With the release of Bugaboo own infant car seat, the Turtle, we are getting many questions on how the Bugaboo Turtle compares to the Nuna Pipa car seat. The Bugaboo Turtle was actually created together with Nuna so it can be a bit confusing to figure out the differences and find the one that works for you.
The key difference between the two seats is its compatibility with strollers. The Bugaboo Turtle features integrated adapters that click directly onto the Bugaboo Fox stroller. This makes the two the ultimate travel stroller. The Nuna Pipa will require additional adapters to attach to a Bugaboo stroller or any other brand strollers (other than Nuna). This means that the Turtle car seat is only for you IF you plan on purchasing the Bugaboo Fox stroller. If you’ve already decided on another stroller, then the Nuna Pipa will be for you.
The Bugaboo Turtle weighs in at 8.8 lbs compared to the Nuna Pipa at 7.9 lbs. (keep in mind that all weights do not include the canopy or infant inserts. It’s not a very significant difference. The Nuna Pipa Lite and Lite LX do weigh less than both.
What Bugaboo has improved on the Bugaboo Turtle is in the canopy. The canopy features the signature Bugaboo canopy with a mesh panel to allow for better airflow and breathability. Like Nuna’s dream drape is the “Snooze Shade”, which is mostly mesh but still provides the UPF 50+ protection you want for your baby.
The Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna is built upon the success of the Nuna Pipa car seat. Some features you’ll find on both car seats are: The Load Leg in the base, extra magnetic “dream drape” extension from the sun canopy and Flame-Retardant free fabrics.The Turtle also features the merino wool infant insert, a fabric only found on the Nuna PIPA Lite LX car seat.
Both the Nuna Pipa and Bugaboo Turtle can be installed with the base or without. The European Belt Path on the back means that you can install the car seats without the base, using just the car’s seatbelt.
The Bugaboo Turtle is priced at $349, and the standard Nuna Pipa at $299. This may seem like the Pipa is a better price, however you have to consider the additional cost of a car seat adapter (Around $50). The Bugaboo Turtle is available in a sleek all-black fashion. The Nuna Pipa is available in a few different colors – Granite, Birch, Caviar, and Frost.
So which one is right for you?
This question only pertains to those who are choosing the Bugaboo Fox as their main stroller. If you have (and you are smart for doing so!), then this is what we are thinking.
The Bugaboo Turtle is for you if you don’t want the hassle of car seat adapters and you don’t plan on using your car seat on any other stroller. You also should decide if the small weight difference is okay. If you do decide that you do care about the difference, then we recommend looking at the Pipa Lite or Pipa Lite LX.
The Nuna Pipa is for you if you want to have the option of using your car seat together with other strollers down the line.
Check out our comparison chart!
|Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat 2019/2020||Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna Infant Car Seat + Base|
|Dimensions||26.1 H x 25.2 L x 17.5 W||H 22.6 x w 17 x l 26.5 in|
|Car Seat Weight||8 lbs. (With base: 21.4 lbs.)||8.8lbs. (excl canopy and pads)|
|Weight Capacity||4-32 lbs||4 to 32 lbs, and up to 32 in.|
|Integrated Travel System||✓||✓|