Nuna vs Uppababy

Nuna vs Uppababy – Which Infant Car Seat is Best for You?

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Nuna Pipa vs Uppababy Mesa Car Seats

Two of the most popular child car seats that are currently available are the Nuna Pipa and the Uppababy Mesa. Normally when we compare products, one of the main comparisons would likely be the pricing, but for these two infant car seats, there is little or no difference in the cost.

What this means is that we can look at Nuna Pipa vs Uppababy Mesa, purely in terms of features, such as safety and comfort, knowing that whichever of them has an advantage, it will not cost you more or less in most outlets for either car seat.

In looking at these Nuna vs Uppababy infant car seats, we'll highlight each of their most important features in categories such as ease of installation, maximum weight, comfort, safety and the other benefits they offer which may have a bearing on your decision.

Once we have gone through all of them we will summarize the main differences between them and give our thoughts on the merits of both the Nuna Pipa and the Uppababy Mesa.

Specifications Compared

Seat Weight
Child Weight Limits
Child Height Limit
NHTSA Ease of Use Rating
Nuna Pipa​​​​​​

7.9 lbs, with canopy & attachments 14 lbs

4 to 32 lbs

Up to 32 in

25.2"L x 17.5"W x 26.1"H

Uppababy Mesa

9 lbs, with canopy & attachments 9.9 lbs

4 to 35 lbs

Up to 32 in

25.8”L x 17”W x 23”H

Nuna Pipa Main Features

nuna vs uppababy car seats

Ease of Installation

  • The Pipa uses a 'traffic light' system which uses green indicators to show buckles are fastened correctly, and red ones to show that it is incomplete.
  • The 'ISOFIX' and 'LATCH' standards apply to the Nuna Pipa, so you can secure it without the use of seatbelts.
  • Note, there have been some compatibility issues with the Pipa and some car brands such as Range Rover and BMW.
  • For traveling in other vehicles such as taxis, seatbelts can still be used to secure the seat.

Height and Weight Limits

  • Weight limits for the Nuna Pipa are between 4 lbs. and 32 lbs.
  • Recommended height limit is 32 inches.

Comfort Features

  • 'Dream Drape' canopy can be pulled down to provide shade and features a mesh window so parents can look in on the child.
  • Comes with an insert for smaller infants and babies which adds to their comfort.

Safety Features

  • The seat and the headrest have side impact protection.
  • A fold down metal leg rests on the car floor to provide stability whilst car is moving and additional impact absorption during a collision. This significantly improves the car seat safety.
  • Base construction is a heavy-duty shell.
  • The harness has five different connection points to ensure the child is fully secured in the seat.

Other Features and Benefits

  • It has a carry handle to easily transport it to and from the car
  • The weight of the seat is just 7.9 lbs. This is really lightweight but not as lightweight as the Maxi Cosi Mico AP.
  • It can be used as a car seat stroller combo with several major brands of stroller, such as 'Mamas & Papas' and 'Bugaboo'.
  • The car seat's fabric can be removed, and machine washed, however, it means unthreading the harness each time you wish to do this

Uppababy Mesa Main Features

MESA Infant Car Seat - Jake (Black) + MESA Base

​Ease of Installation

  • The Mesa has a green indicator to show when the base is level.
  • You press a button to release the 'LATCH' connectors, and once they have been clicked properly into place, another green indicator will show you when they are secure.
  • Installation is very quick and can often be done in just a few seconds.

Height and Weight Limits

  • The recommended weight limit for the Uppababy Mesa is 35 lbs.
  • The height limit for this car seat is 32 inches.

Comfort Features

  • The fabric used is soft and breathable to help keep infants and children cool.
  • The headrest is adjustable, and foam padded.
  • For infants weighing between 4 lbs. and 8 lbs., the Uppababy Mesa includes an infant insert and wedge which also has a lower harness position.
  • Comes with a folding canopy to provide shade.

Safety Features

Other Features and Benefits

  • Can be used on strollers including some that do not require an adapter.
  • Includes a carry handle with a stroller release button. 
  • There are pockets to store the harness buckles when not in use.
  • The seat fabric is removable and washable, without unthreading the harness.
  • If you use the car seat as a carrier, its weight is 9.9 lbs.

Nuna Pipa Vs. Uppababy Mesa: Main Differences

  • 1
    The first Nuna vs Uppababy comparison is the weight limit, which the Uppababy Mesa wins, as its limit is 3 lbs heavier than the Pipa. This might not seem a lot, but it is 10% of a difference.
  • 2
    With just the base car seat, the Pipa is the lighter of the two at 7.9 lbs vs the Mesa which is 9 lbs. However, once the canopy and attachments are added, this is reversed, with the Pipa rising to 14 lbs, and the Mesa going up to just 9.9lbs. Since you will likely always use the car seat with the attachments, the Uppababy is the winner in terms of weight.
  • 3
    Mesa has an easier installation and fewer compatibility issues.
  • 4
    Pipa has a major safety advantage with the fold-down leg support.
  • 5
    Mesa has more features which promote the child's comfort.
  • 6
    Pipa is compatible with more stroller brands than the Mesa.

Nuna vs Uppababy Video Review

If you're looking to compare these infant car seats from Nuna and Uppababy side by side and close up then check out the video below courtesy of The Baby Cubby. The video compares all of the features that we've highlighted above so you can decide for yourself which one is best for you.


Both the Nuna Pipa and the Uppababy Mesa offer parents a high quality, safe and comfortable car seat for their babies, infants or children, so we would be happy to recommend either of them.

Where we sense a difference is where they place the most emphasis on two of the most important aspects of a child car seat, namely comfort and safety.

Of the two, the Nuna Pipa has the edge on the safety front and in particular, its fold-down load leg, adds additional protection. Its design means that the risk of a child suffering a head injury is reduced by over 40% according to some consumer tests that have been conducted.

This is not to say that the ​UPPAbaby MESA​ in any way compromises safety and everything within its construction and design will protect a child should a collision occur.

As it is also deemed to be easier to install, then this suggests that there is less likelihood of the Mesa being installed wrongly, and therefore not being safe.

Where the Mesa has an advantage over the Pipa, is in giving an infant or a child additional comfort, with features like the adjustable head rest

Other factors that push us slightly towards the Mesa, include being able to remove the fabric for cleaning without having to unthread the harness, and it being lighter overall when the canopy etc. are attached in comparison to the Pipa

So, for the Nuna vs. Uppababy comparison, we give it (just), to the Uppababy Mesa for its comfort and ease of installation, while at the same time offering a very high level of safety to any child or infant using this car seat.


Robert is a father of a young daughter and has developed an expertise in child car seat safety. He is a keen supporter of the use of child safety systems having seen his daughter come away from a side impact collision unscathed due to the use of a child car seat. When he's not spending time reviewing child safety systems he works as a Technical Manager on major construction projects.

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