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.
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.
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.
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.
The purchase of an UPPAbaby VISTA includes:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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