Bugaboo vs UPPAbaby: Sturdy and Long-Lasting Strollers

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In my time spent on safari in the wilds of mommy groups, it seems I have found two camps: one in which I find myself. I belong to the camp where we mommies want one super-stroller that does it all, a stroller that is good for any situation, and one we can use for all of our kids for years…a good solid, investment stroller. 

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Because my full-time job is being mom to 2 precious daughters, and I know a thing or two about strollers. Besides personal experience, I get feedback from other moms who use these strollers every day and put all that research into our unbiased stroller buying guides

- Kyli

The other camp (the one for which I have serious stroller-envy [ha!]) is for mommies who have a different stroller on hand for any length of trip, type of errand, or any other number of scenarios…think Carrie Bradshaw’s closet, but for strollers!

mother kissing her daughter in uppababy stroller
Photo Credit: Alexis D. (UPPAbaby Vista)

A stroller is potentially one of the most costly baby-equipment items you will purchase, so you’ll want to make sure you are buying one that you will genuinely love and use, regardless of whether it’s your one and only, or your newest addition. 

With such a huge range of strollers available to choose from: different brands, styles, sizes, and so on, how can you be sure you’re picking the right one? Do you need an everyday stroller or one with all-terrain wheels? Does having a more comfortable ride or more compact storage matter more?

mother maneuvering bugaboo donke stroller in road
Photo Credit: Chanél Rees (Bugaboo Donke)

Well, we have your back! In this article, we’ll be taking a comparative look at the most popular models made by two of the most popular and reputable luxury stroller manufacturers of kid’s gear, UPPAbaby, and Bugaboo.  

First, let’s meet the manufacturers!

Bugaboo: Beautifully Designed, Built to Last a Lifetime

Bugaboo is a Netherlands-based company at the forefront of stroller design and development since 1999.

Now, this Dutch design company has outlets for its products in 50 different countries and online retailers. Bugaboo not only makes strollers but also play- yards, car seats, and other accessories, like this changing bag

The manufacturer works hard to create, test, and produce beautifully designed strollers that you can use every day and that will last for years.

UPPAbaby: Stylish, Practical, and Fun 

UPPAbaby is a U.S. manufacturer that has been making top-end kids’ gear since the 1980s. 

With a solid reputation for reliable strollers, you know that with UPPAbaby, you are getting a quality product.   

They also sell car seats and lots of accessories, like this bassinet stand which turns their optional add-on bassinet into an overnight option for Baby. 

Let’s take a closer look at some of the top strollers from each brand and compare them side-by-side in three categories: single, full-size strollers, single-to-double converting full-size strollers, and lightweight umbrellas strollers.

UPPAbaby Vs Bugaboo Full-Sized Single Strollers: Lynx v. Cruz

Bugaboo Lynx

Bugaboo Lynx Stroller
Photo Credit: Clare T. , Suffolk, England

Bugaboo has two full-sized single strollers, the Lynx and Bugaboo Fox 3. These two options from Bugaboo seemed relatively similar, but when comparing them next to UPPAbaby varieties, the Lynx is what I’ll be focusing on.

baby in lynx stroller
Photo Credit: Chanél Rees

The Lynx is the lightest full-size stroller option offered by Bugaboo. 

The Bugaboo bassinet or the Nuna car seat can be purchased separately, or the Nuna can be purchased as part of a bundle with the Lynx to accommodate the newborn stage, and they both attach right onto the chassis. 

There are other car seat compatible adapters available for Nuna or Maxi Cosi.

What’s Included:

The Lynx comes with the stroller frame, a sun canopy, rain shield, and the toddler stroller seat (and the seat fabric is machine washable.)

Measurements:

When folded, the Lynx measures  (L x W x H) 23.62″ x 23.62″ x 34.65 inches; 31.1″ x 23.62″ x 43.3 inches when in use (in singles, or mono, mode), and weighs a total of 20.7lbs.

Quick Points:

Parents seem to universally love the maneuverability and extra-large storage basket on the Lynx.

UPPAbaby Cruz V2

Uppababy Cruz 2
Photo Credit: Dakota C., Facebook

The lightweight Cruz V2 stroller is a full-sized single stroller that works best as a city stroller. There is a separate bassinet that you can purchase to adapt your Cruz to your newborn, which attaches right onto the frame. The mesa car seat will also attach right onto your Cruz without adapters.  However, there are adapters available for Maxi Cosi, Nuna, and Chico car seats.

“I have owned 5 different prams and the UPPAbaby is it for me.  The Cruz has been the all-around [winner].”

–Vanessa M., Sydney, NSW Australia

The UPPAbaby bassinet is also approved for overnight sleeping and, when paired with the bassinet stand, makes a great extra bed for your little, especially when traveling.  

What’s Included:

The Cruz V2 comes with the stroller frame, the toddler (Rumble seat), the rain shield, and the sun canopy. The seat fabric is removable, but the manual states to only spot clean instead of washing.  

Measurements:

When folded, the Cruz V2 measures 16.5″ L x 22.8″ W x 33″ H,  and when unfolded, it measures 37.5″ L x 22.8″ W x 40″ H, weighing in at 25.5lbs.

Quick Points:

Any UPPAbaby owner will tell you how easy they find the folding mechanism on the Cruz and how much they love the extendable canopy, which extends farther down than its competitors. 

Additionally, the Cruz V2 costs roughly $250 less than the Lynx. Read our full updated review of the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 here!  

Side by Side:

  • The Cruz V2 and Lynx both have large storage baskets under the seats: the Cruz basket has a 30lb weight carrying capacity, whereas the Lynx’s basket only holds up to 22lbs.
  • The Lynx sports a 2-wheel suspension system, but the Cruz offers all-wheel suspension.
  • Both stroller’s seats have multi-position reclining options in either seat position.
  • Both offer one-handed pushing capabilities.
  • Both have a standing fold.
  • Both have a mesh, peekaboo window in the included sun canopy.
  • Neither have a cupholder or organizer included.
  • Both have the optional ride-along board to purchase separately. The Bugaboo Comfort Wheeled Board or the UPPAbaby Piggyback Ridealong.
  • Both strollers are suited for children up to 50lbs and only for newborns with additional accessories.

UPPAbaby Vs Bugaboo Single-to-Double Converting Strollers: Donkey v. Vista

Bugaboo Donkey (V3 and 5)

Bugaboo Donkey Strollers (V3 and 5)
Photo Credit: (Top photos) Chels Hanlon; (Bottom photos) Chanél Rees

We first need to address that there are multiple Donkey stroller versions; the first which came out in 2011 through the Donkey 3 from 2020 (currently 20% off at the time of writing this article on the Bugaboo website), and the Donkey 5 from 2022 (like it just became available to buy). 

I will be talking about them interchangeably, for the most part, pointing out any key differences as we go. The Donkey 3 has been tried and tested, but the manufacturer’s website only has readily available info on the new Donkey 5, as I imagine they will be discontinuing the 3 soon.  

The Bugaboo Donkey is a convertible stroller, which means you can use it in mono (singles) mode or as a double stroller. The frame is built as a double, so you can use the extra space as additional storage if you use it as a single stroller. 

A second seat or bassinet will attach right on when you are ready for a duo-mode stroller. The under-seat basket can hold up to an impressive 44lbs…which is a ton of baby gear!

They are sold in bundles as a mono, duo, or twin package. The Mono is set up for single use, with side basket storage, but can be converted to a double with the purchase of an extension set.

The Duo package is ready for two children of different ages, and the Twin package is for…well, twins. I’ll specify what exactly is included with each below, but honestly, it’s a little confusing. I even had to reach out to their customer support for clarification…and hadn’t heard back from them after a week.  Thankfully, a Donkey-user on Facebook was gracious enough to clarify it for me.

A Nuna car seat will attach right onto the frame, making it appropriate for newborns (unless you have the newborn inlay), or you can buy separate adapters for Maxi Cosi or Chicco car seats.

What’s Included: 

All of the Donkey stroller packages come with the stroller frame, sun canopy, rain shields, and storage baskets. 

The Donkey Mono package comes with a single seat frame, but the seat fabrics to switch from bassinet to toddler seat. 

The Duo package comes with two seat frames, two toddler seat fabrics, and one bassinet fabric.  The Twin package also has two seat frames but fabrics for twin bassinets or twin toddler seats. 

Measurements:  

When unfolded in Mono-mode, the Donkey 5  measures (HxWxL) 40″ X 23.6″ X 43.7″ (depending on handlebar height adjustment). The measurement differences are relatively minimal between the 3 and the 5, having identical widths in Mono-mode.

The full product in Mono-mode of the Donkey 5 weighs 27lbs (give or take <1lb between the 3 and the 5) and about 32.8lbs when in Duo or Twin mode.

Quick Points:   

The Donkey seems universally loved by all who have one. Its maneuverability, customizable fabrics,  and versatility (it can still convert to a triple stroller with the purchase of the ride-along board) are very popular selling points among parents. 

The biggest downside is its high price point and the fact that it’s a side-by-side double stroller which is only a detractor to those who prefer the stacking style of double strollers.

UPPAbaby Vista V2

UPPAbaby Vista V2 Strollers
Photo Credit (From top left, clockwise): Jenna O. -Connecticut; Vanessa M. -New Jersey; Nina Centofanti – Dallas, TX; Vanessa M. -New Jersey

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 stroller is a stacking, convertible stroller that can be used as a single, double, or triple stroller with the added ride-along board

It is very lightweight, so it is excellent for traveling. The leg rest, canopy height, and handles are all adjustable. The MESA infant car seat attaches directly onto the stroller frame, but there are adapters available for Maxi Cosi, Nuna, and Chicco car seats, as well.

The reversible toddler seat and bassinet can face either direction and the under-seat storage basket can carry up to 30lbs.

What’s Included:

The Vista comes with the frame, a bassinet, which is suitable for up to 20lbs, the reversible seat, which can be used up to 50lbs, the rain shield, the bug net, UPF 50+ sun visor, travel bag, and a bug shield for the bassinet.

Measurements:

When folded, the Vista measures  (L x W x H) 17.3″ x 25.7″ x 33.3″ and 36″ x 25.7″ x 39.5″ when in use (in singles mode). It weighs a total of 20.7lbs.

Quick Points: 

You can read our full review and specs of the Vista here. Like the Cruz, parents love the extendable sun visor and the versatility in single to double to triple mode, and that the seats can face either direction.

Side-By-Side:

  • Both strollers can be used in single or double stroller mode, and have separate ride-along board options for a third, older child.
  • The Vista is a double stacking stroller, whereas the Donkey is a side-by-side double stroller.
  • Both strollers have a weight limit of up to 50lbs per toddler seat.
  • Vista has a standing fold; the Donkey does not.
  • The Donkey has a more heavy stroller weight than the Vista, by almost 10lbs.
  • The donkey under-seat storage basket can hold 44lbs; the Vista basket can hold up to 30lbs.
  • Both offer one-handed pushing capabilities.
  • Both have a mesh, peekaboo window in the included sun canopy.
  • Neither have a cupholder or organizer included.
  • The Vista’s adjustable handlebars are great for tall parents. 
  • Both strollers offer multiple seating positions.
  • In a Facebook poll on which stroller was preferred as a convertible, single to double stroller, 65% chose the Donkey, and only 4% chose the Vista.

“Donkey!  Because, like the Vista, it has many different seating configurations while still being somewhat compact, but the under basket is lacking. They tried to make up for it with the side basket in single-mode, but in duo mode (when you have more to carry) the under basket is harder to get to. The push [on the Donkey] is amazing, though!”

–Kate L., Chicago IL

UPPAbaby Vs Bugaboo Umbrella Strollers: Bee v. Minu

Bugaboo Bee

Bugaboo Bee Stroller
Photo Credit: Chels Hanlon

The Bugaboo Bee is a  lightweight stroller: a city stroller, through and through.  It’s suitable from 6 months to 4 years old, or from birth with the newborn inlay.

Its compact size makes it great for storage in your trunk or the hall closet, and it features a standing fold. 

The under-seat stroller basket size is unimpressive, as it can only hold 8.8 lbs.  The Bee also has all-wheel suspension, which lends to its super smooth ride.

What’s Included:

The Bee comes with the stroller chassis, seat, rain cover, sun visor, and adapters for the Nuna car seat.

Measurements:

When folded, the Bee measures 35.43″ L x 18.5″ W x 14.17″ H,  and when unfolded (with the highest handlebar setting), it measures 39.7″ L x 20.8″ W x 42.91″ H, weighing in at 25.5lbs

Quick Points:

The Bugaboo Bee is compact and perfect for city use, including rougher pavement with its all-wheel suspension. 

The Bugaboo Ant is the most compact stroller, easily fitting into overhead storage bins on airplanes and only weighing in at a total of 16lbs. However, I had one mom compare the feeling of pushing the Ant to a doll’s toy stroller! 

It is best suited to city sidewalks. With that, the Bee seemed like the better choice for daily errands, unless a lot of air miles are a deciding factor for you.

Bugaboo Ant Stroller
Photo Credit: Chanél Rees

UPPAbaby Minu

baby sleeping in uppababy minu stroller
Photo Credit: Sasha K., Nevada

The UPPAbaby Minu is classified as a city stroller. Not as compact or lightweight as the UPPAbaby G-Luxe or G-Lite (follow those links for full reviews), but it is still a great umbrella stroller and most comparable to the Bee, especially in terms of features. 

Like all UPPAbaby strollers, it’s compatible with Mesa car seats, Chicco Maxi Cosi, or Nuna’s with separate adapters. It’s also suitable from birth, as the UPPAbaby bassinet can attach directly to it.

The Minu features a super easy one-hand standing fold and has a convenient carry strap attached.  It can hold up to 50lbs and sports a large storage basket under the seat with a 20lb carrying capacity.

What’s Included:

The Minu comes with a  stroller frame, a sunshade, and a storage bag.

Measurements:

The compact fold measurements of the Minu are  (L x W x H) 11.5″ x 20.5″ x 23″;  35.5″ x 20.5″ x 41 inches when in use, and weighs a total of 14.8lbs.

Quick Points:

Parents love the smooth push and compact size of the Minu. One mom even said that the Minu was “a game-changer.” The large storage basket and standing fold set it apart from other city strollers.

Side By Side 

  • Both the Minu and the Bee are lightweight strollers, great for city use, and compact enough for easy storage.
  • The Bee’s storage basket can only hold a little over 8lbs, whereas the Minu still maintains the full-size stroller’s ability to carry up to 20lbs.
  • Both strollers sport an all-wheel suspension system.
  • The seat fabric on the Bee is machine washable, whereas the Minu’s fabric is removable, but it does not explicitly say it can or cannot be machine washed, only saying to spot clean.
  • The Bee, but not the Minu, has adjustable handlebars for parents.
  • Both stroller’s seats have multi-position recline.
  • The seat on the Bee is reversible, but in the Minu, a child can only be parent-facing while using the bassinet.
  • Both strollers have a standing fold, with the Minu being a slightly easier fold.
  • Neither is suited from birth without a separately purchased infant inlay.
  • Both strollers have a convenient carry strap, and both come with a sun visor.
  • The Minu comes with a travel/storage bag, but the Bee has car seat adapters for Nuna car seats.

Final Thoughts

Well, there is no K.O. luxury stroller winner in the Bugaboo Vs UPPAbaby fight.  

Both Bugaboo and UPPAbaby strollers are very highly rated, very popular, and well-established brands with good reputations among parents. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong with either choice. With that being said, however, it will come down to which features you prefer in a pram…or down to the price tag, as Bugaboo strollers do tend to come with a considerably hefty price tag.

Both brands have a preferred car seat companion, as well, which may influence some parents’ decisions if you already have a UPPAbaby Mesa or a Bugaboo compatible Nuna.de45er.

A lot of parents actually use both, but for different purposes. One mom said that the ride-along board for the Bugaboo is better because it has the seat option, but the UPPAbaby bassinets are nicer, as they’re approved for overnight use.

“I have a Vista and a Donkey.   If you have one child and don’t plan to use it as a double,  the Vista is awesome! [But, my] Donkey is preferred when I need to use it for 2+ kids. “

–Kari L., Alexandria, VA

You’ll find loyalists on both sides of the board, as well.

“Bugaboo hands down.  It pushes like butter!”

–Jen B., Charlottesville, VA

“UPPAbaby.  Bugaboo is way too complicated to fold, in my opinion”

–Rachael from Facebook

“Bugaboo.  I like the wheels better [and] I like the harness much, much better.”

–TK, Pomona, NY

From what I’ve seen and heard, it appears that UPPAbaby is more feature-rich, includes more goodies (who doesn’t love goodies?!), and is less expensive. I truly find information about the UPPAbaby line much easier to come by. I HATE the Bugaboo website… it’s pretty and flashy but difficult to make sense of real information. It’s like you need to be in a secret Bugaboo club to understand it. But I digress; this is not a website review. On paper, UPPAbaby is the winner.

In real life, though, it’s not as clear-cut. Many parents seem to prefer the Bugaboo strollers for their superior maneuverability and customizable design options. The 100-day trial money-back guarantee from the company when you purchase through them is a huge bonus!

Now that you’ve read our comparison of UPPAbaby and Bugaboo single full-sized strollers, convertible strollers, and regular, lightweight umbrella strollers, you’ll be better informed as to which model would be the best fit for your family and your lifestyle.

Whichever brand of popular luxury stroller you ultimately go for, you can be confident that your purchase will be well-made, feature-packed, safe, reliable, and from a trusted company with years of baby gear under their belt.

Or choose both…because, like me, you can’t make up your mind!

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