Bugaboo Donkey Twin Review

I’m aware that not every mom is a big fan of jogging as I am. That’s why I decided to test a different double strollers when my twin boys were born, not only joggers. Enjoy my Bugaboo Donkey Twin review.


First of all, this is a convertible type of stroller and it comes as a set of double seat frame and different seat options: two bassinets and two toddler seats (but you can also purchase the base and the bassinet separately). You can also use the Bugaboo Donkey for newborns with infant car seats which can be purchased separately.

As you can see Bugaboo Donkey has many add-ons and seating options so every mom will definitely find something for her and her babies! Bugaboo gives parents a lot of flexibility and you can create your own Bugaboo Donkey stroller with the accessories and features you want and need!

The whole set might be quite expensive, but it is a good investment and I’m sure that this different seats will serve your passengers for many years and will grow up with them. We can use the Donkey as a first stroller for newborns, with bassinets or car seats, and then as a stroller for toddlers with two normal seats.

Riding in the Bugaboo Donkey Twin is so much fun and so stylish! Let’s see what the producent may offer you. Below you will find all of the important informations.

Bugaboo Donkey Twin Review – Stroller Features

Bugaboo Donkey Twin is a double, side-by-side frame that can be used with different seating options. You can use it as a stroller for only one child and replace the second seat with a basket for your essentials. In this version we have two basket (the second is underneath the seat) so we can be sure there is enough place for the baby’s diapers, wipes, clothes and other stuff that we may need during the stroll (and of course our shopping bags!). The extra basket which is located next to the seat is a perfect place for  our essentials (like purse, phone or keys) and baby’s food and drinks or toys.

Donkey can be also used as a double stroller. It offers many seating options. We can swap onto the frame two bassinets, two infant car seat, two toddler seat or use different type of the seat, depending on our babies’ age.

You can push your newborn babies in infant car seats. You can turn the Donkey into a pram by replacing one or both car seats with stylish bassinets. This is the best option if you want your babies to ride in a completely flat position. That’s how I started using this stroller for my Jesse and Matthew. Then you can switch the car seats and bassinets for normal seats for toddlers. The best thing in Bugaboo Donkey is the fact that you can ride with two different seats (which is great if you have an infant and a toddler). Another advantage: if you are using toddler seats, one can be facing you and the other one facing forward. Therefore babies can look at their parents, see each other or look at the surroundings and discover the World.

A variety of seating options gives a lot of flexibility and makes the stroller really multifunctional which is very important for parents of two small babies.

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Three versions of Bugaboo Donkey: (from left) twin, duo, mono.

Wheels

The Donkey has larger wheels than other seat frames. The front wheels are 10” and the rear wheels are 12”. The tires are pneumatic which makes the stroller really easy to maneuver and turn, even in tight spaces. The front wheels are swiveling and lockable. Fixed wheels make stroller more stable and swiveling wheels make it more agile. Whatever seat you decide to install, pushing the stroller is very smooth and easy. When I was pregnant I was affraid that going for a stroll or shopping with two babies would be difficult and I thought that double stroller have to be huge and bulky. Bugaboo Donkey Twin have surprised me! It’s really easy to navigate and push.

Besides, it handles turns and corners very well. Thanks to air-filled tires it works great even on tough terrain! I had no problem with pushing it on a grass or gravel park paths. Bugaboo Donkey Twin is also equipped with four wheel suspension but it’s not as great as in joggers of course. While riding on uneven terrain, your passengers might get little bumped, so I would say that this stroller works better for strolling around the city than country roads.

Brake

This feature is one of the most important things in the strollers, because baby’s safety depends on it. The Bugaboo Donkey Twin has one parking brake which is foot-oparated. This brake is very easy both to set and to release, even while wearing sandals. Once the brake is set, the stroller is immobile. I really like the brake in this stroller.

Handlebar

Bugaboo Donkey Twin ReviewThe handlebar is adjustable and has eleven different heights so it means the stroller is short and tall parents friendly. This is a big advantage for parrents of different height. My husband is much taller than me, but he can easily extend the handlebar.

In many strollers the handlebar is adjustable by rotating, so tall parents often push the stroller while being really close to it and are very likely to hit the frame with their feet. This issue is resolved excellent in Bugaboo Donkey Twin with extendable and telescopic handlebar, which I really like. Thanks to it, tall parents won’t be kicking the pushchair during strolling. This handlebar is pretty similar to the one that VISTA has.

Canopy

Bugaboo Donkey Twin is actually a frame so it doesn’t have sun shade of its own. Bassinets and toddler seats canopies have appropriate size and will give your passengers nice coverage. Nevertheless, the canopies have two downsizes: no ventilation and no peek-a-boo windows. But you don’t need to worry about being not able to see your babies. The seats can be facing the parent. This means that we can keep an eye on our little passengers the whole time.

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The canopy which is included in the set, doesn’t have ventilation, but you don’t have to worry about it. On the market there is a specially designed canopy with great ventilation and sun coverage from head to toe which can be purchased separately. Here you can see it.

bugaboo dokney twin canopy with great ventilation and peek-a-boo window bugaboo donkey canopy with ventilation and sun protection

The size of the canopy in infant car seat depends on the model you choose.

Seats

You can push the Bugaboo Donkey with two bassinets, two toddler seats, two infant car seats or just one of them. You can also mix different seats if you have an infant and a toddler. Donkey is very multifunctional and gives parents flexibility. I love it!

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First of all, you can use only one seat (mono) and the other seat replace with an additional basket. You can also use the Donkey as a double stroller for twins (like I’m doing) and install onto the frame the same two seats. This stroller can be also used for a newborn and a toddler with a bassinet and toddler seat. Finally, Donkey is also a vehicle for two toddlers (duo) with two normal toddler seats. Each seat can accommodate a child up to 37 pounds.

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The toddler seats are equipped with belly bar, which I really like. Your little ones can sit facing you or the surroundings. Each seat is fixed independently so you can set them in opposite directions and your toddlers can face each other! When the seats face forward there are two recline positions and when they face parent there are three recline position (you can fully recline the seats but your kids won’t be lying completly flat). Reclining seats are great feature because during the stroll toddlers want to sit upright and look at surroundings, but they often get bored or tired very soon and in this stroller they can nap in almost flat position.

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Storage underneath the seats

The Donkey is equipped with one storage bin below the seats. I have to admit I wish it was a little bigger. When you go outside with two babies you need A LOT of things. This bin is quite small, but it fits few diapers, wipes, set of clothes and some snacks. It isn’t deep enough to fit more than one bag of diapers but it is wide so you can keep a lot of small stuff there. However, I have never had problems with fitting into it.

You can access the bin from the back, front and both sides, which is great feature. I heard some moms complained about the basket’s accessibility. I guess it might be a little difficult to reach out for some big things, but only when we use bassinets. When we use the stroller with car seats or toddler seats, the basket is very easy to access. With two bassinets, it might be pretty difficult to take out a whole pack of diapers, but taking out small things (like one diapes, piece of snack or a bottle) is still easy. Besides, this issue is resolved in the newest version of the stroller.

If you decide to use only one seat, you can replace the other one with additional storage basket.

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Folding, storage, transport

To fold the Bugaboo Donkey Twin you just remove the seats and then fold the frame which takes about five steps. Big advantage is automatic lock, therefore once you’ve folded the stroller, you can be sure it will stay folded. Besides, the folded frame is self-standing. The dimensions of the folded stroller are: 29.5 x 24 x 24 inches. To fold and unfold the Donkey you will need your both hands, but the process is rather easy. You can also take off the wheels which makes transport and storage more easy.

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Weight

As probably every double stroller Donkey is also quite heavy, but as for a twin buggy it is very slim! The frame itself weighs 28 lbs. There are definitely lighter stroller frames on the market, but this one is not the heaviest one. Nevertheless, you should keep it in mind, especially if you will have or had a C-section.

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Car seats

The Bugaboo Donkey Twin can be used with a lot of models of infant car seats. For example: Maxi Cosi Mico, Mico AP and Mico NXT, the Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit and Britax B-Safe. If you want your little passengers to ride in car seats you just have to snap them into right place and make sure they clicked in. There is no extra straps to use which is very convenient.

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Are you a parent of two and considering buying Bugaboo Donkey Twin? I hope that my review provided you with the information you needed and helped you to make the best decision!

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Pros Cons
You can use it as a single or double stroller, for twins or newborn and toddler or two toddlers Pretty heavy and bulky
Thanks to big, pneumatic tires it is a breeze to push it around town No accessories included (no cup holder or parent tray)
You can set the front wheels in two positions: fixed for more stability and swiveling for great maneuverability High price (but you can use it for couple of years at least for two kids)
Many seating options
Seats can be facing forward or facing parent
Easy folding and replacing the seats
Many color versions; the stroller looks very stylish

Accessories

The complete set for two babies includes: stroller frame with wheels, two bassinets, two toddler seats, two frames for bassinets and seats, two frames for canopies, two canopies and leg covers, two bumper bars, one bin and additional basket, one pump and two rain covers. All of the accessories you can see in the picture below.

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Notice that Bugaboo Donkey Twin doesn’t come with a parent tray or cup holder. The whole set is very well equipped, but there are few extra accessories worth considering: cup holder, parent tray, car seat adapter, bug shield, umberella and travel bag. It’s pretty normal, most of the stollers don’t come with this accessories and usually we have to buy them separately.


Video about using Bugaboo Donkey Twin


Specification

Stroller type Double convertible stroller
Stroller weight Frame: 28 lbs, with two seats: 33.4 lbs
Weight limit 37.5 lbs for one seat
Stroller dimensions max. 29.5'' x 38.5'' x 43.3'' (WxLxH)
Folded dimensions 29.5'' x 24'' x 24''
Handlebar height max. 43.3''

You can also find some information about Bugaboo Donkey on the brand’s official website.


Color versions

We can choose the color of the frame – it can be black or black with silver elements. The base is available in two color versions: black and sand. There are also eight color versions for the canopy and bassinets: black, petrol blue or ice blue, red, white, grey, denim and pink. We can combine the colors and choose the seats or bassinets in two different colors. There is also available a new special edition named “Weekender”. It has blue seats and canopies, ass well as the basket under the seats, but the handlebar and bumper bars are brown. This version is very stylish. Personally, I’ve chosen the silver frame with ice blue canopies. There are so many color versions and options so I’m sure all parents will find the best version for themselves! You can check out all of the color versions of Bugaboo Donkey Twin here!


Bugaboo Donkey vs UPPAbaby VISTA

My Bugaboo Donkey Twin review would not be comprehensive, if I didn’t compare this stroller to another great and convertible vehicle. Here I present you my comparison of Bubagoo Donkey Twin Stroller and UPPAbaby VISTA. I will start with some features that are similar in both strollers.

Similarities

  • Both strollers are convertible, multifunctional and suitable for one or two kids.
  • Vista and Donkey have an option of installing infant car seats, bassinets and toddler seats onto the frame.
  • Both strollers have four wheel suspension and lockable front wheels.
  • Both have one foot-operated brake.
  • Donkey and Vista have extendable, telescoping handlebar.
  • Both stroller have automatic lock and can stand on their own after folding.

Differences

  • Vista has more place for baby’s gear. It has HUGE basket underneath the seat, way bigger than Donkey’s (it’s probably the biggest basket on the market!). Bugaboo Donkey offers additional basket if we are using the Mono version, but when we are using this stroller for two kids, we have only one basket under the seats and it’s pretty small, definitely smaller than Vista’s basket.
  • Donkey has little bigger wheels than Vista (10” vs 8” in the front and 11.5” vs 12” in the back).
  • UPPAbaby Vista has foam filled rubber wheels and Donkey has air-filled tires. Both type of tires have some advantages and disadvantages.
  • In contrast to Donkey, Vista has a color indicator which shows if the brake is released or set.
  • Donkey’s canopy doesn’t have peek-a-boo windows. Vista has a big peek-a-boo window with a great quiet magnetic closure. Besides, Vista’s canopy has better ventilation and SPF +50 protection. It is worth mentioning that Bugaboo offers a canopy with great air flow and pee-a-boo window, but it is sold separately.
  • Vista is much lighter than Donkey. Vista’s frame weighs only 20 lbs and Donkey’s frame is 28 lbs!
  • Bugaboo Donkey Twin comes only with a rain cover, but Vista has also a bug shield included in the set.
  • Vista is actually a single stroller with an option of adding a second seat (car seat/bassinet/toddler seat). If we purchase a special adapter we can have many different seating options which you can see at the picture below.
    uppababy vista vs bugaboo donkey twin
    Donkey is in turn a double stroller frame that offers three version: mono, duo and twin. Mono version is just one seat (no matter if we choose car seat, bassinet or toddler seat), which means we can use this stroller as a single one. Duo version has two different seats which is a great option if we have children of a small age difference (a newborn and a toddler). And finally, twin version is a frame with the same two seat (again, no matter what type of seats we choose).
  • Oh, there is also one more difference: Vista can accommodate actually three kids at the same time. The brand offers a special platform (Piggy Back) for the third kid to stand or sit on it. This is really awesome option for a preschooler.
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Bugaboo – celebrity brand

Bugaboo is a very popular brand, especially among celebrities. The stroller are fashionable, stylish and pretty fancy. Many famous actress and singers stroll with their kids napping in one of the Bugaboo models. What celebrities have Bugaboo strollers?

Both Nelly Furtado and Hilary Duff have Bugaboo Cameleon. Chris Hemsworth is a proud owner of Bugaboo Donkey which I describe in this article. Adriana Lima’ daughter Valentina rides in a Bugaboo Bee. Sienna Miller has got the same model! If you would like to see pictures of famous people with Bugaboo strollers visit my Pinterest!


Reason to buy Bugaboo Donkey

The Bugaboo Donkey Twin is definitely designed for parents who live in an urban area, although the wheels can handle any type of terrain. This stroller will provide your little ones with comfortable ride in a stylish vehicle. In my Bugaboo Donkey Twin review I tried to show that it is very fashionable, but also very functional stroller and will serve you from day one.

I must admit I’m a big fan of bassinets, although I know how irritating it is to take the sleeping baby out of the car seat and trying to put her/him to sleep all over again in a bassinet. But I also know that my boys sleep better during strolling in a bassinets than in a car seats. Only the bassinet provides completely flat position which is the best for sleeping infant.

I understand that not every parent have to be pram fan and this stroller is a perfect solution. We can install onto the frame not only bassinets, but also infant car seats. And when the babies grow up a little bit, we can change them for toddler seats. I love this stroller for its versatility and the flexibility. I hope you enjoyed reading my Bugaboo Donkey Twin review. If you have any question about this stroller – do not hesitate to contact me!

Bugaboo Donkey is the best stroller for parents

  • of newborn twins who are looking for a stroller that will serve them for couple of years, from day one to toddlerhood;
  • of two little children of small age difference: a newborn and a toddler;
  • who plan to have the second baby very soon after the first one;
  • living in an urban area, who plan to stroll in parks, do shopping and run errands with the baby, therefore need an agile stroller;
  • that value the innovative, stylish and fashionable products;
  • who value flexibility and want to have multifunctional stroller;
  • who want just one stroller for their babies, therefore it should be compatible with a bassinet and a car seat;
  • that want to have a free choice of seat they use on each occasion. This stroller is a convertible one – it can be used as pram, travel system or standard stroller for toddlers. Furthermore, it has three versions: mono, duo and twin! Excellent!

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