UPPAbaby Vista v2 Double Review
Pros: Accepts two car seats, great storage, quality materials
Cons: Heavy and harder to lift, higher price
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Our Analysis and Test Results
American born, UPPAbaby has more than ten years of juvenile product experience. The company gets inspiration from everyday family experiences; they seek opportunities to create better products that are easier to use, safer or more fun. UPPAbaby makes multiple types of strollers and an infant car seat (the UPPAbaby Mesa).
For testing, we included the use of the Upper and Lower Adapters. The optional adapters provide an increase in distance between the two toddler seats. We feel this is the best configuration for use as a double stroller.
Ease of Use
The Vista v2 is one of the easiest double strollers to use daily.
Fold and Unfold
The Vista v2 is a two-handed fold for frame release, and you need to bend to finish the fold. The process includes two steps, automatically locks (above right) and self-stands. The handlebar needs to be at the right height to stand, and if you aren't careful, the second seat can get caught in the basket. The Vista v2 unfolding is straightforward with two steps and requires two hands. There is no carry handle or strap.
This stroller includes single-action brakes that are press to set and release, making them friendly for all kinds of footwear. The pedal is color-coded, so you know at a glance if the stroller is parked or not.
You won't find better storage than that on the Vista v2. With a weight limit of 30 lbs and space galore, you can easily fit supplies for two inside. Bin access is wide open from all angles, making it easy to get supplies in and out from almost any side. It also sports two inside basket pockets to keep you organized.
The Vista v2 sunshades (above left) are virtually perfect with medium peek-a-boo windows (above middle), optional ventilation, and a zippered extension panel (above right). The canopies both extend past the knees of toddlers using the extension, and the height is somewhat adjustable.
Each toddler seat on the Vista v2 has a 5-point harness that is easy to use and adjust for a good fit. Shoulder straps are non-rethread and slide on a strap, making adjustments quick and straightforward compared to the rethread style. This method gives you infinite height options for a custom fit. The buckle is standard UPPAbaby and easy to use even one-handed.
The Vista v2 offers similar seating features and functionality for both toddler seats. These include adjustable leg and footrests. The footrest moves up and down, and the angle on the leg rest can be altered.
The Vista v2 has push-button recline adjustment that is easy to lower and raise with one hand. The back seat has more recline angle options, but both offer enough for comfortable napping. Purchasing both sets of seat adapters will give you more space and room for adjustments and comfort.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Vista v2 works with two infant car seat carriers simultaneously, making it one of the few to offer this functionality. It works with the UPPAbaby Mesa sans adapters and some seats from other brands with the purchase of an adapter.
The Vista is easiest to use with the Chicco car seat adapter and the Chicco Keyfit 30. This result is somewhat of a surprise as the Mesa is the native seat for the Vista and should be designed to work with flawlessly. Attaching any carrier requires the removal of the toddler seat, and they all click in place and feel secure. The Cybex and Maxi-Cosi carriers are slightly more challenging as the installation and removal are sort of awkward.
The Vista v2 works for up to three children with the right additions. Seating includes the option for toddler seat (second Rumble seat), bassinet, car seat carrier, and a PiggyBack riding board. You can combine pretty much any combination of these items to create a custom stroller for the age and abilities of your brood for up to 3 children at once. Seats can face forward, backward, toward each other or back to back for even more variety and versatility in seating.
Ease of Setup
The Vista v2 is easy to assemble with a time just over 5 minutes for the stroller with an additional 3 minutes for the second seat or under 2 minutes for the bassinet. The user manual is straightforward, and the images are useful.
The Vista v2 impresses when it comes to maneuverability, especially given that is isn't a jogging stroller.
The higher scoring options in this review all have rubber tires, indicating that rubber has the edge over plastic tires. The Vista v2 performs well when turning and pushing on flat surfaces. The second seat creates a longer stroller, so you need to plan for tighter turns and to stay out of the way. Pushing on uneven surfaces is a little more problematic, with the Vista struggling over taller bumps and gravel. Moving over the grass was a relatively smooth operation.
The Vista v2 has a telescoping adjustable handlebar. This type places taller users further from the axle. The handlebar is wrapped in leather and feels good in your hand. There is a center adjustment button that inhibits one-handed strolling.
This UPPAbaby includes sling-style seats and all-around shocks. The seats provide a little give giving the rider slightly more cushion than the shocks alone can provide. Overall, it is one of the more comfy seating arrangements for both passengers in this lineup.
Weight and Folded Size
The UPPAbaby Vista v2 is fairly large and heavy with two seats in place.
The Vista v2 weighs about 35 lbs and measures 25,297 cubic inches when folded. The new Vista is somewhat smaller than the old Vista, but the overall weight is more significant. These measurements make it one of the largest and heaviest options in the group.
The Vista v2 offers excellent quality for the price.
UPPAbaby uses durable fabric on the Vista v2 that appears to fit the frame seamlessly. The padding on the seats is thick and dense for sling-style seats providing a comfortable place for napping.
The Vista v2 frame and toddler seat frames are a relatively lightweight aluminum/magnesium alloy. This material creates a stylish and uncluttered look and feel. It doesn't include many plastic parts creating an overall fit and finish that are pleasing and highly functional.
The Vista v2 is one of the best options for families with twins. With the ability to accept two bassinets and two infant car seat carriers, twins can ride in style with ease. Also, the two toddler seats are similar in features and designs unlike much of the competition that has different features or seating for each seat. The large-capacity storage bin will also help those with multiples carry all of their needed supplies.
UPPAbaby provides a variety of potential accessories for the Vista v2.
- The UPPAbaby RumbleSeat-- You need to purchase the additional seat separately from the stroller and the included bassinet and toddler seat.
- The UPPAbaby Upper Adapter — The upper adapters increase the height of the seats to provide more space between seats for recline and legroom.
- The UPPAbaby Lower Adapter — The lower adapters are similar to the upper adapters creating increased separation between the seat attachment points for more recline and greater legroom.
- UPPAbaby Bassinet — The Vista v2 comes with a bassinet, but if you have twins, a second bassinet will allow you to carry two sleeping babies outside of their car seat carriers.
— Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team