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UPPAbaby Vista Double Review
Price: $1,090.00 List | $1,059.98 at Amazon
Pros: Accepts two car seats, great storage, quality materials
Cons: Heavy and harder to lift, higher price
Bottom line: Versatile seating stroller that grows with your family and is easy to maneuver
The UPPAbaby Vista is a versatile stroller for multiple children. This inline stroller has a variety of seating configuration options including two infant car seats, two toddler seats, two bassinets, and various combinations of both. The Vista offers a giant storage bin with a 30 lb weight capacity, a telescoping adjustable handlebar, a self-standing fold, and giant canopies. This stroller performed well in our tests and impressed us with its sleek styling, ease-of-use, and maneuverability. We think the UPPAbaby Vista double is a great stroller for parents with multiple children, whether they are twins or children of different ages. This quality stroller has what it takes to stand the test of time no matter what children dish out, and we think parents and passengers will love this stroller and everything it has to offer. This is why the UPPAbaby Vista earned our Editors' Choice award and the title of the best overall in-line double stroller.
The UPPAbaby Vista also won a Top Pick award in our Best Full-Size Stroller review. This stroller scored well overall and has a high-end look and feel that many parents desire.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
We purchased the Upper and Lower Adapters for testing this stroller. This creates more space between the primary and secondary seat, which we believe is the ideal configuration for using the Vista as a double stroller.
This is a comparison chart for the double strollers tested in this review. The Vista is shown in blue, and its rank makes it clear why it won an award in this review.
The sections below provide detailed information on the Vista and how it performed during testing for each metric. The metric scores were combined to determine the overall score with an emphasis on ease of use and maneuverability.
Ease of Use
The Vista earned a high score for ease of use with an 8 of 10. The average for the metric is closer to 5 with several strollers earning 5 or 6 for overall ease of use.
Ease of use entails your everyday experience with a stroller and whether or not it will cause you frustration during daily use.
Fold and Unfold
The Vista fold requires two hands to release the frame (above left), is easy to accomplish, and only has the user bending halfway. It has two steps, auto-locks (above right), and self-stands. While folding is easy if you aren't careful the whole thing can fall over and it's kind of heavy if it falls on your feet. In order to self-stand the handlebar has to be at just the right height or it will fall. Unfolding the Vista is also easy with two steps using two hands.
The Vista has single action brakes that are press to set and press to release making them sandal foot friendly. The pedal includes color coding so parents can tell at a glance if the stroller is parked with red when set (above left) and green for go (above right).
The Vista has the largest storage bin in the group (above left) with a weight capacity of 30 lbs. Access to the bin is good in general but is more limited with two seats in the reclined position. We fit our extra-large diaper bag inside with ease. There are two pockets sewn inside the back of the basket (above right) for quick convenience items like cell phones wallets and keys.
The Vista has nice sized sunshades with an SPF rating of 50+ and they are made of a thicker fabric than the previous Vista. The canopies have pop-out sun visors, added ventilation, and large mesh peek-a-boo windows. The peek-a-boo window cover has silent magnetic closure and the window is easy to see through. These canopies cover past the knee with the visors out, and the height can be adjusted somewhat for children of various heights.
The Vista offers nice 5-point harnesses for each seat; these harnesses are easy to get on, take off, and adjust for size. Shoulder strap height adjustments are non-rethread, making them easier and quicker to adjust than the rethread competition. The shoulder straps slide up and down on a strap on the back of the seat for an infinite number of height positions. The buckle on the harness is easy to press with one hand, and the straps spring away on their own for a one-handed operation. The crotch strap is adjustable in length but only has one position.
Most inline strollers have vastly different seating features for each seat. The Vista seats are similar, but not the same. The Vista has adjustable leg rests and foot rests. The footrest is adjustable in height moving up and down, while the leg rest is adjustable in angle. The footrest is shallow but wide and covered in plastic.
Both seats on the Vista have recline features. The recline adjustment is made with one hand via a push button at the top of the seat. Each seat has a few different recline angles, four positions for the front seat, and 6 for the back seat. However, when both seats are forward facing the recline is limited due to the leg rest of the backseat. By purchasing the additional seat adapters, you can get the seats farther apart.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
The Vista can accept two infant car seats, making it one of the few in the review that can. It also accepts seats of different brands, unlike much of the competition.
We tested this stroller with the UPPAbaby Mesa, Chicco Keyfit 30, Cybex Aton 2, and the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30. The Mesa does not require an adapter as it fits directly on the seat attachments. The others require the purchase of an adapter that snaps on the frame where the seats attach.
The Mesa is the second easiest to install after the Chicco, which is a little bit of a surprise given the Mesa is the same brand as the Vista. All of the seats snap into place, require removal of the toddler seat, and feel secure in place. Both the Cybex and Maxi-Cosi seats were more difficult to install and removal is awkward because the sides don't seem to line up as easily as the Chicco and Mesa.
The Vista double expands for up to three children with the addition of a rumble seat, car seat, bassinet or PiggyBack ride-along board (sold separately). Using the Lower Adapter allows the addition of two UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats, or two bassinets for infant twins.
The Vista also works with the RumbleSeat for double seating of older babies and toddlers. Purchasing the Upper Adapter and Lower Adapter will create more space between seats for increased comfort.
Ease of Setup
The Vista is relatively easy to set up with a little over 5 1/2 minutes for the stroller and first seat and around 3 1/2 for the second seat. The documentation is good and easy to read.
The Vista earned an 8 of 10 for maneuverability. This score ties with the Baby Trend Expedition Double. The high for the metric is 9 earned by the Thule Chariot Cross 2, BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, and the Thule Urban Glide 2, all jogging strollers.
All of the top scoring products had rubber tires in common, while the lower scoring products all had plastic wheels with the dual front wheel design.
The Vista is better for turning and pushing on hard flat surfaces, but the second seat does make it longer, and you need to plan your actions somewhat in advance. For pushing and turning off-road on uneven surfaces, the Vista performed slightly worse getting caught on bumps in the road. Moving over grass didn't seem to be a problem, but pushing and turning on gravel was a little more difficult.
The Vista has an adjustable handlebar that telescopes in and out between a range of 39.8 and 42.7 inches from the ground. This style of adjustment puts taller users further away from the stroller when pushing, thereby decreasing the chances of kicking the rear axle. The handlebar is covered in dense foam or leather wrapped depending on the chosen textile. This makes it nicer to hold and push for longer periods of time. The center adjustment button is convenient, but it limits the ability to push the stroller one handed without moving the handlebar.
The Vista has sling style seats with nice padding and all around shocks. It is one of the more comfortable options in the group. The seats can wiggle somewhat, but we think that is probably better than feeling every bump in the road.
Weight and Folded Size
The UPPAbaby scored a 4 of 10 for weight and folded size. This score is an improvement over the previous Vista which was heavier and larger. This stroller with the second seat weighs 32.3 lbs, this is almost 3 lbs lighter than the old version. In comparison, the Baby Jogger City Select Double, a similarly styled stroller, weighs 37.8 lbs.
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite and the Britax B-Agile Double both scored a high of nine in this metric. The Joovy Caboose weighs only 23.4 pounds making it the lightest in the group, and to Britax B-Agile Double is only 10,649 cubic inches when folded making it the smallest stroller in the group.
The Vista measures out at 28,264 cubic inches when folded this is down 1000 cubic inches from the previous version. The average for the group is closer to 19,000 cubic inches. In general, the Vista Double is large and heavy; arguably it's the only downfall.
The Vista earned an 8 of 10 for quality. This ties with the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 and the Thule Chariot Cross 2 earned a 9, making them the highest scoring product in the group.
The Vista has a thick quality fabric that fits the frame of the seat nicely with padding that is thick and dense. There is no bunching or gapping where the fabric meets the metal. The frame and the seats are an aluminum and magnesium alloy that is sleek, stylish, and unencumbered. This stroller does not have a lot of plastic components or joints which creates an overall fit and finish that is both pleasing to the eye and functional.
The Vista would be a good choice for families with twins thanks to the diverse seating arrangements and the ability to accept two infant car seats or two bassinets. The large storage bin means you will have plenty of room to carry supplies for two. Also, the rider experience is similar enough that children are unlikely to fight too hard for one seat over the other.
Useful accessories for the Vista include:
If you plan to use this stroller with infants, you might want to look at purchasing the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat as a travel system.
UPPAbaby also makes the UPPAbaby G-Link, a double lightweight stroller. The G-Link is a side-by-side style stroller with single action brakes, large canopies, and adjustable leg rests with infant support system. Depending on your needs for double strollers, this lightweight option might be good for travel or grandma's house. We reviewed the G-Link in our Double Umbrella Review.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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