Picking a stroller might be one of the biggest decisions I’ve made in the last decade (I know you are thinking of my decision to marry and have a baby, but trust me this felt bigger). After reading one million reviews on Amazon, I narrowed it down to the Uppa Baby Vista and the Bob Jogging Stroller and then went back and forth (and back and forth) until I made what felt like an educated decision. I ultimately went with the Uppa Baby Vista and have been thrilled with it, but I also know so many mamas who would say the same about their Bobs. We’ve rounded up a list of pros and cons to help you when making this *life changing* decision!
The UPPA Baby Vista review via Jillian Greenberg
Vogue called Uppa Baby the “winner of the stroller wars” and as with most things in life, I have to go with Vogue. The owner of an Uppa Baby Vista, Mesa (the brands well-rated car seat) and the smaller umbrella stroller, the G Luxe, I have totally bought into the brand. I have to say this upfront, this stroller is p-r-i-c-e-y; however, my husband and I ultimately decided to make the plunge once we realized the ability to convert to a double stroller was going to save us enough that it was worth the extra dollars.
- handles New Orleans streets like a champ – our cracked concrete and large pot holes make my Jeep Grand Cherokee nervous but this stroller keeps my little one comfortable. it’s also very easy to stroll, I can do with one hand when needed.
- comes with a bassinet – we used the “overnight sleep approved” bassinet in our room for the first 6 weeks to have my babe close for middle of the night breast feeding sessions. also, we live in a one story house and would often roll our newborn daughter from room-to-room while she was sleeping. super convenient.
- Mesa car seat easily attaches with no extra attachment needed – car seat review coming later!
- the extra large basket holds more groceries than I ever need it to.
- the stroller is incredibly easy to fold and travels well – both in my car and by air!
- provides serious shade when needed – basinet and rumble seat both come with a UV protected shade. the shade is also waterproof (which I found out on a recent walk – I came home soaked, my daughter was dry and laughing at me the whole way home)
- the rumble seat can be both forward and rear facing and reclines easily. all the way from laying down flat to sitting up straight.
- the stroller handle telescopes which works well for my tall husband
- our number one reason for going with the Vista over the Bob – with the purchase of an additional seat, the stroller converts to a double stroller and you can even add a standing board for a third child (although that seems very dangerous on the New Orleans streets)
- the cup holder – I think every review you’ll read will warn you about this. The Vista does not have a great cup holder option. I purchased one of their accessories for this but have not been thrilled with it and have occasionally had a splash of my LaCroix land on my daughter – oops!
- it’s pricy (but so is buying a single stroller and then a double stroller should you choose to have a second child)
I’m sticking with my Uppa Baby Vista and continue to recommend it to pregnant friends. I’ll report back when I have baby #2 on how it works as a double stroller.
BOB Revolution Jogger via Allison Kupperman
I am sure we can all agree by now that the stroller game is completely overwhelming; it’s confusing to navigate all of the options in baby land. When I was pregnant, I had no idea about the differences between them all and honestly wound up with the BOB just because everyone else had it and I had heard awesome things. After owning it for over a year now, here are my thoughts:
- able to handle the bumpiest of pot holes and uneven sidewalks that charming nola city living has to offer
- a+ shock system makes for a smooth ride: must for runners (disclaimer: i am not a runner)
- loads of storage: nice size basket under, extra pouch in the back and pockets inside by seat (handy for extra toys, snacks, pacis, etc)
- BOB handle bar console with 2 cup holders plus storage makes it easy to carry around a phone, wallet, keys and drinks
- 5 position shade makes for great coverage and keeps sun out of face
- sunroof with velcro makes it easy to open and keep an eye on your little
- seat reclines far back – ideal if your babe needs to nap on the go
- swivel wheel and locks up (for jogging)
- red safety strap in front (i like to hang toys so we won’t loose them and helps keep the little busy)
- easy to buckle up
- extra leg room rest (also good for catching dropped toys)
- easy to attach your choice of car seat (I have Chicco) using BOB adapter (you can use adapter for BOB snack tray once you ditch the infant car seat)
- there’s no sugar coating it – BOB. IS. A. BEAST! Soo heavy.
- hard to collapse to the point where it gets stuck halfway at times – major pain (who has time for that?)
- not very portable (strictly use mine for walks around the hood)
- not ideal for travel or loading in and out of the car on a regular basis (end up with bruises trying to lug around and lift, UGH)
- will need ANOTHER stroller/double stroller come baby number 2 (there goes my Prada shoe fund)
- no bassinet option for newborn
- only faces forward
- while it’s nice that the seat reclines, it does not go forward enough causing it to be too hot inside – not very breezy
It’s a tough call, and while there are a ton of pros for the BOB (nice quality with lovely features), I have to say that the cons outweigh and are a real deal breaker for me. With that said, considering I am not a runner and if I had to do it all over again (and what I find myself recommending to others) – I would go with the Uppa Baby Vista hands down. In addition to the sleek look and top quality, it appears to be a smart investment in the long run. And even though you still have to purchase the second rumble seat, it beats having to buy a whole new stroller and worry about additional storage.