Bugaboo Ant || review
I’ve been a Bugaboo keeno forevs. When I was 19 I nannyed for a family that used a Bugaboo Buffalo and although I was a buggy novice it was love at first sight. It was such a fab all terrain buggy. From bumping over London cobbled streets to navigating tree roots on muddy country walks. That thing sailed over anything, with the suspension of a monster truck.
To be fair I didn’t get to know any other brands but I felt like the Bugaboo Buffalo did the job so perfectly that when we were expecting our first baby I knew I wanted to get one. Our friends were selling theirs so we bought it second hand, by that point it was 2 years old and was still in really great condition.
Fast forward a few years and we’ve used a Bugaboo Buffalo, Bee and now, the Ant.
We sold our Buffalo and bought a second hand Bee when we were expecting baby number 2. I wanted to swap to a smaller buggy that would fit more easily in the boot of our car along with all our other baby paraphernalia. So we bought a Bee and a buggy board.
Until now the Bee has been Bugaboo’s smallest buggy and at the time I was super impressed with how small it went, it fitted in our boot with a hecka’lot of space for everything else.
But the Ant takes impressiveness (is that a word?) to a whole other level.
The Ant is Bugaboo’s answer to the travel buggy. It folds small enough to fit in the overhead cubbies on a plane.
When folded it is just 55 x 38 x 23 cm
It’s Bugaboo’s lightest buggy yet (7.2kg with the chassis, wheels and seat) so is incredibly easy to carry around when folded.
But even though it’s travel friendly qualities are it’s main selling point it is still an all round brilliant buggy. We’ve been using it exclusively for a month now and I have been so impressed. We recently spent the weekend navigating the Underground in London and it was the perfect buggy for the job, so light weight and easy to manoeuvre around, whilst still being comfy and nap friendly for Nova.
Henry (the husband) was very sceptical about us swapping out our Bee for an Ant. The Bee did everything we needed and he thought it was a bit unnecessary. But he has been totally won over and won’t stop singing it’s praises.
So as you can tell, I’m a fan but here are some more technical details.
It folds down and then opens back up in a really quick, straight forward way. When folded down you can either carry it with the handle or extend the handle and pull it along like a suitcase.
The design also means that when the buggy is fully folded down you can still access the under seat storage which is incredibly handy and such a nifty little design.
Unlike other travel friendly buggies on the market the Ant seat can face forwards and backwards and it fully reclines with an extendable hood, perfect for sunny days or nap time.
The handlebar is adjustable and at its max height is great for me, which at 5’11” is rare.
Bugaboo is often on the higher end of the price spectrum for each of its designs. But I really do think you get what you pay for. The quality is always so impressive, the parts are all exchangeable if one section of the buggy breaks (there’s also a 2 year guarantee). I have found that they keep their value (because the quality lasts) and so are easy to sell on. Oh and the Ant, at the end of it’s life, is 80% recyclable!
With the Ant being marketed as the travel buggy I wasn’t sure if I was going to get on with it well enough for it to become our every day buggy but I totally have. There’s suspension on all the wheels and the handlebar is very sturdy for one that folds down so small. I’m not sure what it would be like from newborn because we’ve only used it with a toddler. But with the reversible, reclinable seat I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
Take a look here to find out more and to buy (if you so wish!)
We were gifted our Bugaboo Ant, but I can assure you all my opinions are my own. I wanted to write a review because in all honesty, I think Bugaboo have knocked it out the park. Again.