by Amy Venzke October 12, 2020 9 min read
With more than a dozen configurations, the UPPAbaby VISTA V2 and Cybex Gazelle S are two of the most versatile strollers you can buy—whether you're planning for the future or already have a toddler with another baby on the way.
The VISTA has been one of the most popular strollers on the market for more than decade, thanks to its ease of use, premium quality and sophisticated style.
As of 2020, the VISTA now has added competition in the Cybex Gazelle S—a newcomer offering a lower price point, a higher overall weight limit, and a unique shopping basket that nearly doubles the stroller's storage capacity.
The Gazelle S is the first Cybex convertible stroller, seamlessly transitioning from a single to a double stroller for siblings or twins—with no additional adapters required.
Use the Gazelle S in single mode with the reversible toddler seat, a bassinet or a car seat from Cybex or several popular brands. Headed out for groceries or a day on the town? Move the stroller seat to the lower position and attach the included shopping basket to the upper position.
As a double stroller, the Gazelle S offers plenty of flexibility for siblings or twins, offering more than 20 configurations and a 50-pound weight capacity per seat. Add the Gazelle S Kidboard sold separately, and a third child can come along for the ride.
The versatile UPPAbaby VISTA V2 transforms into any stroller you need it to be, whether you're strolling with a single child, siblings or twins.
Start with one child by attaching the included bassinet, an infant car seat, or the Toddler Seat she'll use until she no longer needs a stroller. When your family grows, add the lower RumbleSeat—and even a glider board to take a third child along for the ride.
Robust suspension in the VISTA V2 frame and wheels provide smooth handling over uneven terrain, while a one-step, standing fold makes for convenient entries and exits during errands. The VISTA V2 offers a reversible seat, a height-adjustable canopy, a near-flat recline, and tons of storage space. No wonder it's one of the most popular strollers on the market.
Watch a video version of this comparison, reviewing configurations, folding, compatible car seats and more!
The starting price of the UPPAbaby VISTA V2 is $230 more than the Cybex Gazelle S—mainly because it includes an overnight-approved bassinet. The Gazelle bassinet, which isn't safe for prolonged sleeping, is sold separately for $200, which evens the price between the two strollers.
But the Gazelle comes with a few accessories that aren't included with the VISTA: a cup holder, car seat adapters for Cybex and other brands, and a shopping tote that can be added to the upper position for additional storage.
The purchase of a Cybex Gazelle S stroller includes:
The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 includes:
Here's a look at the pricing for each stroller and accessories if not included with the stroller.
However, the Gazelle could save you $475 if you plan to start using your double stroller in one common configuration—with a car seat in the upper position and your toddler in the lower seat.
The seat that comes with the Gazelle single stroller can be relocated from the upper to the lower position. By adding an infant car seat on top, you can prolong—or even forgo—the purchase of a second seat. You also don't need to purchase any adapters to convert the Gazelle to a double, as they're integrated into the frame.
The upper and lower seats on the UPPAbaby VISTA aren't the same size, so you can't move the upper seat (called the Toddler Seat) to the lower position. To use an infant car seat on the upper position of the VISTA, parents must purchase the lower RumbleSeat. Upper and lower adapters, sold separately, are also needed for most double configurations. See What Adapters Do I Need for the UPPAbaby VISTA? for more details.
Here's a look at pricing for both models when configured as doubles.
The Cybex Gazelle S and UPPAbaby VISTA V2 are similar in size, both weighing around 27 pounds as a single and spanning the same width. As a double stroller, the VISTA weighs about 3 pounds less, thanks to a lighter second seat.
The Gazelle is about 5 inches longer than the VISTA, but when folded, it manages to be about 5 inches shorter.
Both upper and lower seats on the Gazelle hold a child up to 50 pounds, while the VISTA's lower seat, the RumbleSeat, has a lower weight capacity of 35 pounds. If you have a larger toddler, you may need to seat him near you in the upper Toddler Seat, with your younger baby in the lower RumbleSeat.
You can double the Gazelle's storage space by adding the included shopping basket, which can be used in the upper position (with your child in the lower seat.)
Another option: UPPAbaby offers a Changing Backpack that can be clipped to the back of your VISTA for extra storage.
Warranty coverage can be an important factor to consider when you're investing in a stroller to last through multiple children. UPPAbaby offers an additional year of protection against defects and issues upon registration.
Both seats are reversible on the two models, allowing your kids to face you, face forward, or face back-to-back. (The two seats can also face each other, but that configuration may lead to some kicking-related incidents).
You can attach a car seat or bassinet to either the upper or lower position of the stroller, and you can also use two car seats or two bassinets for twins.
Want to use the bassinet with your newborn, with your toddler in the stroller seat? For either the Gazelle or VISTA, it's best to use the bassinet in the lower position. If the bassinet were in the upper position, the child in the lower seat would have to face the parent—leaving only a couple inches between his face and the bassinet.
Both strollers stand when folded for easy lifting into your car.
Folding the Cybex Gazelle involves a few steps: First, push the lever on the back of the seat to fold it into the frame. Then press the button underneath the handle while sliding the button on top of the handle. Use your left hand to press the trigger on the side of the frame while retracting the handlebar. Pull the handlebar down and toward you, and push the spoke into the lock.
The UPPAbaby VISTA fold is a one-step process: Pull up on the triggers and pull the frame toward you until the stroller automatically locks. Adjust the footrest for a more compact fold.
To open either stroller, undo the lock on the side of the frame and lift it back into place. For the VISTA, you can grab the bumper bar when lifting the stroller, while the Gazelle has a handle built-in to the seat plastic.
Both Cybex and UPPAbaby make their own infant car seats that are compatible with their respective strollers, and you can also mix and match brands by using car seat adapters.
The UPPAbaby MESA connects directly to the frame of the VISTA without any adapters. For the Gazelle, you'll need to use adapters to attach Cybex car seats, but they're included with the stroller purchase. The included Gazelle adapters also fit car seats from Nuna, Maxi-Cosi and Clek.
Adapters are sold separately for all other car seat brands compatible with the VISTA or Gazelle.
Both strollers are available in an array of chic colors and feature leather or leather-look details for added style points. While Cybex uses a faux-leatherette, UPPAbaby uses real leather on its handlebar and bumper covers.
The Cybex Gazelle S is available in four neutral colors:
More color options are available for the UPPAbaby VISTA V2:
Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. If you have questions about the UPPAbaby VISTA V2 or Cybex Gazelle S, feel free to contact us by starting a live chat, calling us at 480-442-9433 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at email@example.com or 480-442-9433.