UPPAbaby Vista vs. Bugaboo Cameleon (C3)

When it was time to buy a stroller, we did exhaustive research and came down to two finalists: the UPPAbaby Vista and the Bugaboo Cameleon.  Since then, Bugaboo has come out with a newer version of the Cameleon, the C3.  Here are just a few reasons why I think the Vista still wins hands down.

#1 The Bugaboo only comes with one frame.  That means if you want to switch between bassinet and stroller seat, you have to remove the bassinet slipcover from the frame and replace it with the stroller slipcover.  With the Vista, these are two completely separate components that easily click into the stroller chassis.

#2 The Vista grows with your family.  If you have two kids or are planning on it, Uppababy gives you the option to buy a rumble seat ($99) to attach to the Vista.  Heck, you can even attach a ride-on board ($89) for an older child and you have room for three!  With Bugaboo, you have to buy a whole other stroller to fit two – the more expensive Bugaboo Donkey.

#3 Your child may outgrow the Bugaboo faster.  Seat weight limit is 37.5 vs 50 pounds for the Vista.

#4 The Vista folds with the seat attached; the Bugaboo does not.  How annoying is that when you’re juggling getting a fussy baby in the car, loading your shopping bags and folding the stroller?!

#5 Cost: the Vista is $699 vs. $979 for the Bugaboo C3

Yes, the Bugaboo C3 is slightly superior when it comes to the design factor and it does weigh slightly less (21 pounds vs. 24 for the Vista).  The new C3 also touts a one-handed folding style (the Vista’s is virtually one-handed) but that’s overshadowed by the fact that you have to detach the seat first.

Both brands have die-hard fans; both make great strollers.  However, at the end of the day, the Vista is still our top pick.

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