Choosing the right pram for your little one can be a daunting task. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child is safe, comfortable, and happy while strolling. But with so many options on the market, it can be challenging to know where to start.
In this article, we will compare two very popular prams in Australia: the Bugaboo Fox 5 and the Babybee Rover 3.
We will look at their important features, size and weight, capacity and storage, wheels and suspension, capsule compatibility, and warranty. By the end of this article, you will hopefully have a clear idea of which pram suits your family’s needs.
Key takeaway: If you need a pram that can handle rough terrain, has more storage capacity, and a higher weight capacity, the Bugaboo Fox 5 may be the better option for you. However, if you need a pram that’s more compact when folded, the Babybee Rover 3 may be the better choice. It’s also worth noting that the Fox 5 is priced at around twice as much as the Rover 3, which is likely to be a deciding factor for many families.
But before diving into the details, we recommend you compare these two prams using the helpful comparison tables on the manufacturer’s websites:
Who is each pram suitable for?
Both the Bugaboo Fox 5 and the Babybee Rover 3 are suitable from birth and can accommodate children up to four years old.
If you have twins, neither of these prams is suitable as they do not have a convertible option. However, if you have children of two different ages, both prams are compatible with wheeled boards, which can be purchased separately.
Both the Bugaboo Fox 5 and the Babybee Rover 3 have important features that parents should consider when choosing a pram. They both have a 5-point shoulder harness, machine-washable fabrics, multiple ventilation options, and an extendable sun canopy.
Both prams also have an adjustable handlebar and the ability for the seat to face you or outwards.
When it comes to folding and unfolding, the Bugaboo Fox 5 is a one-handed operation (and is self-standing when folded), while the Babybee Rover 3 requires two hands. This may not be a deal-breaker, but if you are often on the go and need to fold and unfold your pram quickly, the Bugaboo Fox 5 may be the better option.
The Bugaboo Fox 5 also has a “Beach mode” feature, which allows you to roll the pram on two wheels, which can be helpful on soft surfaces like sand.
Another unique feature of the Bugaboo Fox 5 is that it can be folded with the bassinet attached, making it easier to transport and store. On most prams, including the Babybee Rover 3, the bassinet needs to be removed before folding.
Capacity and Storage
The Bugaboo Fox 5 has a slightly higher weight capacity than the Babybee Rover 3, with a pram seat capacity of 22 kg compared to the Rover 3’s 20 kg. Additionally, the Fox’s under-seat basket capacity is 10 kg, while the Rover’s is 8 kg.
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Size and Weight
In terms of overall weight, the Fox 5 and Rover 3 are very similar, weighing in at 10.42 kg and 10.9 kg respectively (with the seat attached).
However, these prams have quite different dimensions when folded up, with the Rover 3 taking up less space overall. So, if you have limited storage space, the Babybee Rover 3 is probably the better option.
Both prams have adjustable handlebar heights, making them suitable for parents of different heights.
Unfolded, and with the handlebar fully extended, these two prams are very similar both in terms of height and width. We, unfortunately, haven’t been able to track down a length for the Rover, but the Fox 5 measures 93 cm in length when unfolded.
Wheels and Suspension
Both the Bugaboo Fox 5 and the Babybee Rover 3 have four-wheel suspension. The Bugaboo Fox 5 also has chassis suspension.
This advanced suspension makes it more manoeuvrable on all terrains. If you live in an area with rough terrain, the Bugaboo Fox 5 might be the better option.
Both prams are compatible with different capsules, with the Bugaboo Fox 5 being compatible with Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna, Maxi Cosi with an adapter, and Britax with an adapter, while the Babybee Rover 3 is compatible with Maxi Cosi, Joie, Cybex, and Nuna capsules.
If you plan on using a capsule with your pram, ensure that the one you choose is compatible with your chosen pram.
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The Bugaboo Fox 5 has a longer warranty period of 4 years, provided that you register the product, while the Babybee Rover 3 has a warranty period of 3 years.
A longer warranty period may give parents peace of mind and ensure that any potential issues with the pram can be resolved.
When choosing a pram, it’s important to consider your family’s needs and lifestyle. If you need a pram that can handle rough terrain, has more storage capacity, and a higher weight capacity, the Bugaboo Fox 5 may be the better option for you.
However, if you have limited storage space so need a pram that’s more compact when folded, the Babybee Rover 3 may be the better choice. Ultimately, both prams have important features that parents should consider, and it’s up to each family to decide which pram suits their needs best.
It’s also worth noting that the Fox 5 is priced at around twice as much as the Rover 3, which is likely to be a deciding factor for many families.