by Amy Venzke October 02, 2017 4 min read
The Bugaboo Donkey has long been known as one of the highest-quality double strollers on the market.
Starting as a single stroller with a handy side luggage basket, the Donkey grows into a side-by-side double with the addition of a second seat—and still manages to fit through standard doors, conquer any type of terrain, and turn on a dime with a one-handed push.
In 2018, the Bugaboo added a new Donkey to its stable. The Donkey2, which replaces the original Donkey, features foam-filled wheels instead of air-filled tires, plus new colors, improved suspension and a redesigned storage basket. And despite the improvements, the Donkey2 even manages to be a little less expensive than its predecessor.
Read on to learn about all of the differences between the Bugaboo Donkey2 and previous versions of the Bugaboo Donkey.
In 2020, Bugaboo introduced the third iteration of the stroller, with a reduced weight, new colors and features like a redesigned canopy, bassinet and luggage basket. See this Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. Bugaboo Donkey2 comparison for more information.
It's not often that a new stroller model gets better but costs less! Pricing for the Bugaboo Donkey2 is slightly reduced from previous models. The stroller now starts at $1,299 (for a single/mono stroller in the aluminum frame), down from $1,329 for previous versions.
The Bugaboo Donkey has always been a smooth ride, but now the wheels are ultra-durable, too. The Donkey2 features foam-filled wheels, a change over the original Donkey's air-filled tires.
Despite the maneuverability and shock absorption, there's a significant downside to air-filled tires: They go flat, just as they do on a bicycle. The foam-filled wheels of the Donkey2 will never deflate and have been designed to imitate a perfectly pumped-up air tire.
Bugaboo has also updated the all-wheel suspension of the Donkey2 to offer superior handling. Even when it's hauling two kids and 44 pounds of storage, the Donkey2 easily turns with just one hand.
The Bugaboo Donkey2 is more customizable than ever now that parents can choose both the canopy color and seat/bassinet fabric color.
In addition to the black seat/bassinet fabric found on the Bugaboo Donkey, the Donkey2 also offers a choice of premium fabrics in grey melange and blue melange that add color and style to your stroller seat or the bottom of your bassinet. Previous versions of the Donkey only offered black seat/bassinet fabrics.
You can also choose the color of the side luggage basket if you really want to get fancy—but most parents will opt for the color that matches the canopy.
The Bugaboo Donkey2 is available in the following canopy colors:
See the graphic below for an overview of all the color options for the Bugaboo Donkey2.
The side luggage basket used on the mono version of the Donkey2 now holds up to 22 pounds, making it ideal for groceries and shopping bags. In another update, the basket also comes with cover that protects the contents inside. A new pocket on the inside of the luggage basket keeps your phone, keys and wallet more organized and accessible.
While wheels and colors represent the major differences between the Bugaboo Donkey2 and the 2017-earlier Bugaboo Donkey, the Donkey2 also features design changes that, while small, can make a parent's life noticeably easier.
For the Donkey2, Bugaboo also redesigned the bassinet apron for a better fit and improved aesthetics. The stroller's foot brake has been redesigned to be flip-flop friendly.
With their 3-year warranty, Bugaboo strollers are built to last longer than many others on the market. But to ensure even greater longevity, Bugaboo also updated the materials used in various parts of the Donkey2 chassis.
If you have a 2017 or earlier Bugaboo Donkey and need to purchase the second seat or other parts, don't worry: All Donkey2 parts—such as the frame, canopy, seat fabric and duo extension set—are still compatible with the original Donkey and vice versa.
To turn your mono Donkey into a duo, you'll need to purchase the duo extension set, a second seat fabric and a second sun canopy.
The Bugaboo Donkey2 offers the same car seat compatibility as the original Donkey. All car seats require car seat adapters to attach to the Donkey2. Both the Maxi-Cosi and Chicco adapters are available in a mono and twin format.
Compatible car seats include:
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