by Amy Venzke September 27, 2019 5 min read

The Bugaboo Donkey stroller is getting lighter and smarter for 2020!

The Bugaboo Donkey3 features a cleaner, more modern design; new wheels that will reduce the weight of the stroller; a redesigned canopy with added ventilation; a new side luggage basket, and more.

As with previous versions, the Donkey3 converts from a single stroller (mono) into a side-by-side double for siblings or twins (duo or twin).

We'll look at the differences between the Bugaboo Donkey2 and the Bugaboo Donkey3 in this comparison.

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Stroller Comparison

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 Release Date

Due to production delays related to the coronavirus outbreak, quantities of the Bugaboo Donkey3 are extremely limited. 

Pre-orders for the Bugaboo Donkey3 are currently closed. We expect to receive more Donkey3 strollers in late June and will reopen pre-orders once shipment timing has been confirmed.

To expedite production, Bugaboo is only offering three colors of the Donkey3:

  • Black base with Black style set and canopy
  • Aluminum base with Grey Melange style set and canopy
  • Aluminum base with Grey Melange style set and Red canopy

Bugaboo will not be offering additional colors of the Donkey3 until later in 2020.

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Stroller Comparison

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Price

The Bugaboo Donkey3 ranges in price from $1,299 for a Mono single stroller to $2,098 for a special-edition Twin stroller. Pricing varies based on color choices and configurations.

The black frame for the Donkey3 costs $100 more than the aluminum frame, while the Refined Collection versions of the stroller have additional costs because of their special-edition colors and fabrics.

The Mono is a single stroller with one seat and bassinet fabric. The Duo stroller—intended for a newborn and a toddler—includes two seat fabrics and one bassinet fabric, while the Twin stroller includes two seat fabrics and two bassinet fabrics for twins.

See pricing for each configuration of the Donkey3 below.

Donkey3 Mono Price

  • Aluminum frame: $1,299
  • Black frame: $1,399
  • Dark Navy (Refined Collection): $1,429
  • Taupe and Washed Black (Refined Collection): $1,529

Donkey3 Duo Price

  • Aluminum frame: $1,659
  • Black frame: $1,759
  • Dark Navy (Refined Collection): $1,829
  • Taupe and Washed Black (Refined Collection): $1,929

Donkey3 Twin Price

  • Aluminum frame: 1,789
  • Black frame: $1,889
  • Dark Navy (Refined Collection): $1,998
  • Taupe and Washed Black (Refined Collection): $2,098

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Stroller Comparison

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Weight

The Bugaboo Donkey3 is lighter than the previous model because of the reduced weight of its wheels. A new wheel design with EVA, puncture-proof foam reduces the weight of the stroller by 1.54 pounds, allowing the single stroller to weigh in at less than 28 pounds.

See the weights for the Donkey2 and Donkey3 below.

  • Donkey2 single: 29.3 pounds
  • Donkey3 single: 27.5 pounds
  • Donkey2 double: 33.4 pounds
  • Donkey3 double: 31.5 pounds 

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Stroller Comparison

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Canopy

The 2020 Donkey3 is better-suited for warm-weather strolls, thanks to a ventilation panel in the canopy that let in the breeze.

The Donkey3 has a mesh peek-a-boo window that allows a look at your child. The 2019 Donkey2 canopy does not have a peek-a-boo window and is not ventilated unless you purchase a separate Breezy canopy.

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Stroller Comparison

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Colors and Fabrics

The Donkey3 is available in several new colors, with each component of the stroller packaged separately to allow for greater customization.

You can choose the color of your stroller frame, style set bassinet/seat fabrics, and canopies—or choose from a few prepackaged options for the sake of simplicity (and less packaging).

A custom Donkey3 stroller comes in three boxes for a mono stroller, six boxes for a duo and seven boxes for a twin. Bugaboo packages a few "complete" strollers in one box for a mono, two for a duo, and three for a twin.

Additionally, Bugaboo is launching new special-edition versions, the Refined Collection, that feature more premium fabrics and unique colors. The Refined Collection is also available as "complete" strollers in fewer boxes.

See below for Donkey3 color options.

Donkey3 Stroller Frame

  • Aluminum
  • Black

Donkey3 Style Set Fabric Colors

  • Black
  • Grey Melange

Donkey3 Canopy Colors

  • Black
  • Grey Melange
  • Fresh White
  • Soft Pink
  • Vapor Blue (new for Donkey3)
  • Red (new for Donkey3)

Donkey3 Complete Colors

  • Grey Melange canopy and style set with aluminum frame
  • Red canopy and Grey Melange style set with aluminum frame
  • Black canopy and style set with black frame

Donkey3 Refined Collection Colors

  • Washed Black canopy and style set with black frame
  • Dark Navy canopy and style set with aluminum frame
  • Taupe canopy and style set with black frame

Discontinued Donkey2 Colors

These Donkey2 colors have been discontinued for the Donkey3 model, so act fast if they're your favorites.

  • Style set fabrics: Blue Melange
  • Canopy: Steel Blue, Ruby Red, Sky Blue, Sunrise Yellow, Blue Melange, Waves, Birds

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Bassinet

New for the 2020 model, the bassinet of the Bugaboo Donkey3 includes two side pockets to allow for storing essentials like your keys or phone.

As with the previous model, the Bugaboo Donkey3 comes with seat fabrics for both a bassinet and toddler seat. As your baby grows out of the bassinet, simply swap the fabrics, which attach to the same metal seat frame.

Additionally, the Donkey3 model features a rotating handle that makes it easier to take baby in and out. The carry handle for the bassinet also functions as a bumper bar for the toddler seat.

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Stroller Comparison

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Side Luggage Basket

When you're strolling with one child, the Bugaboo Donkey has a convenient side luggage basket for storing essentials like your diaper bag or even your groceries.

The Donkey2 comes with a cover that fits on top of the basket but can be easy to dislodge or misplace.

The Donkey3 basket has a new solution: a zippered pouch integrated into the basket that can be extended for more storage or tucked inside the basket when not in use.

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Stroller Comparison

2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2 Compatible Car Seats and Accessories

The Donkey3 and Donkey2 models are compatible with the same car seats, adapters and accessories—so if you already own a Donkey2 but want to upgrade your canopy or fabrics, you can purchase Donkey3 parts.

See this list for car seats compatible with the Donkey2 and Donkey3.

Questions?

Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. If you have more questions about the 2020 Bugaboo Donkey3 vs. 2019 Bugaboo Donkey2, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com. 

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Amy Venzke
Amy Venzke

Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at customercare@strolleria.com or 480-442-9433.


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