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UPPAbaby Vista Double Review
Price: $1,100.00 List | $1,009.98 at Amazon - 8% off
Pros: Accepts two car seats, holds up to 30 pounds in bin, quality materials
Cons: Heavy and hard to lift, higher list price
Bottom line: Versatile seating stroller that grows with family and is easy to push and turn
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.
Fold and Unfold
The Vista requires two hands to fold, but it is easy to accomplish and only requires the user to bend halfway down. The Vista fold has two steps, auto-locks, and self-stands.
The Vista has very easy to set single action brakes. These brakes are equally easy to release and are sandal foot friendly. The brakes earned one of the highest scores in the group for our tests with a press to set and press to release. The pedal includes a color coding system with red when set (above left) and green for release (above right), so parents can tell with a glance if the stroller is parked.
The Vista has the largest under seat storage bin with a weight capacity of 30 lbs and great access. However, with two seats in a reclined position, it can be somewhat difficult to access. We were able to fit our extra-large diaper bag inside with ease. The weight capacity is the best in the group with second place only allowing 17 lbs for the Baby Jogger City Select Double. The bin has two pockets sewn inside the back of the basket. These pockets are great for quick convenience items like cell phones wallets and keys. There is no other storage on the stroller.
The Vista has nice sized sunshades with an SPF rating of 50+. The canopies have pop-out sun visors to cover more real estate, added ventilation, and a large mesh peek-a-boo window for each. The peek-a-boo window has a cover with magnetic closure. We like the magnetic closure because it is silent and won't wake baby if you choose to take a peek. The window is easy to see through, and the mesh seems unlikely to snag. These canopies are long enough to cover past the knee with the visors out, and the height can be adjusted few inches 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; this means there are an infinite number of shoulder height positions as opposed to designated positions on other strollers. The buckle on the harness is easy to press with one hand, and when you depress the button the straps spring away on their own making releasing the harness a one-handed operation. The crotch strap only has one position, but it is adjustable.
Most inline strollers have vastly different seating options 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 and can point directly down or straight out and many angles in between. The footrest is shallow but wide and covered in plastic. Given that only a handful of strollers in this review offered an adjustable leg rest, we think this is a great asset to have, and it makes longer stroller trips more comfortable for baby.
Both seats on the Vista have recline features. The recline adjustment is made with one hand via a push button on the top of the seat. Each seat has a few different recline angle options, four positions for the front seat, and 6 for the back seat. However, when both seats are facing forward, 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, which will decrease them colliding with one another. Even at their full recline position, these seats do not lie truly flat, and instead, simply slope backward 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 without unnecessary flipping from page to page to see pictures or instructions.
For maneuverability, the Vista earned an 8 of 10. This score ties with the Baby Trend Expedition Double, a jogging stroller with pneumatic tires. The high for the metric is a 9 earned by the Thule Chariot Cross 2, BOB Revolution Flex Duallie, and the Thule Urban Glide 2.
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 a little bit ahead of time. For pushing and turning off-road on more uneven surfaces, the Vista performed slightly worse by occasionally 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.
Inline strollers are longer than their side-by-side counterparts; this inherently makes moving over curbs more difficult. The Vista manages going over curbs okay, but you may need to put your foot on the rear axle to get enough leverage to pop up onto the curb. It is easier to maneuver on curbs than most of the group.
Weight and Folded Size
Weight and folded size is the only metric that the UPPAbaby disappoints in. This stroller with the second seat is heavy weighing in at 35.1 pounds, with the similar styled Baby Jogger City Select Double weighing 37.8 pounds. The UPPAbaby only scored a 3 of 10 in this metric.
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 29,382 cubic inches when folded. This is significantly higher than the average for the group, which is closer to 19,000 cubic inches. In general, UPPAbaby Vista Double is both large and heavy; possibly 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 offers the nicest 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. This cannot be said of much of the competition that looks frumpy with wrinkled heavy canvas. The frame and the seats are aluminum and magnesium alloy that is sleek, stylish, and unencumbered. This stroller does not have a lot of plastic components or joints. This creates an overall fit and finish that is both pleasing to the eye and functional.
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 pivot adjusting handlebars found on strollers like the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie put taller users closer to the axle, resulting in kicking of the rear axle. The handlebar is covered in dense foam that 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 and some testers that tried it ended up moving the handlebar while strolling.
The Vista has sling style seats with nice padding and all around shocks. It is likely one of the more comfortable options in the group for passengers. The seats can wiggle somewhat, but we think that is probably better than feeling every bump in the road.
Ease of Car Seat Attachment
The Vista can accept two infant car seats at the same time, making it one of the few in the review that can. It also can accept seats of different brands, unlike the Peg Perego Book for Two and the Graco strollers that only accept their brand of seat.
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, but they do not require assembly and snap right 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 line up for installation and removal is awkward because the sides don't seem to line up as easily as the rest.
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, as well as two bassinets, this stroller can handle anything twins have to dish out. Also, the large storage bin with 30 lb weight allowance, means you will have plenty of room to take all your supplies for two children without needing to pare down. Also, once babies are ready to sit in the standard seats, the rider experience is similar enough that children are unlikely to fight too hard for one seat over the other.
The best application for the Vista is for parents who want a versatile stroller with a variety of seating options and room for growth. The stroller comes standard with a bassinet and one seat. With the addition of the second seat, this becomes a double stroller. The seats can be attached with both facing forward or back, facing each other, or back to back. The frame can also accommodate two infant car seats or two bassinets. There is also a scooter that can be attached to the back for a third child or older child too active to sit. Because this stroller has such a wide range of seating configurations and options, it would really be a great all around stroller for any family with multiple children.
The Vista is the most expensive stroller in this review, but not the most expensive double option on the market. Because it has a list price that is significantly higher than the competition, you might be tempted to think it is overpriced or not a good value. However, we think nothing could be further from the truth. Sometimes a higher price truly does mean better quality, higher performance, and greater longevity and versatility. We think the Vista with the second seat is perfect in so many ways for families with multiple children that we gave it an Editors' Choice award for being the best inline model in the group. This stroller simply offers more, and we think what you get is worth every penny of what it costs.
The UPPAbaby Vista Double is a cool inline stroller for two that has a wide range of versatile seating configurations for up to 3 children. This stroller has loads of features for parents and passengers with oversized storage, bumper bars, giant canopies, adjustable leg rests and handlebar, rubber wheels and four-wheeled suspension. The Vista really gives you everything you need for a successful mission out and about with two babies, without any of the fluff or poorly designed features that make using a stroller difficult or frustrating. While this stroller won't be going off-road or running with you, it can and does manage everything else with ease, which is why we gave it an Editors' Choice award.
We paired our Vista with the following accessories for testing:
UPPAbaby offers a variety of potential accessories to pair with your Vista. 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. Alternatively, you might consider the UPPAbaby Bassinet, which has been safety tested for overnight use and attaches to the stroller frame without the need for adapters. We also like the UPPAbaby Cup Holder that attaches to the side of the frame and the UPPAbaby snack tray for kids to keep snacks and treasures close at hand.
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 rest 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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