What are the differences of the Bugaboo Donkey vs Valco Baby Spark?

The Bugaboo Donkey and the Valco Baby Spark are really similar in concept. Both strollers have the ability to have the seats of the stroller facing forward, backward, one in each direction, and the ability to use bassinets. This feature makes it a perfect option for most moms needing more than one seat in their stroller. If you’ve go twins (sorry, they have to go first, I’m crazy about multiples) you can start off with two bassinets and graduate to two toddler seats that can either face you or the big wide world. Or, if you’d like you can have one bassinet with one toddler seat facing either direction. This is great for the mom of singles (yeah, so boring… right? :)). If you’ve got a bigger kid that needs a toddler seat facing forward and have a little one too, you can have the baby’s seat facing you or even use the bassinet. Basically, if you’ve got more than one little set of feet, these strollers can be combined in all different configurations to suit just your need. Now back to the original question… The Bugaboo Donkey vs Valco Baby Spark. Well, the obvious difference is the price. The Bugaboo Donkey costs anywhere between $1199 and $1865 (without accessories), whereas the Valco Baby Spark is normally $774.99, on sale now for $697.50 (without accessories). But why? What makes the Donkey so much more expensive? For starters, the Donkey has the name of Bugaboo behind it. It’s the elite in baby gear. Aside from being a fashion symbol, the resale value of the stroller is much higher because of the Bugaboo name. That’s a BIG consideration if you are planning on selling it when you are done with it. Another thing to consider is that the Donkey acts not only as a duo or twin stroller, but it is convertible to a mono, a feature the Spark does not have. With the Spark you can by it in a single version (retails for $500, on sale now for $449.99), but there is no option of turning the single into a double and vice versa. If you want both, you’ve gotta buy both. Depending on how much storage space you have, that really may be worth it. If you add the current price of the Sparks it totals to $1147.49, which is more than the cheapest Donkey option. But, with the Donkey, if you buy the mono version you can buy the kit to expand it to a duo and twin at a later time. Additionally, you can get the duo option without the twin options which makes it less expensive. For more info on the differences in the strollers and what accessories come with and are available for each stroller, see the chart below. To compare Donkey strollers click here. To compare Spark strollers click here.

Spark Duo Donkey Duo Donkey Twin
Dimensions DxWxH 41 x 28 x 29.5 32 x 29 x 33-42 32 x 29 x 33-42
Wheels 8″ Front/10″ Rear 10″ Front/12″ Rear 10″ Front/12″ Rear
Stroller Weight 23.8 lbs 33 lbs 33 lbs
Weight Capacity 40 lbs per seat 75 lbs per seat 75 lbs per seat
Minimum Age Newborn Newborn Newborn
Adjustable Handles Yes Yes Yes
Recline Flat 3 3
Bassinet/Toddler Seat 2/2 1/2 2/2
Car Seat Adaptable Graco, Peg Perego, Chicco/Maxi Cosi Maxi Cosi, Graco, Chicco, Britax Maxi Cosi, Graco, Chicco, Britax
Reversible Seat Yes Yes Yes
Convertible No Yes Yes
Color Options Black Out, Sterling, Strawberry 45 Combinations 45 Combinations
Included in the Box Spark Duo Chassis, 2 Spark Seats/Bassinets, 2 Bootcovers, 2 Bassinet Inlays Chassis, 2 Seats, Bumper Bar, 2 Rain Covers, Side Storage Basket, 1 Bassinet Base, 1 Bassinet Apron, 2 Sun Canopies Chassis, 2 Seats, Bumper Bar, 2 Rain Covers, Side Storage Basket, 2 Bassinet Bases, 2 Bassinet Aprons, 2 Sun Canopies
Available Accessories Car Seat Adapters, Caddy, Hitch Hiker, Cup Holders (Universal & Bevi Buddy), Tire Pump, Stroller Liner, Footmuffs (Reece, White, Snug), Snack Pack Bassinet Base, Tailored Fabric Sets (Regular & Extendable), Sun Canopies (Regular & Extendable), Car Seat Adapters, Wheeled Board & Adapter, Parasol, Seat Liner, Footmuff, Snack Tray, Cup Holder, Organizer, Travel Bag, Blanket, Mattress Cover, Bags Bassinet Base, Tailored Fabric Sets (Regular & Extendable), Sun Canopies (Regular & Extendable), Car Seat Adapters, Wheeled Board & Adapter, Parasol, Seat Liner, Footmuff, Snack Tray, Cup Holder, Organizer, Travel Bag, Blanket, Mattress Cover, Bags
Price $697.50 (was $774.99) $1499.00-$1699.00 $1659.00-$1865.00