Sam and I started shopping for a Stroller before i even had the slightest baby bump. I think we spent about 4 days combing the internet and at least 4 trips to the store pushing each one around the isles (looking like crazy people).
The first one we had heard so much about was of course the UppaBaby Vista. I loved the look of the stroller and because we had gone for the Uppababy car seat (highly recommend the “Jake” car seat), this was definitely a viable option we investigated.
Here’s what I didn’t like:
4 wheels – the 4 wheels made it harder to navigate around the store. I kept bumping into things and it just wasn’t smooth.
Flimsy? – It felt flimsy (especially for the almost 900 dollar price tag. You could shake it back and forth and it was almost too light. This could probably go either way as I’m sure other people love how light it is and feel it is great for travel. I equate lightness to “easy to break”.
Extras – I felt like it came with extras that I didn’t really need. The pram was cute but I probably would never use it.
You could also buy an extra seat and the option for another child to stand on the back! It all felt overwhelming like if we bought a Vista we were setting our fate for 3 kids under 5 int he years to come.
Also, have you ever tried to push 3 kids on a stroller? The weight and the design (4 wheels) makes it even harder to push, we wouldn’t be traveling very far.
It folds up small and stands on its own but it doesn’t fold easily. It takes some practice…and a little shaking.
Price Tag – I just couldn’t.
The other brand I was drawn to was the Baby Jogger. They have a few different models that you can buy. Basically the Baby Jogger city select is comparable to the Uppababy Vista and pretty much all levels. I still didn’t like the feel of 4 wheels so when I finally tried out the Baby Jogger city elite I was hooked.
Just the ease of pushing the stroller and how it glided effortlessly through the store was something I couldn’t give up after trying.
Differences from Uppa Baby:
-It has a smaller basket than the Uppa Baby
-No option to add the second seat
-A little heavier to carry
-It has a hand break and the option to “fix” the front wheel from turning so you can technically use it as a jogging stroller.
-one hand fold. You just pull a cord in the middle of the seat and it folds up instantly.
– 1 front wheel and 2 large shock absorbing back wheels.
– option to connect the Uppa Baby car seat to the stroller
– Heavier, larger wheels make it feel more secure, it doesn’t shake on uneven ground and feels solid not flimsy.
– Price tag is half of the UppaBaby
We decided to go with the Baby Jogger because I am a runner and could see myself getting back into running with this stroller, because we don’t know what our family will look like in a few years and investing in the Uppa Baby felt over the top, and because I like investing in pieces that feel solid and secure (even if that is all in my head).