Described by one reviewer as "part SUV, part sports car," the UppaBaby Vista is a big stroller that will cradle your baby 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. It's heavy and has a two-handed fold, so it may not be best for the suburban parent who needs to lift it in and out of a trunk.
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 attach securely to the stroller base with red/green indicators to assure a safe attachment. For parents who want to use the seat with a newborn, the optional Infant SnugSeat (Est. $35) insert should be used. The bassinet and mattress are made from hypoallergenic and antimicrobial materials. It has one-touch, linked brakes, and the wheels can swivel or lock for extra stability. One expert test reveals a low backward tip-over weight, so parents need to be extra cautious about not hanging items from the handlebars.
Mostly simple, but a two-handed fold. The UppaBaby Vista is very easy to push and highly maneuverable. It's not difficult to fold or unfold, but it requires two hands. It locks and stands when folded. The seat reverses with ease, and the bassinet snaps in and out smoothly. It has a five-position, easy, one-handed recline. The fabric is removable and washable, and the mattress comes out for airing or cleaning. The handlebar has a one-touch adjustment. The wheel and brake levers operate with a simple touch of a button. It's easy to get children in and out of the stroller when it's in any configuration.
A triple threat. The UppaBaby Vista is suitable from birth with the included bassinet or the optional SnugSeat (Est. $35); the seat can be used from 3 months to 50 pounds. It's compatible with several car seats. A RumbleSeat (Est. $99) can be added to carry two toddlers, or one infant and one toddler. A PiggyBack (Est. $90) can attach to the back of the stroller to allow an older child to stand -- even with the RumbleSeat attached -- making it a stroller that will carry three children. Reviewers say the wheels are so durable, and the frame so sturdy, that it's still easy to push with the extra weight.
A big stroller, fit for a walking lifestyle. Reviewers say the UppaBaby Vista is a great choice for the parent who walks a lot. It has a large, accessible basket with plenty of room to transport packages or kid's toys and necessities. The canopy has a nearly full-coverage sun shade with SPF+50 fabric. One thing parents really love is the adjustable handle. At nearly 26 pounds, it's heavy and may be difficult to lift into car trunks -- and very little else may fit in the car trunk with it. The cup holder (Est. $25) and parent organizer (Est. $25) are sold separately.
1. Baby Bargains
"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
The UppaBaby Vista is one of two Editors' Choice winners, coming in second out of 21 strollers tested, just behind the Bob Revolution SE. It earns an overall score of 75 out of 100. Spurrier says it receives high ratings for ease of use, maneuverability and quality. Cons are its weight and low backwards tip-over weight.
Review: UppaBaby Vista Review, Juliet Spurrier, MD, Nov. 27, 2013
More than 65 reviewers give the UppaBaby Vista an overall average of 4.6 stars out of 5. Owners say it's sturdy and comfortable and they love the reversible seat. Most say the fold is easy once you master it. A few note that it's heavy and hard to store.
Review: UppaBaby Vista Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2014
The UppaBaby Vista makes this list of the top 20 strollers of 2012 as "Best Birth to Preschool Stroller." Bayless says it's highly maneuverable, and she loves the huge canopy and basket. The parent tester praises its sleek, modern look and great maneuverability and says it easily fits through doorways.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Strollers of 2012. Which One Should You Buy?, Kate Bayless, Jan. 17, 2013
Hollie Schultz exhaustively reviews the changes made to the UppaBaby Vista on the 2012 model (the most recent version). She notes that it's easy to use, has great safety and comfort features, and an adjustable handlebar. She particularly likes the full coverage canopy and quiet, magnetic closures for the peek-a-boo window.
Review: Baby Gizmo UppaBaby Vista 2012 Review, Hollie Schultz, March 1, 2012
6. New York Family
The UppaBaby Vista is included in this roundup of the best strollers of 2013. The review is brief and is just an overview of the stroller's features. There is no mention of testing or explanation of how or why any of the strollers were chosen for inclusion.
Review: The Wheel Deal: Our Annual Guide to the Best Strollers of 2013, Editors of NewYorkFamily.com, Not dated