Bugaboo has unveiled its first convertible twin buggy, which it says can transform from a single to double side-by-side buggy – and then back again – in just three easy clicks.
UPDATE APRIL 2011: We tried out the Bugaboo Donkey at a recent trade fair. See our first impressions of this much-hyped pushchair in our Bugaboo Donkey first look review.
The Bugaboo Donkey has been designed to be used with two young children or twins, or as a single buggy for one child.
It also offers ‘increased storage space’ in the form of an expandable side luggage basket and under-seat basket – handy for parents with lots of equipment or shopping to carry.
In single buggy mode, the Donkey measures 60cm wide – the same size as the popular Bugaboo Cameleon stroller – or 74cm when in twin mode, which Bugaboo says makes it ‘the narrowest luxury side-by-side duo stroller’.
Bugaboo told Which? that the Donkey has a total of 21 different configurations – including being able to switch both seats to face forwards, backwards or in opposite directions, and an adjustable recline to suit children of different ages.
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We’ve got full lab test reviews of Bugaboo’s other single stroller models – read our independent verdicts on the Bugaboo Bee, Bugaboo Cameleon and , and find out what our panel of parents thought about Bugaboo pushchairs.
The Donkey won’t be on sale in the UK until March next year, and pricing hasn’t been announced – but we’ll be bringing you hands-on first look review findings soon.
Which? first impressions
Which? home editor Liz Edwards says: ‘Bugaboo is a very popular pushchair brand, and the Donkey certainly looks as stylish as earlier models such as the Bugaboo Cameleon and Bee. The expandable side luggage basket is an innovative and useful feature for parents with lots to carry, too – particularly if you’re going round the supermarket with your pushchair.
‘Double buggies can sometimes be awkward to use when carrying two children of different ages – so it’ll be interesting to see how the Donkey is able to tackle this. We’ll also see how the buggy manoeuvres in single mode, checking for things like whether there’s a slight pull in one direction if the storage basket is empty.’
You can watch the Bugaboo Donkey in action here: