Today, we’re going to take a look at the Bugaboo Butterfly stroller and see how it compares with another ultra-compact option: Joolz’s Aer. So far these two models have proven themselves comfort-wise as well as durability-wise – we think you’ll enjoy talking about which one suits your needs better.
We’re going to take a look at each of the different types and see what makes them stand out.
First, we’ll talk about strollers with regard to child comfort:
- How easy is it for kids in your life?
- What type do they prefer – horizontal or vertical layouts; sitting up high on their own two feet versus low down under an accessed canopy?
- How long does this particular model last before breaking down completely due to primary components such as wheels; driving characteristics?
Joolz Aer baby stroller
The Joolz Aer stroller is the perfect option for parents looking to save some weight and bulk in their daily lives. At six kilos, this model can easily fit into any bag or luggage without weighing you down too much.
It folds flat with dimensions of 53x45x21 centimeters when not being used which makes packing up quick & easy no matter where your day takes place – at home as well on vacation. Its maximum load capacity is 22kg and it can carry up to five kilos in its under-slung shopping basket.
- The Joolz Aer is a lightweight stoller for parents who love to go out, offers high quality design with storage groceries; it is compact and super simple to (un)fold and the Red dot award winner 2022
- The ergonomic pantented design make the unique seat which supports the back & the neck, awake or asleep & keeps your child happy when you are out with a 50+ sun hood and water repellent coating
- This compact buggy is incredibly easy to fold. It goes down in a single, intuitive motion, with an integrated transport lock to keep it closed
- It weighs just 6kg, fits into an airplane’s overhead compartment, has an integrated shoulder strap for easy carrying and it has smooth one-hand steering on every terrain with four-wheel suspension
- Lifetime warranty & a lifetime of fun; you simply have to register your new Joolz product on our website within six months of purchase, and you’re ready to enjoy carefree strolling for a lifetime
The Joolz Aer stroller seat is one of the widest ultra packs currently available. It has a width corresponding to 39 centimeters, which makes it great for big kids who need plenty of room.
The stroller is quite spacious, with a total length of 109 centimeters. It includes an extra-long backboard that can carry children up until around 3 years and 6 months old or so. The chair is quite comfortable for most people, but those who weigh over 300 pounds or are very tall may find the seat a bit uncomfortable. The footrest sits far in front of where you’re sitting on an incline so it’s difficult if not impossible to use when reclined alongside manner due to its position.
The parent-friendly features of this stroller are its long, high handle that measures 105 centimeters and its shopping basket protruding from the back of your vehicle for extra storage space.
The Aer stroller provides an enjoyable experience for parents and babies. The single-handle operated step makes it easy to fold with one hand, while also being compact enough that you can take it on your shoulder or hold it in your hands like other lightweight baby gear. The durable fabric of the shoulder strap and ergonomic handle make it comfortable for you on your shoulder as well.
The durability of the stroller is impressive, especially for its size.
It’s not loose or rickety in particular side-to-side and has held up well over recent years since release where it was relatively lightweight thanks to added reinforcement through welded crossbars. The durable connection points, clever angles, and strong front wheel housing provide a tight fit that will prevent any potential problems from occurring down the line.
The stroller is great for airport trips and city streets where there’s not too much traffic. It can handle most conditions, but you should avoid off-road use or rough terrain due to its lack of grip on those surfaces which makes it challenging when going through things like gravel roads with broken sidewalks.
Bugaboo Butterfly baby stroller
The Bugaboo Butterfly is a little heavier than the air 7.3 kilos and folds down to 45 by 23 by 54 centimeters, but it has many great features that make up for its weight.
- ONE SECOND FOLD & UNFOLD - The smart and easy 1 second folding system which offers a true fold & go experience with just one free hand.
- EASY TO CARRY - Only weighing 16.1 lbs and offers multiple carrying modes to effortlessly take it with you by the integrated carry strap or leg rest.
- SMALL TO STORE - Ultra compact fold for easy storing at home or on the go. It's also travel certified (IATA compatible) and can fit into overhead compartments in most airlines and train travel.
- GROWING TODDLER - Designed specifically with growing babies in mind (Up to 50 lbs). The Bugaboo Butterfly features an extra spacious seat with high backrest and extra padded inlay.
- ADD ACCESSORIES - Compatible with most Bugaboo accessories. Use them to add comfort, convivence or stylize your stroller in new ways.
This stroller is the perfect option for parents on the go, as it can hold up to 22 pounds in its seat and still provide you with all of your essentials. It has a shopping basket that’s up to eight kilos large so you’ll never run out of room when shopping.
The Butterfly strollers seat is a little wider, 34 centimeters but longer than the Aers. The extra length means that your child will be able to sit comfortably for an extended period of time. The longer seat is more comfortable, particularly in terms of leg space where it provides both steadily built adjustable leg rests and 10 centimeters extra length between the feet and the seat.
Like its counterpart, the Butterfly stroller doesn’t recline fully flat, but it does have enough position for napping. The Butterfly stroller offers a more user-friendly method for adjusting the recline than its competitor, with an easy-to-use button that can be locked in place to maintain full uprightness.
Lastly, I think both Bugaboo and Joolz should learn a lesson from this experiment.
The mesh extensions on their canopies do little to protect children from the sun. When the Butterfly stroller canopy is without extending, it’s just a little bit longer and this provides better coverage for parent comfort. The Butterfly stroller’s handle is a bit shorter than the Aers at 102 centimeters, but its larger shopping basket makes up for it. The rear frame also protrudes to provide easy accessibility in your bag.
Folding the stroller is accomplished in exactly the same manner as with other models, but takes more force due to activation mechanisms and heavier construction overall. Despite having similar folded dimensions when compared to Aer itself though it can be folded very easily into place. The extra kilo weight and shorter shoulder strap make this model less comfortable when slung from one shoulder compared to Aer.
The Butterfly strollers leg rests also double as a handle providing you with durability. The designers were clever in designing this product. The extra kilo that the Butterfly stroller has over its rival, the Aer model is not an issue. In fact, it’s gone into thicker bars and additional reinforcement which makes me believe this will hold up quite well with only one mechanical concern left for us to worry about.
The Butterfly Stroller provides more stability and durability than the Aer. Its front wheels are set further apart which gives it an even better ride quality for parents who want something ultra-compact but still have enough space to accommodate their growing families with children or other loved ones. To be honest, I don’t think this stroller will handle being used all day every single time on uneven terrain. The front wheels are a little smaller than those of an Aer model and you might find yourself unable to push it through some cities with their crowded sidewalks since they’re not wide enough for dirt or sand terrain.
So which of these is the best then: a Bugaboo Butterfly or Joolz Aer?
I have to admit, after testing both models I think that the Bugaboo Butterfly offers more value for your money. It’s not just a question of which model is better, but which one will give you what kind of experience?
The Aer model has a few advantages over its counterpart. In terms of durability and ease of use, this stroller is more comparable to the competition than before but still maintains some key differences that make it stand out from other models in today’s market. The price is about equal, but it’s more lightweight so if you need something portable for travel or just want to carry around your baby frequently then this might be an option worth considering. And while it’s not a huge difference, I can say that the stroller feels just slightly lighter. Not by much and perhaps not even enough to matter in my opinion.
Though I still really like the Aer stroller, it’s hard to compare with all-inclusive ultra-compact options. For most people who are looking for something simple and lightweight that can get them around town or on vacation without breaking down too much, then my vote would be to go with a Butterfly since they seem more durable.
Joolz needs to take a step up with its line of ultra-compact strollers!
We hope that this comparison has helped you decide which stroller is better for your needs. What are some of the questions or concerns about Bugaboo Butterfly and Joolz Aer?
Whether you want to know more about these strollers or are currently looking for one, we have detailed reviews on our website. Additionally, there’s an entire channel dedicated just to guides and buyer’s advice – The Stroller Workshop.
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