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UPPAbaby Vista Review

Top Pick for versatility and urban living with room to grow
Top Pick Award
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Price:   $1,200 List | $1,150 at Amazon
Pros:  Quality, easy to use, comfortable, expandable
Cons:  Expensive, heavy, large, two-handed fold
Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Aug 30, 2019
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RANKED
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 8
  • Maneuverability - 30% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 5
  • Quality - 10% 8

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 due to a heftier price, 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.

Update — 2020
The Vista has been discontinued and replaced with the Vista v2. UPPAbaby has made a variety of changes and upgrades to the new version. More information on these changes are below. We now link to the new version of the Vista in this review.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

New Vista V2 vs. Old Vista


The V2 Vista includes new spring-action suspension and softer wheels. It features a no-rethread harness, redesigned SPF 50 canopy, larger toddler seat, and visual indicators on the front wheel locks. It also comes in a variety of different colors. Below you can see the 2018 Vista on the left and the new Vista V2 on the right.
The UPPAbaby Vista v2

Hands-on Gear Review


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

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

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



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 is very easy to use tying with top options and earning the high score for this metric.


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 can 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 sandal friendly single action brakes. The brakes are color-coded and 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 is the largest in the group and it has the highest maximum 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. The basket has inside pockets for organization of smaller items.

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

There is a small pocket on the back of the seat for convenience and while 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 and a kick-out visor. This sun shade sports a large mesh peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure and ventilation. The sunshade 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 5-point harness is easy to put on and take off. The straps make a reassuring "pop" noise as they click into place and the release button takes a little pressure but 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 up and down (above left) and it has six recline positions. The toddler seat has an adjustable leg rest (above right) and 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 two positions; when it is fully upright (above left) and when it is completely reclined (above 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 other seating and riding options sold separately. With the UPPAbaby Lower Adapter attached to its frame, it can accommodate two UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats, as well as two bassinets for a nice 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. Finally, for a third, older passenger, the PiggyBack ride-along board offers flexibility to catch a ride or 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 and does not need an accessory adapter in the upper position. The Mesa clicks in place on the Vista where the other seats connect. The connection is easy 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.

We also tested the Vista with the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat using the UPPAbaby Vista/Cruz Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco (sold separately). The Chicco adapter and seat are easy to install but require more pressure on the car seat to attach the seat to the frame. It creates a stable attachment, but we did sometimes think the seat was attached when it 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 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. 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.

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 is one of the easiest four-wheeled strollers to maneuver being outmatched only by trike styled choices.


The Vista pushes and turns easier than the UPPAbaby Cruz in our tests. 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 with its larger rubber wheels, which gives it an edge over those 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 wheels are substantial in size which renders a very durable feel. The combination of shocks, rubber wheels, and cozy seat padding, help create a more comfortable 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 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 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


While the Vista is smaller and lighter than the previous version of the Vista, it is still a heavy and larger option compared to the competition.


At 25.9 lbs and 13,043 cubic inches when folded, the Vista is neither the lightest nor most compact stroller. But, it lost almost 2 lbs and 1,000 cubic inches over the old version, so improvements were made.

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 is a high-quality option compared to much of the competition.


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 with a design prevents the flex found in rotating handlebars. The overall fit and finish of the Vista is a thoughtful one with little clutter and nice 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 remains useful.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team