UPPAbaby VISTA – an iconic convertible stroller

UPPAbaby VISTA
TypeAn exclusive convertible and expendable stroller
WeightThe version with one toddler seat: 26.6 lbs
Dimensions while folded25.7″ x 17.3″ x 33″ (WxLxH)
Maximum weight capacity50 lbs for the original toddler seat and 35 for an extra toddler seat
Main advantagesA multifunctional stroller which can be converted into a travel system with an appropriate UPPAbaby infant car seat without any extra adapters or with a variety of top infant car seats of other brands with the help of adapters. The stroller can be used as a pram as well with the bassinet included into the price. You can choose from a variety of configurations for a double or a twin stroller and attach a board for the third child.

Multifunctional strollers has become extremely popular nowadays. There is nothing strange about that since everyone wants to save money, time as well as space at home by choosing a single stroller which will work for your baby starting from the very first day up to the moment when he or she will not need a stroller at all. Of course, something like this is possible with convertible strollers which can be used not only like a regular stroller but also like a pram or a travel system.

Yet, this is not the end of the functionality of some strollers of this type. In fact, you can find an entire category of convertible strollers which are actually expandable. This means, such strollers include all of the features of convertible strollers while they can also be used with one or two children. This is not the same as double or twin strollers which are, as a rule, featured by a permanent configuration of seats. The category we are talking about are the strollers which are designed for two children although you can switch from a single mode to a double one by expanding the stroller. Speaking about such strollers, it is absolutely impossible not to mention UPPAbaby VISTA which is one of the top convertible models suitable for transporting more than one child.

If you are interested in finding more information about this stroller, I am sure this review will be useful for you as it includes all the necessary facts about this stroller including the differences between the versions of UPPAbaby VISTA.

What is UPPAbaby VISTA?

You might have already heard about UPPAbaby VISTA as about a stroller with state-of-the-art design and many useful functions which is also rather pricey. Indeed, the stroller has a rather high price, however, for many parents it has turned out to be a great investment since it can be used as a regular stroller, a pram and a travel system with a possibility of being expanded for a new baby as well. In addition to it, you can use UPPAbaby VISTA even with three children at a time adding a special board to the frame.

Even though UPPAbaby VISTA has been designed for urban areas, the quality of its wheels and suspension will let you use it off-road as well.

Actually, purchasing UPPAbaby VISTA, you will get not only the toddler seat in the price, but also a bassinet. This is a truly convertible stroller, which means you do not have to purchase additional seating options separately.

I have already mentioned the fact this stroller has several versions which are actually upgraded models. The latest upgrades of UPPAbaby VISTA took place in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In fact, all of these models are very similar to each other, especially the models from 2019 and 2018. For them, the difference is exclusively in the colour options. When it comes to UPPAbaby VISTA 2017, there are a couple of discrepancies between this model and the two following upgraded versions of this stroller.

First of all, there are differences in the length of the bassinet mattress. Furthermore, the cover of the handlebar in UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 was different as well as the coating of the frame. The front wheel shape was also different and even the fabric of the canopy and the seat are not the same in these models. Yet, as you can imagine, such details of a stroller do not have a particularly great impact on the performance, so the 2017 model is still very close to the newest versions of UPPAbaby VISTA.

In this article, I am going to focus on the 2019 model, however, you can relate almost everything (except for the colour versions) to the model released in 2018.

Dimensions and fold

The weight of the newest version of UPPAbaby VISTA is the same as it was in the previous model which is 26.6 lbs. To be precise, the chassis of the stroller weighs 19.3 lbs, whereas the bassinet weighs 8.8 lbs. The weight of the seat is 7 lbs. Certainly, it doesn’t make UPPAbaby VISTA a lightweight stroller, albeit, the weight is needed in such a model in order to provide your baby with stability and safety during the ride. The older models of the UPPAbaby VISTA are even heavier, although the 2017 version weighs less than the models from 2018 and 2019 – it is 26.3 lbs.

Even though UPPAbaby VISTA is a quite bulky stroller, its folding mechanism is very simple and can be operated with a single hand. Depending on your preferences, you can either fold the stroller with its seat or remove the seat beforehand. pay your attention to the colour indicators added to the stroller which will make it easier for you to understand whether you have attached the seat properly to the frame.

Once you fold the stroller, it will be locked automatically and be able to stand on its own which is also a useful feature.

The dimensions of UPPAbaby VISTA while it is folded are 25.7″ x 17.3″ x 33″ (WxLxH).

The major components of UPPAbaby VISTA

Let’s look at the major parts of UPPAbaby VISTA such as the seating options available for your babies, the canopy, the handlebar, the storage capacity as well as the wheels and suspension of UPPAbaby VISTA. I will provide you with all the necessary details regarding these components of the stroller.

The seating options of UPPAbaby VISTA

I have already mentioned the fact UPPAbaby VISTA can be used with a different number of children. While its basic version goes with one toddler seat and one bassinet, it is also possible to use this stroller with two identical seating options at a time or with different options. Furthermore, you can mix the seating options with an infant car seat or use two infant car seats simultaneously. On top of that, UPPAbaby VISTA is compatible with a board which can be used for an older child. Thus, the stroller can be used with four different types of seats and with three children.

A toddler seat

The regular seat included into the UPPAbaby VISTA set is suitable for children starting from 3 months and can be used up to the moment when their weight reaches 50 lbs. This is a larger age group of children than it is in the case of the majority of other strollers with their toddler seats suitable for the children who are at least 6 months old.

The seat of UPPAbaby VISTA is based on the buckle design which means reclining it will make not only the backrest to go back but also the entire seat. The reclining mechanism is very simple and can be used with just one hand allowing you to set the backrest to one of six positions which is quite a large choice. The full recline of this stroller is pretty flat, albeit not entirely as it is featured with an angle of a bit more than 20 degrees. That is why you shouldn’t use this seat with a newborn baby, however, it should not be a great problem for you since an appropriate bassinet is already included into the price.

For the comfort of your child, the manufacturer has also added a backrest with several positions to the toddler seat.

The bumper bar is already included into the price, so you will not have to pay for it separately.

I am glad to see that the UPPAbaby VISTA toddler seat is reversible which is crucial for the development of babies who, at a certain moment, become particularly curious about the surrounding world so that they do not won’t to face their parents during a walk anymore.

The major safety element in this stroller is a five-point harness which is featured by particular easiness of application. You can adjust it according to the height of your baby. The release button for the harness can be found in the middle and it will require some pressure for activation which will increase the safety of your child even more. There are even several positions for the straps available for your little passengers.

The bassinet

I am glad, one does not have to purchase a bassinet for UPPAbaby VISTA separately, unless you need an extra one. The stroller is really pricey, so it is nice to see such items are actually included into the price.

The bassinet of UPPAbaby VISTA is featured by quite a large weight capacity which is 20 lbs. The maximum height of a child it can hold is 25”. The height capacity is actually the difference between the versions of UPPAbaby VISTA which had come before the year of 2018 and the models coming in 2018 and later. In fact, the shape of the bassinet was changed which is now more square. Due to the fact, the bassinet can now hold a longer mattress. At the same time, it hasn’t changed the size of the bassinet itself.

One of the greatest advantages of the bassinet of UPPAbaby VISTA is the material it is made of. For example, the mattress pad of this stroller is featured by special perforation which is needed for improved air-flow. This is a feature which the majority of the prams available on the market are lacking.

The bassinet of UPPAbaby VISTA has a canopy with its own sun visor. Unfolding this visor will make it reach the apron. This sun visor will protect your baby not only against the sun, but also against the wind. There is also a large mesh widow hidden under a foldable panel in the lowest part of the canopy.

It is also crucial to mention that this bassinet is made of a special material which will let you clean it really easily. The inner liner is machine washable and it can be removed easily from the bassinet.

Pay your attention to the fact that the bassinet of UPPAbaby VISTA was proved as safe for overnight sleep. Actually, there is a variety of exclusive models of strollers which didn’t get such an approval for their bassinets.

The UPPAbaby VISTA travel system

There are two opportunities for changing your UPPAbaby VISTA into a travel system.

The first one is using the frame with a compatible infant car seat which will not require any additional adapters. The major seat which can be used in such a way is UPPAbaby MESA. Actually, this is one of the top infant car seats offered by this brand as well as one of the best models of infant car seats available on the market.

Note that, although the basic set doesn’t include an infant car seat, so you have to purchase it separately, you will still find sets including the seat as well on the market. Check the prices, since both of the options can be available with some discounts.

Even though UPPAbaby VISTA is compatible with the MESA infant car seat without a need of using any adapters, it doesn’t mean, you can create a travel system out of this stroller with just a single type of a baby carrier. Pay your attention to the fact, UPPAbaby VISTA is compatible with many infant car seats offered by the top brands such as Maxi-Cosi (for instance, the Mico seat) or Chicco (for example, the Keyfeat model). In order to use infant car seats of other brands with UPPAbaby VISTA, you should purchase adapters designed particularly for a chosen seat.

As you can see, even though the toddler seat is suitable for babies who are older than three months, there are two seating options available for younger children which are a bassinet and an infant car seat. If you are planning to use the stroller for a long trip, it will be better to use a bassinet though.

UPPAbaby VISTA with several seating options used at a time

I have already mentioned that UPPAbaby VISTA can be used with two infant car seats, two bassinets and two toddler seats simultaneously. In addition to it, you can mix the seats according to the needs of your children. Still, you should pay your attention to the fact the toddler seat which can be purchased as the second seating option for UPPAbaby VISTA is not the same as the one which goes in the original set.

There is a variety of configurations of seats available for this stroller. Yet, I am not particularly happy about the one based on a toddler seat and a bassinet. Unfortunately, if you want to use both of the m at the same time, you will have to set the bassinet below the toddler seat which is not exactly the most successful combination. Still, you can set an infant car seat above the toddler seat which will help to overcome this problem to some extent.

The combination of two bassinets is also somewhat troublesome since in this configuration, they are located rather close to each other, so as you are not able to see the baby resting in the lower bassinet.

An extra toddler seat available for this expandable stroller is known as Rumble Seat and its weight capacity is lower than the one featuring the original infant car seat. Thus, instead of 50 lbs, Rumble Seat can accommodate a child whose weight is not greater than 35 lbs. Actually, this makes the twin function of this stroller somewhat limited as you will not be able to use it with two sibling of the same age when they overgrow the weight of 35 lbs.

It is possible to expand UPPAbaby VISTA even more by adding PiggyBack board which is suitable for pre-schoolers.

Canopy

The canopy of the toddler seat is super large with its two panels which can be unfolded. Furthermore, there is also a long sun visor which can be unfolded as well. This one is featured by the UPF 50+ material.

Extending the entire canopy will provide your baby with a great shade covering the entire face and torso of your baby.

In addition to it, the canopy of the toddler seat is also equipped into a peek-a-boo window which fortunately has a magnetic closure. Unlike the Velcro one, such a closure is completely silent. The window is made of mesh.

Don’t forget about an absolutely amazing feature of this stroller which is a height-adjustable hood! This means, you can change the level of the canopy according to the height of your baby which is a feature that can be hardly found in any other strollers. The highest position is 23 inches. Note, the position of the canopy can be fixed with a lock.

Wheels

Even though UPPAbaby VISTA is not exactly an all-terrain stroller, it can handle various types of surfaces really well. Thus, this stroller can be a great choice not only for the people living in the urban area.

The front wheels of this stroller are 8” whereas the rear ones are 11.5”. The front wheels are equipped into a swivelling mechanism with a lock which means you can either use the stroller with pivoting wheels or lock them. The material of the wheels is polyurethane of the highest quality which can’t be punctured in any way. This material also will provide your child with a smooth ride.

Brakes

Fortunately, UPPAbaby VISTA has a single-action brake mechanism which is activated by a red pedal located right near the right rear wheel. This pedal can be used easily without any harm for your shoes or foot. In addition to that, the pedal has green and red indicators designed for informing the parents about the current condition of the brake.

Handlebar

I am more than glad to see a telescopic handlebar in UPPAbaby VISTA which is a rather rare feature. The telescopic mechanism provides more levels of height while, at the same time, it also gives extra space underneath which is crucial for tall people who also tend to have longer legs.

Note that the handlebar of UPPAbaby VISTA is covered by genuine leather which is an absolutely unique feature. This makes it more resistant to damages which is so typical for foam-covered handlebars. At the same time, genuine leather is free from any chemicals. Actually, the bumper bar has the same cover as well.

Storage options

The storage basket is one of the advantages of UPPAbaby VISTA as it is literally gigantic! Of course, full-size strollers tend to have large baskets, however, the one you will find in UPPAbaby VISTA can hold up to 30 lbs! This is more than enough to keep your possessions as well as the possessions of your children. You can also easily go shopping for groceries with your babies having such a large storage space in your stroller.

Fortunately, the basket is also easily accessible from almost any side.

You will also find a small zippered pocket on the backrest of the stroller which is handy for storing keys or smartphone.

UPPAbaby VISTA accessories

Even though UPPAbaby VISTA is a rather expensive stroller, its process covers a whole bunch of accessories which are usually sold separately in the case of many other strollers including the most pricey ones.

As you have already learnt, the original set includes two seating options which are a bassinet and toddler seat. A bumper bar also goes with this price.

I am more than glad to find that this stroller goes with different types of covers which are extremely important for the safety and comfort of your baby. First of all, you will find both a bug shield and a rain cover for a toddler seat in the price. In addition to it, the bassinet has its own bug shield as well which is rare feature. For many strollers, you will not be able to find such a shield even if you decide to buy it separately.

There is also a special storage bag for bassinet and a bumper bar is also included into the price.

Still, you can purchase a variety of other accessories for this stroller if you need them.

First of all, additional seating options are available for sale including an extra bassinet, Rumble Seat and a board for an older child. If you want to use some other infant car seat with UPPAbaby VISTA, you can also shop for appropriate adapters.

Other useful gadgets available for this stroller are UPPAbaby Carry-All Parent Organizer with three pockets which can be used as cup holders as well. For your baby, you can buy a snack tray. Separate UPPAbaby Cup Holder is also available.

Finally, if you want to make a toddler seat more convenient for infants, you can purchase UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat which is a special cosy insert.

UPPAbaby VISTA colour versions

There is a great variety of colour versions available for UPPAbaby VISTA. As I have already mentioned, they are different for the 2018 and 2019 models. In addition to it, you can find entire series of colours which are changing with time.

For instance, there is a collection offered for UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 which includes the following colours: Black, Black Melange, Blue Marl and Green Melange. The Black stroller has a so-called carbon frame whereas other models have silver frames. Note that all the frames of both UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 and UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 are featured by a matte effect which was created by special substances aiming to protect the stroller against damages.

Another fantastic collection has merino wool in its fabrics which is perfect for cold locations. The colours available in this collection are Bryce which has a white seat with a white canopy and a white bassinet. The frame is silver in this stroller.

Other colour versions in this collection are Emmet which is green melange, Henry (Blue Marl), Jordan (Charcoal Melange) and Spenser (Grey and Yellow Tartan).

Check the colour versions regularly in order not to miss the most beautiful models of UPPAbaby VISTA!

UPPAbaby VISTA – pros and cons

Undeniably, UPPAbaby VISTA is featured by an amazing number of absolutely great features some of which are totally unique. Even though it is one of the most multifunctional stroller, it still has a couple of small cons. That is why, you should look through this summary of positive and negative features of this stroller which will make it easier for you to make the right decision of buying this stroller.

Pros:

  • the stroller is fully convertible as it can be used with a toddler seat, an infant car seat and a bassinet;
  • the stroller is compatible with one of the best UPPAbaby infant car seats which means you will not have to buy any adapters for using these products as a travel system;
  • the stroller can be used with other popular infant car seats with special adapters;
  • the stroller can be expanded by adding an extra infant car seat, a bassinet or a Rumble Seat;
  • there is a third option available which is a special board for an older child;
  • a variety of double and twin configurations;
  • a reversible toddler seat with a super large canopy and an adjustable five-point harness suitable fro children;
  • the height of the canopy of the toddler seat is adjustable;
  • a breathable bassinet with a large canopy which is equipped in its own sun visor;
  • a super huge and easily accessible storage basket;
  • an adjustable handlebar with a telescopic mechanism;
  • the handlebar and the bumper bar are covered with genuine leather;
  • can be used for off-road strolls;
  • the price includes a rain cover and an insect shield for the toddler seat as well as an insect shield for the bassinet;
  • compact foold;
  • amazing colour versions and a collection based on the materials including merino wool.

Cons:

  • pricey;
  • Rumble seat has a way smaller weight capacity than the original toddler seat;
  • the configurations for two babies including bassinet are not particularly successful while limiting the view of the second child.

My conclusions

Needless to say, UPPAbaby VISTA is one of the best convertible and expandable strollers available on the market. It is packed with great features and offers fantastic functionality.

I will recommend this stroller to the parents with young children of different age in the first place. For such children, you can easily use UPPAbaby VISTA in different configurations including all of the three seating options. Furthermore, if you have an older child, you can also provide him or her with a board which will let you give your kid a lift.

At the same time, this stroller might be not the best option for parents of just one child who are not planning to have more children in the near future. This is so primarily because of the large weight of UPPAbaby VISTA which is needed for maintaining the functionality of an expandable stroller. Furthermore, it might also be somewhat problematic to use this stroller with twins when they overgrow the weight of 35 lbs since this is the limit for an extra seating option available for UPPAbaby VISTA.

Otherwise, this stroller is certainly one of the models of the highest quality in the category of convertible and expandable strollers.

I am particularly glad about the fact this stroller can be easily used for off-road trips. An adjustable handlebar covered with genuine leather is also an essential element of this model. Don’t forget about the possibility to set the height of the canopy of a toddler seat which is something you will hardly find in other strollers.

Certainly, UPPAbaby VISTA is an expensive stroller since its price reaches almost a thousand of dollars. Yet, unlike many other stroller of different price categories, this one has a large variety of accessories starting from a bassinet and ending with its travel bag. That is why, counting the expenses which could be generated by purchasing all of these items separately, you will see that the price is quite adequate to all of the goods it covers.

Lindsey Mitchell

Welcome to my blog, dear moms! I'm Lindsey, happy mother of two, keen blogger, traveller who likes to cook and spend time reading a good book. If you have any questions or find it difficult to make a choice, feel free to message me - I'm here to help!

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