by Amy Venzke February 16, 2021 12 min read
It seems like everyone loves the UPPAbaby VISTA. See the dozens of five-star reviews on Strolleria.com and accolades from sites like Baby Gear Lab and The Bump—or just look around your neighborhood park, and you're bound to catch a VISTA strolling by.
What's not to love about a stylish, well-made stroller that grows with your family? The $929+ price tag, of course.
That's why Mockingbird made a scene in 2020, when it debuted a single-to-double stroller that looks, folds and functions much like the VISTA—but costs just $395.
The obvious price discrepancy aside, the VISTA differs from the Mockingbird by offering more suspension for better maneuverability, more configuration options and higher-quality materials.
Comparing the two strollers is tricky because you won't be able to do so in a store. While UPPAbaby is sold by retailers nationwide, Mockingbird sells only direct-to-consumer through its website. (Strolleria is a leading authorized retailer of UPPAbaby and affiliate partner of Mockingbird).
See below for a video version of this comparison, covering single and double configurations, maneuverability, compatible car seats and more.
Following the lead of companies like Warby Parker and Harry's (where Mockingbird's founder got his start), Mockingbird is one of the first companies to bring the direct-to-consumer approach to strollers.
The company offers two versions of the Mockingbird stroller: the original single version, which can't convert to a double, and the single-to-double version we'll review in this comparison.
Mockingbird's single-to-double stroller grows with your child from infancy through toddlerhood by supporting the use of an infant car seat or bassinet, then transitions into a sibling solution when you purchase a second seat kit.
As one of the first single-to-double strollers on the market, the UPPAbaby VISTA has been a family favorite for more than a decade, thanks to its quality, versatility and style.
Start with the VISTA as a single stroller by using the included bassinet or Toddler Seat or attaching an infant car seat, then add the lower RumbleSeat when it's time to stroll with two.
UPPAbaby introduced the VISTA V2 in 2020, adding upgrades like enhanced all-wheel suspension for a smoother ride, a redesigned sun canopy with extra ventilation, and a no-rethread harness for easy adjustments. The VISTA V2 is not changing for 2021, other than in colors.
The price of the VISTA includes more accessories sold separately for the Mockingbird: an overnight-approved bassinet, stroller rain cover, and two bug covers for the stroller and bassinet. The Mockingbird comes with a sun shade that can be attached to the canopy for additional coverage.
The Mockingbird bassinet, which can't be used for overnight sleeping, costs $100 when purchased separately, while the stroller rain cover and bug cover add $20 and $10, respectively. (No accessories exist for the bassinet).
Here's a look at the overall costs for the Mockingbird and UPPAbaby VISTA.
Both strollers quickly transform from a one-child ride to a double stroller when you add another seat.
The second seat kit for the Mockingbird—which includes the seat and two sets of adapters (upper and lower)—costs $120, while the UPPAbaby equivalent, the RumbleSeat, sells for $199.95. If you buy the Mockingbird stroller and second seat kit simultaneously, you'll save $20.
The upper and lower adapters are required for all Mockingbird double configurations. You don't necessarily need adapters for the VISTA V2, unless you're strolling with a car seat or bassinet in double mode. For that reason, the VISTA upper and lower adapters are sold separately. See What Adapters Do I Need for the UPPAbaby VISTA?" for more details.
The Mockingbird and UPPAbaby VISTA V2 are almost identical in weight and size, and on the spectrum of convertible strollers. When configured as a double, the Mockingbird is about 2 pounds heavier than the VISTA.
The models vary in their weight limits, as the VISTA V2 double consists of two, different-sized seats: the Toddler Seat, which has a 50-pound weight limit, and the RumbleSeat, which holds 35 pounds. The seats are the same size for the Mockingbird, with each accommodating a 45-pound child.
The seats of both strollers are the same size, although the VISTA V2 has one added perk that can help extend its use: The canopy is height-adjustable, sliding up on the frame to accommodate a taller toddler.
Both strollers can be used from birth by adding a bassinet, infant car seat, or the brand's infant accessory: the UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat or the Mockingbird Infant Seat Insert. The manufacturers recommend using the stroller seat starting at these ages.
One key difference between the Mockingbird and the UPPAbaby VISTA V2 is the amount of suspension. Springs incorporated into the wheels and frame ensure bumps in the road are absorbed by the stroller, not your child—and make the stroller easier for you to maneuver (especially when pushing two kids).
The VISTA V2 offers a smoother ride and greater maneuverability because all four wheels offer dual-action suspension, in which the springs function independently. When you push on the VISTA to simulate shock absorption, you can feel the stroller give and bounce back, thanks to the suspension in the frame.
You won't feel the same amount of flex in the Mockingbird, which has suspension only in the front wheels and in the frame near the rear wheels.
While the wheels on both strollers are made of polyurethane, the VISTA wheels are both softer and larger—two additional factors that can make for a smoother ride, especially over varying terrain.
Both the Mockingbird and UPPAbaby VISTA V2 are versatile in their configurations for a single child, siblings or twins. You can attach a bassinet or infant car seat for an infant, and reverse both upper and lower seats so that they face the parent or face forward.
When your family grows, the VISTA V2 offers these additional configurations not possible for the Mockingbird.
When an infant car seat is attached to the upper position of the VISTA, the lower RumbleSeat can face forward so that your toddler can see where you're heading.
With the Mockingbird, the lower seat has to face the parent when a car seat is on top—which limits your toddler's view. You won't be able to fit a forward-facing second seat on the stroller when the car seat is on top.
Technically, both the Mockingbird and UPPAbaby bassinets fit in the upper position when the stroller is in double mode. But because the lower seat will only fit when facing the parent, that configuration isn't ideal—as your toddler will be practically face-to-face with the bassinet.
UPPAbaby recommends using the bassinet on the lower position, with your toddler facing you in the upper position (a configuration that also spares you of having to buy the RumbleSeat). The bassinet doesn't fit on the lower position of the Mockingbird, making the face-to-face scenario the only option.
The VISTA can be paired with two bassinets for twins. Twin families using the Mockingbird can use two car seats or attach the infant inserts to the seats, which are configurations also available for the VISTA.
Both strollers are easy to fold into a compact, standing position that helps you lift it into the trunk.
To fold the VISTA V2, pull the triggers on each side of the frame, then lower the stroller until it locks.
The Mockingbird's folding mechanism is located in the middle of the handlebar and allows for a one-handed fold. Press two buttons using your thumb and fingers, then lower the frame. For the most compact fold, you'll need to recline the seat prior to starting the fold (otherwise, the space between the seat and frame will make lifting more difficult.)
While both strollers can fold with two seats attached, most parents will find the stroller to be too heavy and cumbersome to lift without removing the lower seat.
Mockingbird doesn't manufacture car seats, so you'll need to purchase adapters ($30), no matter which car seat you have.
UPPAbaby makes its own car seat, the MESA, which connects to the stroller with no adapters required and is easy to remove using one hand. You can also purchase adapters to connect other brands.
The two strollers offer compatibility with popular brands like Nuna and Maxi-Cosi, while differing in other ways: Mockingbird is compatible with more lower-priced car seats (like Graco and Evenflo), while UPPAbaby pairs with more higher-end brands (like Clek and Peg-Perego).
Adapters are required for all car seats.
The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 comes with a bassinet, which serves a role both on and off the stroller.
On the stroller, the bassinet is a flat, ventilated space for your newborn to lie flat—the recommended position for her developing neck and spine. (A car seat creates a curved angle that can restrict baby's airways and isn't safe for extended sleeping).
Off the stroller, the bassinet can serve as baby's first bed, positioned next to your bedside—or wherever you're headed, whether it's a visit to Grandma's house or a an extended trip out-of-town. The UPPAbaby bassinet is approved safe for overnight sleeping and can be paired with a bassinet stand, which later converts to a laundry hamper.
The Mockingbird bassinet (which the company calls a carriage) creates a comfortable place for naps on the go but isn't approved to be used for unsupervised or overnight sleeping.
The only Mockingbird accessory not sold for the VISTA V2 is a hand muff to warm your hands on winter walks. UPPAbaby offers a few options you won't find for the Mockingbird, like a ride-along board for a third child, a travel bag (which comes with UPPAbaby insurance in case of airline mishaps) and a changing backpack that attaches to the handlebar.
The Mockingbird comes with a sun shade that can attach to the canopy. Mockingbird also offers these accessories sold separately:
The VISTA comes with a bassinet, stroller rain cover, and bug covers for the stroller and bassinet. Other VISTA accessories sold separately include:
Both strollers offer ample padding and sun protection to keep your child comfortable, but the VISTA V2 features more high-end finishes and materials.
The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 fabrics are softer with more textured, woven fabric, giving the stroller a more premium look and feel compared to the Mockingbird.
The Mockingbird has two unique additions to its materials: a water-resistant canopy and a footrest that zips open to clean debris or snack crumbs off the seat.
The seat on the VISTA is more firm and supportive, while the less-structured Mockingbird seat can be pushed in from behind. The VISTA handlebar and bumper bar are made with genuine leather instead of the Mockingbird's faux-leather.
On either model, you'll find two ventilation windows: a peek-a-boo window near the front of the canopy and a panel spanning the back of the canopy.
The Mockingbird comes with a separate sun shade that attaches to the canopy with magnets and spans the length of the seat, while the VISTA's sun coverage is built-in: Unzip the canopy to reveal more fabric that provides complete protection.
The Mockingbird allows you to choose the look of three stroller components: the fabric color, leatherette color and the interior canopy pattern. These choices are available for the Mockingbird:
The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 comes in these nine color combinations:
You get more when buying the UPPAbaby VISTA V2—whether you're talking about the included bassinet, the additional configurations, the superior suspension or the higher-end fabrics and materials.
You could also say you're buying the UPPAbaby reputation, as the VISTA has been a tried-and-true choice for thousands of families throughout more than a decade on the market—while the Mockingbird single-to-double debuted only in 2020.
But are those added benefits worth the price difference, considering the Mockingbird offers similar features and functionality?
Only your family can decide which qualities are most important in your stroller. But no matter which model you choose, either the Mockingbird or the VISTA V2 is versatile enough to support you through your family's many changes on the strolls ahead.
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