easy to attach with one hand on both strollers.
Both are also compatible with the Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna car seat, and car seats from brands such as Nuna, Britax, Cybex, Chicco, Peg Perego, etc.
So, you do have many options and some of these have some of the best car seats.
Weight and Dimensions.
Both have a lightweight on the seats around 9.6kg which is the not lightest, but Bugaboo lets them weigh the same even with an update.
This does not ways happen. So you won’t miss out on this. When it comes to the folded dimensions it’s the same as well.
The chassis folds the same and has the dimensions at H:30.5cm W:58.5cm L:90cm. The only difference is that the Cameleon 3 has a height of 30cm instead of 30.5cm.
However, this is unnoticeable.
Frame and Wheels.
The same frames are foldable with one hand. Both have bumper bars that are removable and can rotate.
Bugaboo Cameleon 3 and Cameleon 3 plus have the same height on the handlebar. From 100cm to 110cm it’s higher than the average handle height.
It’s good but it might be a bit difficult for shorter parents to handle. The baskets can be attached and detach with ease.
The way they are designed make it easy to access because it’s curved with deeper features. It looks to take up to 5kg of weight.
Both have all-terrain wheels which Bugaboo never disappoints with. Punctured proof tyres and air foam tyres.
All suspension wheels are designed to give you a comfortable push on any terrain. The wheels are removable also to allow a compact fold (Although it’s not the most compact).
Style and Design.
Both have the same design and are noticeable to be Cameleon prams if you are familiar with all Bugaboo prams. Although they share differences Bugaboo still kept the design similar.
Both have almost the same set of colours and the fabrics and materials remain the same. Both were also upgraded with classic+ which meant more options on colours and frames.
The Same Accessories.
Some of these are:
- Comfort Wheel Board.
- Travel bag.
- Parent organiser.
- Seat liner.
- Changing bag.
- Rain cover.
- Mattress cover.
Differences Between the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 and Cameleon 3 Plus.
A Slight Difference with the Frame.
When it comes to the seat frame on the Cameleon 3 there’s foam under the seat but with the Cameleon 3 plus or only aluminium which makes it resemble other Bugaboo strollers.
A Difference with the Basket.
Although they have the same easy attachment it’s not the same. The newer basket it’s easier to access from both sides and less curvy.
The older version was harder to reach. Both are also designed differently and have different sizes.
The basket on the Cameleon only has black fabrics, while the other one has a mesh-like look. Making your things not stuff when placed there.
Many top-quality strollers offer this.
They cost almost the same depending on what you buy. Let’s look into how much the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 cost.
Both offer black frames and aluminium frames and they charge you higher if you buy the premium fabrics and other colours mix patterns.
Cameleon 3 costs with aluminium around $999.00 and with the black frame $1099.00. This is around £675.00 and £805.00 depending on where you buy it from.
When it comes to the Cameleon 3 plus you have $999.00 – $1019.00 with the aluminium frame and $1131.00 – $1151.00.
Which is around £850 upwards and it can be cheaper depending on where you buy it. So, as you can see there’s a lot of price difference.
The Colours on Bugaboo Cameleon 3 and Cameleon 3 Plus.
When it comes to the colours there are some similarities they share. These are the similar colours that are more darkened:
- Grey Melange
- Soft Pink
- Ice Blue
- Petrol Blue
- Off White
Cameleon 3 plus differ in the way that it offers these additional colours:
- Sky Blue
- Ruby Red
- Soft Pink
- Fresh White
- Neon Red
- Sunrise Yellow
- Grey Melange
- Blue Melange
- Birds (pattern)
- Waves (pattern)
The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 plus allows you to mix things up a little bit. You can choose the base, frame and colours of the hood either with one colour or multiple colours patterns.
Making it more suitable for parents all around the world.
You also have the special edition with the Cameleon 3 plus pram. It offers Dark navy colour and Grey Melange colours with the choice of aluminium and black frame.
These are called Cameleon 3 classic+.
You have also other collections such as Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Fresh Collection, Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Anterior and Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Kite.
As you can see the Cameleon 3 plus has soo much to offer. You have predesigned ones or you can choose your preference and it’s assembled for you (Well, you get to do the job).
Which One is Better?
Aside from the colours, price, basket and a little bit of frame change both are almost identical. When it comes to features and dimensions it’s the same thing.
For many parents, these are the most important factors. The suitability and compatibility because you can take both strollers everywhere and there’s not that much difference.
However, the Cameleon 3 plus is still better even though it cost more in some cases. It has a more breathable material on the basket.
The design looks more sophisticated in some parts of the frame. You have huge colours options which some value more.
So, it’s no doubt wins the day. With its simple and special edition.
Who prefers the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 then? Well, people like me maybe. It still has many colours to choose from, and many won’t mind the basket and the foam underneath the seat.
It’s cheaper which is the biggest pro other than that it has the same features as the newer version. It’s a quality stroller and many parents are still buying it.
It’s still compared with Uppababy prams and Silver Cross prams.
Both are not suitable from birth with the seat unit and are up to only 3 years. Many others have up to 4 years or even 5. Both are not double compatible.
They lack mesh ventilation panels on the canopy with peek a boo windows. Wheels do not swivel and are not lockable.
The baskets are not the bigger.
Both are very pricey which makes them almost impossible for some to buy.
To summarise it, the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 and Cameleon 3 plus have more similarities than differences, although it’s there.
Who won’t miss out on big things if you decide to go with the older version, because what makes it valuable is still available?
If you want more colour choices well then the Cameleon 3 Plus is the one. What is it going to be for you? Are you team Bugaboo Cameleon 3 or Cameleon 3 plus?
Video demonstration of Camemelon 3: