2018 Vista vs. Vista v2
The new UPPAbaby Vista v2 has spring-action suspension and softer wheels for a more comfortable passenger experience. It has a quick use no-rethread harness, new larger SPF50 sunshade, roomier toddler seat, and visual indicators for the front wheel locks. You can see the two versions below with the 2018 Vista on the left and new v2 on the right.
Hands-on Gear Review
The UPPAbaby Vista also won a Top Pick award in our Best Full-Size Stroller
review where it impressed with a quality design and useful features.
UPPAbaby is an American company with over a decade worth of experience in juvenile products, drawing daily inspiration from family experiences. UPPAbaby continually seeks ways to make every product they produce lighter, easier to use, safer, and fun without inhibiting convenience, usability, or style. They make a variety of strollers including lightweight, single, and double options, as well as one car seat (the UPPAbaby Mesa).
We purchased the Upper and Lower Adapters for testing. The adapters create more space between the primary and secondary seat, which we believe is the ideal configuration for use as a double stroller. The photos above show the back seat with the additional adapters (left) and without (right).
While the UPPAbaby Vista is easy enough to use, the larger overall size of the Vista means it may not be the best for commuting in the city.
Ease of Use
The Vista is very easy to use.
Ease of use entails your everyday experience with a stroller and whether or not it will cause you frustration.
Fold and Unfold
The Vista requires two hands to release the frame (above left) and bending halfway to fold. The process is easy with two steps, auto-lock (above right), and self-stand design. Folding is easy, but if you aren't careful, it can fall on your feet. To self-stand, the handlebar has to be at just the right height, or it will fall. Unfolding the Vista is also simple 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 but is 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 better organization.
The Vista has ample sunshades with an SPF rating of 50+. They are thicker fabric than the previous Vista and have pop-out sun visors, ventilation, and large mesh peek-a-boo windows. The peek-a-boo window cover has a 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 harness is easy to use with simple adjustments and a multiple position crotch strap and shoulder strap height.
The Vista has 5-point harnesses for each seat that are easy to get on, take off, and adjust for size. Shoulder strap height adjustments are non-rethread, making them simpler and quicker than the rethread competition. The shoulder straps slide up and down on a strap on the back of the seat with 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. The length of the crotch strap can be adjusted but only has one position.
The Vista has an adjustable leg rest that rotates for angle and length.
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 footrests. 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.
The Vista has a single button to adjust the recline angle of the seat back for additional comfort.
Both seats on the Vista have recline features. The recline adjustment uses one hand via a push button at the top of the seatback. Each seat has a few recline angles, four positions for the front seat, and 6 for the back. When both seats face forward, the recline is less due to the leg rest of the backseat. By purchasing the seat adapters, you can get the seats farther apart.
The UPPAbaby Mesa is just one of the infant car seat options that are compatible with the Vista.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Vista can accept two infant car seats, making it one of the few in the review. It also accepts seats of different brands, unlike much of the competition.
Because other brand car seats require an adapter to attach to the Vista, they will sit higher up on the frame which changes the center of gravity of the stroller.
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.
Using the UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat with the Vista is very easy with the release button located on the handle where you can easily lift and release the seat at the same time with one hand.
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 require removal of the toddler seat, click into place, and feel secure. Both the Cybex and Maxi-Cosi seats are more difficult to install and removal is awkward because the sides don't 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 UPPAbaby Lower Adapter allows the addition of two UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats, or two bassinets for infant twins.
Using the rumble seat with the Vista requires the addition of rumble seat adapters for connection of the toddler seat, car seat, or bassinet.
The Vista also works with the RumbleSeat for double seating of older babies and toddlers. Purchasing the UPPAbaby 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 5:30 minutes for the stroller and first seat and around 3:30 for the second seat. The documentation is clear and easy to understand.
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 has impressive maneuverability for a non-jogging stroller.
All of the top scoring products have rubber tires in common, while the lower scoring products have plastic wheels with the dual front wheel design.
Locking the Vista's front swivel wheels into place prevents the wheels from veering when moving over uneven terrain.
The Vista is good at turning and pushing on hard flat surfaces, but the second seat makes it longer, and you need to plan your actions somewhat in advance. For pushing and turning on uneven surfaces, the Vista performs slightly worse getting caught on bumps. Moving over grass didn't seem to be a problem, but moving over gravel was a little challenging.
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 has an adjustable handlebar that telescopes in and out. This adjustment style taller users further away from the rear axel decreasing the chances of kicking it while strolling. The handlebar is covered in dense foam or leather depending on the chosen textile. The cover makes it easier to hold and push for longer periods. The center adjustment button is convenient, but it limits pushing the stroller one-handed.
The Vista has sling-style seats with nice padding and all-around shocks. The seats wiggle somewhat, but we think that is better than feeling every bump. It is one of the more comfortable options in the group.
The Vista is relatively large when open or folded and the addition of the rumble seat only makes this stroller larger.
Weight and Folded Size
The UPPAbaby Vista with the second seat weighs 32.3 lbs.
The Vista measures 28,264 cubic inches when folded this is down 1000 cubic inches from the 2017 version, but 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.
UPPAbaby Vista uses impressive quality materials that work well and fit snuggly for decreased flex while pushing. The new Vista includes the option for upgraded textiles that include leather wrapped bumper bars and handlebar.
The Vista is a nice quality seat on par with the higher price tag it sports.
The Vista has durable quality fabric that fits the frame of the seat well with padding that is thick and dense. There is no bunching or gapping where the material meets the metal.
The UPPAbaby Vista is engineered for form and function and it performs as expected with an intuitive design that makes it easy to use, easy to adjust and easy to push.
The frame and the seats are an aluminum/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 are pleasing to the eye and functional.
The UPPAbaby Vista works with a variety of infant car seats making it a good choice for strolling with twins. This photo includes 2 UPPAbaby Mesa car seats.
The Vista is an excellent 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, and the rider experience is similar enough that children are unlikely to fight too much for one seat over the other.
Useful accessories for the Vista include:
- The UPPAbaby Upper Adapter — These adapters help increase the height of the seat. While not necessary for attaching the seat, it provides additional space between seats for more legroom and recline-ability.
- The UPPAbaby Lower Adapter — These adapters work much like the upper adapters to further help separate the seat attachment points from one another to raise the seats and increase the recline adjustment options.
- UPPAbaby Bassinet — The Vista comes with one bassinet, but if you have twins you might consider adding a second bassinet to the mix. This now longer bassinet attaches to the stroller frame without the need for adapters.
- UPPAbaby Cup Holder — Because the Vista lacks a cup holder, it might be something parents want to purchase. This holder attaches to the side of the stroller frame for easy access and fewer safety concerns about items falling from the holder onto the baby.
- UPPAbaby snack tray — This snack tray is a good option for older toddlers to keep snacks and treasures close at hand. It is not useful for a baby, and while handy, we think you can wait for this purchase to see if you need it.
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.