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UPPAbaby Vista Review

Top Pick Award
Price:   $900.00 List | $879.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Quality, easy to use, comfortable, expandable
Cons:  Expensive, heavy, large, two-handed fold
Bottom line:  Top Pick for versatility and urban living with room to grow
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Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby

The Skinny

The Vista earned a Top Pick award for its room to grow and versatility of seating configurations for a growing family. Combine the cool seating options with top notch functionality, impeccable quality, and a unique niche as a highly-regarded urban stroller and it is easy to see how the Vista earned a top place rank in our full-size stroller review. The Vista was edged out for an Editors' Choice award both by the BOB Revolution and the UPPAbaby Cruz due to a heftier price of at least $360 higher, however, stand-out features make coughing up the extra worthwhile as the Vista is an expandable system that can accommodate more than two riders with ease. There is a solution for pretty much every age from bassinet to infant car seat, and reversible toddler seat to riding scooter and the system can change on the fly. If your budget allows, or your family is growing, you can't go wrong with the Vista.

The UPPAbaby Vista also won an Editors' Choice award in our Double Stroller Review, thanks in part to the versatile seating.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Wednesday
August 2, 2017

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The UPPAbaby Vista impresses in both form and function.
The UPPAbaby Vista impresses in both form and function.

UPPAbaby is an American family company that has a combined ten years of experience in the juvenile industry. UPPAbaby draws inspiration from their daily life and strives to make gear that is easy to use, fun and safe. The company's goal is product improvement for convenience, usability, and style. UPPAbaby makes the award winning UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat and several different strollers including lightweight, full-size, and double options.



Performance Comparison


The comparison chart shown below shows the overall scores for each stroller we tested in this review. The Vista (in blue) earned the top place in this review and while it missed an Editors' Choice award due to the higher price and heavier weight, it did walk away as a Top Pick for versatility.


The sections below provide more details on the Vista's performance during testing. The individual metric scores were used to determine the overall score with an emphasis on ease of use and maneuverability performance.

Having an included bassinet helps make the Vista a versatile family option that is easy to use no matter what age your baby may be.
Having an included bassinet helps make the Vista a versatile family option that is easy to use no matter what age your baby may be.

Ease of Use


The Vista has the high score for ease of use with an 8 of 10, tying with the Editors' Choice UPPAbaby Cruz.


Ease of use encompasses your everyday experience. The Vista includes a bassinet, rain and bug shields, toddler seat with bumper bar, and storage bin. These kinds of amenities make outings easier.

The Vista fold requires two hands to initiate the unlocking mechanism on both sides of the frame.
The Vista has an auto-lock feature that works well and helps keep the stroller closed for transport or storage.
 

Fold and Unfold


The Vist fold is a two-step operation that is easy to perform but requires both hands to complete (above left). Once folded, the frame auto-locks (above right) and can stand on its own. Unfolding is also easy with two steps and two hands. The fold can be completed with or without the seat attached.

If the brake pedal indicator light on the Vista is green then the brakes are not engaged and the stroller is freely moving.
The brake pedal on the Vista is red when the brakes are set  allowing parents to know at a glance that the stroller is parked.
 

Brakes


The Vista has single action brakes that are sandal foot friendly. The brakes are color-coded so you can tell if they are set at a glance. They have a simple, easy push to set and push to release mechanism.

The Vista has one of the largest storage bins in the group with a maximum storage capacity of 30 lbs  which is the highest max in the group.
The Vista has one of the largest storage bins in the group with a maximum storage capacity of 30 lbs, which is the highest max in the group.

Storage


The storage bin on the Vista is the largest in the group and it has the highest maximum allowable weight capacity of 30 lbs. The bin is accessible from all sides and very easy to use. There is a bar that runs across the middle of the basket cutting it in two, but this didn't prevent us from fitting our extra-large diaper bag inside. The basket sticks out past the rear wheels, which means you don't have to reach as far under the handlebar as you might with other strollers. The basket also has inside pockets near the back for easy organization on smaller items that could get lost in the basket.

The inside of the Vista storage bin has several individual pockets for quick organizing that makes smaller items easy to find.
The inside of the Vista storage bin has several individual pockets for quick organizing that makes smaller items easy to find.

In addition to the under seat basket, there is a small pocket on the back of the seat for convenience items like a phone or keys. Though it may not fit larger phones or a bottle of water, it does have a zipper to securely contain contents.

Under a magnet closure cover  the Vista hides a large ventilated mesh peek-a-boo window that is easy to see through.
Under a magnet closure cover, the Vista hides a large ventilated mesh peek-a-boo window that is easy to see through.

Sunshade


The Vista has one of the largest canopies with SPF 50+ protection in addition to a kick-out visor for added coverage. This sun shade sports a large mesh peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure and additional ventilation. The sunshade highlight is that it easily slides up or down to accommodate children of varying heights.

The Vista harness is easy to use with simple adjustments and a multiple position crotch strap and shoulder strap height.
The Vista harness is easy to use with simple adjustments and a multiple position crotch strap and shoulder strap height.

Harness


The Vista's 5-point harness is easy to put on and take off. The straps make a reassuring "pop" noise as they click into place to ensure they locked. The release button takes a little pressure, but it comes apart easily. The harness has a multi-position crotch strap and three shoulder height adjustments. The partial re-thread loops are sewn to the back of the seat shell under the padding. The loops are somewhat hidden under padding and can be hard to get to if you have larger fingers.

Adjusting the Vista seat back is easy with a one finger button push that raises and lowers the back as needed for napping.
The Vista has an adjustable leg rest that rotates for angle and length.
 

Seat


The seat recline is one button push for adjusting up and down (above left). It offers six possible recline positions, including one that is great for napping. The toddler seat also has an adjustable leg rest (above right) for additional comfort as toddlers grow. The footrest on the Vista is shallow, wide, and plastic-covered. The lower seat adjusts in length and angle and the leg rest is nicely padded.

The Vista has a fairly upright position when the seat back is in the top position.
The Vista seat reclines to a fully flat position for super cozy napping.
 
The photos above show the Vista with the seat back in the upright position (left) and fully reclined (right).

The Vista stroller is expandable with an additional toddler seat  infant car seat  two infant car seats and a riding scooter.
The Vista stroller is expandable with an additional toddler seat, infant car seat, two infant car seats and a riding scooter.

Expandability


The Vista can expand for up to 3 children with additional seating and riding options sold separately. With the UPPAbaby Lower Adapter attached to its frame, it can accommodate 2 UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats, as well as two bassinets for a nice early solution for twins. The Vista can also work as a double stroller with the inclusion of the RumbleSeat. To create even more room in between each seat, purchasing both the UPPAbaby Upper Adapter and Lower Adapter will help keep the troops more comfortable during longer outings. Finally, for a third, older passenger, the PiggyBack ride-along board offers flexibility to catch a ride or to walk.

The UPPAbaby Mesa is just one of the infant car seat options that are compatible with the Vista.
The UPPAbaby Mesa is just one of the infant car seat options that are compatible with the Vista.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Vista is compatible with the UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat, which won a Top Pick award in our Best Infant Car Seat Review and does not need an accessory adapter in the upper position. The Mesa clicks in place on the Vista where the toddler seat or bassinet would go. The connection is easy once you get the sides lined up, and it feels stable.

The UPPAbaby Vista can be used with 2 infant car seats for easy transportation of up up to 2 infants. This photo shows the Vista with two UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats.
The UPPAbaby Vista can be used with 2 infant car seats for easy transportation of up up to 2 infants. This photo shows the Vista with two UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats.
With UPPAbaby's Lower Adapter the Vista can accept two Mesa car seats at once, making it a nice option for parents of twins.

We also tested the Vista with the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat, which earned an Editors' Choice, using the UPPAbaby Vista/Cruz Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco (sold separately). The Chicco adapter and seat are easy to install, but requires more pressure on the car seat to properly attach the seat to the frame. It creates a stable attachment, but we did have a few incidents of thinking the seat was attached when it really wasn't. We prefer the Mesa seat over the Chicco for this reason. If you are going for the Chicco car seats and are going to use the Vista as a double with the infant car seat in the lower position, you will need to purchase the UPPAbaby Lower Adapter with the Chicco adapter in order to do it.

The Vista is also compatible with some car seats made by Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex.

Ease of Setup




The Vista is second only to the UPPAbaby Cruz when it comes to ease of setup earning a 9 of 10. With good documentation and a simple 8-step quick start guide, assembly feels intuitive and took us about 5:35 minutes. Unpacking components took more time than assembly, which in our book is a good thing as quality packing lessens the opportunity for breakage during shipping.

The Vista isn't the best mover  but it isn't the worst either and most parents will appreciate the larger single wheel design compared to the double wheel on each leg option on most of the competition.
The Vista isn't the best mover, but it isn't the worst either and most parents will appreciate the larger single wheel design compared to the double wheel on each leg option on most of the competition.

Maneuverability


The Vista earned a 7 of 10 in maneuverability, placing fifth in this metric. The BOB Revolution Flex, a jogging stroller, earned the top score with a 9.


In our testing, though the Vista both pushes and turns easier than the UPPAbaby Cruz, due to its increased width, it is predictably more difficult through narrow passageways and tight turns. For pushing and turning on bumpier surfaces like gravel and grass, the Vista managed fairly well. It has larger rubber wheels, which gives it an edge over the competition with plastic wheels.

Locking the Vista's front swivel wheels into place prevents the wheels from veering when moving over uneven terrain.
Locking the Vista's front swivel wheels into place prevents the wheels from veering when moving over uneven terrain.

The Vista has shock-absorbing, no-flat, foam core rubber wheels with independent suspension between the front and rear. The front wheels swivel and can be locked in place for easier pushing over uneven terrain. The wheels are substantial in size with the front ones being 8.2" and the rear 11.3" which renders a very durable feel. The combination of the Vista's shocks, rubber wheels, and cozy seat padding, help create a more comfortable riding experience.

The Vista handlebar has telescoping adjustability and the new version comes with an optional leather wrapped bar depending on your choice of textiles.
The Vista handlebar has telescoping adjustability and the new version comes with an optional leather wrapped bar depending on your choice of textiles.

The handlebar has a telescoping adjustment with a center of the bar push button control. The bar can now be ordered in a leather wrapped cover or foam cover depending on the textiles you choose. The tubing shape and size is nice and easy to grip. The stroller rests on the plastic portion of the bar when folded and standing saving the foam or leather from standing damage.

The Vista is on the heavier and larger size  but it is surprisingly compact compared to some of the competition that lacks the same seating versatility of the Vista.
The Vista is on the heavier and larger size, but it is surprisingly compact compared to some of the competition that lacks the same seating versatility of the Vista.

Weight and Folded Size


The Vista scored a 6 of 10 in weight and folded size and it is smaller and lighter than the previous version of the Vista we reviewed.


At 25.9 lbs and 13,043 cubic inches when folded, the Vista is neither the lightest nor most compact stroller in this review. But, it lost almost 2 pounds and 1,000 cubic inches over the old version so improvements have been made in this area. It is about a ΒΌ of an inch narrower and it is shorter when folded.

The Vista is on par with other UPPAbaby products concerning quality with high-end materials and attention to detail that creates a solid flex free stroller.
The Vista is on par with other UPPAbaby products concerning quality with high-end materials and attention to detail that creates a solid flex free stroller.

Quality


The Vista earned an 8 of 10 in quality tying with the BOB Revolution Flex.


The frame is a magnesium aluminum alloy that has a nice finish, a simple design, tight connection points, and very little flex. The telescoping handlebar slides easily in and out of the frame, and the design prevents the flex found in models that have the rotating handlebar adjustment. The handlebar is mostly covered in foam with a plastic center where the adjustment button is located. The overall fit and finish of the Vista is a thoughtful one with very little clutter and nice attention to detail. The fabric and other materials complement one another and appear durable and easy to care for. The fabric fits the seat frame well with no errant stitching or bunching and wrinkling of materials. It has a sleek minimalist feel that still manages to be useful.

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Accessories


Many accessories are available for use with the Vista for an additional cost. Some of our favorites include:
  • UPPAbaby Parent Organizer — This handy accessory provides parents with an easy place to store items you'd like to keep close at hand. With cup holders and easy attachment, it will give you what you might otherwise be missing for convenience for the bare bones Vista.
  • The Mesa uses the so-called "American belt path" method over the lower portion of the carrier. This is super easy to do and helped it earn a Top Pick award in our review.
    UPPAbaby Mesa — Earning Top Pick in our Best Infant Car Seat review, the Mesa excels for use with the either the Vista or the Cruz during infancy. It also has a special niche for use in travel and urban areas as it can be easily installed safely inside a taxi without its base.
  • UPPAbaby Infant Snug Seat
    UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat — The SnugSeat offers extra neck and back support for infants up to 21 pounds. The Snugseat is reversible with a cozy plush material on one side and moisture wicking material on the other. While not a necessity, it may be a great option for preemies and smaller babies.
  • UPPAbaby RumbleSeat — The
    UPPAbaby Rumble Seat
    Rumble Seat is a must if you have or are anticipating two riders. With the use of both the Upper Adapter and Lower Adapter, the seats have even further room between them and can also be used with the Bassinet feature and/or the UPPAbaby Mesa.
  • UPPAbaby PiggyBack — The
    The PiggyBack folds up while still attached to keep it out of the way.
    PiggyBack offers the Vista further versatility than just the Rumble Seat alone. With this snazzy addition, an older, more independent child to ride along behind the handlebar, and neatly folds up and out of the way when not in use. At $120, this greatly increases the versatility of the Vista.
  • UPPAbaby Snack Tray — Remov
    UPPAbaby Snack Tray
    able and dishwasher-safe, UPPAbaby's accessory Snack Tray provides a shallow dish for snacks along with a cup holder. To attach it to the stroller, simply remove the included bumper bar.

Other Versions


UPPAbaby's other strollers are similarly well-made and worth consideration depending upon your angle.
  • The UPPAbaby Cruz
    UPPAbaby Cruz — Earning an Editors' Choice award, the Cruz excels in ease of use and quality, but is lighter than the Vista making it a great option for use in infancy with an infant car seat and for commuting and travel. The stroller seat can also be used from birth with the accessory purchase of an Infant SnugSeat or an UPPAbaby Bassinet $190 can be purchased separately for use with the Cruz. this stroller is cheaper than the Vista by an average of $300, making it a better buy for parents who want the UPPAbaby brand without the Vista price tag.
  • UPPAbaby G-Luxe — The G-Luxe didn't perform that well in our Umbrella Stroller Review. However, it has a nicely padded seat with an adjustable recline that suits a minimum of 3 months up to a maximum of 55 pounds. The large sunshade is great for naps on the go and the seats have a better recline than the majority of the competition in that review.
  • UPPAbaby G-Lite — If you are still looking to reduce weight, but maintain the quality of the UPPAbaby brand in a single umbrella stroller, the G-Lite is the ticket at 10.9 pounds. Downsides? The seat doesn't recline and there is less padding.
Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

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