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Bugaboo Bee Plus and minus

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.

Magic Beans is now accepting pre-orders for the Bugaboo Bee Plus. Place your order today to ensure delivery as soon as possible.

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3 comments

  1. The improvements that appeal to me are the seat back angle (not mentioned in this video, but I read about the change) and not having to re-position the shoulder straps, now that I have two very different sized children. I could do without the canopy change- love my canopy- and the wheelchair looking wheels. I would also miss the wings. You do have to make sure that they lay just so when you’re folding the stroller, but I can’t imagine all the things (toys, etc.) that would fall out of the stroller without something on the side.

    Overall, I’m happy with my old Bee! We love this “mid-sized” stroller when we’ve used it for travel overseas where a large/jogger stroller would be too much, but an umbrella style stroller would not hold what we need or handle long day trips walking around cities.

  2. Thank you so much for this video!!
    I am hesitating into buying the Bugaboo Bee + but now watching this video it has cleared my mind and I will definetly try to get the Bee +.
    Thanks again!

  3. I want to know which car seat adapter is better for bugaboo bee 2010, the graco or the maxi cosi? which is more stable? thanks.

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