Valco Baby introduced the Spark earlier this year. This is a 3-n-1 versatile stroller that sports a toddler seat that transforms into a bassinet/carrycot without any additional fabric or frame needed. This newborn to toddler stroller has great luxury features that can be considered for your one and only stroller (if you don’t jog, that is!).
The Spark seat accommodates up to 44 lbs (about a 4 year old). It measures 12″ wide, with a 19″ seat back and a measurement of 26″ from back of seat to top of canopy. A padded, adjustable, 5-point harness complete with great Valco buckle keeps your little rider safely in the seat and the removable, swing-away bumper bar gives them something to hold onto or a place to hang toys. The seat sports a 3-position recline that needs two hands and reverses so that your child can parent-face or face out at the world.
The crème de la crème of the Spark is that the seat transforms to a luxurious bassinet for a newborn. I love the fact that you don’t have to swap out frames or fabrics or even store a big bulky bassinet when you are done with it. The seat is an all-in-one type of seat. Love that! Plus, it is super easy to turn into a bassinet.
Finally, the stroller comes with a boot to use in bassinet or toddler seat mode to keep your little one’s body covered from the elements.
Underneath the seat is a large, deep basket that you can access through a Velcro window on the back, zippers on the sides or from the front.
The Spark has a large, full-coverage canopy that has three panels to sufficiently shade your child and a mesh peek-a-boo window to sneak a peek. The window has a cover but it does have a little strip of Velcro that we would love to see replaced by a magnetic closure in the future.
Since not all parents are the same height, Valco added an adjustable (up and down but not telescoping!) handlebar that adjusts from 39″ to 42″ from ground to handle. I found that it is perfect for my height (5’5) and would be perfect for most parents.
The stroller rolls on 10″ air-filled tires in the back and 9″ hard rubber wheels in the front. The front wheels are 360 degree swivel wheels that can lock straight for minor all-terrain surfaces. The rear air-filled tires combined with rear-wheel suspension give the Spark a super smooth ride and easy maneuverability. A one-step brake bar in back locks the stroller into place.
The fold on the Spark is easy to do but you do need two hands. You can fold it with the seat in either direction but you’ll get the most compact fold if you remove the seat all together.
There are a bunch of accessories sold separately for the Spark. There are car seat adapters to turn it into a travel system using a Graco, Peg Perego, Britax, Chicco and Maxi Cosi infant car seats. It also accepts the Valco Hitchhiker, cup holder, raincover, foot muff, stroller caddy and All Sorts Seat Pad.
Overall, I love that the reversible stroller seat turns from toddler seat to bassinet, the canopy is huge, the rear air-tires and suspension give it a smooth ride and the large basket is easy to access. The Valco Baby Spark retails for $500 which is pretty much on par for a 3-in-1 luxury stroller.