by Amy Venzke

For several years, the UPPAbaby VISTA and Baby Jogger City Select have been the most popular  convertible strollers: single strollers that can expand to include a second seat when your family grows.

In 2017, both manufacturers stepped up the competition by releasing new models. While UPPAbaby introduced new fabrics, leather details and a reduced size, Baby Jogger launched an upgraded version of its stroller. The City Select LUX offers more luxurious fabrics, a 30 percent smaller fold and better maneuverability than the original stroller—making the rivalry even closer.

So which one is best for your family? Strolleria will help you decide in this UPPAbaby VISTA vs. City Select LUX comparison covering the benefits and drawbacks of each stroller, product differences, configurations, car seat compatibility and more.

Considering Baby Jogger's original stroller, too? Check out the UPPAbaby VISTA vs. City Select comparison here.

First, we'll give an overview of the VISTA and City Select LUX. 

UPPABABY VISTA

The  UPPAbaby VISTA offers superior quality and ease of use, between its three-year warranty, an oversized storage basket accommodating up to 30 pounds, and one-click compatibility with the UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat and bassinet, the latter of which is included with your stroller purchase.

Baby Jogger City Select LUX

Kids can face you, face each other or face the world in the Baby Jogger City Select LUX, the convertible stroller with 20 seating combinations. Quick-fold technology, a decelerating hand brake and a bench seat accessory that accommodates a 65-pound child are among the features unique to this stroller.

Learn about the differences between the LUX and its predecessor, which retails for $100 less, in this  Baby Jogger City Select vs. City Select LUX comparison. 

BASICS

Single Stroller Price

The VISTA costs $210-$270 more than the City Select LUX but comes with a bassinet, bumper bar, rain cover and bug cover, bassinet bug cover and bassinet storage bag. All accessories are sold separately with the City Select LUX.

  • VISTA: $839.99 to $899.99 (depending on frame color and leather handlebars)
  • City Select LUX: $629.99

Double Stroller Price

For both strollers, the second seat is sold separately and includes the components needed to attach the seat to the stroller frame.

Parents using the VISTA as a double stroller may need to purchase the upper adapter and/or lower adapter ($19.99 each). The adapters are required to create space for the infant car seat or bassinet when the stroller is in double mode.

  • VISTA: $1,009.98 to $1,099.97
  • City Select LUX: $829.98

Product Weight (Single/Double)

The VISTA is 4 pounds lighter as a single stroller and 5 pounds lighter as a double stroller, compared with the City Select LUX.

  • VISTA: 26.6/32.6 pounds
  • City Select LUX: 30.4/37.5 pounds

Weight Capacity (Primary Seat/Secondary Seat)

The City Select LUX has a higher weight capacity for the secondary seat: 45 pounds, compared to the 35-pound limit on the second seat for the VISTA, called the RumbleSeat. The City Select LUX can also be used with a bench seat that extends the weight capacity to 65 pounds.

  • VISTA: 50/35 pounds
  • City Select LUX: 45/45 pounds (or 65/45 pounds with bench seat)

Open Dimensions

  • VISTA: 36"L x 25.7"W x 39.5"H
  • City Select LUX: 44.8"L x 23.6"W x 42.5"H

Folded Dimensions

  • VISTA: 17.3"L x 25.7"W x 33"H
  • City Select LUX: 30.5"L x 21.4"W x 10"H

Brakes

  • VISTA: Foot brake
  • City Select LUX: Hand brake with deceleration

Handlebar

  • VISTA: Leather (for Henry Blue Marl, Loic White and Austin Hunter Green colors) or foam (for other colors)
  • City Select LUX: Plastic

Wheels

  • VISTA: Foam-filled; all-wheel suspension
  • City Select LUX: Foam-filled; all-wheel suspension

Warranty

  • VISTA: 3 years (with product registration)
  • City Select LUX: Lifetime for frame; 1 year for parts

Configurations

With 20 different seating configurations, the City Select LUX offers more configurations than any stroller on the market. In addition to configurations with stroller seats, infant car seats and bassinets, the City Select LUX can also be used with a bench seat that accommodates children up to 65 pounds, extending your use of the stroller with older kids. The bench seat works only with the LUX, not the original City Select.

Unlike the VISTA, the City Select LUX also allows kids to face each other because the second seat is positioned on top of the front wheels, creating more space for both seats. (Arguably, the VISTA has better maneuverability because its second seat sits behind the front wheels.)

Both strollers can also accommodate a third child when you add a skateboard-like attachment, the UPPAbaby Piggyback or Baby Jogger Glider Board.

Here's a closer look at the configurations for each stroller.

UPPABABY VISTA

Uppababy Vista vs City Select Lux

VISTA configurations include:

  1. One infant car seat
  2. One bassinet
  3. Toddler seat facing parent
  4. Toddler seat facing forward
  5. Toddler seat facing parent, RumbleSeat facing forward
  6. Toddler seat and RumbleSeat facing parent
  7. Toddler seat and RumbleSeat facing forward
  8. Infant car seat and RumbleSeat facing parent (requires upper adapter)
  9. Infant car seat facing parent, RumbleSeat facing forward (requires upper adapter)
  10. Infant car seat on lower position; toddler seat facing parent
  11. Two infant car seats (requires upper and lower adapters)
  12. Bassinet and toddler seat facing parent (requires lower adapter)
  13. Two bassinets (requires upper and lower adapters)

Baby Jogger City Select LUX

Uppababy Vista vs City Select Lux

The City Select LUX offers these configurations:

  1. One infant car seat
  2. One bassinet
  3. Toddler seat facing parent
  4. Toddler seat facing forward
  5. Toddler seat and second seat facing forward
  6. Toddler seat and second seat facing parent
  7. Toddler seat and second seat facing each other
  8. Infant car seat and second seat facing parent
  9. Infant car seat facing parent, second seat facing forward
  10. Infant car seat and toddler seat facing parent
  11. Infant car seat facing parent, toddler seat facing forward
  12. Infant car seat and toddler seat facing each other
  13. Bassinet and second seat facing parent
  14. Toddler seat and bassinet facing parent
  15. Two infant car seats
  16. Two bassinets
  17. Bench seat and second seat facing forward
  18. Bench seat and second seat facing parent
  19. Bench seat and infant car seat
  20. Bench seat and bassinet

How It Folds

The VISTA and City Select LUX fold in different ways. The VISTA folds with triggers incorporated into the frame of the stroller, while folding the City Select LUX involves pulling up on plastic levers on both sides of the stroller.

Each stroller has pros and cons when it comes to folding. The VISTA self-stands when folded to prevent the fabric from getting dirty, a feature not included with the City Select LUX.

A pro for the City Select LUX is that its stroller seats can be folded in half for a more compact fold. A downside, though, is that some parents complain that the folding mechanisms can get stuck, making for a more difficult fold.

Watch the videos to see how each stroller folds.

UPPAbaby VISTA

To fold the VISTA, extend the handlebar so the stroller can rest on it. Pull back on the triggers, holding the bumper bar to guide the stroller until it locks in place. Adjust the footrest for a more compact fold.

Although the VISTA technically folds with both seats attached, most parents find it too heavy and bulky to do so. Remove the RumbleSeat before folding the single stroller.

Baby Jogger City Select LUX

While this video shows the original City Select, the City Select LUX folds similarly, but with the addition of foldable seats. Remove the second seat, then the second seat adapters. Lift the levers on both side of the stroller until the stroller auto-locks.

Car Seat Compatibility

Both strollers are compatible with infant car seats from numerous brands. The UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat attaches directly to the frame of the VISTA, while Baby Jogger's car seat, the City GO, requires adapters to attach to the City Select LUX. 

Infant Car Seats Compatible with the UPPAbaby VISTA

Uppababy Vista vs City Select Lux

With the exception of the UPPAbaby MESA, which connects directly to the frame, the VISTA uses adapters to connect with:

Infant Car Seats Compatible with City Select LUX

Uppababy Vista vs City Select Lux

With adapters sold separately, the City Select is compatible with:

Pros and Cons

So which stroller is better: the UPPAbaby VISTA or the City Select LUX? Only you can decide which one is right for you, but here are the benefits and drawbacks we see.

Uppababy Vista vs City Select Lux

The VISTA wins for its quality, warranty and weight, along with its ease of use from birth. The UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat attaches directly to the frame, while a bassinet included with your purchase is approved for overnight use. Some parents use the VISTA bassinet as baby's first bed with the bassinet stand, which later converts to a laundry hamper.

However, the VISTA is significantly more expensive than the City Select LUX, and it can be more difficult to use with older children because of a lower weight capacity on its second seat.

Benefits

  • Comes with several included accessories, including a bassinet approved for overnight sleeping
  • UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat attaches directly to the frame and quickly detaches with the press of a button on the top of the handle
  • Made with less plastic, the VISTA is 4 to 5 pounds lighter than the City Select LUX in both single and double mode
  • Folding triggers are sturdier than folding mechanisms on the City Select LUX
  • With Infant SnugSeat accessory, toddler seat can be used from birth
  • Storage basket with 30-pound weight limit is larger than most on the market
  • Three-year warranty is the best in the business
  • Canopies include large, ventilated top panels and pull-down UPF 50+ sunshade for complete sun protection
  • Some colors feature leather handlebar, compared to plastic handlebar for City Select LUX

Drawbacks

  • Price is $200+ more than City Select LUX
  • Less accommodating for older children, with a RumbleSeat that holds up to 35 pounds (compared with 45 pounds for the LUX) and no bench seat option
  • Seats can't be configured to face each other, as is the case with the City Select LUX
  • Toddler seat and RumbleSeat are not interchangeable, unlike the identical seats on the City select LUX
  • Additional upper and lower adapters required for double stroller configurations with an infant car seat or bassinet
  • Some parents don't want a bassinet, but it comes in the same box as the stroller

Baby Jogger City Select LUX

Uppababy Vista vs City Select Lux

Compared with the VISTA, the City Select LUX is a more affordable option that can also buy you more time using a double stroller. The City Select LUX is a popular choice for families with older toddlers, thanks to a higher weight capacity on both its second seat and bench seat accessory. But the VISTA beats the City Select LUX for its warranty, quality, weight and included accessories.

Benefits

  • Costs $200+ less than VISTA
  • Stroller offers several more configurations than the VISTA, including those in which two kids can face each other and those including the bench seat for older kids
  • Better at accommodating older children compared to the VISTA with a 45-pound weight limit on both stroller seats (compared to 50 pounds and 35 pounds for VISTA seats) and a bench seat with a 65-pound limit
  • Two stroller seats are interchangeable, unlike the VISTA, which has two seats of different sizes
  • Bench seat and shopping tote accessories are not available for VISTA
  • Hand brake allows for deceleration on hills 
  • No adapters required for double configurations, unlike the VISTA

Drawbacks

  • Adapters required for use with any infant car seat
  • Weighs 4 to 5 pounds more than VISTA in single and double mode
  • Folding mechanism can get stuck, making stroller more difficult to fold
  • Does not come with belly bars or any other included accessories
  • Parts have a one-year warranty (lifetime warranty for frame), compared with three years for VISTA
  • Handlebar is plastic instead of foam or leather handlebar of VISTA

Have More 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 UPPAbaby VISTA vs. City Select LUX 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


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