Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Review
Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Review
Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Review. The Bugaboo Fox is marketed as Bugaboo’s most advanced comfort pushchair – but how does it stack up in real life? Our experts put this premium All Round Pushchair through its paces so you can decide whether it’s right for you.
Overall BuggyBaby Rating: Bugaboo Fox
Overall BuggyBaby Rating: 72 %
Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Review – At A Glance
The Bugaboo Fox has been available to buy from 1 March 2018 and marketed as the Dutch brand’s ‘best pushchair yet.’ Offering ultimate comfort and handling, it’s also Pushchair Travel System ready, making it ideal for parents on the go. Lightweight yet sturdy, elegant yet functional: it’s also picked up a bit of a celebrity following with the likes of Pippa Middleton and Tom Hardy both opting for the Fox. But, does it live up to expectations? Overall, we’d say yes – but with a few important caveats.
Value – 6/10
The Fox is up there in the luxury All Round Pushchair market, with its limited edition print versions regularly featuring in the Most Expensive Luxury Pushchair lists. Its RRP tips the £1,000 mark (although you can buy the Bugaboo Fox Pushchair cheaper online – thank you BuggyBaby!). Compared to others in the luxury pushchair class (i-Candy, Stokke, UPPAbaby et al) its price sits somewhere in the middle. Like all the Bugaboos that we’ve tested, it’s very sturdy and well built, so you could realistically use it for several generations, making it a decent investment. In conclusion, our testers felt that the Fox offers fair value for money.
Looks – 8/10
The Fox is undoubtedly a good-looking pushchair. Compared to the cute Bugaboo Bee and utilitarian looks of the Bugaboo Ant, the Bugaboo Fox has a stylish and sophisticated vibe. We like its jaunty canopy and high, raised chassis angle which is bound to be a hit with style conscious parents. However, one of our reviewers felt that the Fox lacked the elegance of other pushchairs in its class. It wins points for its customisation options. For example, we like the fact you can choose between chassis options, and like all Bugaboos, you can also update the Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Sun Canopy. With a rainbow of prints and colours available, you really can make the Fox your own.
Function – 5/10
If you’ve set your heart on the Fox, then just be aware that you will have to build it yourself. The Fox comes in a number of boxes containing the chassis, seat fabrics, canopy, canopy wires and other items. In this Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Review, it took our well-practised testers around 20 minutes to create the chassis below. If you want a pushchair out of the box, then the Fox isn’t for you. But spend a little time and once it’s done, it’s done, and feels really stable.
The chassis alone of the Bugaboo Fox tips the scales at 9.9kg, which feels a little heavy for an All Round Pushchair. That said, its push is very light, so it wins favour there. Width-wise, it measures 60cm, which is narrow enough to fit a standard doorway.
The Fox has two fold modes: freestanding, and compact. Freestanding mode allows you to fold the Fox with the seat on, and is suitable for when you’re stopped for shorter periods or are faced with a flight of stairs.
To put the Fox into storage/car boot mode, you’ll need to fold it into two pieces. The compact fold measures 66 x 54 x 19cm, which will fit into most car boots. We’ll be honest: we’d expect a pushchair of this calibre to fold in one piece, or at least in a more intuitive way. It seems overly complicated, and for that it loses points.
The handlebar pulls out smoothly, extending to a good length with notches to stop it from slipping. Height-wise, our testers in this Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Review measure 182cm, 179cm and 90cm. All found the Fox comfy to push.
Wow – need we say any more! The Fox wins back lots of points for its manoeuvrability. Its central suspension makes it very light to push, even with one hand. It has just the right amount of bounce to give baby a smooth ride without jolting. Plus, with its two-wheel mode, it’s also suitable for short stretches of snow and sand. It’s not a dedicated off-road or jogging pushchair though, so if that’s what you’re after you’d be better off with a three- wheeler from the likes of BOB and Out n About.
The Fox features a large, diamond shaped basket with webbed sides. It looks cool and can hold a ton of stuff (10kg to be precise) without any worries that you’re going to tip the pushchair. Its storage pockets are also a welcome addition. Ideal for stashing loose change, a dummy or a little toy.
Comfort – 10/10
We couldn’t fault the comfort factor. There’s plenty of seating area and the fabrics are very nicely padded. So, your baby will feel very comfy whether sitting up, or laying back. The adjustable harness is very smooth and easy to use.
As you’d expect from a premium pushchair, the seat is fully reversible. To swap from parent to world facing, you release two clips and switch the direction – the process is very easy and intuitive. We also like the high seat angle, which makes it easy to lift your child in and out without stooping. This is something to consider if you are likely to be recovering from surgery.
However, bear in mind that the seat, while fully reclining, isn’t recommended for newborns (short naps only). So if you want to use the Fox from birth, then you’ll need to make sure you use the carrycot (provided in the box). The carrycot fabrics are gorgeous, with a decent sized, quilted apron to keep the elements at bay.
However, if you’re buying the Fox for an older baby (6 months plus) you can use the seat on its own.
Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Review: Bonus – 7/10
What makes the Fox different to other pushchairs out there? Here’s where we feel it deserves extra points:
Two Wheel Position
The Bugaboo Fox ‘beach mode’ is a cool feature (also found on the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Plus) and Bugaboo Donkey 2. This allows you to fold up the smaller front wheels under the pushchair chassis (a bit like the retractable wheels on an aircraft), turning the Fox into a 2-wheeler. You have to do this with the seat in parent facing position however, and although it’s pretty easy to master, we’re not sure we’d take a pushchair of this calibre on a beach holiday. That said, it would work just as well at home as well as away, so it’s a nice to have if you’re faced with an unexpected stretch of rough terrain.
A small but important point: all fabrics are machine washable – even the sun canopy. At this price, you’ll want to keep your pushchair looking at its best, so this is welcome.
Flip Flop Brake
The wheel brake is very well designed. Located just above the left rear wheel, it’s easy to reach, and is really easy to press, even when wearing flip flops.
All the parts of the Fox are easy to remove and replaceable, and its canopy fabrics are made from recycled PET bottles in varying amounts. We’re not sure of many brands that do this, and it’s good to see that Bugaboo is doing its bit to reduce waste.
As anyone who is familiar with Bugaboo knows, its pushchairs are all about customisation. You start out with the chassis and build it up until it fits with your baby’s needs (and your budget). At BuggyBaby, we sell the Fox with the carrycot/bassinet included, making it suitable for newborns. The bassinet includes a mattress, which fits nicely and provides ample support. Once baby outgrows the carrycot, you’ll need to attach the seat fabrics that come with the pushchair, and pop onto the chassis.
You’ll also get a raincover, a wheel cap set and the handlebar/carry handle grips. You’d expect this for the price, but it’s good to know that you have everything you need in the box without having to buy extra pieces.
The Bugaboo Fox is also Pushchair Travel System ready, and fits with a wide range of leading Car Seat brands. These include Chicco, Britax, Maxi Cosi and Cybex – make sure to check compatibility and purchase the appropriate adaptors.
Finally: you can’t seat two children in the Bugaboo Fox (for that, you’ll need one like the UPPAbaby Vista 2019 Pushchair). You can, however, add a buggy board for an older child to sit or stand on. The Bugaboo Comfort Wheeled Board+ is a natural partner to the Fox, fitting directly without adaptors.
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