With the introduction and upgrades of the new Baby Jogger City Select 2 I think Uppababy Vista V2 may have some serious competition on their hands. Not because I think the Baby Jogger City Select 2 is more similar to the Vista, but because it offers parents something completely different.
What do they have in common?
Both the Uppababy Vista V2 and the Baby Jogger Select 2 are the second generation of incredibly popular prams.
They are both well made, easy to use, offer great versatility as they grow with your family and can be configured with one or two seats, and a combination of seats, capsules, bassinet and even a standing toddler board. So they both can theoretically accommodate up to three children of varying ages.
They both offer “cinema style” seating configurations – one behind the other with the seat in the back elevated to see over the top of the seat in front.
They also tick all the usual boxes many parents are looking for in a pram – easy to fold, reversible seats (parent and forward facing), one handed recline, adjustable telescopic handlebar, big storage basket, all terrain wheels and all round great quality prams.
How are they different?
The Uppababy Vista V2 is definitely in the premium/luxury pram category, with an RRP of $2099 (though market value sits around $1699). But the price point hasn’t stopped this pram becoming an absolute phenomenon in the baby industry and being one of the most popular prams in Australia.
Whereas the City Select 2 sits in the upper end of a mid-range pram price point with an RRP of $949.
However when you buy an Uppababy Vista V2 it comes with the bassinet included, as well as a bumper bar, rain shield, 2 insect nets, and a storage bag for the bassinet.
Whereas the City Select 2 comes as the stroller only – no included accessories.
City Select 2 VS Uppababy Vista V2 Specifications
|Uppababy Vista V2||Baby Jogger Select 2|
|Main Seat Capacity||23kg||20.5kg|
|Second Seat Capacity||17kg||20.5kg|
|Folded Dimensions||44 x 65.3 x 84.5 cms||29.2 x 60.5 x 91.4 cms|
Price Comparison Chart
Please note all prices below are in full RRP and may vary between retailers. Also you should definitely be asking for a package deal if you’re buying all at once.
|Uppababy Vista V2||Baby Jogger Select 2|
|Newborn and Toddler||$2208||$1298|
|Twins From Birth||$3066||$1298|
Why Choose the City Select 2?
The big reason I’d recommend the Select 2 is the fact the seats are approved for newborns without the need for a bassinet, bassinet kit, insert or liner – so the seat will go from birth to toddlerhood without needing to purchase anything else. Which also drives down the cost of the Select 2 when comparing to the Uppababy Vista, especially for parents expecting twins.
Also because both seats are exactly the same – the main seat and second seat have the same size, dimensions, weight capacity and are completely interchangeable – you do have some more flexibility with which child sits where. With the option to even switch them up through the day depending on what’s working best for you.
Why Choose the Uppababy Vista V2?
The Uppababy Vista V2 is an absolutely stunning pram with aesthetically beautiful finishes, and also has the most luxurious and well designed bassinets I’ve seen on any pram. For example it has an easy to release button positioned on the carry handle of the bassinet (shockingly this is not a common feature on prams). You also have the option to use the bassinet on the upper adapters even in single mode – meaning you have baby up high and close to you for easy eye contact and bonding. Lastly there extendable canopy covers the whole bassinet while also offering air flow.
As I’d mentioned above, another big appeal with the Uppababy Vista is you get practically everything in the box – it’s a very attractive purchase for new parents not having to think about those extra accessories because what you’ll need is included. You can also use the bassinet and seat on the frame at the same time (with Upper and Lower Adapters sold separately) so there is a feeling you’re already prepared for Baby number 2. Although, to continue using as a double after 6 months you’d need to purchase the second seat (called a “Rumble Seat”) which is smaller and has a lower weight capacity than the main seat and must be positioned on the front.
So going back to what I said in my intro – I think the Select 2 is competing with the Uppababy Vista V2 by offering a very different product experience. Especially when a lot of the features people love about the Uppababy Vista V2 revolve around the bassinet. Whereas you don’t need a bassinet for the City Select 2.
I think if a parent loves the bassinet on the Vista V2, the love the idea of it, the luxury of it, the feel, the premium experience of getting your accessories included – then they’re not going to choose a pram like the Select 2. They’re going to get a Vista, and there’s no point even trying to persuade them to choose otherwise. The Vista V2 is iconic and popular for very good reasons.
But if a parent wants something that is simple and uncomplicated, they don’t want to use a bassinet if they don’t have to, and they want to buy the accessories they actually plan to use (knowing they’re not “free” accessories with the Vista, you’re definitely paying for them) then the Select 2 will just make a lot more sense.
The only potential issue I can see with this is if these two people are married to each other.