I’ve had the Bugaboo Ant travel stroller for about 5 months now, so time for a review! For those thinking about travelling with a stroller, read our guide on bringing a stroller onto airplanes here.
Anyone into high-end strollers would have heard of (and lusted after) Bugaboo. The strollers sport sleek silhouettes, fashion-forward fabrics and smooth suspension. They also last from your first kid to your fifth making the $1,000+ price tag quite justifiable (at least this is what I tell my husband)!
Bold and beautiful they certainly are, but travel-friendly they’re not. Even their smallest stroller, the Bee5, had to be checked in risking loss and damage in transit.
The Babyzen Yoyo thus dominated the ‘atas’ travel stroller category with its super-quick, compact fold and colourful interchangeable fabrics. Until of course Bugaboo released the cabin-sized Ant.
What’s Awesome: Bugaboo Ant vs. Babyzen Yoyo
I owned and loved the Babyzen Yoyo – and also very quickly sold it. While the weight and size was great, my 7-month-old hated facing out AND the slight recline even in the most upright position. I also lamented the lack of under-basket storage for an ever-growing diaper bag.
What makes the Bugaboo Ant win in my books, in order of priority:
- Parent-facing and world-facing modes: The only cabin-sized stroller to have this! Best for social or fussy babies, so they can engage with the caregiver and get passed snacks easily. Toddlers and older would probably prefer facing out.
- Flat recline: Good for naps on-the-go – heads tend to slump without a proper recline which can be uncomfortable at best and impede breathing at worst.
- Huge storage: The very accessible under-basket fits a full-sized diaper bag easily, and I also stow a Tula carrier for Mr Koala Baby.
- Full upright: So the child isn’t straining to sit up when he’s excited, lol
What’s Not: Why the Bugaboo Ant isn’t for Everyone
The Ant got many Bugaboo fans in a tizzy when it launched, but many balked when they saw it in person or used it – while others found the below perfectly ok.
Here’s a list of the chief complaints (because that’s Singaporeans’ national pastime):
- Oh, the fold! Not a lot of effort, but for the hardworking or those with good memories!
There are 8 steps to open or close! Plus to getting the seat raised, (1) extend the handle fully till you see a black line, (2) push seat all the way down (no click for feedback) and (3) tuck every scrap of fabric neatly.
- Wah, SO SMALL (and low): Many rejoiced at the higher child weight limit of 22kg compared to 17kg for the Bee5. However in reality the short, shallow seat meant a squeeze for kids above 95cm/3 years old. It was also very low so longer legs would hit the ground. Well they did call it an Ant!
- Huh handle so LONG: One selling point was that the Ant can be pulled along like a trolley when it’s folded up – less carrying to do! However, the handle has to be FULLY extended, meaning the stroller trailed far behind, tripping people up.
- Small canopy: Because vacations are spent outdoors a lot, the small-ish canopy means sunburnt legs for babies unless a cloth is draped over.
What’s New for 2020?
It seems that Bugaboo isn’t giving up on the Ant – it often discontinues products with poor sales, like the Bugaboo Buffalo.
They recently announced that in Spring 2020 – together with the Fox2 and Donkey3 – a new version of the Ant would be released. Similar to the company named after a fruit, the lack of a number behind the name meant incremental upgrades, namely:
- Adding a carrying strap: Probably because the trolley mode wasn’t working so well!
- Redesigned footrest: Does the current one even have one?? Perhaps calf support would be added so no more short dangling legs.
And that’s all for our review of the Bugaboo Ant stroller! If you can get over the fold, I think it’s the perfect stroller for travel and daily use in the city for parents with younger kids. For those with multiples, it’s great that baby and older sibling can share the stroller, unlike strollers requiring a carrycot like the Babyzen Yoyo.
Leave us your thoughts! 🙂