So, a couple of months ago we bought our stroller. There are a ton of baby strollers available and sifting through the options can be challenging. We knew that we needed something that would hold up through two (or more!) kids, and would accommodate two little ones. However, we also did not want a standard double stroller, as these are generally very large. We also wanted a stroller that would allow our infant car seat to snap in. Of course, a smooth ride and maneuverability are musts. There are only a few baby strollers that fit the bill.
The Bugaboo Donkey (right) is a unique and interesting design, but is a bit pricey. The Britax B-Ready (left) was a strong contender, as was the Uppababy Vista (center). The Uppababy has a number of options for attaching an infant car seat, but not one for the Britax. Since we were still undecided between the Britax Chaperone infant car seat and the Chicco Keyfit, we were essentially making a decision on both the car seat and the stroller. A note about the Chaperone — it’s the only car seat on the market with a rebound bar to prevent the car seat from hitting the seat in the case of a collision. This also makes the car seat huge. It is one of the biggest ones on the market, and will only fit in the middle seat in many cars — and in some it won’t fit at all.
The Britax is a great stroller. It is well made, and slightly cheaper than the Uppababy. It also is much more configurable than the Uppababy, offering 14 configurations. However, after handling both baby strollers, the Uppababy was the clear choice for us. Why, you ask?
Sometimes when you use something, it just feels right. It’s not necessarily tangible — it’s a combination of construction, solidity, etc.. The Uppababy just felt better. Not to downplay the Britax, though — having never felt a Vista, the Britax would feel fantastic. Both of these are well-made, high-end baby strollers.
Our choice was based on more than just an esoteric feel. The second seat for the Vista attaches to the front of the stroller whereas the second seat for the Britax attaches to the back of the stroller. That’s right — in the knee-knocker position. The under-seat storage access was also more convenient on the Vista. On both baby strollers, the under-seat storage is accessed from the back of the stroller. On the Britax, there are zippers which allow access from the sides when the rear (second) seat is attached which blocks the normal rear access. The Vista is accessed using the normal method, as the second seat does not interfere with the normal rear access point. This is far more convenient when one is, say, using the stroller instead of a shopping cart at the grocery store.
Bottom line: We walked out with the Uppababy Vista!
If you are having twins, you might consider the Britax over the Uppababy. The Britax allows an infant car seat to be mounted in the primary (top) position, and a second infant car seat to be mounted in the secondary (lower and to the rear) position. This flexibility is not available on the Uppababy and could be an important selling point for someone with two very young children.