Described by one reviewer as "part SUV, part sports car," the UppaBaby Vista is a big stroller that'll take your baby from infancy through childhood in plush comfort. It's pricey, but like the best SUVs, it comes with all the luxury touches that make a ride more pleasant and comfortable.
Features that swaddle your child in security. The UppaBaby Vista has a five-point, padded harness and swing-away bumper bar. The bassinet and seat -- suitable from birth to 6 months and from 3 months to 50 pounds, respectively -- attach securely to the stroller base with red/green indicators to assure a safe attachment. For parents with infants, the optional Infant SnugSeat (*Est. $35) insert should be used to safely cradle the baby, making the seat suitable for newborns to 21 pounds. The bassinet and mattress are made from hypoallergenic and antimicrobial materials.
It has its good and bad points. The UppaBaby Vista is very easy to push and highly maneuverable, and its foam and rubber wheels help it navigate over more challenging terrain. It's not easy to fold, however, and is heavy and bulky once folded, making it hard to lift into car trunks. It does lock when folded, which keeps it from opening back up and allows it to stand. Its two-handed fold may also pose a problem for parents who must hold their baby while trying to fold a stroller.
On the upside, the Vista's seat reverses with ease, and the bassinet snaps in and out smoothly. It also has a five-position, one-handed recline, and the handlebar can be adjusted with a single touch. The seat fabric is removable and washable, and the mattress comes out for airing or cleaning. The stroller's one-touch, linked rear brakes activate with a lever; wheels can swivel or lock, also with a touch of a button. Users find it very easy to get children in and out of the stroller in any configuration.
A big stroller, fit for a walking lifestyle. It's hard to say where the UppaBaby Vista fits, lifestyle-wise. The suburban parent who must drive everywhere may find it exhausting to lift it in and out of car trunks while running errands, not to mention that very little else may fit in the trunk with it. The urban parent couldn't possibly take it on public transportation or haul it up several flights of stairs. Reviewers add that the stroller's large size doesn't 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.
The people who seem to really love this stroller are those who do a lot of walking; apparently they don't live in walkups, and either have a place to park it or don't have to carry it far once folded. While the very large basket has plenty of room to transport packages during errands, the cup holder (*Est. $25) and parent organizer (*Est. $25) are sold separately.
The UppaBaby Vista's rubber wheels and front suspension make it a great choice for maneuvering over grass, playground materials or bumpy sidewalks. Its huge canopy with extendable sunshade protects a child from the sun, and the included rain shield and bug shield keep away bad weather and mosquitoes. The bassinet is fully vented for comfort, and the canopy with its mesh peek-a-boo window even adjusts for smaller or larger children. The stroller can accommodate a number of car seats with the optional infant car seat adapters (*Est. $30-$40).
An adjustable handle makes this a good fit for shorter or taller parents. The stroller also fits children from very small to very large, up to 50 pounds. With an optional RumbleSeat (*Est. $100) and/or PiggyBack (*Est. $90) standing platform, it can provide brief travel for two or even three children. However, it isn't considered a double or triple stroller.
Limited warranty for a three-figure stroller. The UppaBaby Vista is covered by a two-year, limited warranty.
The UppaBaby Vista is a beautiful, luxurious stroller that offers a comfortable ride for years. Its versatility, durability and maneuverability means it won't be exhausting to take on a long walk, for either the parent or the child. Parents with limited upper-body strength who have to drive everywhere may not find this to be the best choice, but if the Vista fits in with your lifestyle and fits in your trunk, it may be the only stroller you ever need.
1. Baby Bargains
Excellent "Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. Authors Denise and Alan Fields conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. Their section on strollers is detailed and offers a wealth of useful information. Both the UppaBaby brand in general and the Vista are reviewed and rated against dozens of other popular strollers.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
2. Which? magazine
Very good Editors of Which? magazine give thorough reviews of all 32 strollers they deem to be "Best Buys," including the UppaBaby Vista. Maneuverability, ease of use, convenience and safety are taken into account. Quite a few owners provide feedback, as well.
Review: Pushchairs: Best Buys, Editors of Which? magazine, As of Aug. 2012
3. Good Housekeeping
Very good The UppaBaby Vista earns a B+ rating in this test of 36 strollers by the engineers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI). There are no safety issues noted, and the stroller gets points for its maneuverability and height adjustments. However, editors note that it can be tough to fold and to carry when folded.
Review: UppaBaby Vista Stroller, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Nov. 2010
Very good Reviews are thorough and focused, and examine the pros and cons of each stroller. In the case of the Vista, this reviewer actually owns one; she posts both a detailed initial review and a 2-months-later follow-up. She calls the Vista too big to take some places due to its wide wheelbase. Its fold is deemed difficult, and its heavy weight makes it hard to lift into a car trunk. It also doesn't fit well in the trunk of her car, even though it's a larger vehicle. She does, however, like the Vista's large basket, spacious seat and easy push.
Review: TSG Review of the UppaBaby Vista, "Nikki", Nov. 29, 2011
Very good The UppaBaby Vista earns 4.3 stars out of 5 in more than 150 owner reviews. Those who rate it lower cite the difficult fold, its size (too big) and how hard it is to lift when folded. The majority love the Vista, touting its durability, easy push, baby bassinet and very large storage basket. The adjustable handle and reversible seat also earn raves. However, even fans of the stroller say you need a big trunk if you want to transport it; the Vista seems to be most popular with city folk who walk a lot.
Review: UppaBaby Vista Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Aug. 2012
Good Schultz is an obvious fan of the UppaBaby Vista. The 2012 model gets a thorough review, but there's no mention of cons, so we have to rate this video lower than we usually do BabyGizmo.com reviews.
Review: UppaBaby Vista 2012 Review, Hollie Schultz, Feb. 29, 2012
7. Canadian Family
Good The UppaBaby Vista is named best overall in this roundup of nine top stroller picks. Martell says it can handle any terrain and works from birth to larger children. Moms love the reversible seat. Although there no negatives are noted, the sheer size of the stroller is hinted at in the description, "part SUV, part sports car."
Review: The 9 Best Single Strollers of 2011, Ali Martell, 2011