Product Review: Bugaboo Buffalo

Why a Bugaboo?
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I remember seeing a Bugaboo stroller about 8 years ago. When I saw it I knew that if I ever had a baby, that was the stroller I was going to get. I honestly just loved the look of it. I didn’t even think about the specifications (shallow, I know).  As soon as I found out I was pregnant the inevitable list of what I would need to do started running through my head, and with it the decision of which Bugaboo I was going to choose.

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Why the Buffalo?
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I knew the Bee wasn’t for me as it was just too small. The Donkey just didn’t seem right as I wasn’t concerned with purchasing a stroller that could hold two. I knew that the age gap between my babes would be at least 2 years, and by 2 we could purchase the Bugaboo comfort wheeled board for Myla to ride on. So that left either the Chameleon or the Buffalo. The deal maker for me was that the Buffalo is considered ‘all terrain’ and can go on sand and snow. As a regular beach go-er and someone who enjoys the occasional walk around my local Bay, I thought, why not? So the Buffalo it was.
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Pros and Cons:
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The price is a little steep at $1,600 but worth every dollar. When the husband found out I wanted a Bugaboo initallly he was on board, until he found out how much it was. Being a car enthusiast and owner of a ‘hobby’ car which cost a small fortune (and gets driven maybe once a month), I quickly won that battle. After all, this would be the most precious four wheeler we would own as it was to transport our Princess. Yes, a bit of a splurge…but I use it every day!
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11 months with my Buffalo and I am pretty stoked with the choice I made. It is the only Bugaboo that can hold up to 6 kilograms of weight on the handlebars and another 10 in the under basket. This was a huge draw card for me as I knew that impromptu trips to the grocery store with my Bug in tow would be on the cards. The handlebars are adjustable, allowing you to customise to your specific height and they have a little hook on either side to accommodate your nappy bag.
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For the first 5 months of Myla’s life I was using the bassinet option not the seat. Once again, I loved the look of the bassinet but the only issue with it was the size. It took up quite a lot of boot space and in addition hung quite low. This meant less room in the under storage. Once I switched to the seat however, this issue was rectified.
It is a four wheel stroller which makes steering a breeze. I like that the wheels are strong and sturdy, not plastic like some of the other brands on the market.
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The canopy is interchangeable. I love this feature as it’s a great way to get that new pram feeling without the $1,600 price tag. It’s also huge, with the ability to extend to past the handlebars blocking your babe from the sun. My only negative is that there isn’t a peep whole when pulled down all the way. This really doesn’t sit well with Myla as she likes to see the world (and me) on our strolls.
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I purchased my Buffalo in 2015 and at that time the standard handlebars were foam. I purchased leather covers separately to protect them from wear and tear however, in areas which there is no covers available, I have already noticed damage. The good news is that Bugaboo addressed this issue, and leather handles now come standard on the latest models!
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My biggest issue with this stroller is the fold up size. I drive a VW Tiguan and I thought prior to having a baby that it was a big enough car, I was wrong. My Buffalo takes up two thirds of the boot space. Unfortunately there is no way of rectifying this issue without losing the Buffalos flare, and its flare is why I chose it! Solution? Get a bigger car #YeahRight.
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