Both are convertible strollers: single strollers that can become double strollers with the addition of a second seat. Both offer reversible seats, multiple seating positions and the ability to attach infant car seats and bassinets. As a result, both are tremendously popular among parents planning for a growing family.
So which one is better? Only you can decide which stroller you prefer, but we'll try to make the decision easier in this UPPAbaby VISTA vs. City Select comparison.
This comparison references the V2 version of the VISTA, released in 2020, and the most recent City Select, which was last updated in 2019.
If you're also considering the upgraded Baby Jogger City Select Lux, see this UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs. City Select LUX comparison.
The UPPAbaby VISTA offers plenty of flexibility. With a dozen configurations, use it with up to two stroller seats, two infant car seats or two bassinets (one bassinet is included with your purchase of the single stroller). Among the stroller's features are all-wheel suspension, a flat seat recline and an oversized storage basket accommodating up to 30 pounds.
In 2020, the VISTA was upgraded to the V2 model, which features enhanced suspension for a smoother ride, a no-rethread harness, a redesigned sun canopy with more ventilation, and new colors. The VISTA V2 isn't changing for 2021 aside from color differences. Learn more in this 2021 vs. 2020 UPPAbaby VISTA V2 comparison.
Kids can face you, face each other or face the world in the Baby Jogger City Select, the convertible stroller with 16 seating combinations. Its features include a patented quick-fold technology, front-wheel suspension and a hand-operated parking brake.
In 2019, Baby Jogger updated the City Select for the first time in several years. The current City Select sports a modernized new look, with more neutral colors and upgraded fabrics.
Another stroller to consider: Baby Jogger's City Select LUX, which features a smaller fold, better maneuverability and a bench seat accessory. Learn more in this Baby Jogger City Select vs. City Select LUX comparison.
The VISTA comes with the bumper bar; rain cover and bug cover; bassinet, bassinet bug cover and bassinet storage bag. By comparison, the City Select does not come with any accessories.
The City Select uses two identical seats, allowing you to relocate the seat from your single stroller to the lower position (with the purchase of second seat adapters) when a sibling comes along. If you attach your car seat to the upper position, you don't necessarily need to buy the second seat until later on.
The two seats for the VISTA aren't interchangeable because they're different in size. The upper seat, called the Toddler Seat, holds 50 pounds, while the 35-pound-capacity RumbleSeat only fits the lower position. Therefore, you'll need to purchase the RumbleSeat for most configurations—like using a car seat on top—as soon as you're ready for double mode.
Because the two stroller seats for the City Select are identical, they have an equal weight capacity and are also interchangeable.
By comparison, the UPPAbaby VISTA consists of two different seats, the Toddler Seat for the upper position and the RumbleSeat for the lower position. Because the RumbleSeat is smaller, it has a lower weight capacity and can't be swapped with the upper Toddler Seat.
Along with a longer warranty period, the VISTA features higher-quality materials than the City Select, including a handlebar that's leather instead of plastic, as well as suspension in all four wheels and throughout the frame for a smoother ride. Suspension on the City Select is front-wheel only, and the front wheels are plastic instead of a more durable rubber.
Both are also compatible with a skateboard-like accessory (the UPPAbaby Piggyback or the Baby Jogger Glider Board) that can be used by a third child—or a kid who doesn't want to sit but doesn't want to walk, either.
The City Select has one more seating option than the VISTA: With the City Select, two kids can face each other because there is more space between the two seats. (Arguably, though, the VISTA offers better maneuverability with its second seat positioned behind the front wheels instead of on top of the wheels as on the City Select).
Here's a look at the configurations for each stroller.
The VISTA offers these configurations:
The upper and/or lower adapters ($19.99 and $24.99, respectively) are required when using an infant car seat or bassinet when the VISTA is configured as a double stroller. To learn more, see What Adapters Do I Need for the UPPAbaby VISTA?
The City Select offers these configurations:
While the UPPAbaby VISTA V2 folds with both seats attached, its bulkiness as a double stroller will likely prevent you from doing so. Otherwise, both the VISTA and the City Select fold simply after you remove the second seat.
The VISTA stands on its own when folded to prevent the stroller from getting dirty and has an automatic lock (while the City Select must be manually locked in place). The triggers for folding the VISTA are incorporated into the stroller frame, while the City Select has a separate, plastic folding mechanism.
Watch the videos to see how it's done.
To start folding the VISTA, consider removing the second seat. Extend the handlebar to its longest height. Pull back on the triggers to fold the stroller, which stands on its own with the handlebar resting on the ground. The stroller locks automatically. Adjust the footrest for a more compact fold.
To fold the City Select, first remove the second seat, then remove the second seat adapters. Lift the triggers on both sides of the strollers for an instant fold. Activate the lock on the side of the stroller.
Both UPPAbaby and Baby Jogger manufacture their own infant car seats to pair with their respective strollers, and the VISTA V2 and City Select are also compatible with car seats from many other leading brands.
The UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat attaches directly to the frame of the VISTA stroller without the need for car seat adapters, while Baby Jogger's City GO requires adapters to connect with the City Select.
With the exception of the UPPAbaby MESA, which connects directly to the frame, the VISTA uses adapters to connect with:
With adapters sold separately, the City Select is compatible with:
Still don't know which stroller you like better? Let's highlight the benefits and drawbacks of each.
All-wheel suspension, foam-filled wheels and a three-year warranty give the UPPAbaby VISTA V2 superior maneuverability and quality.
An infant car seat attaches directly to the frame, and its included bassinet approved for overnight use is a perk—especially for parents who are already considering a bassinet for travel or the baby's earliest months.
But the VISTA V2 is significantly more expensive than the City Select, with a second seat that accommodates less weight. Due to the weight capacity, some parents may have to seat their older toddler in the upper position and their younger child farther away from them in the lower position.
The Baby Jogger City Select is a more affordable choice that offers more configurations than just about any stroller on the market, including positions in which kids can face each other.
The City Select's second seat, equal in size to the primary seat, offers more longevity than the VISTA's second seat and allows for most parents' preferred configurations, with an infant close to them and toddler sitting in the lower position.
But front-wheel-only suspension and plastic front wheels give the City Select reduced maneuverability, and all infant car seats require adapters.
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