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UPPAbaby Vista Combo ReviewPrice: $900.00 List | $899.99 at Amazon
Pros: Variety of car seat options, easy attachment
Cons: Heavy, higher price, wide footprint
Bottom line: The Vista is a good choice for multiples but not the best for single car seat attachment
The UPPAbaby Vista is a high-end stroller that works with several different infant car seat brands and the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa. We tested this product with the Mesa as well as the Chicco Keyfit 30 and both worked well, with the Mesa showing a slight edge for ease of attachment. The downside of the Vista as a car seat stroller is it is one of the heaviest in the group and not something most new moms want to lift or carry. So while it has the largest storage bin and a cool adjustable handlebar, it doesn't meet one of the key criteria we think parents should look for in a stroller/car seat combo. However, depending on your long-term goals, it is an impressive product for growing families and multiple children that won awards in our Full-Size Stroller Review and our Double Stroller Review.
The Vista won an Editors' Choice award in our double stroller review because it offers versatile seating options with room to grow. We think most families with multiple children will find it is a great solution for their infant car seat needs despite its heavier weight.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Updated September 2017
The UPPAbaby Vista has undergone minor model changes for 2017. These changes are reflected in the testing results and this gear review. As always BabyGearLab strives to bring our readers the most up to date product information possible.
UPPAbaby is an American company with a decade plus of experience in juvenile products. They draw inspiration from their daily personal experiences with family for product development. UPPAbaby strives to make each product light, easy to use, safe, and fun while keeping them convenient, usable, and stylish. The UPPAbaby company makes several strollers including lightweight, full-size, and double products. They also make an infant car seat, the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa.
This chart is a comparison of the overall scores for the products in this review, including the Vista Combo (in blue).
The information provided in the sections below includes details on how the Vista Combo performed during testing compared to the competition.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The Vista earned a 7 of 10 for ease of car seat attachment. This ties with the UPPAbaby Cruz Combo and Peg Perego Booklet Combo for ease of attaching car seats to the stroller. The high score for this metric is the Doona Combo with a score of 10 as it is a single product that combines car seat and stroller, so no attachment is required.
The Vista car seat attachment varies depending on the car seat you chose. We tested the UPPAbaby Mesa and the Chicco Keyfit 30. The Vista is also compatible with the Maxi Cosi Mico, Mico AP Mico NXT, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix, Nuna, Cybex Aton, Cybex Aton 2, and Aton Q.
The UPPAbaby Mesa does not require adapters when combined with the Vista, so there are no parts to misplace. The side attachment points for the toddler seat work with the Mesa. The seats can be interchanged quickly making it a good choice for parents with children of different ages. The seat clicks into place and does not require any straps. It is easy to attach and remove. You do need to line up both sides, but it isn't as difficult as some of the competition. We didn't have any trouble installing the seat properly and we feel the Mesa is easier to install than the Chicco Keyfit 30.
The Chicco Keyfit 30 requires an additional adapter, the UPPAbaby Vista/Cruz Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco available for purchase. It is a loop style attachment that connects to the side attachment points where the toddler seat sits. The loop does not require assembly and clicks in place fairly easily. The carrier portion then sits down inside the loop and clicks itself to connect. Connection requires a little bit of pressure, and occasionally we thought it was fully connected when it wasn't, so a good tug on the handle is needed to ensure the carrier is secure.
Weight and Folded Size
The Vista earned a 6 of 10 for weight and folded size. This weight is about average for the group but heavier than some because the Vista is designed to work for 2-3 children.
The Vista is one of the heavier options in this review with a frame weight of 19.3 pounds without the toddler seat and canopy. The heaviest stroller is the BOB Revolution Flex with a score of 3 and an overall weight of 26.5 lbs. The lightest in the group is the Baby Trend Snap-N-Go EX, a bare bones frame stroller that weighs around 10 pounds. The Doona has a car seat stroller combined weight of only 16.5 pounds, which is heavier for a stroller, but the lightest for combined weight in this review.
With a score of 7 of 10, this stroller tied with the Baby Jogger City Mini Combo and the Bugaboo Bee. The BOB Revolution Flex earned the high with a 9.
Unlike the frame style products, the rubber tires on the Vista help make it easier to maneuver. The locking swivel front wheels help it manage uneven terrain better and the single front wheel design makes it easier to push than the double wheel design seen on some of the competition.
It does work better on flat and hard surfaces than grass and gravel, but if you need to do it, it will for a short distance. The wheels feel more solid than the UPPAbaby Cruz and the tires have thicker rubber. The rubber will offer baby a little more comfort over rough terrain, but the foam filling means you'll never have a flat. The Vista has 4 wheel shocks for a little more support to the overall ride. For more details on the maneuverability of the Vista, please check out our in-depth look of the Vista in our standard stroller review.
The handlebar on the Vista is adjustable by telescoping in and out. The adjustment is smooth and stable without the flex of the rotating style adjustment found on other models. The bar itself has a center plastic piece with foam or leather wrapped edges and the transition from one material to another is relatively smooth.
Ease of Use
The Vista earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use, which is the second highest score with the Chicco Bravo earning a 7.
Ease of use impacts your everyday experience and can be the difference between smooth moving and frustrating experiences.
Fold and Unfold
The Vista is super easy to fold and relatively small for a stroller of this magnitude. Nearly half of the strollers in this review are larger when folded. This product self-stands, auto-locks, rolls for transport like rolling luggage. It requires 2 hands to fold and unfold, with a 2 step process. While it is heavier than the UPPAbaby Cruz, it is easier to fold with less movement in the frame and less shin banging in our testing.
The Vista has single action brakes that are easy to set and release with a foot friendly pedal that pushes to set and release. It also features color coded indicators that relay the brake status at a glance; green (above left) for go and red (above right) to assure parents that the brakes are fully set.
The Vista has the largest storage bin with a max load weight of 30 lbs. The only basket that comes close to this is the Cruz with a max weight of 25. The competition are all less than 11 lbs. The basket has a cross bar that is curved up and travels across the middle of the basket. You can still place items on top of this, but it limits the overall capacity of an otherwise really cool bin. The bin also has some sewn in pockets for easy organizing.
The Vista has a large canopy that we like. Unfortunately, however, when you remove the toddler seat you lose the canopy as they are one unit. This means the only canopy for use in the stroller car seat combo is the canopy on the carrier.
Ease of Setup
The Vista earned a 9 of 10 for ease of setup as it came somewhat pre-assembled. It took us about 5 and half minutes to get the stroller from box to ready to roll. It comes with a quick start guide with 8 steps and we did not need the manual to put it together. The unpacking actually took more time than the assembly, but the packing detail meant no broken or bent pieces in the box.
The Vista earned an 8 out 10 for quality. This is the high score for the group. In general, we find all UPPAbaby products to be higher in quality than most baby gear.
The frame is made of a lightweight aluminum alloy that is smooth, has few connection points and moves well without rattle of flex. The tires are foam filled rubber with a dense plastic wheel. The overall fit and finish of this frame are nice and well thought out with adjustments and buttons placed in useful locations. It has a clean look that isn't cluttered or cumbersome.
The Vista has a few different car seat adapters available for purchase through UPPAbaby and other vendors. These include the following:
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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