Pushchairs: Compare features & prices Bugaboo Donkey Duo review http://www.which.co.uk/baby-and-child/baby-transport/reviews/pushchairs/bugaboo-donkey-duo/review/
New releases in the pushchair market don't normally make front-page news, but the Bugaboo Donkey single-to-twin convertible travel system pushchair caused a splash, not least because of its eyebrow-raising price. To get at the truth behind the hype, we sent two Donkeys to our lab, where parents and pushchair experts assembled, pushed, pulled, folded, accessorised, sponged and measured them to see how good they are.
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The best side by side double
I love my donkey, I tried every duo on the market before choosing this. The carry cot is lovely for a baby as it is parent facing & at a nice hight. I have no problem getting my very tall 3 year old in the seat, although like the other reviewer the straps didn't fit over winter coats.I also had trouble with my wheels, I took it to a local bike repairer & the valves were in the wrong way! That said since then (11 months) I've not had to touch them.Yes it's large, I have to store it in my car, but it's so easy to push & so flexible in configuration that the pros far outweigh the cons.It also has great resale value which is good news if you can ever bear to part with it!
Love most of it, not the tyres
Having previoulsy had the delights of a Bugaboo Cameleon and being the brief owner of a Phil &Ted's Explorer (complete waste of space), I had high hopes for the Donkey. It's very easy to manoeuvre (even with 30kg of children in it, the underseat storage is big. There are LOTS of good things about it, but there are also a number of significant problems:1) Tyres - not foam filled like the cameleon. Have had 4 punctures in the last 2 weeks (and not from driving dangerously). Not great when you have a sleeping baby and toddler and are 1hour from home...2) Underside bag has no cover so things get very wet in the rain3) Difficult to recline in forward facing due to frame being too small4) Sunshade come off easily (stays put on the cameleon)5) Seatbelts are very short - my toddler cannot wear a winter coat and have the seatbelt done up (smaller than on the cameleon)6) Seats VERY shallow.7) Not able to tuck up the skateboard when in parent facing mode8) maxicosy car seat adapter is huge9) Buggy not compact when "folded". We have a 4x4 and have to keep one of the seats in the roofboxLots of scope for improvement Bugaboo....
A good side by side double buggy
Before my second child was born, I was a proud owner of STOKKE Xplory. I personally do not want one of my child to be sitting too close to the ground while travelling by buggy when we are out and about. My daughters are 15 months apart, there is no way my older daughter can walk independently without carrying her when we are out and about. Thus the need of a double buggy, we have been looking around, go to all the shops to try out different buggies with out daughters in it and push around, THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT! As some of the buggy are very good to maneuver when I try that out in the shop on my own but once I put both of my girls in... it's another story. I found the Donkey very easy to use, it's flexible where I can use it in Mono mode. Having decided to go with a side by side double, we know we will have problem going to the church every Sunday as the door in any old buildings are not wide enough to fit a side by side double buggy. With the Donkey, we will push the buggy in as Mono mode, once we are in the church we put the other seat back on. It's not convenient but it give us the flexibility. The one thing I would complain about is the tyres, seems like we need to pump them almost every time after we use the buggy. Another disadvantage is the size of the buggy after it's been folded but that is to compensate the flexibility of letting your child to face outward or face to face with mum and dad where not a lot of double buggy allow different combinations.
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