UPPAbaby Vista 2019 vs Bugaboo Fox
UPPAbaby Vista 2019 vs Bugaboo Fox
BuggyBaby Rating: UPPAbaby Vista 2019
Overall BuggyBaby Rating: 86 %
Read the full UPPAbaby Vista 2019 Pushchair Review
BuggyBaby Rating: Bugaboo Fox
Overall BuggyBaby Rating: 72 %
Read the full Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Review
UPPAbaby Vista 2019 vs Bugaboo Fox: Value
Both the Bugaboo Fox and the UPPAbaby Vista are high-end, premium pushchairs. To confirm this, we looked at other bundles on the market. For over £200 less, you could buy the Cosatto Wow XL Pram & Pushchair or save yourself £600 by choosing Joie Chrome DLX Pushchair & Carrycot – Pavement over the Fox. As for whether they’re value for money – this is a personal choice. However, both brands have loyal fans, which all pay homage to their exceptional handling and durability. It would seem that you get what you pay for. In terms of longevity, there’s little to choose between the two: both strollers come with carrycots and have an infant seat capable of carrying 22kg (48.5lb) – that’s around aged four.
Again, this comes down to what you like. Both are sleek modern pushchairs that look good without going over the top. The Bugaboo Fox, with its large back wheels and high seating angle, looks a touch sportier than the Vista, which has more traditional styling. Fabric-wise, the Bugaboo Fox is available in sophisticated melange fabrics in blue and grey, or you can choose a different coloured Bugaboo Fox Pushchair Sun Canopy if you fancy a change, or want a new look for when a second baby comes along. On the other hand, our team loved the attention to detail on the Vista. For example, its 100% leather handlebar and sleek tubular chassis gives the UPPAbaby Vista the wow factor, hence the perfect score.
UPPAbaby Vista 2019 vs Bugaboo Fox: Function
If you buy the Bugaboo Fox, you’ll need to build it yourself which can be a bit fiddly. On the other hand, the Vista comes pretty much ready to go – you just need to pop the wheels on.
Weight & Width
The Bugaboo Fox weighs 9.9kg (chassis plus seat unit) and measures 60cm wide. In comparison, the Vista weighs 12kg and is 65.3cm wide. Both are substantial, sturdy pushchairs. However, they are both narrow enough to pass through a standard-sized doorway.
The Fox has two fold modes: freestanding and compact. Freestanding mode is ideal for when space is tight e.g. at a coffee shop or the lobby of a playcentre, and can be done quickly and with the seat on. However, compact mode is a bit of a faff as you’ll need to fold the Fox into two pieces. The compact fold measures 66 x 54 x 19cm.
Like the Fox, the Vista folds into freestanding mode with or without the seat on. However it doesn’t stand particularly well in this mode, and the auto-lock doesn’t hold the handlebar in place. On the other hand, it’s easier to fold into compact mode than the Fox – in fact, it collapses nicely into a single piece – and its folded dimensions are 42 x 63 x 83cm. So, while the Vista has the better fold, the Fox is more compact.
Both models have a one-touch telescopic handlebar that extend to suit the height of the pusher.
Both these pushchairs are a dream to push. The Vista has shock-absorbing front and rear suspension while the Fox boasts all of the above plus central joint suspension too – marketed by Bugaboo as ‘power steering’. As a result, the Fox should offer the best ride over multi terrain but you’d struggle to notice the difference around town. The Fox’s front and rear wheels measure 21cm and 30cm respectively while the Vista’s are 20cm and 29cm respectively, so there’s barely any difference. Both can be steered by one hand, although the size of the Vista might not make this altogether practical, especially if you’re on the shorter side!
Our testers loved the Vista’s spacious, high sided underseat basket, which is cleverly shaped so that your groceries stay put when you stroll. It takes up pretty much the full length of the chassis, and can handle around 13kg, so you won’t be short of storage space (and you won’t be tempted to carry bags on the handles and ruin your look completely). In comparison, the Fox has a smaller basket with a capacity of 10kg. However, the Fox’s basket has some handy storage pockets for valuables which is a nice touch.
As you’d expect, both the Fox and the Vista are Pushchair Travel System compatible. The Fox is compatible with a wider range of infant carriers than the Vista. For example, it fits with brands such as Chicco, Britax, Maxi Cosi and Cybex. Plus, for parents that want the complete Bugaboo look, there’s also the custom Bugaboo Turtle By Nuna Car Seat With Adaptors – Fox. On the other hand, the Vista is only compatible with its own-brand car seat, the Mesa. So for choice, the Fox scores more highly.
UPPAbaby Vista 2019 vs Bugaboo Fox: Comfort
Harness and seat
Both the UPPAbaby Vista 2019 and the Bugaboo Fox have 5-point safety harnesses which are easy to adjust and comfortable on your baby’s skin. Similarly, both feature nicely padded seat fabrics, and we couldn’t discern much between the two. The seat on the Vista is both parent and world-facing, as is the Fox; both recline into multiple positions and are wide enough to keep growing babies’ arms and legs in!
Do the Fox and Vista offer lie flat seats?
Yes. However, the seats are marketed as ‘toddler seats’ suitable from 6 months, and not as seats for newborns to sleep in for long periods. For peace of mind, both of the pushchairs come with a carrycot, which allows you to create the ideal lie-flat sleeping position for newborns.
UPPAbaby Vista 2019 vs Bugaboo Fox: Bonus
What makes each pushchair stand out? Here’s our round-up:
UPPAbaby Vista: flexibility for two
On one hand, we love the Vista’s flexibility. You can transform it into a Twin & Tandem Pushchair by the simple addition of the UPPAbaby Vista Rumble Seat 2019. That’s a big plus for parents who love their Vista and don’t want to give it up when the second baby comes along. The Fox in comparison is a one-child pushchair: which is fine if you only need it for the one. But it’s nice to have the option and for that the Vista wins points.
Bugaboo Fox ‘beach mode’
The Fox however has its own trick up its sleeve. ‘Beach mode’ allows you to pop the Fox onto two wheels. The two front wheels fold up, and you reverse the direction of the handlebar, allowing you to ‘drag’ the Fox along trickier terrain. This is great when faced with an unexpected stretch of sand or grass.
UPPAbaby Vista wins storage wars!
We love the Vista’s under seat basket. It can carry 3kg more than the Fox and is the perfect shape to carry everything you could need for a day out. And if you’re going to use a pushchair daily for four years, then it’s the small things that make a big difference. This is particularly relevant if you decide to extend the Vista using the UPPAbaby Vista Rumble Seat 2019, as you may well have more baby things to transport as well.
Carrycot & accessories
The Vista carrycot has a longer mattress for extra wiggle room, plus a ventilated base and canopy to let more air to your baby’s skin. For the price, UPPAbaby also throws in a carrycot raincover, bug shield and storage bag. Its sleek styling also wins points. In comparison, the Fox’s carrycot also has an aerated inlay plus a quality padded apron. However, you do have to build the carrycot, which is a bit of a faff. Plus, you don’t get any accessories with it, so the Vista 2019 carrycot is more of a winner for us.
Accessories-wise, both the Vista and the Fox have plenty of optional add-ons to tempt you. Both brands offer buggyboards: the Fox’s Comfort Wheeled Board is well made and great for helping tired toddler legs; similarly, the UPPAbaby Vista PiggyBack Ride Along Board does a similar job.
For the cooler weather, Bugaboo makes beautiful footmuffs in a range of beautiful colours that are Fox-compatible, including a very cool Bugaboo High Performance Footmuff – Black for outdoorsy types. For the Vista, there’s the UPPAbaby Cozy Ganoosh Footmuff which offers a plush fleece interior and a full coverage neck warmer and hood. Both come with a raincover, but Vista also throws in a bug shield for the carrycot and the seat.
The Bugaboo Fox and UPPAbaby Vista 2019 are very evenly matched pushchairs, with head-turning looks. They are both very well made, with excellent handling and comfort for both baby and parent. Size-wise, there’s little to choose between them, and they are both suitable from newborn to aged four. However, when it came to it, we felt that the UPPAbaby Vista had a better fold, more storage space and looked slightly more stylish than the Fox.
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