Uppababy Vista Pushchair, Denny Red
I cannot rate this pram enough.....It has lots of brilliant extras that with other travel systems you would have to pay for. The sunscreen is a great idea which is built in and easily pulls back no need for those bendy parasols. It is a stylish and simple design. Due to the design of the carrycot with the vent underneath we used the carrycot as a travel cot for over night stays and a moses basket this not only saved us money but was less to pack in the car. The underneath basket is a good size it even has two pockets allowing easy access to things or to enable you to carry things upright like bottles of water or a 4pt bottle of milk back from the shops. In the first year of owning this pram i easily did 3mile walks every day, the raincover has been a great extra for this and is easy to put on and remove. We bought the maxi cosi pebble car seat which works fantastically with this. It is very easy to collapse and put in the back of the car, my car is small but the prams large wheels have a simple push release action to unable you to put it in the smallest of boots. the wheels lock or swivel which enables you to move freely and has a great turning circle on the spot. I am 5ft 6inches and my partner is 6ft 4inches so we wanted a pram that would suit both of us - the Uppababy vista is perfect for this as the handle extends and the height is easy to get you child in and out of - other prams seem so low down compared to this design. If choosing a travel system again i would make the same decision and have advised friends and family of the benefits of this product. I hope this helps parents to make a difficult decision, we found buying a pram was not too dissimilar to buying a car. We were and still are extremely happy with this product and also with the wonderful service we received from John lewis.
20 August 2014
Worth every penny
I live in New Zealand and as there are no retailers that ship this pram system out here I bought one from John Lewis and my family shipped it here. I saw it when I was visiting my family in the UK when I was three months pregnant and fell in love with it.
The versatility of using both the carrycot and the seat and being able to have it forward and rearward facing was it exactly what I wanted. I also love the large shopping basket underneath as I often fill it full when I am out shopping.
My baby didn't like his cot when he first came home from the hospital (we think it was too spacious) so we put him in the carrycot and he slept in that for his first two months! Unfortunately, he couldn't stay in it any longer because he was so long when he was born he quickly grew out of it.
The forums I read before purchasing this recommended this over their leading competitor which does sell here in NZ. Also, the cost of buying this, shipping it and import taxes still made it more cost effective than buying the competitor's one here.
We've been using it for nearly 6 months now and I still like it as much as the day I first bought it. My first impression before using it daily is that collapsing the frame would be very tricky but after the first couple of times I got the hang of it, although the instruction manual wasn't much help in explaining how to fold it down. I did find a very helpful video on YouTube posted by Uppababy showing you how to do it.
A downside that I found is that they don't make spare mattress covers for the carrycot so you can have one being washed whilst you use a second one. Something you do need as babies often spill.
Another downside is the safety harness on the chair part doesn't go tight enough to keep my son strapped safely in the pushchair - even now he is almost six months old. I don't know if that's because they expect the baby to stay in the carrycot a lot longer?
07 August 2014
After being very happy and proud owners of this pushchair for 6 months, we have now experienced some very poor customer service from Uppababy UK in relation to a fault caused by everyday use. The folding mechanism on the Vista broke when a stone entered the joint. As the pushchair was less than a year old we had hoped this would be repaired and covered under warranty... After all, this damage occured during regular, everyday use in a gravel car park, similar to many around the UK. Our first response from Uppababy was that this is not a manufacturing fault and that we would need to purchase a new chasis at full price. No repair or consolation was offered at any point and the responses we had were blunt and unapologetic. We were left without a pushchair for over a month trying to resolve the issue with Uppababy and have been left considerably out of pocket. The Uppababy is not marketed as an all-terrain pushchair, but had we known it is not suitable for any pebble/gravel surface we would have reconsidered our choice, so i would urge you to do the same if you are looking for a durable and safe pushchair for your little one.
23 June 2014
Fantastic value for money
I absolutely love my UppaBaby!! So glad that my husband discovered it on a shopping trip to JL whilst looking around.
It's excellent value for money, easy to push around whether it's on pavements around a town or country walks.
Our little one was born in May 2013, and we used the pram top until September as it was so spacious. The built in sunshade was invaluable not just for the sun but also for those times when you want your little one to have a sleep without people peering in! I still use this function now on the pushchair for the same reason!
The pushchair is great too ideal having parent facing & outward facing, we swap around depending on where we are going. The reclining positions are great for sleeping and sitting up when they want a nose around :)
The adjustable handle is great as my husband is taller than me so we can adjust the handle depending on who is pushing. And the large shopping basket is ideal for those trips to the shops.
The only downside is that although it's easy to fold down at times it can be a little tricky. Once it is folded I find it easy to get in and out of the car.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good value, easy to use travel system.
22 April 2014
6 months later still happy
We are very pleased with our uppababy vista & feel we definitely made the right choice for us. It's really solid, you don't realise how bad the pavements are until you push a buggy around London. It's easy to put up & down, option to have the cot & seat forward or backward facing is good for different stages of a babies development. The large basket at the bottom & built in sun shade are very useful. My only improvement would be I found it difficult to put the cot hood up & down in one movement.
02 March 2014
Questionable build quality
Looks lovely, but there's a common problem of the right wheel not touching the floor, I'm guessing due to irregularities in the frame. Seems to be widely reported on baby forums. Ours had this, plus the cot mechanism was faulty from new so we couldn't remove the cot. Not a good start!
Worth thoroughly inspecting before you start using extensively. I gather uppababy support are fantastic, so fingers crossed the replacement will be ok.
14 June 2013
I've been using mine for 2.5 years now and still think it is great. The pop out sunshade was envied a lot by other mums using parasols. The height is great and means that it is even possible to use it as a highchair when out and about. Easy to push and steer and still my buggy of choice for trips to the shops because the basket is huge.
18 April 2013
We love this!
We have been using the Uppababy Vista for 5 months now - our baby has just outgrown the bassinet and we're moving on to the pushchair. It's great value that both bassinet and pushchair are included from the off.
The large shopping basket underneath is great, friends have commented that they wish their (other branded) prams had as much space. We store the raincover and our baby changing bag underneath all the time, and still have lots of space for shopping!
The bassinet has been fantastic - we used it for overnight sleeping a couple of times, it's lovely and cosy, and spacious (most babies would fit up to 5-6 months, unlike many other bassinets I've seen).
Our only initial reservation was how large/wide it is (especially as we live in London), but just always get on the back door of buses and it's fine!
It's a really smooth ride, too - great if you're planning to walk everywhere.
16 March 2013