Joolz Aer+ VS Bugaboo Butterfly – Best Luxury Travel Strollers

Both the Joolz Aer+ and Bugaboo Butterfly are high-end, luxury travel strollers. While Joolz and Bugaboo as brands have occupied a similar space in the pram market, this is the first time they’ve had prams that are so similar.

Joolz Aer+ VS Bugaboo Butterfly

These two compact strollers have more in common than they have differences, so it’s probably going to be a bit of a challenge for parents to choose between them. But before I go through why you might choose one over the other, I’ll go over what features they share:

  • Smooth one-handed fold (and open)
  • Auto-engage fold lock
  • Ultra-compact and lightweight
  • Four wheel suspension
  • Extendable canopy
  • 5 point harness easy individual buckles
  • Plush fabrics and luxury finishes

Also, as you can see below, most of the dimensions are very similar. The key thing to note comparing the stats and dimensions in detail is the Bugaboo Butterfly is a little heavier than the Joolz Aer+, although it does offer a higher basket capacity. 

The Joolz Aer+ seat is a bit wider but the Bugaboo Butterfly seat is a little bit taller. 

So there’s really not much in between these two great travel strollers. 

Aer+Bugaboo Butterfly
Market PriceTBC$649-699
Folded Width44.945
Folded Height21.523
Folded Length53.354
Seat Width3833
Backrest Height55.156
Canopy Height6263
Handlebar Height105.5102.4
Weight Capacity22kg22kg
Basket Limit5kg7kg
Age Range6 months – 22kgs6 months – 22kgs
Optional CotYesNo
Optional CapsuleYesYes
Optional Toddler BoardYesYes
Front Wheels12.9511.9
Rear Wheels1515.2
Standard Warranty2 Years2 Years
Registered Warranty10 Years2 + 2 Years

Why Choose the Joolz Aer+?

joolz aer+ vs bugaboo butterfly

When they’re so similar, it is going to be tricky to choose between them. The key reasons to choose the Joolz Aer+ over the Bugaboo Butterfly is it offers a somewhat easier fold – if you compare the Bugaboo Butterfly fold video to your Joolz Aer+ while the mechanism is very similar the Aer+ remains standing so you don’t have to bend as far to fold.

The Joolz Aer+ has the option of the incredibly clever foldable carrycot which means you can use the Joolz Aer+ from birth as your everyday stroller (suitable for inner city living).

Another feature that might interest parents is Joolz focus on sustainability and the Joolz Aer+ fabrics are made from recycled materials. 

Additionally, Joolz now offers a 10 Year transferable warranty. Meaning the warranty goes with the stroller (much like the warranty on a car) rather than only applying to the original owner.

Why Choose a Bugaboo Butterfly?

best travel stroller australia 2023 joolz aer+ vs bugaboo butterfly

I think the biggest reason to go for a Bugaboo Butterfly over a Joolz Aer+ would be if you’re already in the Bugaboo “family” because many of the accessories for your full-sized Bugaboo will fit the Bugaboo Butterfly – for example, the cup holder, organiser, footmuff, seat liner, phone holder, parasol and the nappy bag. As well as the Bugaboo Turtle capsule (with Butterfly adapters sold separately). Although the Bugaboo Butterfly isn’t compatible with the regular Bugaboo Comfort Board and has its own separate board. (This is to be expected –  the Joolz Aer+ also has its own board separate to the rest of the Joolz range)

Other features the Bugaboo Butterfly has over the Joolz Aer+ is the bigger and more easily accessible basket and also the built-in leg rest. Although the Joolz Aer+ does have the option to purchase a leg rest separately. 

In conclusion

I almost always say this with my comparison reviews, and I don’t know if it helps or makes it harder, but there’s no wrong choice here. They are both great strollers! You will love whichever one you choose. 

If you already own a Bugaboo pram the choice is easy – especially if you already have the accessories and are deeply in the Bugaboo “ecosystem” (kind of like sticking with apple devices).

If you’re planning to travel by plane the Joolz Aer+ might be the better option because of the 1kg weight difference and also the carry bag is included (Bugaboo Butterfly bag is sold separately).

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Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner. Rachel is obsessed prams, car seats, carriers and all things baby. She has worked in the baby industry for several years, for both suppliers and also in a retail setting and has developed a passion for connecting parents with the right products to make their lives easier. When Rachel isn't playing with prams she's enjoys crocheting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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