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UPPAbaby VISTA – In-Depth Review & Comparison (2019, 2018, 2017)

If you’re here, you’re probably wondering: Is UPPAbaby VISTA worth the money? Which model is the best: VISTA 2019, VISTA 2018 or maybe VISTA 2017? Which color version to choose and which accessories are necessary?

As a mother of three, who was using VISTA for over 3 years, I think I can help you to answer these questions.

UPPAbaby VISTA Review

UPPAbaby VISTA is a stroller beloved by many moms. It is a convertible stroller with toddler seat and additional bassinet. It’s a great option for parents who live in the city and are looking for an everyday stroller for running daily errands around town, as well as off-road trips.

Moreover, each model of UPPAbaby VISTA is perfect solution for parents who plan on having bigger family, as this stroller grows with the baby and expands for the second child. This pushchair has so many features! Read my full article with UPPAbaby VISTA review and find out if this stroller meets your needs.

UPPAbaby VISTA - Gregory
UPPAbaby VISTA

  • It looks beautiful and sleek
  • All materials and fabrics are top-notch
  • It can accommodate even 3 kids at once!
  • The bassinet is roomy, breathable and approved for overnight sleep
  • The main seat features deep recline and hassle-free harness
  • It’s very easy to maneuver and it glides like a breeze
  • You’ll fit all of your gear in the HUGE storage basket
  • According to hundreds of customers it’s worth the money

Check price of UPPAbaby VISTA at Amazon or at PishPosh Baby

UPPAbaby VISTA Review – What this stroller can offer you and your baby

Let me start by saying this review refers to both VISTA 2018 and VISTA 2019 (and even the “old” VISTA 2017) as all these models are very similar. However, there are some minor differences which I highlighted. At the end you can see my comparison: UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 vs VISTA 2018 vs VISTA 2017.

All pictures and information about VISTA functions refer to VISTA 2019 and VISTA 2018, as the only difference between these two strollers is the fashion lineup (preorder your VISTA 2019 today!).

VISTA 2017 differs from these newer models in: bassinet mattress length, handlebar cover, shape of the front wheel, frame coating and fabric of the seat and canopy and colors (keep reading to find out more). But the overall look and performance is actually the same for these 3 model.

So in this article I review UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 & 2019, but I also compare it with the older model from 2017 to give you bigger perspective how this stroller evolved and improved over the last few years.

Generally speaking, UPPAbaby VISTA has many great functions which allow this stroller to grow with the baby and the whole family. This multi-tasking and well-equipped buggy can be the only stroller you will ever need.

Personally, I’ve been using this UPPAbaby Vista for my twins, at first with two bassinets, now with a toddler seat and Rumble Seat. I prefer bassinets in first months because they provide completely flat position for baby’s delicate spine and I can regulate baby’s temperature. I’m not a fan of using a car seat for long strolling, so VISTA and its bassinets were perfect for my needs. ~ Zooey

What’s included in the set?

The basic set of UPPAbaby VISTA includes:

  • Frame
  • Four wheels
  • Bassinet with bug shield and storage bag
  • Toddler seat with rain and bug shields
  • Bumper bar
UPPAbaby VISTA - what's included in the set
These are the parts that you receive with UPPAbaby VISTA – quite nice equipment

Seating options for one child

As I briefly mentioned earlier UPPAbaby VISTA can be used for one, two or even three kiddos. Thanks to the bassinet and toddler seat included with the stroller, it can serve you from birth well into toddlerhood.

Regular seat (from 3 months – up to 50 lbs / 40″)

UPPAbaby VISTA stroller is equipped with standard toddler seat which can be front or rear facing. Most parents use VISTA as infant-to-toddler stroller and in that case reversible seat is a must have. Why?

When babies are only few moths old we want to keep an eye on them and want them to ride in parent-facing mode. But when children get older and more interested in the World they don’t want to look at mommy the whole time. They want to observe the surrounding and look around during the stroll. And here the reversible seat is perfect solution.

Thanks to reversible seat that just clicks in and out UPPAbaby VISTA can be your only stroller for real.

UPPAbaby VISTA - Reversible seat
Switching between front and rear facing mode is very simple. The seat is lightweight and easy to click onto the frame

The seat has also six position recline. You can easily lower or raise the seat with just one hand thanks to innovative lever (as opposed to very common buckle with two straps on the back of the seat which requires using two hands).

Notice that VISTA has buckle-style seat and when you recline it, the whole seat goes back, not just the backrest.

Fully reclined seat is 23.6° from the ground, which means the baby doesn’t lie completely flat. According to the manufacturer this position is suitable for babies from 3 months.

The maximum capacity of the seat is 50 lbs and it can accommodate a child up to 40” high.

UPPAbaby VISTA - Reclining seat
Multi-position recline and adjustable leg rest allow you to create a comfortable space for your baby’s nap time

There is also very nice bumper bar for baby’s safety, as well as adjustable multi-position leg rest for added comfort during nap on-the-go.

I think it’s noteworthy that for the last couple of years VISTA seat design hasn’t been changed. Why change a good thing, right? 🙂 So you can find the same seat on VISTA 2018 and VISTA 2019 (as well as on the old model from 2017).

This convertible stroller is equipped with five-point harness. It is very easy to put on the harness and to take it off. The release button is placed in the middle and is easy to use, but it requires a little pressure which I find great because your little one can’t take off the harness by him-/herself.

The harness is highly adjustable to fit the little passenger and make their ride comfortable. There are three shoulder height positions and several crotch strap position – I like that it’s so easy to change the height settings and you don’t have to go to the back of the stroller or take off the whole seat pad.

Of course you can also tighten and loosen all straps – this in turn may seem quite complicated, at least until you can a good hang of it.

UPPAbaby VISTA - 5-point harness
UPPAbaby VISTA has 5-point harness with adjustable straps

If you have troubles with adjusting UPPAbaby VISTA harness or don’t know how to tighten the straps properly, watch this video.

Psst! Do you like UPPAbaby Vista but you’re on a small budget? There is very similar stroller that costs about 3 times less than VISTA! Read my review of Evenflo Pivot Modular.

Now let’s take a look at the canopy. This is another advantage highlighted by dozens of parents. VISTA sunshade is LARGE.

There are two expendable panels and long pop out sun visor made of UPF 50+ material. When the canopy is fully extended it covers baby’s face and torso.

UPPAbaby VISTA - Generous canopy with pop out sun visor
UPPAbaby VISTA has generous canopy with extendable sun visor

We all know how important it is to protect baby’s delicate skin from harmful sun rays and how much kiddos hate having sun in their eyes. Thanks to VISTA oversize canopy these problems are solved.

Another thing that you’re going to love about this sunshade is the viewing window. UPPAbaby knows how precious is baby’s nap time – that’s why their iconic stroller has peek-a-boo window with silent magnetic closure. Therefore you can spy on your little one whenever you want without having to worry about waking they up.

This window is made of mesh so it provides nice air flow – very useful feature for summer strolls.

Oh, and there’s one more thing about this hood that I have to mention! It is height-adjustable – to give your growing toddler more head space. When your baby gets taller you just slide the canopy up. How great is that?!

The max. headroom is 21-23″. Since 2017 VISTA canopy has better lock, so when you slide it up and down it stays in the place better. On the last models the material has been also upgraded and now it doesn’t wrinkle that much.

UPPAbaby VISTA - Height-adjustable canopy
All UPPAbaby VISTA models have height-adjustable canopy (as well as telescoping handlebar which you can also see in this picture)

Bassinet (from birth – up to 20 lbs / 25″)

This stroller also comes with a bassinet which you can use from day one until your baby is 20 lbs and 25”.

The best thing about this bassinet is how breathable it is. The mattress pad in the bassinet is perforated and allow the air to circulate through. The base is vented as well.

On hot days you can additionally unzip the back panel of the canopy for extra air-flow.  Thanks to these features your little one will stay cool and comfy – no sweating, no overheating!

I also like the big canopy with sun visor that almost touches the apron when fully extended. It provides complete protection from wind and sun rays so your newborn baby could rest or nap undisturbed. And you could enjoy summer strolls without worrying about sunburns.

UPPAbaby Vista - Canopy
I love that the canopy fully protects the baby from the sun and wind, at the same time provides proper air-flow

And if something spills out or your baby vomits during the stroll you will be able to clean the bassinet without any problems. The inner liner and boot cover are easy to remove and you can throw them into the washing machine.

There is one more advantage of UPPAbaby Bassinet – it is approved for overnight sleep, if you add UPPAbaby Bassinet Stand (check it here) .

The bassinet was upgraded for 2018 model of UPPAbaby VISTA and they keep this updated model for VISTA 2019.

Since 2018 it has more squared shape and thanks to that it fits 2.5 inches longer mattress. This change allows to accommodate taller infants and gives your baby more room to grow. But you don’t have to worry the whole bassinet has got bigger or bulkier – current bassinet has exactly the same size as on VISTA 2017.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 & VISTA 2019 - New bigger bassinet
UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 & 2019 come with upgraded bassinet (with longer mattress)

To sum up, VISTA 2018 and 2019 have exactly the same bassinet, but the old model – VISTA 2017 has slightly smaller mattress. The size and appearance are the same.

UPPAbaby VISTA Travel System (with additional purchase of MESA infant car seat)

UPPAbaby VISTA can be also used as a travel system with UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat – and we don’t need any adapters for it! It just simply clicks onto the frame. You can purchase MESA separately – click here to see what safety features it has and how much it costs, or you can buy it as a set (VISTA stroller + bassinet + car seat).

VISTA can be also easily turned into a travel systems thanks to compatibility with other infant car seats (for example: Chicco Keyfit car seat and Maxi-Cosi Mico car seat). In that case you will need a special adapter to attach the car seat to the frame.

Thanks to travel system option parents can use VISTA from birth not only with the bassinet, but also with infant car seat. It’s very convenient especially if parents drive a lot with their baby and want to quickly switch between stroller, car and home.

UPPAbaby VISTA travel system with MESA infant car seat
UPPAbaby VISTA doesn’t require any adapters for MESA infant car seat

The beauty of strolling with a car seat is that you don’t need to wake your baby up by taking them out of the car seat and putting to the bassinet. You can stroll while your baby is still sleeping in a car seat (it’s a solution rather for short distances though).

PRO TIP: If you are looking for a travel system for your baby you may also like Britax B-Agile Travel System. Check out my full review here or read my raking of The Best Travel Systems.

UPPAbaby VISTA as expandable stroller

All models of VISTA expand to accommodate second child – you can add second bassinet, car seat or Rumble Seat for a toddler.

Keep in mind that although both seats look very similar, the Rumble Seat has lower weigh capacity (35 lbs instead of 50 lbs).

VISTA 2019, 2018 & 2017 is also compatible with PiggyBack board therefore this expandable stroller can accommodate up to three kids.

As you can see this is very multitasking stroller! In the picture below there are all of the seating combination for two kids. UPPAbaby VISTA gives flexibility and adapts to parents’ needs!

UPPAbaby VISTA - Seating configuration for two kids
UPPAbaby VISTA – Seating configuration for two kids

The only thing that I don’t like about expanded VISTA is the combination of bassinet and toddler seat. As you can see in the picture above, the bassinet has to go below the toddler seat. I definitely prefer to keep younger baby closer to me (especially a newborn). Good thing is that you can attach the infant car seat in upper position.

Another common issue with expandable strollers is the combination of two bassinets – they are very close to each other and the upper one completely covers the lower one, so you can’t see your baby, unless you close the canopy.

Parents who plan on using VISTA for two kids, should keep these issues in mind.

The UPPAbaby VISTA adapts to growing family and even three kids can ride in it at the same time! With some additional purchases this stroller allows you to install two infant car seats or bassinets or toddler seats (or one of each) and there is also a place where the third, oldest kid can stand during strolling.

See more fantastic strollers with option of expanding. If you’re looking for modern convertible stroller for one child check my ranking here.

Wheels & Suspension

These are another features that you’re going to love about this stroller, because they make it truly multi-functional. VISTA wheels handle many types of terrain and ensure your little one is always having smooth and pleasant ride. And of course you can push it with one hand.

Front wheels are 8” and the rear ones are 11.5”. What is noteworthy the design of the wheels has been improved over the last few years. Since 2017 UPPAbaby VISTA has polyurethane wheels, which are more durable and give the stroller better maneuverability and smoother ride. VISTA 2016 and older models had foam-filled rubber wheels. But regardless the model you choose, you will never have flat tire or have to worry about inflating! 🙂

Since 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA has also new front wheel design. The front wheels mirror the rear wheels – they have the same tread pattern and shape. So now they are more rounded than in older models and have more tread.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 & 2019 - New front wheel design
Both UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 and VISTA 2019 have new front wheel design

For VISTA 2019 there are no functional changes, so whether you purchase 2019 or 2018 model you will receive the same wheel – made of polyurethane and with the new front wheel design.

In each version of UPPAbaby VISTA front wheels are pivoting and can be locked for riding over tougher terrain. This stroller handles various types of surfaces, even wooded trails, not only thanks to amazing wheels, but also shock-absorbing suspension put on all four wheels.

This means less shaking and more smooth ride! You can go with your VISTA even for an off-road stroll.

Maneuverability and pushing

UPPAbaby VISTA is very comfortable to push, nimble and easy to maneuver. Most of the time you can steer it with one hand, but this stroller is pretty wide therefore one-hand pushing may decrease your control in tight turns. When you are going through narrow spaces and tight corners it is more convenient to push it with two hands.

However, you should remember that especially when you expand VISTA to a double stroller, it gets more clumsy, so it can be more difficult to steer in tight spaces or crowds. In this case you will also need two hands for pushing.

Although the wheels are not air-filled like in joggers, they can go over pretty much any type of terrain: old sidewalks, cobblestone, grass, gravel, snow… maybe not the beach sand, but it is still pretty impressive as for an everyday stroller! According to many parents this stroller rolls like a dream.

 

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Brakes

VISTA stroller has a foot-oparated parking brake. Tap the pedal once to lock the rear wheels and tap it again to unlock them. Easy-peasy. Thanks to this mechanism the brake is easy to set and release in open-toed shoes or even with a bare foot!

It’s a pedicure-friendly brake because you don’t have to lift the pedal with your foot. This is another excellent feature about this stroller.

Moreover, the brake pedal has green and red indicator that informs parents if the brake is engaged or released, so you can be sure that you set the brake properly.

UPPAbaby VISTA - flip flops friendly brake
Flip flops friendly brake on UPPAbaby VISTA

Handlebar

Another useful function is the extendable telescoping handlebar which is a great feature for parents of different height.

In majority strollers the handlebar adjust by rotating and tall parents sometimes push the stroller while being really close to it and are very likely to kick it. This issue is solved very well in VISTA.

The handle just telescopes in and out of the frame so tall parents don’t kick the back of the stroller during walking.

When my husband, who is 6’2″ and a foot taller than me, wants to stroll with VISTA, he just pushes the button and slides the handlebar up, until its height is comfortable for him. This handlebar is very similar to the one that Bugaboo Donkey has. ~ Zooey

What’s noteworthy is that over the last few years the brand has changed the handlebar cover.

Since 2018 all models of VISTA stroller come with REAL leather handlebar and bumper bar. According to the manufacturer this material doesn’t contain any chemicals.  These new leather bars give the stroller smart look. The leather is available in few colors – notice that the brand has added some new color options for VISTA 2019.

UPPAbaby VISTA - real leather handlebar
Since 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA has real leather handlebar and bumper bar

In 2017 only a few color versions of UPPAbaby VISTA had leather cover for the handlebar. Previous models didn’t have that option at all – the handlebar had just foam cover. However, if you have old VISTA (2016 or 2015) and would like to add leather cover for the handlebar, you can purchase it separately (for example here).

Storage

UPPAbaby VISTA stroller has a HUGE basket under the seat where you can keep a diaper bag, snacks, your baby toys and other everyday essentials (overall capacity of 30 lbs). The basket is easily accessible, especially from the back.

UPPAbaby VISTA has gigantic storage basket
UPPAbaby VISTA has gigantic storage basket

You can walk out of the house for a whole day and all of your necessary supplies will fit in that basket. There is also very useful small pocket placed on the back of the seat, where you can put your keys and phone (it may be too small for a bottle of water). It has a zipper to protect your things from accidentally falling out during the stroll.

Materials

VISTA is made of high-quality materials so the stroller will serve you for decades. 🙂 The seat is nicely padded and the material is very easy to wipe clean.

Since 2018 VISTA has new fabrics that are rather mat and less shiny than on VISTA 2017.

The frame is made of aluminum and magnesium alloy which makes it light, but very durable at the same time. Another change that was made for VISTA 2018 (and kept for VISTA 2019) is that the frame is powder-coated, instead of carbon-coated. So now it has mat finish and it’s less susceptible for scratching.

Since 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA has less scratchy frame
Since 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA has less scratchy frame

Weight & Size

UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 and UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 weigh the same – 26.6 lbs. The frame weighs 19.3 lbs, seat is 7.3 lbs and bassinet is 8.8 lbs. This may be not the lightest buggy in this category but I guess its features and versatility compensate its size and weight.

It is also worth to mention that 2017 model weighs slightly less – 26.3 lbs, while the older model from 2016 weighted 27.5 lbs!

Another noteworthy thing is that currently the stroller is a bit narrower. Since 2017 VISTA is 25.7″ wide, while 2015/2016 models were 26.5″ wide.

Folding

UPPAbaby VISTA - Self-standing fold (VISTA 2019, VISTA 2018)
UPPAbaby VISTA is easy to fold with one hand, it locks automatically and stands on its own when folded

Folding VISTA is very simple, and in the new version is even easier and can be done with one hand. You can fold the stroller with the seat attached or you can remove it first.

Great thing about VISTA is that it has automatic lock which holds the folded buggy closed, and it can stand on its own when folded.

Specification (2018 & 2019)

Stroller typeConvertible
Stroller weight26.6 lbs (frame + toddler seat)
Weight limit50 lbs (toddler seat)
Stroller dimensions 25.7″ x 36″ x 39.5″ (WxLxH)
Folded dimensions 25.7″ x 17.3″ x 33″ (WxLxH)
Handlebar height39.5-42.5”

Setup

This was our first stroller so we were a little nervous it would be hard to put it together. But it turned out it was very simple. It took less than 10 minutes! And one more great thing about VISTA is that there is another color indicator which inform if the seat is properly installed into the frame (green indicator).

Extras for the convenient ride (included)

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 comes with two bug shields, one for bassinet and one for toddler seat. There is also a rain cover for the seat and specially designed storage bag for the bassinet. The bumper bar for the regular seat is included as well.

Notice that most of the high-end strollers don’t offer these conveniences. I think it is great advantage of the VISTA that it includes shields, because with my other strollers I had to buy them separately.

UPPAbaby VISTA comes with rain and bug shields for the toddler seat
UPPAbaby VISTA comes with a few accessories, including rain and bug shields for the toddler seat

Still, some parents complain that a $700+ stroller doesn’t include accessories like parent console or child tray. These items are sold independently.

Pros & Cons

To sum up my review I put the major advantages and disadvantages in the table below. Keep in mind that it’s just my opinion. 🙂

ProsCons
  • Many seating combinations – the stroller grows with the baby and adapts to growing family
  • One of the best bassinets for 2018 – it provides proper ventilation, big canopy shields baby from the sun and wind, it’s spacious and super comfy
  • Easy, one-hand recline and huge canopy on toddler seat
  • Each seat click onto the frame easily, reversing the seat takes few seconds
  • Oversized basket with HUGE weight capacity – I can easily fit there my two diaper bags
  • Good-sized wheels and suspension make the stroller suitable for many types of terrain – even gravel and snow
  • Maneuvers like a breeze
  • Adjustable handlebar makes pushing convenient for all-height parents
  • Beautiful colors and high-quality fabrics
  • Durable, made of excellent materials
  • Strong and robust frame
  • Rain & bug shields included with the stroller
  • Responsive customer service
  • I’m not a fan of certain seating combinations: bassinet+bassinet and bassinet+toddler seat (but it was not a deal breaker for me)
  • Lifting it to the car trunk is doable, but if I had to carry it up and down the stairs few everyday it would be annoying and difficult, especially right after the birth
  • With two seats is a bit more difficult to turn and steer in crowds
  • Pricey stroller, expanding it to a double is an additional cost

What other parents think about UPPAbaby VISTA?

I always check customer reviews on Amazon to find out what other people think about the product I’m about to buy (especially when it’s so expensive like VISTA). There are dozens of positive opinions – both for VISTA 2018 and VISTA 2017. Below you can see which features are the most and least favorite for parents.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017:

Main assets that parents mention are: adjustable handlebar, easy folding, big and easily accessible basket, easy assembly, responsive customers service, high-quality materials and fabrics, smooth ride.

Parents also mention few flaws: this is not the lightest stroller on the market (but even small moms don’t have problems with putting it to the car trunk) and it’s wider than many other standard strollers so it may be harder to navigate through tight sidewalks or crowds.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2018:

According to customers VISTA is very easy to push and turn. It rolls very smoothly. Enormous basket where you can fit ALL of your gear, even for a weekend trip is another advantage. Moreover parents love the bassinet, which is a bit extended in the new version, and the whole stroller looks just beautiful. Parents praise the craftsmanship, quality of fabrics and colors.

Customers say folding is easy but the stroller is not very convenient to carry. Removing and adding seats/attachments is quick and easy. However the seating option where the bassinet is on the bottom position and toddler seat is on top is not good. One parent says it’s too bumpy for an infant in the bassinet.

One person complains the parking brake doesn’t always unlock properly. Moreover this stroller is not very convenient for public transportation as it’s hard to pop the wheels up to get over the gap when you’re boarding a metro or train.

Would you like to read customer reviews on your own? Here’s VISTA 2017 & here is VISTA 2018.

Accessories

Each model of UPPAbaby VISTA comes with a standard toddler seat, bassinet, bumper bar, bug shields for bassinet and toddler seat and rain cover for toddler seat. This stroller is expensive so it would be really weird if it didn’t come with any accessories.

Nevertheless, there are still a few other items that you can purchase separately to make using VISTA even more enjoyable. Below I present you some of the accessories which are sold separately.

UPPAbaby Carry-All Parent Organizer UPPAbaby Carry-All Parent Organizer – It easy attaches to the handlebar and allows parents to keep their essentials and valuables within reach. There are three storage pouches for your wallet, keys, phone and some snacks. They can also double as a beverage holders.
UPPAbaby Cup holder UPPAbaby Cup Holder – Useful accessory that allows mom and dad to keep their water at hand.
UPPAbaby Snack Tray UPPAbaby Snack Tray – It offers a convenient place for kid’s snacks and sippy cup.
UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat – You can add this cozy and soft insert to the toddler seat so your infant could feel even more comfy and secured in it. It provides additional head, neck and spine support for younger infants.
UPPAbaby Rumble Seat UPPAbaby Rumble Seat – If you want to use your VISTA for two kids who can sit unassisted, you will need to add the Rumble Seat. Notice that it has lower weight capacity (35 lbs) than regular toddler seat.

Color versions

Each year UPPAbaby changes their fashion lineup for VISTA stroller.

For 2018 model there are two main collections of fashions: Mélange and Core. The brand offers 9 colors for VISTA 2018.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 Mélange Colors: Henry, Gregory, Jordan and Emmet
UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 Mélange Colors: Henry, Gregory, Jordan and Emmet

All Mélange fashions look really stylish and chic and have clear texture. I’m really excited that VISTA 2018 comes in Gregory color – moms’ favorite fashion for UPPAbaby CRUZ 2017. Yaay!

In my opinion Henry and Gregory are the most beautiful versions. They seem to be very similar, however the Gregory is a bit more grey-ish, which you can see in the picture above.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 Core Colors: Jake, Loic, Denny, Taylor, Sabrina
UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 Core Colors: Jake, Loic, Denny, Taylor, Sabrina

If you’re planning to buy the newest version of UPPAbaby VISTA (2019) you will have 3 new colors to choose from: Spensen, William and Bryce. UPPAbaby is keeping Gregory, Emmet, Jordan, Henry, Jake and Denny as well. Loic and Taylor are discontinued.

Okay, so let me tell you a bit more about the new premium fashions.

Spenser is a grey tartan plaid with yellow accents. This model will include full-grain moss leather handlebar and bumper bar. The fabric feels soft, almost like a cashmere!

Moreover the bassinet has cozy, soft textured heather grey lining which also feels like cashmere. The texture looks a bit like perforated, very breathable.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 - Spenser
UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 – Spenser

William is a Chambray Oxford fabric. It’s blue with white and navy accents. This fashion includes full-grain navy leather bumper bar and handlebar.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 - William
UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 – William

Bryce is a white marl. This is all-white model, a bit shiny. It comes with chestnut bars (darker than the bars in Loic from last year). Bryce is going to replace Loic, but keep in mind it has different texture – it’s more like texture on Henry.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 - Bryce
UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 – Bryce

In previous years bassinets were always black and only the canopy and apron have the same color as the stroller. This will change, at least for these 3 new colors. The bassinets will have matching colors.

William and Bryce bassinet has the same color as the stroller canopy. Spenser bassinet has grey bottom, but the canopy and apron are the same tartan plaid as stroller canopy.

Apart from these changes in fashions, UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 stays exactly the same as VISTA 2018. They have the same functions and features.

You can already preorder UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 at PishPosh! Don’t forget to check it here.

Just for your reference, UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 had different color lineup: Henry (Blue Marl), Austin (Hunter green), Loic (White), Dennison (Bordeaux), Sabrina (Orchid), Jake (Black), Pascal (Grey) and Taylor (Indigo).

UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 vs UPPAbaby VISTA 2018

There are no functional upgrades for VISTA 2019. The only thing that has been changed is the color lineup.

In 2019 VISTA is available in three new colors: Spenser, William and Bryce. From older versions the brand kept: Gregory, Emmet, Jordan, Henry, Jake and Denny.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2018 vs UPPAbaby VISTA 2017

VISTA has changed for 2018 more than for 2019. All changes in design and functions that were made for 2018, apply for VISTA 2019 as well.

Since 2018 VISTA has new front wheels – which have the same thread pattern and shape as the rear wheels.

All color versions come with a leather handlebar and bumper bar – previously they were available only for some color versions.

VISTA 2018 has also upgraded bassinet with 2″ longer mattress.

Another change made for 2018 is the fashion lineup. 2018 model has 9 colors: Henry, Gregory, Jordan and Emmet, Jake, Loic, Denny, Taylor, Sabrina. The material on the seat and canopy is also a bit different from 2017 model, because it’s less shinny. The handlebar has now powder coating so it’s less scratchy.

UPPAbaby VISTA 2017 vs older models

Since 2017 VISTA has polyurethane wheels, before that they were made of rubber and filled with foam. Thanks to this improvement the ride is even more smoother.

VISTA 2017 was about 1 lb lighter than VISTA 2016. Since 2017 the stroller is slightly narrower (25.7″ vs 26.5″).

2016 VISTA and older models had foam cover on the handlebar. In 2017 the brand launched leather covers for some of the color versions.

Another improvement made in 2017 is the canopy design. Since 2017 it locks in place better and it’s less wrinkly.

2016 and older models of VISTA had different color lineup – in 2017 UPPAbaby launched Henry color.

VISTA 2019 vs VISTA 2018 vs VISTA 2017 – Which model is better?

UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 vs VISTA 2018 vs VISTA 2017
From left: UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 vs VISTA 2018 vs VISTA 2017

In my opinion VISTA 2017 was really awesome and high-quality and definitely one of the best strollers on the market. The new features and upgrades for 2018 are useful and make this stroller even more convenient to use. Changes for 2019 make this stroller more elegant and beautiful.

If you have few extra dollars, I would definitely recommend you to go for VISTA 2018, but if you have to stick to your budget, the 2017 model won’t let you down for sure! If you’re a fashion lover, VISTA 2019 will be the best choice, but keep in mind the premium colors may be more pricey.

Check if you can get any discounts for VISTA 2017 or see the latest price for VISTA 2018.

UPPAbaby VISTA vs CRUZ

On first sight, UPPAbaby VISTA and CRUZ may seem almost the same. But when we take a closer look we will see that these stroller have a few significant differences. What features are similar for VISTA and CRUZ and what are the differences? Here is my short comparison of these two baby strollers.

UPPAbaby VISTA vs UPPAbaby CRUZ

SimilaritiesDifferences
Both strollers are equipped with normal toddler seat which can acommodate a baby up to 50 lbs and 40”. Both seats are reversible and reclinable and have bumper bars.VISTA has four wheel suspension, in contrast to CRUZ, which makes it more easy to push and navigate.
VISTA and CRUZ are compatible with many car seats (with adapters) and there is also one infant car seat specially made for them, named MESA.CRUZ has smaller wheels than VISTA (7” and 8.5” vs. 8” and 11.5”).
Both vehicles have foam filled rubber wheels which absorb shocks.VISTA’s brake is equipped with color indication that shows if the brake is set or released.
Both VISTA and CRUZ have extendable, telescoping handlebar.CRUZ is lighter, smaller and tighter than VISTA.
These two strollers have large canopies, with sun protection and peek-a-boo windows.VISTA’s seat reclines more than CRUZ’s (23.6° vs 27.8° from the ground).
CRUZ and VISTA have automatic lock and they stand on their own after folding.VISTA has bigger basket underneath the seat than CRUZ (weight limit 30 lbs vs 25 lbs).
Both strollers come with a bug shield and rain cover.
Both products are high-quality and very easy to use.

Keep in mind

When you convert VISTA to a double stroller it is quite heavy and large, so it can be difficult to steer with one hand through tight spaces. Also, it is one of the most expensive strollers.

3 Reasons Why You Will Love UPPAbaby VISTA

1. This stroller is a guarantee of high quality, durability and safety. 

2. It can be your only stroller and serve you even for three kids at a time.

3. Thanks to great wheels and suspension you have the flexibility to stroll with your baby wherever you want.

My rate:

Do you plan on buying UPPAbaby VISTA? This is a pricey stroller so make sure it really meets your needs. Don’t forget to check customer reviews and available discounts (click here to skip to Amazon).

This stroller is not what you need? Here are other best strollers this year.

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About Me - Zooey BarnettHello Moms! I am Zooey. I am a wife and a mother of three amazing kids: almost 5-year-old Haley and 2-year-old twins Jesse and Matthew. I am a jogger, cooker and blogger.

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42 thoughts on “UPPAbaby VISTA – In-Depth Review & Comparison (2019, 2018, 2017)

  1. Hi! I’m expecting twins and considering to buy this stroller. I have a very small elevator in the building so every inch is very important for me. I couldn’t find what are the dimensions (lenght) of the stroller with two bassinets. Do you have this information?

  2. hi! Im having twins and im not sure if I should buy the VISTA 2017 for 800 dollars or the VISTA 2018 for 900 dollars, is there any specificly diference for twins??
    I read that you had twins, how was your experience with UPPA BABY VISTA??

    1. Hi Margaret! There are only few upgrades for 2018 model – I described everything in this article. But they probably won’t affect Vista’s performance for twins 🙂 Maybe one thing – the bassinet on 2018 model has slightly longer mattress (while the external dimensions are still the same). Keep in mind that Vista comes with one bassinet, if you’d like to have bassinets for each of your newborn babies, you’ll need to purchase additional one (Vista’s bassinet is truly awesome, very roomy, comfy and gives good air flow for the baby).

      Notice that Vista is a single stroller that expands to a double – so in a twin version it’s bulkier than single stroller but it’s still more compact than regular double strollers and easier to handle.

      When two bassinets are attached, they are quite close to each other and you need to fold the canopy on the bottom bassinet when you want to check on your baby. But it’s a trade-off for having a twin stroller that is narrow like a single and still maneuverable.

      With two infant car seats handling Vista is very simple and keeping an eye on babies is not difficult 🙂

      One more thing to keep in mind in the future: when your kids get older you’ll be using the regular toddler seat + Rumble Seat (this is the only toddler seat that attaches in lower position). Rumble Seat has smaller capacity – 35 lbs and it’s smaller than regular seat. It’s good up to 2-3 years.

  3. Hi,
    Can I ask what colour fabric features in the top image on this page of the vista 2018 please (the picture of vista in double mode with lady in blue dress)? Hard to tell if its the Gregory or the Henry?
    Has the Gregory fabric changed from the 2017 uppababy Gregory (was available on cruz), to the 2018 uppababy Gregory (ie on vista)? ie is it less shiny / different shade? thanks

  4. Hi! I just bought the Vista 2018 for my 8 week old and 2.5 year old. I currently have my 8 week old in the regular seat with the snug seat and my son in the rumble seat at the bottom. I didn’t realize the rumble seat was so much smaller and won’t recline. Is there another option to have a second real seat that reclines vs a rumble seat? ALSO, I was told to buy lower adapters but then when i went to put on the rumble seat it doesn’t work with the lower adapters, only the smaller ones it came with. So what configuration would the lower adapters be used for. Thanks for your help!!

    1. Hi Jamie! Sorry for late reply.
      1. RumbleSeat features multi-position recline. If your one doesn’t recline at all, maybe it is defective? Another thing is that when both seats are facing front, you won’t able to recline the RumbleSeat (it is blocked by the normal seat behind it), however you can use the recline feature when the seats are facing you.
      2. Unfortunately UPPAbaby VISTA cannot be used with two normal toddler seats, you can only have 1 normal seat + RumbleSeat. Maybe try to put your 2.5 year old in the normal seat and your younger baby in the RumbleSeat (in reclined position with an insert), when the seats are facing you?
      3. You’re right, RumbleSeat only works with its own adapters that are included with it. Lower adapters are only for the bassinet and MESA car seat, you don’t need them for RumbleSeat.

  5. Hi I am forsure getting the 2018 model and trying to decide between gregory and henry- can you tell me specific differences? also maybe one is ore nuetral? I want it good for both genders

    1. Hi! The difference is not huge. Henry is more blue, while Gregory is a bit more grey, both are beautiful. I would say Gregory is more neutral for boy and girl, but that’s just my opinion 🙂

  6. Thank you for your review. Can you confirm whether the Henry fabric on the 2018 is any different to that on the 2017? Thank you

  7. Hi Zooey! Have you jogged with the Vista? Wondering if we would need a separate jogging stroller or if this would work. We’re not major runners – it would be brisk walking and easy jogging in our mostly flat, quiet neighborhood.

    1. Hi Sam! I’ve never jogged with Vista and wouldn’t recommend you that either. Vista does absorb shocks on uneven terrain, but when you’re running the baby is exposed to different types of forces and shocks and I don’t think Vista’s suspension is suitable for that. Besides, the wheels are not air-filled so the ride wouldn’t be cushioned for the baby during your jogging.
      Please consider buying a separate jogging stroller, there are few awesome models for about $200-$300, you can check them in my ranking here. I can recommend you for example Joovy Zoom 360 which doesn’t cost that much and works really great on different terrains, in case you would like to take a walk (or run) in woods, over gravel or even snow 🙂

  8. Can you use a snack tray on the 2018 rumble seat? I was told you can only put a Snack tray on the standard seat that it comes with

    1. Hi Linzi! All previous models of Rumble Seat were compatible with Snack Tray, so I think you can use the tray with 2018 version as well (as there are no differences in terms of design or construction between Rumble Seat 2017 and 2018).

      But you need to choose proper Snack Tray. The old model of this tray works with seats 2014 and older, and the new version works with seats 2015 and newer 🙂

  9. I have the 2017 Vista in Henry. Do you know if the 2018 rumbleseat will be compatible with the 2017 stroller? Is there a big difference in colour in the 2017 rumbleseat vs the 2018?

    1. Hello Cori,
      Yes, these two colors are quite similar. I would say Henry is more light blue while Gregory looks more grey-ish and has a bit different texture (less shiny).

  10. I wonder if you have some idea what happens to the pricing of the 2017 model when the 2018 comes out? Can we expect it to lower somewhat, given that plenty of retailers will still have 2017 in stock? I’d love to know how much I might expect the price to fall, if at all?

    1. Hi Maya!
      I’m not sure if the price of 2017 model will go down significantly. I checked VISTA 2017 and 2015 on Amazon and the prices are quite similar. I guess that this will be the case with 2017 and 2018 model as well.
      Take care 🙂

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      There is only a slight difference for 2018 fabric (it’s a bit less shiny), but I would say that it’s barely noticeable on Loic.

  11. I want to order the rumble seat for my 2015 Vista in Pascal (Gray).

    I’m being told that its discontinued and so i’ll have to order the 2018 version but by the looks of it the gray upholstery is only on the hood and the seat itself is now black? Is this correct or can it be ordered with the seat matching the hood?

    Also how does the new mat material compare color wise to the 2015/2017 gray version?

    1. Dear Laura,
      You don’t have to buy 2018 version (which actually has black seat and grey canopy) and from what I know it’s not even available yet.
      You can buy Rumble Seat 2017 and it will work with your VISTA 2015. I found out that it is available in Pascal version with grey canopy and grey seat padding so it will match your stroller 🙂 You can check it here.

      New grey version for VISTA 2018 is quite different from the 2015-2017 grey version. There is new grey Mélange fabric, it’s definitely less shiny and has more clear texture that looks a bit like a wool (but it’s not a wool).

  12. Hi,
    I just noticed on the Uppababy website the new strollers (Vista) among others will be released in WINTER 2018! Some 2018 products will arrive in the Spring/Summer…. Can you confirm this? It doesn’t seem to be in February which the website did say not very long ago (maybe a week or two ago).

    Thanks.

    1. Hello Kevin! According to latest information (UPPAbaby announced it at the end of November 2017) VISTA, CRUZ and MESA will be released in February, G-LUXE and G-LINK in March and MINU in May. I hope it won’t change 🙂
      Take care!

    1. Hi Lauren! According to current information the new VISTA 2018 is compatible with MESA 2017. There will be also new version of MESA with new fabric and colors (compatible with MINU, VISTA and CRUZ older than 2015).
      Take care 🙂

  13. Hi we really keen on the 2018 model. But we have 2 dilemmas…..baby is due early April and secondly we live in New Zealand. Could we get the new model some how by mid March?

    1. Hi Beryl! According to the brand’s official website the new VISTA 2018 should be in stores from February. I think it should be available in New Zealand around this time as well. 🙂

    1. Hello Nicole! The Loic color looks awesome and it’s really easy to keep the whole fabric clean. It’s because of the texture of Vista’s fabric, it doesn’t get dirty so quickly and it’s easy to get rid of stains or dirt. If something spills you can just wipe it with a wet cloth. Oh, just remember to keep your car trunk clean if you want to store your Vista in it 🙂 If you want, you can take extra precautions and fold the frame and seat separately and put the seat on a blanket or something to make sure it won’t get any stains. 🙂
      Let me know if you need more information! 🙂

  14. My wife and I just found out we’re expecting twins. She fell in love with the Vista awhile back. What are some of the challenges you faced with your twins in the stroller? Also how does the stroller handle rain and snow? Lastly, she was concerned at how close it seemed the 2 bassinets seemed to be when they stacked. Is there good room for both babies with the double bassinet option?

    1. Hello Duane! I’m a huge fan of Vista, I’ve been using it for almost 3 years. During first months with my twins I used it with two bassinets for longer strolls and two infant car seats when I was running quick errands or shopping. I think in both options my sons had enough room. Vista bassinets have really good size and awesome airflow. The mattress is breathable and there is a zip on the back of the canopy for extra ventilation. Two bassinets are in fact very close to each other, but it never bothered me during using. Putting babies in and out of the bassinets was pretty easy. However, the additional bassinet is placed lower, so I had to bend a little bit to put my son into it or when I was checking on him during strolling. Keep in mind that it is pretty heavy. I tried other double strollers and such weight is typical, although Vista is in my opinion more comfortable to operate. Just after the birth my husband was folding it and carrying it up the stair etc. When I got back “into shape” folding and lifting was not a problem anymore 🙂 I think these are my only complains about double version of Vista.
      I use this stroller all year round, whatever the weather. I keep rain shields in the basket under the seats, they are very useful. There are special covers for each seat, you can see the bassinet cover here and the toddler seat cover here. The wheels are also great and handle different terrains. Of course it’s not a jogger, but it’s awesome for streets, paved sidewalks, gravel roads, bumpy grass, it even handles unbeaten roads! Snow also is not a problem, unless you would like to push Vista through snowdrifts 🙂 But I’ve never had any problems with maneuverability, pushing and going over uneven terrain, even with two kids.
      However if you worry that the bassinets are too close to each other or something, you can check out another great double stroller that I can truly recommend you – Mountain Buggy Duet. It weighs the same as Vista. It’s side-by-side double stroller, but slim like a single one. It has pumped tires that handle any type of terrain, sand or snow definitely won’t be a problem. The bassinets are next to each other so you won’t need to bend. Here I’ve wrote more about this stroller.
      Let me know if you need more information. All the best for the four of you!

  15. Hi! My daughter is going to be 3 in September and baby #2 is due in Feb. I love the Vista but I’m not sure it will work with my daughter already 36 inches tall. She’s too big for the rumble seat so she’d have to ride up in the toddler seat and newborn down on the bottom…not sure I like that. My daughter is under 35 lbs though so maybe she can still ride on the bottom. I don’t know if she will be comfortable though. Any other way I can configure it so the newborn can ride on top? I’m also looking at the City Select Lux since it has a higher weight limit but the Vista seems so much better except this one (big) problem!

    1. Hi Kristina. I think that in this case we have several options. If you want your newborn to ride on the top and your 3 year old daughter on the bottom, Vista offers actually only one combination – Rumble Seat on the bottom and infant car seat on the top. But Rumble Seat is for kids up to 36 inches so in February your daughter will be definitely to tall for it. Maybe she would like to ride on a PiggyBack board? My daughter is also 3 years old and only sometimes she wants to ride in a toddler seat, so we often use PiggyBack. Most of the times Vista is occupied by my twin boys – one in a toddler seat and one in Rumble Seat and Haley on the board. I guess it’s more fun for everyone 🙂
      The other option for you is to install the bassinet on the bottom and toddler seat on the top, but I guess neither you nor the kids may like it.
      I think in your case City Select Lux would be better choice. You could install a bassinet or an infant car seat on the top (facing you, so you could keep an eye on your newborn the whole time) and the toddler seat on the botton (facing forward so your older kid could watch surroundings, I think it would be more comfy for her). Here is a picture with all seating option. The 2017 model has 20 different seating combinations! Even more than Vista has! 🙂

  16. hi Zooey, I have 2y.o. daughter and second baby on the way and I can’t decide Uppababy Vista or Bugaboo Donkey twin. which one is better? I’m afraid that the donkey will lean to one side because of the difference in babies weight.
    thanks, Fiona

    1. Hi Fiona. If I had to choose between Vista and Donkey I would definitely go for Vista. Donkey is better if you have two kids of the same age and you can use it till your babies are 2 or 2.5 years old (because of the size of toddler seats). I tried Donkey with two kids of different weights and it didn’t pull to one side, but pushing the stroller was less comfortable. For me Vista is more comfy and easier to use and it’s more suitable for a toddler (even 4 year old!) and a newborn. Besides as you can see in my review Vista has many seating option and you can use a toddler seat for your daughter with an infant car seat or bassinet for the newborn. And when your daughter grows up a little, she could ride on a Piggy Board. My 3 year old Haley loves to ride on it 🙂 But sometimes she still prefers to sit in a toddler seat. Besides, I think Vista has better brakes than Donkey. And it costs less 🙂
      Let me know which stroller you’ve picked and how it works for you!

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