Stroller Envy UPPAbaby Vista Review

High-Style Convertible Stroller

UPPAbaby Vista owners give 4.5 and 5 star ratings for this attractive, double-option convertible stroller.

The UPPAbaby Vista is a convertible stroller designed with both parents and babies in mind; it is an engineered system that offers maximum flexibility from birth through the toddler years as your baby grows.

This is a beautifully made stroller that actually includes a matching bassinet so that you have an elegant pram during your baby's first six months. Also included in your set is a lightweight chassis with a modern design and a toddler seat, not to mention a bassinet storage bag, and a bug shield and rain shield for the main seat.

The UPPAbaby Vista is described as a hybrid between a sports car and a super-utility vehicle because of the luxurious sleek look as well as the multiple functions it serves for parents of one, two or even three children!

Let's explore more of the features and improvements made over the last few years and discover what this stroller can do for you. Then we'll go into what Vista owners have to say about it. You'll be crazy for this luxury system by the time you're finished with this review!

UPPAbaby Vista Features

  • 5-position reclining, reversible seat 
  • Compatible with most car seat brands
  • Lightweight aircraft aluminum alloy chassis
  • One-step standing fold
  • Locking front swivel wheels
  • 4-wheel suspension system
  • Extendable sun canopy with SPF 50 visor and mesh peek-a-boo window
  • Adjusting height canopy
  • Telescoping height adjustable handle
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Wipe-clean bumper bar (included)
  • 5-point safety harness
  • Rear levered parking brakes
  • Extra large storage basket beneath seat
  • Color-coordinated luxury ventilated bassinet
  • Rain shield and bug net included


Have there been recent upgrades?

UPPAbaby continually tweaks their products every year to make them better and better. In 2015, the Vista was treated to some fantastic improvements, and here's what you can expect:

  • The Vista can now accommodate two bassinets, two car seats, two toddler seats in any combination
  • The frame is sturdier with anondized aluminum with magnesium
  • Optional rumble seat now reverses and fully reclines in either position
  • An optional front bracket makes it possible to carry two bassinets or two car seats
  • Storage basket is larger and can hold up to 30 pounds of stuff!
  • New indicator for brake showing "active" or "inactive"
  • Improved "AirGo" technology in the wheels, simulating air-filled tires, without the risk of getting a flat
  • New finger triggers in an easier folding mechanism
  • Improved seat recline mechanism
  • Bassinet now has a molded base zip-on apron for better ventilation and support
  • Push button steering locks

Tell me about all the seating options

The UPPABaby Vista is built with welded and formed aluminum alloy and magnesium frame, the kind that is used to build aircraft. This makes it durable yet lightweight. Many parents love that the Vista feels sturdy when pushed, and maneuvers smooth as silk.

This product suits newborn babies and toddlers weighing up to 50 pounds. The Vista system comes with both seat and bassinet, which are easily interchangeable. Many satisfied parents enjoy the convenience of interchanging the bassinet and seat, as they can use the stroller with babies or toddlers. Flexibility and the ability to expand to more than one child are the key points parents look for.

Additionally, you can use your car seat right on the chassis. The UPPAbaby Mesa car seat inserts directly onto the Vista frame, for your ease of use. If you don't have the Mesa car seat, no worries! UPPAbaby offers car seat adapters for Graco, Chicco, Peg Perego and Maxi Cosi. Voila, now you have a travel system with just a snap and go.

Doubles mode

Expecting a second child? The UPPAbaby Vista chassis supports a rumble seat that you purchase separately and attach to the front of the frame easily. It is for babies six months and older and holds up to 35 pounds.

The Vista has been redesigned so that the rumble seat faces forward or backward and reclines fully no matter which direction it faces. It is so much more versatile now!

Good news, if you're expecting twins, then you can purchase the Vista with the rumble seat included.

Are you a parent of three? If you're using the Vista as a double, then it can actually turn into a triple stroller by purchasing the PiggyBack Ride Along Board that your oldest child rides on in back. (2015 edition to roll out in Spring)

Parents comment that this is a must-have and most have kids around 4 or 5 years old who use the Piggyback Ride Along Board. You can fold your stroller with it attached, too. Just be aware that you have to take shorter steps with the PiggyBack. I noticed while pushing the Vista with the board attached, I kept bumping up on it, so expect a slower stroll. But otherwise, it was fantastic!

From single to triple with a wide range of seating options the Vista offers flexibility parents require today.

What is the seat like?

Like most up-to-date luxury strollers, the seat comes as one complete molded piece. The entire toddler seat reclines in five positions from flat to nearly upright with a one-handed lever. The toddler seat now has even more cushy padding for comfort and but keeps your baby from getting too hot.

An adjustable five-point harness are for your child's safety and the shoulder pads feel extra soft. A padded bumper bar is included, as well as an adjustable footrest, but there is no snack tray.

One professional reviewer made the comment that the seatback isn't that tall, so if you have an especially tall 3 year old, your child's head may brush the top of the canopy, but otherwise children up to 3 ought to fit comfortably. The adjustable-height canopy goes up an additional two inches, giving your tall child some more room. 

The seat or bassinet is also elevated, which brings the child closer to Mom or Dad. Baby feels more secure, particularly when the bassinet or car seat faces the parent. Moms love this feature because they can see and talk to their babies while out and about.

UPPAbaby Vista
Measurements

Folded w/seat: 26½"W x 14"L x 33"H
Folded w/o seat: 26½"W x 13½"L x 33"H
Width: 26½"
Open Length: 37"
Handle height: 39½"-42½"
Seat Back: 19-21"
Seat Width: 12"
Tires: 8" front 11½" rear
Stroller weight w/seat: 27½ lbs.
Bassinet weight: 8.4 lbs.

How about the sun canopy?

I love the sun canopy! It gives excellent coverage and has a large mesh peek-a-boo window at the top. I like the mesh because it allows for air circulation which keeps your child cooler in hot weather. 

But wait, the canopy also has an SPF 50 extension visor that pops out, covering your baby all the way down to the belly bar! I also appreciate the fact that the mesh window covering has magnetic closures instead of Velcro, so when you peek in on your child, it's nice and quiet. 

Tell me about the bassinet

What I absolutely love about convertible strollers is that you can attach a bassinet for an old-fashioned, yet very stylish and elegant look.

However, most convertible strollers make you purchase the bassinet separately. Not UPPAbaby.

The UPPAbaby Vista comes with a beautiful and stylish bassinet that matches the color scheme you've chosen and your baby can ride up to the 6th month. Even better, the fabric lining the bassinet is a mix of undyed cotton and organic soybean fiber, which is both good for the environment and healthy for your baby. This liner zips off the bassinet mattress so you can pop it in the wash as needed.

The top of the bassinet has a carrying handle for easy on/off and carrying and the canopy includes the same flip-out silver visor that the seat has and that gives complete coverage. The bassinet has a boot covering the top to protect your baby from the elements, and it is easily removed with Velcro tabs.

As you look at the photo above, notice that the bassinet  has a mesh panel in the canopy and in the upper mattress to optimize air circulation. It also has a UV visor for additional protection. Fresh and breezy baby!

Many happy moms love the comfy bassinet, including a mom who said that her baby girl would fall asleep every time she was in it, and refused to sleep elsewhere. There's no doubt that the bassinet is comfortable, even for the youngest babies. Some parents even use the bassinet around the house for baby to take naps or when visiting grandparents. It's a quick and handy travel bed approved for overnight, indoor use.

What is the performance like?

Review after review remark on the maneuverability and smooth ride and I can personally vouch for that when I tested this remarkable stroller. For one you have large 11" rear foam tires and 8" rubber front tires. This means they do not go flat, ever, and parents love this as an added convenience - who wants to deal with pumping an air-filled tire gone flat? However, these tires ride just as smoothly as air-filled.

The large wheels are equipped with shock absorbing suspension, giving smooth rides, even on rougher terrain. A dad who enjoys long distance walks is very happy with his Vista, as explained in his testimonial and another mom mentions that the Vista fit the bill for her need to be able to go over various terrain. It is, however, not like an all-terrain stroller!

The frame on the Vista is thick and sturdy, which is quite different from many strollers that look almost flimsy with such thin tubing. This is a solid, well-built stroller and the quality is clearly obvious when you see it and push it.

How does the Vista fold?

The Vista folds in just one easy step, with or without the seat attached for every busy parents' convenience. In one motion, the frame folds downward into a standing fold. 

And UPPAbaby has thought of everything: rubber bumpers protect the stroller handlebar in the standing position. I like that thoughtful touch and the fact that my nice frame won't get scratched since it is free-standing on the wheels!

Oh, and even better, simply pull your Vista behind you like a rolling suitcase once folded - you can't get any easier than that!

Accessorize me!

Who doesn't like all the goodies that comes with your stroller? In addition to that fantastic UV protective visor, this UPPAbaby stroller also comes with a convenient zip-in weather shield and mesh bug shield. Accessories like these come in quite handy with unpredictable weather. I like how these two shields wrap around the front in a sleek look. It is very well integrated, if you ask me.

Love the look but wish it had a snack tray and cupholder? You can buy both the snack tray and parent organizer with cup holder to complete the amenities.

If you're taking a trip and cannot bear the thought of leaving your Vista behind (who would!) then safely transport it in the UPPAbaby Vista Travelsafe Travelbag. This bag is made of durable nylon and has exposed wheels to cart along behind you. The bag is also part of the TravelSafe program, which is like insurance because UPPAbaby guarantees your VISTA during air travel! Just register your stroller and travel bag online here prior to your departure. What peace of mind that brings.

Some parents have commented that if you're going to spend the money on the UPPAbaby Vista, then you may as well get the bassinet stand as well. The bassinet snaps securely into place and allows you to use your bassinet indoors. Don't wake the baby when you arrive home!

The stand is portable, has a storage shelf on the bottom and can hold up to 20 pounds. It comes in white, grey or a dark brown espresso. What I like is that later on you can purchase a hamper insert and use your stand for your laundry. This way it feels useful for a much longer time. Great idea!

What safety features does the Vista have?

The UPPAbaby Vista comes with red/green indicators that help parents attach the bassinet or seat securely. Red means you need to adjust the seat a little more and green means you're good to go!

The rear brake is foot activated; step down on the lever to lock and step down again to disengage. No more flipping the lever up with your toes to unlock your stroller. I tried out the brake using flip-flops and it couldn't have been easier.

What do parents get?

Tall parents, you're going to love this. The UPPAbaby Vista comes with a one-button telescopic handle with three height adjustments. No more slouching when pushing the stroller anymore. Average to shorter adults find this stroller quite comfortable to push in the lowest setting.

The Vista is also designed with a floating arch rear axle, which prevents parents from kicking the stroller, enabling them to take natural strides, even when power walking!

The UPPAbaby Vista has an enormous easy-access storage basket beneath the seat that has been updated to be even bigger. According to many positive reviews, the basket is huge, and can fit many baby and mommy necessities like a large diaper bag plus more. While the "floating axle" goes through the basket, it does not hinder the storage space. There's also a couple of handy pockets at the rear of the basket for bottles or other small items you don't want loose in the larger storage area.

The stroller comes with two convenient pockets behind the seat or at the end of the bassinet. These pockets are just the right size for items such as keys, cell phones, cameras, and wallets. Parents can purchase a separate UPPAbaby Cup holder and attach it to the cupholder mount on the Vista stroller. However, this cup holder has gotten mostly 1-star reviews saying it didn't work, cups and bottles spill. You might want to get the parent organizer instead.

See this informative video for what's new with UPPAbaby Vista 2015. (Current for present day)


Then this video shows the general features from the 2012 model that are still on the current year. 


How much should you pay?

The UPPAbaby official website has the current Vista listed at a suggested retail price of $819 for the silver frame, and $859 for the carbon frame. Looking around at different web retailers, I have noticed they're charging the same price, too, if they carry the current version at all.

A few places offering the Vista are on Amazon, with all colors in stock (at time of writing). BabyEarth is also a great place to check out to comparison shop, especially if your color is hard to find, or if one of these sites has a deal going on. BuyBuy Baby has the Samantha exclusively (the amethyst on carbon frame). 

Now if getting the 2014 version of this stroller is OK with you (it is still an AMAZINGLY good product) then you will save about $100. Buy it now before they all go out of stock.

What others are saying

UPPAbaby Vista reviews give this stroller system about a 4½-star rating across several web retailers for high style, seating options and superb maneuverability. Several moms wrote in their reviews that they're stopped during their outings by grandparents and expecting moms who ask about their Vista and remark at how gorgeous it looks.

Parents of single children as well as more than one child all love the flexibility the Vista offers. Review after review comment on the reverse seat and the beautiful bassinet. A mom from Killeen Texas uses her bassinet as a travel bed because it is far more compact than a pack n play. She says she is surprised at how much she uses the bassinet around the house. Who would have thought?

The fact that you can add on a second seat makes this product an attractive choice for families who plan on having more children. You don't have to think about buying a double - just keep using a stroller you already adore. The ease at switching out the bassinet, car seat adapter and toddler seat were mentioned several times.

Parents recommend the UPPAbaby Vista for the maneuverability and smooth ride. Grass, gravel driveways, uneven sidewalks and cobblestone streets are handled with ease according to reviews. A New York mother mentions that it works great in the snow.

Couples who are tall or of different height both find the Vista very comfortable to push because of the telescoping adjustable handle. A Maryland mom remarked that while she's 5'3" and her husband is 6'2", both felt that it worked well.

The big basket beneath the seat holds more than you expect. One Vista owner mentioned she could put a bag of groceries in it and on a different trip to the post office she took a rather big box plus her large diaper bag. That's impressive!

While this item is a financial investment for many families, LOTS of reviews say that the quality and workmanship are superb and the value this convertible stroller delivers is worth every penny.

Disadvantages

There are not that many complaints about this stroller, but the disadvantages are consistent over several reviews. The first complaint is about the weight; the Vista is considered full-sized and it can take up quite a bit of room in your vehicle. Add a rumble seat and it bulks up even more. Petite moms may have to wrestle with it a little bit.

The lack of a standard parent cup holder is a big disappointment to some owners. But overall, that's it.

Where can I buy the UPPAbaby Vista?

I have constantly seen the best price on Amazon. Some of the color choices are sold by third-party sellers, so if you have a favorite color, don't wait because their stock is often limited. 

Can you imagine yourself pushing your new little baby around in this beauty yet?



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