When we first caught a glimpse of this new evolution of the Bugaboo Bee stroller, Bugaboo was calling it the Bugaboo Bee Plus. Now, they’re referring to it simply as the Bugaboo Bee 2010, maybe because “B+” underpromises the “A+” improvements made to the stroller between the last version and this one.
I wasn’t always a believer in the Bee. I didn’t really understand why a mid-size stroller with a compact fold would hold any great appeal. In general, I question the wisdom of mid-size strollers. They’re not big enough to handle snow and ice and they’re too big to be super-convenient. But in spite of its size, the Bee is beautifully executed product that is packed with features and is a dream to push. Now, the upcoming improvements have addressed a number of design hiccups in the original model, and the Bee should continue to win fans.
So what’s new in the Bee Plus/Bee 2010? Starting from the bottom to the top, the Bee Plus has a sleek new wheel design and a better suspension system. The seat reverses effortlessly (a huge improvement over the older model). The flaps on either side of the seat have been removed and the seat itself is wider, as is the whole frame. The seat depth adjustment is much simpler. The strap height is adjusted simply by raising and lowering the entire seat back – a smart, time-saving idea that also has ergonomic advantages. The canopy is smaller (arguably not an improvement, but maybe that’s just me). The handlebar adjustment has been fine-tuned to eliminate any slippage.
It’s all good, and the Bee Plus is definitely better than the previous version. I miss the deep, protective sun canopy, and I felt a noticeable difference in the width of the frame. But I understand the rationale behind both decisions and agree that the pros outweigh the cons.
Last week, we hosted the first preview of the Bugaboo Bee Plus in the country at our store in Brookline. Maria, our Bugaboo rep, visited and brought her demo model. While she was here, I took advantage of the opportunity to grab some video footage so I could help you understand the differences between the old and new models. Enjoy!
The Bugaboo Bee Plus (or Bugaboo Bee 2010) will be available in April.