Expert review: The UPPAbaby VISTA comes with a chassis, solid-frame bassinet and cozy SnugSeat for infant. Plus, the optional Rumble Seat add-on that makes this a stroller that will work from baby No. 1 through toddler No. 2. The bassinet includes a footmuff, carry bar and canopy with a unique pop-out ventilated SPF 50 sunshade. It's lined with a durable organic cotton-soy blend that promises to keep baby dry but comfy with its smooth and so-soft cashmere feel. (Bonus: The anti-bacterial agents found in soybean fiber make it a true sanitarian material, which guarantees cleanliness!) The stroller seat is reversible facing you or facing out and includes four reclining positions that can be easily adjusted with the handle at the top of the seat. Telescoping handles let you find your perfect pushing height and the floating arch rear axle means kicking the back of the stroller as you walk is a thing of the past. No tire pump needed for the four foam-and-rubber wheels that perform well on a variety of terrains. The under-seat basket is ample and includes two open pockets. There's no included parent organizer or cup holder, but look carefully so you don't miss the shallow zippered pocket on the seat back. Folding is an easy, one-step process that can be done with the seat attached giving it an edge over the Cameleon. The only included accessories are the zip-in rain and bug shields, but UPPAbaby offers everything from car seat adaptors and cup holders to fuzzy seat inserts to create your perfect stroller. Make sure you're picking up the 2010 model to ensure you get new features like the fully upright seat position, taller seat, removable bumper bar and one-touch on/off footbrake.
Why we love it: Great maneuvering; no-pump tires; adjustable handlebars; machine-washable seat fabric; functions from one newborn to two kids; reversible seat.
What we wish it had: Cheaper price; better canopy coverage; easier fold; child tray; full flat recline for seat.
Great for: Modern parents who care equally about design and performance or those who want one stroller to last from infancy through baby No. 2. It's also great for parents who want the looks and features of the Bugaboo... for less!
Bottom line: The 2010 VISTA offers tons of great features, style and functionality for less than comparable strollers. If only it came with a place for your cell phone and latte....
What our parent tester thought: "The canopy is limited in its range of motion and cannot be moved forward to block the sun if it is coming in front of the rider. When I go for walks, I have to put a blanket over the stroller, because the sun's in my son's eyes and I cannot cover it with the canopy alone."
"The seat positions are very flexible, but it does not adjust at the child's hips to allow for an older child to lay flat."
"The stroller is easily maneuvered with one hand, even around tight corners."
"The telescoping handle allows for drivers of different heights to push the stroller. The basket underneath is large, provides a lot of storage space and is easily accessible. Also, the click-on, click-off breaks are easy to set and release."
-- Mindy, and her 2-month-old baby, of Ventura, Calif.