While some reviewers feel the luxury UppaBaby Vista functions better as a single than a double, this stroller is also top-rated for its ability to carry two children of different ages with the optional RumbleSeat (*Est. $100), as well as a third child with the optional PiggyBack standing board (*Est. $90). The RumbleSeat doesn't recline and is small, but this is one luxurious ride.
Features that swaddle your child in security. The UppaBaby Vista has a five-point, padded harness and swing-away bumper bar on the main seat and a five-point harness on the optional RumbleSeat (*Est. $100). The rear wheels lock with one step; the front ones can be locked so they don't swivel.
The bassinet (suitable from birth to 6 months) and main seat (suitable from 3 months to 50 pounds) attach securely to the stroller base with red/green indicators to ensure a safe attachment. For parents who want to use the seat for an infant, the optional Infant SnugSeat (*Est. $35) insert should be used to safely cradle the baby. With the insert, the seat is suitable for newborns to 21 pounds. The bassinet and mattress are made from hypoallergenic and antimicrobial materials.
The bassinet, main seat and optional RumbleSeat all have canopies which adjust up or down to accommodate different heights, and the ones on the bassinet and main seat have an additional pull-out sun shield. Parents say the canopy on the optional RumbleSeat is a bit skimpy. The included rain and bug shields supplement the huge canopies in protecting children from the elements.
A smooth ride. The UppaBaby Vista is very easy to push and highly maneuverable -- even with the second seat attached. Its foam and rubber wheels and front suspension make it a great choice for maneuvering over grass, playground materials or bumpy sidewalks, even though this is not considered a true all-terrain stroller. Its components are easy to switch out.
The UppaBaby Vista is not easy to fold -- it takes two hands -- and cannot be folded with the RumbleSeat on, though it is self-locking and self-standing.
Best for shorter hauls. If you're already using the UppaBaby Vista as a single, investing in the optional RumbleSeat can save you from buying a double stroller. But while the single version is made for long walks, in double mode the UppaBaby Vista is best for shorter treks (to the park, the mall, or in theme parks where kids are in and out of the stroller a lot) because kids can't nap in the non-reclining RumbleSeat, something many parent reviewers complain about.
The main seat of the UppaBaby Vista accommodates up to 50 pounds and easily reverses direction to face forward or rear. The bassinet snaps in and out smoothly and is vented for comfort. The RumbleSeat accommodates up to 35 pounds and can only face front. The optional PiggyBack (*Est. $90) standing platform can be handy, allowing the second (or even a third child) to hitch a ride in front or back. But again, reviewers point out that this is only good for shorter walks or places where the child will be hopping on and off. It's very easy to get children in and out of the stroller, though you'll have to bend down to retrieve them from the RumbleSeat.
At 25 pounds, the UppaBaby Vista is heavy and bulky when folded. The suburban parent who has to drive everywhere may find it exhausting to lift in and out of car trunks. The urban parent can't possibly take it on public transportation or haul it up several flights of stairs. In addition, a number of reviewers point out that it's almost impossible to shop with because it's so large it does not navigate well in smaller stores, takes up a lot of room in restaurants and is an even bigger challenge in places like dressing rooms and waiting rooms.
Parents do appreciate the adjustable handle -- which accommodates short and tall drivers.
The very large basket means a parent who walks to their errands has plenty of room to transport packages, although the cup holder (*Est. $25) and parent organizer (*Est. $25) are sold separately. The stroller is adaptable to a number of car seats with optional infant car seat adapters (price varies depending upon brand).
Prompt response. The UppaBaby Vista is covered by a two-year, limited warranty. Customer service is accessible and responsive.
Review Credibility: Excellent In their most recent annual picks of top double strollers, Babble.com editors call the UppaBaby Vista one of the most popular luxury convertible stroller systems -- and a great value for its versatility. It goes from single to double with ease, and with the optional UppaBaby RumbleSeat (*Est. $100) and optional PiggyBack (*Est. $90) standing platform, it can even be used for three children at once. It has well-designed features like a well-ventilated bassinet, extendable handlebar, reversible seat with one-handed flat recline, full-coverage canopies and a gigantic storage basket. But a drawback is that the second RumbleSeat doesn't recline or fold with the seat.
Review: Babble Blogger Favorites: Top Double Strollers of 2012, Michelle Horton, Dec. 3, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent Editors of iVillage.com and parent reviewers rated the UppaBaby Vista 2012 with RumbleSeat 4 out of 5 stars, calling it a sleek and sophisticated stroller that easily converts from single to double with the separately sold RumbleSeat (*Est. $100).
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Double Strollers of 2012. Which One Should You Buy?, Kate Bayless, June 14, 2012
3. Canadian Family
Review Credibility: Excellent Canadian Family readers help editors rate the best strollers that convert from single to double, listing both pros and cons of the UppaBaby Vista. The parent tester of twins likes that the main seat reverses so children can either face her or each other, and feels the stadium-style seating makes the stroller narrower and not as long as other inline models. She finds it fairly easy to push, but says folding was complicated. She also wishes the RumbleSeat reclined.
Review: Family Tested: The Best Single-to-Double Strollers, Editors of Canadian Family magazine, Summer 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz gives viewers a thorough overview of the UppaBaby Vista, noting the improvements on the 2012 version of the UppaBaby Vista include a fifth recline position; vented, adjustable canopy; and improved shock absorbers. She's a big fan of the UppaBaby Vista's luxury features. In testing with her own children, she notes the harness buckle is easy to undo but says it's super comfortable.
Review: Baby Gizmo Spotlight Review: UppaBaby Vista 2012 Stroller, Hollie Schultz, March 1, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good While Amazon.com reviewers generally praise the UppaBaby Vista as a single, they're not as pleased with its performance as a double. It scores an average of 3.3 stars in over 30 reviews. Users say the optional RumbleSeat is handy, but wish it reclined for napping, and feel that kids can outgrow it easily. Still, reviewers think it's a good option for those already using the UppaBaby Vista as a single but need space for an additional child. The add-on RumbleSeat can help save you from buying a new double stroller.
Review: UppaBaby Vista Rumble Seat, Contributors to Amazon.com, December 2012
Review Credibility: Good Parenting magazine editors pick the UppaBaby Vista for its ability to function as a single, double or even a triple with the addition of the optional RumbleSeat and PiggyBack ride board. And they love that it's made with eco-friendly materials -- the bassinet is made of soybean fibers, and its mattress is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial.
Review: Our Favorite New Single, Double and Travel Strollers, Melanie Monroe Rosen, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good The mom who writes this blog is a self-described stroller junkie and mom of eight children (most recently, triplets and a 2 year old). She tells how she turns her existing UppaBaby Vista into a double/triple by adding the optional RumbleSeat and PiggyBack riding board.
Review: What TSG Is Rocking (and Rolling) Lately…., "The Stroller Girl", Oct. 25, 2012