I’m appraoching my tenth year as a mother, and I’ve owned my fair share of strollers in that time, but the Bugaboo Donkey is by far my favorite of them all. It’s so good that I regretted selling it when we moved abroad, so I bought it again hah!
Things that I love about the Donkey:
Functions as a single, and a double stroller
This is one of my favorite features, and the main reason I’ve purchased it twice. It is SO nice not having to keep two different strollers in the car, as there are times that I don’t need a double, but I’m garunteed to need it when I don’t have it, that’s just how these things work right? So I love that I have both with me at all times to fit every need. I also think it’s a great choice if you are looking for a single stroller now, but plan to expand your family in the future, so would need a double down the line. As this way you only need to purchase the one stroller.
Th Donkey stroller is so, so easy to push, even in double mode. I was even able to push it one-handed when I used it in double mode with a ride-on board attached. It makes using it so easy and effortless, and besides my other Bugaboo’s I’ve yet to find another stroller that pushes as nicely, especially a double!
The Donkey offers a whole host of storage space, especially when using it in single mode. The under basket is a great size, and has pockets! Plus the single mode, side basket is a game changer when hitting up the mall. We’ve used the stroller for various days out, and I’ve never struggled to fit everything we’ve needed on it.
There are for sure better all-terrain strollers out there, however the Donkey holds its own pretty well. We’ve taken it in fields, on muddy paths and even on the beach and it’s managed it well every time. In my opinion, it’s got a good balance of city and off road.
As with all of the Bugaboo’s you can change the colors on multiple parts of the stroller. I love this option, I think it’s so fun to customize your stroller the way you want. My current stroller has a white hood for London and blue for Aubrey as it’s her favorite color at the moment. I’ll probably mix it up soon, but I’m having trouble choosing what to go with!
Fits through *most* doors
In the years I’ve owned my Donkey, I have not yet found a door I can’t fit it through, it can often be a squeeze, but it’s always gone through. Though I’m sure there are doors it wouldn’t go through, as it is rather wide.
There’s so many accessories that you can purchase to add to the stroller, such as a cup holder, phone holder, snack holder, umbrella etc. Plenty of things to make it easier whilst you’re out and about with the kiddos, and to make the stroller work best for you.
There’s no denying it’s an attractive looking stroller (not something I ever thought I’d find myself saying haha!). It’s modern, eye-catching, and isn’t really like anything else on the market. Not to mention you can personalize it to make it even more pretty!
Accommodating of different ages
The donkey works great for various ages. I’ve used it with children from 0-3.5 years old, and never struggled to get them in comfortably. I will note that there is a weight limit for the seats, so that’s worth bearing in mind if you’re planning on using it with older children.
The seats have a variety of inclines to suit all ages, and as they’re separate from one another, you can have them at different inclines to one other. They can also be parent or world facing, and again you can have them both facing the same way, or have them facing different ways. Plus you can buy adaptors to allow you to attach your infant car seat to the frame which is ideal for doctors visits, or quick trips into the store.
Things that I dislike about the Donkey:
It’s a pain to fold
In theory it’s a simple stroller to put up and fold down, but there’s definitely a knack to it, and even with knowing the knack, it can be a pain at times. James finds it especially frustrating; he used to chuck it in our previous car erected, but unfortunately for him it doesn’t fit in our current car that way.
It is big
It’s definitely not a compact stroller. But in my experience, all double strollers are bulky in one way or another. It’s also not super lightweight, but it isn’t stupidly heavy either – I can get it in and out of the car comfortably, even while heavily pregnant. There have been a couple of times in small shops where it doesn’t fit down the aisles,
No weight is allowed on the handlebar
This one isn’t really Bugaboo’s fault, as they specify that no additional weight should be placed on the handlebar. But it’s a big negative to me that the stroller is really unstable if you attach a bag to the handlebar. As it can be a pain if you’re out for the day and have lots of stuff to carry, but I find that I can attach my diaper bag to the back of one of the seats and rest it on the bottom basket, and still have enough room in the basket. In an ideal world though, the stroller would be able to handle weight on the handle.
The tires aren’t puncture proof
If you have an older model (like me), the tires are inflated. This means there is a chance of one of them getting a puncture while you’re out and about. I’ve yet to have this isue crop up, but I don’t doubt it would be a PITA if it did happen. Bugaboo have rectified this in the Donkey2, and you can buy filled tires if you wanted to replace the air filled ones on an older model.
The Donkey isn’t cheap. For a duo (double) it comes to around $1500, and thats without all the different accessories that you can buy. Which is a little more expensive than other high-end strollers. but like most of my big purchases, I bought both of mine preloved. I cant remember the exact figure but my current one cost around $400. And assuming I don’t run it into the ground, I’ll likely be able to sell it on once we no longer need it.
If you’re in the market for a side-by-side double stroller, then I’d definitely recommend the Bugaboo Donkey, heck it’s worth checking out even if you’re thinking of getting a tandem stroller. It really is great in any configuration.