by Amy Venzke May 15, 2018 1 Comment

Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, you've probably seen plenty of UPPAbaby VISTAs cruising your streets and parks.

Since its debut in 2006, the VISTA has amassed legions of fans who love the convenience, style and versatility of the stroller, which expands from a single to a double as your family grows.

You may not be as familiar with one of the VISTA's most similar competitors, the Silver Cross Wave. The Wave, which is sold only at specialty stores like Strolleria, was released in 2017.

But Silver Cross is hardly an upstart brand: The British company created the very first baby carriage in 1877 and has been a favorite of the royal family ever since.

The Wave is like a higher-end version of the VISTA, made of premium metals and fabrics (with a higher price point to match). The two strollers share a number of features, like the ability to convert into a double stroller, easy compatibility with a bassinet or infant car seat, plenty of storage space, and a three-year warranty.

Deciding between the two? We'll compare the benefits and drawbacks of each stroller in this in-depth Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA comparison.

 

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Silver Cross Wave

The Wave adds modern-day practicality to the timeless elegance of Silver Cross prams. If you're spending $1,300 on a stroller, you want it to last—through your first child as well as others to come. That's why the Wave is "future-proofed" to accommodate a second seat, car seat or bassinet when your family grows.

The Wave provides an ultra-smooth and durable ride, between its magnesium alloy frame and four-way independent suspension. The stroller comes with a number of accessories, as well as an overnight-ready bassinet. Bamboo fabric inside the bassinet is anti-bacterial and helps regulate the baby's body temperature.

UPPAbaby VISTA

The UPPAbaby VISTA makes it easy to stroll with your family, no matter where you're heading or who's along for the ride. Starting as a single stroller, the VISTA can accommodate a second seat, car seat or bassinet for siblings or twins.

The VISTA folds compactly in one step and stands when folded, helping parents comfortably load it into the car. The stroller becomes a convenient travel system with the addition of the UPPAbaby MESA car seat, which clicks on and off without adapters. An extra-large storage basket, a wide variety of accessories and an included overnight-ready bassinet are among the features that make the VISTA a hit with growing families.

Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA Single Stroller Price

The price of the Silver Cross Wave single stroller is $1,299, while the UPPAbaby VISTA single stroller is $899.99—or $400 less.

However, the Silver Cross Wave comes with several accessories that are sold separately for the VISTA. The equivalent accessories for the VISTA would total more than $200.

The purchase of a Silver Cross Wave includes the following accessories. The starred items are sold separately for the VISTA.

  • Stroller with one toddler seat
  • Bassinet
  • Seat unit apron (similar to lightweight footmuff)*
  • Seat liner*
  • Cup holder*
  • Car seat adapters*
  • Rain cover for stroller
  • Rain cover for bassinet*
  • Bug covers for stroller and bassinet
  • Tandem seat adapters*

Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA Stroller Comparison

The purchase of an UPPAbaby VISTA includes:

  • Stroller with one toddler seat
  • Bassinet
  • Rain cover for stroller
  • Bug covers for stroller and bassinet
  • Bassinet storage bag

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Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA Double Stroller Price

The Silver Cross Wave can be a double stroller right out of the box by using the toddler seat in the upper position and bassinet on the lower position.

While the UPPAbaby VISTA also includes a toddler seat and bassinet, additional pieces (called the upper and lower adapters) must be purchased to use the two together. You'll also need additional adapters if you're using a non-UPPAbaby car seat on the stroller. For more information, see What Adapters Do I Need for the UPPAbaby VISTA?

No additional adapters are needed for the Silver Cross Wave, unless you need a lower car seat adapter (as you would for twins).

For both strollers, the upper and lower seats are different sizes and therefore are not interchangeable. For Silver Cross, the lower seat is called the "tandem seat;" UPPAbaby calls it the "RumbleSeat."

Here's a pricing breakdown of each double stroller.

Silver Cross Wave

  • Stroller with toddler seat and bassinet: $1,299
  • Tandem seat: $349
  • Total price with two stroller seats and one bassinet: $1,648

UPPAbaby VISTA

  • Stroller with toddler seat and bassinet: $899.99 
  • Second seat: $189.99 
  • Upper adapters: $19.99
  • Lower adapters: $19.99
  • Total price with two stroller seats, one bassinet and adapters: $1,129.96 

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Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA Weight

The UPPAbaby VISTA, one of the lightest double strollers on the market, is several pounds lighter than the Silver Cross Wave as both a single and double stroller.

The Wave chassis is heavier because it's made of high-strength magnesium alloy that's thicker than the VISTA's aluminum chassis. The Wave also has more metal components, such as in the handlebar and throughout the canopy, which are plastic on the VISTA. Additionally, it has a hard-bottomed basket, compared with the VISTA's fabric basket.

Here is the weight of each stroller in single and double mode.

  • Wave single: 33.3 pounds
  • VISTA single: 26.6 pounds
  • Wave double: 41 pounds
  • VISTA double: 32.6 pounds

Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA Weight Capacity

Compared with the UPPAbaby VISTA, the Silver Cross Wave has a higher weight limit on both seats, which helps extend the longevity of the stroller.

The 35-pound weight limit on the VISTA's lower seat, the RumbleSeat, is a drawback for parents who want their baby to sit in the upper position but have a toddler who's too big for the lower position.

Silver Cross Wave Weight Capacity

  • Toddler seat: 55 pounds
  • Tandem seat: 45 pounds

UPPAbaby VISTA

  • Toddler seat: 50 pounds
  • RumbleSeat: 35 pounds

Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA Warranty

Both the Silver Cross Wave and UPPAbaby VISTA are built to last and have a 3-year manufacturer's warranty with product registration.

Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA Configurations

The Silver Cross Wave and UPPAbaby VISTA offer similar configurations for siblings and twins.

On both strollers, both seats are reversible, allowing the child to face you or face forward. For twins, both strollers take two infant car seats and two bassinets.

The Silver Cross Wave allows for one configuration not possible with the VISTA: bassinet on the upper position, tandem seat on the lower position. With the VISTA, the bassinet can't fit on the upper position when the stroller is a double, so the bassinet can only be used on the lower position.

The VISTA requires the purchase of the upper and/or lower adapters ($19.99 each) to complete double configurations involving a car seat or bassinet.

With the Wave, the only adapter that is sold separately is the lower car seat adapter. Included with the stroller purchase are three pairs of adapters for the upper car seat adapters, tandem seat and bassinet.

Silver Cross Wave

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UPPAbaby VISTA

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Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA Fold

Both strollers involve a one-step fold that's simple for parents to master. The VISTA stands when folded, making it easier to lift by its bumper bar.

When folded, the Wave measures 37"L x 23.6"W x 14.9"H. The VISTA measures 17"L x 25.7"W x 33"H. 

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Car Seats Compatible with Silver Cross Wave and UPPAbaby VISTA 

Both strollers are compatible with a number of infant car seats. For the Silver Cross Wave, adapters that fit either Cybex, Maxi-Cosi or Nuna car seats are included with purchase. The UPPAbaby MESA fits the UPPAbaby VISTA without adapters; other car seat brands can be used with the purchase of adapters.

Car Seats Compatible with Silver Cross Wave

  • Cybex Aton, Aton 2 and Aton Q
  • Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, Mico 30 and Mico Max 30
  • Nuna PIPA and PIPA Lite LX (not recommended for PIPA Lite due to insecure fit)

Car Seats Compatible with UPPAbaby VISTA

  • UPPAbaby MESA (no adapters required)
  • Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit30
  • Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q and Cloud Q
  • Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico, Citi, Cabrio and CabrioFix 
  • Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX
  • Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and 4-35 Nido

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Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA Accessories

While the Silver Cross Wave comes with more accessories, the UPPAbaby VISTA offers more available accessories that add convenience and customization to your stroller.

The Wave comes with a cup holder, car seat adapters, seat liner, bug and rain covers and a seat apron/footmuff.

Silver Cross accessories sold separately include:

  • Stroller board
  • Premium footmuff
  • Changing bag
  • Parasol

More than a dozen accessories are available for the UPPAbaby VISTA, including popular options like a snack tray, travel bag and bassinet stand, which are not available for the Wave. Compatible VISTA accessories include:

  • Snack tray
  • Cup holder
  • Travel bag
  • Carry-all bag
  • Parent organizer
  • Bassinet stand
  • Bassinet mattress cover
  • Seat liner
  • Infant SnugSeat
  • PiggyBack ride-along board
  • Ganoosh lightweight footmuff
  • CozyGanoosh heavy footmuff

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Benefits and Drawbacks

Silver Cross Wave

Benefits

  • Sturdy magnesium alloy chassis and luxurious stroller/bassinet fabrics are the highest in quality
  • Four-way independent wheel suspension offers superior maneuverability
  • Accommodates more weight than the VISTA, holding 55 pounds on the upper seat and 45 pounds on the lower seat
  • Comes with accessories that would cost $200 if purchased for the VISTA, including cup holder, seat liner, lightweight footmuff and car seat adapteres
  • Can be used as a double stroller immediately out of the box with stroller and bassinet
  • Bassinet features bamboo fabrics, which is antibacterial and helps regulate body temperature
  • Hard-shell shopping basket is sturdier and more protective than VISTA's fabric basket

Drawbacks

  • Costs $400 more than UPPAbaby VISTA
  • At 33 pounds, the Wave is several pounds heavier than the VISTA
  • Folded stroller is less compact and more difficult to lift than VISTA
  • Lacks some convenient accessories, such as travel bag, bassinet stand and snack tray

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UPPAbaby VISTA

Benefits

  • At 26 pounds, VISTA is one of the lightest convertible strollers on the market and several pounds lighter than the Silver Cross Wave
  • Costs $400 less than the Wave
  • Stands when folded and is more compact when folded, compared with the Wave
  • Compatible with a wider range of car seats than the Wave, including the adapter-free UPPAbaby MESA
  • Compatible with convenient accessories not available for the Wave, such as bassinet stand and travel bag
  • Basket is longer and easier to access

Drawbacks

  • 35-pound weight limit makes lower RumbleSeat too small for some toddlers
  • Materials are not as premium as those on the Wave
  • In double mode, bassinet can only fit on the lower position of the stroller
  • Does not come with many accessories included with the purchase of a Wave
  • Requires the purchase of upper and/or lower adapters for double configurations, as well as additional car seat adapters for non-UPPAbaby brands

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Conclusion

Both the Silver Cross Wave and UPPAbaby VISTA are high-quality, versatile strollers that will grow with your family.

While the Wave offers superior quality in its materials and fabrics, its greatest drawback is the stroller's weight. The VISTA, several pounds lighter, may be more convenient for families who are frequently loading the stroller into the car.

The biggest downside of the the VISTA? The 35-pound weight limit on the lower RumbleSeat means the older child must ride on top, which isn't preferable for most families. The Wave offers a higher weight capacity overall, with a 45-pound limit on the lower tandem seat.

But no matter which product you choose, you're investing in a well-made, durable and stylish stroller your family can enjoy for years to come.

Questions?

Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. We also offer free shipping and no sales tax outside of Arizona!

If you have more questions about the Silver Cross Wave vs. UPPAbaby VISTA debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.

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Amy Venzke
Amy Venzke

Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. That includes you! Feel free to contact her with questions at amy@strolleria.com


1 Response

Adrine Avetyan
Adrine Avetyan

September 20, 2018

This was such a well written, informative article. It really helped finalize my decision making process between the 2 strollers. Thank you!

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