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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 umbrella stroller review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $180 List | $159.99 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  ⋅  Dec 16, 2021
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 6.8
  • Ease of Use - 30% 5.1
  • Maneuverability - 25% 5.1
  • Quality - 10% 7.0

The Skinny

The UPPAbaby G-Lite stroller earned higher than average scores for weight and folded size, and quality, but did not perform as well in the remaining metrics. With low scores in ease of use and maneuverability, the G-Lite feels like a pared-down version of a competing UPPAbaby option. However, the price is lower, and it may be a better option for you depending on your budget. If you plan to use this for shorter trips, we think this is a good option, but we think baby and parents would rather have a more versatile stroller with more attention to comfort, as a primary option.

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.

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Pros Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its ownReasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller foldInexpensive, easy to useConverts to scooter, less expensive, relatively lightweightInexpensive, hands only fold
Cons Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted foldBrake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-roadPoor quality, harder to maneuverHarder to use, complicated fold, lower qualityPoor sun protection, wobbly wheels
Bottom Line Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrainA high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-roadThe cheapest option with disappointing functionalityInteresting and potentially fun scooter for older toddlers but the stroller is clunky and awkward to useDifficult to navigate stroller that is lightweight and budget friendly, but lower quality
Rating Categories UPPAbaby G-Lite Zoe Traveler Kolcraft Cloud Plus Dream On Me Coast R... Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight/Folded Size (35%)
6.8
7.2
5.8
7.0
6.0
Ease of Use (30%)
5.1
6.2
6.2
1.9
4.7
Maneuverability (25%)
5.1
4.5
4.5
6.5
3.4
Quality (10%)
7.0
5.0
2.0
4.0
4.0
Specs UPPAbaby G-Lite Zoe Traveler Kolcraft Cloud Plus Dream On Me Coast R... Summer Infant 3D lite
Weight 11.8 lbs 12 lbs 12.6 lbs 12.8 lbs 13.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 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 16"W x 10.5"H x 28.5"L 13.9"W x 10"H x 42.6"L
Folded Volume 6,105 cu in 5,233 cu in 7,551 cu in 4,788 cu in 5,921 cu in
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 45 lbs/ 37.8"
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 No Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Yes Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes No Yes No No
Carry Strap Yes No No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 42.3" 40.5" 38.9" 36"/38.3" 43"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes No No No No
Included Accessories None None None None None
Setup Time 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 5-10 Min 5-10 Min 5-10 Min

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.

Performance Comparison



uppababy g-lite umbrella stroller review - 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 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.

The Details


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.


Initiating the G-Lite fold includes pressing two buttons and pulling...
Initiating the G-Lite fold includes pressing two buttons and pulling two loops at the same time. If you have even a slight amount of pressure on the pull loops the buttons will be impossible to press.
The G-Lite stands on its own when folded thanks to a nicely designed...
The G-Lite stands on its own when folded thanks to a nicely designed kickstand.

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).

uppababy g-lite umbrella stroller review - 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

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.

Brakes


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.

uppababy g-lite umbrella stroller review - 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 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.

uppababy g-lite umbrella stroller review - 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 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.

Maneuverability


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.

uppababy g-lite umbrella stroller review - 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 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.

Quality


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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