The UPPAbaby G-Luxe is a step above the old G-Luxe with a nicer wheel design and stylish good looks. Unfortunately, it still is challenging to push on anything other than flat surfaces and the storage bin is virtually inaccessible. While we like the ample canopy and the carry strap, this heavier stroller is the largest when folded and the long length makes it hard to stow in smaller spaces. While it is less expensive than the UPPAbaby Minu, it didn't perform as well as many strollers with lower price tags and weights including the UPPAbaby G-Lite and the Zoe XL1 Best v2.
UPPAbaby G-Luxe Review
Pros: Stylish, color-coded brakes, easy to use
Cons: Heavier, large and long, poor storage access
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The UPPAbaby company was started by an American family over ten years ago. The company is inspired by daily life with family and they try to create improved products that don't sacrifice features, convenience or style.
The G-Luxe (in blue) is a higher-end umbrella option that scores about average compared to the competition.
The sections below provide details about the G-Luxe's performance in our tests compared to the competition.
Weight and Folded Size
The G-Luxe weighs 16.3 lbs making it heavy for a lightweight option and helping it earn it a 4 of 10 for weight and folded size. It measures 8,996 cubic inches when folded which makes it the largest option in the group. These measurements make it potentially frustrating for use on travel or commuting and the longer package can also make it hard to stow.
Ease of Use
The G-Luxe is easy to use with a 7 of 10 score thanks to simple features with straightforward designs.
Fold and Unfold
The G-Luxe has a traditional umbrella fold that requires two hands to execute. The frame release is awkward and the button can be hard to push if you start pulling on the release handle before pushing it. It has an automatic lock and self-stands.
This stroller has color-coded single action brakes that are easy to set and release with a press to set and release design you can execute with your bare foot.
The medium storage bin is challenging to access thanks to the folding mechanism that crisscrosses the back of the frame. Access becomes more difficult with the seatback reclined as the opening becomes non-existent, but smaller items can be stored in the canopy pocket for easier access. It also has an open, removable cup holder on the side of the frame.
The canopy is a lovely design that suits the frame. It is large and sturdy with a mesh peek-a-boo window with a cover that has a magnetic closure. It has a flimsy pull out visor for additional coverage.
The 5-point harness is one of the easiest in the group to fit. Making shoulder height adjustments using the rethread is a breeze and it is super easy to adjust the straps length up and down for size. We still think the shortest length is likely too long for smaller babies.
This stroller has minimal recline with an easy to use squeezable adjustment (above left) you can operate with one hand. The leg rest is adjustable with under seat levers (above right), but much like the old G-Luxe, it is somewhat wonky. The footrest feels more durable than its predecessor, but it is still thin plastic and only time will tell and it is too new to say at this time.
Car Seat Compatibility
The G-Luxe is not compatible with any infant car seats and should not be used with any baby who cannot sit unsupported with adequate head and neck control. Most umbrella strollers are missing the design and features necessary for infants who lack head and neck control.
Ease of Setup
Despite a change from dual front wheels to single, the G-Luxe is challenging to maneuver with a 4 of 10 for this metric. This stroller is easy enough to push on flat surfaces, but it isn't the best. moving over grass and gravel is challenging and even with the single front wheels, you don't want to go far pushing this stroller.
The G-Luxe is higher quality than the average stroller in this review earning it a 7 of 10 for quality. The new G-luxe has a sharp and finished look the old one never mastered. The fabric is soft and smooth and the seat is well-padded. The frame is sturdy with few fasteners and little flex. It has foam filled plastic wheels and covered handles that move inwards when pushing like traditional umbrella strollers which could make long trips uncomfortable for the pusher.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz