Uppababy Vista Stroller Review | 2021
• Very user friendly
• Multiple configuration options
• Can be easily converted into a double stroller
• Extremely large storage basket
• Heavy compared to other travel systems.
The UPPAbaby Vista is the cream of the crop for stroller systems. With tons of standard options and smart versatility that accommodate up to three children at a time, this is the only stroller you’ll ever need.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Characteristics of Uppababy Vista Double With Car Seat
Strollers are probably one of the most diverse categories of baby products on the market, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the different brands and styles. So just like you would with a car purchase, you really need to identify its features that you can’t live without: Do you want a couple (lightweight umbrella stroller)? A sedan (stroller)? An SUV (stroller system)? If you said yes to that third option, you will definitely want to consider the UPPAbaby Vista. After testing it, it is the Range Rover of stroller systems.
The Vista stroller system features an all-in-one frame that can interchangeably support a baby bassinet, car seat (with the proper adapter), or a child seat from birth to early years. With the purchase of a few additional accessories, we can transform it into a double stroller and even adapted to accommodate three children. At close to $900, there’s no denying that the Vista is a significant investment. But given its versatility, simplicity, and design, it’s likely to be with your family in the long run which could make it worth the price.
So what exactly is it that gets you that hefty price? A lot, actually. You get the super strong and sleek aluminum / magnesium frame, all-terrain wheels (the rear wheels are huge, no rain, sleet or snow will slow you down), baby bassinets, bassinets storage bag, toddler seat, Bumper Bar, Rain Shield, Bug Shield and, one of my favorite features, a hulking storage basket. You can spend hours running errands and filling the basket with all your purchases.
For some parents, a key selling point of UPPAbaby Vista is the inclusion of the baby bassinet. Not only does the Vista Crib Attachment allow you to comfortably transport your baby (up to 20 pounds), but it can also double as a home sleeping crib – it’s been tested and approved as a nighttime sleep solution. (FYI: This same crib can also be purchased separately for use with the UPPAbaby Cruz, Vista’s more compact sister stroller, starting at $190.) The interior of the crib is extremely cozy and luxurious, the airy mattress and ventilated canopy ensure the baby will not overheat, and the waterproof liner comes off easily in case of mishaps. Not having to buy an additional baby crib is a great space saver, especially in an already crowded apartment. If you’d like, you can purchase the folding crib stand ($150), which takes up the same amount of space as a drying rack, along with a basket insert to make it even more functional in a small room or nursery ($50).
If baby is not lying down (and many are not), UPPAbaby has a SnugSeat Infant Insert ($40) for the infant seat that allows newborns up to 21 pounds to safely travel on an incline. The cozy insert prevents baby’s head and neck from rolling. (Traditionally, most straight strollers are recommended for babies 6 months and up, as this is when they can sit without support.)
Vista’s ability to easily convert into a double stroller is really key if you plan to have over one child. You will only need to purchase a lower and upper adapter ($20 each) and a seat for your second child. The stroller can be configured in multiple configurations using the existing crib and toddler seat, and can also accommodate a car seat (the UPPAbaby Mesa car seat or select Maxi-Cosi and Chicco models), or the Rumbleseat itself from the brand ($170), which is like the toddler seat and works for children 3 months or up to 35 pounds or 36 inches. If you’re considering adding a third ring to the circus, there’s a PiggyBack board ($120) that attaches to the back of the stroller, allowing your older child to stand up.
The UPPAbaby Vista offers an incredibly smooth ride and easy maneuverability. Even as one of the largest single strollers on the market (measuring 26.5 inches wide), this baby takes corners like he’s on rails. I can carry my child around the first floor of my house without tripping over a single piece of furniture. It glides smoothly on flat pavement and is shock resistant on rougher terrain. My daughter never complains that the ride is bumpy.
That said, it’s wider than some other travel systems, like the sleek Bugaboo Cameleon or the Britax B-Agile, so it’s something to keep in mind if you’re primarily navigating narrow aisles, doors, and sidewalks. If you are a midget like me with a much taller husband, the telescopic handlebar allows you to adjust the height with the click of a button. It ranges from 39 inches to 43 inches. Another one of my favorite features is the easy-to-see, color-coded foot brake (red means stop; green means go), rather than a hard-to-reach side brake other strollers use.
Young children will delight in the forward and rear-facing seat with the 180 degree recline feature, which you can adjust with one hand. My 3-year-old daughter loves the fact that she can lie on her back and sleep if she’s tired, or sit upright or in a slightly reclined position depending on her mood. I love all it takes is the push of a button to adjust the seat or extend the bottom of the seat for maximum comfort for your child. The toddler seat canopy also has an open window you can open to view your child. It also has an extendable SPF 50+ sun cover on both the crib and child seat that blocks UV rays.
I have collected four strollers in the last five years and can honestly say that despite its size; the Vista is by far one of the easiest to ride. Sure, the enormous box looks intimidating – you immediately imagine throwing in an entire night to put it together and wonder why you ever had kids. But in less than 15 minutes, the Vista is ready to ready to go. The crib and the child seat come completely assembled with their respective extendable awnings; other stroller systems use the same canopy for both, and it is extremely annoying and difficult to switch between the two. Also, that they are both ventilated eliminates the need to purchase an additional “sun canopy”.
I also have the genius who designed the amazing storage basket to thank – it’s big and sturdy enough to hold just about anything you can take on your trip (up to 30 pounds), and it’s easy to access. Also, there is a built-in cup holder. But the Vista’s most ingenious design is its ability to fold in half without removing the toddler seat: Hallelujah! It is not a lightweight stroller (28 pounds, while some other popular travel system strollers range from 16.5 to 23 pounds), but its functionality and simplicity make it very easy to use. And last, in colors, we opted for black, but it’s also available in a variety of seven other options, including bright red, neutral wheat, and rich indigo.
The Vista is, hands down, the easiest-to-use stroller out there. It’s like UPPAbaby taking an inventory of all the best features of the different strollers on the market and merging them all into one. Many other stroller systems have similar options, but I don’t think any have the myriad of features that come standard as Vista does. Besides a car seat, a stroller is the only piece of equipment that needs to stand the test of time. The Vista offers a rugged and comfortable ride for your child (or children) that will make the ride a pleasure for both you and them.