When my wife and I are in New York City, we see a lot of Bugaboo strollers and are frequently amused by their prevalence. There are simply much better strollers on the market for considerably less money, but because Hollywood starlets are photographed with Bugaboos and high school has not ended for many people, mindless popularity continues to win the day.
Slate’s Farhad Manjoo recently rated several high-end strollers and identifies our stroller, the Uppababy Vista, as one of the best.
That’s right. I’m bragging about a baby stroller.
Manjoo’s only criticism of the Uppababy stroller is this:
The only knock on it is style. If you spend a boatload on a stroller, you kind of want it to look like you've spent a boatload on a stroller. The Vista won't turn any heads. You'd better hope your baby's a looker.
I’m not sure what to think about this.
Is it good that my wife and I do not require our stroller to convey a sense of style to the world?
Or is it pathetic that style would even be a consideration when deciding upon a stroller?
Manjoo also fails to mention the expansion kit which turns a single-child stroller into a double stroller quite easily.
He cites the price and overall size of the Bugaboo as its two major drawbacks, but it also has significantly less storage space than the Uppababy (I’ve done a side-by-side comparison), which can be extremely important if you are living in in a place like Manhattan, where groceries are often carted home without the assistance of an automobile.
His top choice is the Orbit G2, and while it has some interesting features, his list of drawbacks are longer than any other stroller, making me wonder what the hell he is thinking. Limited storage space, a high price, a lack of a bassinette, a not-yet-available expansion pack and more make this stroller seem like one of the worst that he rated, and yet he inexplicably likes it the most.
Perhaps he’s still got a little bit of high school left in him as well.