By Amy Venzke
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.
We'll explain the benefits and drawbacks of each stroller, as well as the differences between the two, like product specifications, configurations, foldability and car seat compatibility.
If you're also considering the upgraded Baby Jogger City Select Lux, see this UPPAbaby VISTA vs. City Select LUX comparison.
First, let's take a look at the VISTA and City Select.
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 2017, UPPAbaby released a new VISTA model featuring a slightly reduced size, new colors and leather handlebars on some strollers.
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 2017, Baby Jogger began offering two versions of this stroller, the City Select and the upgraded City Select LUX. Learn more in this Baby Jogger City Select vs. City Select LUX comparison.
Use the promo code STROLLERIA20 to save 20% on the City Select and City Select LUX for a limited time!
The VISTA costs about $300 more than the City Select but comes with several accessories, including a bassinet that's approved for overnight use.
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 second seat is sold separately for both strollers. Additional accessories also may be needed: Upper and/or lower adapters are required to use an infant car seat or bassinet with the VISTA in double mode, while parents purchasing the City Select may want to purchase bumper bars.
The City Select has a higher weight limit for the secondary seat, which will likely be used by the older child when the younger child is in an infant car seat.
Foam-filled tires and suspension on all wheels give the VISTA an edge in maneuverability.
Between the single and double configurations, the VISTA and City Select can each be used in a dozen or more different ways. 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.
With 16 configurations, the City Select has more seating options than the VISTA. Positioning the City Select's second seat on top of the front wheels creates more space between the two seats—allowing for configurations in which two kids face each other. (Arguably, though, the VISTA offers better maneuverability with its second seat, the RumbleSeat, positioned behind the front wheels.)
Here's a look at the configurations for each stroller.
The VISTA offers these configurations:
The upper and/or lower adapters ($19.99 each) 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:
The VISTA folds with both seats attached—although 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 has the edge in folding for a few reasons: It 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 that, according to some parents, can get sticky over time.
Watch the videos to see how it's done.
To start, consider removing the second seat for a more compact fold. 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.
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.
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 adapters, both strollers are compatible with several other car seats.
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 VISTA 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 is more expensive and offers fewer configurations than the City Select, with a second seat that accommodates less weight.
The 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. Its second seat, equal in size to the primary seat, offers more longevity than the VISTA's second seat. But front-wheel-only suspension and plastic front wheels give the City Select reduced maneuverability, and all infant car seats require adapters.
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 debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or email@example.com.