To bee or not to bee?
This is the question that Bugaboo enthusiasts will be asking themselves soon. Today, Bugaboo unveiled their most compact Bugaboo stroller, the Bee. Like the other Bugaboo models, the Bee has a nice suspension system, and the seat can turn to face towards or away from the pusher. Unlike its siblings, the Bee is not a “hybrid” stroller, as all four wheels are small. While it is comparatively compact, at 18 lbs it isn’t lightweight.
As you might expect, the Bee offers some innovations – an extendable seat, a very generous canopy, an elegantly designed basket that is accessible from both sides of the seat, a quick fold (yes, you can fold it with the seat on) – along with an unusual, swooping profile. There is also a telescoping handlebar, and car seat adaptors will be sold separately.
The thick pile carpet at this show is plaguing my attempts to gauge how well any stroller handles, but I would guess that the Bee is a smooth ride.
On a side note, Bugaboo is showing a video reel at the show that features the Bee, and it is awesome. It’s a choreographed dance routine that is pure eye candy (doesn’t hurt that the dancers are men). I can’t predict whether the stroller will be a success, but they get an A for presentation. Hopefully as the release date gets closer, they will post it on their website and/or YouTube. I’ll keep an eye out.
The Bee will be available in September and will retail for $529.