Lost in the Stroller Jungle? {Uppababy Vista Review}

A couple of months go, when we were still living in Canada, something funny happened to me on my coffee run at Starbucks.

I haven’t had my morning cup of coffee yet, so when a lady dressed in all black with matching black sunglasses came up to me and asked: “Do you love you stroller?” I looked at her with a question mark in my face (because of my lack of caffeine, I suppose). Then I realized she was pregnant, because why else would anyone ask that question, right?

I was really excited to share my thoughts with her, because secretly I really enjoy talking about baby stuff.

Actually, I wanted to shout at her: ”Heck, yes, I’m loving my stroller!” but kept it to a short “Yes, we’re really happy with it!”

My son is riding in the Uppababy Vista. I quickly explained to the lady what I loved most, and I was inspired to share this information right here on the blog.

Image: Uppababy.com

We’re usually not huge into buying every piece of baby equipment, and have always been trying to keep things simple and to a minimum. But after a year and a half, I can happily say that this stroller was one of the best pieces of baby equipment we own. It was a gift from my mom and her partner, thankyouverymuch!! :razz:

So why did we pick the Uppababy Vista?

Pros:

  • It comes with everything you need: Bassinet for the first few months, multi-position toddler seat (can be used facing you or out and reclines into 4 or 5 positions for napping), raincover, and mosquito cover.
  • It has a huge storage basket underneath, which makes grocery shopping without a car much easier

  • It’s easy to “drive” and fold
  • There’s a huge sun cover (UPS 50) attached to the canopy, and this is the only stroller that I’ve ever seen with an attached sun cover. You will need to buy this for other strollers (little umbrellas that attach on the side or mesh covers, etc.)
  • Car seat adapters are available for a number of car seat brands (we have a Maxi-Cosi Mico), so it easily can be transformed into a travel system
  • It is comfortable for my toddler to sit or nap in, especially with the multiple recline-positions. The big wheels makes it easy to turn the stroller and shocks absorb bumps on the road to keep the ride as smooth as possible.

Cons:

  • The cup holder (purchased separately) is useless. Drinks will always spill, if the cups are close to full. It’s not a good idea to have hot drinks above your baby’s head anyway, but definitely don’t rely on this thing.
    However, it seems that Uppababy has recently released a new cup holder.
  • It’s fairly large - on the other hand it folds easily to save space.
  • It’s not cheap. I’ve seen it on a deal website for $499 a while ago, but I’m not sure if that’s a recurring deal or not, so I think it will probably cost anywhere between $600 and $800 nowadays.

When buying a stroller, it’s best to keep your lifestyle in mind: Do you like to run? Do you need storage space? Do you like to keep things small and out of the way? It’s easiest to just go to a baby store and try out a few models, before you commit to such a big purchase, but having used our stroller for the past year and a half, I can highly recommend it.

It will last from the newborn stage through toddlerhood (and up to 50 lbs). You can also purchase a variety of accessories, such as cupholders, colour swap kits, and even a booster seat for your growing family.

With my son being one and a half, we are encouraging him to walk, so we’re not using our stroller as much as in the beginning (well, in the very beginning he actually preferred his Moby wrap). However it’s definitely been used on an almost daily basis (we don’t own a car and walk a lot) in the last 20+ months.

So, thank you, mom-to-be at Starbucks, for inspiring me to share my love for the Uppababy Vista. If you’re expecting and looking into such things right now, then I really hope you find this review useful.

Feel free to comment, if you can recommend other strollers or let me know if you have a question!

Posted on by Susan Posted in Baby, Product Review

5 Responses to Lost in the Stroller Jungle? {Uppababy Vista Review}

  1. Neva L. Frederick

    We have te uppababy vista and LOVE it! We used the bassinet for the first 3 months an now use the seat. We love that he can face us or face the world, the basket is Humongous!, the ride is smooth! Comes with all of the accessories and can’t get a flat tire. I did buy a few things, a jolly jumper caddy for drinks and storage on the handlebars and an uppa snuggly insert for the seat, a hook and a toy bar to keep him entertained! He sleeps like and angel in their and we love our nightly neighborhood walks and it’s no big deal if we hit the market the basket is huge and we don’t have to carry a thing! I cant say enough good things! Uppa all the way!

  2. Jeremy Gonzalez

    I did a LOT of research before buying this stroller, I compared with the bugaboo cameleon and I decided to get this one instead. It is a great one, however now that my baby is 7 months old I don’t think this is the best stroller for her…Pros:* Great size and very accessible basket (I even put my small dog in it when he gets tired walking)* Drives smooth and easy to handle with just one hand* Wheels don’t go flat (which is something really bothered me about the bugaboo)* Adjustable handle for my tall husband* It is a high stroller so my baby can seat on the stroller and still be at the table’s level when we are in a restaurant* Very sturdy and well madeCons:* It is WIDE, when I am in stores at the mall, I am always bumping into rack bases, clothes and all kinds of things. When walking with other moms I am always bumping into their strollers with my wheels* It is heavy and bulky when folded, I have a small SUV and it still does not leave a lot of space for groceries and other stuff.* The reclining does not go very straight or very flat (this is the worst part of all) being a new parent I thought that 3 seat positions were enough for my baby, I was sooo wrong!! I don’t know about other babies but she wants to be either straighter to see everything, or very reclined to take naps. Since this stroller does not have any of those features, she gets up very frustrated. I don’t think she totally hates the stroller, but she does not like it either. Too much time in it, and she gets very fussy, especially if she is tired. I compared this stroller with the cameleon in every aspect but this one, and I really regret it.In conclusion, although it is a good stroller, because of the weight, the bulkiness AND the reclining restrictions, I need another stroller now, which really bothers me because we are talking about a $600 stroller. Think twice about getting it, especially if you are first time parent.

    • Susan

      Sorry to hear you are not happy with the Uppababy Vista. :( Actually I find the recline is very upright and my son loves looking out. Our model has 5 recline-positions, not 3. Maybe something is wrong with the reclining mechanism on your frame? Can you get it checked out, before having to buy a new stroller? Thanks for sharing your thoughts and good luck!

  3. Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families

    This looks like an amazing stroller if you have a newborn who likes to sleep a lot. I always bought the infant travel system and my baby never seemed to mind sleeping in it but this one looks more comfy.

    • Susan

      Yes, my son definitely was very comfy in the bassinet. He wasn’t a big fan of the car seat (which we barely used anyway, because we didn’t have a car), so this was the perfect solution for us. We were able to go about our day, while he happily napped in the stroller. Even later, when we switched to the toddler seat, we sometimes got 3 hour naps in it. :)

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