If you’re familiar with LittleBabyGear a little bit, you know that I’m a stroller addict 🙂 And when I thought I’ve seen it all in the world of strollers and nothing can surprise me, Bugaboo presented new addition to their lineup: Bugaboo Ant. Let me tell you one thing: this lightweight stroller blew me away.
I must admit – when I saw Bugaboo Ant price, before I had a chance to check out the stroller on my own, I thought “that’s quite a lot as for a travel stroller”. But then I saw how beautiful it is and that it has all those features that parents dream about to have on their lightweight stroller! It made me realize that it’s totally worth the money and will quickly become one of the best lightweight strollers for travel (full list here).
But is it really flawless? We can’t ignore the fact that parents have found some issues. How serious they are? Should they stop you from buying Ant?
I will answer these questions in my in-depth review of Bugaboo Ant. Here’s everything you need to know to decide whether this stroller is splurge-worthy.
Bugaboo Ant 2019Find It On Amazon
Type: Lightweight Stroller|
Weight: 15.8 lbs
Capacity: 50 lbs
LittleBabyGear Verdict: |
High-quality stroller that looks beautiful and cute. It's a perfect choice for those who often travel with their little one (best for baby between 6 and 24 months)
Bugaboo Ant 2019/2020 – Review
Below you can find all details about Ant – features that make this stroller super convenient, as well as some small drawbacks that I found.
Bugaboo Ant seat is completely different than everything we’ve seen on other strollers.
First of all, this is one of the two lightweight strollers with reversible seat (the other one is Cybex Eezy S Twist). This only shows how rare feature this is among compact and light strollers.
And what is so special about reversible seat? You realize how important this feature is, once you become a parent. We all want to keep an eye on our little baby and prefer when they are riding facing us, during the first few months. But once children get older and more interested in everything that surrounds them, they prefer to ride facing out.
But as I mentioned earlier, I found some drawbacks – and the mechanism that allows you to reverse the seat is one of them. It’s not that it’s difficult, it just requires a few steps so at the beginning it may feel a bit complicated.
So what you have to do is to slide the backrest down (yes, the back moves up and down!), fold the canopy in (yes, it fully folds!), fold the leg rest and push the seat all the way to the back (or to the front, depending on the direction of the seat). Then you can slide the whole seat unit out of the stroller frame, reserve it and slide it in again and open the whole seat.
I know it sounds like a lot of work but you get used to it after a while.
To see how the whole process looks like, watch the video at the end of my review.
Nevertheless, reversible seat is something really rare among all strollers. It’s a privilege to have it on a lightweight stroller! 🙂
Another feature that your child especially will love is the TRULY UPRIGHT position. Seriously, this is probably the only (good-quality) stroller that allows the toddler to sit really up.
All you need to do is to squeeze the buckle on the back of the seat and push the backrest forward to make it fully upright. If your toddler is like all of my three kids, and can stand riding in reclined seat, gets nervous or bored, Bugaboo Ant will be a game changer.
Moreover, this lightweight stroller offers near-flat recline which is perfect for the nap on the go. But I would recommend it for a newborn baby – especially since the seat doesn’t have any side walls that would create enclosed space for small infants.
The good thing is that lowering and raising the backrest is truly one-handed. You don’t have to deal with straps – there is a lever that you can conveniently use with one hand.
What’s important, Bugaboo has decided to upgraded the Ant for 2020 and add useful accessory – a footrest. It will make the ride more comfortable for toddlers.
Infant Car Seat Compatibility
Bugaboo Ant is another lightweight stroller that allows you to attach infant car seat – making it suitable from birth.
You just need special adapters that connect the stroller and car seat. Right now we have the information that Bugaboo Ant is compatible with Nuna Pipa Lite, Nuna Pipa Lite LX, Cybex Aton 2, Cybex Aton Q, Clek Liing, and Maxi Cosi infant car seats. It’s not working with original Nuna Pipa (because of a different width).
Parents often complain that lightweight strollers for travel have small canopies that don’t provide enough shade from the sun.
I was really happy to see that Bugaboo Ant has extendable UPF50+ canopy – there is additional, third panel that opens with a zipper. In upright position the child is protected from sun rays really nicely. When the seat is laying flat the amount of shade is smaller, but still better than on many other compact strollers.
What you are also going to love about Bugaboo Ant 2019 is the peek-a-boo window. It’s made of mesh so it provides additional ventilation and there’s no Velcro – so it’s silent.
I’m glad that Bugaboo added the viewing window to their newest stroller, because their other strollers (like Donkey and Fox) miss this important feature!
This is one of a few lightweight strollers with adjustable handlebar. It is telescopic so it slide up and down – it’s another super rare feature among compact strollers! But that’s not all – the top part of the handle also rotates! So you can adjust its angle and forget about the wrist pain after a long stroll.
Telescoping handlebar is really awesome because it ensures tall parents with long legs have more space behind the stroller and don’t kick it while walking.
If you and your partner differ in height (or if you are really short or very tall), you will love this handlebar!
It also works like a suitcase handle, but more on that later! 🙂
I’m a fan of Bugaboo wheels with foam-filled tires which imitate the feeling of air-filled tires.
And I’m very happy that they added the same wheels – of course in a smaller size – to the Bugaboo Ant.
Front wheels are 4.7″, the rear wheels are 5.9″.
Of course because of the size, the wheels are not suitable for off road or super bumpy terrain, but they works really impressive on urban surfaces, like cracked pavement, cobblestone or grass. There is also suspension in front and back that smooths the ride.
One more feature that will blow your mind is the large storage basket with capacity of 17 pounds. It’s another feature that is not that common on lightweight strollers.
The basket has two separated parts. The front one is ideal for storing a diaper bag. There is an easy access from the front so you won’t have to struggle with getting your things in and out of the basket.
There rear part of the basket is like a mesh pouch and it can easily fit all your valuables like phone, wallet or even a small purse. What is really awesome is that you have the access to this pouch even when the stroller is folded! If you’re taking your Bugaboo Ant as carry on, you can put your necessities, some toys or snacks to the mesh pouch and keep them always at hand.
I’m sure you are going to love Bugaboo Ant design and those smart solutions.
I was a bit afraid that because of so many features (like reversible seat, telescoping handle, modern reclining mechanism, big canopy etc.) Ant will be much heavier than other lightweight strollers. I was so surprised when I found out it weighs only 15.8 pounds, so it’s actually similar to BABYZEN YOYO+, UPPAbaby MINU and Baby Jogger City Tour 2!
Carrying it up to 3 floor or loading to the car trunk won’t be a problem for sure.
Although the folding is a few step process that takes practice, you are going to love the compact size of folded Bugaboo Ant.
I’ve already told you about the first steps because they are the same for reversing the seat and folding the stroller.
So you start with closing the seat unit and once it’s fully folded, you lift two white toggles located on both sides of the stroller frame and the stroller collapses into a compact package that looks like a small suitcase (see the full process here).
And it even works like a suitcase because you can pull it with the handle! Just adjust the height of the handlebar and you can pull your Bugaboo Ant just like another piece of luggage.
It’s super convenient solution when you have to move quickly through crowded airport.
Of course you can slide the handlebar in, rotate in down and you’re ready to go on a plane.
Folded Bugaboo Ant dimensions are: 9.03 x 14.96 x 21.65 inches. This means that it meets carry on regulations of some airlines and you can actually take it on board! Another reason to love Ant.
Some parents have complained about the lack of carrying strap. Bugaboo Ant 2020 – the upgraded version of the stroller, will include this accessory!
Pros & Cons
+ Child can ride facing you or the World
+ More upright seat position than on other strollers
+ Usable from birth thanks to compatibility with some infant car seats
+ Fully adjustable handlebar (height and angle)
+ Generous canopy - bigger than on other lightweight strollers
+ Compact fold that fits in overhead bins on some airplanes
+ Easy to carry (weighs less than 16 lbs) or pull (like a suitcase)
+ Looks gorgeous
+ Different parts of the stroller can be customized and there are multiple color choices
+ Quite spacious storage basket - bigger than on other lightweight strollers
- Folding is a few step process and takes more time than folding other lightweight strollers
- Not great for tall toddlers - best up to 2-2.5 years
- It's expensive and getting additional accessories make the whole purchase even pricier
What Parents Think About Bugaboo Ant
I checked Bugaboo Ant online reviews to find out whether parents love it or find it overpriced.
It turns out that it has a lot of positive reviews. Bugaboo Ant owners like its compact fold which is perfect for flights and cruises. Another advantage is high weight limit which not all lightweight strollers offer. Reversible seat is another feature that parents rave about. Besides, this stroller allows you to attach a board for the second kid and it still feels light to push with two kids!
As for such a small stroller it’s really sturdy and can even handle cobblestone! The quality is awesome – like on other Bugaboo strollers.
Nevertheless, the are some flaws that customers often complain about – especially the fold mechanism. It takes a lot of practice to learn how to fold and open the stroller. But once you get used to it, it gets easier.
I’ve also heard that some parents have problems with the fold and flimsy handlebar. Bugaboo has responded to those complains very quickly. If your Bugaboo Ant has any of those issues, watch the video by Magic Beans – it should help to solve those problems 🙂 I recommend you to read customer reviews on Amazon on your own as well.
As I’ve briefly mentioned above, the lack of carrying strap was another parents’ complaint. It’s really great that Bugaboo listens to its customers and is going to release a new model of this stroller. The new Bugaboo Ant 2020 will have the carrying strap included, and there will be one more accessory: the footrest.
|Stroller Weight||15.87 lbs|
|Weight Limit||50 lbs|
|Fold Dimensions||9" x 15" x 21.6" (LxWxH)|
|Handlebar Height||37.4" - 41"|
|Wheels Size||Front - 4.7", Rear - 5.9"|
Bugaboo Ant Accessories
Bugaboo Ant is one of the most expensive lightweight stroller, unfortunately it doesn’t include any accessories! If you want to customize your stroller and add some convenience items, you will need a flexible budget.
|Bugaboo Wheeled Board - Ant allows you to attach the wheeled board to its frame. The board can hold up to 44 pounds and it's a great solution for older sibling to join the ride.|
|Bugaboo Ant adapters for infant car seat - If you want to use your Ant from day one you will need an infant car seat. These adapters are necessary so you could install the car seat. Ant is compatible with some of the Cybex, Nuna and Clek infant car seats.|
|Bugaboo Ant Organizer - If you want to have additional storage space, to keep your valuables within reach, this organizer is a must-have! It easily attaches to the handlebar and fits a mobile phone, documents, keys and a few other small items.|
|Bugaboo Ant Transport Bag - This bag is very useful not only when you need to transport your Ant in a car trunk and you don't want it to get dirty. It's also perfect for storing the stroller at home, when it's not in use for a long time.|
|Bugaboo Ant Footmuff - To keep your little one comfy and warm during winter strolls I recommend you to add this footmuff. If you live in an area where winters are really cold, you will definitely need this accessory.|
|Bugaboo Ant Rain Cover - If you like long walks you need to be prepared for all weather conditions! You can still recline the stroller while in the rain cover. And when it's not in used, you can fold it flat and store in the basket below the seat - it takes little space.|
Bugaboo Ant Video Review
7 Reasons Why Bugaboo Ant Will Blow Your Mind
- Reversible seat – It’s one of the two lightweight strollers on the market, equipped with reversible seat! It’s a huge advantage because you can change the direction your child is facing, depending on their age and mood.
- Truly upright seat – Toddlers usually get bored in a seat that is reclined even in the most upright position. And you can’t blame them – they are interested in the World and want to see everything. But finding a stroller that has really upright seat is almost impossible. That’s why I think this is the biggest advantage of Bugaboo Ant. It really allows the child to sit straight, look around and observe everything.
- Adjustable handlebar – Ant comes with 2in1 handlebar – it’s telescopes in and out and rotates as well! You won’t find it on any other stroller. This handle makes pushing equally convenient for short, average and tall parents.
- Extendable canopy – Although this is not the biggest canopy I’ve ever seen, it’s much bigger than canopies on many other lightweight strollers.
- Small fold & lightweight construction – Folded Bugaboo Ant fits in storage compartments on airplanes (check it with your airline prior to your travel) and it’s very easy to lift and carry.
- Suitcase style – You can actually pull it like a suitcase with the handlebar (and adjust it to your height of course) so it’s very convenient for crowded places. Moreover, when the stroller is folded you have a quick access to one part of the basket where you can put your necessities to keep them at hand. It’s a very practical solution. I found this pouch very useful when you’re getting through airport and want to keep a few diapers and some wipes always at hand.
- Customization & beautiful look – This is something I haven’t mentioned yet, but my review of Bugaboo Ant wouldn’t be complete if I haven’t told you about the stroller look and how you can customize each part of it! You can choose the color of the frame and there are also a few choices for the seat and canopy. The fabric and all color versions look so cute and high quality. My favorites colors are Grey Melange and Steel Blue! You can also change your canopy later and buy it separately in a different color. That’s not all. The wheel caps and the side protectors can be customized too. Bugaboo is famous for their strollers personalization, and their newest model – Ant, is no exception.
Pictures belong to Bugaboo. Source: https://www.bugaboo.com/