The Halo BassiNest vs the Uppababy Vista Bassinet

Halo bassinet or Uppababy bassinet?

If that’s the question you’re trying to answer for your family, I got you.

It should be an easy choice to make, too.

Although both Halo and Uppababy make high-end bassinets, there are significant differences between the two products I’ll be analyzing today.

This “Halo bassinet vs. Uppababy bassinet” comparison guide is a 5-minute read but will leave you with perfect clarity on which of the two bassinets is right for you.

Let’s dive right in with a side-by-side comparison.

Halo bassinet vs. Uppababy bassinet comparison table

FunctionsHalo bassinetUppaBaby bassinet
MotionYESYES
VibrationYESYES
Sound/white noiseYESYES
Mesh sidesYESNO
Adjustable heightYESNO
Full rotationYESNO
Washable, water-resistant mattressYESNO, water repellent
CanopyNOYES
Age/weight limits20 lbs20 lbs

Manufacturer background information

HALO Innovations is a company with a sad story behind it. The couple who found it, Bill and Cathy Schmid, lost their firstborn to SIDS.

Given Bill’s engineering background, they decided to turn the tragedy into an admirable pursuit of safe baby sleep. One of their staples is this bassinet.

UPPAbaby is another American family company with a long track record of bringing high-end baby gear to the market – 30-year long, in fact.

The owner, CEO, and chief of product development, Bob Monahan, has spent years developing products for reputable companies like Ford and Reebok before going his own way to create UPPAbaby.

Conclusion – there’s nothing in the fine print of the two companies that would give one an edge over the other.

Both are reputable, family-owned American businesses.

How do the Halo bassinets work?

Halo bassinets are designed with a singular focus but still deliver in all other aspects.

HALO BassiNest Swivel Sleeper, Bedside Bassinet, Essentia Series, Morning Mist

The ‘singular focus’ is the ease of access/use that eliminates any risks associated with co-sleeping.

Optimal for postpartum recovery

The sales proposal of Halo revolves around offering well-made 360-degree rotation bassinets, which makes them unique in the industry.

Full rotation for the win

If you pair the 360-degree rotation feature with the stable foundation and the lowering sidewalls, you get bassinets that belong to the very top of the bedside bassinet marketplace.

Adjustable height

The height is adjustable (in the 22 to 34 inches range) and that plays a major role in pairing the co-sleeper bassinet with your bed height.

HALO BassiNest Swivel Sleeper, Bedside Bassinet, Essentia Series, Morning Mist

That goes for both models we’re looking at here – the Halo Luxe and the Halo Bassinest swivel sleeper (Essentia Series).

The main difference between the two is the intricate soothing center that comes in the Luxe series.

Other features of the Luxe series that you won’t find in the Essentia series:

  • Back-to-bed reminder
  • Floor light
  • Storage caddy
  • Detachable bed

Naturally, the price tag of the Luxe is significantly higher compared to the Essentia.

Pros and Cons

PROS:

  • Full, 360-degree rotation
  • Safe and breathable
  • JPMA certification
  • Stability
  • Height is adjustable
  • Easy to slide the base under a bed
  • High-end soothing center (in the Luxe series)

CONS:

  • This is not a light bassinet, and it’s not easy to move around

Follow the links below to read more:

Full review of the Halo Luxe Series

Review of the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper (Essentia series)

How does the UPPABaby bassinet work?

This is the bassinet I used for three months with my son. I chose to get it because it was a good, affordable solution to pair with the Uppababy Vista, which is the stroller we had.

UPPAbaby Bassinet - JORDAN (charcoal/silver/black leather)

My verdict – two thumbs up for both products, here’s why:

Probably the most flexible combo for dynamic couples

If you get the UPPAbaby stand and the Vista stroller (that comes with the bassinet), you’re pretty much set.

I used the stand with the bassinet every night until he got a bit too big for it. I interchanged between the bassinet, stroller, and car seat daily and with ease.

The three products make a complete solution, second-to-none in terms of convenience and the UPPAbaby bassinet is one of the most versatile on the market today.

Safety

UPPAbaby is known for adhering to stringent safety standards, and this bassinet is no different. It’s breathable (perforated mattress and vented base).

UPPAbaby Bassinet - JORDAN (charcoal/silver/black leather)

The canopy provides solid sun and light protection but can be removed if need be.

NOTE: this bassinet is always to be with either the stand or the Vista stroller and never on a flat surface. For newborns, you’ll need the infant snugseat attachment.

Materials

UPPABaby makes sturdy bassinets that feel high-end and are still light and easily collapsible for those nights away from home.

UPPAbaby Bassinet - JORDAN (charcoal/silver/black leather)

The materials used for the Vista are premium cotton and polyester, both soft to the touch (where you need softness) and sturdy in areas where you need strength. The materials are also pretty resistant to staining and easy to wipe down.

Easy to pack/unpack

To set it up and collapse, you just pull on the metal rods – they slide back and forth and lock in position.

You can see my complete Uppababy bassinet setup guide here.

Great for small spaces

The footprint of the UPPAbaby bassinet is only 31 x 16 inches, which makes it a solid choice for smaller spaces.

Pros and Cons

PROS:

  • High-end materials
  • Breathable and safe
  • Affordable solution
  • Flexible use as bassinet, car seat, and stroller
  • Excellent choice for nights away from home
  • Easy assembly/disassembly
  • Removable canopy
  • Stable

CONS:

If you want to read more, follow this link to see my full review of the UPPABaby bassinet.

Halo or Uppababy bassinet – Which one is best for you?

If I did a good job of comparing Halo and UPPAbaby bassinets, you should have a pretty clear idea of which of the two is right for you.

This is the skinny:

HALO will be the choice of parents looking for an easy-access bedside sleeper bassinet, especially during the postpartum recovery.

HALO BassiNest Swivel Sleeper, Bedside Bassinet, Essentia Series, Morning Mist

The UPPAbaby bassinet will be your choice if you’re looking for a flexible bassinet/stroller/car-seat solution.