I am a sucker for a label, so when I started my pre-baby hunt for a suitable buggy, I immediately veered towards the celebrity fav “Bugaboo”.
Surely Gwyneth’s buggy of choice would be the perfect carriage for my little one? However, after my initial research, I realised the price tag of the Bugaboo certainly didn’t buy you exclusivity. I started to see them EVERYWHERE! It was like the handbag overkill of the Michael Kors tote, and this steered me in the direction of the UPPAbaby Vista.
It does come with a great set of credentials (and it is cheaper than the Bugaboo even if it is still the price of a small car).
This buggy may not be quite as cool as the Bugaboo at first glance but it does come with a great set of credentials (and it is cheaper than the Bugaboo even if it is still the price of a small car).
It is all terrain, so it has been great for our rural walks. It comes with all of the essential bits and pieces including a pushchair and a carry cot attachment, which is suitable for overnight sleeping for babies up to six months, rain covers, mosquito nets and car seat attachment clips. It also has a pop-out UV protection shade, which means that there is no need for an additional parasol.
It is super easy to adjust the pushchair with 4 reclining positions, which is perfect for when the little one falls asleep on a stroll, and the handle can easily be adjusted making it comfortable for Mum, Dad and Granny. I can also assemble and disassemble it within 10 seconds guaranteed.
A couple of minor irritants: it is difficult to tell whether the brake is on or off (other than to push it). And the Vista is pretty wide (especially with my obligatory coffee cup holder), so it is a nightmare getting down narrow aisles – but I curse the shops for this rather than the buggy.
Finally, although it can be converted into a double pushchair, as and when number two comes along, I reckon it will be pretty squashed for both of them.
Frustratingly for us, this has been improved with the new 2015 edition (Uppababy Vista2, pictured) which can easily hold two carry cots and allows more space for the toddler.
Most importantly, my little boy loves it, so much so that he has “decided” that his cot isn’t appropriate for daytime naps and he would prefer to be walked up and down in his Vista instead…
Best bit: Smart, easy to manoeuvre on different terrains, quick to assemble, accessories included
Worst bit: wide, difficult to swivel around in small spaces, brake a bit temperamental (although it is very safe)
Star rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Buy it now: http://www.johnlewis.com/uppababy-vista-2015-pushchair-and-carrycot-lindsey/p1787189 (£699.95)
Specifications (as per the Uppababy website):
– Spacious Toddler Seat
– Two Raincovers
– Two SPF 50 Sunshades
– Two Insect Nets
– Maxi Cosi / BeSafe iZi Go Infant Car Seat adapters
– Carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping
– Ventilated mattress
– Ventilated carrycot base
– Expandable seat selections that allow for two rear & forward facing, reclining toddler seats, two infant car seats, two carry cots and countless other combinations
– Ventilated carrycot base
– X-Large easy-access basket with 13.5kg weight limit (evenly distributed)
– Shock-absorbing front & rear suspension
– Full size front & rear facing toddler seat
– 180-degree recline with one hand
– EXtendable SPF 50+ sunshades
– Adjustable canopy
– One-button telescoping handlebar
– All-weather protection with included Toddler Seat and Carry Cot Rain Shield and Insect Net
– Carrycot lined with plush, easy to clean microsuede
– One button, telescopic handle-height adjustment
– High ride height
– Push-on / push-off easy to activate brake system
– Suitable from birth
Unfolded: 67 W x 100 H x 94 L cm
Folded with seat attached: 67 W x 35.5 L x 84 H cm
Folded without seat attached: 67 W x 34 L x 84 H cm
True Weights (includes canopy, wheels & basket): –
Frame & Seat: 12.5kg
Frame Only: 9.0kg
Carry Cot suitable from birth to 6 months
Toddler Seat suitable from 6 months to 15kg