The Bugaboo is a premium Dutch brand that has been making quality baby carriers since eons ago. The Bugaboo Fox is the latest masterpiece and an upgrade of their Buffalo baby carrier. So if you liked the Buffalo carrier, you will love this one even more for it is more user-friendly, better balanced, and much lighter. It is truly a joy to push.
When asked to define this Bugaboo Fox in one sentence, I would say it is a premium single and convertible stroller. Its basic set includes both a toddler seat and a bassinet. This means you can start using it immediately from birth with the aid of its bassinet. There are several infant car seats that are compatible with it. This means you can also use it as a travel system.
So it is a pretty complete stroller. However, it is not an expandable one. So if you expect your young family to grow soon, it is probably not the most ideal stroller for you to buy now.
Quick Summary of the Bugaboo Fox
- The Bugaboo Fox is a premium, stylish, beautiful, and sophisticated stroller. And on top of being pretty, it is also very functional and useful-friendly. A lot of thought seems to have gone into making everything about it. The fabrics on it look rich and premium while the frame looks built to last.
- It is a convertible stroller that can be used from birth to late toddlerhood. It can also be used for city rides and for rides on slightly bumpy terrains.
- It is an upgrade of the Bugaboo Buffalo but unlike the Buffalo, it is lighter, easier to maneuver, and has more functions
- It is a brand new convertible all-terrain baby carrier
- It can be heavily customized by adding wheel caps, buying a different kind of handlebar, choosing a special seat fabric, or picking the frame color from the variety available.
Bugaboo Fox – The features
This new stroller comes with several premium quality features that make it super multifunctional. Again, if you have used the Buffalo Bugaboo stroller before, you will find this stroller to be a serious upgrade from it despite the Buffalo itself being a decent stroller.
This stroller has many fantastic features. Below are some of the key ones:
The Toddler Seat
This stroller comes with a seat that is perfect for toddlers. The seat can be used from the moment the baby gains head and neck control (about four months) and can be used for ages (until the baby turns three or four years old.
The maximum weight capacity of this Bugaboo Fox toddler seat is forty-five pounds. In addition to its high weight, this toddler seat is also very spacious; it is 10.2″ deep and 14″ wide.
There are several things that you will love about this toddler seat. Chief among them is the fact that the seat is reversible. So you can detach it and attach it in reverse. This is great because as babies grow older they become more interested in seeing the world than in facing their parents. So having a seat that is reversible like the one on this stroller allows them to do just that.
Another thing that you will love about this stroller is the fact that it can recline. It can recline to three different positions. The seat has the bucket like design that allows the whole of it to recline and not just the backrest as is the case with other toddler seats. This makes it more comfortable for the baby.
Moreover, it can be reclined one-handedly. You just have to squeeze the lever behind it to get it to the most comfortable position for your baby. So it is very convenient to use.
The seat’s deepest recline may not be deep enough/ flat enough to carry a newborn. However, it is comfortable enough for a 4-month old baby to nap on.
What I love the most about the Bugaboo Fox toddler seat is not how deep it reclines but how straight it is when set upright. Its upright position is just perfect for the baby to sit on comfortably for an extended period of time. This is great as babies, especially toddlers, usually love seeing everything and discovering their world when out and about.
Besides the unique features described above, this toddler seat also comes with a bumper bar. Unlike other bumper bars that cannot be removed, this one rotates and makes it easy and fast to put in or remove the baby from the seat. Your baby can hold onto the bar during trips.
The bar has a leather-like finish which gives it a premium look.
The Bugaboo Fox toddler seat is also pretty safe. This is because it comes with an adjustable, five-point safety harness. The harness is pretty easy to lock and to unlock. The fact that it is adjustable makes it more comfortable for the baby and it means the baby can grow with it.
One last thing about this toddler seat. In contrast to other toddler seats, this one is positioned pretty high on the frame. This makes it easier to place the baby on it or to remove him or her. No need to bend too much – a perfect feature especially for moms or dads with back problems.
Most Bugaboo strollers have got amazing oversized canopies and this one is no different. Its canopy is enormous and provides great shade and cover.
The canopy is expandable. When expanded it covers almost the entire toddler seat providing the baby with maximum cover from bright sunlight or the wind.
It is unfortunate that although perfectly oversized, the canopy on the Bugaboo Fox does not come with a peek-a-boo mesh window. It is unfortunate in the sense that it prevents you from constantly keeping an eye on your young one; you have to go around to monitor your baby.
However, although this stroller’s original canopy does not have a monitoring window, you can purchase the compatible Bugaboo Breezy Canopy for it that does have a monitoring window.
The Bugaboo Breezy Canopy comes with multiple windows for monitoring the baby and for ensuring maximum airflow to prevent overheating during summer. It is truly a worthy purchase especially if you are living in a typically hot climate.
The Bugaboo Fox comes with one of the finest bassinets you will ever see on a stroller. The bassinet makes it possible to use this stroller from birth; it is what makes it convertible.
Why do I call the Bugaboo Fox bassinet one of the finest bassinets? Because of several reasons.
First, it is made in such a way that makes it easy to attach to the frame of the stroller. In fact, it is so easy to attach that it will take you barely 20 seconds to do it.
Second, it is a very spacious bassinet. Your newborn will love sleeping or resting in it. In addition to being spacious, it is also comfy and at the same time firm enough to provide your baby with proper support for proper growth and development.
Third, the bassinet comes with a massive canopy. And just like the toddler seat canopy, this one too is extendable. You can extend it to provide your newborn baby with maximum protection from the wind and sun.
Another reason why this bassinet is one of the finest ones is that it is fixed with a strong handle. The carry handle is ergonomic and makes it easy to carry the bassinet around.
Lastly, this is a top bassinet because it can be folded. Not many bassinets can be folded. This means they take up a lot of space in the house or in the car when not in use. But this one can be folded. Meaning it is a space saver.
It also means that you do not have to detach and re-attach it from the stroller if you use it frequently.
Infant seat compatibility
This stroller can be converted into a travel system. You can do so by purchasing any of the several compatible infant car seats.
The most popular compatible infant car seats include Peg Perego, Nuna, Maxi Cosi, Cybex, Chicco, and Britax. These are popular brands which means that they are easy to find and purchase.
The Bugaboo Fox features an innovative handlebar that can be extended. At its lowest height, it is 34.5 inches from the ground. It can be extended up to 42.5 inches.
What this means is that parents of all heights can set the handlebar to just the right height to make it comfortable and convenient for them to push it, which is pretty cool.
Extending the handlebar is a breeze. You just need to unlock the handlebar and slide it out to the perfect height for you and then lock it.
Like the bumper bar, this handlebar also comes with a faux leather finish that gives it a premium appearance.
The wheels on the Bugaboo Fox stroller are pretty special. They are big and special foam wheels that provide the same kind of cushion as inflatable wheels. The fact that they are foam wheels means you do not need to inflate them every now and then. It also means that you do not need to worry about them getting punctured when you are out and about.
What you will like the most about them is how smoothly they handle rough terrain. You will also love how agile they make this stroller.
The front two wheels can swivel for better maneuvering. Alternatively, they can be locked for steadiness when pushing the stroller on rough or bumpy terrain.
In addition to the cushion provided by this stroller’s wheels, there is also the shock-absorption provided by its brilliant suspension system. The net effect is a stable and comfortable stroller that your baby will enjoy riding in.
The big wheels and the brilliant suspension system ensure that this stroller glides easily over pavements, cracked sidewalks, cobbled streets, gravel, grass, packed sand, and so on.
However, even though the Bugaboo Fox comes with big wheels and a fine suspension system, it is not a jogger. You should, therefore, not go jogging with it as it is not designed for jogging. Joggers usually have bigger and inflatable wheels.
As you can see in the photo above, this stroller’s back wheels are bigger than the front ones. They offer more stability. Moreover, the stroller’s front wheels can be collapsed to leave the back wheels only. This will make them easier to move through sand and snow. However, the stroller is heavier and less steady in this position. So only set the stroller in the position if you really need to.
The two back wheel position
The Parking Brake
One of the features that really stand out on this stroller is its packing brake. The parking brake is brilliant and foot operated.
To engage it, you simply need to press it. To release it, you simply need to press it again. This means you can operate it easily regardless of the kind of shoes you are wearing it.
Moreover, it is perfectly sized to make it easy to use. This is unlike other stroller parking brakes that are small and sometimes necessitate bending all the way down to apply.
One more thing I have to mention about this stroller’s awesome parking brake is that it comes with color indicators. The indicators will go red when you have applied the parking brake correctly. When you release the brake, the indicators will go green. Their addition to the brakes provides users with a peace of mind and increases the overall safety of the stroller.
The storage basket
This stroller has a pretty decent storage basket. Compared to other baskets of similarly sized strollers, it is pretty big; has a capacity of twenty-two pounds. The size of it means it can carry even a big diaper bag. So you can pretty much carry everything your baby will need in the basket when going for long strolls or day trips.
I like how easily accessible the storage basket is from the rear. Moreover, when the toddler seat is in the reclined position, the basket can even be accessed from the anterior side.
The size and weight
The Bugaboo Fox is, by all means, a lightweight and compact stroller. It measures just 23.6 inches in width. This means you will be able to push it easily into elevators or normal-width doorways.
In terms of weight, it measures 21.8 pounds with the toddler seat. Most convertible strollers like it are usually much heavier.
In summary, it is compact enough to maneuver easily and lightweight enough to push breezily.
This stroller can be folded into a smaller, space-saving unit. It can be folded even with its toddler seat or bassinet attached.
Folding the Bugaboo Fox is a breeze. You only need a bit of practice but you will quickly understand and master how to do it quickly. It won’t take you more than two weeks, I promise.
Once folded, the stroller, automatically locks itself in the position making it easy to lift, carry or store.
The stroller can also self-stand in the folded state.
As stated, a few moments ago, this stroller can be folded with its toddler seat or bassinet on. However, folding it with either the seat or the bassinet attached is not really efficient. The folded unit will still occupy some space. Nevertheless, when you fold the stroller with either of the two, it means that you will not have to go through the hassle of reattaching the seat or the bassinet again the next time you need the stroller.
When folded without the seat or the bassinet, the Bugaboo Fox becomes very compact. It becomes small enough to fit easily into most small car trunks.
The completely folded Bugaboo Fox
The Pros and Cons of the Bugaboo Fox in summary
The Pros Cons
What other moms and dads think of the Bugaboo Fox stroller?
The Bugaboo stroller is a relatively new stroller. So there are not as many reviews written on it as there are written on other similar strollers. Nevertheless, the few customers who have gone ahead and reviewed the product on Amazon.com, have highly rated it. Most really like its sophisticated look, its many superior features, and its multi-functionality. The few who have not given the product five out of five stars primarily do not like that fact that it is quite expensive.
- Type of stroller – convertible stroller
- Weight of stroller – 21.8 pounds
- Stroller weight limit – 48.5 pounds
- Stroller dimensions – 33 to 42 inches by 24 inches by 35 to 43 inches
- Folded stroller dimensions – 15.7 inches by 23.6 inches by 34.6 inches
- Handlebar telescoping ability – 34.6 inches to 42.5 inches from the ground
Bugaboo Fox Colors
Most Bugaboo strollers are usually made in many colors and this one is no exception. It is available in several amazing color versions. The colors for the wheel caps, the grips, the frame, the bassinet, the toddler seat, and the canopy are well-coordinated in its different color versions.
Moreover, on some baby carrier stores, you can customize the colors yourself to best the combination that best suits your tastes.
The frame of this stroller is available in two primary color versions: black and silver. While the bassinet and the seat fabrics are available in five color versions: blue mélange, red mélange, green mélange, grey mélange, and black.
The canopy fabric is available in fourteen color versions including tucan, waves, birds, blue mélange, red mélange, grey mélange, sunrise yellow, fresh white, ruby red, sky blue, soft pink, olive green, and neon red. All the fabric color versions are UPF 50+ rated.
The leather-like grips on the bassinet carry handle, the bumper bar, and the handlebar are available in three colors cognac, brown, and black.
You also have four options to choose from in the case of the wheels caps. They are available in wood, glossy black, dark red, and brilliant white color versions.
If the color versions for different parts of the stroller are too many for you to decide what goes where, you will love the fact that there are three commercial color versions available including black & fresh white, blue mélange, and black.
Despite the Bugaboo Fox being a pricey stroller, it does not come with several key accessories which is a shame. You have to buy them separately.
Below are some of the accessories that are compatible with this stroller:
- The Bugaboo Fox stroller organizer: In my opinion, every stroller needs an organizer. With this one from Bugaboo, you can keep your personal items and essentials close by. It comes with an enormous pouch where you can fit soothers, a sippy cup, wipes, or diapers for the day without the risk of losing them. It also includes small pouches for carrying smaller valuables such as car/ house keys, your credit cards, and your phone. What is even more amazing about this organizer is that you can alternatively use it as a handbag.
- Standing board: Bugaboo retails a standing board that is compatible with the Bugaboo Fox. You can purchase this board to expand the stroller into a double stroller for your youngest and a second older child. It is especially great for older babies who love walking but get tired quickly. You can simply ask them to hop onto the board for a ride when they get tired.
- The Snack Tray: The Bugaboo Fox snack tray is a special snack tray designed specifically for this stroller. It comes with a cup holder and an enclosed space for carrying the baby’s snacks or toys.
- The Bugaboo breezy canopy: We discussed this stroller’s extra canopy before. The original canopy on the stroller may be good but it is not perfect. However, this other one is. It is as big as the original canopy and has mesh cut outs to ensure maximum airflow and perfect temperatures for the baby inside it. It also has got a monitoring window through which you can constantly keep an eye on your child. It is worth buying especially if you have a newborn baby in a hot climate.
- The cup holder: We all know what cup holders do. There is one that is sold by Bugaboo that is compatible with all Bugaboo strollers and several other strollers. You can use it to keep a drink or water close by when out and about. You can also use it to carry your kid’s sippy cup.
The Bugaboo Fox versus the Bugaboo Buffalo versus the Bugaboo Cameleon 3
As mentioned earlier, the Bugaboo Fox is an upgrade of the Bugaboo Buffalo. So if you have used the Buffalo before and you liked it, then you will like the Fox even more for most of its features are same as those on the Buffalo but improved either functionally or aesthetically.
The Bugaboo Fox also has several similarities with the Cameleon 3.
Below are the main differences between the three strollers:
As you can see the three Bugaboo strollers above are all pretty decent machines. However, in my opinion, the Bugaboo Fox is miles ahead of the other strollers in terms of style, looks, and functionality.
The Bugaboo Fox versus the UPPAbaby VISTA
In this section, I will be comparing the Fox versus what is arguably one of the world’s best strollers, the 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA. Both are premium quality strollers. Both are also multifunctional. Thus, on the surface, it would seem as if the UPPAbaby VISTA and the Bugaboo Fox are inseparable. However, the table below shows that they are different in several ways:
From the differences above, it is still difficult to choose which one between the Bugaboo Fox and the UPPAbaby VISTA is the better stroller. In my opinion, the best stroller for you between the two will depend on what you want a stroller for.
The main difference between the UPPAbaby VISTA and the Bugaboo Fox is versatility. The VISTA is more versatile than the Fox. This is because while the VISTA is a fully convertible and expandable stroller, the Fox is just a convertible stroller. You can expand the VISTA into a twin stroller, unlike the Fox which can also be used as a single stroller.
However, while the VISTA is expandable and the Fox is not, the Fox is much lighter than its competitor. It is five pounds lighter to be exact. This makes it one of the lightest convertible strollers on the market.
In terms of terrain, both strollers can handle most terrains. Nevertheless, the Fox is considered to have a better weight distribution and suspension system that makes it ride more effortlessly on bumpy surfaces when compared to the VISTA.
The Fox also handles sand and snow better. Furthermore, unlike the VISTA, the Fox has the two-wheel mode that is convenient for dragging the stroller along, bringing it upstairs, or dragging it over the beach or snow.
The two strollers wheel designs and storage baskets
Both strollers have got pretty big storage baskets. The VISTA one, however, has a bigger weight capacity than the Fox one. Moreover, it is made of a stronger and more protective material making it better in this context.
The VISTA is also superior in terms of folding in the sense that it is easier to fold and that it folds into a flatter and smaller unit than the Bugaboo Fox.
The VISTA and the Fox when folded
The fact that the VISTA folds into a smaller unit makes it easier to store or transport. However, you can further break down the Fox and transport its frame separately. This can make it easier to transport than the VISTA.
The 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA color versions
There is one more difference I would like to point out between the 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA and the Bugaboo Fox. The difference is the available colors difference. The UPPAbaby VISTA is available in multiple color versions, while the Bugaboo Fox is available in many more color versions.
In fact, the Bugaboo Fox has multiple color versions available for its different parts. Some online retailers allow users to customize the different parts by selecting the colors they want. So in this sense, the Bugaboo Fox has a clear advantage over the 2018 VISTA.
In summary, as you can see, there are many differences between the Bugaboo Fox and the UPPAbaby VISTA. And as I said earlier, your task is to find out for what purpose you want to buy your next stroller and then to find out which between these two strollers will better suit that purpose.
What to have in mind before buying this stroller
Even though the Bugaboo Fox is a premium all-terrain stroller, it will bounce around a bit when you take it on pretty rough roads. This is because it is not designed to ride smoothly on such terrains. So if you frequently have to pass through very bumpy terrains, you may need to get yourself a jogger with bigger and inflatable tires.
You should also keep in mind that this stroller is also one of the priciest ones. It costs more than a thousand bucks, which is pretty expensive compared to other strollers (including the UPPAbaby VISTA).
Why buy this stroller
- Because it is made of premium quality fabrics and materials – the fabrics and materials are not only sophisticated and luxurious but also quite strong and durable.
- Because you will find it easy and pleasant to use – this is a very convenient baby carrier with a smart parking brake, a suspension system, an extendable handlebar, and a reclining seat that can be reclined one-handedly.
- Because it is a very good convertible stroller – You can literally use it from the day of birth until your child turns three or four. It is probably the only stroller you will ever buy if you don’t plan to expand your family any further.
Do you love this stroller? I love it too. But before you buy it, make sure it is what you really need because it is pretty expensive.
I’m Jessica Wills, most of my friends just call me Jess. I have 2 kids Astor who is 5, and Cody who is 3. I love writing and found a small passion in writing product reviews from a moms stand.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions, i’ll love to answer.
Last update on 2021-07-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API