Bugaboo Buffalo review
B Loves: A rugged, chunky pushchair that manages to give you the best of an all-terrain pushchair and a City slicker. With the ruggedness of the Donkey and the city slick of the Cameleon, this combines the best of both.
Seat: The carrycot turns the pushchair into a pram and is suitable from birth to around six months. It uses the same canopy as the seat unit and it can be removed from the chassis and used ad a bassinette. With a wide and generous seat that will fit babies from six months up to almost three years, the Buffalo is a good choice if you just want to buy one pushchair rather than having different pushchairs for different purposes. Inside the seat is a five point harness that is adjustable to grow with your child and the seat can be reclined through several positions using the lever on the back of the seat – you can do this one-handed. The seat can face the front or the rear ad it’s a breeze to turn it around even one-handed, as the buttons that release it on either side have a memory function – push one, then the other and lift by the bumper bar and switch it around, then click it back onto the chassis. This is a great function if you are holding your baby in one arm and he has decided he wants to look at you – or at what’s going on around him. It does not have a reclinable back and leg rest, it tips, so you should use the carrycot for the first few months to provide your baby with a flat bed to lie in. The bumper bar can be opened from either side or taken off, which is great when getting a wriggly child into it. The footrest is also fixed in position and is generous too, so even long toddler legs will be comfortable. The hood is already generous but unzip the back section and it comes out even further – great for windy and sunny days.
Chassis: The handlebar can be adjusted through many positions by opening the levers on either side, adjusting to suit, the locking them again. It will be suitable even for tall parents. There’s even a wrist strap for safety on hills. The handle is rugged and you are able to hang your changing bag onto it and it will hold anything up to 13lbs without tipping the buggy – great, because you can keep the basket free for shopping. Speaking of the basket, it is fairly generous and has a pouch at one end for items you don’t want to lose. It’s easy to get into the basket even when the seat is relined. The Buffalo has the option of partly locking the chassis and pushing it using just two wheels, as the Cameleon does, so it’s great for tackling snow and sand. The lock is located next to the left hand rear wheel; press down with your foot to lock and flip it up again to head off again. You can fold it with the seat on it facing in either direction and even with the carrycot. Pill up the two white levers on either side, then up on the middle bar of the chassis and it just folds straight down. Beware when you fold, as the handlebar is against the floor when it’s in its standing folded position, so be careful not to fold on dirty or muddy ground. Lift up on the handlebar to unlock.
Wheels: The wheels are both chunky and large with the racy white wall tyre effect and will be puncture proof. 10 inch size wheels at the front and 12 in the rear means they will tackle even cobbles and bumpy ground. The front wheels can be locked in place using the white buttons and if you press it again, they swivel through 360 degrees.
The Small Print:
- Weight: 12.3 kg
- Used from: birth to 15 kg
- Seat reclines: three in both front and rear facing positions
- Size when folded: 88x54x34 cm
Car seat: Maxi Cosi Cabriofix, Maxi Cosi Pebble, Recaro Young Profi Plus with adaptors
You can use your seat unit on the Bugaboo Runner chassis too