by Sarah Utley March 18, 2022 9 min read
Searching for a versatile stroller with the ultimate convenience and comfort - no matter where your day or life takes you?
The Bugaboo Donkey5 and UPPAbaby VISTA V2 are two of the highest-quality strollers that can grow with your family. Both models have hearty tires that will smoothly roll across grass at game day, large storage spaces to keep your necessities at hand, and many configurations to fit your family whether this is your first, second, or third child! But the Donkey5 and VISTA V2 do have a number of key differences—especially in how they convert from single to double.
The Donkey is one of the only strollers that expands side-by-side, which allows for better weight distribution, easier access to your kids, and more legroom and recline options for toddlers. The stroller has an included bassinet, four large all-terrain tires, and lots of carrying capacity thanks to a side luggage basket.
The VISTA converts to a double by adding a second seat over the front wheels, which makes it more narrow with two on board and brings the child in the upper seat even closer to you. A large storage basket, included bassinet, and compact fold make this stroller one of the most popular on the market.
As one of the only strollers that converts from a single to a side-by-side double, the Donkey is easier to push, turn, and get over curbs than many tandem strollers.
New for the Donkey5 model, a higher seat position brings your child closer to you, while a ventilated bassinet and updated fabrics keep your child cozy at every age. These and more updates add convenience, comfort, and style!
Parents will enjoy an easier fold, dozens of color combinations, and a handy quick click harness.
Watch this video for an overview of the Donkey5 convertible stroller:
The VISTA V2 is a versatile stroller that can convert from a single to double with more than a dozen configurations for one, two, or even three children.
It includes the bassinet and toddler seat to begin with, then if your family grows - your need to purchase for twins or siblings of different ages - you can purchase a second seat, second bassinet, or ride along board to accomodate your young family however you need.
Available in many fashionable colors with premium leather accents, and compatible with a wide range of accessories, the VISTA is luxurious yet practical.
Watch this video to see the latest features and functions on the VISTA V2 convertible stroller:
The Mono, which includes one seat and one bassinet, starts at $1399. Add a second seat for $360, and if you have twins, add a second bassinet for $130.
The VISTA V2 is $1099 for the single stroller and bassinet, $1320 for a double with two seats and one bassinet, and $1570 for a twin with two seats, two bassinets, and adapters. You’ll need to purchase upper and lower adapters for most double configurations.
For siblings of different ages, including two young toddlers or a toddler with newborn on the way, you'll want the Donkey5 Duo, which includes two toddler seats plus a bassinet. For twins using the stroller from birth, you'll want the Donkey5 Twin because that includes two toddler seats but also two bassinets.
Since the Donkey5 second seat (the Duo Extension Set complete) is identical to the main stroller seat, when you turn the Donkey into a double your children can sit in whichever seat they like as long as they're within the 50 pound weight capacity of either seat.
For the VISTA V2, the main upper toddler seat holds up to 50 pounds, but UPPAbaby makes the second seat (called the Rumbleseat) smaller and with a lower weight capacity of 35 pounds. This helps ensure there isn't too much weight over the front wheels = easier steering, turns, and getting over curbs. However, if your toddler exceeds the 35 pound weight limit of the Rumbleseat, they'll need to sit in the upper toddler seat meaning your newborn is farther from you at the front of the stroller. The toddler seat and Rumbleseat are not interchangeable.
Both the Donkey and VISTA can expand from a single to a double stroller and can accomodate any combination of 1-2 stroller seats, bassinets, or infant car seats, plus an optional ride along board for an older third child to stand on.
Because the VISTA is a tandem stroller with stacked seats - one closer to parent at the handlebar and one closer to the lower front wheels - there will be more limited legroom for children with long legs. The seats are close together to ensure an easy turn radius, so you will not have enough space to attach a bassinet above with the Rumbleseat below, though you can have the Toddler seat above and bassinet below, or two bassinets at once.
With side by side seating, the Donkey has seemingly limitless configurations and recline options. Toddlers can face parent, forward, or opposite directions and be as reclined back as much as they'd like without running into their sibling's seat. Side by side configurations mean parents can easily keep an eye on both children at once, from napping newborns to inquisitive toddlers.
To fold the Donkey5, tilt the stroller seat so it is parallel to the stroller frame, and lower the handlebar. On either side of the handlebar, press the black button and lift up on the white lever then lower the handle toward your feet.
To unfold, simply lift the handlebar up, push down to extend the front wheels, and raise the seat upright.
See the Donkey5 fold demonstrated in this video at minute mark 3:21:
To fold the VISTA V2, lock the brake and raise the handlebar to its tallest setting, making sure the toddler seat faces forward. Lift up on the grey tabs at either side of the handlebar, and lower toward your feet.
The VISTA V2 automatically locks when folded and stands upright. Hinge the lock inwards and lift the handlebar up to open the stroller.
See the VISTA V2 fold demonstrated in this video at minute mark 3:38:
Both Bugaboo and UPPAbaby offer their own infant car seats, and the two strollers are also compatible with several other brands.
For the Donkey, all car seats require car seat adapters, including the Bugaboo Turtle. You’ll need the Mono adapter if you have one child or are using the Duo for a toddler and newborn, while the Twin adapter attaches two car seats at once.
If you’re using the VISTA as a single stroller, the UPPAbaby MESA attaches without the need for adapters. You’ll need car seat adapters for other brands, as well as additional adapters to attach any car seat to the double stroller.
See this article to determine which adapters you might need to turn your UPPAbaby VISTA V2 single stroller into a double.
The Donkey comes with a bassinet, stroller or bassinet rain cover, and side luggage basket for storage. Other Donkey accessories are sold separately and include:
The frame comes in two colors:
The seat fabrics come in two colors:
The canopy comes in these seven colors:
Additionally, there are three Donkey5 models that feature color combinations not available otherwise:
The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 comes in these nine color combinations:
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