Bugaboo Bee5 Review

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Bugaboo Bee5
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by Maria Martin |

The Bugaboo Bee5 pushchair at a glance:

There’s no doubt about it, the Bee5 looks beautiful. Our panel of mum testers loved how easy this was to move around shops and pavements, with one hand. That said, this isn’t as easy to fold as others on the city pushchairs market and the shopping basket can be a little difficult to reach.

What Bugaboo say:

“The Bee5 from Bugaboo, a pushchair designed specifically for parents who live life on the go. This compact, light Bugaboo Bee5 is a smart choice for urban adventurers with a newborn or toddler.

"All about keeping the parent in mind, this pushchair offers full customisation, allowing you to interchange a new fabric seat, base and handlebar. John Lewis have worked with Bugaboo to offer you lots of mix and match options to ensure you choose your style and pick a pushchair just for you, from buying all-in-one to purchasing your items separately.

"This manoeuvrable stroller has smooth steering and four-wheel suspension. Your child can enjoy the ride from the comfort of their padded seat. The one hand, one piece fold makes it easy and takes up less space, making this pushchair ideal for at home or when out and about. The reversible comfort seat comes in parent facing or facing world and can be used from newborn when used with carrycot or baby cocoon.”

Tested by Mother&Baby's Online Editor, Maria Martin, 2020

Would you recommend this to other mums?

It’s lightweight and folds down very compact, and that is a plus for me and my mum friends. A huge selling point for me was the ‘one-piece fold’ feature. The Bee5 stores in the boot of my car almost flat and fits into the small cupboard in my hallway, out of the way. When it does fold the seat is nicely hidden too, saving it from getting unnecessarily dusty.

How has this product made your life easier?

The four-wheel suspension makes this a pleasant ride for my 1-year-old son, who even takes naps in the Bee5 with ease. He also falls asleep during the ride across road and country lanes, meaning the Bee5 can also withstand multiple terrain, even as a dedicated city-proof pushchair. I love how I can manoeuvre the pushchair with one hand and the handlebar is height adjustable. And as well as my son fitting snug in the Bee5, he has become one super stylish tot, thanks to the ever-so trendy, sleek looking pushchair.

What changes would you make to this product?

The under seat basket is not easy to access and the hood at times can feel quite flimsy when extending and retracting. It would also be better if the sun canopy extended out further (like the one found on Bugaboo’s Donkey3) over the seat to cover my tot when napping and away from sun’s glare.

Tested by mum Danielle Martin for The Mother&Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this product to a fellow mum because it is so lightweight and compact, meaning that it can fit into even the smallest of cars and spaces in the house for storage. It is also very stylish, with a design that is eye catching without looking garish which is the case with some other similar products on the market. The Bee5 certainly does look like a product at the top end of the market.

How has this product made your life easier?

This product makes my life easier as a mum because it is both lightweight and compact whilst still retaining quality, which makes it a must have for both short and longer trips out with a baby. It has a large shopping basket which every mum will know is extremely useful, and the product itself is effortless to move and manoeuvre around even the tightest of spaces.

Would you choose this product to win?

I wouldn't choose this product over others available on the market as being at the top end of the pricing scale, I would expect the Bee5 to excel other brands in all areas and this is not the case. Although there are some really useful features such as the extendable handlebar (other products will adjust to a different height, but this really does have a huge range of height positions that I have never seen before in another product). The shopping basket is also a decent size; however, it is only accessible from one end of the stroller and not the end that I would instinctively go to when shopping. The chassis is not as easy to collapse as it is on other products – I wasn't able to do this one handed which I think is important when you have an unhappy baby and need to multi-task! The carry cot also isn't as sturdy as others I have tried and it is also much smaller – my son was almost too big for this at three-months- old.

What changes would you make to this product?

If I could change one thing about this product it would be the carry cot. For the price, I don't think it is of the best quality - it doesn't feel particularly sturdy and is too small to last for as long as a carry cot really ought to. The hood also feels a little flimsy and being very lightweight it actually makes it more difficult to position – as I mentioned above, I found this difficult to do without using both hands.

Tested by mum Nicole Reynolds for The Mother&Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Yes, I would definitely recommend the Bee5 to fellow mums. The main aspects that stood out for me are the pushchairs manoeuvrability – being very lightweight on its wheels, I did not have to strain to push, pull or turn the pram. It felt more like it was gliding along and it can be pushed with one hand. I also found the adjustable handle very appealing, preventing strain on the lower back and allowing me to be able to walk in a natural upright position.

How has this product made your life easier?

Shopping is something I never really look forward to, particularly on market days or during the school holidays when the shops are very busy. All this has changed with the Bugaboo Bee5! The smooth manoeuvrability of this pushchair helped shopping become quicker and easier, as I was able to glide up and down each aisle, as well as guiding the pram around other shoppers and pedestrians on narrow streets. This has definitely made my life much easier – I no longer dread leaving the house!

Would you choose this product to win?

As previously mentioned, the manoeuvrability is a strong selling point, along with appearance and how compact the Bee5 is. However, compared to my own pram, I feel this product has a few disadvantages one being the foldability. My own pram was half the price as a travel system, and seems far simpler to collapse and open when trying to hold a baby and a changing bag. The shopping basket is also extremely difficult to access. This is not a product that I would completely rule out, but I probably wouldn’t choose it to win this category.

What changes would you make to this product?

The one thing I would change is the push chairs fold. All mums will know the importance of being able to do things one handed, and the Bee5’s folding mechanism is quite fiddly. I definitely needed both hands every time.

Tested by mum Ashley Smith for The Mother&Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend the Bugaboo Bee5 to a friend or fellow mum if they live down in a city or large town, as it's great on smooth surfaces and quick and easy to fold if needed to on public transport. It was also extremely easy to push on smooth surfaces. That said, I feel that if you wanted a pram to use off road and on uneven surfaces like we do, it's not ideal.

How has this product made your life easier?

I think this product would have made my life as a mummy easier when my little one was about one or two-years-old, as it very lightweight and has a compact fold which allows it to fit in to my small boot. It is extremely easy to use and narrow enough to fit through small spaces. That said, at the moment, it does not meet our needs or make our lives easier, as we use our current pram off road a lot and on uneven surfaces.

Would you choose this product to win?

I think if you were looking for a pram to use in a city, or wanted it for town, it would be fantastic as it’s so lightweight and narrow. The quality of the pram is extremely high and it is very comfortable and sturdy. That said, I would not choose it to win this category overall, as I think it's not right for a people that take their buggy on dog walks in the woods or on uneven ground, as it's far too low to the floor.

What changes would you make to this product?

I would make it much easier to access the shopping basket, as I found that it was not convenient to load it from the front of the pram. Also, I would make the child sit higher on the base as I feel that my little boy was low down.

Tested by mum Naomi Stokes for The Mother&Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would definitely recommend this to other mums – this is the second Bugaboo I have used with my children, and I am a big fan of their durability. For a small pushchair however, I have found that this does not fold up as small as I would have expected, and actually looks quite big and clumpy, both in use and folded. I would have expected smaller and more compact, and for that reason I would not use it at this stage with my older children. It does however fold in one easy movement, which I love! My 21-month-old has not slept in her pushchair since about six-months-old – I thought that she was just one of those children who don't, but since she has slept soundly twice in the Bee5 so far, I imagine that she must find it really comfy! Originally, I thought the colouring of the material would stain easily, but it does not seem to have done that so far, so I think some good thought has gone into that!

How has this product made your life easier?

This pushchair is just great! The quality of Bugaboo pushchairs never fails to disappoint, and this one is no exception. The pushchair is easy to move, comfy for parent and child, and a good design. The basket in the base is very good, although I wish it could be accessed easier from the back, rather than having to ask my daughter to move her legs every time I want something. The extending hood is always something that I have loved, and has meant that this becomes a really useful item with a tired child.

Would you choose this product to win?

I love this pushchair! My daughter is comfortable and safe. She is a very strong, fidgety and tall 21-month-old, so I find she often looks huge and squashed in pushchairs, but this is not the case with this one. I found the wheels easy to switch between swivel and fixed, and as I have today tested it on two trains, and some narrow-cobbled streets and I have been pleased to be able to swap this over easily. On the Chameleon, you can switch the handle between front and back, which I did miss for its space saving qualities on the train, but that is probably a compromise to make it smaller. My only issue is that I think there are smaller and more compact options out there, but I do not know whether they have the excellent comfort and durability of a Bugaboo.

What changes would you make to this product?

My main improvement would be that I would like the pushchair to fold into a smaller shape. While it is quite compact, it does not easily fit into the boot of the car with many other items. Space is always what we look for, and this is a lot bigger than my current pushchair when folded. I imagine a smaller fold may cause a compromise for the comfort of the child, but there may be a better midpoint between the two. Another improvement would be to make the shopping basket accessible from the back of the pram.

Tested by mum Amy Farnfield for The Mother&Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this pram to parents who have taller children that may not fit in strollers very well and those who don’t mind spending a bit of money on a pushchair. The pushchair was easy to put up and fold down, and the simple design are great. The fact it is so compact when folded down also makes this a great push chair to take on holiday with you.

How has this product made your life easier?

The compactness of this pram is fantastic – I had no problem switching it in between cars and the fact it fits in the smaller car’s boot was extremely handy. I also like the quick pull set up method, as this makes it easy to set up. The Bugaboo Bee5 definitely makes a quick dash to the shops, or going on holiday easier.

Would you choose this product to win?

I personally wouldn't choose the Bee5 to win a Mother & Baby award, as I thought it was a lot of money for a stroller that, in my opinion, is better suited to an older child. I thought it seemed flimsy and was incredibly stiff to put down, which became very frustrating. Therefore, I would use a conventional stroller for ease and because it is a fraction of the price.

What changes would you make to this product?

Being a fan of Bugaboo pushchairs, and having previously owned a few myself, I have always considered Bugaboo as a luxury pram brand – prams made for comfort and style. Sadly, I thought the Bee5 didn’t live up to expectations – it seemed a little flimsy and the seating unit didn’t look comfortable. I think a sturdier base and a more comfortable seat would be big improvements.

More Bugaboo reviews:

Bugaboo Cameleon 3
Bugaboo Donkey 3
Bugaboo Lynx

Product Information

  • Weight: 9.5kg

  • Suitable from birth – 17kg

  • Available in carrycot and seat options

  • One-piece fold: 80 x 46.5 x 32cm

  • Advanced four-wheel suspension

  • Reclinable seat with three different reclining positions

  • Reversible seat; front or rear facing

  • Adjustable backrest for every stage of your little one's growth

  • Pushchair width: 53cm

  • Pushchair weigh with seat: 8.9kg

  • Front wheel dimensions: 6 inches

  • Rear wheel dimensions: 6 inches

  • Holds up to 22kg

  • Under seat basket capacity: 22l