Bugaboo Donkey Stroller Features Review
The Bugaboo Donkey stroller also comes with rain shields for each seat, full canopies, a nap bars that double as carry handles for the bassinet. The tires are air-filled, and the front wheels swivel but can be locked for rough terrain. The handle telescopes to accommodate parents of various heights. The stroller seats are reversible, and they have 5-point harnesses. The seats also recline flat for newborns. There's a roomy storage basket underneath, in addition to the bag that clicks in next to the seat in Mono mode.
Optional accessories include cupholders, car seat adapters (the Donkey can hold two infant car seats in Twin Mode), gear organizer, foot board for older toddlers to ride, and foot muffs or seat liners for extra warmth or comfort.
What I Like About the Bugaboo Donkey Stroller
Changing the configuration of the stroller is not hard at all. Flip open a latch to expand the frame or make it smaller again. Pull up on two levers to release the seat and reverse its position. I could telescope the handle without interrupting my stride on a walk, and I even managed to take the detachable bag off the frame and replace it with one hand. No stopping to fiddle with tricky latches or connectors.
If you stroll on snow or sand very often, you know how difficult that can be with a stroller. A standout feature of the Bugaboo Donkey stroller is that you can quickly move the back wheels forward, and then pull the whole stroller along behind you, which is much, much easier on mushy terrain. It was a little awkward to get the stroller back into regular position after hauling it behind me. However, this is the only stroller I've seen with this feature, so I'm willing to overlook a wee bit of awkward in this area.
I really like that the seat reverses instead of the handle on this stroller. I prefer the swivel wheels to stay in front for easier steering, and they do on this stroller. The seat recline is also very easy to use - just lift the tab on the back of the seat and move it to a new position.
The basket underneath the seat is big enough to hold an average purse and some extras. I love the detachable bag for extra storage space! While it won't be enough for a trip to the warehouse store, it's certainly fine for a bread/milk run or a great sale at your favorite baby clothes store.
The sun canopy extends down to the nap bar, providing great coverage at any angle. The canopy isn't noisy when you extend or retract it, either, which is good for keeping napping babies asleep.
What I Don't Like About The Bugaboo Donkey Stroller
The Donkey stroller is also heavy. It weighs in at almost 30 lbs in Mono mode and almost 35 lbs in the other expanded modes. You won't notice the weight when you're zooming along on the excellent suspension and with the outstanding steering. On the stairs, though, and when you're lifting the stroller into your trunk, that extra weight makes a difference.
I found that the Donkey was sometimes awkward to unfold. At times it seemed to unfold itself, and other times I struggled to get it to lock into place.
The foot brake is very easy to engage by stepping on the pedal. However, when it's time to move again, you have to put your toe underneath it and push up. I'm not a fan of this brake style because it's hard on good shoes and pedicures.
Should You Buy a Bugaboo Donkey Stroller?
If you don't have a lot of trunk space available, be sure to check out the fit before you buy a Bugaboo Donkey stroller, and be sure you're OK with the weight if you'll be lifting it regularly. Similarly, if you'll be dragging your stroller up and down stairs to the subway, you may want to see if you can test drive the Donkey first. If you're looking for a lightweight, zippy stroller that folds small like an umbrella-type, this is probably not the stroller for you.
Given the demand for the Bugaboo Donkey, it's clear that this stroller has what many families want. You won't be disappointed in the maneuverability or the convenience features. While the price is high initially, for families that would otherwise buy two high-end strollers to accommodate a growing family, the $1,500-$1,700 for the Bugaboo Donkey stroller represents a long-term investment in a high-quality stroller.