Updated January 2017
All-terrain double strollers are big and hefty, with 12″-16″ air-filled or “forever air” tires. They weigh from 30-40 lbs and typically run north of $400. Many of them can be used for jogging, but for serious running, you may be better off with a fixed-wheel jogger or a high-quality swivel wheel jogger.
Here are the best all-terrain double strollers, listed from lowest to highest price.
Best All-Terrain Double Strollers
- Baby Trend Expedition Double
- Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double
- Valco Baby Neo Twin
- Mountain Buggy Duet
- BOB Revolution Duallie
- Bumbleride Indie Twin
- Bugaboo Donkey
Price: MSRP $189
Weight: 32.5 lbs
In the economy department, the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger is aw-ite. The build quality is one step up from being a complete POS, but people seem to be happy what they get for their money.
Coming in just under $200, the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogging Stroller is a popular, well-reviewed economy stroller. The front wheel has two modes: it can swivel to maneuver around town or lock for actual running (you MUST lock the wheel when running or bad things will happen). It landed in the all-terrain category (instead of the jogging category) because I really don’t recommend this stroller for jogging (keep reading…).
While some people experience quality problems with this stroller, those who don’t seem very happy with it. It seems to be quite a crapshoot.
Size & Weight
This stroller is 32.5 lbs, which is average for a double A/T stroller, and 31.5” wide. This width will technically allow you to get through a standard doorway, though many have reported that it won’t! I guess it depends on how wide your doors are.
The seats come with secure 5-pt harnesses and recline independently of one another while going down nearly flat (about 20-30 degrees from the horizontal plane), so you could use it for a 3-month-old+ baby for strolling about (but not for running yet, please). A big complaint is the sagging that occurs when the seats are reclined, which speaks to the “economy” build quality.
This stroller does not accept an infant car seat (but the 4-wheel version, the Navigator, does).
Canopy, Storage, Accessories
The single-piece canopy doesn’t cover much, but it does rotate down to block the sun wherever it’s hitting your kiddos.
There’s a peekaboo window so you can see what’s going on below.
The storage basket below is medium-sized and fairly accessible, though you won’t be able to fit a large bag due to a metal divider that goes down the center (hard to see in the photo below, but believe me, it’s there).
The Baby Trend Expedition comes with a neat parent tray that I love (below), which has two cup holders and a closed storage area for your phone and keys – I wish every stroller came with a parent organizer like this.
The rear wheels on the Expedition Double Jogger are ENORMOUS (16″) and make it surprisingly easy to steer, especially for a double. These air-filled bike tires will need to be pumped occasionally and may run the risk of getting flat. Again, the front wheel swivels or locks depending on whether you are jogging/on rough terrain or not. Outside of the air-filled tires, the Baby Trend Expedition does not have any other shock absorbing features, so the ride is not as smooth as it would be with one of the high-dollar strollers like the BOB.
One complaint you’ll read about over and over again is the shimmy and vibration in the front wheel when in the locked position. A clever father devised a simple fix for it using a large rubber and metal washer. Check it out here. Again, you shouldn’t have to do this, but that’s what happens when you pay $200 for a double stroller.
Folding & Carrying
Trigger mechanisms on the side folds the stroller down quite easily and you can remove the giant wheels for a tighter fit into your trunk. No, it’s not very easy to schlep around when folded, and petite women and grandparents may really struggle to get this beast in and out of the trunk. The stroller itself is fairly large when folded and definitely won’t fit into smaller trunks.
Jogging? Not so much. You can technically jog with this stroller (it is, after all, called a jogger), but many people report problems with the Wobble (mentioned above). Yes, you can run with it, but if you are a serious/long distance runner, I highly (highly!) recommend you spend more money on a higher quality stroller – or buy a nicer, used jogger.
Bottom line: If you receive a unit without defects and you’re able to fix the front wheel wobble issue (seems easy enough to do), this economy double rides well, has pretty good storage, and can take you on many fun adventures for years to come.
* Baby Trend also makes a 4-wheeled, all-terrain double stroller called the Navigator, which has 4 large wheels (instead of 3). Unlike the Expedition, the Navigator accepts one or two infant car seats. The quality is on par with the Expedition (i.e. okay, but not great).
2. 2016 Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double – TOP PICK
Price: MSRP $600, Amazon $570
Weight: 32.5 lbs
The Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double is an all-terrain, pimped out version of the regular City Mini Double – and we love it! In fact, everyone loves it! I visited a local children’s store and asked the stroller specialist to tell me her all-around favorite side-by-side; you know what she said? You guessed it.
* Please start by reading the review for the regular City Mini Double – everything else is the same, except for what’s stated below.
The City Mini GT Double is a compact, nimble, side-by-side, all-terrain double and serves an important niche for city dwellers who still desire all-terrain capabilities to roll through parks, over brick, cobblestones, old sidewalks, cable car tracks… and whatever else city living throws your way.
Size & Weight
This stroller is a bit heavier than the regular version at 32.5 lbs (compared to 26.6 lbs), but not unmanageably heavy. The width is the same, roughly 30” wide. At this width, you’ll be able to get through doorways pretty easily.
The GT version has many bells and whistles not found on the regular City Mini: the all-terrain tires, an adjustable handlebar, extra padded seats that are easy to remove and throw into the wash, and a convenient hand brake on the side. The seats themselves are also taller, which will give you longer use as your kids grow older.
The wheels are 8.5” forever air, foam filled tires, which never need to be pumped yet still feel and ride like air-filled tires. This is a major upgrade from the regular City Mini. Believe me, not having to pump your stroller tires every month is HUGE. It’s always such an annoyance.
While still not made for jogging (despite the brand name; it’s confusing, I agree), this is a great stroller to take power walking with your girlfriends through the neighborhood.
The fold is the same as the regular version and the footprint is roughly the same as well.
Bottom line: “Worth every penny,” the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double is an amazing, all-terrain, side-by-side that rides over nearly anything, yet still maintains its “mini-ness.” We wish it had a larger storage basket, but apart from that, there’s nothing we don’t love!
Weight: 27 lbs
Valco Baby does double strollers REALLY, really well. They are one of the few companies who understands that every pound matters. The Neo Twin is their latest and greatest.
If you loved the Snap Duo, you will lose your mind over this stroller, which is really more like the City Mini GT than anything else: a compact, lightweight all-terrain double. It’s really the lovechild of the old Snap Duo and the Tri-Mode EX (I am REALLY geeking out over this one, can you tell??).
This stroller is a good 5 lbs lighter than the aforementioned City Mini GT. Don’t get me wrong — we love them both, but this one is a clear winner in the weight department. For the lightweigheyness (yes, that’s a word), you’ll pay about $50-$70 more than the CMGT, so…. take all of that into consideration. I think the build quality of these 2 strollers is about the same.
Size & Weight
The Neo Twin is 29.5″ wide, like the City Mini, and will fit through standard doorways.
I’m happy to say that the Neo Twin is one of the lightest full-featured side-by-side strollers on the market (I had to go look back through my other reviews to confirm this — and it’s true!).
Like its single counterpart, the Snap, you get a full-featured double stroller for practically the weight of a double umbrella stroller. Yeah, you heard me.
Families who take their stroller in the car, carry it up the stairs, and/or travel by plane will appreciate the weight.
Each seat takes up to 45 lbs of kiddie meat. My kids are 5 and 3 (at time of publish) and while I usually don’t put my 5-year-old in a stroller, it’s SUPER fabulous to have it when I need it, like walking down to the pool.
Here’s how it is with my kids: inevitably, one of them will trip and fall. Or wants to bring a bunch of crap to the park. Or gets tired and wants me to carry her home (Alice). Or gets jealous that her sister is in the stroller and she’s not (etc., etc.,) — so I lovvvvve having a side-by-side stroller at my disposal. Separate but equal = harmony.
Each seat reclines independently (one-handed strap recline) and has its own adjustable footrest. You also get Valco Baby’s signature toddler-proof puzzle buckle.
The seats recline fully flat, so the Neo Twin can be used with newborns without a car seat.
Car seat-wise, you can purchase an adapter to use one (and only one) car seat. It works with the Graco Snugride Click Connect, Chicco KeyFit 30, and the Euro seats (Maxi-Cosi Mico, Nuna Pipa and the Cybex Aton car seats).
Canopy, Braking, Storage, Accessories
The canopies on the Neo Twin are huge and amazing. They are individually operated, so one child can be covered while the other is not. There’s a magnetic “peek-a-boo window” for each kid, so you can spy on them from above. You also get removable bumper bars, which my kids LOVE.
The storage basket (below) is BIG. It’s bigger than that of the City Mini and B-Agile, but not as big as on the Joovy ScooterX2. My only complaint is that the shoulder strap sometimes gets in the way of the opening. And the bar down the middle… most side by sides have a bar that bisects the storage basket. Such is life.
Another perk is the storage pockets — there’s one on the back of each seat which can be used when the seat is upright or reclined.
The handlebar is adjustable (up to 41″) and seems to accommodate everyone pretty well. The brake is flip-flop friendly and very easy to use.
The Neo Twin has air filled tires, y’all. It rides sooooo well! The wheels have tubeless tires — 8″ in the front and 10″ in the rear. This equals great steering and maneuverability.
Folding & Carrying
The folding and carriage of this stroller is my favorite. To fold, simply press a button, squeeze the lever on the handle and it folds down and auto locks. This stroller folds forward like a clamshell, thus protecting the fabrics from dirt and wear (unlike the “seat handle” fold, like on the BabyJogger and B-Agile, which folds backward). It also has a standing fold.
Bottom Line: I think Valco Baby put the best of everything into the Neo Twin. It’s lightweight, has all the features we want, rides incredibly well and is super easy to fold and carry. I think it’s a major contender in the lightweight all-terrain department and beats the CMGT in weight. If weight is a big factor for you, this could be the lucky winner.
*The two specialty “Tailormade” colors are a beautiful light heather gray color as well as a denim color.
Weight: 34 lbs
Size & Weight
The Mountain Buggy Duet is a unique double side-by-side with the same width as the single stroller version, the Urban Jungle (below). The beauty of this narrow width is that it strolls easily though doorways and better yet, doesn’t hog the entire sidewalk or hallway.
Mountain Buggy accomplished a 24.5” wide stroller by narrowing the two seats to 11” each, making it the narrowest side-by-side on the market. However, because of the narrow seats, this stroller is not for older, bigger, heavier kids. Nay, the weight limit for each seat is lower than most, at 39.5 lbs, so don’t expect it to last much past your oldest child’s 4th birthday.
The Mountain Buggy chassis is stout and sturdy, made with lightweight aluminum. It weighs 34 lbs, which is heavy, but typical for an all-terrain double.
The Duet is our favorite side-by-side for twins in this price category, as it happily accepts two infant car seats of nearly any brand (yay!). You can also use this stroller with two carrycots (sold separately), which makes for a sweet 0-6 month twin ride.
Car Seat Compatibility
You can purchase one or two car seat adapters, which are all sold separately. The Duet is compatible with the following seats: Phil&Teds Alpha, Graco SnugRide 22, 32 & 35 Classic Connect, Graco SnugRide 32 & 35 Click Connect, Peg Perego 4/35, Chicco KeyFit, Maxi-Cosi Mico AP/CabrioFix/Pebble and Cybex Aton. <— You have to buy two of them for twins (obviously). See here for the full car seat compatibility matrix.
Once your twins grow out of their car seats, the Duet will comfortably take them through the age of 3-4 in the regular seats (24″ tall from seat base to canopy).
As with all Mountain Buggies, the seats are made of high quality 600D polyester fabric and have nice 5-point padded harnesses and a toddler-proof buckle. The harness height adjusts easily by twisting and sliding the straps to the desired position.
Something to note, the Carrycot Plus, starts as a regular carrycot, then later morphs into a reclined, rear-facing seat (below). You can put two of these in your Duet for twins as well.
Canopy, Braking, Storage, Accessories
Another unique feature is that the Duet can be used with one child (without looking stupid, that is) with the Joey shopping bag in the 2nd seat. Similar to the Bugaboo Donkey, the Joey bag goes in the empty seat position (below) and provides extra storage for shopping trips and whatnot.
It can be thought of as a convertible stroller in that sense, but I doubt that most parents buy it just for one child with the intention of using it as a double when their 2nd child arrives. It is SO nice to have storage at thigh level so you don’t have to bend over to get stuff.
It comes with a nice, swing-away bumper bar, which you can also remove completely. You can also connect a Freerider stroller board so that a 3rd child can ride along.
The independent sun canopies provide full coverage, complete with an additional pop-out sun visor and a peekaboo window.
The brake is a linked wire brake that engages with one easy motion, though it’s not very flipflop friendly
The storage basket is large and fairly accessible; yes, you can fit a larger diaper bag back there.
The handlebar rotates nicely to adjust for height. It comes with a runaway strap for jogging (or hilly terrain) and a deep bottle holder on the side, which is big enough to hold a bottle of wine (I have a Mountain Buggy, can you tell? LOL). Great for a picnic-play date-happy hour (not great for a non-lidded coffee, though).
The Duet can plow through anything with its four 10” air-filled tires and you will need to keep a pump nearby for the occasional re-inflating of the tires. If this is too much of a nuisance (it IS a pain, I admit, to re-inflate all four tires every so often), you can purchase an entire set of puncture-proof tires. The front wheels can swivel or lock to get you through rougher terrain. In fact, this stroller steers effortlessly and turns on a dime.
They recently improved the fold of the Duet, which now folds easily with one-hand and collapses down to the floor, or stands on its own. The collapsed size isn’t terribly large, so you can fit it into a smaller trunk, like that of a small hatchback.
Bottom line: The Mountain Buggy Duet is a versatile, narrow, side-by-side, that’s great for any setting — especially tight, urban spaces. The large canopies, lie-flat recline and larger storage basket make it a pleasure to use. The Duet is a top pick for twins because you can buy two car seat adapters for a variety of car seat brands, as opposed to something like the Bumbleride, which only accepts European brands. Hence, the Duet is our favorite all-terrain stroller in this price range for twins and other children very close in age. *Not great for older, taller kids.
To own him is to love him.
Bob, that is.
Typically when studying customer reviews, you see a fairly even distribution of likes and dislikes: 1 star, 5 stars, and everything in between; not so much with this stroller.
The BOB Revolution Duallie (that’s a fancy word for double) offers the same great ride that you experience with the single BOB, but twice the fun.
A friend of mine joked that you could simply blow on the handlebars of the BOB from behind and the stroller would start moving. That’s how well this stroller (and other BOBs) push. We feel that this BOB has a better push than its biggest competitor, the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double, due to the more even weight distribution (from front to rear).
Size & Weight
Weighing in at 33.1 lbs (Flex) and 36 lbs (Pro), the BOB is large and in charge. He has to be – he’s made of high-strength aluminum alloy, with giant 16” rear wheels, and is designed to hold up to 100 lbs of baby meat. Thus, if you are looking for a lightweight, compact stroller, this ain’t it.
The double BOB is 30.5” wide. Hence, it will fit through standard doorways. Not easily, but it will fit. If you need to get your stroller through lots of narrow doorways, see the aforementioned Mountain Buggy Duet.
The seats on previous versions of BOB were completely unstructured, but they are now fully structured, padded, and even have lumbar support for longer journeys. The seat fabric has an open cell foam padding, which looks rad and makes for a comfortable ride. However, the biggest complaint about the stroller – by far – is that the two seats tend to sag toward the middle of the stroller because there is no support between them. Not everyone finds this to be a problem, but those who do are VERY annoyed by it.
You won’t have this problem with the Baby Jogger Summit X3 (I’m JUST saying…).
The seats have padded, 5-pt harnesses and recline independently. The seats recline about 20 degrees from the horizontal, so they can be used from about 3 months on without a car seat. New with the 2016 models, the seats sit fully upright and you can recline the seats with one hand by simply squeezing a button (that was another common complaint).
One downside is that you can’t remove the seat fabric for washing; it must be spot cleaned by hand. The Summit X3 wins in this category as well.
You can use the BOB Revolution Duallie with one infant car seat only with the purchase of an adapter. The car seat adapter for the Duallie is an infant seat adapter on one side and a snack tray bar on the other side. Yes, this is the only way it comes. If your other child doesn’t want the snack tray, too bad. They currently have adapters for MOST car seats.
Note, you cannot use the BOB with twin car seats, twin bassinets, or anything like that. If you’d like to use it for twins, wait until they are older than 6 months, then you’re good to go.
Canopy, Braking, Storage, Accessories
The EEEE-normous canopies on the BOB operate independently and have GIANT peek-through plastic windows on top, so you can see all the antics below. The canopy material is thin and a bit cheapy feeling and many grumble that the bunching of the canopy material impedes head room for taller children; however, there is a drawstring feature you can utilize to draw all the canopy fabric up and away for taller children. See this here (cue to 6:15).
However, even with the material pulled back, the canopies are still pretty bunchy; we much prefer the canopies of the Summit X3. The footrest is made of sturdy plastic that holds up better than the fabric on the previous model, and wipes clean more easily.
The stroller brakes with a single, linked brake bar that engages with one simple step.
The Pro features a hand-activated rear drum brake for added control.
The new 2016 models have a much larger storage compartment than previous models. It will hold quite a bit, although it is cut in half by the “seat retention” safety strap. This strap holds the seats down if (God forbid) you have an accident with your stroller while jogging. Additionally, there are two seat back pockets, as well as internal seat pockets (below) for small toys and such.
I wish they would include a cup holder or parent organizer, but you can buy one separately (which I strongly suggest).
The stroller also comes with a runaway safety strap, which BOB strategically re-positioned to the handlebar, instead of coming up from the bottom bar like before. Note that the safety strap is fixed on the right side of the handlebar, so if you are a lefty… you may find it a bit annoying.
And lastly, the Flex and Pro model both feature an adjustable handle. The previous model (SE) did not adjust.
The ride and maneuverability of the BOB Revolution Duallie is simply unmatched. With 16” air-filled pneumatic tires in the back, a single 12.5” tire in the front, and world class suspension, the ride on the BOB is like no other, even on the double.
The suspension system even has fine tune shocks on each side, which can be tweaked to adjust for the uneven weight of your two children. This suspension system allows for 3 inches of vertical travel, which is what gives BOB a ride smoother than a baby’s butt.
Yes, the tires will need to be re-inflated occasionally and you may pop a tube if you hit something sharp enough, but this comes with the territory. Unlike many all-terrain strollers that claim to double as a jogger, this one actually jogs very nicely.
Not only does the front wheel lock straight for better tracking, it also has a dial you can tweak to remedy any uneven pulling to the side that you may experience so you can get the stroller tracking dead straight. We wish there were a switch near the handlebar, like on the Baby Jogger Summit X3, to change the front tire from swivel to fixed mode. But alas, you must kneel down and do it manually at the wheel (as shown below).
Folding & Carrying
The BOB has a two-step fold, similar to others in this category. Yes, you will need a large(ish) trunk to fit this stroller, even with the wheels removed. Because of its size and weight, this stroller is ideal for people who can keep it in their garage and don’t have to heave it in and out of the car a lot, especially if you are on the petite side. However, I’ve seen it done, even by the smallest of moms. I’ve also seen it checked as gate luggage on many a flight (which I would never recommend). Point being, people seem to find a way to bring BOB with them.
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Bottom line: Nothing pushes like a BOB. If you are a real all-terrain enthusiast, especially if you like to run, and you have a larger vehicle with which to transport this stroller, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Those who love BOB really love him. If you can get over the bunchy canopies and (potentially) sagging seats, you’ll love the ride of this stroller.
6. 2016 Bumbleride Indie Twin – TOP PICK
Updated August 2017
Weight: 36 lbs
The Bumbleride Indie Twin is a cult favorite. If all of these strollers were competing in a beauty pageant, the Bumbleride would be the winner.
Most strollers come in black, red, and blue. Blah. Bumbleride has a beautiful palette of colors. While I don’t normally get too excited about stroller fashions, if I’m dropping over $700 on a stroller, it better be freaking beautiful!
Size & Weight
The four giant 12″ air-filled tires make it feel like you’re pushing a cloud (one-handed, even), which is a difficult claim to make for a double side-by-side stroller of this bulk. Speaking of size, this stroller is 30” wide, which will get through a standard door frame.
Both seats recline independently and nearly flat, so you can use it from birth, even without a car seat or bassinet. The seats have adjustable leg rests, which are especially great for infants, and the total weight capacity is 90 lbs, or 45 lbs in each seat.
While the head height is fine, note that there isn’t much leg room for older kids; I put 4.5-year-old Lucie (at time of publish) in this stroller and her legs were a bit long for it.
Regarding seat fabric, Bumbleride uses eco-friendly fabrics that are comprised of a bamboo/nylon blend on the seats themselves and a soft, recycled poly blend on the exterior components. The bamboo/nylon wicks moisture and regulates body temperature and the seat pads are removable and machine washable. Ooh la la.
Car Seat Compatibility
You can purchase an optional single or double car seat adapter for the Euro seats: the Maxi-Cosi Max 30, Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, Maxi-Cosi Mico, Cybex Aton Q, Cybex Aton 2, Cybex Aton and Nuna Pipa. Sorry, but no adapter support for Graco/Chicco seats at this time. Bumbleride is currently in development of additional adapters (incl. Graco/Chicco) for release in 2018 – stay tuned!
*Note that the 2015 adapter is not compatible with the 2016 stroller.
An aside: you do not need to remove the seat fabric to attach the car seat adapter (or bassinet). It is optional 🙂 The seat fabric is removable without tools!
Canopies, Storage, Accessories
The canopies on this stroller are amazing. Not only are they huge, they can swivel down to follow the sun. Each canopy comes with a mesh peekaboo window and unzips in the back for added ventilation. New for 2016 is a pop out canopy extension.
The handlebar adjusts by rotating up and down and will accommodate just about anyone.
The storage basket in this stroller is AWE-summmm (below). A big complaint I have with most double strollers is lack of storage, which you especially need when you have two kids. This stroller basket is unique because it doesn’t have a giant structural bar cutting down the middle the way most side-by-sides do. Nay, it’s just a wide open basket, so you can fit your big ol’ bag in there with no problemo.
There’s no parent organizer, but you can (and should) buy one separately.
The Indie Twin boasts an all-wheel suspension system that takes the bumps out of your ride and the front wheels lock straight for rolling over rough surfaces. Like most air-filled tires, the four 12 inch’ers on this bad boy will need to be re-inflated from time to time; luckily, it comes with a tire pump for emergency fill-ups.
Folding & Carrying
The Twin has a one-step fold plus auto lock and a standing fold.
The wheels come off very easily if you need to fit the stroller into a tighter space. As with most A/T doubles, this is a larger folded stroller, so it may not fit into smaller trunks, though you can take the wheels off for a tighter squeeze.
Bumbleride offers a 3-year warranty and an unofficial “call us if anything goes wrong” promise. Customers are VERY happy with their customer service.
Bottom line: The Bumbleride Indie Twin is a favorite among twin parents and parents of two, especially those needing the giant tires that can plow through anything. While it’s not great for jogging, this stroller tops the charts for beauty, storage capacity, suspension, ease of pushing, usability and folding and locking. Let’s not forget Bumbleride’s excellent customer service. Hurrah!
7. Bugaboo Donkey
My first reaction to Bugaboo products is, “[price of particular stroller], are you cuhh-razy?”
In this case, “$1,329+??” [Spits coffee out.] At some point, these prices get a little ridiculous, but clearly, I am not their target market.
I do understand that there are people out there who desire these strollers, mainly for their impressive ride and sharp look, or perhaps people who don’t have a car and therefore, have “car money” to spend on a stroller. Having lived in a big city with a baby, I get that.
What I loathe (just being honest) is that everyone must have the Bugaboo Donkey because it’s the “it” stroller.
If a stroller is the “it” stroller, it should be called so because it’s freakishly amazing, not because it’s the most expensive. It should be the it stroller because it folds itself, gives back rubs, and is laden in gold. But alas, perhaps my expectations are too high.
Just to be clear, I actually really like the Donkey; and if it were priced about $700-$800 less, it would get my full endorsement.
I digress. On with the review.
With the Mono (single) version, you get one seat, a bassinet, and the side basket. With the Duo version, you get two seats, one bassinet, and a side basket (so you can use it later in singles mode with the basket). You can also purchase a special “twins” version (below), which gives you two seats and two bassinets.
Size & Weight
The Bugaboo Donkey is the only convertible (adjustable width) side-by-side stroller on the market, with an adjustable width frame that brings it from a 23” wide single to a 29” inch wide double – and back again. This is quite innovative indeed – and even at 29”, it sails easily through doorways.
In singles mode, the stroller is 29.2 lbs, which is average for a convertible in singles mode. In doubles (or twin) mode, it’s 33.4 lbs.
The seats themselves are petite at 11” wide, which is the same slim width as the seats in the Mountain Buggy Duet. In fact, these two strollers are very similar, they even have the same side shopping bag feature in singles mode. That said, the Donkey in doubles mode (29”) is still 4 inches wider than the Duet (25” wide), so the Duet definitely uses the space more efficiently.
Since 2015, this stroller now comes with a “breakaway” buckle, which is harder for toddlers to open.
The seats on the Donkey have a 37.5 lb weight limit each, a pretty low weight limit for a double stroller. This won’t get your oldest child past his 4th birthday, which may be fine for most people. Others who are spending close to this much money may want a stroller that will last a bit longer. The seats are also not terribly tall, so it won’t work past 3 years (give or take) for the same reason. Thus, like the Duet, this stroller is really designed for children under 4 (at best).
At this price, I would only consider this stroller if your kids are less than 2.5 years apart — or for twins. Otherwise, you won’t get very much use out of it. That said, you can use it as a double, then reduce it down to a single when your older child outgrows it. Which is brilliant, I’ll admit.
Our favorite part of this stroller is the seating versatility for little ones: each seat can face forward or backward (and you know we LOVE a rear-facing stroller seat), whereas the Duet’s seats are stationary and can’t rear-face.
In the forward-facing mode, the seat reclines a little further than halfway back. In the parent-facing (rear) mode, the seat reclines all the way flat, thus it’s appropriate for a newborn without a car seat.
Yes, this stroller is great for twins! The fact that you can have two rear-facing, side-by-side seats is totally unheard of. The closest thing you will get to this is the UPPAbaby Vista in doubles mode with seats rear-facing and in other convertible tandems, like the City Select.
In the Mono version, you can get a single car seat adapter (sold separately) for the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 & Mico AP & Mico NXT and Chicco KeyFit & KeyFit 30 car seats. You can get adapters for the twins version (two car seats) as well: Chicco & Maxi-Cosi.
Canopy, Braking, Storage, Accessories
The canopies on the Bugaboo are nice and large and come in a variety of great colors, so you can really get a customized look (and for this price, you better!). Note that there is no peekaboo window on the canopy, which is quite odd. Also, these canopies are very easy for kids to yank off, which is a common complaint. The Donkey comes with a vented rain cover too.
You can choose from a black or aluminum chassis and a variety of canopy colors.
There is a simple, linked parking brake in the back that’s flip-flip friendly and easy to engage.
Like the Duet, the storage situation on the Donkey in singles mode (only) is where this stroller really shines. When used as a single, you have a shopping basket next to the main seat, which makes this stroller AWESOME for shopping. Let’s face it, grocery shopping with a stroller is always a challenge, so if your market allows you to put your groceries straight into the side basket (i.e., they’re not nervous about people shoplifting), then you’re sitting pretty!
In addition to the highly-accessible side basket is the regular under basket, which is pretty standard for a double. The under basket also includes mesh pockets for smaller items.
Sadly, the side basket disappears in doubles mode when it’s replaced by the 2nd seat or bassinet, but the main under basket remains. Thus, when used in doubles mode, the storage is standard (translation: nobody is writing home about it).
The handlebar on the Donkey is a great feature, which adjusts very elegantly by telescoping in and out. When positioned at taller heights, it gives plenty of stride-room for power walkers. Note that the handlebar is made of foam, so be careful that it doesn’t scrape on the ground when folded.
What gives Bugaboo its reputation is that it’s an all-terrain stroller with an urban look, as opposed to a sporty look like the BOB. These two strollers have the same great ride, but very different personalities. The Bugaboo is sophisticated and polished—the BOB is unabashedly sporty. One wants to go to the theater, the other wants to go hiking.
The Donkey has four air-filled tires: two 12” tires in the back and two 10” tires in the front. It also comes with a small tire pump, which is a nice touch. There is no additional suspension on the Donkey, like there is on other Bugaboo strollers, so it’s solely relying on the air-filled tires to give it a good ride.
While I agree the Donkey is VERY easy to push and maneuver, I don’t find the push to be that much different from other all-terrain luxury strollers in its class.
And while we all concur that air-filled tires ride beautifully, as a practical matter, I hate that they need to be pumped up every month – and worse, they run the risk of running flat, which many reviewers complain of. If you get a bad rim, it’s a major hassle. The LAST THING you want to deal with after dropping this much money on a stroller are flat tires. For this reason, I prefer the forever air tires on something like the City Mini GT because I’d rather not deal with tire maintenance. But I’m lazy like that.
The Donkey also has the unique ability to be pulled along on two wheels through sloshy terrain, like sand or snow, by pushing the rear wheels forward and dragging it along. I’m not sure how practical this is, but the option is there if you want it. Folding & Carrying
My beef with this stroller is the fold. Folding the Donkey is a bit of a joke, as its folded size is still quite large. Yes, you can take all the seats and wheels off to get it down to a very small package, but who has time for that?
You can technically fold it with the seats on, but it’s pretty unwieldy. In the folding department, strollers like the Britax B-Ready and the City Mini GT make the Donkey look a bit silly in comparison.
* If you never have to fold the stroller, this is a moot point for you.
Bottom line: The Donkey is an innovative side-by-side with a nice ride, a sharp look, and incredible storage space (in singles mode ONLY). As a double, it’s still narrow and nimble, but the small seats won’t last you more than 3-4 years — and the storage is average. The folding is sloppy, so I would personally expect more for this price.
But for those seeking high style, a narrower side-by-side to easily get through doorways, and the need to handle challenging terrain, such as sand or snow, the Bugaboo Donkey is, in fact, a good pick. Is it worth nearly 3x the price of the Mountain Buggy Duet? My opinion is no, but if the cool style and double rear-facing are worth it to you, I’ll think you’ll be quite happy with it!
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