The UPPAbaby G-Luxe is a lightweight umbrella stroller with several useful features. It earned a nice score for quality and ease of use, but it disappointed by being on the heavy side and hard to maneuver off of flat surfaces. While we like UPPAbaby products in general, the G-Luxe struggled to keep up with the competition in this review with similarly priced strollers scoring higher in important metrics like size and maneuverability. Depending on what you are looking for, the Quinny Yezz could be a good choice, with a lighter weight and smaller size, and better scores in every metric than the G-Luxe with the exception of ease of use.
UPPAbaby G-Luxe ReviewPrice: $260.00 List | $181.99 at Amazon - 30% off
Pros: NIce quality, cozy napping, easy seat adjustment
Cons: Heavier and larger, awkward two-handed fold, can't peek on baby
Bottom line: A quality heavy option that is comfortable for baby, but harder to push on uneven terrain
Folded Dimensions: 14"W x 13.8"H x 42.8"L
Capacity Limits: Minimum: 3 months, Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
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Our Analysis and Test Results
UPPAbaby is an American business with a long background in the juvenile industry with inspiration drawn from their own families experiences. They are constantly on the lookout for ways to make products lighter, easier to use, safer for baby, and fun, without sacrificing convenience or style. UPPAbaby manufactures a wide selection of strollers and one infant car seat.
The chart below shows how the G-Luxe stacked up against the competition in an easy to understand format with the G-Luxe shown in blue.
The following sections detail point by point the test results in each metric that when combined create the overall score that influences rank.
Weight and Folded Size
The G-Luxe received a 4 of 10 for the weight and folded size metric. It has a weight of 14.4 lbs and measures 8,268.96 cubic inches when it is folded. Only one stroller is larger than the G-Luxe, making it a poor choice for those looking for something compact and easy to travel with. The Quinny Yezz is a similarly priced stroller that is much lighter and smaller than the G-Luxe and will fit just about anything. The G-Luxe does offer a shoulder carry strap, which makes it easier to lug about.
Ease of Use
The G-Luxe earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use. This is the second highest score the metric. However, there are easier strollers to use, like the Zoe XL1 Best v2 that earned an 8 for this metric and costs $60 less than the G-Luxe.
Fold and Unfold
The G-Luxe has a convoluted two-handed fold. The frame release is awkward with a push the button and pull up on the release handles (above left) on both sides simultaneously before folding. The button will be impossible to push if you start pulling on the release handle first. It has an automatic lock and self-stand (above right).
The G-Luxe has single action brakes, which isn't common in umbrella products. The brakes have a false feeling of being set when they aren't, you need to ensure the pedal is pressed firmly down to set the brakes. We suggest parents wiggle the stroller a bit to confirm it is indeed parked.
The storage bin on the G-Luxe holds up to 10 lbs and we fit our medium sized diaper bag inside fairly easily. Access to the bin is easy if the seat back is in the upright position, but if it is reclined, you won't be using it. This stroller also has a parent cup holder that hangs on the side of the frame.
The sunshade on the G-Luxe is large and works well. It is one of the best we looked at with a pop out visor and SPF 50, but it doesn't have a peek-a-boo window. With some of the smaller canopies may not need a window, but it would be nice if this large canopy had some way to peek on baby while strolling.
The G-Luxe has a nice harness with smooth silky straps that are easy to adjust and rethread for height changes. The buckle is easy to use with one hand and didn't give us any problems.
The G-Luxe seat has an easy to use recline adjustment (above left) and a padded adjustable leg rest (above right). The recline is operated with a plastic button you squeeze with one hand, as opposed to straps you pull or zippered sides. While the back doesn't recline flat, the three settings recline far enough for comfortable napping. The only downside is the footrest is located fairly far under the seat, making it hard for some children to use.
Ease of Setup
The G-Luxe is easy to set up and took us 3:50 minutes with no tools. The UPPAbaby manual is nicely designed and easy to follow.
The G-Luxe earned a 5 of 10 for maneuverability. This is not the easiest stroller to push and turn with a small wobble problem and vibration in handlebar we saw in other dual front wheel designs. It isn't bad on smooth surfaces and it is easy to turn and navigate smaller spaces, but it is hard to push on uneven surfaces, and the wheels tend to veer off course when they encounter objects in the path. We found it was nearly impossible to turn on grass and gravel without tipping the stroller back to take the front wheels out of the equation.
This stroller has all wheel suspension, padded sling style seat, and foam covered ergonomic shaped handles. We think it will be comfortable to use for both parents and passengers.
The G-Luxe earned an 8 of 10 for quality. UPPAbaby always shines in the quality department and the G-Luxe is no exception. This stroller is sturdy with a clean design. It has few exposed fasteners and everything feels tight with little flex. The wheels are simple plastic similar to other umbrella options, but nicer. The stroller has no rough edges, frayed fabric or stitching errors.
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