Last week, a wonderful package arrived at our home. It contained the chariot in which we will drive baby around in a few weeks. It took some unpacking and assembling, but then there it was, the Bugaboo Buffalo.
Finding the right pram for us and baby was actually quite an adventure. After some research online and in stores, we had three clear favorites, but with no real way to decide which one we’d eventually buy. In one of the Dutch baby goods super stores, we asked one of the salespersons for advise, and he actually was a great source of pram wisdom. In a way. He told us that we really needed to think about how we lived, and what we wanted to do with the pram, sketching living in small city appartment without elevator, and living in a house with garden near the woods going for long walks with the dog as two extremes. Now, our live is pretty close to the second version now, which meant that we basically, according to our wise salesman, had the choice between 4 prams from three brands. Then we found out that our research and intuition had been quite spot on, because our three favorites were among them.
To decide between the Joolz Day, Bugaboo Chameleon and Bugaboo Buffalo, it all came down to comparing the details. At first glance, they are all quite similar, so it’s the details that matter. I liked the way the Joolz Day Tokyo looked. It’s a bit more elegant than both Bugaboos. On top of that, there’s quite a lot accesoires that come with it, which you have to buy additionally when getting a Bugaboo. But I think the best feature compared to the Bugaboos, was the break. The foot operated break is a smartly designed system, in which you push with your sole one way to break, and the other to release the break. Simple, elegant. The hand operated break of the Bugaboo Chameleon is an accident waiting to happen. It’s near impossible to operate with one hand, which is strange, and it’s so clumsy and snappy, that owners of it must have bruises on their hands from the thing snapping in place. The foot brake of the Buffalo is a bit better, but to realease it, you have to flip it up with your toes. Not a big issue if you’re wearing clunky walk in the woods boots, but if you’re out in the town, wearing your most beautiful heels or brogues, you will damage your shoes. Bugaboo should reconsider these systems in next versions.
One of the big benefits of the Bugaboo Chameleon, is that there are some beautiful upholsteries available. The special designs, some even by famous names as Warhol and Viktor & Rolf, are awesome. We really liked the Sahara edition, for example. It’s rather strange and disappointing, by the way, that there’s so much choice for the Chameleon, and so little for the Buffalo. I really hope that changes quickly.
The downside of the Chameleon are the afore mentioned break system (this was really the ‘no’ item for me), and also the way the small wheels are fitted to the frame. It’s safe and all, but I didn’t like the way that looked.
Then there’s the Bugaboo Buffalo. It’s frame can hold more weight than any other pram out there, which is nice. We always bring quite a lot of stuff, and it’s good to know that the pram can take that added weight, too. Besides, the basket for things below baby’s bed or seat is spacious and easily accessible. Similar to the Chameleon, but much better than the Joolz Day. The little luggage compartment on the Joolz is, to be honest, quite silly.
Add to that all terrain capabilities of the Buffalo, and the tough, yet elegant looks, and in our minds, that’s the winner. Okay, maybe I had to convince Mom-to-be a little bit, because she really, really liked the Sahara edition of the Chameleon. But still.
So, in the end, we decided to go with the Bugaboo Buffalo. What pram did or would you choose? Share your thoughts in the comments or on the Neverending Miracle Facebook page.
If you are in the process of pram shopping, these cards may be helpful. Let me know what you think of them.