Which? verdict on Bugaboo Donkey publishedDonkey pushchair goes head-to-head with Phil&Teds
27 October 2011
The latest Which? pushchairs test has pit the innovative Bugaboo Donkey against double buggies including the Phil and Teds Vibe, Phil and Teds Verve and the Britax B-Dual, to find out if single-to-double convertible pushchairs are a good choice for parents with two small children.
To see our full test ratings and read reviews of the Donkey, Vibe, Verve and B-dual in action visit our pushchairs review.
Convertible pushchairs are all the rage
Not many pushchairs make front page news, but Bugaboo hit the headlines earlier this year when it released the Donkey - a single pushchair with a frame that can be expanded sideways to hold seats for two babies or toddlers. Bugaboo's second innovation was the eye-wateringly high price - £1,200 for the Donkey Duo.
The Donkey is a new solution to the problem of needing a pushchair that can be used with one or two children. Phil and Teds has revolutionised the double pushchair market, by introducing single pushchairs that can be converted to a double by adding a second seat (double kit) on to the frame over the back wheels.
Our challenging ease-of-use tests, conducted by Which? test lab experts, parents and their babies took an in-depth look at both of these designs, to see if either of these solutions make dealing with two children easy.
Doubles can be trouble
Which? pushchairs expert Victoria Pearson says: 'Our tests of more than twenty double pushchairs have shown us that there is no such thing as the perfect double buggy.
'Many are too heavy or long to manoeuvre easily and they're often so massive that they won't fit into the boot of a medium-sized family car such as a Vauxhall Astra.
'However, by comparing so many models side-by-side we've found some models that are better than the rest, which we've made Which? Best Buys.'
Parents looking for a good double pushchair can now choose from a Which? Best Buy convertible single-to-double pushchair and two more traditional side-by-side twin strollers.
Tips for choosing a double pushchair
Feedback from our testers have given us these pointers to consider before you buy:
- Always try using a double pushchair before you buy, even if you are planning to buy a single first and a double kit later.
- Try pushing it with two children around a busy nursery department store and folding it down to put in your car.
- Most double pushchairs are a nightmare to use on public transport - they are too long, wide or heavy to fit on a bus or escalator and often can't be folded without removing some of the seats.
- Double kits make a pushchair longer, heavier and change how the weight is distributed. This can make tackling kerbs and uneven ground particularly challenging. They can also get in the way for people with longer legs and restrict how much space you have to store shopping on your pushchair.
Pushchair first look reviews
Trying a pushchair out before you buy it is a great idea, but it's not always possible to pop to the shops. Check out our pushchair first look video reviews for a tour of the latest models, including the iCandy Strawberry, Silver Cross Zest and the new Jane Twone single-to-double convertible.
Our video reviews give you a real insight into a pushchair before you even step foot into a shop, and can help with finding your way through the maze of pushchairs available to buy.
- Find out more detail on how we test pushchairs
- Which type of pushchair will suit your lifestyle? Find out with our buggy, travel system or all-terrain pushchair tool
- Just need a lightweight pushchair for holidays? Read our tips for choosing a holiday pushchair