Bugaboo Donkey Stroller Review


The Bugaboo Donkey is a luxury all-terrain stroller that transforms from a single into a double side-by-side mode. You can buy it as a single version and get a second kit later or you can buy it as a double.

The MONO (single) version is used for one child and comes with a seat, bassinet, and a shopping bag that you see next to the seat. The DUO version is designed for different ages kids and comes with two seats, one bassinet, and a shopping bag.

The TWIN version is designed for two kids the same age and comes with two bassinets, two seats, and a shopping bag although I don’t know where you would put it if you are using two seats all the time. You can also convert it into a travel system with the addition of one or two infant car seats.

This buggy is perfect for an active growing family that doesn’t want to slow down despite having multiple kids. The maneuverability is outstanding! You can push it with a pinky.

The 10″ and 12″ air-filled wheels can handle ANY terrain with ease. You can walk trails with this one. There is even a two-wheel mode that helps you tackle snow and sand (personally, I think that two-wheel mode is pretty useless). 

It also features a one-hand deep recline, a large basket, a huge canopy, an automatic lock, a standing fold, a run-away strap, and an adjustable handlebar.


I gave this model 4 out of 5 stars because while I love the design and modern look there are some areas for improvement. Let’s talk about the pros first. This is a high-quality stroller that is very well made and will last you for years and multiple kids.

I absolutely love that huge canopy that goes way past the bumper bar. It’s one of the best. I love the amount of storage you get. The side basket together with the basket underneath the seat is great for grocery shopping.

No re-thread harness is super easy to adjust. The adjustable handlebar provides ample leg room for taller parents. The included bassinet makes it a no-brainer on what to do with a newborn.

It is also worth mentioning that Bugaboo Donkey is the ONLY stroller on the market that adjusts from single to side-by-side double mode with the frame going from only 23.6″ wide to 29″ wide.

The coolest thing is that the seat is still 11″ wide which is a normal seat width. BTW, the 23.6″ frame is narrower than the popular UPPAbaby Vista model! The designers were able to achieve this by putting the rear wheels underneath the frame.

Now for the drawbacks… What I don’t like is that there is no adjustable legrest on the seat. There is no peekaboo window nor a mesh in the canopy so it can get pretty hot during the summer without additional air circulation. The seat can accommodate a child only up to 37.5 lbs (3.5 – 4 years old depending on the child) which is on the lower side.

There is no additional suspension system which is very unusual for an all-terrain stroller at this price point. I even called Bugaboo today to verify that in fact, they didn’t include a suspension.

They did not! The fold is the bulkiest ever! While you can fold it with both seats attached lifting it up won’t be easy. It weighs 34 lbs with both seats attached. It’s probably best to take the seats off first or never fold the stroller. LOL.

But, my biggest problem with this stroller is a ridiculous price of $1,329 for a MONO version (single) and $1,885 for a TWIN version. What!? I know many parents want to roll in style with an impressive buggy, but I think the high price doesn’t match the features.

While this is one of the most expensive strollers on the market, it’s not one of the most amazing strollers on the market. I see rotten tomatoes coming my way from the Bugaboo lovers …

But honestly, there are a bunch of other strollers that have better features and a lower price. No, they don’t have the Bugaboo logo on the canopy, but your child won’t care. While I do like Donkey, I would NEVER pay that much money for it. Maybe a down payment on the car?

Anyways, it comes in seven beautiful colors and includes a shopping bag, bumper bar, bassinet, and a rain cover. I wish it included a cup holder instead of the rain cover. Believe it or not, I’ve NEVER used a rain cover in all the years of strolling, but I do use my cup (coffee) holder on a regular basis.

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The Donkey has one of the biggest canopies on the market. There are two large panels plus another one zipped in. This canopy goes all the way past the bumper bar providing full sun coverage even when the seat is fully reclined.

Now, there is still no peekaboo window. What’s up with that? The canopy attached to the back of the seat with NO mesh to improve air circulation so it might get hot on a hot summer day. This is a little surprising since most of the modern strollers at a much lower price point have a mesh in a peekaboo window or as a separate zipped-in panel.



The handlebar telescopes out from 32″ to 42″ from the ground. Just like the bumper bar the handle has an elegant vegan leather cover that is very easy to clean.


There is a short run-away strap attached to the handlebar. This safety feature is designed to prevent the stroller from running away from you in case the handlebar slips out of your hands. I personally never use it on a non-jogging stroller.


The seat is 11″ wide with a 19″ seat back and a measurement of 22″ from the bottom of the seat to the top of the canopy. The canopy height is a little lower than on other strollers, but your three-year-old should fit fine.  You can easily reverse the seat by pulling two white levers on the side to unlock the seat and swinging it around.


It has a one-hand lever recline with 3 recline positions facing both ways. Since the seat is one molded piece, the whole seat will recline keeping its ‘V’ shape. The seat can be used for a child from 6 months and up to 37.5 lbs.

If you want to use it from birth you will need to use it with an infant car seat or a included bassinet. All the seat and canopy fabrics are machine washable. BTW, the seat is very upright in the most upright seat position.

It has three elastic storage pockets inside of the basket for small items like cell phone, wallet, or toys.



It has an adjustable padded 5-point harness with a center release buckle that you need to push on both sides to unlock. No puzzles! The harness on Buffalo is very easy to adjust, no re-threading is needed.

All you need to do is just move the clip on the strap up and down to the desired height. You can do it on the fly without removing your child from the seat. Love it!



INCLUDED! The bumper bar is swing-away for easy ins and outs. It also acts as a carry handle for the included bassinet. Just like the handlebar it is covered with vegan leather.


The basket can hold up to 22 lbs and is easily accessible. You can definitely fit your large diaper bag in it.



In the MONO mode, the stroller comes with a seat and a luggage basket on the side. This is a very convenient feature, especially for grocery shopping. The basket can be easily removed and carried over the shoulder.



There is a white pedal on the left side that locks and unlocks both rear wheels. It is NOT flip-flop friendly which is surprising for such an expensive stroller.



It rolls on air-filled tires with 10″ wheels in the front and 12″ in the back. This means you will never get a flat. The front wheels are swivel but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. This buggy can handle any kind of terrain while providing a smooth ride.



Just like the Cameleon 3 model, Donkey has a two-wheel mode that you can use to get over rough terrain like snow or sand. First, make sure the seat is in a rear-facing position and the front wheels are locked straight.

Next, pull the levers located on the frame and push the rear wheels forward. Now, you have a two-wheel mode! The stroller is not that stable in this mode because most of the weight will fall on you so I recommend using it only for short distances.



This is a one-piece fold, meaning you don’t need to remove the seat before folding, but this is probably one of the bulkiest strollers on the market. You won’t have any room in your trunk especially if it’s in double mode. 

Since the seat is one molded piece with non adjustable leg rest, the seat does not fold at all. It just lays on top of the folded frame adding to already a large package. And it’s not that light either!

In single mode with the seat attached, it weighs almost 30 lbs! Heavy! There is an automatic lock and a standing fold. The folded dimensions of the seat are 37″L x 24″W x 21″H (according to the Bugaboo site). You could take it completely apart like in the picture below, but who has the time?



Just like with Cameleon 3, the Donkey model comes with a separate set of fabric for the bassinet that you put on the seat frame after removing the seat fabric. Both, the seat and the bassinet use the same frame, the same canopy, and the same handlebar.

The bassinet can be used independently from the stroller, meaning you can use it as an extra sleeping place for your newborn. When your baby is little, you can use the stroller with the bassinet, but after 6 months you can switch the fabrics and use it with the seat instead.



As I’ve already mentioned above, the Donkey comes in three configurations: Mono (one child), DUO (two children of different ages), and TWIN (two children the same age). While confusing at first, it makes a lot of sense:

1) So, the MONO (single) version comes with one seat and one bassinet. You use the bassinet for the first 6 months and then switch to the seat.

2) The DUO (double) version comes with two seats and one bassinet.

3) With the TWIN (double) version you get two seats and two bassinets. You can use two bassinets for the first 6 months and then switch to two full seats.

Keep in mind, that the bassinet and the seat use the SAME frame, but different sets of fabrics. You would need to switch the fabrics if you want to convert the bassinet into the seat but use the same bumper bar and the same canopy. The full width of the stroller in double mode is 29″ which will easily get through a regular doorway.


-Air pump. INCLUDED! With air-filled tires, you will definitely need an air pump. Since it’s very compact, you can easily keep it in the car.


-No suspension. Because most of the luxury strollers have a suspension system, I was expecting it.

-No adjustable leg rest. Most luxury strollers have an adjustable leg rest so that small babies can stretch their little legs.

-Bulky. To make it more compact when folded, you can take off the seat and all the wheels. But, because the seat is one piece, it will still take up a lot of space. Also, who has the time to take it all apart?

-Very expensive. How many of us have paid over $1,000 for one stroller? Definitely not me. I was able to test this stroller only because one of my friends has it. Housewives of Beverly Hills are probably standing in line. LOL.

-No cup holder. For that price, I definitely expect to have a cup holder and a child’s tray. Can you blame me?

-Low weight limit. It can only accommodate a child up to 37.5 lbs which is 3.5 – 4 years old. The average weight limit in the US is around 50 lbs. Now, at 4 years old I think kids should walk, but then again when you pay that much money …

-No peekaboo window. I am not sure why Bugaboo can’t add a peekaboo window and mesh to the canopy. You can purchase another canopy with the mesh but why would you spend even more money?

Video Review

I found a great review of the Bugaboo Donkey.


Stroller weight: 29 (single) lbs and 34 lbs (double)
Weight limit: 37.5 lbs
Folded dimensions: 37″L x 23.6″W x 20.5″H
Handlebar height: 32″ – 42″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Front wheels: 10″
Rear wheels: 12″
Overall length: 34″
Overall width: 23.6″


Bugaboo provides a 3-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.

Available colors

The Bugaboo Donkey comes in seven colors: black, red, off-white, soft pink, ice blue, petrol blue, and grey melange.


Where to buy it

You can get Bugaboo Donkey in one of the seven beautiful colors for around $1,329 for the MONO version, around $1,719 for the DUO version, and around $1,885 for TWIN. It comes with a shopping bag, a bumper bar, a bassinet, an air pump, and a rain cover.

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3 thoughts on “Bugaboo Donkey Stroller Review”

  1. bugaboo donkey has a great sun canopy i purchased for both my kids that has a mesh on the sides and peek window facing forward. its extra, but totally worth it. i love this stroller bc i cant imagine have both kids in line, i want to have them side y side to get same attention and i love being able to do single when i want as well

  2. You stated in your review, “While this is one of the most expensive strollers on the market, it’s not one of the most amazing strollers on the market… there are bunch of other strollers that have better features and a lower price..”
    What strollers are you speaking of? Because I’ve been going crazy searching for the perfect (or at least closest to) side by side, reversible (parent or front facing) and can go from a single to double stroller (*optional*, since I do love my Mamas &Papas Urbo2 single stroller and wouldn’t mind having a reason to not sell it.. loll) Please help! I’m due in November and need to make a decision soon. TIA!

  3. I’m very tempted to buy this stroller . I was between this one and the Uppababy Vista until I learned the “rumble seat “ is smaller and my toffler’s feet may touch the floor ..

    Can I please ask you what you would buy instead of this one ? Just as another option . What is your opinion is the best stroller for an infant and toddler ?

    The k you very much

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