I have regretted MANY baby purchases. I got the most modern bouncy seat that would blend with our furniture, the most earth mama wrap carrier, and went through countless diaper bags. These are all collecting dust in our storage unit now. I knew that with a big purchase like a stroller, I had to get it right. I researched, got in store demonstrations and test drove many many strollers. Through this process, I came up with my three MUSTS for a stroller 1) I wanted a seat with rear facing capabilities 2) It was important that the stroller would grow with our family 3) most importantly, the stroller had to be easy to collapse. The UPPAbaby Vista was the best fit for our family based on these requirements.
The UPPAbaby Vista is a convertible travel system that grows with your family from one to three children. The stroller comes with a toddler seat and bassinet. Car seat adapters are available for purchase for Graco, Chicco, Peg Perego or Maxi-Cosi infant car seats. The true weight of the VISTA (seat and frame) is 25.5 lbs.
It’s so nice that the bassinet is included with the stroller. The VISTA toddler seat is suitable for children 3 Months and up. Until then, the options are the bassinet or the car seat. My son Harrison hated the car seat and this was a great alternative for us. The mattress is vented and safe for overnight sleeping. UPPAbaby offers a bassinet stand which can later be converted to a laundry hamper. One other bonus worth mentioning is all of the functions of the Vista – check them out in our best of multifunctional baby products post.
The VISTA comes with a full size toddler seat (for children 3 months through 50 lbs) that has rear and forward facing capabilities. It also reclines 180 degrees with one hand from totally upright to fully reclined. The handlebars also adjust to accommodate for height. The canopy on the seat and bassinet are extendable and SPF 50.
A HUGE perk of the stroller is the enormous basket! We have gone on major shopping trips and it gets our full approval. It accommodates all the bags for a weeks worth of groceries for us. The VISTA also has a “floating arch ‘no kick’ rear axle” which avoids the feeling that you are stepping on someones heels.
It is right around this time of year every winter when the snow melts just enough to uncover the millions of potholes on our roads. It also means that our sidewalks turn into the Rockies. I knew that no ordinary stroller could handle this sort of terrain. The VISTA comes with smooth rolling “no flat” foam wheels and shock absorbing front and rear suspension. This is our second winter with the VISTA and it handles extremely well!
What made this our top choice of stroller is the one step fold, with or without the seat attached. We live at the top of a three flat walk up, which requires me to keep the stroller in the trunk of our car. I load and unload the stroller from my car multiple times a day and could not be happier with how easy it has been to collapse. I tested every stroller six months pregnant in the store and the VISTA was the easiest to fold down. I highly highly recommend practicing folding your stroller and putting it in your trunk before you purchase.
These strollers are an investment and I wanted one that would grow with our family. The VISTA does convert into a double in-line stroller with the purchase of the Rumble Seat. You can use the Rumble seat in conjunction with the toddler seat or a car seat. The Rumble is safe for kids 6 months through 35 lbs. You can also purchase the PiggyBack ride along board to convert the VISTA into a triple stroller.
Although the VISTA is a double stroller, it is not an option for families with twins because the Rumble seat only accommodates children 6 months of age and up. I’m a little disappointed that the Rumble Seat can only be rear facing, but Im just nitpicking here.
All in all, we have been with the VISTA for 18 months now and I can honestly say that there is no better stroller for our family. It’s sturdy enough to handle the bumpy sidewalks but I can still maneuver my way through a small city boutique with no problem. We could not be more satisfied with our purchase!