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UPPAbaby G-Lite Review

Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrain
UPPAbaby G-Lite
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $180 List | $179.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its own
Cons:  Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted fold
Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 24, 2019
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 5
  • Maneuverability - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 7

The Skinny

The UPPAbaby G-Lite stroller earned higher than average scores for weight and folded size, and quality, but failed to perform well enough to score higher in the remaining metrics. With disappointing scores in ease of use and maneuverability, the G-Lite feels like an uncomfortable, non-adjustable version of a competing UPPAbaby option. So, while the price is lower, you will get what you pay for with a breathable seat with no padding, an upright seat back with no recline and no leg rest. Even for shorter trips, we think baby and parents would rather have a more versatile stroller with more attention to comfort, even if it means paying more to get more.

Update — October 2018
UPPAbaby has made some improvements to its G-Lite umbrella stroller. Changes include a new zipper operated recline, a larger basket, and a canopy that has almost double in coverage. The new features bump the price up $20. We are now linking to the new version of the G-Lite here, but feel that this review will still give you an accurate representation of the stroller.

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Pros Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its ownLightweight, giant canopy, priceInexpensive, small and lightweight, easy to carryInexpensive, easy to useInexpensive, hands only fold
Cons Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted foldLower quality, poor off-road capabilitiesHarder to push and turn, no spying on babyPoor quality, harder to maneuverPoor sun protection, wobbly wheels
Bottom Line Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrainReasonably priced and lightweight with useful features but it could be smallerNicer than average lightweight option with a minimalist feel at a budget-friendly priceThe cheapest option with disappointing functionalityDifficult to navigate stroller that is lightweight and budget friendly, but lower quality
Rating Categories UPPAbaby G-Lite ZOE XL1 BEST v2 Inglesina Net Kolcraft Cloud Plus Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight Folded Size (35%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
5.0
8.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
Maneuverability (25%)
5.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
3.0
Quality (10%)
7.0
4.0
6.0
2.0
4.0
Specs UPPAbaby G-Lite ZOE XL1 BEST v2 Inglesina Net Kolcraft Cloud Plus Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight 11.8 lbs 11.8 lbs 11.9 lbs 12.6 lbs 13.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 13.3"W x 10.8"H x 42.5"L 21.3"W x 9.5"H x 27.4"L 10.8"W x 10.5"H x 42"L 18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L 13.9"W x 10"H x 42.6"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs
Minimum: Not Listed

Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 50 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Carry Strap Yes No Yes No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 42.3" 39.7" 42.6" 38.9" 43"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes No No
Included Accessories None None None None None
Setup Time 3:39 2:49 5:55 7:31 4:48

Our Analysis and Test Results

UPPAbaby is company started and maintained in American. They have over a decade's worth of experience in the juvenile industry and families of their own where they draw inspiration for designs that would work well. The UPPAbaby Family is on constant alert for innovative ways to create products that are lighter, easy to use, safer without sacrificing convenience or style. UPPAbaby makes several styles of strollers and a car seat.

Performance Comparison



The G-Lite has an easy to use smooth shoulder carry strap that isn't...
The G-Lite has an easy to use smooth shoulder carry strap that isn't as comfortable as the strap on the Quinny Yezz, but more user friendly than strollers that only have a handle.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The G-Lite was above average in the weight and folded size category. This stroller has an overall weight of 11.8 lbs and a volume of 6,105 cubic inches when folded. Only a few strollers are lighter the G-Lite, but several options fold smaller making it a tough one for parents that favor light and small. It does offer a shoulder carry strap for easy transport.

Ease of Use


The G-Lite isn't the easiest to use with fewer features than some of the competition.

Initiating the G-Lite fold includes pressing two buttons and pulling...
The G-Lite stands on its own when folded thanks to a nicely designed...

Fold and Unfold


The G-Lite fold requires two hands and is initiated by pushing a button on each side and pulling the loop simultaneously (above left). If you engage the loop first, you won't be able to push the button or continue the fold, which is surprisingly common when folding. Once folded this stroller self-stands and has an automatic lock (above right).

Brakes


The G-Lite brakes are average to set and release with some stiffness and pressure required to ensure they are engaged. The pedals are sandal foot friendly and double action.

Because the G-Link seat back does not recline, the storage bin is...
Because the G-Link seat back does not recline, the storage bin is always easy to access.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The G-Lite storage bin holds up to 10 lbs of supplies and fits our medium size diaper bag. The G-Lite seat doesn't recline, so the bin is always accessible from the back and sides. This stroller also has a removable parent cup holder.

The G-Lite canopy is one of the nicest in the group with SPF 50 and...
The G-Lite canopy is one of the nicest in the group with SPF 50 and a pop out visor, but there is no peek-a-boo window for spying on baby.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The G-Lite has a nice size canopy with pop-out visor and SPF 50. While the canopy covers to the knee, it does not have a window to see the baby and this means you can't spy on baby while strolling with the canopy fully open. However, the canopy looks nice and is easy to use.

While the G-Lite harness straps are smooth and feel nice, they do...
While the G-Lite harness straps are smooth and feel nice, they do not tighten enough for smaller babies and the buckle is somewhat stiff.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The G-Lite harness is a 5-point harness with silky smooth straps, and a stiff but relatively easy to use buckle. The shoulder straps are easy to adjust and slide into place up or down. Rethreading requires pushing the strap end through the slots in the netting, which is stiff enough to accept the strap without folding.

Seat


The G-Lite seat is made primarily of mesh fabric that is very breathable, but it does not recline. It also doesn't have a leg rest, but there is a small footrest that sits somewhat under the end of the seat bottom.

Ease of Setup





Setting up the G-Lite took 3:39 minutes and we didn't need any tools. The stroller only has a few components to assemble and the manual is fairly helpful.

Maneuverability


The G-Lite has plastic wheels and a dual front wheel design that translates into hard to push and turn over uneven terrain and veering off course when one wheel hits a bump or obstacle. The stroller is easier to push on flat surfaces, but it still isn't as responsive as it could be and there is some rubbing in the wheels that increase rolling resistance.

The G-Lite has small dual plastic wheels on all four legs. They have...
The G-Lite has small dual plastic wheels on all four legs. They have what feels like additional rolling resistance that made them harder to turn and less responsive.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This stroller has all-wheel suspension and ergonomic foam covered handles. While the sling-style seat and the suspension will help give the baby a smoother ride, the lack of padding, adjustable leg rest and the reclining seatback will leave baby uncomfortable if the adventure lasts too long.

Quality


The G-Lite has a similar quality to other UPPAbaby products (typically high), but the thin, plastic feeling mesh back is not that friendly to the touch and the smaller plastic wheels would probably be easier to push if they were larger or higher quality for better rolling resistance. This stroller has a nice frame and most of the components are nice enough, but overall it has a cheaper feel and limited functionality.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team