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Bugaboo bee plus or micralite Superlite

(20 Posts)
luchap Thu 16-Jun-11 10:09:18

My son is 19 months he's tall for his age, I heard the bee + is prefect in every way but might be a problem for tall or bigger kids. The Superlite half the reviews say wouldn't live without other half say worst purchase ever. I'm so confused but need to order today so it arrives in time for holiday!

SaltNSauce Thu 16-Jun-11 10:29:27

I have had many pushchairs although not a bee and have found the superlite excellent. My child is 4 and she fits in very well. The air tyres make it easy to push a larger heavier child. The seat is comfy.

On the down side the fold is not very compact, the raincover is a pain and the basket being split down the middle can be difficult to fill to capacity.

Cheaper than a bee!

luchap Thu 16-Jun-11 10:46:01

This is why I'm so confused! All the niggles of the micralite aren't an issue with the bee+ but the only down sound of the bee+ I've read about is the child fitting in it till an older age as mine is coming up 2 I would want this to be my last purchase of pushchairs ever!

letsblowthistacostand Thu 16-Jun-11 15:04:14

Bee + seat is huge, it was the old Bee seat that was tiny. My 5 yo fits comfortably in the Bee + seat and it's a dream to push even with a 2yo seated and 5yo on the buggy board!

MonkeysPunk Thu 16-Jun-11 18:02:30

Bee+ could literally fit my tall 7y old in it and still get the hood up - HOWEVER - the harness was outgrown by my 2.5y old - we couldn't get it done up over his coat - I found the harness quite fiddly.
The Superlite is a fab option - making light work of a heavier child - although it's not so big on comfort unless your child's legs reach the footrest - and the basket is small and hard to access.
The Mountain Buggy Swift is another option - if you are looking for something nippy - compact - but it can take up to 35kg weight - and the basket beneath is large strong and easily accessible! It's less costly than a bee+ and you have all the quality - plus - it's more versatile than the bee+ or the superlite - it can handle all terrain very well - where the bee+ is really only good on urban pavements - and the micralite superlite will struggle with gravel and some off-road surfaces due to the small front wheels - it's also less stable on lumpy ground due to the design.
I would say the mountain buggy swift offers a fab ergonomic seat for your child - is compact enough for urban environments - large enough for a big kid - I sat my 7y old in - and just got the hood up over her head - so I know ds won't outgrow it - even if it does LOOK small - you can get a bigger kid in! It will do you proud for anything off-road also - and is small and light enough you could take it on holiday too. It is very comfortable for your child - and lovely to push - once you spray the wheels/front swivel with wd40 and pump the tyres up properly (mine felt a bit slow and stiff until I did this - now it's really nippy and quick!).
The bee+ is a pita to push when empty (when your toddler or pre-schooler is walking) - especially if you try to go fast as the front wheels get the wobbles when it is pushed a bit quickly with the seat empty. The Micralite is prone to tipping when empty - as the bulk of the buggy weight is over the back wheels - no hanging a bag off the handlebar EVER and as I said, the basket beneath is small and hard to access too.
The swift is stable - you can hang your changebag off the back no problem - and you can fit a really good amount of shopping or stuff in the basket beneath - which is easy to access - even with the seat reclined.

MonkeysPunk Thu 16-Jun-11 18:07:56

The Bee+ raincover is pants - really thin plastic - and a fiddle to fit. Not particularly compatible with a toddler - who can destroy it with one or two kicks if they take a dislike to it - and expensive to replace for how delicate it is(£30!)

The micralite raincover is nice and strong and easy to fit though - and fits into it's own carry bag.

The swift raincover is superb - large vented panels, a zip up front window - for easy accesss to your child - and to air when you go indoors or if it's just drizzling. It comes in a carry pouch that can be velcro'd onto the axel bar when not in use - so it doesn't take up any basket storage space and is always neat and to hand.

It was raining today - so I just thought I'd add that extra info. wink

FriggFRIGG Thu 16-Jun-11 18:10:18

Both are totally fab buggys (ive had both) it depends what YOU like best though i suppose,and whether you want RF.
the superlite handles like a DREAM even with big kids,
i love the big back wheels
my DD just reaches the footrest at 2,11 yrs.the bee doesnt even HAVE a footrest IIRC.
the bee had telescopic handles whereas the micralite has up downy ones.
the micralite is A LOT cheaper!

soo i think its just about personal preference,sorry,not much help!grin

SaltNSauce Thu 16-Jun-11 18:24:24

FriggFRIGG I find the superlite raincover a pain to get out, unfold and fit.
Then if its pouring the design means the dribbles go straight into the seat.
Then when the sun comes out it's hard to fold it back without masses of plastic everywhere.
Then it is very hard to get it back in it's bag.

PS what to do- get 3 week old MB swift with raincover and sunshade second hand, £300.
Or get the new one I have on order with raincover £340
Apologies for hi-jack

luchap Thu 16-Jun-11 18:42:35

I like the look of the mountain swift buggy, does look a fab all rounder, but I have a phill n teds at moment that holds two kids and found this really bulky when collapsed. Also two airlines refused me to take the phill n teds up to the gate and had to check it in at check in, which with two under 2 was a nightmare espcially when we still had 4 hours before flight and I was travelling alone with the kids!

FriggFRIGG Thu 16-Jun-11 18:54:54

salt ive always liked a shiney new buggy myself,but then,im fickle....grin

ive always liked the micralites RC,but i wasnt keen on the bee's,horses for courses eh?!smile

just to throw another one out there,the bumbleride flyer looks fantastic,im ordering one in the next few weeksgrin

SaltNSauce Thu 16-Jun-11 19:19:32

Very pretty!
Yes new buggy is always very nice.....will have to think on it.

FriggFRIGG Thu 16-Jun-11 19:24:39

but then again,its only brand new out of the box for about 3 mins...and if the other comes with more,but its cheaper,then,maybe go with that.grin

SaltNSauce Thu 16-Jun-11 19:34:40

Stop it!

5inthebed Thu 16-Jun-11 19:39:43

I love the micralite, my favourite puschchair. All three of my boys have had one. They are fantastic.

gingergaskell Thu 16-Jun-11 19:46:40

I have a Bee+.
My son is 4 1/2, and on the tall side, and can still get in / comfortably ride in it.
The seat extends at the base and the back rest, to accommodate the older child.
I've found it fantastic, and use it daily for my 3 year old daughter.

I haven't had the Microlite to compare, but have no negative points at all about the Bee +.
{I have not had any problems with my rain cover, that the earlier poster had experienced.}

carrielou2007 Thu 16-Jun-11 20:21:52

I love the bee+ the only thing that I don't like is the price but apart from that, love it, especially with a bumper bar, love mine. I also love my swift, fab fab fab, yet I have a hankering for a superlite though hate the seat, not sure how to describe it but just not right but price wise compared to the bee+ is a snip!

nicolamumof3 Thu 16-Jun-11 21:09:12

well my superlite was almost the very last buggy purchase i made for my youngest child. I adored it. the push was amazing for a toddler my ds3 was 3yr when i got it and he loved it too, found the slouchy hammocky seat really comfy.

Loved it so much i have kept it to use for dc4 who is due next month I plan to use with carrycot.

I have also bought a bee+ so I will have both the pushchairs you mention. I fitted my 3yo in the bee+ personally to me i thought he looked a bit silly in it blush but he was 3.5yr at the time. I have pics of both if interested but as i say my son is a bit older than yours so may not be relevant.

Recline not that far on superlite so depends if your ds still naps in buggy? but he would probably have dangling legs on both of these pushchairs due to lack of legrest tbh?

Superlite is one of my all time favourite pushchairs and i've had ALOT!

luchap Thu 16-Jun-11 22:07:50

I think I'm very much swayed on the bee+ if I can get a good price, kiddisave seems to be the best deal but reviews of products with a 2 week delivery time is meant to be rubbish, and dinky Inc is also good price but again bad customer services and many orders not even turning up, honestly buying a pushchair is so difficult!!!

wonkylegs Thu 16-Jun-11 22:12:15

I don't know about the Bee + but I had/have the original one and I have huge 3yr old DS and he still fits in his, although i'm trying to encourage him to walk most of the time
I love it in every way the only think its not perfect for is long walks on the beach but as thats a rare occurrence and it more than paid off for the rest of the time

luchap Fri 17-Jun-11 14:11:28

I have bitten the bullet and brought a bee+ went with lullabys online as they seemed to get pretty good reviews and could deliver on Monday unlike kiddisave or dinky Inc who quoted from 2 weeks to six weeks! Fingers crossed. Thanks everyone!

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