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My husband picked this up second-hand as a "spare" pram. We paid £60, although I believe that, when new, they are much more expensive.
Bugaboo is good at looking good. You've got lots of colours to pick from (ours was bright green) and about a million accessories - footmuff, nappy bag, cup-holder etc - you can get to go with it, all in matching colours. If you want your pram to be a fashion statement, this is a good choice. The disadvantage of all that colour-matching though is that the colours change annually and after that, if you want a matching accessory you didn't buy already, you better hope it's available on eBay.
I found the carrycot nicely "pram-shaped" but smaller than some. Little-bit is now three months old and 12 pounds. He still fits into his Jane carrycot/car seat but there's no way he would squash into this. We haven't yet used the pushchair adaptor so I can't comment on it.
You can use it with the Maxi Cosi car seat, but it did seem a bit odd to me that with all these accessories they weren't offering a matching car-seat. Apparently there's no demand for that? (as opposed to a £30 footmuff)?
The main reason I disliked it though was that my husband is six foot tall and this is incredible low on him. Yes, the handle extends but the top of the carrycot hood still comes to around his waist. It looks silly, like he's pushing a doll's pram (yes, I'm shallow). As a backup it works, but I wouldn't want it as our main pram.
When my 20 month old granddaughter was born my daughter bought the Bugaboo Gecko Stroller because she loved the design of the old fashioned looking carry cot, without the heaviness and bulk of using a real carry cot as she had eight years previously with her middle daughter. Like the wasteful person she is she bought another pushchair once my granddaughter was too big for the carry cot as she didn't like the seat of the Gecko, she asked me if I'd like the Gecko to keep at my house for when I have my granddaughter.
I think it's an excellent pushchair and completely suitable for my needs. I was there when my son in law took the Gecko out of its box and I remember thinking it would be a nightmare to put together but it was actually rather simple and took him only around 10 minutes to get it assembled.
Folding it up and down is a case of easy when you know how; the first few times I was stumped and couldn't even begin to tell you how to do it, but now I've folded it a few times I find I don't have to think about it. The Bugaboo Gecko has two large wheels and two smaller ones, when baby is in the seat and facing you you should have the big wheels nearest you for some reason that I can't fathom but my daughter stressed it to me so many times that I am fastidious about this. When you're going over heavy terrain you flip the handle over the top of the stroller so that the big wheels are at the front, this helps when pushing your child across uneven ground or gravel. I can't say I often walk anywhere with uneven ground so cannot comment on this but I've seen people in the park with similar strollers changing sides so the big wheels are at the front so there must be something in it!
You can also push it on just two wheels if the ground is particularly uneven and apparently this is an easy process although I can't say I feel the need to push a two wheeled pram, it would be like pushing a sack of spuds on a sack truck!
It's lovely and smooth to push this stroller. The frame and chassis is made from aluminium which makes it extremely light weight to push, the wheels are in perfect alignment too which aids the smoothness of the ride for my little granddaughter. I was a little concerned that she would not be comfortable as the Bugaboo Gecko doesn't have a padded seat as such, the design of it means you have to slide an actual component of the chassis into a shaped piece of cloth to form the seat. It's very strange and I've never seen a stroller like this in my life, but it fits in with the multi-purpose concept of the buggy and is actually a very smart idea. My granddaughter is extremely comfortable and doesn't squirm as much as she does in the Hauck buggy I recently got rid of.
The five point harness is simple to adjust as your baby grows and fits my granddaughter snugly without biting into her. It's possible to adjust each section of the harness individually so very easy to get the fit just right, occasionally just a short tug of the strap will be enough to accommodate her but at other times (during a growth spurt!) they all need adjusting properly to make sure she's safely enclosed in the stroller but also has freedom of movement to look around her.
The brake is easy to operate and holds the stroller completely stationary even while on a hill, there is one problem I've encountered with the brake and that's the little button which releases it. To take the brake off you have to pull the brake lever while pressing the button, but if you push the button without pulling the lever then the brake is immediately released and if you're on an incline then the results could be disasterous. This isn't a problem for me now I know about it but please beware if you have a toddler with you in case they press the button!
The stroller came with a small bag which attaches underneath the seat, this is useful for holding the essentials for a short trip but won't carry a lot of shopping. I don't think the Gecko is really made for shopping though and is more designed for sporty women (or men, of course) who plan to do lots of walking with baby. The handle is a bar type so there is nowhere to hang a shopping bag even if you wanted to, and anyway the Gecko is so lightweight that it would be a hazard to try and carry anything heavy as the stroller could tip because it seems as thought the chassis itself has been designed to carry itself and baby in the central position with no more encumberances.
It took me a while to get used to the look of the Gecko, I loved the deep cherry red colour at first sight but it's a very functional design which has taken me months to get used to. It just seemed too modern looking for me I suppose as I'm used to McLaren style buggies and bulkier prams, but now I really love it because it has a stylish appearance. It's easy to keep clean, I've popped the seat cover in the washing machine a few times and it still looks as good as new while the frame just needs a wipe down now and again to bring the aluminium back to its best.
You can buy all sorts of accessories to go with the Bugaboo Gecko such as sun canopies, changing bags and cosy toes plus you can buy the Bugaboo car seat and attach it to the chassis to turn it into one of those travel systems which are so popular now. I have pushed many strollers in my time but this one is the absolute best in my opinion, and it's not just old fashioned things I've pushed as I recently looked after my neice's baby and used one of those appalling three wheeled contraptions which was horrible although very smooth to push.
Now for the shocking part of the review, despite the fact my daughter so readily gave it away for the silly reason of not liking the seat this stroller cost her in the region of £430. Yes, I said £430. For this she got the chassis, carry cot and seat cover, parasol, changing bag and instruction manual. Not the cheapest stroller on the market especially when you consider that you will also probably need to buy a car seat and other bits and pieces, but as I didn't pay for it I can wholeheartedly say it's worth the money!
Im surprised there no other reviews on this as I think its a really great buggy. Apart from being stylish and a celeb favorite with the likes of Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, its bright and minimalistic looking. Its an absolute dream to push and I never once had a flat tyre.
The only annoying thing I found was that I wanted to buy the footmuff but its a standard footmuff that gos with both the cameleon pushchair and the gecko and as mine is red I found the footmuff to be a different shade of red which was disappointing given the price Tag.
The Gecko now costs around £500 with the Cameleon around £600 and to be honest there is little difference between the two apart from the handle on the carrycot (which they grow out of in around 4 months) and the handle on the push chair (not sure why you need this) the only other noticable difference is the material and colours you can choose between the two.
If you look on ebay some wholesalers sell them and thats where I got mine from for £425.
The basket on the bottom is small and not that easy to get to but it serves its purpose, the break is on the handle bar so much easier to use then a foot break.
You can recline the seat aswell which is great for nap times. When it comes to folding it, its simple you just press the button on the hand break and lower it to the floor, there is a bit of a nack to it and because you can face the seat away from you or have it facing you, I sometimes get a little confused which way it has to be folded. Weight wise its not featherweight but I find it easy to lift in and out of the car and compared to my phil and teds it is much lighter. What age it will go up to depends on how big your child gets Id say around age 4 but bugaboo say age 5, its very durable, we have used it many times and nothing has worn out on it, the breaks are still very responsive and we've never had to change the tyres.
Over all a great buggy.
The Bugaboo Gecko is a smart, simple stroller. Specifically designed for parents who know exactly why they are choosing a Bugaboo stroller, the Bugaboo Geckos minimalist design returns the stroller to its essence. The Bugaboo Gecko emphasizes the pure, honest and valuable characteristics of a Bugaboo stroller - it is lightweight, compact and tough.The Bugaboo Gecko is delivered as a complete stroller: chassis with wheels, seat, bassinet frame, seat fabric, bassinet fabric, Aerosleep mattress, underseat bag, sun canopy, rain cover, mosquito net, maintenance kit, DVD and User Guide. Features: 5-Point Harness / Reclining Back (2 Positions) / Reversible Handle