If you are looking for a stroller, two, in particular, are almost guaranteed to be among those you are considering: the UPPABaby Vista 2018 and the Baby Jogger City Select. It doesn’t matter if this is your first child, or even your third, because both of these incredible strollers are built to grow with your family, meaning they can handle multiple children. But which is the best for your needs and your family?
First up is the UPPABaby Vista for 2018. Functionally identical to the 2017 version, the Vista has been updated with new fabrics. With high-quality wheels—the front wheels have been updated with more tread—and all-wheel suspension, the Vista rolls like a dream. At 26 lbs (as a single) the Vista is lighter than the City Select and being shorter in length makes it feel more maneuverable.
When used as a double for a newborn and an older child, the bassinet attaches to the bottom of the stroller in the same location that also later holds the rumble seat. This results in the newborn being farther away from you than the older child, which may not be your preference, but was done for the purpose of keeping the stroller from becoming too long and more unwieldy.
The car seat is still usable in the top position, and the bassinet is suitable for overnight use, so it still comes in handy if you are not going to use it for a second child. This is a major factor to consider if you are looking for the most compact option.
The UPPABaby Vista is right at home in the city or the suburbs. With a standing fold, it has a footprint about half the size of most strollers which have to lay flat—perfect for those who have to store it in a small apartment. It also features a huge shopping basket, allowing you to do your groceries, taking only the stroller. And unlike the City Select, the basket remains easily accessible even when you expand the stroller for more children.
Adding “Lux” to the name is more than just marketing; the Baby Jogger has been upgraded with a number of improvements this year. The tires have been given better rubberization and improved suspension on the rear axle, giving the Baby Jogger longer-lasting tires and improved control on grass and snow. The front wheels have also added suspension, and the brake has been improved with the addition of a handbrake.
Additionally, the Baby Jogger now features 2 entirely unique features. The first is the ability to fold seats in half, either when the stroller is folded, or even when they have been removed. At the approximate size of a canvas tote bag, it much easier to bring a seat with you, even on occasions where you are not sure it will be needed.
The second addition is the bench seat. This accessory, which is sold separately, is something of a half seat that includes a small footboard.
One consideration when deciding between the Vista and the Baby Jogger is the fact that the Baby Jogger is heavier by almost 5 lbs. This may not be a deal breaker, but it may be worth thinking about if you will be lifting it into and out of your car’s trunk with any frequency, or if you will need to carry it up stairs. Being longer than the Vista, you may also find it to be less maneuverable, which may cause issues in stores with tight aisles, or on narrow sidewalks.
A final point to consider when deciding between the Vista and Baby Jogger is how quickly you plan to grow your family. The Vista has a weight limit of 50 lbs on the seat closest to the driver, and 37.5 lbs for the rumble seat. This means that by the time your child is 3 or 4 years of age, they will have outgrown the front seat. If your children are not born close together, this may prove problematic. The City Select, however, can hold a broader range of ages with the bench seat, capable of supporting 65 lbs—the equivalent of a 7- or 8-year-old.
Both of these strollers offer excellent value, but each has its own strength; the Vista is the winner in terms of size and weight, but the Baby Jogger City Select accommodates a wider range of ages.
Whichever choice you make, you will be purchasing a high-quality product, with performance, dependability, and style that is sure to satisfy.