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Comparison: UPPAbaby Mesa vs. Nuna PIPA 2017

In two of our most recent blog posts (“Overview of 2017 Nuna PIPA Car Seat” and “The New and Improved UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat 2017”), we provided readers with broad overviews of the UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat 2017 and the Nuna PIPA Car Seat 2017.

Both car seats are available for purchase through Peppy Parents, and we always make sure our customers have access to the information they not only like to have, but need to have when it’s the safety of their children on the line.

Peppy Parents stands by both the 2017 UPPAbaby Mesa and the 2017 Nuna PIPA as rock-solid choices when it comes to infant car seats, but that’s not to say they’re exactly the same. Naturally, each car seat has its own sets of benefits, as well as some drawbacks.

The purpose of this article is to lay down a quick and dirty “side by side” comparison of the UPPAbaby Mesa 2017 and the Nuna PIPA 2017.


Car Seat Weight

UPPAbaby’s Mesa Car Seat weighs 9.9 pounds and the base weighs 9 pounds for a combined weight of 18.9 pounds.

The Nuna PIPA Car Seat, on the other hand, weights just 7.9 pounds, but the base weighs 14 pounds for a combined weight of 21.9 pounds. Plus, it should be noted that this combined weight does not include the weight of the optional canopy and insert, which would contribute additional weight.

The UPPAbaby Mesa 2017 is at least 3 pounds lighter than the Nuna PIPA, which may sound trivial until you actually lift something weighing 3 pounds. It’s not such an insignificant difference.


Maximum Baby Weight

The UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat 2017 is approved for babies between 4 and 35 pounds, while the Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seat 2017 is only approved for babies between 4 and 32 pounds.


Maximum Baby Height

Both seats are approved for babies up to 32 inches in height.


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Both seats also offer very similar sunshades. Though they tout different names, both sunshades can be extended or retracted, and both offer UPF 50 (UPF is similar to SPF, but this rating is exclusively applied to fabrics) to keep baby from getting rosy.


Stroller Compatibility

Without an adapter, the UPPAbaby Mesa attaches to the UPPAbaby Vista and UPPAbaby Cruz strollers.

Conversely, the Nuna PIPA only attaches to the Nuna TAVO stroller without an adapter. However, with your purchase of the PIPA, you will also receive car seat adapters that allow the PIPA to pair with the Nuna MIXX2 or the Nuna PEPP. The adapters come with the purchase at no additional charge.


Installation Time

The UPPAbaby Mesa is advertised as having a 10-second installation time, but the Nuna PIPA clocks in at just 5 seconds.

Needless to say, Nuna’s marketing team might’ve gotten a little carried away when they claimed a 5-second installation time for this car seat, but either way, the Nuna PIPA is allegedly quicker and easier to install.


Car Seat Fabrics

One of the 2017 UPPAbaby Mesa’s color variations (called the Henry) is made from fabric that is totally free of brominated and chlorinated chemicals. This is unique, as most car seat fabrics contain these chemicals to meet flame retardancy standards. However, the Henry meets these standards without those chemicals.

Additionally, it should be mentioned that the UPPAbaby Mesa has a removable, machine-washable seat cover. Babies are inherently messy members of the family, so being able to remove the seat cover and throw it in the wash is a big time-saver.

The Nuna PIPA does not have any machine-washable components.


Price Difference

The UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat 2017 is $299.99 on Peppy Parents’ website, while the Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seat and Base are $299.95 for the sand color variation and $199.95 for the blackberry color variation.

Depending on how important the color of your car seat is, you could save a whopping $100 just by selecting the blackberry color variation of the Nuna PIPA. The prices for the sand color variation of the Nuna PIPA and all colors of the UPPAbaby Mesa are virtually the same.

Shop Around

We encourage everyone to do due diligence when it comes to researching products that they’ll use with their children. These are not the only two car seats for sale on Peppy Parents’ website, but they are two that we get a lot of questions about.

You can view our other car seat offerings here, and of course, you can always contact us with any additional questions! Thanks for reading, and happy shopping! Uppababy toddler seat vs rumble seat


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