The Bugaboo Bee5 is possibly one of the most expensive “small” prams. But you do get a lot of big pram features in this neat little package. And Bugaboo are definitely popular for their stylish, high quality and well designed prams.
The Bugaboo Bee5 is a modular pram. The seat does come off and can be turned to be parent facing – which is a feature I absolutely love. And not something you often get from a smaller pram.
Bugaboo Bee5 is a Compact Everyday Pram
The Bugaboo Bee5 weighs around 8.9kgs, so it’s not extremely lightweight, but still light enough for most people to list easily in and out of their boot, or up and down a flight of stairs. But it does have a quite neat fold, so it’s fits easily into the boot of my small car. That said I probably wouldn’t describe the Bugaboo Bee5 as an ideal travel pram. You’d definitely still need to check it in as luggage. Though you can buy a travel bag for it separately if you are planning to take it along on a trip.
But if a smaller pram suits your lifestyle then you can definitely use the Bugaboo Bee5 as your everyday pram. While it’s definitely not an all terrain pram, it does have surprisingly good suspension for a pram it’s size! And it’s a dream to push on flat surfaces like footpaths, roads and shopping centres, and it can even handle a bit of playground terrain – grass and mulch. Though with the smaller wheels it’s not necessarily the best pram for popping up a few stairs when you’re navigating around an urban jungle.
Folding The Bugaboo Bee5
As I said the fold on the Bugaboo Bee5 is pretty compact, and it’s also really quick and simple to fold. I personally think it’s the easiest pram to fold in the Bugaboo family. Though it is a two handed fold – it’s really not complicated to master. And I love that it can be folded with the seat attached facing in either direction. It’s just as quick, simple and compact whichever way you fold it.
Though I found popping it back open does require a little bit of muscle. It’s not hard, but it does take a bit of a shove to get it to lock into the fully opened out position.
Perfect For Newborns and Beyond
The seat of the Bugaboo Bee5 lays back completely flat to be suitable for newborns without needing any extra attachments! Though you can choose to purchase a bassinet separately for your new baby if you want to, but it’s not necessary.
Though it does only have a weight limit of 17kgs – which admittedly is a little bit disappointing for a pram at its price point – it does have a really tall seat. The seat is also adjustable and can be extended to a height of 56cm to the top of the backrest and 62cms to the hood.
So it should fit most children to around 4 or 5 years old height wise provided they’re under that weight limit.
One feature though that I think will make the seat on the Bugaboo Bee5 appealing to older babies and toddlers is it has a very upright seat position. I’ve found that once bubs can sit up they do tend to prefer an upright seat, rather than being pulled back into a semi-reclined position.
Other Great Features of the Bugaboo Bee5
As I said, Bugaboo have fit a lot of big features into this small pram. The Bugaboo Bee5 has:
- One handed recline
- Easy to clip 5-point harness
- Huge extendable hood
- Big basket for a small pram
- Press to engage/press to release break (great for open toed shoes)
- Fully customisable colour and fabric options all the way from the hood to the wheel caps. (Similar to the Bugaboo Fox which I have also reviewed.)
If you have any questions about the Bugaboo Bee5 or about any other pram please comment below and I will do my best to answer you.
I borrowed the Bugaboo Bee5 from the lovely team at Baby Train. I’m not paid for this review.