When we compare different strollers, we will often look at different manufacturers to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each. Sometimes, though, it’s fun to look at how a particular model evolves across new iterations.
The Bugaboo Donkey first appeared on the scene in 2011 and was a hit due to its fashionable appearance, versatility, and convenience. What really stood out for many was how easily it switched among three modes—mono, duo, and twin—with three simple clicks. Seven years later, Donkey2 arrived with redesigned storage, improved suspension, and foam-filled tires, along with other features.
With the arrival of the Bugaboo Donkey3, what can we expect, and has it continued to innovate and improve upon its already excellent predecessors?
What Remains the Same
Before jumping in and looking at what’s new, let’s put some minds at ease by pointing out the great features that remain:
- Durable Frame. The Bugaboo Donkey3 continues to have a heavy-duty frame that can hold up well under daily use and endure for any future additions to the family.
- Suspension. When the Donkey upgraded to Bugaboo Donkey2, an improved shock absorption system was employed. The Bugaboo Donkey3 continues to use an all-wheel suspension system that gives a smooth, comfy ride.
- Customization. The Bugaboo Donkey2 offered numerous colour options for customization on the canopy, frame, and fabrics. The Bugaboo Donkey3 offers several new colours, with components of the stroller packaged separately for customization.
What Has Changed
- Tires. When the Bugaboo Donkey2 was introduced, it made the change from air-filled tires to never-flat foam tires. While air-filled tires are known for their ability to absorb shock from bumps and uneven terrain, they also have the drawback of being vulnerable to puncture and leaks. With the change to foam-filled tired and the improvements to the suspension, the Bugaboo Donkey2 provided a comfortable ride without the fear of a flat tire. The Bugaboo Donkey3 continues to use foam-filled tires, but they have a new, lighter design and a 360-degree front wheel swivel that is smoother than ever.
- Canopy. Already one of the Donkey’s strong points, the canopy seems to get better with each new version. The Bugaboo Donkey2 has a canopy that extends to completely shelter your little one from sun, wind, and rain. It can be fully open, fully closed, or fully extended and has water-repellent UPF 50+ fabric that is stretchy and breathable. If it has a drawback, it is the lack of a peekaboo window, but the Bugaboo Donkey3 addresses this with not one, but two peekaboo windows, one in front and one in back. Both have mesh and a foldable cover that can be left open for air circulation. The canopy is also now made with a canvas-like material, making it even more luxurious than before.
- Side Luggage Basket. The same great removable basket with handles that you know from the Bugaboo Donkey2 but made bigger! Not only do you now have more space for all your things, but the Bugaboo Donkey3 basket features a built-in lining in place of the previous version’s top cover. Zip it up to keep contents safe, or tuck the top in for an open basket, as you wish.
- The Fold. Even though the Bugaboo Donkey2 had a relatively simple fold considering the stroller could convert from mono to dual, the Donkey3 seems even easier to manage.
It’s not easy to take a beloved stroller and make it even more functional, but Bugaboo has done it with the Bugaboo Donkey3, keeping the things you love while adding in improvements that are sure to make it your new favourite.