Recently we had the opportunity to put the Bugaboo Bee⁵ to use when we went out and about. This is the stroller that is meant for use in the city providing easy foldability and great maneuverability. Did it live up to our expectations? Read on to find out.
Our oldest daughter doesn’t really need a stroller anymore, but our youngest does. So we still have a stroller in the car whenever we go out or take one with us when out for walks. We instantly liked how small and light weight the Bugaboo Bee⁵ was. Having a stroller that was smaller was a nice change, especially with it taking up less room in the back of our car.
We also noticed right away that our toddler didn’t put up a fight anymore when going into the stroller. Why? We figure it was because of a few things. The Bee⁵ has a great padded seat with a back that is easily adjustable from upright to reclined. Our daughter loved to sit upright in this stroller because she could look out all the way to the left and right. The sides of the stroller did not hinder her view.
As parents, we also really appreciated the five-point harness that Bugaboo has on their strollers and it’s on the Bee⁵. There are four separate clips that buckle together. The straps are padded and can be adjusted easily to fit your little one just right. We knew our daughter was safe in her stroller seat and that she couldn’t get the buckles unclipped because the button is not toddler-friendly.
What’s New With The Bugaboo Bee⁵?
- Bugaboo has redesigned the front wheels on the Bee 5. Giving them a better suspension and making them easier to clean if needed.
- A further extendable seat for both that back and the seat which makes it a great fit for even longer as your child grows
- There are more colours options for the fabric and wheels that you can select from to make the Bee⁵ more customizable.
- The Bee⁵ has a larger hood with a zipped extension section. There are also integrated attachment points for the Bee⁵ stroller accessories, plus a pocket in the stroller basket that is great for putting things in or storing the rain cover if there’s a chance of rain when you are out and about.
- More options to customize the colours of the fabric and wheels. We were sent the grey fabric design, which I love – if this had been around when we bought ours this is the colour we would have gone for.
As with most baby gear, there is a learning curve. With this stroller, it took us a few tries to get used to folding and unfolding it. Once you’ve got that figured out though you’re golden. You can fold the stroller up with the seat facing forward and it does get decently compact compared to other strollers.
There is one thing thought that we feel could use some adjusting. In order to remove the seat from the stroller, you need to fold the seat down completely. We would love the option to be able to just take it off the frame without needing to do this. We were actually looking for the classic white Bugaboo buttons on the side in order to remove the seat, instead, you need to fold the seat flat and then pull up. We found this to be awkward and feel it could be improved upon to make it easier to remove the seat and to make it easier for changing the direction of the seat.
What We Really Liked About The Bugaboo Bee⁵
Our favourite things about Bugaboo strollers continues to be true with the Bee⁵ and that is how smooth the ride is and the maneuverability. Thanks to the suspension built into the wheels it absorbs bumps very well. When pushing the stroller over the cracks in the sidewalk or up and down curbs our daughter was not phased by it as much as she has been in other strollers. The suspension helps keep her ride less bumpy. You can easily push and steer this stroller with one hand. With all four wheels being able to pivot in any direction it makes quick movements or sharp turns very easy to do.
What surprised us about the Bugaboo Bee⁵ is that the seat is reversible. We were not expecting that from a small to mid-size stroller. Being able to reverse the stroller seat is a great option to have, especially with younger children who like to keep all eyes on their parents. We also found that when the seat was flipped to face the handlebar we had even easier access to the basket underneath.
The Bugaboo Bee⁵ is definitely best suited to city strollers, the small wheels do not do well for off-road adventures. We did manage just fine on slight terrain changes like gravel walkways. If you are looking for a stroller in the small to mid-size range defiitely give this one some consideration. Thanks the Bugaboo Bee⁵ have a bassinet available to use with it, this could be a stroller that would easily get your from newborn to preschooler. It could even handle two kiddos because you can even use the comfort wheeled board with it too. With so much potential to go from newborn to multiple kids, the smooth ride, and the harness system the Bugaboo Bee⁵ left us impressed by what it can do.
What did you look for in a stroller when you picked one out?
Disclosure: Bugaboo provided us the opportunity to try out the Bee⁵ for a bit in order to put together this review. We love bringing you posts about baby gear and sharing our thoughts on the items.