Update — December 2021
The G-Lite has a new version with some improvements over the old umbrella stroller. Changes include a new zipper-operated recline, a larger basket, and a canopy that has almost double the coverage. 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.
Editor's Note: The UPPAbaby G-Lite review was updated on December 16th, 2021, with extra information on testing methods, product comparison, and what we would buy.
Reasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller fold
Inexpensive, easy to use
Inexpensive, hands only fold
Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted fold
Brake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-road
Poor quality, harder to maneuver
Poor sun protection, wobbly wheels
Heavy and large, harder to transport
Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrain
A high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-road
The cheapest option with disappointing functionality
Difficult to navigate stroller that is lightweight and budget friendly, but lower quality
Average stroller that is harder to carry, stow, and push on rough surfaces
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
Summer Infant 3D lite
Ease of Use(30%)
Kolcraft Cloud Plus
Summer Infant 3D lite
13.3"W x 10.8"H x 42.5"L
17.5"W x 23"H x 13"L
18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L
13.9"W x 10"H x 42.6"L
14.9"W x 10.5"H x 46"L
6,105 cu in
5,233 cu in
7,551 cu in
5,921 cu in
7,197 cu in
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 50 lbs
Maximum: 40 lbs/43"
Included Car Seat Compatibility
Click-in Car Seat Adapters
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters
Handlebar Height - Min/Max
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Our Analysis and Test Results
UPPAbaby is a company started and maintained in America. 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 car seats.
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 the GB Pockit is lighter than the G-Lite, but several options fold smaller, making it somewhat a tossup. 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 competition.
Our ease of use score is a combination of various features that all make a stroller easier, or more difficult, to use. These sub metrics all have different levels of influence on the overall score depending on how important they are.
Fold and Unfold
Fold and unfold accounts for 25% of the overall ease of use score. Collapsing a lightweight stroller should be an easy task, but that is not always the case. Unfortunately, the G-Lite did not perform well in this sub-metric because it requires two hands and has steps that are easier to do wrong.
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 can't press 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).
Good storage is key to a successful outing with kids, and this sub-metric contributes to 25% of the overall ease of use score. While this is not always easy to find in a lightweight product, the UPPAbaby G-Lite earned a score that is above average. The storage bin is relatively easy to access and it has a parent cup holder, which is something you don't find on most products.
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 brakes are average to set and release; they are a bit stiff and require some pressure to ensure they are engaged. Like other UPPAbaby options, the pedals are sandal foot-friendly. However, it is the only UPPAbaby stroller that requires a double-action set.
The G-Lite has a nice canopy with a 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.
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.
The G-Lite seat is made primarily of breathable mesh fabric, but it does not recline. It also doesn't have a leg rest, but a small footrest 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.
The G-Lite has plastic wheels and a dual front wheel design that translates into difficulty pushing and turning 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.
This stroller has an 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 no reclining seatback will leave your baby less comfortable if the adventure lasts too long.
The G-Lite has a similar quality to other UPPAbaby products (typically high). Still, the smaller plastic wheels would probably be easier to push if they were larger or higher quality for better rolling resistance. The thin, plastic feeling mesh back is not that friendly to the touch, but it may be better for hot weather strolls as it is so breathable. This stroller has a nice frame, and most of the components are nice enough, but overall it has a cheaper feel and limited functionality.
Should You Buy the UPPAbaby G-Lite?
UPPAbaby typically makes good quality and reliably long-lasting products. If you value this in your purchases and can't afford one of the more high-end options, then the G-Lite is a good option for you. While it is not as feature-heavy as some higher-scoring products, we think it will do the trick for families who use their umbrella stroller infrequently.
What Other Umbrella Strollers Should You Consider?
In this price range, the Zoe Traveler is a great option that is slightly lower quality but has greater adjustability, more features, and a smaller fold. It is somewhat heavier, but the difference is negligible. If you are willing to spend a bit more, the Inglesina Quid is a high-quality option that is fully equipped for a day at Disneyland and is easier to push and turn.
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